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Exclamation NASCAR 9/24-25 (Sat & Sun)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway



Nationwide Series OFF this week!

Records
Date Series Driver Speed


7/13/97 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Burton 117.00
7/17/11 Sprint Cup Qualifying Ryan Newman 135.232
6/27/09 Nationwide Race Kyle Busch 112.00
5/12/01 Nationwide Qualifying Kevin Harvick 130.716
9/19/09 Camping World Truck Race Kyle Busch 112.00
9/18/10 Camping World Truck Qualifying Kyle Busch 130.029


Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

Jeff Burt




Race Capsule
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

What: Race 19 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
When: SATURDAY September 24, 2011 3:19 pm EDT SPEED
Laps: 175
Track Length: 1.058 miles
Race Length: 185.00 miles



Camping World Truck F.W. Webb 175

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

9/18/10 TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $497,765
9/19/09 Heluva Good! 200 Mike Skinner Kyle Busch Toyota $544,106
9/13/08 Camping World RV Rental 200 Johnny Benson Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $566,225
9/15/07 New Hampshire 200 Ron Hornaday Jr. Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $558,210


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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

What: Race 28 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
When: September 25, 2011 2:14 pm EDT ESPN
Laps: 300
Track Length: 1.058 miles
Race Length: 317.00 miles


Sprint Cup

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

7/17/11 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Chevrolet $5,202,458
6/27/10 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Juan Pablo Montoya Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,256,417
9/19/10 Sylvania 300 Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $5,256,417
6/28/09 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Tony Stewart Joey Logano Toyota $5,423,189
9/20/09 Sylvania 300 Juan Pablo Montoya Mark Martin Chevrolet $5,423,189
6/29/08 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Patrick Carpentier Kurt Busch Dodge $5,383,710
9/14/08 Sylvania 300 Kyle Busch Greg Biffle Ford $5,383,710
7/1/07 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 Dave Blaney Denny Hamlin Chevrolet $5,315,335
9/16/07 Sylvania 300 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $5,319,880

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CUP: Keselowski Voted Third Quarter Driver Of The Year

Date: 09/21/2011
Location: Charlotte, NC




Brad Keselowski’s winning ways, overcoming a broken ankle and other injuries, helped him win the voting as the third quarter Driver Of The Year 2011.

In the last seven NASCAR Sprint Cup races, in the quarter ending at Richmond International Raceway, he recorded two wins, four top-fives and seven top-12 finishes. And those two wins were earned within days of recovering from a broken ankle at a test session.


Adding those victories to a previous one and an 11th place overall finish in NASCAR’s regular season, Keselowski earned a wild card spot for his first Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“It’s nice to be recognized when you have put in a lot of hard work, and this No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team has worked as hard as any team that I’ve been around,” Keselowski said. “The driver puts in five percent of the effort, but they get 95 percent of the credit. The credit should go to (crew chief) Paul Wolfe and everyone on this team that didn’t settle for how we ran earlier in the year. As a result we now have three wins, a spot in the Chase for the championship and the third quarter Driver Of The Year award.”

Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver Of The Year Foundation, said: “I have seen many talented drivers and drivers who have driven in pain or illness. Brad’s third quarter results, after his injury, show what a winner he is — in attitude as well as — on the track.”

In the voting, Keselowski took 10 first-place ballots and totaled 117 points according to the Driver Of The Year points system. Will Power, a Penske Racing teammate in the IndyCar series, had five first place votes and garnered 108 points.

This was the first time that the same team owner (Roger Penske) had two drivers from different series finishing one-two.

“Wow, to have Penske Racing finish one-two in the third quarter Driver Of The Year award voting is a pretty special feat for everyone back at the shop,” Keselowski said.

Penske Racing prepares both its NASCAR and IndyCar teams in the same facilities.

Kyle Busch, the first quarter 2011 Driver Of The Year, took two first place votes and was third with a total of 67 points.

Greg Anderson, the 2003 Driver Of The Year from the NHRA, and Kevin Harvick, from NASCAR, also received first-place votes.

A total of 18 drivers scored points in the third quarter voting.

In its 45th year, the Driver Of The Year title is unique. A panel of 21 leading journalists from across the United States determines the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4,3,2,1 basis. Keselowski will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at the Sylvania 300 weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski said the big job is still to be done.

“It’s an honor to accept this award on behalf of Penske Racing and everyone on this team,” he said. “We’re not finished here. We want to be the team holding the trophy after Homestead.”



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Date: Sunday, September 25th

Start Time: 2 p.m. (et)/2:15 p.m. (et) Green Flag

Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1990) -- Loudon, New Hampshire

Track: 1.058-mile oval - 1,500 feet (Frontstretch); 1,500 feet (Backstretch)

Laps: 300

Miles: 317.4

Capacity: 95,491 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse: $5,256,417 (2010 figures)

Payouts: 1st Place - $248,250; 2nd Place - $178,550; 3rd Place - $169,954

Year: 15th

On TV: ESPN

Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Jeff Burton, 1997 (117.134 m.p.h.)

Qualifying record: Brad Keselowski, 2010 (133.572 m.p.h.)
2010 Finish

Defending champion: Clint Bowyer

Runner up: Denny Hamlin

Pole winner: Brad Keselowski (133.572 m.p.h.)

Top 10:

1. Clint Bowyer (Start: 2)

2. Denny Hamlin (22)

3. Jamie McMurray (4)

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr (32)

5. Kevin Harvick (27)

6. Jeff Gordon (17)

7. David Reutimann (7)

8. Ryan Newman (24)

9. Kyle Busch (9)

10. Sam Hornish Jr (15)

Average speed: 106.769 m.p.h.

Time of race: 2 hours, 58 minutes, 22 seconds

Margin of victory: 0.477 second

Caution flags: 8 for 34 laps

Lead changes: 21 among 8 drivers
Past winners

2010 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 106.769 m.p.h.

2009 Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 100.753 m.p.h.

2008 Greg Biffle, Ford, 105.468 m.p.h.

2007 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 110.475 m.p.h.

2006 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 102.195 m.p.h.

2005 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 95.891 m.p.h.

2004 Kurt Busch, Ford, 109.753 m.p.h.

2003 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 106.580 m.p.h.

2002 Ryan Newman, Ford, 105.081 m.p.h.

2001 Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, 103.594 m.p.h.

2000 Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.003 m.p.h.

1999 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 100.673 m.p.h.

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 112.078 m.p.h. (race record)

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 100.364 m.p.h.
Last race

Race: GEICO 400 (September 19th)

Site: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Illinois

Miles: 400.5

Laps: 267

Finish line order: Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski

Time of Race: 2 hours, 47 minutes, 41 seconds

Average speed: 143.306 m.p.h.

Margin of victory: 0.941 second

Caution flags: 6 for 25 laps

Lead changes: 22 among 10 drivers

Lap leaders: M. Kenseth 1-32; J. Yeley 33; Kyle Busch 34-40; Kurt BuschM. Kenseth 1-32; J. Yeley 33; Kyle Busch 34-40; Kurt Busch41-103; C. Edwards 104-115; J. Johnson 116; R. Newman 117-118; C.Edwards 119-145; Kurt Busch 146; R. Newman 147-162; J. Johnson163-164; B. Keselowski 165-168; J. Johnson 169-204; T. Stewart205; M. Kenseth 206-208; T. Stewart 209-214; M. Truex Jr.215-217; M. Kenseth 218; M. Truex Jr. 219-227; M. Kenseth228-237; T. Stewart 238-250; M. Truex Jr. 251-252; T. Stewart253-267.
Entry list

#00 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Axe Cool Metal

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Dodge/Miller Lite

#4 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Toyota/Red Bull

#5 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com

#6 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/UPS

#7 Robby Gordon (Orange, CA) Dodge/Speed Energy

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Ground

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Toyota/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/ford40mph.com

#17 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Ford/Affliction Clothing

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Toyota/Home Depot

#22 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/DuPont

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania

#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports

#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Ford/Street King

#33 * Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper

#34 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/TBA

#35 Steve Park (East Northport, NY) Chevrolet/"Ole Blue" Tribute

#36 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Golden Corral

#37 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Toyota/TBA

#38 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/Long John Silver's

#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Degree

#43 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Ford/Best Buy

#46 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Ford/Red Line Oil

#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/Bush's Beans/Kingsford

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#50 T.J. Bell (Reno, VA) Chevrolet/Green Smoke

#51 Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction

#55 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/TBA

#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Brakes

#60 Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA) Chevrolet/Big Red

#66 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Toyota/HP Racing

#71 Andy Lally (Northport, NY) Ford/Interstate Moving Services

#78 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing

#83 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Red Bull

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Scott's Winterguard
Leading contenders
Name 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Clint Bowyer 24th Won 12th 10th Won
Denny Hamlin 4th 15th 9th 2nd 2nd
Jamie McMurray 10th 5th 12th 29th 11th 39th 18th 3rd
Dale Earnhardt Jr 11th 5th 3rd 5th 13th 16th 5th 35th 4th
Kevin Harvick 33rd 13th 10th 10th Won 17th 10th 32nd 5th
Jeff Gordon 14th 19th 7th 14th 3rd 2nd 14th 15th 6th
David Reutimann 26th 15th 12th 7th
Ryan Newman Won 9th 33rd Won 12th 9th 36th 7th 8th
Kyle Busch 27th 38th 4th 34th 5th 9th
Carl Edwards 20th 19th 18th 12th 3rd 17th 11th
Kurt Busch 2nd 15th Won 35th 19th 25th 6th 6th 13th
Kasey Kahne 4th 38th 16th 20th 11th 38th 14th
Jeff Burton 20th 42nd 15th 9th 7th 18th 4th 16th 15th
Juan Pablo Montoya 23rd 17th 3rd 16th
Greg Biffle 27th 43rd 28th 4th 14th 13th Won 9th 17th
Brad Keselowski 18th
Martin Truex Jr 22nd 5th 7th 19th 20th
Matt Kenseth 10th 7th 2nd 3rd 10th 7th 40th 23rd 23rd
Tony Stewart 3rd 20th 39th 2nd 2nd 3rd 8th 14th 24th
Jimmie Johnson 9th Won 11th 8th 39th 6th 2nd 4th 25th
Paul Menard 24th 21st 34th 28th
Mark Martin 16th 38th 13th 7th 11th Won 29th
Joey Logano 32nd 21st 35th
Brian Vickers 22nd 13th 5th 43rd 35th 11th

Notes
Race one is in the books, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup began last Monday in Illinois. Kevin Harvick holds down the top spot, but it was Tony Stewart who prevailed at Chicagoland Speedway for his 40th career Sprint Cup title.

Last year, New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the first event in the Chase. Clint Bowyer opened the 10-race classic by winning for the first time in 88 races.

Bowyer had the dominant car throughout the race but ran second to Tony Stewart in the late going before Stewart ran out of fuel with less than two laps to go. Bowyer took over the top spot for good and held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin by 0.48 seconds for his third career Sprint Cup Series win but his first since May 2008 at Richmond.

Three days following the New Hampshire race, NASCAR handed down stiff penalties to Bowyer's team after their winning car was found to be illegal during a more thorough post-race inspection conducted at NASCAR's Research and Development center in Concord, NC. Bowyer and team owner Richard Childress were each penalized with a 150-point loss, while crew chief Shane Wilson received a six-race suspension, a $150,000 fine and probation until the end of the year. Car chief Chad Haney also received suspension for the same length of time, as well as probation for the remainder of the year. Wilson's fine was later reduced to $100,000.

Only one driver in the eight-year history of the Chase for the Sprint Cup has won the first playoff race and then capture the championship - Kurt Busch in 2004. On the other end of the spectrum, a bad start doesn't always mean a championship deathblow. Jimmie Johnson finished 25th in last year's Chase- opener, only to eventually win his fifth consecutive title. In 2006, he opened up the Chase with a 39th-place finish. Denny Hamlin finished 31st at Chicagoland, the worst of the Chase contenders.

Food for thought. In four of the previous seven years, the eventual championship Chase winner finished in the top-five of race two - and Johnson won each of the last two.

In 2009, Mark Martin won at New Hampshire for the first time, as he capitalized on pit strategies and then held off the field in three late-race restarts for his fifth victory of that season. Martin last pitted under green with 58 laps remaining in the 300-lap race. He fell one lap behind, but the remainder of the field had to make their final stops shortly after, allowing Martin to reclaim the lead with 28 laps to go. An incident involving A.J. Allmendinger set up a three-lap shootout to the finish. After the restart, Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya were in a fierce side-by-side battle for the lead. Martin pulled ahead of Montoya with less than two laps to go. Allmendinger spun again on the final lap, which ended the race under caution. The victory was the 40th and most recent of his career.

Starting ninth in the 2008 race, Greg Biffle reclaimed the lead on lap 289 and held on the rest of the way to record his 13th career Sprint Cup title. Biffle clipped Jimmie Johnson by 0.505 of a second. Johnson led four times for a race-high 96 laps. Pole sitter Kyle Busch led the opening three laps, but placed 34th. Biffle has since added three wins to his total.

Clint Bowyer started on the pole and dominated this race in 2007, as he led for 222 laps en route to his first career Sprint Cup title. Bowyer led the first 37 laps and the final 49, as he defeated Jeff Gordon by over six seconds. In all, Bowyer led on six separate occasions, as he captured the first-place prize of $259,175 in just his 64th career Sprint Cup start.

In 2006, Kevin Harvick captured the first race of the Chase, as he outran Tony Stewart by less than a second for his fourth win in 2006 and the ninth of his Sprint Cup career. Harvick, who's victory total now stands at 18, dominated the race, leading seven times for a race-high 196 laps after starting on the pole. Harvick reclaimed the lead on lap 217 of the 300-lap race from Dave Blaney and held on for victory. Stewart made the biggest move of the race after starting 32nd on the grid.

Ryan Newman made a late-race pass and captured the 2005 Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway, in the first round of the 10-race "Chase for the Sprint Cup." The No.12 Penske Racing Dodge crossed the finish line 0.292 seconds ahead of pole sitter Tony Stewart, as he recorded his 12th of 15 career Sprint Cup titles. Newman led three times for a total of 66 laps, while Stewart led for a race-high 173 laps, including the first 74.

THIS AND THAT FROM NHMS: Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was August. 13, 1989. It was the first superspeedway to be constructed in the United States since 1969. There have been 33 Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one a year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since. Four drivers have competed in all 33 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek. Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) are the only drivers that have posted season sweeps. They are also the only back-to-back winners. The pole sitter has captured this race four times, including two of the past five years.

The next Chase race is the October 2 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

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Dodge Motorsports, 2011 NSCS SYLVANIA 300 Race Notes & Quotes

Posted By Press Release On September 20, 2011 @ 4:12 pm In Press Releases,Sprint Cup Series



DODGE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

· Dodge has three wins at New Hampshire (Ward Burton, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch).

· Penske Racing’s Kurt Bush has three wins at NHMS. He swept both races in 2004 at the 1.058-mile track before joining the Dodge family. He won the rain-shortened (284 of 300 laps were completed) spring event in 2008.
· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski claimed his first career pole at last year’s fall event at New Hampshire.

· Dodge drivers have captured the pole for five of the last 14 races at New Hampshire when qualifying was not postponed.

CHASE FAST FACTS

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch qualified third and finished sixth at Chicagoland. He is fourth in the standings, 11 points behind the leader.
· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski qualified sixth and finished fifth at Chicagoland. He is sixth in the standings, 14 points behind the leader.
· The last time two Penske Racing Dodges qualified for the Chase was 2005 (Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman).
· Dodge has not won a championship since the Chase format was introduced in 2004. Kurt Busch won the 2004 title before moving to Penske Racing in 2006.
· Dodge has won four Sprint Cup championships: David Pearson (1966), Bobby Isaac (1970), Richard Petty (1974, 1975).



DODGE IN THE CHASE: NEW HAMPSHIRE

· 2004: Former Dodge drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman were in the inaugural Chase. Both had problems in the first event at NHMS with Newman finishing 33rd and Mayfield 35th.

· 2005: Three Dodge drivers (Mayfield, Newman and Rusty Wallace) made the Chase field with Newman winning the opener at NHMS. Newman ended up sixth, Wallace eighth and Mayfield ninth in the final standings.

· 2006: Kasey Kahne was the lone Dodge driver in the Chase field. Kahne started 33rd and finished 16th at Loudon.

· 2007: Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative. He started third and finished 25th in the Chase opener at Loudon. He finished seventh in the final Chase standings.

· 2008: There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.

· 2009: Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative among the elite 12. Busch started third and finished seventh at NHMS in the Chase opener.

· 2010: Kurt Busch was the single Dodge entry. He started 12th and finished 13th in the first of the 10 Chase races.

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

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

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

· Robby Gordon Start: 30th (Daytona)
Finish: 16th (Daytona)

FROM THE DODGE ENGINEER: HOWARD COMSTOCK

“Now for something completely different. We finally completed the race on the wide-open spaces of Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile, high-banked track. Now, engineers have to change their thinking completely to deal with the very tight, very flat, one-mile track in New Hampshire. Banking is an engineer’s best friend when he’s trying to come up with a setup to make a 3,500-pound car turn, but the bad news is that at New Hampshire, there’s virtually no banking. Not fooled by any advertised specs, teams know that this track is really flat which makes it difficult to negotiate the turns. Spring selection helps, shock absorbers help, sway bars help, but all of those parts combined won’t be enough to solve the entire equation of New Hampshire.”

FROM THE CREW CHIEF

“Loudon is a unique race track. It has aspects of both Richmond and Phoenix all rolled into one. We work really hard to get the car to turn the center (of the corners) and maintain forward drive for late into a run. It’s a very flat layout, which presents a lot of different challenges. With no banking to catch the car, it can be very hard on brakes because the straightaways are long and you can build up a lot of speed before you get to the corner. It is so hard to pass, you really need the complete package to win there – good brakes, handling and pit stops.”
Paul Wolfe, Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It’s a huge advantage to have both the Penske Dodges in the Chase from the standpoint of what it means for team morale and what it means for the manufacturing process within Penske Racing…the process goes a lot smoother as far as what it takes to get the company going and get the teams going. I definitely think you want to have all your cars in the Chase. I really do believe that that’s a supreme advantage if for no other reason than what it means to the company and the morale within.”
Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

DODGE QUOTES

“We’re off to a good start in the Chase. We led laps and finished sixth in our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge at Chicagoland. That’s a good start, but that’s just one race. We have fast cars. We need to continue to have fast pit stops. We have to keep up with the track with good adjustments and make the car better during the race. If we are successful in managing those factors, we’ll be in position to compete for wins and have good finishes. That’s what we need to do the next nine weeks to challenge for the championship.”
Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger)

“It’s always a lot of fun when we go up to Loudon to race. The fans really love what we do and they show it by filling the stands. It’s one of those tracks we can go to and almost guarantee that it will be sold out. The racing that we put on at New Hampshire sometimes get a bad rap, but I think it has produced some of the most-exciting finishes over the last few years. It’s a one-mile track, but it races like a short track. There’s a lot of beating and banging and bumping and running – all of the things that the fans love.”
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

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Crew chief's calm demeanor has salvaged Kurt Busch's season

Thursday September 22, 2011

Read more: Crew chief Steve Addington has saved Kurt Busch's Sprint Cup season - Brant James - SI.com



There are moments when Steve Addington's voice seems as if it is about to meander into a country song. Dulcet barely describes it. It's as if Charley Pride wrote a spoken word ballad about shocks and springs.

Perhaps it's this Texas-via-Arkansas-by-way-of-South Carolina timbre that has so effectively talked Kurt Busch's season from the proverbial ledge. Certainly, engineering and personnel changes at Penske Racing helped correct the disastrous slide the No. 22 Dodge team took after beginning the season with a burst, but something within the crew chief has seemingly provided the intangible, interpersonal connection that has held the team together.

It might be perspective, something Addington learned through the pain of Ronnie Silver, a former Nationwide Series crew chief for Michael Waltrip.

"I had a good friend of mine that watched his dad get killed in an airplane crash and he had the family business thrown on him and he about killed himself trying to please everybody," Addington said of Silver. "And the pressure was on him and he's the one that told me [he] finally woke up one day and said, 'This is all I can do. That's just my approach to it now.'

"And he taught me a lot about these cars and he's a very good friend of mine and I've lived by that philosophy for a long time."

A mental and emotional center point has been crucial in Addington's last two Sprint Cup jobs: crew chief for Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing from 2008 until late in the 2009 season (they had 12 wins together after Busch took over the No. 18 Toyota); and crew chief for Kurt, his older brother, beginning in 2010. Both are extremely talented, but equally combustive and prone to public fits of pique when unsatisfied. Kyle Busch said after Addington's removal, "I love Steve," and took some of the blame for their collaboration failing to produce the results team president J.D. Gibbs sought. But JGR driver Denny Hamlin said the relationship "went stale," adding, "you've got someone who's rambunctious and someone that's reserved. It's tough to keep that going outside of the honeymoon period."

Kurt Busch, who learned Addington had been released by JGR while posing for a family Christmas card portrait in 2009, immediately asked his brother for Addington's phone number.

"I said, 'Can you give me Steve's number?'" Kurt said at the time. "He told me to go find it on my own."

This Busch-Addington marriage appears to have passed the honeymoon period and entered, if not bliss, partnership.

"I'm pretty laid back. I don't show a lot of emotion," Addington said. "I think I have the same passion as both those [Busch] kids do. I think they know that. I look at it as there's places to address certain issues and I don't do it in an argumentative way on the radio, out there for the whole world to see. I think they both know I take these cars very personal. I think every time I put that car on the racetrack that's part of me, and people look at it as a connection to me, so I take it very personal.

"Working with them, I learned a long time ago, you go out every single day and put out your best effort. You're not always going to please everybody. I don't roll a car to that starting grid without thinking we can go out and win the race with it. Some days it's going to work, some days it's not. You just have to have thick skin and take it as it is on those tough days."

The Richmond spring race was one of those days, as Busch railed against his crew, calling out veteran technical director Tom German, who left soon after to attend Sloan School of Management at MIT. The team asserts that the timing of German's departure and subsequent improvement in performance was coincidental.

"I was probably a lot worse than Kurt was at Richmond," said Addington. "When you can't put a finger on what it is, it's a very frustrating position. And I know it's frustrating to be out there in a car and not be able to get it done. Both sides are very frustrating."

The team confirmed in a test soon after Richmond that it had pursued fruitless engineering avenues and subsequently made adjustments that improved performance. After the change, Busch, who led the points standings for two of the first four weeks before slumping and falling as far as eighth, won three straight poles, finished second at Pocono and then won his only race of the season at Sonoma, Calif. He entered the Chase for the Championship fifth in points and improved to fourth by finishing sixth at Chicago. Though Busch has had sporadic outbursts on team radio -- again on Monday in the Chase opener, complaining how the team consistently fails to improve the car during the race -- Addington seems to consider them a means of venting frustration and an excusable by-product of an extremely public occupation.

"How many times would you like for me to come and sit on your desk all day long?" Addington asked. "You're going to have your bad days. That's life. I'm going to have my bad days when I'm not in a good mood and I don't want to deal with certain things. It's not played out for everybody. What the drivers do, they're in their office and it gets played out for everybody to listen to and replayed over and over again.

"That's a tough spot to be in. It was just frustration. ... We know that if we give him a car that is pretty close, he will step up to the plate and give us pretty good results with it. That's why we didn't get down. We didn't get down on him. He didn't get down on us."

But even inner peace would seemingly have its limits. Addington has personal versions of Richmond radio eruptions, but he saves them for the private meetings and private moments.

"I don't want everyone to know that," he grinned. "I get a little frustrated. I'll throw stuff, well, not throw stuff, I get ... I need my alone time. For me, it's getting by myself and getting some relief thinking about a lot of stuff and getting it off my mind. You got friends you talk to and they help out. I got a different way of doing things."

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It all seemed so easy at first for Parker Kligerman.

One qualifying attempt for a Nationwide Series race. One pole.

Not bad for a 19-year-old kid whose full-time gig was driving in the non-NASCAR sanctioned – and considerably less competitive – ARCA Racing Series.

“I turned to my crew chief at the time and said, ‘What’s for lunch?’” Kligerman recalls playfully asking after winning the pole in his first ever Nationwide Series appearance back in 2009.

Kligerman was pretty sure his surprisingly stellar qualifying lap for that October’s race at Kansas Speedway could only mean he had the goods to roll with NASCAR’s big boys.

“I walked around like, ‘Oh man, if we get to do this again or full time, we’ll just dominate,’” he remembers thinking.

The feeling didn’t last.

Kligerman’s very next time out in a Nationwide Series car – the 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway – he failed to qualify (although he drove in the race for a different team).

Three more DNQs followed in 2010, a season in which he only made 15 qualifying attempts. And suddenly, Kligerman faced the reality that competing in one of NASCAR’s national series wasn’t as easy as it had seemed at first.

The Penske Racing development driver’s confidence was shaken, too.

“In this sport all you have is confidence – confidence in your ability and confidence in the decisions you make on the race track,” Kligerman said recently. “And when you go through a tough time you lose a lot of that. And when you lose it, the best thing you can do for yourself is to find a way to achieve it again and get it back, and if you can do that I feel like you become a better racer and a better person.”

No doubt about it, Kligerman has done just that.

Down but not defeated coming into 2011, the Connecticut native got a fresh start with the opportunity to run for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series. And an enjoyable run it has been.

Eighteen races into a full 25-race schedule for the team owned by Penske Racing Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski, Kligerman is eighth in the points standings on the strength of seven top 10s, including runner-up finishes at Texas and Kentucky.

Fresh off a fourth-place outing last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the 21-year-old rolls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 175 believing that his first win could be just around the corner.

Kligerman is undaunted by the fact that Saturday’s race – which SPEED will carry beginning with NCWTS Setup at 2:30 p.m. ET – will be his first time ever on the flat 1.058-mile oval.

“We show up at the race track with the intention of we are going to do the absolute best we can and hopefully that’s good enough to win,” said Kligerman, who is just seven points out of fifth. “I think right now what makes it a little more realistic is that obviously we are kind of knocking on the door, we do have a lot of speed week in and week out. The guys are building great trucks, we’re qualifying up front, we’re running up front, we’re challenging guys like Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch each week and that kind of gets me thinking, ‘Hey, wait, we’re going to break through here pretty soon.’”

Despite sitting eighth in the standings and 54 points in arrears of first place James Buescher, Kligerman won’t rule out the possibility of a late title surge.

“A lot of these guys are making mistakes and if we can stay mistake-free, I don’t see any reason we can’t walk into Homestead with a shot at it,” Kligerman said. “The goal is the championship. I don’t see any reason why we can’t go challenge for it. But at the same time we wouldn’t be upset with a top-five, top-three finish in the points.”

Kligerman hopes to soon re-sign as a Penske development driver for 2012 and run another full Truck season for Brad Keselowski Racing, in addition to a part-time schedule for Penske in the Nationwide Series.

Kligerman’s lone Nationwide outing of this season – at Bristol last month – was a successful one as he finished ninth and on the lead lap.

That performance, coupled with his solid Truck Series campaign, has made Kligerman’s outlook closer to where it was on that day almost two years ago in Kansas.

“Midway through 2010 I was probably at a point where I thought, ‘What the heck am I doing here?’” he said. “By the time I got to where I am now again midway through this season I felt, ‘Hey, I belong here again.’ I knew it all along. It’s just I had to prove it to myself.”




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September 23, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - For Immediate Release
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CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP

Chase Race No. 2 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Kurt Busch – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T
o Finished 10th in first race at NHMS in July
o Started fourth and led 66 of 301 laps
o Has three wins along with seven top five and 11 top-10 finishes at NHMS
o Average finish of 13.5 at 1.058-mile track in 21 starts
o Swept both events in 2004 before joining Penske Racing

Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
o Finished 35th in July race
o Started fifth, cut down right front tire, completed 257 of 301 laps
o Started from pole in last year’s fall event
o Has one top-10 finish and an average finish of 22.2 at Loudon track
o Has been running at finish of all four starts at NHMS

Results: Chase Race No. 1 – Chicagoland Speedway – Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Kurt Busch – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T
o Qualified: 3rd Finished: 6th
o Points position: 4th Gain/Loss: +3
Behind Leader: -11
o Led 64 of 267 laps – most by any driver
o Seventh top-five and 15th top-10 of the season.

Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
o Qualified: 6th Finished: 5th
o Points Position: 6th Gain/Loss: +5
Behind Leader: -14
o Seventh consecutive top-12 finish.
o Career-best Chicagoland Speedway finish.
o Seventh top-five and 11th top-10 of the season.
o Since Indianapolis (August), has scored more points than any other NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, 289 to Jeff Gordon's 262

DODGE IN THE CHASE: NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

· 2004: Former Dodge drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman were in the inaugural Chase. Both had problems in the first event at NHMS with Newman finishing 33rd and Mayfield 35th.
· 2005: Three Dodge drivers (Mayfield, Newman and Rusty Wallace) made the Chase field with Newman winning the opener at NHMS. Newman ended up sixth, Wallace eighth and Mayfield ninth in the final standings.
· 2006: Kasey Kahne was the lone Dodge driver in the Chase field. Kahne started 33rd and finished 16th at Loudon.
· 2007: Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative. He started third and finished 25th in the Chase opener at Loudon. He finished seventh in the final Chase standings.
· 2008: There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.
· 2009: Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative among the elite 12. Busch started third and finished seventh at NHMS in the Chase opener.
· 2010: Kurt Busch was the single Dodge entry. He started 12th and finished 13th in the first of the 10 Chase races.

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

CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THE EMOTION IS LIKE WHEN A CREW CHIEF COMES OVER THE RADIO AND SAYS START SAVING [FUEL]? WHAT IS THAT LIKE FOR YOU GUYS? “It’s exciting because we know we’re on the edge of making it or not making it. I think that the way a driver can conserve fuel is to just be consistent with the throttle pedal. But you really know exactly how much fuel you’re saving, you get the trophy at the end when you cross the line under power. So whether you’re running for fifth, 15th you’re doing all that you can in the car to let off the gas early and try to coast into the corner and not pick up the gas too early.”

IS THERE MORE FUEL MILEAGE NOW THAN THERE WAS BEFORE OR DOES IT JUST KIND OF SEEM THAT WAY? “It’s just the way that…yeah, it is more now. It’s just the way though that any race is with to win. You have to do whatever it takes to win, whether it’s bolting on tires with 20 to go and going all out or whether it’s going 50 laps on a tank of gas trying to stretch it.”

WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO RULES CHANGES FOR TALLADEGA? “You know I think it’s good. What I was encouraging for Talladega was to drop the rear spoiler angle so that we would gain speed but opening the restrictor plate size is the same thing and hopefully we’ll be out there separated because we’re driving sideways ‘cause we’re on edge and we’ve got to worry about handling not necessarily just about speed.”

DO YOU THINK YOU’LL HAVE TO BREAK OUT QUICKER OR IS IT TOO HARD TO PREDICT? “It’s going to be, Friday’s practice will be very important at Talladega. It’s really going to mix it up a lot. It’s hard to predict.”

WHEN WE COME TO LOUDON IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF YOUR COMPETITIORS FACES SOUR, LIKE THIS DOESN’T SEEM LIKE IT’S A LOT OF GUYS FAVORITE PLACE TO COME. YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO BE UP FRONT HERE. WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO COME HERE? “I enjoy coming here. It’s a great racetrack and that you have to be excited about every Chase track no matter if you think you’re going to struggle or if you think that you’re gonna do good. For us this has been a good track and we want to try to capitalize on this being a good track for us.”

LOOKING AHEAD TO DOVER, WHAT ARE THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECTS OF THE MONSTER MILE? “Just the tire buildup, with the rubber buildup I mean, the way that the track fills in and it changes from the first lap all the way to lap 400. The rubber buildup is the hardest thing to keep track of at Dover.”

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A GOOD RUN THERE? “I mean you have to have raw speed but being able to adjust on the car during the race is key.”

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU SALVAGED ON LAST WEEK? “For us a radiator fan actually came off. We bottomed out too much and that took away a lot of front downforce so it was good to see that problem when we got back to the shop so we know we don’t have that going forward.”

SO YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT DURING THE RACE? “No we didn’t know about that.”

COMMENT ON YOUR BASEBALL ODESSEY. “After I was on the NASCAR circuit for as long as I was I realized I got halfway through this, I guess baseball objective, a bucket list, or just a challenge to myself to go to all the ballparks. It took 10 years but it was neat to just try to go to one ballpark a year here and there and try to make sure I got all of ‘em. The toughest ones were the ones geographically challenged, whether it was San Diego or Seattle or Toronto.”

HOW MANY FIRST PITCHES DID YOU THROW OUT? “I’d say half a dozen. Not too many. Just wanted to go in, buy a ticket; go in casual sometimes.”

WHEN YOU WON THE FIRST CHASE EVERYBODY WAS FLYING BLIND. NOBODY REALLY KNEW HOW TO APPROACH 10 RACES WITH THAT MUCH ON THE LINE. HOW DO YOU APPROACH IT DIFFERENTLY NOW THAN YOU DID THEN? “You have to have consistency, which I did back then, but you have to do it with top-fives. Those are the keys. We were all then thinking ‘Ah, you can have one throwaway race, just get those top-10 consistent finishes.’ Average finishes over the years have definitely dropped down with Jimmie [Johnson] winning the title like he has.”

FROM THE DRIVER’S PERSPECTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING FUEL MILEAGE, HOW MUCH OF IT IS JUST WORKING THE PEDALS AND HOW HARD AND HOW EASY YOU ARE OFF THOSE AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS OTHER THINGS? “It’s all in the pedal. I mean, you have to let off early and go to it very smoothly but all it once. You don’t want to have any excess fuel now being burned. So it really comes down to just backing the corner up as far as you can and not using the brake pedal as well.”

WHEN IT COMES TO SOME GUYS BEING BETTER AT SAVING FUEL THAN OTHERS IS A LOT OF THAT JUST IN HOW SOME GUYS ARE JUST TOO HARD ON PEDALS? “It has a lot to do with the way your team sets up the carburetor and it has a lot to do with you’re actual over fuel mileage. One driver really can be better than another. It’s just backing the corner up and being nice to the pedal.”

WILL FUEL INJETION CHANGE HOW YOU SAVE AND HOW YOU DO IT? “Yes and I’m hearing there’s a lot of trouble with the fuel mileage with you let off of the pedal and you’re decelerating and the engine is being starved for fuel because in a normal carburetor fuel splashes in after you let off the throttle pedal so lots of things to worry about going into next year. Right now we’ve got to worry about these nine races.”

YOU ARE 14 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD IN THE STANDINGS. ONE RACE INTO THE CHASE, IS IT A SO FAR, SO GOOD MINDSET COMING INTO THIS WEEKEND? “Yeah, sixth is great. You know we led most laps last week and it would have been nice to finish stronger than that but sixth is the same as finishing perfect and being zero. Fourteen points is nothing.”

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Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed

1 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 135.002
2 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 134.763
3 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 134.648
4 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 134.587
5 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 134.382
6 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 134.354
7 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 134.160
8 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 134.146
9 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 134.146
10 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 134.075
11 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 134.056
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 133.981
13 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 133.821
14 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 133.816
15 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 133.792
16 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 133.769
17 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 133.755
18 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 133.595
19 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 133.572
20 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 133.445
21 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 133.357
22 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 133.245
23 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 133.203
24 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 133.114
25 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 132.905
26 David Ragan (6) Ford 132.896
27 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 132.665
28 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 132.591
29 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 132.572
30 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 132.429
31 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 132.232
32 J.J. Yeley (38) Ford 132.213
33 David Gilliland (34) Ford 132.048
34 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 131.856
35 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 131.797
36 Robby Gordon (7) Dodge 131.352
37 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 131.293
38 Travis Kvapil (55) Ford 131.058
39 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 130.833
40 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 130.613
41 Josh Wise (37) Ford 130.550
42 Scott Speed (46) Ford 130.304
43 Andy Lally (71) Ford 128.784
44 Steve Park (135) DNQ 128.398
45 T.J. Bell (150) DNQ 127.483

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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 5th “New car blues. We’re really just struggling finding the front-end, the settle point. We’re either dragging the splitter or it’s five feet off the ground, literally. It’s just been a weird day with travels, new car. We just had to go cold turkey at it. We threw the July qualifying setup at it. We ran a 28.30 in July. We ran a 28.30 again. I just don’t know where that’s going to put us.”

NOW YOU MUST LOOK AHEAD TO USING THE PRACTICES EFFICENTLY. “Yeah we know the sway bar arms and some other things were giving us issues and the bump stops. I mean it’s this wonderful splitter that we have and you got to battle around it some days. When you have a new car you never know what travels you’re going to get sometimes.”

IF YOU HAD YOUR CHOICE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO RACE IN THE CHASE HERE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY OR LATE? “This is a great spot for it. This is track is fun and the way that the racetrack races you can pass if you have a fast racecar. And if you don’t you’ve got to find strategy to try and find a way to win. But this is a fun place and I enjoy coming up to New England. If we did it much later than this we might be battling snow instead of rain.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 16th ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH THAT LAP? “Yeah a little bit. Not a terrible lap, not a good lap either, just kind of okay. I thought it was a little faster than that. I was a little surprised.”

IF QUALIFYING IS CUT SHORT BY RAIN, WOULD THAT BE AN ADVANTAGE FOR YOU GUYS? “It’s kind of a wash for us. We’re gonna end up about 15th either way so kind of a wash.”

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 36th ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THAT LAP? “Yeah, I mean, 28.99 is a decent lap for us. I’m going to say the pole is going to be, I don’t know, maybe a 30 or a 40 so it’s going to be a half-second. We still have some work to do but like I said, when we start getting to a position where we can qualify up front then worry about racing again.”

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