• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Dover: Richard Petty, 9/15/1974, Delaware 500, 113.64 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Dover: Ryan Newman, 9/26/2004, MBNA 400, 119.067 avg. speed.
DODGE IN THE CHASE
• Kurt Busch currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after his sixth-place finish in Loudon last weekend.
• Kasey Kahne is 12th in the standings after finishing 38th last weekend.
• Two Dodge drivers (Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman) were in the inaugural Chase in 2004.
• In 2005, three Dodge drivers (Mayfield, Newman and Rusty Wallace) made the Chase field with Newman winning the opener at New Hampshire.
• Kasey Kahne was the lone Dodge driver in the 2006 Chase field. He finished eighth at the conclusion of the 10-race Chase.
• The Chase field was expanded from 10 to 12 drivers in 2007. Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative; he finished seventh in the final standings.
• There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.
THE CHASE – KURT BUSCH AT DOVER
• Busch started 19th and finished fifth in the spring event at Dover. Busch was 34th at this event last year.
• In the five fall Chase events at Dover, Busch has two top-five finishes.
• In all 18 starts at Dover, Busch has three top-fives and five top-10 finishes.
• Busch has seven top-10 starts in the last 10 races at Dover.
• Busch is making his fourth Chase appearance and second driving a Dodge.
• Average start at NHMS: 10.9 Average finish: 20.5
THE CHASE – KASEY KAHNE AT DOVER
• Kahne started on the outside pole and finished sixth in the spring event at Dover. He finished 26th at this event last year.
• In the one Chase event at Dover (2006) that Kahne participated in, he started 21st and finished 38th after being involved in a mishap on lap 172.
• In all 11 starts at Dover, Kahne has two top 10s.
• Kahne won six races in 2006 and finished eighth in the final standings in his only other Chase appearance.
• Average start at Dover: 15.3 Average Dover: 24.1
THE DODGE BOYS
• Dodge has 204 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins.
• Dodge’s most recent win in the Sprint Cup Series was Kasey Kahne’s victory at the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sept. 6).
• Kasey Kahne recorded the 200th win by Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series with his victory in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway last season.
• Dodge teams have posted 44 wins since the manufacturer returned to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
• All seven Dodge teams running the full 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule are in the top 35 in 2009 owner points and assured a starting spot in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover.
DODGE AT DOVER SPEEDWAY
• Dodge has five wins at Dover: Richard Petty (2), Ryan Newman (3). Petty’s first win came at the inaugural event at the one-mile oval on July 6th, 1969.
• Dodge has claimed the pole at Dover seven of the last 12 times qualifying has taken place. The pole winners were Ryan Newman (4), Jeremy Mayfield (2) and Rusty Wallace (1).
• Dodge’s Penske Motorsports leads all teams with 10 Dover poles.
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch’s best Dover finish of fourth came in September 2006.
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch has led 225 laps at Dover.
• Dodge’s Kasey Kahne’s sixth-place finish at the spring event this year is his highest Dover finish in 11 previous races.
“We finished fifth at Dover in that race, but we feel like we probably had a car capable of winning/ We had to play catch]up for much of that race and weren’t able to show how strong our car was till almost the very end of the race.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge
“The biggest thing is that we’ve been able to put a really competitive Miller Lite Dodge under Kurt in the first Dover race and again at Bristol. If we can do that again this weekend, we know that he can get the job done there on Sunday.”
Pat Tryson, Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge
“New Hampshire was a tough deal for us. You never know how the Chase is going to shake out. Maybe last weekend was our bad luck for the Chase and we got it out of the way. All that we can continue to do is what we have been doing. There are still nine races to go in the Chase and a lot of ground can be made up in nine races.
“Dover is one of those places that if you unload (the racecar) and you’re off, you can get better, but you’ll never get to where you want to be. On a race weekend here, you’re package needs to be close when you start practice or you’ll never really get there for some reason.”
Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge
“Dover is a pretty good race track for us usually. We normally qualify really well there. But, Dover can just jump up and get you sometimes. I’ve had a couple run-ins with the Monster and he’s won his fair share. Maybe this time I’ll drop off an iPod from Best Buy at its feet with some calm music and try to put the beast to sleep for a couple days.”
Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Best Buy Geek Squad Dodge
“Qualifying is more important at Dover than most places. You want a good pit stall because it gets pretty crowded on pit lane. But I like Dover and I think running as well as we did there last time gives you that extra confidence.”
Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Valvoline Dodge
“Our cars are getting better and our engine program is giving us good engines. Mike (Shiplett, crew chief) and I are improving our communications and our (pit) stops are great, so I’m pleased where this is heading.”
AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Super 8 Dodge
“Dover is a really cool place to race. It is like Bristol on steroids. It is considered a short track but has speeds like a superspeedway. You have to be on your toes all day. Things happen so quickly there. In the spring, we had a decent car in the race.”
David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Dodge
“Dover International Speedway is a great track. It is demanding on the driver. It is only 400 laps but it is one of the longest races of the year. We need to make sure and keep our nose clean and be there at the end of the race. We have to keep ourselves in position all day and take advantage of every opportunity. We have made great strides in the last couple of months and this will be another good test to see where we shake out. We had a good car there in the spring and were caught up in a wreck right there at the finish. I am hoping we can capture the finish we deserve this Sunday afternoon.”
Roy McCauley, Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge
“The high-banked, concrete surface at Dover International Speedway allows for exciting side-by-side racing. It’s one of the more unique tracks we race and definitely a fan favorite that produces some great racing at high speeds. It’s a demanding track and it’s important to keep the car turning well through the center of the corners. You have to remain patient at a place like Dover and work to position yourself so that you can run hard at the end.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge
“With the high-banked surface at Dover International Speedway, the transition into the corner has been compared to driving up a two-story building as the car loads into the banking. This poses a lot of challenges to keep the car balanced from the entry to the middle of the corners. The track also tends to get tighter as the race goes on and rubber builds up on the surface. So, keeping up with the track is very important through the race. We had a good car for the first race at the ‘Monster Mile’ and we are looking forward to this weekend.”
Travis Geilser, Crew Chief, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge