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Track Length: 1.5 miles
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Date Series Driver Speed

11/6/05 Sprint Cup Race Carl Edwards 151.00
11/5/06 Sprint Cup Qualifying Brian Vickers 196.235
4/5/08 Nationwide Race Kyle Busch 152.00
4/6/02 Nationwide Qualifying Jeff Green 193.492
6/5/09 Camping World Truck Race Todd Bodine 153.00
11/3/06 Camping World Truck Qualifying Clint Bowyer 184.464

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Location: Fort Worth, TX
Banking/Turns: Quad-Oval
Distance: 1.50 miles
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What: Race 14 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA
When: SUNDAY June 12, 2011 1:18 pm EDT
Laps: 200
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Race Length: 500.00 miles




Pocono Raceway
Records
Date Series Driver Speed

7/21/96 Sprint Cup Race Rusty Wallace 145.00
6/13/04 Sprint Cup Qualifying Kasey Kahne 172.533
7/31/10 Camping World Truck Race Elliott Sadler 112.00
7/31/10 Camping World Truck Qualifying Elliott Sadler 162.602

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Pocono Raceway

Location: Long Pond, PA
Banking/Turns: Tri-Oval
Distance: 2.50 miles
Shape: Tri-Oval

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Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
6/6/10 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Toyota $4,945,083
8/1/10 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Tony Stewart Greg Biffle Ford $4,945,083
6/7/09 Pocono 500 Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet $5,077,262
8/3/09 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Tony Stewart Denny Hamlin Toyota $5,077,262
6/8/08 Pocono 500 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Dodge $5,037,783
8/3/08 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards Ford $5,037,783
6/10/07 Pocono 500 Ryan Newman Jeff Gordon Chevrolet $4,940,543
8/5/07 Pennsylvania 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kurt Busch Dodge $4,935,998

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Advance - Pocono
June 7, 2011 , LONG POND, Pa. - For Immediate Release
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5-HOUR Energy 500
Pocono Raceway
Sunday, June 12, 2011



DODGE AT POCONO RACEWAY

· Dodge has six wins at Pocono Raceway (Richard Petty (1974, ‘76), Bill Elliott (2002), Ryan Newman (2003), Kurt Busch (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2008).

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch dominated the 2007 fall race at Pocono en route to victory, leading 175 of 200 laps in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.

· Dodge has started from the pole three times at Pocono since its return to Sprint Cup racing in 2001 (Bill Elliott – 2002, Ryan Newman – 2003 and Kasey Kahne – 2008).

· Dodge holds the track qualifying record at Pocono (Kasey Kahne, June, 2004 – 52.164 sec., 172.533 mph).

DODGE NEWS AND NOTES

· The No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger will compete this weekend at Pocono. Scott Wimmer will drive the Robby Gordon Motorsports entry.

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski earned his second career Sprint Cup Series win last weekend at Kansas Speedway. His first came at Talladega in 2009.

· Dodge has earned back-to-back poles at the last two Sprint Cup races. Keselowski earned his second-career pole at Charlotte two weeks ago while teammate Busch earned his 13th career pole last weekend at Kansas.

· Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Pocono: Kasey Kahne, 06/08/2008, Pocono 500, 125.209 mph avg. speed.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

· Kurt Busch is the only Sprint Cup series driver who has been in the top 10 in driver points all season. Only three drivers have remained inside the top 12 through the 13 races (Busch, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart).

· Kurt Busch has the longest current streak of consecutive races - 42 - in the NSCS Top-12 - starting at race eight (Texas) of 2010 through race 13 of 2011.

DID YOU KNOW?

· Dodge won the first race at Pocono Raceway. Richard Petty led 142 of 192 laps at the rain-shortened Purolator 500 in 1974.

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has top-10 starts at Pocono in three of his last four races. He has 12 top-10 starts in 20 races.

· Penske Racing has reached victory lane eight times at Pocono Raceway and has a total of 67 Sprint Cup wins.

· There have been 29 different race winners at “The Tricky Triangle” and 36 different pole winners.

· There have been six season sweeps at the 2.5-mile track.

· There have been no caution-free Sprint Cup races at Pocono.

· Banking is different in each turn at Pocono: 14 degrees in Turn 1, eight degrees in Turn 2 and six degrees in Turn 3.

ODDS AND ENDS

· Kurt Busch has earned two perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 at Pocono Raceway. His first was in 2005 (July) when he led 131 of the 203 laps en route to victory. His second came in 2007 (July) when he led 175 laps and collected his first win of the season.

2011 CAUTION STATS

· There have been 111 cautions in the first 13 races this season – 51 for accidents and 23 for debris; 551 of 4,348 laps have been under the yellow flag.

· The 111 cautions in the Sprint Cup series during the first 13 races of 2011includes 51 for accidents, 23 for debris and 19 for spins.

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

· Kurt Busch Start: Pole – Kansas
Finish: 4th – Charlotte

· Brad Keselowski Start: Pole – Charlotte
Win – Kansas

· Robby Gordon Start: 30th – Daytona
Finish: 16th – Daytona

POCONO RACEWAY BEST

· Kurt Busch Start – 2nd - (2005-both, 06,07)
Finish – Win - (fall 2005, fall ‘07)

· Brad Keselowski Start – 11th - (2010)
Finish – 20th - (2010)


Brad Keselowski
No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

Birthdate: 02/12/1984
Wins/Starts: 2/66
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich. Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe
Highlights:

· Enters his second full-time season with Penske Racing; first season driving the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

· Most recent winner in the Sprint Cup Series (Kansas)

· Earned first career Sprint Cup win at Talladega in 2009

· 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion

Kurt Busch
No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

Birthdate: 08/4/1978
Wins/Starts: 22/377
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev. Crew Chief: Steve Addington
Highlights:

· 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion

· Has made the Chase field five of seven seasons

· Finished 11th in 2010 Chase standings

· Posted top-10 finishes in first four races in 2011

· Has led laps in four of last five Pocono starts

DODGE QUOTES
"Pocono is one of those tracks that is so different. It has its own identity with the three corners being very different. Turn 1 is very bumpy – high-banked, high-speed. And then you get to Turn 2. I think that's the most important turn at Pocono, the tunnel turn. That corner get real slick and as the race progresses, it's tough to gain time through there – it’s easy to lose time. And then you have the long, sweeping Turn 3 that’s a challenge. Some drivers love the place, some drivers hate it. I've had a good amount of success there; it's one of those places where if you get it, you get it. If you don't, you're always fighting that uphill battle."
Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

"I'm so proud to be a part of this Miller Lite team and all the hard work that goes into getting our cars to the racetrack every week. You know, this season got off to a slow start. We had a lot of new faces that were working together for the first time. We expected a few growing pains. Now I really feel that we are starting to fire on all cylinders. We've been very competitive for much of the last month, but we didn't catch any breaks. On Sunday we, again, put ourselves in position to race for the win. This time things went our way. All we can do is keep putting ourselves in position to win and good things will happen."
Brad Keselowski, No 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I'm a big fan of the rule NASCAR implemented, putting winners in the last two spots (in the Chase). I think that serves the sport very well. And hopefully, we'll be able to capitalize on it. But there are no guarantees of that. I feel pretty confident that it's going to take two wins to guarantee your way into it. So obviously we've got to do this (win) again, and that isn’t easy. I like the system and I feel good about our chances. We’ve just got to keep moving forward. That’s what it's all about.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

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Dodge Motorsports Presents The Numbers for Pocono Raceway

Posted By Press Release On June 8, 2011 @ 5:20 pm In Press Releases,Sprint Cup Series



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THE NUMBERS for the 5-HOUR ENERGY 500
Pocono Raceway (all Sprint Cup [3] races)


1 – fewest cautions (7/30/78)

2 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 6/6/82)

3 – fewest caution laps (7/30/78)

4 – races won from outside a top-20 starting position

4 – fewest leaders (twice, most recent 6/9/85)

4 – fewest laps led by race winner (Bobby Labonte, 7/29/01)

5 – most wins (Bill Elliott)

5 – most poles (Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader)

10 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at Pocono Raceway

10 – fewest lead changes (7/26/98)

11 – wins by car owner (Rick Hendrick)

13 – most cautions (twice, most recent 7/24/05)

16 – drivers with more than one pole at “The Tricky Triangle”

16 – most leaders (three times, most recent 6/13/04)

18 – fewest cars running at finish (7/25/82)

22 – wins from the front row; 13 from the pole

29 – worst starting position for race winner (Carl Edwards [4], 6/12/05)

29 – different race winners

36 – different pole winners

36 – most cars on lead lap at finish (6/10/07)

42 – most cars running at finish (6/10/07)

56 – most lead changes (7/30/79)

57 – most caution laps (6/13/04)

120 minutes – approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.5-mile track

175 – laps led by race winner (Kurt Busch [5], 8/5/07)

2011 Caution Update
3 – number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011

4 – fewest cautions this season (Fontana)

16 – most cautions this season (Daytona)

111 – number of cautions in the first 13 races of 2011; includes 51 for accidents, 23 for debris and 19 for spins

551 of 4,348 – number of laps under caution in 2011

710.429 of 5,372.000 – miles under caution in the first 13 races

- Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports, Press Release

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Parker Kligerman: Parker Kligerman Texas Motor Speedway advance
Jun. 7

After spending much of the race in the top-five, Parker Kligerman had to settle for an 11th place finish in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway (last) Saturday afternoon.

The Brad Keselowski Racing team will now turn its attention to Texas Motor Speedway where Kligerman made his Camping World Truck Series debut last season starting 13th and finishing ninth. A good run at Texas will continue to move Kligerman up the standings, and into contention for the championship

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A strong fortnight for Penske Racing


Penske Racing is back! OK, maybe not, but you’ve got to admit it’s been a great two weeks for the Captain’s forces.

Brad Keselowski won the pole at Charlotte, where he and Kurt Busch showed decent speed throughout the race. Busch then won the Kansas pole and dominated the action, only to have Keselowski win the race on fuel mileage.



Brad Keselowski's win at Kansas was his first in the No. 2 Dodge.

If Busch runs well at Pocono, where he has two wins and two runner-up finishes, it will be a sign the team has indeed made progress. Busch expressed frustration with the engineering staff, specifically technical director Tom German, earlier this season. Now German is gone, and Busch’s crew chief Steve Addington told Bob Pockrass of SceneDaily.com that his driver’s behind has been more influential in car setups.

Sometimes you need a little old-school instinct to complement new-school technology. Maybe that was the source of all of Kurt’s frustration in the first place. We’ll see how Kurt’s butt does at Pocono. …

FORD'S CALL PAYS OFF

Just like Keselowski’s crew chief, Paul Wolfe, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief, Steve Letarte, made a fuel-mileage call that worked out at Kansas. But if you’re looking for the guy with real guts, look at Denny Hamlin’s pit boss, Mike Ford.

Because Earnhardt was toward the tail end of the lead lap after a spin, the call to bring him in for the key Lap 163 stop was basically a no-brainer. Ford, on the other hand, had Hamlin give up third on the track with over 100 laps left on a day when passing was exceedingly difficult. The 11 car ended up third at the finish.

Nobody would have faulted Ford for keeping the 11 car out there—nobody else in the top 20 came in—but it wasn’t the first time he’s made a counterintuitive call that worked out. Last Spring at Martinsville, Ford seemed to make a colossal mistake bringing Hamlin in for four tires late. But thanks to the green-white-checkers rule, and some serious driving, Hamlin ended up passing eight cars in 12 laps for the win.

The Kansas call didn’t result in a victory. But after a slow start to the season, last year’s championship runner-up is now a single point out of a position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. And yes, Pocono is a pretty good track for Denny, too. ...

GAS AND OH NO!

It’s happened enough that it’s time to say it: the new fueling system may be a hidden key to the 2011 season. Leaving pit road with your fuel cell completely full of gas is no sure thing these days, and it’s something Steve Letarte told SceneDaily.com is a series-wide issue. Greg Biffle suffered the first obvious difficulty of the season back at Las Vegas, but on Sunday, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, and Kurt Busch all had issues with getting the tank completely full. Teams still are figuring this system out, and a less-than-full tank can dramatically affect strategy—and not just in fuel-mileage races. …

OK DOESN'T CUT IT FOR BIFF

Biffle must be at least a little disappointed. Kansas is by far the Biff’s best track statistically, and the Roush Fenway cars have been stellar on downforce tracks this season, but instead of coming home with a fifth straight top-three finish (including two wins) Biffle came home 10th. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but the 16 car was just OK, and really didn’t spend any of the day in the top five. Like Hamlin, Greg is trying to claw his way back into Chase position, but after finishing behind Denny on Sunday, he’s dropped behind him in the standings as well.

Read more: A strong fortnight for Penske Racing - NASCAR - Sporting News

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Sam Hornish Jr. subbing for Kvapil at Pocono


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Statesville, N.C. (June 7, 2011) - Sam Hornish Jr. will make his 2011 return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway this weekend, manning the wheel of the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford while Travis Kvapil competes in the Camping World Truck Series in Texas. The three-time IndyCar Champion has 108 Cup races under his belt since making the move to stock-car racing, but this weekend's event in Long Pond, Pa., will be his first this year.

The 2.5-mile track known as the "Tricky Triangle" is the perfect place for Hornish to make his return. The low-banked, sharp-turning tri-oval suits the former open-wheel racer. He has a top-five, two top-10 and four top-15 finishes in his six Cup career starts there. Hornish is also familiar with No. 38 crew chief Jay Guy, whom he was a co-worker with at Penske Racing in Sprint Cup.

Comments from Long John Silver's driver Sam Hornish on Pocono and driving for Front Row:

"I'm really excited to get back in a Cup car. And it's not just an opportunity to run a Cup race, but I get to race at Pocono. That's a track that a lot of drivers don't like and it puts them in a bad mood trying to figure it out. And that actually can pay dividends for me because I like racing there and I go there with confidence. I've run well there the past two years with four top-15 finishes.

"I got a call from Penske asking if I was interested in running the '38' while Travis was racing trucks, and I was on the phone with Front Row about half an hour later working it all out. It came together pretty fast but I was excited to do it.

"It's going to be a little difficult, obviously, because there's not a lot of time to work together to prepare. Pocono is hot and it's 500 miles, so it can be pretty uncomfortable over the course of the race, so it's important to have a good fit in the car. I was at the Front Row shop last week and again Monday working on getting fitted. And I've been spending some time with Jay Guy, going over the set-up of the car, so we have a good game plan going in.

"I knew Jay from when he was at Penske, but I didn't work directly with him. But I'm looking forward to working with him this week. As challenging as it's going to be coming in for one race with a team I haven't worked with before, it's refreshing at the same time. I've only raced a stock car with Penske, so it will be good to try something different and get that experience."

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Penske Racing And Dodge Capture First Win And Three Awards

Penske Racing’s No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team directed by crew chief Paul Wolfe and driver Brad Keselowski played the skillful fuel-saving game and provided Dodge its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the 2011 season, and helped the Penske team capture three contingency awards Sunday at the Inaugural STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Wolfe captured the Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race Award, which goes to the crew chief that improves the most from the first half to the second half of the race utilizing the 40 best lap times.


Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing Dodge


While Keselowski managed to save enough fuel to make it to the finish line by more than two seconds over runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr., it was teammate Kurt Busch in the No. 22 AAA Dodge that started the weekend on the Coors Light Pole and led 152 laps on the day. Penske Engines also captured the MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Award for powering the efforts of Busch’s No. 22 Dodge.

The awards are part of the NASCAR Prize Money and Decal Program, also referred to as the contingency program, which provides teams prize money and weekly awards based on performance in several categories.

“It was a team victory today,” said Keselowski. “We had Kurt Busch, my teammate, who led the majority of the race from what I could see, and had good speed and the 2 car had great speed as well. We just kind of caught a bad break on qualifying when we went out. But it's a team effort. Kurt had him covered on speed. We had him covered on strategy and together one of us was going to win. And I'm proud in general that it was a Penske car that won.”

Keselowski took the lead with just nine laps to go which makes this the sixth time in 11 years that the winner of the race at Kansas didn’t lead until the second half of the race.

“Well, it's great to see Dodge back in the [Victory Lane],” said team owner Roger Penske. “[Keselowski and Wolfe] are talking all the time. They’re working, there's nobody more committed. The good news is to hear Kurt say … it was great for the team. We finally think we have a combination that we can run on the mile and a halfs (Kansas is a 1.5-mile track), because we struggle on the mile and a halfs.”

The win puts Keselowski in 21st place in the standings as Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards retains his lead, by 40 points over Jimmie Johnson heading into Sunday’s 5-Hour ENERGY 500 at Pocono Raceway (1 p.m. ET, TNT).

Official winners of this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Prize Money & Decal Program special awards include:

· AMERICAN ETHANOL GREEN FLAG RESTART: Tony Stewart

· COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:Kurt Busch (174.752 mph. 30.901 secs.)

· DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE AWARD: Bob Osborne (crew chief for Carl Edwards)

· GOODYEAR GATORBACK BELTS FASTEST LAP AWARD: Kyle Busch (167.587 mph, Lap 2)

· MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE AWARD: Penske Engines, No. 22

· MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Tony Stewart

· MOOG CHASSIS PARTS PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Paul Wolfe (crew chief for Brad Keselowski, -0.025 secs.)

· O’REILLY AUTO PARTS POSITION IMPROVEMENT AWARD: Matt Kenseth (15 places)

· SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Andy Lally

-source: nascar

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Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings

1 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 47/4 168 18 $55,375
2 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 42/0 168 0 $42,575
3 David Mayhew (2) Chevrolet 41/0 168 0 $28,150
4 Brian Ickler (18) Toyota 40/0 168 0 $22,700
5 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 40/1 168 9 $16,375
6 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 38/0 168 0 $14,400
7 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 38/1 168 8 $13,550
8 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 37/1 168 10 $13,850
9 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 36/1 168 8 $15,150
10 Justin Lofton (77) Toyota 34/0 168 0 $14,800
11 Johanna Long (20) Toyota 33/0 168 0 $13,125
12 Travis Kvapil (5) Toyota 32/0 168 0 $12,575
13 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 32/1 168 5 $12,475
14 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 30/0 168 0 $12,375
15 Max Papis (9) Toyota 29/0 168 0 $13,600
16 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 28/0 168 0 $12,175
17 Justin Marks (66) Chevrolet 27/0 168 0 $12,075
18 Craig Goess (46) Toyota 26/0 168 0 $11,975
19 Shane Sieg (93) Chevrolet 26/1 168 1 $10,575
20 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 25/1 168 1 $11,200
21 Tim Andrews (73) Chevrolet 23/0 168 0 $9,375
22 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 24/2 168 56 $9,275
23 Steve Arpin (32) Chevrolet 22/1 167 6 $9,175
24 Chase Mattioli (99) Ford 20/0 166 0 $9,075
25 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 19/0 160 0 $9,125
26 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 19/1 159 46 $8,875
27 Clay Greenfield (168) Chevrolet 0/0 157 0 $9,125
28 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 16/0 110 0 $8,675
29 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 15/0 88 0 $8,570
30 David Starr (81) Toyota 14/0 66 0 $8,970
31 Todd Bodine (30) Toyota 13/0 66 0 $9,345
32 Stephan McCurley (165) Chevrolet 12/0 25 0 $8,245
33 Johnny Chapman (07) Toyota 11/0 9 0 $8,170
34 Mike Garvey (138) Chevrolet 10/0 4 0 $8,120
35 Norm Benning (57) Chevrolet 9/0 3 0 $8,095

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Brad Keselowski Open Interview - Pocono
June 10, 2011 , LONG POND, Pa. - Friday, June 10, 2011

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BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T)
TALK ABOUT YOUR WIN AT KANSAS, BEING 21ST IN POINTS, THE CHASE WILD CARD AND WHAT IT MEANS COMING INTO POCONO? “As far as the wild card is concerned, it’s a great opportunity for a team like ours, guys like myself that are obviously not where we want to be in points, but have some performance capabilities. We haven’t been able to consistently execute, but we’ve been able to run well. That’s something I feel good about for our team. I said earlier in the season, way before I was super competitive like I think we are now and way before I won a race, I felt like the wild card was great for the sport and served this sport well. I still feel that way, to this date and this time. I think it serves the sport well from the standpoint of guys that are a bit riskier with their situations and put things out on the line. Although it didn’t affect the way I ran the race last weekend in Kansas, if somebody else were to win a race and bump us out, I’m sure if you look at the last few races before the Chase starts as being very, very aggressive races that teams would do pretty much anything trying to get that win if they were in position to capitalize off it. I think that serves the sport well; it kind of builds into that playoff-drama type feel that other sport have. For that, I’m kind of excited for the sport, to have the bracket or whatever we want to call it, the procedure that they do.”

WE’RE HALFWAY TO THE CHASE; WILL YOUR TEAM GO ALL FOR BROKE FOR WINS? POINTS? HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THAT? “I think it’s too early to have a strategy. There’s still a lot of races left. I think if you look at the way that our team is performing, we’re more than capable of being in the top-20 on our own merits with the way that we’ve been running. We just need to continue to execute. We’re a team that is growing stronger every week. If we can continue to grow as we’ve grown so far and at the same rate, I think that not only will we be a Chase-capable team, perhaps makes some noise in it. I’m very excited about that and I don’t want to do anything to interrupt that process by doing something stupid and trying to get a win that may hurt that process. There’s a balancing act there, certainly. As those last few races come before the Chase, obviously you’ll have a little better idea where you stand. You hate to box yourself in and say ‘were going to do this, or we’re going to do that’. We have a little bit more time. Those last three to five races before the Chase starts are going to be really, really exciting.”

WITH YOUR WIN LAST WEEKEND AT KANSAS, DID YOU SHOW YOUR TEAMMATE KURT BUSCH THAT YOU ARE A FORMIDABLE TEAMMATE? “That’s a better question for Kurt than it is for me because I really don’t know how he feels about it. I’d like to think that we’re growing as a team. I would be the first one to admit that last year and the way that we performed was essentially a lost year. I think if you look at that, he has a lot of merit for what he said earlier in the season. But that was last year. Now we’re on 2011 and in a sense, I feel that I’ve picked off where I was in ’09 and there’s a lot of potential there to be that formidable teammate that it takes to have a great multi-car team.

“I think one of the less reported things at Penske Racing right now is the synergies between the teams. I think if you look before at the (Ryan) Newman and Rusty (Wallace) days, it was well documented how that was not the case and I think that’s something that we have right now at Penske Racing which makes me really excited moving forward. I think that Paul (Wolfe) and Steve (Addington) and Kurt and I work together really well and believe in each other and I think that’s important.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW SPECIAL MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY IS TO YOU? “Michigan is a very special place for me. Not just because it’s a track that I’ve won on in the past in a Nationwide car, but because it’s my ‘home track’ of sorts. It’s interesting that Carl (Edwards) has won those races (at Michigan) and he’d give anything to win at Kansas. I won at Kansas and he’d give anything to win there. Maybe we’ll have to trade trophies one day. It’s still cool to win a Cup race anywhere you can win it and I enjoyed winning at Kansas. To win at Michigan would be right up there with the Daytona 500, that’s for sure.”

DID YOU AND PAUL (WOLFE) TALK ABOUT WHERE YOU WANTED TO BE IN THE QUALIFYING ORDER? “I think pretty much everybody is banking on rain tomorrow. We have a whole bunch of engineers with all kinds of computers that show clouds and so forth. They say rain tomorrow and we have to believe them. If that’s not the case, we probably would have gone with a different strategy. So, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

HAVE YOU MADE AMENDS WITH KYLE BUSCH? “I guess I don’t know what making amends. Making amends to me is sitting down and talking to someone and writing a peace treaty, so to speak. And then, there’s putting things in the back of your mind and moving forward. I’d probably say that I fall into the latter category as far as making amends. To me, I put it in the back and move forward on what I can do to win next week and this week, make the Chase and all those things for my team. I kind of find it a disservice to spend a lot time thinking about Kyle. It would be a disservice to all the people that work on my own cars and to our own efforts. If that’s making amends, then yes. It’s probably not my definition of it. “

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June 10, 2011 , LONG POND, Pa. - Friday, June 10, 2011

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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T)
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE STRATEGY THIS WEEKEND AT POCONO? “It’s going to be good to see how the third-gear rule will play out with being able to shift again. We’ll see how early in the run that we can do that. But then you’ll have to manage your engine and rpms and not over-rev it. We’ll see what pace we’re going to have. Today is going to be warm. It should be cooling off for Sunday’s event. We’ll see what lap times we’re able to run and what pace we’ll have to set. Overall, to be sixth in points, we ran really well last week and it’s exciting to see such a quick turnaround with what we have going on for setups and all the personnel things that we’ve moved around.”

WOULD YOU RATHER WIN MULTIPLE RACES AND NOT MAKE CHASE OR MAKE THE CHASE WITH ZERO WINS? “To win a championship, that’s the ultimate goal. To do that you need to have a consistent run to get into the Chase. You can do it with wins. You can do it with being consistent. But if you’re not in the Chase, you don’t have a shot at the championship. Ultimately, you want to win, but if you can be consistent and work your way into the Chase, that’s the most important key.”

CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW SHIFTING AT POCONO CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU RACE AT POCONO? “Back in the day, we’d run third gear primarily all the way around the race track and put it into fourth gear down the long front straightaway. With the gear rule that we’re going to change to and what we’re going to adapt to today, we’ll see how it plays out. We might end up shifting more often because it’s a third gear that’s mandated, so we can’t change it at all. It helps you come off the corner stronger. With a lower gear like that, you’re able to get those rear tires to spin a little easier and you’re going to be on the looser side of things. It’s basically getting that squirt out of the corner, coming out of the corner stronger with that gear. We’ll see how much it loosens it up, yet you still have to be conservative because you don’t want to over-rev the engine. We’re seeing a lot of these races getting into fuel mileage. The more that you’re shifting, that’s going to take away your fuel mileage as well. Most likely, we’ll downshift right at the apex of the corner because it will over-rev the engine if we downshift into the corner.”

HAVE YOU TALKED TO KYLE ABOUT THE CHILDRESS SITUATION? “We just talked a little bit at driver intro last week. He’s got a lot of things going on in his life; good things with his truck program, running all the Nationwide races that he does, and of course the Cup side of it. I just told him don’t waver to what’s gotten you to this point. Stay true to yourself. Stay firm with how you’re racing on the track. Don’t change. At the end of the day, just try and smile more. I think he’s trying to take everything, trying to be a perfectionist with it all and it’s really hard to do that at the level he’s trying to do it.

“Ultimately, that’s what we’re all worried about, how the car performs and we want to win. Then there’s the identity that you create, the icon that you become, the role model that you are to kids. There are so many different hats that you have to wear at this level. But at the end of the day, it’s just a matter of making that car fast and trying to get it to victory lane.”

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEW QUALIFYING PROCEDURE IN NASCAR? “I think that it’s good to mix the go-or-go-homers in with us. There’s no sense in just trying to separate them toward the end. You can see the lull in the action on TV when top 35 guys go and then you have the go-or-go-homers at the end, you can just see the interest drop off. Mixing those guys in, but still continuing to do what were doing with practice speeds to dictate when you go out, is a smart move and we’ll see how it plays out this weekend.”

HOW MANY TEAMS ARE CAPABLE OF WINNING A CUP RACE AND HOW MANY ARE CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER? “You’ve got where Brad (Keselowski) is in points, 20th or so, there are 20 teams that can win on any given weekend. There’s probable more than that. With the way that the series is so competitive, everybody is running very similar lap times. With the way that fuel mileage sometimes plays out or just taking two or no tires, you never know because everybody is very competitive.

“I would say there are a good 10 legitimate championship contenders and as we get closer to the Chase, that number ends up getting a little bit smaller. Once you get into the Chase and start running those weeks down towards the end, you only have two or three guys that have a legitimate shot at winning (it).”

IS THE WILDCARD SYSTEM PUTTING MORE PRESSURE ON DRIVERS TO THINK AHEAD? “It is different. Now, if you win, you find yourself in great position to make the Chase. Let’s just say you’re running eighth or ninth in points with no wins and you have a couple of bad weeks right before Richmond, the next thing you know you’re on the outside looking in. Wins are important. Wins get you that comfort zone. Like (Kevin) Harvick right now, he doesn’t need to sweat anything. He’s got three wins. I don’t think you’re going to see a flurry of other drivers winning so many races that it leaves just one win for those guys to get into the Chase. I think you’re going to have multiple wins if you’re going to be the wildcard to get in.”

WILL THE VETERANS HAVE AN ADVANTAGE AT SHIFTING AGAIN AT POCONO? “These are the best drivers in the world and nobody is going to have problems adjusting to it. In a roundabout way, just like when we went to Daytona and Talladega this past year and how things evolved with the two-car draft, if you’re going to find speed going faster as a two-car draft, well, you’re going to find speed in shifting out there. No matter what it takes, every driver is out there to find that extra speed and be the fastest guy on track. The veterans might adapt to it a little quicker, but you’ll still have a new guy like Andy Lally, he’s a great road racer, he’ll probably figure out how to shift it as well.

“The technique is just to be as nice to the equipment as possible. You don’t want to be slamming it into gears. You don’t want to be aggressive with it. And, in the back of your mind, you always have to keep track of the revs in the engine. You don’t want to over-rev it.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR INCIDENT WITH JIMMY SPENCER AND HOW IT AFFECTED YOU AS A DRIVER AND WHAT YOU CARRIED AWAY FROM THAT? ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT NOBODY WAS SUSPENDED FROM LAST WEEK’S INCIDENT? “Yeah, it’s really odd how different things happen in the past and how they were handled versus where we stand today and how things work out. It’s like Kevin Harvick said he wanted all his money back from all the fines that he got from earlier in his career because things are being handled differently now. We’re all responsible for taking care of this sport and the forefathers that gave it to us. It’s up to us to continue putting it in a good spot and to carry it to the future for the young drivers that are going to come up and race with us into the future. I learned things back when I was in trouble doing things wrong. When you sit down at the end of the day and you’re on the porch in rocking chair mode, you want to see a different picture. That’s what I wanted to see, a different picture at the end of the day. That’s why it’s been good for me to change.”

Rick

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