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NASCAR: Team Chevy – Drivers’ Pre-Race Notes & Quotes at Dover

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:

  • Chevrolet drivers have won 33 of 87 races at Dover International Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
    • Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet SS, has seven (7) victories at Dover International Speedway (’02 – TWICE, ’05,’09 – TWICE, ’10 & ‘12)
    • Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, has four (4) wins at Dover International Speedway (’95, ’96 – TWICE & ‘01)
    • Mark Martin, No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, has four (4) ‘Miles the Monster’ trophies from Dover International Speedway (’97, ’98, ’99 & ’04)
    • Ryan Newman, No. 39 State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway three (3) times (’03 – TWICE & ’04)
    • Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, has one (1) win at Dover International Speedway (’06)
    • Kurt Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet SS, has one (1) win at Dover International Speedway (’11)
    • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, has gone to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway once (1) (’01)

 

  • A Chevrolet driver has won five (5) of the last 10 races at Dover International Speedway
  • A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Dover International Speedway 21 times
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 170 top-five and 324 top-10 finishes at Dover International Speedway
  • A Chevrolet has led 15,985 laps (40.1% of possible 39,904 laps) at Dover International Speedway

 

TEAM CHEVY IN THE GARAGE DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY – PAT SUHY, MANAGER, CHEVROLET RACING – NASCAR GROUP MANAGER:
“After a not so great start to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for our Team Chevy drivers, I’m looking forward to heading to the Monster Mile in Dover. Chevrolet teams have enjoyed a lot of success at this challenging circuit.  Another win here would provide some needed momentum heading into the closing races of the season.

 

“The high banked one-mile oval is demanding on cars, drivers and crews.  The high speeds that drivers carry through the tight radius 24° banked turns make it difficult for a driver to see what’s ahead, which places a premium on teamwork between driver and spotter.  The driver depends on the spotter to be looking ahead and guiding him away from any on-track incidents, which at Dover International Speedway, can turn into multi-car wrecks in the blink of an eye.

 

“Sunday’s race should be fast paced and fun to watch.  I’m looking forward to another opportunity to celebrate with one of our Team Chevy teams in Victory Lane.”

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: 
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET SS – 3rd IN STANDINGS: 
“I’m really looking forward to Dover. It is one of my favorite tracks. We were close there last time, lead a bunch of laps and were in position there toward the end for a win. Unfortunately, we got penalized on that final restart and weren’t able to pull it off. I think we’ve clarified things a little bit with the new restart rule and are headed in the right direction. This Lowe’s team has had a consistent start to the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) and I expect more of the same this weekend in Dover.”


KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS – 6th IN STANDINGS:
“I don’t remember much of what happened during the race at Dover (International Speedway) back in June. I’m a one week at a time; keep it current kind of guy. I don’t like to think back on the past. But, Dover is always a fun track to go to. You can be very aggressive in your driving style there compared to most other places. We’ll go there this weekend, and run as hard as we can just like we do every other weekend.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW/DENVER MATTRESS CHEVROLET SS – 7th IN STANDINGS:
“Back in June Dover was a good race for us. We had speed and ran up front. However, we convinced ourselves to stick to a strategy that we thought would deliver the best finish and we ended up putting ourselves in a box. We didn’t roll with the way the yellows were unfolding. We just stuck with a game plan and it ended up biting us and finished 12th.  We know what we have to do there. It’s a matter of execution and making the right strategy decisions as the race unfolds. We’re coming off a so-so race at New Hampshire (finished 13th) and feel we need to show more muscle. There’s still a long ways to go in this Chase. Avoiding trouble is the key.”

 

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS – 8th IN STANDINGS:

“I’m disappointed in myself (for that mistake), but I’ll learn from it and we’ll move on from it this weekend. Currently we’re only a couple points out of fourth, so that’s a realistic goal for us right now. But we’re only two races into the ‘Chase’ and a lot of races remain, and a lot of things can happen between now and the final race of the season. A lot can happen in one race. We’ll just focus on getting as many points as we can this weekend and see what happens.

 

“I enjoy racing here because of the high speeds and the high-banked corners and the high-banked straightaways, but you are constantly on the edge and you can find yourself in trouble quickly – whether it be by yourself or in a group of cars. It seems like the groove can widen out here where we can run low, middle or high. You may have to search for a line or a groove that works best for your car. But another tricky aspect is the balance of the car can be different from one end of the track to the other.”


RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 STATE WATER HEATERS CHEVROLET SS – 9th IN STANDINGS:
“At Dover, I like the banking. I like the elevation changes. The concrete provides a different type of racing for us because the track doesn’t change a whole lot. Once you get your car right, you can keep it right for the rest of the race. And for me, for whatever reason, I’ve always adapted well to racing on concrete. To me, the characteristics of the track make it both demanding and fun. It’s really unique how you drop off into the corners and then climb up the hills onto the straightaways. At Dover, the entry into the corners is the toughest part. If you don’t get a good entry, you’re not going to have a good middle or a good exit. You have narrow straightaways and then the track opens a lot in the corners, so there’s a good bit of give-and-take. To me as a driver, it’s just a track that’s a lot of fun. It’s a challenge. If you don’t like a challenge, you don’t like Dover. I really look forward to racing there. It’s fast, it’s demanding. I like the banked racetracks and it’s one of those.”

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – 11th IN STANDINGS:
“We haven’t been that great at Dover but we had a top-10 finish there earlier this year. We feel pretty good about being consistent and running well at every track. I’m looking forward to getting to Dover and seeing what kind of race car we have.”

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – 13th IN STANDINGS:

(ON HOW RUNNING HELPS WITH HIS CHASE SCHEDULE.): “I’d say I’ve actually run about the same amount during the Chase. The nice thing about running is you can do it anywhere. I’m able to still get out there, get a good sweat in and get some miles in each day. I feel good about that. I really think it helps for the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) because I feel better at the end of the season. When it’s all said and done, I still feel motivated, not completely drained and worn out. I remember the first couple years I was in the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup Series, by the time we got to Homestead (Fla.) at the end of the year, I was so happy for the season to be over. Probably the last two years really, I’ve been wishing it went a couple more races. I think a lot of that has to do with running and the physical work that I put in each year.”

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 LIFTMASTER CHEVROLET SS – 15th IN STANDINGS:
“I feel like we have some unfinished business at Dover.  We had a really good at the first race this year in Dover before we had a part from another car knock a hole in our radiator.  We were forced to the garage to make repairs and finished several laps down.  I am hoping we can go back and have another strong car with better luck this week.  We have the primary sponsorship from LiftMaster on the car at Dover, so I am excited to have a few events with them.  Coming off a strong run last week at Loudon, I hope we can keep some momentum towards the end of this season.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 CERTAINTEED/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 17th IN STANDINGS:
“I really enjoy going to Dover (International Speedway). The corners are really wide and then it funnels down into pretty narrow straightaways with walls on either side. So if something happens, there’s probably a good chance multiple cars are going to get caught up in it. It’s a track where you can really feel the speed inside the car. As a driver you’ve got to be on top of your game, because anything can happen at Dover. The spotters have to stay on their toes also. It is tough for us to see very far ahead because there’s so much banking, so we have to really rely on our spotters to help us out. “The Monster Mile” hasn’t been too good to us lately, so we are hoping to change our luck this weekend and bring home a good finish in our CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet.”


JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – 20th IN STANDINGS:
“Dover (International Speedway) has been one of our stronger race tracks. We ran well there in June. The new Gen-6 car definitely makes more grip than its predecessor. We can drive the car a little bit harder on corner entry and on exit as well. At the end of the day, it will be a typical Dover race. It’s definitely the most physical track we race at. It’s fast, rough and the straightaways are really narrow. You have so much speed coming off the corners too. We are excited to go back there this weekend.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 21st IN STANDINGS:

“Dover is another one of those races that got away from us earlier this year. The Target team was so close to a win in the spring race and we had to settle for a second-place finish at the end of the day. The car was strong but the handling got away from us at the end. We have eight more races for me to get this team and these guys a win and if we have a car similar to the last time we were in Dover, there is a real chance for us to end up in victory lane. My focus remains on getting Target another win before this season is finished and there’s still time left to do that.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 27th IN STANDINGS:
“I always like going to Dover. The track is pretty fun. I remember everyone telling me how unique and challenging Dover was prior to my first race. At the time, I didn’t have a whole lot to compare that track to. They said it was like a larger version of Bristol, but I hadn’t raced at Bristol yet, either. It’s nice to have more of a handle on what to expect heading in there now. Dover is fun. It’s fast and it can make for a really long day of racing. I think that’s part of the appeal of it – how demanding it can be. We definitely want to stay out of trouble, which is easier said than done at these types of tracks.”

 

MARK MARTIN, NO. 14 MOBIL 1/BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS – INTERIM DRIVER FOR THE INJURED TONY STEWART:
“For the size of the racetrack, the speeds are really high at Dover. The grip level is really high. And because of the banking, the G-forces are pretty high on you. The nature of the racetrack allows you to drive aggressively and slip and slide some. The concrete, specifically, the seams in the concrete, cause the car to kind of snap around here and there. All of that makes Dover a more physical racetrack because you have to put so much work into each lap. In fact, you can overdrive the car at Dover and not pay a price for it.”

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