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Race Capsule

What: Race 10 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
When: Thursday July 7, 2011 8:16 pm EDT SPEED
Laps: 150
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 225.00 miles


Kentucky Speedway
Records
Date Series Driver Speed
6/14/08 Nationwide Race Joey Logano 136.00
6/18/05 Nationwide Qualifying Carl Edwards 181.287
9/3/10 Camping World Truck Race Todd Bodine 131.00
7/9/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying Bill Lester 178.141


Track Facts

Location: Sparta, KY
Banking/Turns: Tri-Oval
Distance: 1.50 miles
Shape: Tri-Oval

Camping World Truck
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

9/3/10 Built Ford Tough 225 Austin Dillon Todd Bodine Toyota $581,870
7/18/09 Built Ford Tough 225 Ron Hornaday Jr. Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $752,946
7/19/08 Built Ford Tough 225 Mike Skinner Johnny Benson Toyota $775,065
7/14/07 Built Ford Tough 225 Ryan Mathews Mike Skinner Toyota $767,050

Race Capsule

What: Race 18 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
When: Friday July 8, 2011 7:45 pm EDT ESPN
Laps: 200
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 300.00 miles


Records
Date Series Driver Speed

6/14/08 Nationwide Race Joey Logano 136.00
6/18/05 Nationwide Qualifying Carl Edwards 181.287
9/3/10 Camping World Truck Race Todd Bodine 131.00
7/9/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying Bill Lester 178.141

Nationwide Camping World Truck
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

6/12/10 Meijer 300 Joey Logano Joey Logano Toyota $1,253,145
6/13/09 Meijer 300 Joey Logano Joey Logano Toyota $1,457,996
6/14/08 Meijer 300 Joey Logano Joey Logano Toyota $1,462,158
6/16/07 Meijer 300 Regan Smith Stephen Leicht Ford $1,441,056

Race Capsule

What:Race 18 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where:Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
When:Saturday July 9, 2011 7:46 pm EDT TNT
Laps:267
Track Length:1.5 miles
Race Length:401.00 miles

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DODGE NEWS AND NOTES

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch is the only Sprint Cup Series driver who has been in the top-10 in the driver point standings all season (17 races).

· Robby Gordon Motorsports will field two cars this weekend at Kentucky. The No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger will be driven by Scott Wimmer. The No. 7 is inside the top 35 in owner points and assured a starting berth in Saturday night’s inaugural race. The No. 77 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger will be driven by Robby Gordon during practice and qualifying with a driver TBD taking over the reins for the race on Saturday night.


DODGE AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

· This is the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.

· In four starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, Kurt Busch has four top-10 finishes.

· In four starts at 1.5-mile tracks in 2011, Brad Keselowski has a win – Kansas and three finishes inside the top 20.

· Dodge has won two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kentucky Speedway – Scott Riggs (2001) and Bobby Hamilton (2004).


THE DODGE BOYS

· Dodge has 209 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

· Dodge’s most recent win came at Infineon Raceway. Kurt Busch led 76 of the 110 laps en route to victory in the Save Mart 350. The victory was the second for Dodge in 2011.

· Dodge teams have posted 49 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

· Dodge has posted wins each season since its return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).

· Dodge claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.

· A Dodge has started from the pole in four of the last six Sprint Cup races – Brad Keselowski (Charlotte) and Kurt Busch (Kansas, Pocono and Michigan).


2011 DODGE SPRINT CUP REWIND

· Race 1: Kurt Busch wins the season-opening Bud Shootout and a Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

· Races 12-15: Dodge earns four-consecutive poles.

· Race 13: Keselowski wins Kansas. First Dodge win of the season

· Race 16: Busch dominates at Infineon. Earns first road course win of his career; his first win of the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is the only current Penske Racing driver to have competed at Kentucky Speedway. In three Nationwide Series starts, Keselowski posted three consecutive top-five finishes and has an average finishing position of 3.3. He also has two Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile track.

DID YOU KNOW

· NASCAR has competed at three tracks in the state of Kentucky. In 1954, Lee Petty drove his Chrysler to victory in a 200 lap Grand National (Now Sprint Cup) race at Corbin Speedway. It was the lone visit by NASCAR’s premier series to the .5-mile dirt track. Louisville Speedway hosted Nationwide Series races in 1988 and 1989 and the Camping World Truck Series from 1995 to 1999. Kentucky Speedway has hosted both the Nationwide and Truck Series since 2001.

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

· Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas, Pocono & Michigan)
Finish: 1st (Infineon)

· Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte)
Finish: 1st (Kansas)

FROM THE ENGINEER
“It’s a brand new race, but not necessarily a brand new track for Sprint Cup teams. Kentucky has been a favorite testing venue for teams in this series since it opened in 2000. Over the years, the teams have spent countless thousands of hours turning countless thousands of laps here trying not only new parts, but also new setups. As a mile-and-a-half, medium-banked, D-shaped oval, Kentucky has been the perfect clone to many other mile-and-a-half tracks in the series and teams will likely feel pretty much at home when they roll in the gates on Thursday.

“On top of that fact, NASCAR has scheduled a full day of testing before the race weekend officially begins on Friday. That should give teams plenty of time to get re-acclimated to the facility. By race time on Saturday, Kentucky better feel like old hat to any team that hopes to find success here."
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

ODDS AND ENDS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch have each earned a Sprint Cup pole and race win this season.

· Brad Keselowski is one of four drivers outside the top-12 in the driver point standings with a win.

· Kurt Busch has a current streak of 10 consecutive years with a race win – the second longest active streak behind Tony Stewart (12 years).

· Both Sprint Cup races at Daytona this season were extended beyond the scheduled distance.

· There have been 131 cautions for 621 laps in the first 17 races this season.


KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY TRACK FACTS

· Construction on the speedway began in 1998 and was completed in mid 2000.

· The speedway has hosted the NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, ARCA as well as the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights Series since the track opened.

· The turns are banked 14 degrees, the frontstretch eight degrees and the backstretch four degrees.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“NASCAR has established very specific rules for the manufacturers and race teams in order to keep a level playing field. NASCAR has established common suppliers and each manufacturer will be using the identical EFI components such as fuel injectors. We expect very little change from the vantage point of our fans, but the manufacturers and teams will continue to look for engine power increases with the new fuel delivery system.”
Pat Baer, Dodge Motorsports Engine Enineer – On the impact EFI will have on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing

DODGE QUOTES
“The thing about Kentucky is that negotiating all the bumps is a major factor in getting around that place. What’s so great – and I personally applaud NASCAR for doing it – is that they gave us a ton of track time there on Thursday and that is cool. It definitely won’t offer everything to get us full-time ‘Cuppers’ up to speed with the guys I have mentioned, but it will certainly help out.”
Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

"It's exciting to be a part of a new event. It doesn't happen that often. There seems to be a lot of excitement in that area, evidenced by the fact that the grandstands are sold out. It represents a large, untapped market for the Cup Series, but it's one of our better events for the Nationwide Series. The fans are great and they really enjoy racing. Everyone will want to be the first Cup Series winner at Kentucky and I feel like our Miller Lite Dodge will be fast enough to challenge for the win. We had a great tire test there last month and I feel like we learned a lot that will help us this weekend.

"If you can get your car where it's comfortable over the bumps in Turns 1 and 2, that's obviously going to be the fast way around Kentucky. Sometimes that is easier said than done so some drivers will choose to enter a bit higher to avoid the bumps. Usually that will establish a second groove around the middle of the race, which can lead to some great side-by-side racing over the final laps. It's definitely a place with a lot of character, despite the fact that it looks like a lot of the other intermediate tracks that we visit."
Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

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DODGE QUOTES:
“I’ve really enjoyed racing at Kentucky over the last few years. It’s hard to believe that I only have three (Nationwide) starts there in my career. I’ve been able to run up front in every race, but we just haven’t been able to find a way to get to Victory Lane. Hopefully, we can change that on Friday night. Our Discount Tire Dodges have been fast, but I think everyone will feel better once we get that first win of the season under our belts. The fans always come out and support the racing at Kentucky and that makes it a race that I look forward to.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger

FROM THE CREW CHIEF
“Over the last couple of years, Kentucky has taken on some characteristics that make it a little different than the other 1.5-mile tracks we visit. Turns 1 and 2 are very bumpy, especially on the bottom. You need to have a smooth ride quality to take the fast way around the track. That also means a second groove will develop as the race progresses because a lot of drivers will avoid those bumps. The track gains a lot of grip as the sun goes down and it becomes very fast. I think it’s a track suited perfectly to Brad’s driving style.”
Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T

DID YOU KNOW

· Brad Keselowski set a NASCAR record 102 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish) that ended at this year’s season-opening race at Daytona Int’l Speedway. His best start was a second at Texas where he posted his best finish, a second.

· It will be the 11th Nationwide Series race at Kentucky.

· Dodge won its first Nationwide championship last year when Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski claimed the driver’s title.

· Dodge is fielding two entries in the Nationwide Series this year from the Penske Racing stable. Sam Hornish Jr. joins teammate Keselowski for a limited race schedule.

· Dodge has 34 wins in the Nationwide Series, seven of which came in 2010.


THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has finished third in the last two Nationwide Series races at Kentucky Speedway. He was fourth in his first start in 2008. His best start at the 1.5-mile oval was a ninth in 2009. His last win came at Gateway Raceway last October (20 races).

BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Stats:

Starts: 154

Wins: 12

Top Fives: 65

Top 10s: 92

Poles: 8

Laps Led: 1,963

Average Start: 15.1

Average Finish: 12.7


2011 Season Stats:

Starts: 16

Wins: 0

Top Fives: 6

Top 10s: 10

Laps Led: 122

Average Start: 9.1

Average Finish: 12.8


Kentucky Speedway Stats:

Starts: 3

Wins: 0

Top Fives: 3

Top 10s: 3

Laps Led: 0

Average Start: 15.7

Average Finish: 3.1

Highlights:

· Last NASCAR Nationwide Series win came at Gateway last fall (19 races).

· The reigning NASCAR Nationwide champion.

· Earned Penske Racing its first NASCAR champion last season.

· In 2010, set career-bests in wins (6), top five’s (26), top 10s (29) and poles (5).

· First Nationwide victory came at Nashville Superspeedway (2008).

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NASCAR will conduct its first on-track test of electronic fuel injection during six hours of Sprint Cup practice on Thursday at Kentucky Speedway near Sparta.

After using carburetors since 1949--automakers quit using them in the 1980s--the stock-car organization finally will switch to fuel injection in Cup racing next season.

The test will feature one car each from Ford (Roush Fenway Racing), Dodge (Penske Racing) and Toyota (Michael Waltrip Racing), and two from Chevrolet (Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports). Any driver from any team within those organizations can test in the fuel-injected car. It's expected that NASCAR will conduct at least two more tests later this season, one of them almost certainly at Talladega Superspeedway, the only restrictor-plate track left on this year's schedule.

The sanctioning body ended years of speculation at Daytona Beach in February by announcing a technology partnership with Freescale Semiconductor and McLaren Electronic Systems. The companies have worked together to develop and integrate a "cheater-proof" fuel injection system for V8 Cup engines. Freescale is providing the processors for McLaren's engine-control units, which will manage the engine's fuel and ignition system.

Some series watchers expect engine builders to try to beat the system, but officials and manufacturers are confident in their technological safeguards.

"NASCAR has established very specific rules for the manufacturers and teams to keep a level playing field," said engineer Pat Baer of Dodge Motorsports. "It has established common suppliers and each manufacturer will be using the identical EFI components. We expect very little change from the vantage point of our fans, but the manufacturers and teams will continue to look for engine power increases with the new fuel-delivery system.

"The carburetor is a simple mechanical device that's been reliable, if not very accurate, in its delivery of air and fuel to the engine. Teams have spent decades developing it to be an effective tool. [With fuel injection], an onboard computer uses input from sensors all over the engine to calculate exactly how much fuel to add to the air flow just as it's entering the cylinder. That means a much more accurate and efficient fuel delivery system."

Teams shouldn't expect to see an immediate major difference in horsepower once EFI replaces carburetors.

"Initially, the electronic-fuel-injection engines will make about the same horsepower as the carburetor engines, perhaps a few horsepower less," Baer said. "The current Holley 830 carburetors are very good and have been optimized over many years of development. It will take a little more time for EFI systems to increase power."


Read more: NASCAR: Fuel-injected engines ready for first track test - AutoWeek

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Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky Thursday July 7, 2011.

Fuel injection test goes smoothly for engine builders


SPARTA, Ky. – Engine builders didn’t find anything too surprising Thursday as they put their engines and NASCAR’s new fuel-injection systems to the test at Kentucky Speedway.

Five teams had cars outfitted with the fuel injection system for the test at the track.

Teams worked on getting the perfect fuel mix using the system, especially when the driver is not at full throttle.

Teams used test drivers Thursday with Austin Dillon driving for Richard Childress Racing (Earnhardt Childress Racing engines), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. driving for Roush Fenway Racing (Roush Yates Engines), Sam Hornish Jr. driving for Penske Racing (Penske engines), Mike Skinner driving for Michael Waltrip Racing (Toyota Racing Development engines) and Aric Almirola driving for Hendrick Motorsports (Hendrick engines).

The cars with fuel injection turned average laps of 172-176 mph during testing Thursday, compared with 170-178 mph for the regular Cup cars that also tested at the track.

“It’s pretty much what we expected,” ECR engine builder Danny Lawrence said. “It’s been pretty good. We have a lot of work to do. We just want to make sure we get it right.

“We’re looking at every piece of it. Right now, we’re working on drivability, making sure that when they mash the gas, it’s a really smooth transition. Fuel efficiency, fuel flow and we want to make sure we don’t hurt our engine, also. Everybody has learned a lot.”

McLaren Electronic Systems and Freescale Semiconductor produce the engine control units, while Holley makes the throttle bodies. The systems cost about $26,000 apiece.

"These are the same injectors that you have in passenger cars: the same module that you use in a passenger car: the same wiring harness," said Dodge's Howard Comstock. "From Dodge’s standpoint, it’s technology that we’ve understood for the last 25 years that we can help the teams apply to the race car.”

Most teams have done testing of fuel injection systems the last two years.

“Full throttle load is the easiest thing in the world to tune to,” said Toyota’s Dave Wilson. “It’s all the part-throttle stuff – it’s getting on pit lane smoothly, getting out of the garage smoothly, that is absolutely essential that we can’t replicate in a dyno laboratory environment.”

While fuel injection is designed to increase fuel efficiency, the injectors are not directly in the engine cylinders. NASCAR has required fuel injectors to be in the manifolds, and the fuel must travel a little bit of distance from the injector to the cylinder in order to keep one engine manufacturer from having an advantage with a particular cylinder head.

Because of that, the fuel-air mixture might vary in each cylinder, but it will be more predictable than in the carburetor-equipped engines.

“Today, you make all [the cylinders] the same but they don’t run the same because a carburetor doesn’t provide equal fuel to all the cylinders,” Chevrolet engine component designer Ron Sperry said.

The data the fuel-injection systems gathered Thursday will be collected by NASCAR.

“There’s obviously the ability to log and record everything that happens during the process of today,” Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said. “We don’t have to stand over their shoulder to watch anything. We can walk in tonight, hook up, walk off with what we need to look at.”

NASCAR did not give the teams any sort of testing plan for Thursday. There will be additional fuel injection testing in October at the Phoenix open test.

“It’s a matter of working with their different [tuning] maps, their laptops if you will, to get back to that point of optimization that they had with the package we’re running now,” Darby said. “There’s a lot of energy being spent in that direction. It’s about looking at fuel pumps. It’s about looking at different sensors.

“It’s taking a lot of temperature readings from under the hood, inside the car, every place that there are components now that can fail because of the heat.”


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ON THE CHANGE TO EFI: “There’s no reason that it can’t be a smooth transition from a carburetor to electronic fuel injection. We’ve worked with the teams. We worked with NASCAR. We worked with suppliers that make the parts and pieces for passenger cars and brought them over here to the racing side and put everything together. Everything has been really smooth.”

HOW WILL THE CHANGE AFFECT NASCAR? “I think it makes Sprint Cup cars more relevant. A lot of people are saying that these aren’t stock cars. EFI is one way to make them closer to passenger cars. The same fuel injection that we’re applying to these (NASCAR) engines, you’ll have in your Dodge passenger car in the street. The same components work. The same technology works. It’s an electronic device that replaces and old mechanical device. The cars will become more green, more efficient. I think it will be more trouble-free and I really think it’s a good move by NASCAR.”

TRAVIS GEISLER (Director of Competition, Penske Racing)

WILL EFI ALLOW TEAMS TO RUN LONGER? HAVE BETTER FUEL MILEAGE? “EFI will be a more efficient way to deliver fuel. With carburetors, the outside cylinders are richer than the inside. The only way to combat that now is to put more fuel in the engine to keep the inside (cylinders) where it needs to be and then, you’re a little bit rich on the outside. Now we can tune that (with EFI) side to side.

“From a team side, the infrastructure of your company has to change so much. If you think about all the nuts and bolts of the difference between EFI and carburetor systems, I think of it as all the people that need to support it. Over time, we’ve developed a lot of specialists for carburetors, guys who have worked their whole careers on how all that works. Now, you take a guy who’s focused on a mechanical device to distribute fuel to a guy who needs to take an electrical device to do it. It’s a totally different skill set. It’s a totally different focus that a person needs to have. You’ve got to keep an eye on how your company is handling that from a personnel standpoint from what you have from an infrastructure built up. The carburetor flow bench is kind of going to get pretty dusty in a couple of months.”

COMSTOCK: “People complain about stock cars not being stock. To me, this is one part of the stock car that’s stock. These are the same injectors that you have in passenger cars: the same module that you use in a passenger car: the same wiring harness. From Dodge’s standpoint, it’s technology that we’ve understood for the last 25 years that we can help the teams apply to the race car.”

REPORTS ARE THE COST SOMEHWERE AROUND $26,000 EACH; IS THAT CORRECT?

GEISLER: “That’s not too far off. It’s not a cheap endeavor. Certainly, the quantities that you need are pretty low. We’re not going to have one for every car that we have. We’re not going to have one for every engine that we have. I think after the initial upstart, anytime there’s a rule change, there’s some expenses that are associated. I think long term this is a better direction for us than to continue with the carburetor. It’s been great for us to help strengthen our relationship with Dodge and to utilize some of their expertise in this area. I feel like what made NASCAR or stock car (racing) great was that relationship between manufacturer and teams. We kind of gotten away from that and now this kind of standardized the car. With the chassis and body so tightly controlled, that’s helped our relationship a bunch because we’ve moved much more towards manufacturing than we ever were with the old car. We had chassis that were all over the place. We had bodies that were all over the place – (Dodge) really couldn’t help us. Now, we’re building so many cars exactly the same, it’s like, ‘What can you guys help us with? You do this for a living.’ You bring in EFI technology and it’s more of what Dodge is doing every day. It’s new to us, so we can lean on them more. The more that we strengthen that relationship the better off we are as sport.”

DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY EFI MODULES THAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE SEASON?

GEISLER: “I think the number that we’re looking at right now is about 10-12 total. I think we’re going to have a couple weeks of primaries and backups just to have the cars outfitted and ready to go. We try and stay that far advanced with our builds. And then, you need to have a couple for around the shop fire-ups and then the engine shop will need a few on the dyno. I don’t see us having a whole lot.”

COMSTOCK: “Once we build up the stock of components, it’s not like they’ll wear out every week. Once you get all the cars outfitted, all the shops outfitted, we should be in pretty good shape. They’re really good quality components.”

HOW HAS THE EFI TEST GONE TODAY?

COMSTOCK: “Really nice. It’s been great. We’ve got some time on this car and this engine, so we were pretty confident coming here today. It turns out that its gone very smoothly.”

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

1 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 48/5 152 61 $51,125
2 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 42/0 152 0 $40,800
3 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 42/1 152 2 $28,450
4 Todd Bodine (30) Toyota 40/0 152 0 $23,825
5 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 40/1 152 2 $19,300
6 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 39/1 152 47 $11,175
7 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 38/1 152 8 $12,925
8 David Starr (81) Toyota 36/0 152 0 $12,425
9 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 36/1 152 2 $12,325
10 Travis Kvapil (5) Toyota 34/0 152 0 $13,525
11 Max Papis (9) Toyota 33/0 152 0 $12,100
12 Steve Arpin (32) Chevrolet 32/0 152 0 $11,925
13 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 31/0 151 0 $11,825
14 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 31/1 151 4 $11,725
15 Justin Lofton (46) Toyota 29/0 150 0 $12,925
16 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 28/0 150 0 $11,500
17 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 27/0 149 0 $11,400
18 Jack Smith (63) Ford 26/0 147 0 $9,050
19 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 25/0 147 0 $11,200
20 Charles Vest (99) Ford 24/0 147 0 $9,575
21 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 23/0 146 0 $11,000
22 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 23/1 146 2 $10,900
23 Johnny Chapman (07) Chevrolet 21/0 146 0 $8,550
24 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 21/1 125 24 $11,650
25 Shane Sieg (93) Chevrolet 19/0 125 0 $9,500
26 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 18/0 98 0 $8,250
27 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 17/0 75 0 $8,150
28 John King (116) Toyota 16/0 74 0 $8,400
29 Josh Richards (15) Toyota 15/0 74 0 $7,950
30 Jennifer Jo Cobb (10) Ford 14/0 66 0 $8,350
31 Norm Benning (57) Chevrolet 13/0 41 0 $7,775
32 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 12/0 18 0 $7,750
33 Chris Fontaine (84) Chevrolet 11/0 10 0 $7,735
34 Mike Garvey (138) Chevrolet 10/0 9 0 $7,725
35 Justin Marks (66) Chevrolet 9/0 6 0 $7,710
36 Johanna Long (20) Toyota 8/0 5 0 $7,682

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Patience propels Parker Kligerman to back-to-back runnerup finishes

SPARTA, Ky. – Parker Kligerman, looking for his first NASCAR national series victory, has gotten as close as a driver can get in the last two Camping World Truck Series races.

The 20-year-old driver followed up a second-place finish last month at Texas with a second-place finish Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.

A Penske Racing driver competing in trucks for Brad Keselowski, the 2009 ARCA Series runnerup believes that if he continues to show patience, that win could come.

It wasn’t an attitude that he had earlier in the year, where he might have put too much pressure on himself.

“This was an opportunity that in this day and age is gold,” Kligerman said Thursday following the UNOH 225. “To be a kid without funding, without a sponsor, to come in here because of Brad Keselowski and Roger Penske, … I had the mentality that if I don’t make the most of this opportunity, it will be the last opportunity I ever get.”

Earlier in the season, he might not have finished second in a race full of wrecks.

“To start off the season, I probably made some moves I shouldn’t have because I was trying to make more than what was there,” Kligerman said. “Instead of tuning our trucks and getting better and thinking it was a small team, I thought, ‘This was great equipment, I’ve got to go win.’

“Looking back, we were a solid team, but we needed to finish races, run laps, get points, work on our trucks, work on our setups and gel.”

Kligerman did just that Thursday. He restarted third on the green-white-checkered finish and quickly got past Jason White with leader Kyle Busch in his sights.

And while the tendency might be to overdrive the car going for his first win, Kligerman stayed calm and wound up second.

Kligerman said accidents at Phoenix and Dover where he was trying to make too much were a wakeup call.

“Coming out of those, I kind of screwed my head on right and said, ‘We need to look at the big picture here, try to finish these races and have them come to us,’” Kligerman said. “That’s what I used to do and don’t know how I lost it.”

His team owner knows what it feels like to be second, wanting a win so much that it causes the driver to make a mistake.

“Parker will be one of the first to admit that that’s happened before,” Keselowski said. “And I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve done it myself before. So I can’t be mad at him if he did.”

Kligerman is fifth in the truck standings, 35 points behind series leader Johnny Sauter and just 12 behind second-place Cole Whitt. Kligerman hasn’t led a lap this year, but he has four top-10 finishes in his last six races.

“I had a pretty big run [on Busch] and thought about going to the outside and making a run at it, but there was a lot of guys in front of us in points that had a very bad day and we were about to get top points and we needed those really badly to get in the top five in points,” Kligerman said.

“We achieved that, so overall it’s a success for us. We’ll get them next time when we’re in a little bit better position and our trucks are a little bit better.”

Keselowski is happy with the way his driver has approached the last few races.

“He’s doing exactly what he needs to do – finishing races,” Keselowski said. “On this truck side, if you have competitive equipment and you can just finish, at the end of the day, you’ll run strong.

“We’re trying to build a program one solid finish at a time.”

While he had to wait nearly a month between second-place finishes, Kligerman didn’t mind too much. The Keselowski team has four trucks to work with for the season.

“As a small team, we really need those weeks off to build trucks and get our stuff better,” Kligerman said. “It showed on the track [at Kentucky]. … Working on our stuff and getting better and better each time, finishing these races up front and racing these guys up front, we’re going to get to the point where we are sitting over there in victory lane.”



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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – Kurt Busch Open Interview – Kentucky
Published on July 8, 2011 by Official Release

Dodge Motorsports PR Kentucky Speedway Quaker State 400 Kurt Busch Open Interview NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T)

HOW DOES THE LAST SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS VINDICATE YOU AS A DRIVER AND WHAT HAS CHANGED AT PENSKE TO IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE? “When you know you’re looking at struggling because of ideas or procedures and you sit and beat your head up against the wall for a few months, I didn’t want to see up slip out of the top 10. I didn’t want to see us being one of those guys looking for a win just to qualify for a wild card. I want to go in as a favorite. I want to go in to have a shot at winning the championship and bringing home that first title for Penske Racing. We weren’t doing the right things. So it’s great to see it turn around. Who knew that we were so close to finding the right setup? Right around the corner is where we needed to be. And so, now, we just need to continue that run. Being a veteran driver and trying to make sure that we’re doing the right things within the organization, there’s different ways that people look at it. I might be a bit brash or a bit rough with the way that I go about it. At the end of the day, we need to get results. The results are moving the needle for Shell and Pennzoil and Dodge. Hearing the way that the Shell Saver Card was activated by people on Wednesday when we won, there was seven times the amount action on that Shell Saver Card on that Wednesday after we won a race. That’s moving the needle. That’s what we need to do for our sponsors. That’s what makes it come full circle in this world of NASCAR racing.”

WITH THIS BEING THE INAUGURAL CUP RACE AT KENTUCKY, IS TOMORROW’S RACE ANOTHER WIN OR IS IT MORE SPECIAL? “It’s huge. This is an inaugural event. I got the opportunity to race here in the inaugural Truck Series race; Greg Biffle won that race. I ended up pretty smashed up in the Turn 3 fence because I was trying so hard. When you get those inaugural wins, they stick in your mind more potently than other wins. It’s the reason that we all race – to come out on top. When you do it first, it makes it that more special.”

YOU GUYS HAVE TESTED A LOT THIS YEAR; HOW MUCH WILL THAT CARRY OVER TO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE RACE NEXT WEEKEND? “I feel like we have more tools in our tool box to work with right now. Where we were a few months ago, we were out of ideas. We really didn’t have a direction. What can we do to find an opportunity to find more things to work with? So testing has done that for us. No matter what race track it is, whether it’s a road course or mile-and-a-half or short-track, we always have to continue to find things. It’s amazing that what is current is the most important thing. We’ve won at New Hampshire before, but when we look back at that setup it’s like, ‘wow, we’re not even close to that anymore.’ You always have to continue to revolve.”

WHERE’S THE BALANCE BETWEEN WHEN TO REPAVE A RACE TRACK? “It’s different. All of us just have an open, carefree feeling for this weekend. If we had raced here for years, I think we’d go, ‘hey Bruton (Smith), where’s the repave? Let’s put together a better surface. What were seeing here are all the changes that Bruton and his company have put into place and we’re giving him praise for this special event and I know there are steps that are going to move it forward. The character in the track, it’s fun, different. You have to drive it very differently. Maybe it will allows us to rough each other up a little bit – give ‘em that door doughnut by accident because, with the bumps, you can’t predict which way you’re going to slide and move around. I think everybody just has an open feeling of, ‘hey, let’s put on a great race. Maybe if it’s one of the best races this season, they’ll leave the track alone for next year. Who knows?”

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Robotic Welding Gives Chrysler and Dodge Motorsports a Competitive Edge
07-03-2011



NASCAR drivers work under extreme conditions – making split-second decisions while traveling at speeds nearing 200 mph and precariously looking to move ahead when the next car is mere feet away. The safety, integrity and performance of the car are crucial to the driver and his team. These factors were also front and center with NASCAR when in January 2006 it announced the launch of a universal car design tagged the “Car of Tomorrow” (COT) for its Sprint Cup Series.

Sparked in large part by Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s fatal, final-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR set out to create a universal design that would improve safety features, provide for more cost-effective maintenance and level the playing field between fiercely competitive teams. The COT design standardizes a number of components, ranging from sections of the frame to crumple zones, across all manufacturers and race teams.


With NASCAR’s rules in hand, Dodge Motorsports initated a COT chassis manufacturing program. The four, factory-supported Dodge race teams use Dodge Motorsports provided chassis as a basis to build their individual race cars. Similar to every passenger car manufactured, race cars incorporate thousands of welds. Dodge teams were spending many hours manually MIG welding the frame, middle section and front and rear clips that make up each car frame kit. Wanting to reduce man hours, as well as increase weld consistencies for the teams, Chrysler investigated robotic welding options and decided on a Lincoln Electric/Fanuc robotic welding cell.

The result: Chrysler realized a 75-percent decrease in chassis assembly time when compared to hand welding the chassis. The Lincoln Electric/Fanuc robotic welding cell offered other benefits as well, a more consistent chassis for the teams and the cost savings associated with the reduced man hours to weld the chassis by hand.

“This was extremely time consuming and very inefficient,” says Tom O’Dell, Specialty Vehicle Engineer – Dodge Motorsports Engineering. “Manual welding also caused variations in the process, making each COT center and rear section slightly different than the one before.”
O’Dell explains that the consistency of the weld, including torch angles and travel speeds, was difficult to keep consistent during manual welding, especially if different people welded different sections of the chassis. This translated into variations in weld quality, which could result in lower strength welds. Too often, an inconsistent weld pattern resulted in distortion on the center and rear sections that were unpredictable and resulted in a dimensionally unstable assembly.

“We saw the benefits of the robotic cell immediately,” O’Dell explains. “The new process gave us a competitive advantage in the repeatability, weld quality, cost, accuracy and part consistency at the end of assembly. This is why we chose the Lincoln Electric/Fanuc robotic weld cell.”

It now takes the robotic cell just 39 minutes to weld the frame. Even when you add in the fixture change out and final assembly, it takes less than two hours to complete the center and rear sections. When compared to the manual welding, Dodge Motorsports decreased the assembly and weld time by approximately 75 percent.

The car frames have to perform under extreme speeds and conditions, making quality and weld integrity crucial. With the robotic weld cell, welds are made in the same sequence and position every time, resulting in better consistency, travel speeds, torch angles, depth of penetration, bead size, heat input and bead shape. This allows for greater predictability in cage stiffness, bending and twisting standpoint for the cage, eliminates variation and increases weld accuracy. The fixtures control the geometry of the subassemblies and final assembly, further controlling the accuracy of the overall piece

The roughly 50 hours the teams previously spent welding the center and rear sections can now be used to focus on other aspects of assembling the car. “We want to see our teams succeed and win. We’re focused on building the best, most consistent car kits in the industry,” O’Dell says. “The move to the Lincoln Electric/Fanuc robotic cell allows us to do that.”


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