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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Advance - Richmond 2

RICHMOND , Sep 7, 2010 - For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Air Guard 400
Richmond International Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010

• Dodge has 17 wins at Richmond including three since the manufacturer returned to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001.
• Lee Petty drove a Dodge to victory in the first NASCAR race at Richmond in1953; a 200-lap event on what was then a .5-mile dirt track.
• Dodge winners at Richmond in addition to Petty include Buck Baker, David Pearson, Cotton Owens, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dave Marcis, Neil Bonnett, Ryan Newman, Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne.
• Current Dodge driver Kurt Busch won the Richmond event in the fall of 2005 prior to joining the Dodge family. He was runner-up at the fall event last year.
• Brad Keselowski has posted top-10 starts in his two previous Sprint Cup outings at RIR

• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 of 400 laps en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600.
• Dodge has claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.
• Dodge teams have posted 47 wins 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 it’s return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).

• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm Beach, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at RIR: Lee Petty, 04/19/1953, 1953 Richmond 200, 45.535 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at RIR: Kasey Kahne, 05/11/2005, Chevy 400, 100.316 mph avg. speed.

• Kurt Busch will be making his fifth appearance in NASCAR’s Chase to the Sprint Cup which begins next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch is the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion.
• Penske Racing has five wins at Richmond International Raceway (Rusty Wallace – 4, Ryan Newman – 1).
• Dodge’s last start from the pole at RIR came at the spring event in 2005 (Kasey Kahne). He won the race, leading 242 of the 400 laps en route to his first Chase berth.

• Kurt Busch secured a spot in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint to the Championship after his sixth-place finish last weekend at Atlanta.
• Brad Keselowski has an avg. starting position of 7.5 at Richmond.
• Sam Hornish’s career-best RIR finish of sixth came at the spring event in 2009.

• Of the 108 NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Richmond, the pole sitter has visited victory lane 22 times.
• The deepest qualifier to win at Richmond started from the 31st starting position.
• Six drivers have five or more Richmond victories, but none are currently active.
• Five drivers in the 2009 Chase are currently outside looking in.
• Two Chase berths are still up for grabs; drivers ranked 17th and lower have been eliminated.

“We’re focused on winning this weekend at Richmond, picking up those valuable bonus points entering the Chase and going into those final 10 races with a lot of momentum and a full-steam-ahead attitude. Some of the guys have won more races already this season and have more bonus points built up. We need to try to even the score and get on a more level playing field as we head on to Loudon (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) and kick off this year’s Chase."
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger


• Kurt Busch
Start – Pole - Las Vegas
Finish – Win - Atlanta, Charlotte 1

• Brad Keselowski
Start – Sixth - Richmond
Finish – 12th - Martinsville, Darlington

• Sam Hornish Jr.
Start – Second - Texas,
Finish – 11th - Pocono

• Laps Led (Race) Kurt Busch – 278 - Bristol

• Laps Led (Total) Kurt Busch – 817

“Saturday night at Richmond always produces exciting racing. The track seems to widen out during the race and it allows for some great side-by-side racing. It is important to get the car turning well through the center of the corners while still having the rear secure under throttle on exit. Richmond has been a strong track for Sam in NASCAR with two top-10 finishes there last season.”
Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“Richmond has been a really strong track for us through the years and we’re looking to continue that level of success there this weekend. We finished second there last September and had a really strong Miller Lite Dodge Charger. The record book looks like we struggled in the spring race there and finished 18th, but it really doesn’t tell the whole story. The fact was that we got the car back to the shop and found out that we left the sway bar loose. When that happens, you’re faced with trying to tackle a loose race car and that was definitely the case at Richmond back in the May race.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Richmond International Raceway and have been able to find success there in both NASCAR and the IndyCar Series. Last season, the Mobil 1 team earned top-10 finishes in both races at Richmond and we know we are capable of a strong finish this weekend. Richmond is a multi-groove race track and that makes for exciting racing, but patience is so important. You have to put yourself in position to be there at the end of the race when it matters most.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“We need to find just a little more raw speed this weekend when we get back to Richmond. Our qualifying effort was very solid, but we just missed it a little bit on the race setup. We were competitive at the end thanks to a lot of hard work on pit road, but we want to start the race a little better. If we can find those precious tenths of a second – and those last tenths are the hardest to find – I think we can run inside the top-10, or higher.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

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Richmond International Raceway

Richmond International Raceway
Nationwide Series

Date Series Driver Speed

9/6/97 Sprint Cup Race Dale Jarrett 109.00
5/15/04 Sprint Cup Qualifying Brian Vickers 129.983
9/11/09 Nationwide Race Carl Edwards 101.00
5/14/04 Nationwide Qualifying Kyle Busch 129.348
9/4/03 Camping World Truck Race Tony Stewart 91.00
9/8/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying David Starr 126.648

Nationwide Series
Upcoming Race Sep 10
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Track Facts
Richmond International Raceway

Location: Richmond, VA
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 0.75 miles
Shape: Oval

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

4/30/10 BUBBA burger 250 Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Dodge $1,187,017
9/11/09 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Denny Hamlin Carl Edwards Ford $1,154,651
5/1/09 Lipton Tea 250 Matt Kenseth Kyle Busch Toyota $1,140,516
9/7/08 Emerson Radio 250 Joey Logano Carl Edwards Ford $1,159,182
5/2/08 Lipton Tea 250 Kasey Kahne Denny Hamlin Toyota $1,145,047
9/7/07 Emerson Radio 250 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Chevrolet $1,123,290
5/4/07 Circuit City 250 Denny Hamlin Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $1,109,432
5/5/06 Circuit City 250 Jason Leffler Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $1,088,910
9/8/06 Emerson Radio 250 Jeff Burton Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $1,102,365

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Sprint Cup Series

Richmond International Raceway

Saturday Sept 11 7:30 PM ABC

Date Series Driver Speed

9/6/97 Sprint Cup Race Dale Jarrett 109.00
5/15/04 Sprint Cup Qualifying Brian Vickers 129.983
9/11/09 Nationwide Race Carl Edwards 101.00
5/14/04 Nationwide Qualifying Kyle Busch 129.348
9/4/03 Camping World Truck Race Tony Stewart 91.00
9/8/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying David Starr 126.648

Sprint Cup Series
Upcoming Race Sep 11
Air Guard 400
Saturday 7:30 PM ABC

Track Facts
Richmond International Raceway

Location: Richmond, VA
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 0.75 miles
Shape: Oval

Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

* Rusty Wallace 6
* Darrell Waltrip 6

Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

5/1/10 Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $5,034,763
5/2/09 Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 Brian Vickers Kyle Busch Toyota $5,176,906
9/12/09 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Mark Martin Denny Hamlin Toyota $5,196,568
5/3/08 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 Denny Hamlin Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $5,137,427
9/7/08 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,157,089
5/6/07 Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,032,994
9/8/07 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,057,510
5/6/06 Crown Royal 400 Greg Biffle Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet $4,931,502
9/9/06 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $4,955,081

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Dodge Motorsports Notes and Quotes - NNS Race Advance - Richmond International Raceway

RICHMOND , Sep 8, 2010 - For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NNS Race Advance
Virginia 529 College Savings 250
Richmond International Raceway
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

7:30 PM ESPN2

• The Dodge Challenger will return to competition this weekend, the third of four races for the “new car” this season. The “new car” will also compete at Charlotte and be fully integrated in 2011.
• Dodge Challenger sales were up 190 percent, compared with the same month in 2009.
• The NNS Dodge Challenger returned to victory lane (Keselowski) at Michigan International Speedway last June after nearly a 30 year absence from NASCAR competition.

Penske Racing’s Dodges have recorded six poles and five wins along with a combined 24 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes. Dodge has been atop the leaderboard for 1,055 laps with drivers Justin Allgaier and Brad Keselowski.

JUSTIN ALLGAIER – No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge
• Earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing and Dodge.
• Allgaier has one win along with six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 26 Nationwide races in 2010.
• He is currently fourth in the season point standings, best among full-time Nationwide Series-only drivers.
• Qualified ninth and finished 15th at the spring event at RIR.
• Average finish at Richmond is 20.3 in three Nationwide races.
• Won the 2008 ARCA championship.
• Was the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.

BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge

• Currently leads the Nationwide Series standings by 332 points over Carl Edwards. He has led the standings since his win at Talladega in April.
• At the spring race at Richmond, Keselowski qualified fourth and led 189 of 250 laps en route to the win.
• Earned back-to-back wins at Talladega and Richmond and has four wins in 2010.
• Leads the Nationwide Series in top fives (18) and top 10s (21). He has only one finish outside the top 15 (Chicago – 21st).
• He is using chassis PRS-204, the same Challenger he drove to victory at Michigan in August.
• Has a NASCAR record 93 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).

“I feel that racing at Richmond is as good as it gets. The fans get to see good, close racing - and it’s at night, which makes it that much better. You carry a lot of speed down the straightaways, and when you get to the corner, it feels like you almost come to a complete stop. It’s a fun track. I wish there were more like it on the circuit, but I think that if someone tried to create a similar track, they’d have a hard time perfecting it the way that it’s been done there. It truly is a unique race track, and a lot of fun to drive.”
Justin Allgaier, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger

“The real challenge for us going back to Richmond is making sure we run well with the new car. It obviously drives differently. We won’t be able to use the setup notes from the spring race. That’s a little bit of a shame because we were so good with the old car, but we’ve also been very strong and consistent in the new Dodge Challenger. So I feel very good about our chances this weekend. We should be very competitive and I feel that we will contend for the win. Richmond is a place that I’ve really learned how to get around over the last couple of years.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger

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Kurt Busch Assesses NASCAR's Chase

September 10, 2010

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, finished 6th at the Emory Healthcare 500 in Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend and clinched a spot in the 10-race "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup." Busch spoke with Sirius XM NASACAR radio show 'Tradin' Paint' about how he's approaching this critical part of the season.

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NASCAR Qualifying

Status: Field Set

Last Updated: Friday, Sep 10, 2010 7:28 pm, EDT

Sprint Cup Series
Upcoming Race Sep 11
Air Guard 400
Saturday 7:30 PM ABC

Richmond International Raceway

Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 127.762
2 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 127.455
3 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 127.101
4 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 127.077
5 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 127.017
6 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 126.975
7 Paul Menard (98) Ford 126.951
8 Brad Keselowski (12) Dodge 126.939
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 126.784
10 Kasey Kahne (9) Ford 126.767
11 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 126.654
12 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 126.505
13 Marcos Ambrose (47) Toyota 126.505
14 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 126.470
15 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 126.440
16 Jeff Green (26) Ford 126.422
17 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 126.410
18 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 126.369
19 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 126.345
20 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 126.210
21 Kurt Busch (2) Dodge 126.133
22 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 126.039
23 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 126.039
24 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 126.027
25 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 125.933
26 David Ragan (6) Ford 125.845
27 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 125.827
28 Landon Cassill (71) Chevrolet 125.810
29 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 125.745
30 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 125.716
31 Scott Speed (82) Toyota 125.687
32 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 125.564
33 Sam Hornish Jr. (77) Dodge 125.523
34 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 125.465
35 Jason Leffler (132) Toyota 125.331
36 Elliott Sadler (19) Ford 125.284
37 Mike Bliss (55) Toyota 125.232
38 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 125.127
39 David Gilliland (37) Ford 125.012
40 Tony Raines (34) Ford 124.792
41 Kevin Conway (7) Toyota 123.899
42 Mattias Ekstrom (83) Toyota 123.717
43 Bobby Labonte (09) Chevrolet 124.942
44 Terry Labonte (110) DNQ 124.971
45 Michael McDowell (46) DNQ 124.355
46 Todd Bodine (164) DNQ 124.292
47 Scott Riggs (66) DNQ 124.041
48 Brian Keselowski (192) DNQ 122.912

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Kurt Busch Open Interview - Richmond 2

RICHMOND , Sep 10, 2010 -

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

TALK ABOUT ADDING ANOTHER WIN THIS YEAR AT TOMORROW’S RACE HERE IN RICHMOND? “We definitely want to (win). It’s a unique opportunity for us to go for a win and try something a little different with the setup and hopefully lead ourselves in a solid direction for a good chunk of the races in the Chase. Richmond is somewhat comparable to Loudon, Phoenix and a little bit of Martinsville. We were up in Milwaukee a couple weeks ago testing. We took the whole team up to Milwaukee. We had all three teams as well as Parker Kligerman driving a fourth car. So, it was a full two days of testing with all of Penske’s cars. I felt like that it was a very beneficial test and so far, it’s shown a little bit of speed since we’ve been here. We’re just going to continue the general pattern of what we learned up there at testing. We’ll see how everything shakes out. It would be great to drive the Miller Lite Dodge into victory lane this Saturday night. That would definitely bode well for a third of the Chase races where we have those flat tracks. We feel like once we get past this weekend, then its game time and the season begins with the playoffs and the Chase format and how you have to be solid each and every week. With the way that we ran last week, a little bit off on setup, but we came home with a sixth-place finish, those are the types of days that turn it into a championship-like effort.”

DO YOU THINK THAT THE CHASE IS GOING TO BE A HOME RUN DERBY WHERE YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR GUYS TO MAKE MISTAKES? “Just with the recent run of guys falling quite a bit in points when they do have a problem, that’s where it does lend itself to not making mistakes. We were fourth in points going into Michigan and went all the way back to 10th. Denny Hamlin was up in the points before Atlanta and blew a motor; he fell all the way back to 10th. It’s almost like a beltway of cycling the cars around on who’s doing good and they stay up there and drop back to the bottom when they have a problem. Mistakes are definitely what you have to stay away from early on especially.”

DO YOU THINK THAT PENSKE HAS AN ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE WITH ONLY ONE CAR IN THE CHASE? “I feel like we’re going to use it to our advantage the best way that we can. We’re the only Penske car in the Chase. I’ve got Sam Hornish Jr. this weekend with the same exact setup in his race car and he’s out there gathering notes for us. They changed a sway bar or a rear shock and (telling us) this is what it did, what it felt like. That’s already in place. He’s going to have the same setup to start every weekend to make it look like we have two cars putting the same footprint down. I’ve been on the other side of the fence at Roush where we had five cars in the Chase one year. I remember racing Matt Kenseth at Kansas Speedway just trying to get five points from him leading a lap. He’s like, ‘I have to go up against you to win this championship. I’m not going to let you lead a lap.’ That can definitely hurt teammates when they’re racing together and they both have a shot at the championship. So we’re using this scenario where we’re the only team from Penske in it. We’re the only Dodge in it. We’re putting all of our eggs in one basket and that’s the 2 car.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR CHANCES ARE OF WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP? AND DO YOU LIKE NOT HAVING THE TARGET ON YOUR BACK LIKE KEVIN (HARVICK) OR JIMMIE (JOHNSON)? “It’s always good to go in under the radar; that’s what helped us in 2004. We weren’t expected to run up front and be contenders all the way through those 10 races. I can’t quite pull that card anymore with what the end result was – winning the (NASCAR) championship. Those guys have definitely run better than us and deserve the spotlight. We’re going to do what we can to not make mistakes and position ourselves so that once the Chase is halfway through; we have a legitimate shot at it. We could be leading; we could be within 100 points, that’s what I call the range that I think you need to be in. Those guys got all the pressure to perform because they’ve done it the first 25 races.”

BRAD (KESELOWSKI) SAID YESTERDAY THAT HE THINKS THAT THE DODGE’S ARE LACKING SPEED? DO YOU HAVE TO WIN ON STRATEGY? “We have to work as hard as we can no matter if we think it’s the Dodge, or if it’s the Penske chassis. Right now, he’s definitely focused on his Nationwide program and we just need to do the best that we can in all areas. I keep saying that there are different areas that you have a report card. I wouldn’t say that we have an A-plus in any specific area, but I’m not going to give us anything lower than a “C” in other areas. If you have five to 10 different grades that you’re giving yourself, you hope that you have more “A’s” than “B’s”, maybe that’s what Brad is alluding too, the fact that he sees too many items that we have to pay attention to and improve on. What we have isn’t that bad.”

HAVE YOU GUYS LOST SOME ADVANTAGE THAT YOU HAD EARLIER IN THE SEASON ON THE MILE-AND-A-HALF PROGRAM? “The mile-and-halves are definitely the most important ingredient in the Chase. We have slipped off a bit. I talked to Roger (Penske) and our team engineers about it. We have a few conclusions. We’ve noticed that we struggled at some of the summer time races where it’s really hot out and the tracks rubber-in. When we unload, we’re pretty good, but when the practices wear on and as the races wear on, we lose a little bit of overall grip. With the fall months approaching and heading into a little bit cooler weather, we know that will help us. We just seem to run better when it’s cooler out and those night races; our success at Atlanta earlier this year as well as the Charlotte race. We’re excited to head to Charlotte because it’s a night race in the Chase. Texas, we’ll have cooler weather. Homestead is usually decent when we head down there. That’s something that I wish that we could put our thumb on and change it, but sometimes it’s just hard when the tracks grease up and find the right setup.”

WHAT ISSUES DO YOU EXPECT TO COME UP DURING THE CHASE? “Just being able to stay out of trouble is going to be key. With double-file restarts and a lot of different teams gain (spots) at the end of the races, you don’t want to fall into other team’s traps. If they’re just trying to do two tires to gain all that track position and search for a 10th-place finish, that’s what they’re going to do. You just have to run your own race. I always believed that the Chase is about consistency, not make any mistakes and most importantly, be competitive. That’s where we’re in the mix. We’re in the competitive and there are just so many good times out there that it’s going to be hard to know who has the advantage going in.”

DO YOU THINK LEADING LAPS IN THE CHASE IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT? “Of these 10 races, somebody get bonus points for leading the most laps every race and that’s an opportunity of 50 points. Those are the toughest 50 to get. If you just go out there and lead one lap in 10 races, that’s not that difficult to do, but it gives you 50 solid points. I think that it’s more important to lead a lap and if you have the car to do it, then you go out there and lead the most laps. Winning the 2004 championship, Greg Biffle led the most laps down in Homestead in the final race and he was able to keep Jimmie and Jeff Gordon from not leading a lap that day. That’s a 10-point swing in my favor when we led a lap and those guys didn’t. We won the championship by eight points. Leading laps is definitely important, it’s just tough to lead them all.”

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NASCAR Results

Status: Final

Last Updated: Friday, Sep 10, 2010 10:31 pm, EDT
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Richmond International Raceway

Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress
1 Kevin Harvick (33) Chevrolet 195/10 250 170 $49,795 Chart
2 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 175/5 250 35 $27,500 Chart
3 Trevor Bayne (99) Toyota 165/0 250 0 $35,368 Chart
4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 160/0 250 0 $32,343 Chart
5 Reed Sorenson (32) Toyota 155/0 250 0 $29,418 Chart
6 Denny Hamlin (20) Toyota 150/0 250 0 $18,850 Chart
7 Clint Bowyer (21) Chevrolet 146/0 250 0 $19,310 Chart
8 Paul Menard (98) Ford 142/0 250 0 $18,720 Chart
9 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 143/5 250 14 $19,100 Chart
10 Carl Edwards (60) Ford 134/0 250 0 $18,775 Chart
11 Aric Almirola (7) Chevrolet 135/5 250 3 $24,268 Chart
12 Justin Allgaier (12) Dodge 127/0 250 0 $24,193 Chart
13 Elliott Sadler (88) Chevrolet 129/5 250 24 $18,075 Chart
14 Jason Leffler (38) Toyota 121/0 250 0 $24,093 Chart
15 Parker Kligerman (26) Dodge 118/0 250 0 $17,775 Chart
16 Steve Wallace (66) Toyota 115/0 250 0 $24,318 Chart
17 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 112/0 250 0 $23,893 Chart
18 Tony Raines (34) Chevrolet 109/0 250 0 $24,343 Chart
19 Joe Nemechek (87) Chevrolet 106/0 250 0 $23,793 Chart
20 Michael Annett (15) Toyota 103/0 249 0 $24,893 Chart
21 Ryan Newman (1) Chevrolet 105/5 249 4 $17,225 Chart
22 Erik Darnell (16) Ford 97/0 249 0 $23,593 Chart
23 Jason Keller (35) Chevrolet 94/0 249 0 $23,908 Chart
24 Shelby Howard (70) Chevrolet 91/0 248 0 $23,393 Chart
25 Coleman Pressley (23) Chevrolet 88/0 248 0 $23,793 Chart
26 Ryan Truex (100) Toyota 85/0 248 0 $16,775 Chart
27 Kelly Bires (25) Ford 82/0 248 0 $16,725 Chart
28 Landon Cassill (09) Ford 79/0 247 0 $23,068 Chart
29 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 76/0 247 0 $23,418 Chart
30 Eric McClure (24) Ford 73/0 247 0 $23,218 Chart
31 Kenny Wallace (28) Chevrolet 70/0 247 0 $22,863 Chart
32 Willie Allen (05) Chevrolet 67/0 247 0 $22,778 Chart
33 Tayler Malsam (10) Toyota 64/0 247 0 $22,718 Chart
34 Jeremy Clements (104) Chevrolet 61/0 246 0 $16,215 Chart
35 Mark Green (49) Chevrolet 58/0 246 0 $16,165 Chart
36 Hermie Sadler (27) Ford 55/0 245 0 $22,573 Chart
37 Michael McDowell (81) Dodge 52/0 245 0 $22,513 Chart
38 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 49/0 216 0 $22,433 Chart
39 Carl Long (168) Chevrolet 46/0 207 0 $15,920 Chart
40 Mike Bliss (40) Chevrolet 43/0 120 0 $22,348 Chart
41 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 40/0 43 0 $15,840 Chart
42 Derrike Cope (73) Dodge 37/0 14 0 $15,795 Chart
43 Kevin Lepage (156) Toyota 34/0 6 0 $15,742 Chart

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NNS Race Final Quotes - Richmond 2

RICHMOND , Sep 10, 2010 -

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger) Finished Second
“We started off OK and really fell off. Paul Wolfe (crew chief) and all the Ruby Tuesday team worked on the car all night and made it way better throughout the race. We just needed a little bit there at the end to catch Kevin (Harvick) because he was awesome all night. What a great battle at the end. He was so good on long runs. We had to slow our cars down on the short runs to try and keep up with him. We were just a little bit off. It was a good night for me and this whole team; I really appreciate all their hard work. This Dodge Challenger was fast, real fast. Another good points night for us. I hope that the fans enjoyed it because that was some great racing.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU SAW ALL THAT LAPPED TRAFFIC IN FRONT OF KEVIN LATE IN THE RACE? “I didn’t know how it was going to play out. He got loose that one lap and I thought that he was in trouble when he slid his right-rear tire. I just couldn’t get him there at the end. He’s a heck of a driver; you have to give him credit.”

HOW TOUGH WAS TIRE MANAGEMENT TONIGHT? “Real tough. A heck of a race and we did all that we could to try and save them. We just didn’t have enough for Kevin at the end.”

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THIS NEW CAR TONIGHT ON THE SHORT-TRACK? “You’re always learning with this new car. We were really good on short runs and not as good on the long ones. We have to find a better balance on the longer runs. We tried to dial it in and it got better as the race went on, just not good enough.”

PAUL WOLFE (crew chief, No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger)
“It seemed like a long night for us tonight. We started off OK on the short run and then the car just went terrible. We were losing a lot of time and knew that we had to make some big adjustments to get to where we needed to be. We worked on it during the first stop and made some small gains. Our second stop, we got a car that he could race with and from there, Brad raced his butt off in that Dodge Challenger. I’m proud of the whole team and what Brad’s been able to do. When the car isn’t perfect, he can make up for it and has the confidence in us making the changes to get him comfortable.”

“You just don’t know enough about these new cars to really understand what to expect sometimes. Now that we have some data on a short track, we can evaluate our car and try to get it better. We just have to go to work and get as much information as we can to help us get faster.”

JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Challenger) Finished 12th
“I felt we would be better than we were. We actually were really good on long runs. Unfortunately, these new cars are going to a lot of people’s heads, causing some of them to forget what respect is. Unfortunately, we got run into quite a few times, especially on restarts. It’s hard to pass here anyway. When you get run into, it makes it even harder because you’re losing spots left and right. Our new Challenger was awesome. I wish we could have run a little longer under green. I think we would have been in a lot better shape at the finish. But the race went the way it went and we finished 12th, another top 15 for us. We’ll make our Challenger better by Charlotte and hopefully, run up front.”

PARKER KLIGERMAN (No. 26 Dodge Challenger) Finished 15th
“It wasn’t what we came here to do, we thought we had a really good shot at a top 10, even a top five tonight. We ran in the top 10 the first part of the race and I guess we had a commitment cone violation. The way it was explained at the driver’s meeting, I’m not too sure about that penalty. We came back from two laps down and brought our Dodge Challenger home in one piece. That’s hard to do at this track. It was good work tonight by the whole Penske Racing team.”

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NASCAR Results

Status: Final Sprint Cup Series

Last Updated: Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 11:41 pm, EDT
Air Guard 400

Richmond International Raceway

Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress
1 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 195/10 400 251 $219,975 Chart
2 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 170/0 400 0 $203,256 Chart
3 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 170/5 400 7 $179,828 Chart
4 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 160/0 400 0 $147,040 Chart
5 Marcos Ambrose (47) Toyota 155/0 400 0 $139,798 Chart
6 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 155/5 400 33 $103,300 Chart
7 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 151/5 400 3 $126,681 Chart
8 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 142/0 400 0 $120,176 Chart
9 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 138/0 400 0 $124,151 Chart
10 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 139/5 400 95 $131,673 Chart
11 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 130/0 400 0 $111,729 Chart
12 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 127/0 400 0 $120,251 Chart
13 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 129/5 400 11 $111,765 Chart
14 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 121/0 400 0 $124,176 Chart
15 Brad Keselowski (12) Dodge 118/0 399 0 $101,010 Chart
16 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 115/0 399 0 $110,573 Chart
17 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 112/0 399 0 $106,829 Chart
18 Kurt Busch (2) Dodge 109/0 399 0 $115,173 Chart
19 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 106/0 398 0 $103,031 Chart
20 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 103/0 398 0 $89,900 Chart
21 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 100/0 398 0 $72,900 Chart
22 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 97/0 398 0 $71,950 Chart
23 David Ragan (6) Ford 94/0 398 0 $80,975 Chart
24 Scott Speed (82) Toyota 91/0 398 0 $87,998 Chart
25 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 88/0 398 0 $79,175 Chart
26 Paul Menard (98) Ford 85/0 397 0 $78,925 Chart
27 Elliott Sadler (19) Ford 82/0 397 0 $79,200 Chart
28 Sam Hornish Jr. (77) Dodge 79/0 397 0 $78,925 Chart
29 Kasey Kahne (9) Ford 76/0 396 0 $109,940 Chart
30 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 73/0 396 0 $72,325 Chart
31 Mattias Ekstrom (83) Toyota 70/0 396 0 $108,648 Chart
32 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 67/0 395 0 $75,050 Chart
33 Landon Cassill (71) Chevrolet 64/0 395 0 $67,875 Chart
34 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 61/0 394 0 $74,800 Chart
35 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 58/0 393 0 $85,410 Chart
36 Jeff Green (26) Ford 55/0 393 0 $74,500 Chart
37 David Gilliland (37) Ford 52/0 393 0 $80,948 Chart
38 Tony Raines (34) Ford 49/0 392 0 $66,250 Chart
39 Bobby Labonte (09) Chevrolet 46/0 324 0 $66,125 Chart
40 Terry Labonte (55) Toyota 43/0 143 0 $66,000 Chart
41 Kevin Conway (7) Toyota 40/0 118 0 $79,918 Chart
42 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 37/0 61 0 $65,720 Chart
43 Jason Leffler (132) Toyota 34/0 30 0 $66,091 Chart

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Sprint Cup

CUP: How The Chase Field Stacks Up

Rank (+/-) Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings

1 +9 Denny Hamlin 5060 Leader 26 1 6 10 11 2 $4,292,228
2 +5 Jimmie Johnson 5050 10 26 2 5 10 14 4 $5,338,436
3 - Kyle Busch 5030 30 26 2 3 8 14 1 $4,861,478
4 -3 Kevin Harvick 5030 30 26 2 3 11 17 1 $5,164,351
5 +3 Kurt Busch 5020 40 26 2 2 8 15 2 $5,464,010
6 +4 Greg Biffle 5010 50 26 0 1 5 14 2 $3,734,487
7 -2 Tony Stewart 5010 50 26 2 1 7 14 1 $4,269,900
8 -4 Carl Edwards 5000 60 26 2 0 6 14 2 $4,096,479
9 -6 Jeff Gordon 5000 60 26 0 0 10 13 2 $4,379,398
10 -2 Matt Kenseth 5000 60 26 0 0 5 10 0 $4,091,273
11 -4 Jeff Burton 5000 60 26 0 0 5 13 0 $3,943,397
12 - Clint Bowyer 5000 60 26 0 0 4 14 2 $3,402,729

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Richmond Race Final - Richmond Int'l Raceway

RICHMOND , Sep 11, 2010 -

KURT BUSCH (No. Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 18th
"We've got a lot to be proud of on the Penske team. We started off the season with a new crew chief and to get him built into a solid foundation and make him feel comfortable was great. To win at Atlanta early on and get a couple of poles and to sweep the Charlotte race weekends was a huge moral boost for out team; it let us know that we were doing things the right way. To be consistent, 15 top-10 finishes, it's a lot to be proud of. We have our work cut out for us in the Chase. We've got to bare down and get after it these next 10 weeks. We can't make mistakes and take ourselves out of contention by doing some things that would stretch ourselves thin. Just getting into the groove of the Chase, I'm excited for things to fire up on Friday (at Loudon).

“We were trying something new tonight on the Miller Lite Dodge, knowing that we were already locked into the Chase. Tonight was an all-or-nothing race for us. We knew that second-place didn’t matter, so it made sense for us to try some different things on the Miller Lite Dodge and that’s what we did. The bottom line is that we did our homework for 26 races to put ourselves in position to make the Chase and we did our job. To make the Chase is a great testament to everyone that works on this Miller Lite Dodge. To represent Miller and Dodge and all of our sponsors in the 10 races to the championship is exciting. We were able to bank the 20 bonus points with our wins at Atlanta and Charlotte which means that we’re only 40 points out starting the Chase. It’s a whole different season now and it starts next week in Loudon.”

DAVE WINSTON (Race Engineer, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
“We’re in the Chase and we’ve got as good a shot at winning the champions as the other 11 guys who made it. The key for us is to approach every week like we’ve run all year. We know that we’re a good race team and have proven so the first 26 races. Now it’s go time. We’ve been building toward a 10-race showdown and now it’s time to get after it. Kurt’s a champion and he knows what it takes to win this thing. We’re excited. We can’t wait to get to Loudon next weekend.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 15th
“I guess it was a decent day, but it could have been a little bit better. We’re trying so hard. We can’t seem to get that top 10, but it isn’t for the lack of effort, that’s for damn sure. A lot of heart and a lot of hard work have gone into our program, but we haven’t gotten there yet. We just don’t have quite enough speed in our cars. We’ve got to find some speed. Man, I want to run better than that. We just haven’t gotten there yet.”

SAM HORNISH JR (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 28th
“Early in the race, we were pretty good. We went from 33rd to I think 21st. We made a small adjustment on the air pressure and that didn’t work and went back on that and made another small change and it was even worse. We didn’t make good adjustments on the car tonight. We were good on the first run and good on the last run, but wasn’t good on any run in the middle. That killed us. I’m disappointed.”
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