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Records
Date Series Driver Speed

9/21/97 Sprint Cup Race Mark Martin 133.00
6/6/04 Sprint Cup Qualifying Jeremy Mayfield 161.522
9/26/09 Nationwide Race Clint Bowyer 122.00
5/15/10 Nationwide Qualifying Kyle Busch 158.228
6/2/06 Camping World Truck Race Mark Martin 120.00
6/4/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying David Starr 157.577

Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

Jimmie Johnson: 6



Race Capsule
Dover International Speedway

OneMain Financial 200
What: Race 29 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
When: October 1, 2011 3:45 pm EDT ESPN2
Laps: 200
Track Length: 1. miles
Race Length: 200.00 miles


Nationwide
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
5/14/11 5-hour ENERGY 200 Carl Edwards Carl Edwards Ford $1,014,243
5/15/10 Heluva Good! 200 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $1,166,666
9/25/10 Dover 200 Joey Logano Kyle Busch Toyota $1,166,666
5/30/09 Heluva Good! 200 Joey Logano Brad Keselowski Chevrolet $1,158,928
9/26/09 Dover 200 Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $1,158,928
5/31/08 Heluva Good! 200 Carl Edwards Denny Hamlin Toyota $1,163,459
9/20/08 Camping World RV Sales 200 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $1,163,459
9/22/07 RoadLoans.com 200 Greg Biffle Denny Hamlin Chevrolet $1,127,483
6/2/07 Dover 200 Denny Hamlin Carl Edwards Ford $1,127,483


AAA 400
Dover International Speedway


What: Race 29 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
When: October 2, 2011 2:14 pm EDT ESPN
Laps: 400
Track Length: 1. miles
Race Length:
400.00 miles


Sprint Cup

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

5/15/11 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Ford $5,742,205
5/16/10 Autism Speaks 400 Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch Toyota $5,769,505
9/26/10 AAA 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,121,544
5/31/09 Autism Speaks 400 David Reutimann Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,912,707
9/27/09 AAA 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,273,330
6/1/08 Best Buy 400 Greg Biffle Kyle Busch Toyota $5,864,924
9/21/08 Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA Jeff Gordon Greg Biffle Ford $5,233,851
6/4/07 Autism Speaks 400 Ryan Newman Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet $5,781,700
9/23/07 Dodge Dealers 400 Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards Ford $5,132,767



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Kentucky 225
Kentucky Speedway


What: Race 20 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
When: October 1, 2011 8:18 pm EDT
Laps: 150
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 225.00 miles



Records
Date Series Driver Speed
7/8/11 Nationwide Race Brad Keselowski 138.00
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

Camping World Truck Series
Upcoming Race Oct 1 SPEED
Kentucky 225


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
7/7/11 UNOH 225 Johnny Sauter Kyle Busch Toyota $552,556
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
 

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Dodge Motorsports Presents THE NUMBERS for the AAA 400

Posted By Press Release On September 27, 2011 Press Releases,Sprint Cup Series
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THE NUMBERS for the AAA 400
Dover International Speedway (all Sprint Cup [2] races)




0 – fewest cautions (6/6/71)

1 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (11 times, most recent 9/15/91)

3 – fewest leaders (five times, most recent 5/16/82)

3 – fewest lead changes (10/17/71)

4 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend

6 – fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton [3], 9/24/06)

6 – most poles (David Pearson)

7 – most wins (Bobby Allison and David Pearson)

13 – fewest cars running at finish (5/17/81)

13 – most leaders (twice, most recent 9/24/00)

13 – wins from each of the first three starting positions in 83 races

16 – most cautions (9/19/93)

21 – most cars on lead lap at finish (6/4/06)

29 – most lead changes (twice, most recent 5/18/86)

31 – fewest cars to start a Sprint Cup race (5/20/79, 500-mile race)

32 – different race winners

35 – different pole winners

40 – most running at finish (9/21/08)

90 minutes – approximate amount of time it takes to dry the one-mile, all-concrete track after a significant rainfall

103 – most caution laps (9/19/93)

491 – most laps led by race winner (Richard Petty, Dodge, 9/15/74)

2011 Caution Update

3 – fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire 2)

16 – most cautions this season (Daytona1)

206 – number of cautions in the first 28 races of 2011; includes 100 for accidents, 47 for debris and 28 for spins

1,004 of 7,943 – number of laps under caution in 2011

1,380.619 of 10,951.158 – miles under caution in the first 28 races
 

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Dodge Motorsports, 2011 NSCS AAA 400 Race Notes and Quotes
Posted By Press Release On September 27, 2011 Releases,Sprint Cup Series
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DODGE AT DOVER MOTOR SPEEDWAY




· Dodge has five wins at Dover: Richard Petty (2), Ryan Newman (3).

· Petty gave Dodge its first Dover victory at the 1974 Delaware 500. He led 491 of the 500 laps.

· Dodge has started from the pole 12 times at Dover. The first was by Bobby Isaac (129.538 mph) in 1970 and most recent by Ryan Newman (152.925 mph) at the spring event in 2007.

· Brad Keselowski will be making his fourth career start at Dover. He finished 13th in May race, his best finish in three previous starts. Kurt Busch finished 14th.

CHASE FAST FACTS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski qualified 16th and finished runner-up at Loudon. He is third in NSCS driver standings, 11 points behind the leader.

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch qualified fifth and finished 22nd at Loudon. He is ninth in the standings, 28 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: DOVER

· 2004: Dodge earned its first Chase victory as Ryan Newman led 325 laps en route to victory. Dodge started 1-2 with Chase contender Jeremy Mayfield earning the pole and Newman starting second. Mayfield finished seventh.

· 2005: The three Chase-eligible Dodges of Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace finished in the top-seven with Wallace leading the way in third.

· 2006: Kasey Kahne was the only Chase-eligible Dodge driver. He finished 38th after being involved in an early-race mishap.

· 2007: Kurt Busch was the Dodge representative in the Chase. He qualified fourth and finished 29th.

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

· 2009: Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne were the Dodge representatives among the elite 12. Busch finished fifth and Kahne eighth in the second race of the 2009 Chase.

· 2010: Kurt Busch was the single Dodge entry. He started eighth and finished fourth at the “Monster Mile” in the second event in the 10 race Chase.

THE DODGE BOYS

· Dodge has 211 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

· Dodge has four victories this season, three by Brad Keselowski (Kansas, Pocono and Bristol) and one by Kurt Busch (Infineon). Dodge’s most recent win came at Bristol. Keselowski led 89 of the 500 laps en route to victory.

· Dodge teams have recorded 51 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

STAT OF THE WEEK

· Brad Keselowski has an average finish of 4.5 in his last nine Sprint Cup starts, including two wins (Pocono and Bristol) and eight top-five finishes. A 12th-place finish at Richmond two weeks ago is his lowest finish during the nine-race stretch. Keselowski has tallied 83 points in the Chase, second only to 94 by leader Tony Stewart. Kevin Harvick has scored 75 points in the two 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)

Brad Keselowski
No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
Birthdate: 02/12/1984 Wins/Starts: 4/81
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich. Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe

Highlights
· Has qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in just his second full season with Penske Racing
· Career bests in wins, top-five and top 10 finishes this season.
· Surpassed $10 million mark in career earnings at Richmond
· Third in NSCS driver points – career best.
· Seeking first top 10 at Dover.

Kurt Busch
No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T
Birthdate: 08/4/1978 Wins/Starts: 23/392
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev. Crew Chief: Steve Addington

Highlights
· 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion
· In his sixth season with Penske Racing
· Has made the Chase field six of eight seasons
· Finished 11th in 2010 Chase standings
· Only Cup driver inside of the top 10 of driver points all season.

Robby Gordon
No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T
Birthdate: 01/02/1969 Wins/Starts: 3/390
Hometown: Cerritos, Calif. Crew Chief: Sam Stanley

Highlights
· Last Sprint Cup win came at Watkins Glen in 2003
· No. 7 is outside the top 35 in owner points and must qualify on time at New Hampshire
· Best finish of eighth at the Monster Mile came in 2002

FROM THE DODGE ENGINEER: HOWARD COMSTOCK

“At Dover, it’s essential to maintain momentum through the middle of the corners. Even though it’s a one-mile track, the corners are a challenge. They are wide, but the number of lanes that are effective are few. It’s important to find speed going down the straightaways. But it’s essential to maintain some of that speed in the corners, that momentum, so that you can rocket off the next corner.

“Dover makes the engine more about torque than peak horsepower. The straightaways are short enough that you get to the horsepower peak very quickly. You can generate speed quickly, but then you have to negotiate that corner. You want to maintain as much speed as possible through the middle of the corner and then accelerate hard on exit. It’s the same process 800 times in the 400-lap race.”

DODGE QUOTES: ON RACING AT DOVER

“You have to stay on top of the handling situation all race long and that’s such a challenge – at least it has been for us through the years. The track gets rubbered-in and your car just gets tighter and tighter. Track position is always important and the fast pit stops and strategy from pit road is a must in getting you that. I mean you have to have raw speed but being able to adjust on the car during the race is so key.”
Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

“Dover is a place where I’ve had success and it’s a great track to race on. A lap around Dover is pretty spectacular. That roller coaster feeling you get climbing and falling off the corners is amazing. I feel pretty confident going back there and I’d like to think that Dover is one of my better tracks. (Crew chief) Paul (Wolfe) does a great job in making in-race adjustments and that is very important at Dover because the track changes drastically as rubber gets laid down. There are tracks that are temperamental due to the weather, but at Dover it’s the track rubber that can have you scratching your head.”
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NNS Advance – Dover 2
Published on September 28, 2011 by Official Release
OneMain Financial 200

Oct. 1, 2011

Dover International Speedway



BRAD KESELOWSKI No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Starts: 168

Wins: 15

Top Fives: 68

Top 10s: 97

Poles: 11

Career Highlights:

• Keselowski’s last NASCAR Nationwide Series win came at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago.

• He is the defending NASCAR Nationwide champion.

• Earned Penske Racing its first NASCAR championship last season.

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

• 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.

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

KESELOWSKI AT DOVER SPEEDWAY

• Keselowski is making his 10th career Nationwide Series start at Dover International Speedway.

• Highest starting position: Third – 2010 (spring)

• Highest finishing position: Win – 2009 (spring)

• Average starting position: 12.2 • Average finishing position: 9

• Laps Led: 20

DODGE QUOTES: “I don’t think Dover gets the recognition that it deserves. It’s a nasty racetrack and I mean that in a good way. Very few tracks are as physically demanding as Dover. It’s hard on both the drivers and the equipment. At no point during the race can you just log laps because, if you aren’t racing another driver, you are making sure that you keep your car out of the wall. For that reason, Dover is one of my favorite tracks. I was able to win there last year and we are running well enough that we can win this week, too.” Brad Keselowski – No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge

FAST FACTS

• Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has seven top 12 finishes in nine NNS races at Dover International Speedway.

• Keselowski won the 2009 spring race at Dover International Speedway, leading just the final two laps of the race.

DID YOU KNOW

• Dodge has one victory at Dover (Ryan Newman in 2005).

• Dodge has two poles at Dover (Kasey Kahne in 2004 and Newman in 2005).

• Dodge’s last Nationwide Series win came two weeks ago when Keselowski won at Chicagoland Speedway.

• Dodge has three NNS wins this season.

THE NUMBERS

• Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is seeking his fourth Nationwide win of the season this weekend at the “Monster Mile”.

• In his 2010 Nationwide championship season, Brad Keselowski’s average finishing position was 5.2 that included 26 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes.

• At Dover, Keselowski has one win along with three top-five and six top-10 finishes in nine-career starts.

• Brad Keselowski is seeking his fourth Nationwide pole of the season; he has 11 in his career.

DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

• 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. joined teammate Brad Keselowski for a limited race schedule. Hornish has made nine starts this season. He scored a season high fifth-place finish at Chicagoland.

• Dodge has 38 wins in the Nationwide Series.

FROM THE CREW CHIEF: “Dover is another very tough racetrack where you have to race the track first and the other competitors second. Track position is important, so you have to place more of an emphasis on qualifying. This is one of Brad’s favorite tracks and we would like to tame the ‘Monster Mile’ this weekend.” Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – Chase Race Notes – Dover Motor Speedway
Published on September 30, 2011 by Official Release


CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP

Chase Race No. 3 – Dover Motor Speedway – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

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

o Finished 13th in first race at Dover in May (career best at Dover)

o Started ninth, finished on lead lap

o Will be making his fifth start at “The Monster Mile”

o Has eight top-10 finishes in last night races

o Dover avg. start: 20.0 Dover avg. finish: 17.7



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

o Finished 14th in first race at Dover in May

o Making his 23rd career Dover start

o Has five top-five and seven top-10 finishes at Dover

o Has led 328 laps at “The Monster Mile”

o Career best Dover finish: Fourth (Fall – 2006 and 2010).

o Dover avg. start: 10.9 Dover avg. finish: 18.7



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



Summary: Brad Keselowski led Team Dodge with a runner-up finish – his eighth top five of the season. Keselowski started ninth, but struggled to run inside the top-20 the first half of the 300-lap event. Crew chief Paul Wolfe used race strategy, choosing not to pit on lap 174 under caution, to gain track position. Fuel mileage keyed Keselowski to a second-place finish, a career best at Loudon, moving him to third in the Chase point standings. Teammate Kurt Busch qualified fifth, but lost track position early and was never able to recover as the race had only three cautions. Busch finished 22nd and dropped to ninth in the Chase standings.



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

o Qualified: 16th Finished: 2nd

o Points Position: 3rd Gain/Loss: +3 Behind Leader: -11

o Highest points position in Sprint Cup career.

o Average finish of 4.55 in his last nine Sprint Cup races (best among all Chase drivers)

o Eighth top-10 finish in his last nine Sprint Cup starts

o Has completed every lap of last nine Sprint Cup races

o Has led laps in first two Chase races



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

o Qualified: 5th Finished: 22nd

o Points Position: 9th Gain/Loss: -5 Behind Leader: -28

o Worse finish since Michigan (34th) in August

o Led once for four laps

o Only Sprint Cup driver to remain inside the top 10 in driver standings all season





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



Summary: Brad Keselowski earned a fifth-place finish in his first career Chase race. After qualifying sixth, Keselowski was a top-12 car most of the race. He managed to stretch his fuel window for the race’s final 53 laps, something several other lead-lap cars were unable to do (four ran out of fuel). Kurt Busch qualified third, led the most laps (63) en route to his 15th top 10 of the season. He finished sixth. Keselowski started the Chase 11th in the standings, 12 points behind the leader. Busch started the Chase nine points behind the leader in seventh.



· 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 AT DOVER MOTOR SPEEDWAY

· Dodge has five wins at Dover: Richard Petty (2), Ryan Newman (3).

· Petty gave Dodge its first Dover victory at the 1974 Delaware 500. He led 491 of the 500 laps.

· Dodge has earned 12 pole positions at Dover. The first by Bobby Isaac (129.538 mph) in 1970 and most recent by Ryan Newman (152.925 mph) at the spring event in 2007.
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – Brad Keselowski Open Interview – Dover
Published on September 30, 2011 by Official Release


Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

Brad Keselowski Open Interview

Dodge Motorsports PR

Dover International Speedway

AAA 400

Brad Keselowski Open Interview



BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

DO YOU THINK THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON IS OUT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP OR IS IT JUST FAN CHATTER? “No, I don’t think that Jimmie (Johnson) is out of it by any means. He certainly can’t have any more bad races. I don’t think that you can have more than one race out of the top 10 and win this thing. We’ll just have to see.”

SO YOU THINK THAT HE’S OUT OF MULLIGANS? “I don’t know. Everybody says mulligan, but mulligan means different things to different people. I think that if you have a race from 20th to 43rd, yeah, that’s a mulligan. You can probably have one or two races in that 10th to 20th range. He’s obviously done that. That doesn’t mean that he can’t still win it; that team is pretty good.”

SO DO YOU THINK THAT JIMMIE IS STILL IN IT? “I don’t think that he’s out of it. I don’t think that it looks all that good. I think that we read too much into what position he’s in and not how many races are left and how far back he is. He’s really not that far back.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TONY (STEWART) THROUGH THE FIRST TWO CHASE RACES? “It doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s won two races here to start it out. I think that if you look at last year, he started out really well at Loudon and didn’t get a good finish out of it. Obviously, he finished second at Loudon the first time that we were there. Chicago, Kansas, those tracks are some of his best; I’m not surprised by that. I’m more curious to see how he runs this week and places like Martinsville where, in the spring, he didn’t look all that good. I think that will be a true test for his team. I think that every team has tracks coming up that are going to be tough on them. I think that when looking at our team, we’ve had that moment. Loudon, for me, was one of our toughest tracks and we got through it unscathed. That’s what this is going to be about. It’s going to be about going to the tracks where you know as a team that you’re not going to be the best and get a good run out of it.”

WHAT’S THE KEY IN TAKING A BAD CAR AND MAKING IT GOOD DURING THE RACE? “Sometimes, I know the answer to that, sometimes I don’t. For us, the key is not losing our cool. Obviously, you have to have really smart people who figure it out. It’s very difficult. It seems like that’s the difference in our team; at start of the year, we weren’t able to figure it out. At this point, we are. I just think that it’s people working together, the chemistry that you build throughout the year and whether you’re able to have that or not. We have that.”

HOW MUCH OF IT IS WHAT’S WORKED IN THE PAST IS WORKING NOW? “There is certainly some good fortune for us last week and we finished second. In reality, we were probably a fourth- or fifth-place car. If you can run fourth or fifth, you’re going to catch some breaks, maybe win a race. You’re definitely going to be one of the top-two finishers. We’ve done a good job putting ourselves in that position and there is some good fortune that comes with that. There’s also a lot of hard work. I’m still proud of those finishes.”

IS THIS TRACK A WILD CARD JUST LIKE TALLADEGA? “I think as the circuit has evolved, Dover has become one of those tracks, one of the last true tests of man and machine. It’s a track that takes guts to drive it down in the corner here. It’s really fast. High banked. Bristol had some of those same qualities. The things that you build into you car to make it work are very similar.”

WHAT’S YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE CHASE NOW AS COMPARED TO BEFORE? HAS YOU IMPRESSION CHANGED? “No, not really. I feel the same way now about it as I did before. I just feel like we belong (in the Chase) as a team.”

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER OF YOUR FIRST TRUCK START IN 2004? “I was thinking about my first time here in a Truck. I think about coming to Dover in my first truck start and my dad told me, ‘Alright, go out there and just run it half-throttle. This place is tough and I don’t want you to hit the wall.’ I remember those things. Now, you come here in Cup practice knowing that your first lap in Cup practice is going to be your fastest lap of the weekend and it’s going to be a qualifying run. You have to drive (it) down in there and commit to it and do all those things. I think about that a lot. I think about how far we’ve come.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG OUTSIDE YOUR CAR AFTER YOU WIN A RACE? “When I think of this sport, I think of a sport of decadence. We’re not really producing anything but entertainment. I think of the people that make it possible for us to live this life and to do the things that we do. One of the first things that come to mind is the different causes, whether it’s the military and so forth. It’s more of a reflection as a whole of that and the rights that we have in this country to do things that are decadent. “

HOW MUCH IS FUEL MILEAGE ON YOU MIND HERE AT DOVER? “I don’t think that this will be a fuel mileage race at all. The tire fall off here, looking at our records, is over a second. With that kind of fall off I don’t think that it will apply.”

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF KANSAS NEXT WEEKEND? “I think it’s the seams. They heat up, get slick and makes it hard on us.”

ARE YOU HAVING FUN RIGHT NOW OR ARE YOU JUST TOO FOCUSED ON WHAT’S GOING ON? I’m having fun, not because I’m in the Chase; I’m having fun because of fast race cars and a team that is putting it all together. We all believe in each other. I just really like the group of people that I’m around.”

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO RELAX DURING THE WEEK? “A lot of sleep; as much as I can get. I do some things to have some fun, like having a group over and cooking out at my house. I’m not going to fly out to Tahiti or those things. I’m trying to keep it….just be me. I’m just trying to live a normal life, a normal live to me at least.”

YOU’RE NOT DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT? EATING DIFFERENT? TAKING BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF? “Nope! Nope! Not changing a thing. I like the path that we’re down and we’re going to keep doing it.”

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR DETROIT TIGERS? “They better hope (Justin) Verlander can pitch every game. He’s going to have a sore arm.”

CAN THE TIGERS BEAT THE YANKEES? “Oh yeah. Absolutely.”

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT IF YOU WERE ABLE TO COUNT YOUR BONUS POINTS, YOU’D BE LEADING THE CHASE POINTS RIGHT NOW? “Yeah, I get reminded of that quite often and I try not to think about it. I’m sure that’s a stat that I’ll get reminded of even more if we keep running like we are. There’s nothing that you can do about it, so it doesn’t do much service to dwell on it.”

TONY STEWART MENTIONED ‘LOSING DEAD WEIGHT’ LAST WEEK. WERE YOU CURIOUS AT ALL? “No. I really don’t know Tony all that well, so it’s hard for me to really comment on what he was talking about.”

IS THAT JUST A MENTAL ASPECT OF RACING? “I think that’s the whole year, not just the Chase. You’ve got to continue to limit your distractions to perform at a high level, any of your dead weight, no matter what it is. I don’t know what he meant by it. Obviously, it’s doing something for him.”

YOU SAID COMING INTO THE CHASE THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY PRESSURE. HAS IT CHANGED NOW? “I feel like if we get towards the end of this deal and we’re in position to win it, obviously the pressure will amp up. We’re still fairly early.”

IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO FROM HERE ON IN GRAVY? “Absolutely. Right now, I have expectation of our team to run like we have. If something bad happens, it’s not going to be a disappointment. It’s not going to be a disappointment from an expectation standpoint if it’s out of our control. The only way that I’ll be disappointed is if we make a mistake that’s within our control, that’s uncharacteristic of us. I feel fortunate to be where we’re at and I know that at any time, that can be taken away from you. If we just keep doing what we’re doing, we won’t have to worry about any of those things.”

DOES IT GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE? “I think there is something to be said for it. There’s something to be said for a team that just comes in, does their work and doesn’t think about it and doesn’t have to worry about it. I’m just glad to be a part of one of those teams.”

TWO RACES INTO THE CHASE, ARE YOU FINDING THE GUYS RACING YOU HARDER? “I really don’t see any difference. Everybody is racing hard and that’s good. It’s good for the sport.”

DENNY HAMLIN COMMENTED ON YOUR STYLE OF RACING THIS WEEK…COMPARING 2009 TO THIS SEASON? “There are certainly things that you do to progress and I think the best drivers in the sport progress every week. You learn something every week. I don’t think that I’m the same driver now that I was last week. I don’t know that I’m 100 percent different than I was in 2009 or 2010. There are certainly things that I look back on, when I watch a tape from those years, and say I’m doing that different or doing that better. I don’t’ know if I’d say that much. I think a lot of it has to do with when your cars are better; you look a whole lot smarter. You’re able to hedge your bets a little bit better, take lower-risk moves and still be successful.”

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN TRYING TO PROVE YOURSELF A COUPLE YEARS AGO VERSUS NOW? “There might be. That might be a question that I answer five years from now and say, ‘I should have done this a little differently or that a little different. I really haven’t thought about it that much. I think about doing all the same things that we’ve been doing and not changing a thing.”
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – Kurt Busch Open Interview – Dover
Published on September 30, 2011 by Official Release

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

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Kurt Busch Open Interview

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

AAA 400

Dover International Speedway




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

HOW WAS YOUR CAR IN THAT FIRST PRACTICE? “The car feels good. The tire is a little bit more staggered this time making everybody a little bit on the loose side which is always good here at Dover. Dover is notoriously tough on right-front tires and you have the chance of being on the tight side a lot.”

IS THERE THE CHANCE THAT FUEL MILEAGE WON’T BE A FACTOR ON SUNDAY? “The likelihood is that it won’t be, but you never know what’s going to happen at the end of these races with fuel these days.”

IS THIS A WILD CARD RACE LIKE TALLADEGA? “This is more of a consistent race. Talladega is just such an unknown, that’s why it stands out.”

DO YOU EXPECT THAT PIR HAS CHANGED MUCH FROM THE LAST TIRE TEST? “We’ll see what happens when we get there on Tuesday. It will be tough with the oil coming up out of the track. And still the tire combination, is it going to be right or not? We’ll see. Wednesday should be a really good day out in Phoenix to get a gauge to see if the track is ready.”

LOOKING AHEAD TO KANSAS, WHAT ONE WORD WOULD DESCRIBE KANSAS SPEEDWAY? “It’s a tough track, but a fun race track. Kansas is a good atmosphere for a mile-and-a-half for everybody.”

WHAT CHALLENGES DOES KANSAS REPRESENT FOR YOU AS A DRIVER? “Turn Four. Turn Four is really tough. It has a tight corner exit. It gets really slick there on the race track.”

HOW DO YOU ASSESS YOUR CONFIDENCE AS A TEAM AND DRIVER SO FAR INTO THIS CHASE? “We’re two thumbs up. We’re right in the mix. It’s a long 10 weeks. You just have to stay upbeat about it no matter where you finish each week. “

IS THERE A GREAT DEAL OF PENSKE PRIDE KNOWING THAT YOU’RE TWO CARS ARE IN THE CHASE? “It’s great to put two Dodges into the Chase. We get a lot of pride and self-satisfaction in getting two cars into the Chase for Dodge.”
 

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NASCAR Qualifying
Last Updated: Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 3:17 pm, EDT
AAA 400
Field Set Dover International Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 159.004
2 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 158.983
3 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 158.667
4 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 158.555
5 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 158.548
6 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 158.507
7 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 158.430
8 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 158.325
9 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 158.284
10 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 158.165
11 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 157.888
12 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 157.715
13 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 157.694
14 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 157.680
15 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 157.673
16 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 157.673
17 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 157.556
18 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 157.501
19 David Ragan (6) Ford 157.439
20 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 157.356
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 157.198
22 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 157.171
23 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 157.041
24 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 156.965
25 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 156.822
26 Josh Wise (37) Ford 156.794
27 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 156.767
28 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 156.760
29 Scott Speed (46) Ford 156.488
30 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 156.433
31 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 156.250
32 Travis Kvapil (55) Ford 156.230
33 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 156.060
34 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 155.966
35 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 155.864
36 David Gilliland (34) Ford 155.709
37 Andy Lally (71) Ford 155.629
38 Reed Sorenson (7) Dodge 155.602
39 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 155.454
40 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 155.373
41 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 154.992
42 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 154.752
43 J.J. Yeley (38) Ford 154.686
44 Mike Skinner (60) DNQ 153.820
 

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Dodge Motorsports, 2011 NSCS AAA 400 Post-Qualifying Recaps

Posted By Press Release On October 1, 2011 @ 3:34 pm In Press Releases,Sprint Cup Series



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KURT BUSCH [2] (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 2nd

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? “You just have to man-up and get up on the wheel. I had a good run coming out of Turn 2 and I hit the rev chip so hard that I scared myself. I yanked on the wheel left and when the car landed, I had to steer right and then go back left. There is lot of action during a lap here at Dover. It’s one of those fun tracks that I just love to race on.”

TRACK POSITION IS SO IMPORTANT HERE; YOUR QUALIFYING EFFORT IS A GREAT WAY TO START THE RACE FOR SUNDAY? “This will be a great start for us on Sunday. We just need a smooth weekend. Right now, the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge is reacting just like we want it to in race trim. I think we have a fast race car.”

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO GET INTO THE CAR AFTER A NIGHT OF RAIN AND A CHANGING RACE TRACK? “It’s difficult. I remember in years past when the track would be fresh from a rainstorm that it would be on a looser side. With this new car of tomorrow, with the way that it reacts, the way that things panned out, that we would be on the tight side of things this morning. When you’re on the tight side at the Monster Mile, it gives you a little bit of comfort, but at the same time, you don’t have the speed. We loosened the car up this morning anticipating the track coming to us. That’s just a sign of a team that’s confident in their car and their equipment, to make that type of adjustment even without laps in practice.”

ARE YOU SCARED ABOUT HAVING NON-CHASE CARS AROUND YOU TO START THE RACE? “No, it won’t be. We’re qualified on the front row, so you have to trust the guys right around you. It’s only lap one of a 400-mile race. I can’t wait for the beginning to see how it settles in. Does (Martin) Truex want to lead early or do we want that lap led and start adding to our tally of most-laps led. I really feel confident in our car. I hope that what we get out of Sunday’s finish will help our troubles last weekend, and that way, our Chase will be that much smoother for us the next seven weeks.”

YOU START UP FRONT AND YOU’RE KEEPING THE CHASE COMPETITORS BEHIND YOU: “Yeah, we definitely look at where the Chase guys qualify. Jeff Gordon [3] struggled today. A bunch of the other guys are right in the mix. You race your own race and let it pan out. You cant’ worry too early on in the race. Once you get to the final two pit stops, that’s when you’re looking at other Chase guys.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI [4] (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 15th

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? “We ran a little bit faster than we did yesterday, so I was pretty happy. I gained a little bit with our Miller Lite Dodge. Our car is fast. I just missed it a little bit on my end. We’ll just have to keep working on it.”

HOW IS YOUR CAR IN RACE TRIM? “I think we’ll be pretty good. I’m pretty happy.”
 

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NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 5:30 pm, EDT
OneMain Financial 200
Status: Final Dover International Speedway



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

1 Carl Edwards (60) Ford 48/5 200 179 $49,775 Chart
2 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 43/1 200 10 $26,075 Chart
3 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 41/0 200 0 $22,250 Chart
4 Kasey Kahne (38) Chevrolet 40/0 200 0 $17,900 Chart
5 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 39/0 200 0 $25,718 Chart
6 Trevor Bayne (16) Ford 38/0 200 0 $21,918 Chart
7 Reed Sorenson (32) Chevrolet 37/0 200 0 $23,528 Chart
8 Ryan Truex (20) Toyota 36/0 200 0 $22,288 Chart
9 Mike Bliss (19) Chevrolet 35/0 200 0 $24,818 Chart
10 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 34/0 200 0 $21,793 Chart
11 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 33/0 200 0 $20,268 Chart
12 Michael Annett (62) Toyota 32/0 200 0 $20,143 Chart
13 Joey Logano (18) Toyota 31/0 199 0 $14,025 Chart
14 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 31/1 199 10 $23,218 Chart
15 Aric Almirola (88) Chevrolet 29/0 199 0 $20,693 Chart
16 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 28/0 199 0 $20,243 Chart
17 Jamie McMurray (7) Chevrolet 27/0 199 0 $13,225 Chart
18 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 26/0 199 0 $20,393 Chart
19 Jason Leffler (30) Chevrolet 25/0 198 0 $19,593 Chart
20 Steve Wallace (66) Toyota 24/0 198 0 $20,268 Chart
21 Blake Koch (81) Dodge 23/0 197 0 $19,493 Chart
22 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 22/0 197 0 $19,393 Chart
23 Fain Skinner (39) Ford 21/0 194 0 $19,718 Chart
24 Eric McClure (14) Chevrolet 20/0 194 0 $19,268 Chart
25 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 19/0 194 0 $19,368 Chart
26 Derrike Cope (28) Dodge 18/0 193 0 $19,643 Chart
27 Kevin Lepage (52) Chevrolet 17/0 191 0 $19,518 Chart
28 Casey Roderick (70) Chevrolet 16/0 190 0 $19,043 Chart
29 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 16/1 164 1 $18,968 Chart
30 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 14/0 137 0 $19,218 Chart
31 Scott Riggs (23) Chevrolet 13/0 128 0 $18,863 Chart
32 Matt Carter (171) Ford 12/0 22 0 $12,335 Chart
33 Josh Wise (40) Chevrolet 11/0 21 0 $12,275 Chart
34 Carl Long (175) Ford 10/0 16 0 $12,240 Chart
35 Johnny Chapman (141) Chevrolet 9/0 10 0 $12,210 Chart
36 Mark Green (49) Chevrolet 8/0 8 0 $12,185 Chart
37 Kelly Bires (104) Ford 7/0 7 0 $12,165 Chart
38 Charles Lewandoski (147) Chevrolet 6/0 6 0 $12,100 Chart
39 Chase Miller (146) Chevrolet 5/0 5 0 $12,075 Chart
40 Tim Andrews (142) Chevrolet 4/0 4 0 $12,020 Chart
41 Scott Wimmer (182) Dodge 3/0 3 0 $11,990 Chart
42 T.J. Bell (150) Chevrolet 2/0 3 0 $11,950 Chart
43 Jeff Green (44) Chevrolet 1/0 1 0 $11,892 Chart
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NNS Race Final – Dover 2
Published on October 1, 2011 by Official Release

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Dover International Speedway

OneMain Financial 200

Post-Race Quotes

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger) Finished Second “We fought hard all day. I thought that we might steal one. When the yellow flag came out, we just missed keeping the 60 car (Carl Edwards) back there. All and all, it was a good day for the Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger. We just needed a little bit more speed.”

YOU GUYS MADE A BIG SWING AT THE CAR ON THAT LAST PIT STOP, BUT JUST CAME UP SHORT TO CARL? “I almost felt that we were first-in-class. The Roush cars are just so much faster then everybody right now. I thought that it was all handling until the restarts and then Carl (Edwards) just motored. We did a great job with our Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger. We had some great strategy. We just came up a bit short.”

YOU’VE WON ON THIS TRACK BEFORE; ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN TAKE FROM TODAY AND APPLY TO TOMORROW? “There’s always something to be learned, whether it’s in the car or the car itself. Hopefully, we’ve created enough of a culture at Penske Racing where the two crew chiefs can communicate to do that from the Nationwide to the Cup side. There’s always something to be learned. Sometimes you learn things that you don’t even realize that you’ve learned. Our Dodge was fast today. Hopefully, it carries over to tomorrow.”
 

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NASCAR TRUCK Results
Last Updated: Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 2:17 am, EDT
Kentucky 225
Status: Final Kentucky Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings
1 Ron Hornaday Jr. (2) Chevrolet 48/5 150 42 $63,225
2 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 43/1 150 32 $46,950
3 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 42/1 150 3 $36,925
4 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 41/1 150 40 $26,725
5 Brian Ickler (18) Toyota 40/1 150 11 $20,700
6 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 38/0 150 0 $15,625
7 Todd Bodine (5) Toyota 38/1 149 1 $15,325
8 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 37/1 149 1 $13,325
9 Dakoda Armstrong (98) Chevrolet 35/0 149 0 $10,875
10 David Starr (81) Toyota 34/0 149 0 $13,050
11 Justin Lofton (6) Chevrolet 33/0 149 0 $11,625
12 Blake Feese (32) Chevrolet 32/0 149 0 $12,450
13 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 31/0 148 0 $11,350
14 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 31/1 148 5 $11,250
15 Cale Gale (33) Chevrolet 29/0 148 0 $12,275
16 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 28/0 148 0 $11,150
17 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 28/1 148 13 $10,850
18 Ty Dillon (121) Chevrolet 26/0 147 0 $8,500
19 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 25/0 147 0 $10,650
20 Jennifer Jo Cobb (10) Dodge 0/0 145 1 $9,050
21 Norm Benning (57) Chevrolet 23/0 143 0 $10,525
22 Ross Chastain (66) Chevrolet 22/0 142 0 $9,200
23 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 21/0 141 0 $9,150
24 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 20/0 131 0 $8,100
25 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 19/0 109 0 $8,200
26 B.J. McLeod (93) Chevrolet 18/0 88 0 $8,000
27 John King (07) Toyota 18/1 72 1 $8,300
28 Max Papis (9) Toyota 16/0 51 0 $7,850
29 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 15/0 49 0 $7,750
30 Clay Greenfield (168) Dodge 0/0 40 0 $8,150

31 Chris Jones (87) Chevrolet 13/0 29 0 $7,550
32 Mike Garvey (138) Chevrolet 0/0 21 0 $7,450
33 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 11/0 19 0 $7,350
34 Josh Richards (151) Toyota 10/0 4 0 $7,250
35 Mike Harmon (174) Ford 0/0 4 0 $7,150
36 Brent Raymer (127) Chevrolet 0/0 2 0 $7,055
 

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NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 6:28 pm, EDT
AAA 400
Status: Final Dover International Speedway



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

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Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 47/4 400 90 $223,625 Chart

2 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 44/2 400 157 $220,786 Chart
3 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 42/1 400 116 $180,566 Chart
4 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 40/0 400 0 $142,158 Chart
5 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 40/1 400 3 $148,311 Chart
6 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 39/1 400 1 $142,266 Chart
7 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 38/1 400 8 $127,836 Chart
8 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 36/0 400 0 $140,558 Chart
9 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 35/0 400 0 $114,741 Chart
10 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 35/1 400 10 $129,861 Chart
11 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 34/1 400 8 $89,500 Chart
12 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 32/0 400 0 $116,786 Chart
13 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 31/0 400 0 $107,058 Chart
14 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 30/0 400 0 $103,964 Chart
15 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 29/0 400 0 $111,539 Chart
16 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 28/0 400 0 $83,250 Chart
17 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 27/0 400 0 $101,195 Chart
18 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 26/0 400 0 $118,950 Chart
19 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 25/0 400 0 $82,350 Chart
20 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 25/1 400 2 $98,808 Chart
21 David Ragan (6) Ford 23/0 399 0 $83,350 Chart
22 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 22/0 398 0 $111,258 Chart
23 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 21/0 398 0 $113,100 Chart
24 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 20/0 398 0 $81,225 Chart
25 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 19/0 398 0 $115,683 Chart
26 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 18/0 398 0 $99,145 Chart
27 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 17/0 397 0 $87,800 Chart
28 David Gilliland (34) Ford 16/0 397 0 $87,558 Chart
29 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 15/0 397 0 $80,150 Chart
30 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 15/1 396 2 $93,100 Chart
31 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 13/0 395 0 $83,983 Chart
32 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 12/0 395 0 $78,172 Chart
33 Andy Lally (71) Ford 11/0 394 0 $78,925 Chart
34 J.J. Yeley (38) Ford 10/0 390 0 $68,300 Chart
35 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 9/0 366 0 $68,075 Chart
36 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 9/1 346 1 $67,925 Chart
37 Josh Wise (37) Ford 7/0 56 0 $67,800 Chart
38 Reed Sorenson (7) Dodge 7/1 52 1 $67,650 Chart
39 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 5/0 49 0 $67,500 Chart
40 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 5/1 44 1 $67,325 Chart
41 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 3/0 31 0 $67,125 Chart
42 Scott Speed (46) Ford 2/0 24 0 $66,995 Chart
43 Travis Kvapil (55) Ford 1/0 12 0 $67,329 Chart
 

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Kurt Busch outduels rival Jimmie Johnson for Dover win




DOVER, Del. – Kurt Busch overtook rival Jimmie Johnson with 41 laps to go and hung on to win Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.


In doing so, the Penske Racing driver put himself right back into the thick of NASCAR's championship race.

Busch started the day ninth in the Sprint Cup standings; he'll leave Dover fourth thanks to his own impressive run and an equally unimpressive performance by previous points leader Tony Stewart.

"It was a perfect execution today," Busch said. "Awesome day. To win a Sprint Cup race in the Chase, that's what it's all about."

Johnson ended up second, putting the five-time defending champion in the title mix as well. Carl Edwards overcame his first pit-road speeding penalty of the season to finish third. Kasey Kahne, a non-Chase for the Cup driver, was fourth, and Matt Kenseth was fifth.

Stewart finished 25th, two laps down, and dropped to third in points. Kevin Harvick, who finished 10th, is the new championship leader in a now-tight race at the top. Edwards is tied in points with Harvick, but is considered second because he has fewer bonus points.

Fifteen points separate the top eight drivers entering next weekend's race at Kansas Speedway. Johnson moved up from 10th to fifth in points.

The championship hopes of Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. took huge hits. Newman was slow all day, and finished two laps down in 23rd. Earnhardt had a strong car, but two unscheduled pit stops — for a sway bar early, then a loose right wheel late — sent him to a 24th-place finish.



 

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Latest Race Oct 2
AAA 400



2011 Standings Behind

1. Carl Edwards (99) -
1. Kevin Harvick (29) -

3. Kurt Busch (22) -9
3. Tony Stewart (14) -9
5. Jimmie Johnson (48) -13
6. Matt Kenseth (17) -14
6. Brad Keselowski (2) -14
8. Kyle Busch (18) -15
9. Jeff Gordon (24) -19
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) -34
11. Ryan Newman (39) -41
12. Denny Hamlin (11) -68
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Final – Dover 2
Published on October 2, 2011 by Official Release

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Dover International Speedway

AAA 400

Post-Race Quotes





KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 1st “It was just perfect execution today with making the car better during the race. Our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger was fast. Some of our struggles have been when the track rubbers-in; we’re not exactly where we want to be. This was an awesome day for Shell, Pennzoil and Dodge. I couldn’t be happier right now. To win in a Sprint Cup race in the Chase, this is what it’s all about. This is the playoffs. We had everything go wrong for us last week; we had everything go right for us this week. We just need nice, smooth races from here.”

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR TEAM IS A CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER? “I feel like that we’re right in the mix. You just have to cover up those bad days. Tony Stewart struggled today. He’s going to be dropping back. You just have to run consistent. I have to thank all my sponsors. The Shell Saver Card, twenty-two cents a gallon off on Wednesday. Thanks to Sprint and all the sponsors at Penske Racing. It’s unbelievable – Coca-Cola, Lennox, Snap-On Tools. I just have to thanks all these guys.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT LAST RESTART? “I just wanted to get out in front of (Jimmie) Johnson. The first restart, I was on the high side. I didn’t know what to choose, low or high. I just wanted to get that jump on him and stretch our lead because I thought that he would reel us back in with about 10 to go. We just had to maintain and bring our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger to victory lane.”

HOW MUCH DID YOU GUYS HAVE TO CHANGE THINGS UP TODAY? “We just had to keep up with the track when it rubbered-in. The thing here at Dover is that the track gets darker and darker. That’s my fear. We made great adjustments during the race and found ourselves in victory lane.”

HOW CONSISTENT WAS YOUR CAR TODAY? “Right around half way, I was scared. I wasn’t sure which way to go. Steve (Addington) just kept making some air pressure adjustments in certain areas and the car just kept coming back to us. The first 100 were perfect. The last 100 were prefect.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WINNING AT DOVER? “It’s such an intense place. It’s hard to get the perfect handle on the race car. A driver really has to compensate a bit here, especially with the race track rubbering-in. To be able to conquer the Monster Mile, to have that Miles’ trophy now on the trophy shelf, I felt like I was missing something over the years. To make my first win here 11 years ago in 2000, it’s been an amazing journey. I didn’t think that it would take this long to get to victory lane, especially when I won my first-ever Truck race here. This is a tough race track and when you’re racing the best of the best, you have to be perfect You have to have a good team and I just have to thank Penske Racing for continuing to provide us the top-quality cars for what it takes.”

HOW MUCH DID YOU RELY ON YOUR DRAG RACING INSTINCTS ON THOSE LAST TWO RESTARTS? “The drag racing is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of technique and what you have to do to get your tires warm and to feel the traction when you’re coming up through the gears. It’s important. I love racing, I don’t care what it is. The way that you can get an advantage on guys on restarts is to feel the rear traction and if it’s slipping, to not be full-throttle and baby that throttle perfectly. I felt that was the difference-maker today. I was able to wrestle the lead away from (Jimmie) Johnson on the outside. On the final restart, when we had the inside lane, I pulled away with a great launch right out of the hole. Pro Stock racing, I have to thank all those guys for having fun and doing that. It’s all a matter of how your setup is for your own car. You have to get that throttle pedal just right on restarts. I’ve always prided myself in trying to get good restarts and not lose spots.”

WHAT WERE THE CRITERIA FOR YOUR DECISION IN DECIDING TO TAKE THE LOW OR HIGH LANE ON THE RESTARTS? “The way that today went, I felt like the bottom lane was the preferred lane and you really had to hit it perfect on that top side. I was just going with the percentages. I felt the bottom lane had the best chance of winning the race down into Turn 1 and clearing coming off of Turn 2. I’m glad I surprised Johnson by getting the lead on the outside. And then, I choose the inside to what I thought was the preferred line. It was great that I was able to jump him on both restarts and pull away. To beat you arch-nemesis, that’s just icing on the cake and that’s pretty sweet.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT MAKING THE RIGHT CHANGES TODAY DURING THE RACE? “For us, we almost had the perfect weekend with a pole position on Saturday, we just missed it by three-thousandths-of-a-second. And the way that we were communicating in our team debrief sessions, we knew that we were close. We knew that we just needed to fine-tune a couple of things. Whether it was qualifying trim or whether it was race trim, our car just had a good feel all weekend long. Last week, it was working out those new car blues that bit us. Today, a solid car.”

STEVE ADDINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger) “The biggest thing was that he was giving great feedback. We were just trying to figure out how to get our car going. It took our car 10 to 15 laps to settle in where we thought that we would be. We made some adjustments and brought it to life earlier in the runs and that was a big key for us getting on top of that and finding a direction. It was probably hallway through the race when we finally got a hold on what direction we needed and we got the breaks of getting the (pit) stops and make those adjustments.”

TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY HERE AT DOVER TODAY? “I felt like watching Kurt over the years here that he’s been really fast. The way that we went through practice and the adjustments that we made from practice to qualifying and to qualify second – so close to the pole – making the adjustments to go into the race like we did, we learned a lot from practice this week and that was a big key. (He) could come in here and win at Dover and that was just us giving him a good piece to do it.”

TRAVIS GEISLER (Director of Competition, Penske Racing)

“A great day. This is definitely awesome. We knew that the 22 was a good car. We ran up front all day. It was just a matter on how it was going to shake out in the end. To come down to the restart with the 48 and have Kurt just drive away was pretty awesome. That’s what Kurt is capable of doing and what this 22 team is made of. A great Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. To win in the Chase is awesome.

“The 2 car recovered really well today. They had a freak issue with the belt coming off the power steering and that set them back a bit. They did an awesome job hanging in there and getting a top-20 finish. We’ll take it and go on to Kansas.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 20th “We had a really good car in clean air. We had a little problem with the power steering belt coming off, lost a lap and by the time we finally got back on the lead lap, we didn’t have any time left to gain back any of the track position we lost. It’s frustrating. I think we were good enough to get a solid run out of it, but ended up 20th. That’s the way it goes.”

AFTER YOU GOT BACK ON THE LEAD LAP, WHAT WAS THE ISSUE AROUND OTHER CARS? “I finally caught the back end of the field, but when I got up to the rear of a car, I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t get around them.”

KANSAS UP NEXT; LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN TO A TRACK YOU’VE WON AT? “Absolutely. I’m certainly looking forward to that one; I’m looking forward to all of them. We’ve just got to keep digging.”

PAUL WOLFE (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) “We used a little strategy early to gain track position. We felt like we had a top-10 car and just needed to keep working on it, but had the issue with the belt and lost that track position. The way everything fell there at the end didn’t go our way. We got our laps back, but it was too late in the race to make anything happen. You use your tires up trying to get to people to make the pace and once you get there, it’s just difficult to get around them. It definitely wasn’t the day we needed. We can’t haven another one of these days to have a shot at it (championship). Some things out of control today happened. We did the best we could to get the best finish.”
 

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NASCAR: Dover 300 Winning team press conference
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series press release


An interview with: Kurt Busch and Steve Addington


KERRY THARP: We are going to roll into our race winner of today's 43nd annual AAA 400, and the winning team today was the number 22 of Shell Pennzoil Dodge with Kurt Busch behind the wheel, Steve Addington up in the pit box, and Penske Racing is the team owner. But congratulations to Kurt Busch. It's his second win in 2011. He won earlier this year at Infineon, and this is his 24th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Kurt moves up to fourth in points. You're only nine out of lead. This thing has really gotten tight. It's only like 15 points separates first and eighth. Your little brother is in eighth place at 15 out.



Race winner Kurt Busch, Penske Racing Dodge



But congratulations, boy, the second half of that race, looks like that car just took on a new life and you got the lead on that last restart and you were off to the races. Congratulations. Tell us about that.

KURT BUSCH: It was a great race today for us for our Shell-Pennzoil Dodge. To just miss out on the pole was kind of a bummer, but to take the lead early on and to lead laps and set the tone.

We have been in that position before where we can lead early on and the car feels great with a fresh racetrack and as the race progresses, we start losing a little bit of the handle, but, today we fought hard. Found some things, and I've got to thank the guy to my left, Steve Addington, for the right changes, the right time, the right sequence of two tires versus four. He was in the zone today. It helped me stay in the zone out on the racetrack and when you can feed off each other, that's when wins can happen and it reminded me a lot of what we did at Sonoma earlier this year.

Late in the race today, the last hundred laps, our car was right there for us, right where we needed it to be, maybe a little on the tight side. But restarts, with two restarts to go, I was on the outside of the 48 car. We had great position from pit road.

My guys on pit road did a phenomenal job to be consistent, to be smooth, and to put us out there where we needed to be. And I was able to wrestle the lead away from the 48 car and got to his high side and took the lead. And then with the final pit stop, Steve was thinking four, I was thinking four, but we switched to two tires, and that was the perfect call.

We beat Johnson out of the pits, had the inside lane on the final restart and we just took it to him. I knew we needed to get that jump on the restart and we never looked back.

So a great day for our Shell-Pennzoil Dodge. Wednesday, it's called Wednesdays, everybody gets 22 cents a gallon off on fuel if they have a Shell Saver card.

KERRY THARP: Your first win at Dover, too. Talk about a special win here at the Monster Mile, winning at a track like that.

KURT BUSCH: Well, it's such an intense place. It's hard to get the perfect handle on the race car. A driver has to compensate quite a bit here, especially with the racetrack rubbering in. To be able to conquer the Monster Mile, to now have that monstrous trophy now on the trophy shelf, I felt like I was missing something over the years.

And to make my first start here ten years ago or 11 years ago in 2000, it's been an amazing journey. I didn't think it would take this long to get to victory lane, especially when I won my first-ever Truck race here. But this is a tough racetrack. And when you're racing the best of the best, you have to be perfect, you have to have a good team, and I've just got to thank Penske Racing for continuing to provide us with the top-quality cars it takes.

KERRY THARP: Steve Addington, congratulations today on this win, team win, pit crew was exceptional; and as Kurt alluded to, you guys made the right calls at the right time. Talk about how that all just unfolded here today for you.

STEVE ADDINGTON: I feel like from the past races -- watching Kurt over the years here, he's been really fast and I felt pretty good going in here the way that we went through practice and the adjustments we made from practice to qualifying, and to go out and qualify second, so close to the pole, and then to make the adjustments to go in the race that we did.

I felt like that we learned a lot from practice this week, and that was the big key. But we knew he could come in here and win at Dover; it was just us giving him the pieces to do it.

Q. Were those last two restarts, how much of your drag racing -- because your reaction time was so good, and you just pulled away from him so quickly, and it was the difference. How much did you kind of rely on your instincts that you've picked up through your drag racing?

KURT BUSCH: You know, the drag racing is a lot of fun, and there's a lot of technique in what you have to do to get your tires warm and to feel the traction when you're coming up through the gears.

And it's important. I love racing, no matter what it is, and the way that you can get an advantage on guys on restarts is to feel the rear traction, and if it's slip to go not be full throttle and to really baby that throttle pedal perfectly; and I felt like that was the difference maker today. I was able to wrestle the lead away from Johnson on the outside and then on the final restart when we had the inside lane, pull away off of a great launch right out of the hole.

So pro stock racing, I have to thank all of those guys for having fun and doing that. But it's all a matter of how the setups up is for your oval car, but you have to get that throttle pedal just right on restarts, and I've always tried to pride myself on trying to get good restarts and not lose spots.

Q. Can you just talk a little about, you mentioned making the changes, especially at this place, how difficult that is to make the changes during the race, to make the correct ones. Other teams obviously, like Stewart, couldn't do it.

KURT BUSCH: For us, we almost had the perfect pole position on Saturday, we just missed it by three-thousandths of a second. The way we were communicating in our team debriefing sessions we knew we were close. We knew we needed to fine tune a couple of things, whether it was qualifying trim or race trim; and the car had a good feel all weekend long. Last week, just working out the new car brews and it bit us. This week, a solid car.

STEVE ADDINGTON: The biggest thing is he was giving great feedback and we were just trying it figure out how to get our car going. It would take our car a good ten, 15 laps to even settle in to where we thought we needed it to be.

We started making some adjustments on it and brought it to life earlier in the runs and that was the key to it, getting on top of that and finding a direction. It was probably halfway through the race where we really got a hold of what direction we needed and we got the breaks of getting stops to make those adjustments.

Q. Given the fact that you got around Jimmie on the outside on the next to last restart, what were the criteria that went into your decision to take bottom for the last one?

KURT BUSCH: The way that today went, I felt like the bottom lane was the preferred lane, and you really had to hit it perfect on that topside.

So I was just with the percentages. I thought the bottom lane had the best chance of winning the race down into turn one and then clearing coming off turn two. So I'm glad I surprised Johnson by getting the lead on the outside, and then I chose the inside to -- what I thought was the preferred line.

So it was great that we were able to jump him on both restarts and pull away. I mean, to beat your arch nemesis, that's just icing on the cake and it's pretty sweet.

Q. I was going to ask you about the rubber, a lot of people had trouble with the rubber on the track -- is that something new? We had a lot of complaints, how it made the car seem squirrely. Is this something that's never happened before? Is this a new sensation? And secondly, after getting your car detained last week, do you feel vindication getting to victory lane today?

KURT BUSCH: You know, this tire with this car, the Car of Tomorrow, we have had to go through a lot of changes at Goodyear. I can make this story long; I can make it short.

What Goodyear has to do is they have to have a tire that rubbers in the racetrack so that we don't have blowouts with the right front tire. Concrete tracks have this rubber buildup, like Martinsville, Bristol, here at Dover, where it cakes up and makes it really squirrely. Could have been a lot worse today if the temperatures were in the 80s and the sunshine was out. It somewhat covered it today.

But Goodyear has done a great job but they keep bringing this tire that rubbers in the racetracks so that the tires don't have their issues. That's really the bottom line, and I felt like we have battled through it the best today. And it's not anything new, but today it just shows up if your car isn't exactly perfect.

And I just have got to thank Steve for helping me stay on top of the adjustments. And for us to win this weekend -- last week is last week, we don't need to worry about it. We knew we were having problems with the car trying to scale it, trying to measure, it trying to get the bump stops right. It just would not do anything for us.

So I would not be surprised if that car is not cut in half already.

Q. How critical is this race today as far as the points are concerned, because you were minus 28 coming in, now you're only minus nine?

KURT BUSCH: We have a long journey ahead of us. Today is just awesome. I mean, this is sweet. The guys are all pumped up. They know they know how to do their jobs. They are all tied together right at the belt loops. And everyone is so positive with the way they feel about their position and the way that Steve is leading these guys that we are not looking back, yet we are not looking too far ahead, because this is a long Chase.

STEVE ADDINGTON: I just think that look, we were 28 points back, right, but if we had took one race to do that, and we knew that it if there was three guys that got out there, 17 to 28 points ahead of us, if they had one race, they missed it a little bit; then we could be right back in this thing. But the thing about it is it brought a whole group of people back into it, not just us. It brought that whole bunch that was from fifth on back, it brought us all back into this thing, so it's pretty cool the way that's worked out.

We knew if we came in here and had a solid week -- Kurt preached it all week. We just need a smooth race here and that's what our game plan was, and that's to have a smooth race and race our own race. We did that and it worked out for us.

Q. I've got a silly question and a serious one. The silly one, something in that barbeque you had in Kansas City last week and do you think you'll go back to Jack's Stack when you get through this weekend?

KURT BUSCH: Definitely a good MoJo all the way around. I did a Kansas City winner's circle appearance this week and went to a Jack Stack's Barbeque 101, got my hands dirty, got the hair burned off my right arm grilling, and those guys are a lot of fun to work with; and that's just a good feeling when you're out there trying to promote a track and ticket sales, and hopefully it all comes around.

Q. You talked about good tracks coming up for you. Well, Dover and Kansas really have not been good tracks for you. Phoenix and Martinsville and Charlotte you have wins; Texas. How important was it to kind of get a monkey off your back here and now you're looking at another track where you average like 18th or something over the years?

KURT BUSCH: You know what's funny, I haven't told Steve this, he'll hear it for the first time right now. Tracks that we have notoriously struggled on, we've been doing really well. Tracks that we are expecting to do well on, we struggle. Kansas, I don't know, I usually struggle there, so that's the way we are going to look at it.

Q. Today, because you struggled here, does that add to that MoJo do you think?

KURT BUSCH: It's a good feel to conquer a track that I've had trouble sealing the deal be on. We have been fast, like Steve has said. We have been in the mix, and it's great to conquer a racetrack and to get a win at a place that I've never won before.

Q. Can you talk about the way you and Jimmie raced each other on the restarts and is that an example that you two have put the differences you had after Richmond behind you?

KURT BUSCH: You know, it was on my mind but it wasn't. Because I had tunnel vision for victory lane today, and it didn't matter who we had to driver around, through, and out-strategy.

Steve was on it on the pit box. It gave me great confidence grabbing gears and shifting up through on the restarts. We took him on the outside, we took him on the inside and we drove our Pennzoil Dodge to victory lane. It's sweet to beat your arch nemesis, but we have such a long way to go on this Chase, that's what we are really focused on.

Q. With the new points system, everything is bunched up so much more. In years past, everybody has talked about how pressure filled the Chase is, but when the points seem so much closer, how do you look at it, how do you gauge it, how do you get a mental release in between races?

KURT BUSCH: For me, it is still the same system. It's based off consistency. And you can look at nine points, with the old system; that would be right around 36 to 40 with the old system. So 36 points before felt just the same as what nine does now. That's the way I'm looking at it.

And yet, there's still just so many more weeks that you hope that there's not 12 guys that are mathematically eligible when they go to Homestead. In years past, the most we have ever had was five. So points are tight. Just still, though, we have only got three races out of ten. There's still a long way to go. That's the way I look at it.

Q. That said, you have that approach, but how do you keep your team like that, or is certainly everybody will probably be asking you questions, hey, you're only nine points out. They will see it as nine; not 36, 40, and look at the guys behind you three or four points and think it's so much closer than maybe it is. How do you maintain that with your team? Obviously you're going to face questions because you're that close to it.

KURT BUSCH: I've been in this position before, and there's still plenty of weeks left. I've gone into Atlanta with three races to go with a 90-point lead in the past, and you look at it as it's zero. You race every race to beat as many chasers as you can, and you can't get caught up if you're behind or ahead, until you go to Homestead. That's when they hand you your deck of cards at Homestead: All right, do I have a good hand, or am I working from behind? And then you react.

Q. You guys are obviously happy right now but around lap 190 you were very frustrated, talking on your radio about being a broken record and the car not handling; how do you keep it together, the emotional swing between then and now, and keeping the car focused to go to the front?

KURT BUSCH: If anybody knows me by now, talking on the radio is one thing and driving the race car is another. Staying focused, staying after it is what I ALWAYS do. You rely on your guys to bust out those great pit stops and make good adjustments.

Yes, halfway is a struggle for us with the track rubbered in. Today we came out on top, and maybe we'll find a pattern now.

Q. What would it mean not only to give Roger Penske his first championship in the Sprint Cup Series, and maybe Will Power wins the IRL, what would that mean for Penske, two championships in one season; have you thought about that?

KURT BUSCH: No, we are not going to think about it. But it would mean a tremendous amount.

One of the reasons why I came here to Penske Racing was to deliver the first championship on the NASCAR side in the Sprint Cup Series. But we are only three races in, we stay focused, each and every week like we have to, and with Will Power on the open-wheel side, we wish him the best; and it's because we have the best equipment. We have a great system and we all have to thank Roger Penske.

Q. Does this seem like a more competitive Chase than it has in years past?

KURT BUSCH: I tell you, it's hard to really put one word on it but I would say it's a slippery Chase, because you can slip just one little bit and next thing you know, you are fighting from behind. You just don't want those out-of-the-ordinary things to happen.

I heard a heartbreak with my teammates, Keselowski, losing his power steering. Those are those little moments that you hate throughout a Chase run, and this year, everybody is in the mix. It's still the same real points system. Consistency is going to win it, and we are only three weeks in.

Q. Earlier this season, you guys entered the Chase with one win, much like Jimmie Johnson. But you I think were the only team that remained in the Top-10 in points I think throughout the entire first 26 races. Entering the Chase, did you believe, even with one or zero wins, did you believe that you had a team that was capable of being in contention for the championship?

STEVE ADDINGTON: Oh, most definitely. It comes from having a group of guys that are willing to do anything, and anything you ask of them. And we do have that group.

Were we in this position at the first of the year, midway through the season? No. I think that we have made changes in our organization. I think we have made changes in our race cars. I think we have made changes all through to put us in a position; you see the results from the two car is the same.

The organization has changed a good bit. And you know, we made some changes, and you've got a group of guys back there in that shop that are willing to bust their tails for you and give you what you're asking for now, and I think that's maybe the biggest difference.

But the group of guys that work on this 22 car, like Kurt said earlier, they are joined at the hip. They are a good group and they work good together and they will do anything for you. All you have to is tell them and they get after it.

KURT BUSCH: Just to quickly add to that, all year long we have been a consistent team and we have found ourselves in the Top-10 in points. The quick analogy would be, we can go 12 rounds with anybody. We are going to go for that TKO at the end or the decision, so to speak. But today we threw down the knockdown. It's great to bring home a victory. This year, our model and our strengths have been good qualifying, and just running consistent.

Q. I guess you were not surprised, despite some of the talk, that Jimmie was out of it; did you find that kind of comical, and you weren't surprised to see your arch nemesis up there with you, and what did it mean to be able to get him on those final two restarts? Just because he's a defending champion?

KURT BUSCH: All the stories -- keep it going on the 48 being out of it, because it only motivates those guys. They are strong, and they always will be. A five-time champion just doesn't happen by accident. Chad Knaus is a great leader and Hendrick is a great program and Johnson is a very strong and true competitor. And to beat him today and to come out on top, this is a great victory here at Dover.

KERRY THARP: Thank you very much.

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