NASCAR: DODGE 3/10-03/11 (Sat & Sun) - Dodge Nitro Forum
Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep News Find out the latest scoop here!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
Exclamation NASCAR: DODGE 3/10-03/11 (Sat & Sun)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway





Records
Date Series Driver Speed

3/1/98 Sprint Cup Race Mark Martin 147.00
3/6/11 Sprint Cup Qualifying Matt Kenseth 188.884
3/5/11 Nationwide Race Mark Martin 133.00
2/27/10 Nationwide Qualifying Brad Keselowski 185.427
9/26/09 Camping World Truck Race Johnny Sauter 128.00
9/23/06 Camping World Truck Qualifying Mike Skinner 178.065


################################################## #


NASCAR Preview

Sam's Town 300
Las Vegas Motor Speedway



What: Race 3 of 33 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
When: Saturday March 10, 2012 5:16 pm EST ESPN2
Laps: 200
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 300.00 miles




Nationwide
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

3/5/11 Sam's Town 300 Carl Edwards Mark Martin Chevrolet $1,289,942
2/27/10 Sam's Town 300 Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $1,479,944
2/28/09 Sam's Town 300 Scott Speed Greg Biffle Ford $1,646,708
3/1/08 Sam's Town 300 Brian Vickers Mark Martin Chevrolet $1,649,814


################################################## #



NASCAR Preview

Kobalt Tools 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway



Race Capsule
Las Vegas Motor Speedway

What: Race 3 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
When: Sunday March 11, 2012 3:16 pm EDT FOX
Laps: 267
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 401.00 miles


Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

3/6/11 Kobalt Tools 400 Matt Kenseth Carl Edwards Ford $6,250,807
2/28/10 Shelby American Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $6,288,475
3/1/09 Shelby 427 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $6,577,562
3/2/08 UAW-Dodge 400 Kyle Busch Carl Edwards Ford $6,459,779

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NSCS Race Advance - Las Vegas
March 6, 2012 , LAS VEGAS - For Immediate Release
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NSCS Race Advance
Kobalt Tools 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 11, 2012


DODGE NEWS AND NOTES
· The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dodge Charger R/T will be revealed on Sunday, March 11 in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
· The Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicle made its debut last weekend at Phoenix, serving as the pace car for both NASCAR races. It will serve as the pace car for both races this weekend.
· Brad Keselowski gained 17 positions in the NSCS driver standings after his fifth-place finish last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. He’s now 12th in the standings, 37 points behind the leader.
· A.J. Allmendinger earned a career-best finish of 19th at last year’s Sprint Cup event at LVMS. He has one Cup Series start driving a Dodge at LVMS where he finished 33rd (2009).
· Robby Gordon leads all Dodge drivers with 12 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at LVMS with a career best finish of 12th (2006).

DODGE AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
· Dodge has one win at LVMS – Sterling Marlin was the 2002 winner.
· Dodge has three poles at LVMS – 2004 (Marlin), 2007 (Kasey Kahne) and 2010 (Kurt Busch). Busch posted a lap time of 26.614 seconds (188.719 mph).

DODGE HISTORICAL DATA
· First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm Beach, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
· Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Kurt Busch, 10/2/2011, AAA 400, Dover Motor Speedway, 119.413 mph avg. speed.

THE DODGE BOYS
· Dodge has 212 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins.
· Dodge teams have posted 52 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).

DID YOU KNOW?
· SRT Motorsports Engineering tallied over 2,000 emails and 600 drawings in developing the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dodge Charger that will be revealed Sunday in Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
· The Dodge Charger street car is the only rear-wheel-drive model in Sprint Cup Series competition that is available with a V-8 engine.
· SRT Motorsports includes all of Chrysler Group’s NASCAR racing efforts for Dodge and RAM.
· Dodge is an Official Passenger Car of NASCAR.

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FAST FACTS
· NASCAR’s premier series has competed in the state of Nevada 15 times. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has hosted only 14 of those Sprint Cup events. The other race was at Las Vegas Park Speedway in 1955.
· Only one NSCS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been won from the pole position (Kyle Busch – 2009).
· Of the 14 Sprint Cup races at LVMS, only four have been won from a top-five starting position (29%).

NEW CAR TALK – 2013 NSCS DODGE CHARGER R/T
“In the past we’ve said, ‘Let’s have similar shapes and we’ll make ‘em look different with decals.’ We wanted real hard identity, real features that you see on the street car incorporated in the race car. That’s kind of how we got started, how the design process started. Approximately 2,000 e-mails and 600 drawings later, we’ve got a car that is running on the race track.”
Howard Comstock, SRT Motorsports Engineering


QUICK FACTS
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at LVMS was held on March 1, 1998 and won by Mark Martin.
· Eight different drivers have posted wins in Sprint Cup competition at LVMS.
· There will be six jet drivers available for track drying purposes during the weekend.
· It takes approximately 120 minutes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall.
· Sterling Marlin was the winner of the 2002 Sprint Cup race at LVMS. He’s the oldest driver to win at the track (44 years, 7 months, 32 days).

FROM THE ENGINEER – RACING AT LAS VEGAS
“We only visit the LVMS once a year and that means two things. First, the drivers haven't been here in a year so there's some fast re-education that has to happen for them. And second, the teams have a thinner book of notes to refer to and that puts extra pressure on the engineers to come up with the setups that will get the drivers up to speed in the least amount of time. Some teams say that they learn about this track right up to the last lap of the race. As engineers, our job is to drastically short cut that process.”
Howard Comstock, SRT Motorsports Engineering

DODGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“It gives me goosebumps to think that car is going to be on the track and everyone is going to know that’s a Charger. It’s going to hit you in the side of the head because it looks so much like it. I’m proud of that. I’m proud that I was able to be a part of making that car look like our car that we call the Charger.”
Mark Trostle - Head of SRT, Viper, Mopar and Motorsports Design on the 2013 NSCS Dodge Charger R/T

DODGE QUOTES
“I look for the two Penske Dodge teams to work really closely together this weekend and be able to maximize all the practice time we have on the schedule. Vegas (LVMS) has been a struggle for me in the past, but we’re coming in there optimistic that we can improve. I look to get better on the track and our Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Team can continue to get stronger overall.”
A.J. Allmendinger, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger

“Las Vegas in a Cup car is extremely fast, one of the fastest mile-and-a-half tracks that we visit. The key is running the whole race without getting into trouble. It’s such an ‘edge’ track and you have to really stay tuned in mentally. You need to concentrate on hitting your marks, but you also have to charge the corner. As a team I’m excited at how fast our cars have been to start the season. Hopefully, we’ll hit the jackpot this weekend with the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger.”
Brad Keselowski, No 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“Vegas is very fast for a mile-and-a-half track and it can be one of the most challenging places for setting up a car. There is a fine line you have to walk between fast and wrecking and there is little margin for error. We’ve had good cars to start the season and we want to continue that this weekend.”
Paul Wolfe, crew chief, No. Miller Lite Dodge Charger

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NNS Race Advance - Sam's Town 300 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 6, 2012 , LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

For Immediate Release
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NNS Race Advance
Sam's Town 300
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, March 10, 2012



SAM HORNISH JR.
– No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger
Crew Chief: Chad Walter

Career Stats:
Starts: 35
Wins: 1
Top Fives: 2
Top 10s: 7
Poles: 0
Laps Led: 122

2012 Season Stats:
Starts: 2
Wins: 0
Top Fives: 0
Top 10s: 1
Poles: 0
Laps Led: 7

• Sixth in NNS championship standings, 26 behind leader Elliott Sadler and nine behind third-place Trevor Bayne.
• Will be making his first NNS start at Las Vegas since 2008.
• Participated in EFI and tire tests at LVMS last fall.

BRAD KESELOWSKI
– No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger
Crew Chief: Jeremy Bullins

Career Stats:
Starts: 170
Wins: 17
Top Fives: 75
Top 10s: 105
Poles: 12
Laps Led: 2,761

2012 Season Stats:
Starts: 2
Wins: 0
Top Fives: 2
Top 10s: 2
Poles: 0
Laps Led: 7

• Two top-five finishes in five previous starts at LVMS and has led a lap in three of those events.
• Won pole for 2010 LVMS event.
• Has qualified 10th or better in 15 consecutive NNS races.
• Has completed all but one lap in his last 18 NNS races (3,104 of 3,105) – 99.96 percent.

DODGE QUOTES:
“Las Vegas is one of the places I’ve always liked going to. It’s a pretty high-speed track with a lot of grip and lot of bumps that move the car around, so you definitely have to find the perfect line to get through there.”
-- Sam Hornish, Jr.

“On the Nationwide side, I’ve been so close to winning races there. I just want to close the deal. I’ve had a lot of success there. On the Cup side, not so much (success) which just means that’s a chance to change that around.”
-- Brad Keselowski

THE LAS VEGAS NUMBERS
• Dodge has one Nationwide Series win at Las Vegas: Kasey Kahne in 2006. Kahne edged Matt Kenseth by .316 seconds to score the win. He led 56 laps.
• Dodge has eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at LVMS.
• At least one Dodge driver has scored a top-10 finish in eight consecutive Nationwide races at LVMS.
• The most Dodge drivers to finish inside the top 10 in a NNS race at LVMS were three in 2006.

DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES
• The Dodge Charger Pursuit pace car made its debut last week at Phoenix and will serve as the pace car for both races this weekend at LVMS.
• Dodge is fielding two full-time entries in the series this year. Sam Hornish Jr. will compete for the series championship while Brad Keselowski and Parker Kligerman will share driving duties in the second Penske Racing entry.
• Dodge claimed its first NASCAR championship in 2010 when Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski captured the driver’s title.
• Dodge has 41 wins in the series including seven in each of the last two seasons. A Dodge has started from the pole 48 times.

FROM THE CREW CHIEF
“I think that the expectations may be a little bit higher this season. I think we have our eyes set on winning a championship, more so than we ever have. I think that with the limited schedule that we ran last year and the chance we had to kind of take a step back and really, just took it to heart that we needed to fix a few things and turn Sam into a better racer and us into a better race team.”
-Chad Walter, Crew Chief, No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
Dodge Brand Identity Is Back In 2013 Sprint Cup Dodge Charger
Published on March 7, 2012 by Official Release



'13 Sprint Cup Dodge Charger
2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger: Brand Identity Is Back


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Wednesday, March 7, 2012) – No question: The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Dodge Charger is a good-looking car, with a body that brings back the brand identity to fans of the brand. But beauty isn’t skin deep — a lot of work has gone into developing the Charger race car for next season’s planned on-track debut at the Daytona 500.

David Bailey, senior manager for SRT Motorsports Engineering, was in it from the beginning. “In late 2010, NASCAR called the meeting with all the manufacturers,” Bailey said, and all four were unanimous in their desire to race a car that looked a lot more like their road-going counterparts. NASCAR agreed. “They wanted a production car look. Each manufacturer had the opportunity to present individually to NASCAR.

Dodge showed “Basically a production Charger sitting on top of a Cup car chassis,” Bailey said. “And it just jumped out.” By March of last year, “we had some follow-up discussions with NASCAR, and they started what they called the ‘Gang of Four’ meetings at the tracks with the manufacturers.”

Even beginning with a car like the street-going Charger, it wasn’t easy translating it to the race car. Front and rear overhang had to be adjusted to NASCAR specifications, but still maintain the Charger’s character. Everything from the angle of the windshield to the shape of the grille had to be adjusted to meet three objectives: It had to race well, it had to meet NASCAR specifications, and it had to look like something Dodge engineers and designers would be proud of.

The nose, for example: “The production Charger is aggressive in front, but the 2013 NASCAR Charger is just evil looking in the nose, “ said Mark Trostle, who heads SRT Motorsports design. “It totally encompasses that ‘Get the heck outta my way’ look we wanted because it’s lower, wider, and the lines are angrier when you translate it from the production car to the race car.”

Development began, Bailey said, with the “greenhouse,” which is the part of the car above the hood, doors and trunk, containing the windows, “and we then moved down into the rest of the critical points on the car. Finally we established a package that all of the manufacturers agreed to.” Much of it was a natural evolution from the production Charger, Bailey said: “Our car is rear-wheel drive, and available with a V-8 engine, so it lent itself to the project quite easily.

“It’s been many, many years since we’ve had a race car that looks so much like the production car,” Bailey said. “And it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

SRT Motorsports at-track engineer Howard Comstock stressed that Dodge had no interest in a purely cosmetic treatment that fans could see through. “We didn’t want to do it with just decals,” he said. “We wanted a real identity, real features on the car that you see on the street car. After the design process started — and approximately 2,000 e-mails, and 600 drawings later — we’ve got a car that everyone knows is a Dodge Charger.”

The new Dodge Charger race car, Comstock said, “has a very unique look. It’s bold. We had to stand firm in the discussions and negotiations about what the shape of this new car was going to be.” Helpful was the fact that Dodge actually has high-performance versions of the Charger. “The other manufacturers,” Comstock said, “personally, I think they’re stretching a little bit because I don’t think of some of the other brands as performance models. But hopefully in the end, everybody got something out of it.”

Bailey said everyone involved with the project is delighted with the final product. “We’re a relatively small organization, but we’re intense, we’re experienced and we’re knowledgeable about what it takes to get into the winner’s circle. There’s a lot of pride here.”

The public debut of the NASCAR 2013 Dodge Charger comes March 11, just before the green flag falls on the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
NASCAR Qualifying
Last Updated: Friday, Mar 9, 2012 8:41 pm, EST
Kobalt Tools 400
Status: Field Set Las Vegas Motor Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Kasey Kahne (5) Chevrolet 190.456
2 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 190.040
3 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 190.014
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 189.873
5 Clint Bowyer (15) Toyota 189.807
6 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 189.773
7 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 189.667
8 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 189.620
9 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 189.500
10 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 189.421
11 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 189.208
12 Kurt Busch (51) Chevrolet 189.148
13 Mark Martin (55) Toyota 188.970
14 A J Allmendinger (22) Dodge 188.937
15 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 188.910
16 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 188.758
17 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 188.712
18 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 188.436
19 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 188.160
20 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 188.134
21 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 188.088
22 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 187.754
23 Brendan Gaughan (33) Chevrolet 187.669
24 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 187.663
25 Trevor Bayne (21) Ford 187.363
26 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 187.305
27 Aric Almirola (43) Ford 186.987
28 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 186.987
29 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 186.780
30 Landon Cassill (83) Toyota 185.650
31 David Reutimann (10) Chevrolet 185.644
32 Casey Mears (13) Ford 185.274
33 Josh Wise (26) Ford 184.837
34 David Gilliland (38) Ford 184.685
35 David Ragan (34) Ford 184.388
36 J.J. Yeley (249) Toyota 184.370
37 Travis Kvapil (93) Toyota 184.175
38 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 183.949
39 Michael McDowell (98) Ford 183.861
40 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 183.542
41 Ken Schrader (32) Ford 183.306
42 Timmy Hill (37) Ford 182.877
43 David Stremme (30) Toyota 182.704
44 Scott Riggs (23) DNQ 182.426
45 Robby Gordon (7) DNQ 182.285

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
SRT Motorsports - Dodge Brad Keselowski Open Interview - Las Vegas
March 9, 2012 , LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

Friday, March 9, 2012

Dodge PR
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Brad Keselowski Open Interview


Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T)
COMMENT ON COMING TO LAS VEGAS. “Absolutley. Great facilities, and I was just amazed last night being downtown and seeing all the fans here. Certainly looks like we’re going to have a great turnout for the weekend just based on what we saw. Enjoy coming here. I wish I had a little more success on the track at the Cup level. But it’s an important weekend for all of us, for all the teams to prove, kind of, our mile-and-a-half prowess. For us, I think I’m as interested as anyone else to see how we’re going to start off 2012 on the mile-and-a-halfs. I’m optimistic about it. There are some areas that we’re going to need to improve, but I think after last week we have a pretty good chunk of momentum from a strong run in Phoenix. We’ll just see how it comes, but you know this is a pretty good indicator of what teams are going to have, at least for the short term, on the mile-and-a-halfs. I think you look at Vegas and the performances that you see here, and it seems like whoever runs well here seems to run well at Charlotte and some of those other key places, you know it’s a pretty good indicator of strength.”

YOU KEEP GOING TO THESE TRACKS WHERE YOU HAVEN’T HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS IN THE PAST AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU RUN IN THE TOP FIVE, LIKE PHOENIX. SO WHEN YOU COME TO A PLACE WHERE YOU HAVEN’T RUN WELL, DO YOU THROW OUT YOUR NOTES? HOW DO YOU TURN AROUND YOUR PERFORMANCE? “I just think that if you look back at a lot of things that I’ve done, you can go back to the Nationwide side and kind of look at the template I had over there where what I’ve done in the past I’ve been able to build off of it. And it was funny, I saw Dale Jarrett and we might have been gambling (smiles), and we were talking about the same exact topic. His career was very similar, where he improved every time he went back somewhere and each year, you kind of build on things. You know, that’s where I certainly feel like I’m at. I think last week was a big hurdle for me to get over. It was a track where I haven’t had any success. I’ve had okay runs, but you know, haven’t been able to put the numbers on the board. You know, I just think you keep building and you keep adding ingredients until you bake the right cake. It’s going well for us. We’re starting to get somewhere.”

YOU MENTIONED GAMBLING. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GAMBLING ON NASCAR? ALL THE CASINOS NOW HAVE IT. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT? DO YOU PUT TEN BUCKS ON YOURSELF? “No, not this weekend (laughs). You guys haven’t read my stats here (laughter). You know I did, I posted something on Twitter about it ‘cause in the hotel I was staying in, they had the odds posted out. Andrea Ross who runs my foundation was asking me about it and she said ‘Well should I put money on this or should I put money on that?’ I wouldn’t put money on any of it. I think they’re terrible odds for everyone. I don’t know how they figure that out. NASCAR is not a good sport to gamble on (smiles). In fact it’s pretty terrible. It is interesting to see it. It’s almost more flattering for me to see the sport lined up next to the NBA or NFL and so forth. I don’t know, I guess it’s just kind of a validation of status more than anything else. The pure numbers or you know odds of, no, they’re not very good. I don’t recommend it (laughs).”

WHAT HAS BEEN THE TEAM REACTION TO CHANGING MANUFACTURERS? “I didn’t go back to really spend any time with my team between Phoenix and Vegas. I was trying to save a little money, but I’ll certainly go back and talk to ‘em this week. You know, it’s my general impression that I think there’s a lot of optimism and I think that if you look at the company, I think that there is a large reason for optimism. I said this in Phoenix and I guess I’ll reiterate it, the most important part of the manufacturer piece was being able to add a long-term contract that gave stability. That all boils down to what the main focus is and that’s making sure that everybody at Penske Racing knows that they’ve got a funded team, funded car owner, driver, crew chief, sponsor, all of those things for years to come. So, I really feel like they should be excited about it and I hope they are. Again, I haven’t seen ‘em face to face, but you know, basically, this is like walking in saying hey, everybody here is guaranteed a job for the next five years. I’ve got a pretty good feeling how that would go over here and it’s just as well over there. I think anytime you can guarantee a group of people a job for what I consider a substantial amount of time, five years, I think that’s a good deal. Then, it’s just up to you to perform to continue to earn it. That’s whether it’s me or anyone else on the team. I would assume that’s the general reaction. That’s certainly my reaction. I hope that everyone else at Penske Racing feels the same way. Like you said, there are some mixed emotions to it. I still do thoroughly enjoy the time I’ve spent with Dodge. Hopefully, we can finish it off by getting ‘em a modern-era Cup championship this year. We’ll have to see how that all works out. You know it is what it is; life’s about change.”

YOU SAID NASCAR WASN’T A GOOD SPORT TO GAMBLE ON. WHAT ABOUT GAMBLING ON THE RACE TRACK WHEN YOUR CREW CHIEF TAKES A GAMBLE AND HOW MUCH YOU SUPPORT THAT AND LIKE THOSE KIND OF DECISIONS? “See, that’s the thing, a friend of mine tells me this all the time: ‘You guys gamble all the time on pit strategy.’ And I watched Jimmy Spencer last year and he said the same thing: ‘You guys are always gambling.’ Well, I don’t like to gamble and so any move we’re doing, there’s certainly a risk percentage pre-calculated. I’d like to think that Paul (Wolfe, crew chief) is very sharp on those things. And when you have a strategy, it’s like counting cards. When you have a strategy, you’re not really gambling. You know, I think for the most part, Paul and the engineers and everyone on the Miller Lite team, they have a pretty good strategy going into it.”

YOU HAVE VOICED SOME CONCERNS IN THE PAST ABOUT EFI. THE ISSUES THAT HAVE COME UP IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, ARE THEY ONES YOU ENVISIONED AT THAT TIME OR ARE THEY THINGS THAT YOU THINK ARE UNEXPECTED? “Well I think
you can expect the unexpected whenever you involve electronics because you just don’t know.
Obviously the environment inside of a race car, it’s not a pleasant one. It’s quite miserable. You’re looking at 140 degree temperatures, large vibration. Set that aside from toxic fumes, and that’s what the inside of a race car is. It’s not a pleasant place to be. It’s not a place you want to be for four hours. Whether that’s a human being or anything of that nature or electronics, it’s not going to go over so well. There has to be a lot of durability in all those parts. I don’t know if we’ve seen all the issues that there’s going to be. I think that when the races get hotter, there’s a lot of potential for failure, but I don’t think anyone can really quantify what those potentials are or put any odds on it because we are seeing things that I don’t think we even predicted we would see. Who knows? Maybe we’re going to see some other things that are good. I certainly have learned a lot about it over the last few months and it’s somewhat mind-boggling. There are some things I like about it. You know, for the first time to be able to have driver telemetry in NASCAR, that’s unique. I like that. I think it was time for that to happen. You know there are some good sides, certainly, but as a sport, I think we’re all very curious to see what direction this is going to take us, especially over the summer when it gets really, really hot and we get longer races. We’ve got Texas coming up; it’s an extremely long race, on a rough racetrack. It can be hot there. You’ve got obviously Indy, which to me is one of the hottest races of the year. Kansas last year was a scorcher and then the 600 in Charlotte. To me, those races are almost going to be a throwback to the races of the 60s, 70s and early 80s where reliability might be just as important is anything else. So that will be interesting to watch, definitely a change for the sport if it continues down the path that we’ve seen so far.”

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ONE-AND-AHALF MILE RACETRACKS THAT YOU GUYS RACE ON. SOME ARE 400-MILE RACES AND SOME ARE 500 MILES. DO ONE OF THOSE RACES IN YOUR OPINION PROMOTE BETTER RACING OR BETTER OPPORTUNITIES TO PUT ON A GOOD SHOW OR IS IT ALL TRACK RELATED? “Well, you know, I’ve thought about that question because we were talking about Pocono shortening its races and I know there was a lot of excitement for that in the garage area and within the sport itself. To me, it wasn’t a big deal. I’ve ran four Pocono races I think and to me they weren’t the longest races of the year. There were other races I thought were much longer. So it doesn’t bother me. If we raced a thousand miles, I’d race it. If we race 300, I’d race it. Certainly, last weekend felt like a short race and it was kind of nice, but you know at the end of the day, I’ll run what we’ve got to run and I’ll be happy. You know it’s not supposed to be easy. It’s not supposed to be short. That’s not the point of this sport. That’s not the point of the top level Sprint Cup racing. The point of it is to see one, who is talented enough to do it, to win a race and who can last that long, who can manage their equipment, who can make good decisions over three or four hours. I like long races. I’m a fan. I’m probably in the one percent in this garage that is on that side, but the 600 to me is one of my favorite races. It’s a challenge to me personally to be able to look out at other athletes in the sport and say ‘Well I held on for six hours in a 140 degree environment with toxic fumes - ha ha, not an athlete my ass - so I like ‘em.”

DANICA PATRICK HAD A MISERABLE SPEEDWEEKS AND THEN LAST WEEK TIED HER PERFORMANCE FROM THE YEAR BEFORE. FROM A DRIVER’S PERSPECTIVE, CAN YOU RELATE TO WHAT HER FRUSTRATION LEVEL IS TRYING TO GET UP TO SPEED WHEN YOU’VE HAD SUCCESS IN THE PAST? “She has a long road in front of her and I think she understands that. I hope she does at least. But you know, that’s a tough deal for anyone on the Nationwide side to be successful with the testing ban in place. I think you look at drivers, you’ve got Sam Hornish and guys like that, who have come from similar backgrounds. I would say that you could quite easily argue who were more successful. It hasn’t been easy for them. I think you could talk to Sam and he would tell you this has not been easy for him and now, he’s over on the Nationwide side, too. You know, I think the biggest challenge she has is finding a way around that testing ban and getting experience. Everyone will tell you that race experience is the best experience. It is and it isn’t because you don’t really get a chance to learn on what you need to do to get more speed. You can learn on what you need to do to survive the race, that’s great, but that’s only 50 percent of it. You’ve got to be fast and talented as well. And so she’s obviously behind before the weekend ever starts, as is every Nationwide rookie and there’s challenges ahead for her. You know, I guess at the end of the day, if she can overcome those challenges and find a way to be successful, then she will have really earned a spot in this sport. But the odds are very much stacked against her.”

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NSCS Final Qualifying Quotes - Las Vegas
March 9, 2012 , LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

Friday, March 9, 2012

Dodge PR
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Post-Qualifying Quotes



A.J. Allmendinger (No. 22 Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 14th

HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “I thought it was a good lap for the Pennzoil Dodge. I’m a little lost because the lap felt faster than the speed showed. Our car is fast. I’m not quite sure what happened.”

HOW DID YOU CAR HANDLE THE BUMPS IN BETWEEN TURNS 1 AND 2? “The car is really good over the bumps. It doesn’t feel like I’m scrubbing any speed off the car at all. The car is good. I’m just not sure what it wasn’t faster.”

HOW IS YOUR CAR IN RACE TRIM? “We have a little bit of work to do but the car is stable. It feels good around here. We’re just going to rub on it a little bit for tomorrow’s practice session and see if we can find some more speed in race trim.”

WHERE DO YOU FIND SPEED HERE? AERO? MECHANICAL? “Track position. You have to be up front because the track is so fast that you have to be aero good. You’re so much faster up front than in traffic here. The track isn’t that wide so you really want track position.”

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 20th
“I was hoping to pick up two-tenths. I think the field probably averaged three and I didn’t quite pick up two. Need to pick up a little more than that and I’ll go back to the drawing board and work on it.”

DID YOU THINK GOING OUT LATE IN THE SESSION WAS AN ADVANTAGE? “Oh yeah, you know it’s going to help you and the team is going to make the car better. And it did, just needed a little more.”

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NSCS Keys For Success - Las Vegas
March 10, 2012 , L:AS VEGAS, Nev. -

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kobalt Tools 400
Dodge PR
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Keys For Success


KEYS FOR SUCCESS: Kobalt Tools 400

LAS VEGAS (Saturday, March 10, 2012) – Each race weekend, selected SRT Motorsports Engineers, Penske Racing engineers and crew chiefs, drivers or engine specialists give their insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, Howard Comstock, SRT Motorsports Engineering - provides the keys for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Race 3 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

Race: Kobalt Tools 400 (267 laps / 400.5 miles)

Trivia Question: Former Dodge driver Sterling Marlin is one of only four drivers to have won a NSCS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway starting outside the top 20. What was his starting position? (Answer Below)
HOWARD COMSTOCK (SRT Motorsports Engineering)



Fast Times: “This is the fastest Cup teams have ever run here at Las Vegas. Fifteen drivers broke the track qualifying record yesterday and I think that means that we’re set up for a really fast race tomorrow. The weather is moderate which is really helping build the speed.”

Tire Beware: “With the higher speeds we’re going to see more tire wear. It’s hard to pass and track position is always a huge key at Las Vegas. Tire management and tire strategy will be a big factor.”

Fuel Economy: “We’re finally in the electronic fuel injection (EFI) era; I think that’s a good thing. We continue to be on a learning curve with the teams and EFI. We saw some teams run out of fuel last weekend in Las Vegas and other teams have some glitches with the system. That can’t happen week after week and be successful. Teams are going to happen to get the bugs iron out makes sure the system works as efficiently as it was designed. EFI is a great system. The teams are going to have to be diligent in making sure they know how it operates.”





Trivia Question Answer: Sterling Marlin started 24th and led 37 laps en route to Dodge’s first NSCS win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
NASCAR Qualifying
Last Updated: Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 2:41 pm, EST
Sam's Town 300
Status: Field Set Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 181.366
2 Kasey Kahne (38) Toyota 181.044
3 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 180.977
4 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 180.905
5 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 180.572
6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 180.313
7 Mark Martin (18) Toyota 180.222
8 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 179.677
9 Brendan Gaughan (33) Chevrolet 179.593
10 Jason Bowles (81) Ford 179.480
11 James Buescher (30) Chevrolet 179.390
12 Danica Patrick (7) Chevrolet 179.283
13 Sam Hornish Jr. (12) Dodge 179.247
14 Trevor Bayne (60) Ford 178.962
15 Johanna Long (70) Chevrolet 178.867
16 Kyle Fowler (108) 178.536
17 Tayler Malsam (19) Chevrolet 178.030
18 Kenny Wallace (09) Ford 177.965
19 Mike Bliss (44) Chevrolet 177.901
20 Kyle Busch (54) 177.877
21 Michael Annett (43) Ford 177.871
22 Cole Whitt (88) Chevrolet 177.789
23 J.J. Yeley (27) 176.771
24 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 175.970
25 Jeremy Clements (51) 175.798
26 Scott Speed (47) Toyota 175.245
27 Eric McClure (14) Toyota 174.882
28 Jeff Green (10) Toyota 173.700
29 Benny Gordon (124) Ford 173.667
30 Joey Gase (39) 173.533
31 Joe Nemechek (87) Chevrolet 173.461
32 Blake Koch (41) Chevrolet 173.427
33 Chase Miller (46) 173.182
34 Erik Darnell (40) Chevrolet 173.138
35 Tim Schendel (52) 172.227
36 Derrike Cope (28) Chevrolet 171.947
37 Jennifer Jo Cobb (113) Chevrolet 171.756
38 T.J. Bell (50) Chevrolet 171.570
39 Josh Wise (42) 170.919
40 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) Chevrolet 170.352
41 Mike Harmon (174) Chevrolet 166.420
42 Daryl Harr (4) Chevrolet 166.174
43 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 166.123

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,847
Garage
NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 7:44 pm, EST
Sam's Town 300
Status: Final Las Vegas Motor Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress
1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 48/5 200 55 $107,863 Chart
2 Mark Martin (18) Toyota 43/1 200 44 $55,650 Chart
3 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 42/1 200 26 $53,668 Chart
4 Trevor Bayne (60) Ford 40/0 200 0 $37,293 Chart
5 Brendan Gaughan (33) Chevrolet 39/0 200 0 $32,993 Chart
6 Cole Whitt (88) Chevrolet 38/0 200 0 $31,143 Chart
7 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 37/0 200 0 $22,625 Chart
8 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 36/0 200 0 $28,018 Chart
9 Sam Hornish Jr. (12) Dodge 35/0 200 0 $26,928 Chart
10 Kasey Kahne (38) Chevrolet 35/1 200 40 $21,075 Chart
11 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 33/0 200 0 $28,418 Chart
12 Danica Patrick (7) Chevrolet 32/0 200 0 $25,268 Chart
13 Michael Annett (43) Ford 31/0 200 0 $24,718 Chart
14 James Buescher (30) Chevrolet 30/0 200 0 $24,208 Chart
15 Mike Bliss (44) Toyota 29/0 200 0 $18,455 Chart
16 Tayler Malsam (19) Toyota 28/0 200 0 $23,738 Chart
17 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 28/1 198 1 $23,753 Chart
18 Blake Koch (41) Ford 26/0 198 0 $23,418 Chart
19 Johanna Long (70) Chevrolet 25/0 198 0 $23,308 Chart
20 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 24/0 198 0 $23,873 Chart
21 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 23/0 197 0 $23,088 Chart
22 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 22/0 197 0 $16,485 Chart
23 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 22/1 196 27 $16,350 Chart
24 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) Chevrolet 20/0 196 0 $22,708 Chart
25 Eric McClure (14) Toyota 19/0 196 0 $23,033 Chart
26 Daryl Harr (4) Chevrolet 18/0 194 0 $22,438 Chart
27 Jason Bowles (81) Toyota 17/0 188 0 $22,303 Chart
28 Kyle Fowler (108) Ford 16/0 165 0 $15,690 Chart
29 Tim Schendel (52) Chevrolet 15/0 164 0 $15,540 Chart
30 Benny Gordon (124) Chevrolet 14/0 146 0 $15,705 Chart
31 T.J. Bell (50) Chevrolet 13/0 140 0 $21,763 Chart
32 Derrike Cope (28) Dodge 12/0 137 0 $21,653 Chart
33 Kyle Busch (54) Toyota 11/0 127 0 $15,075 Chart
34 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 11/1 94 5 $21,433 Chart
35 Erik Darnell (40) Chevrolet 9/0 91 0 $14,855 Chart
36 Jennifer Jo Cobb (113) Dodge 8/0 72 0 $14,820 Chart
37 Joey Gase (39) Ford 7/0 41 0 $21,243 Chart
38 J.J. Yeley (27) Ford 7/1 39 2 $14,740 Chart
39 Chase Miller (46) Chevrolet 5/0 6 0 $14,490 Chart
40 Jeff Green (10) Toyota 4/0 4 0 $14,455 Chart
41 Josh Wise (42) Chevrolet 3/0 4 0 $14,400 Chart
42 Scott Speed (47) Chevrolet 2/0 3 0 $14,355 Chart
43 Mike Harmon (174) Chevrolet 0/0 3 0 $14,311 Chart

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Dodge Nitro Forum > Dodge Nitro News & Polls > Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep News

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Dodge Nitro Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NASCAR: DODGE 3/03-03/04 (Sat & Sun) rickaren Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep News 14 03-04-2012 07:06 PM
Dodge: NASCAR Media Day rickaren Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep News 2 02-10-2011 08:14 PM
Nascar: New Dodge Challenger rickaren Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep News 2 05-19-2010 05:41 PM
Dodge Wins NASCAR Race! rickaren Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep News 1 07-03-2009 03:17 PM
Dodge NASCAR Project rickaren Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep News 0 01-30-2008 09:45 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome