CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
TEAM CHEVY IN THE GARAGE NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY – ALBA COLON, PROGRAM MANAGER, NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES – CHEVROLET RACING:
“This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which is one of my favorite tracks and places that we visit during the year. There is no other track like it on the circuit. It is fast; and almost a flat one-mile oval. With the long straights and flat, tight turns, it is definitely a handling track. And, it is a lot of fun to drive!
“As we enter Round 2 of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, we can all see how interesting and challenging it promises to be during the next nine weeks. Team Chevy is very proud of their seven contenders and none of them is letting their guard down. We are represented by the best of the best. They are all working diligently to ensure that at the end of the day in Homestead, FL they will be battling for the coveted Championship trophy.
“Our Chevy teams have delivered 10 wins so far this year. Additionally, Chevrolet continues to lead in the Manufacturers’ Cup standings. These two goals are not easy to accomplish. Both require a lot of teamwork from everyone involved. Strong performances will keep the momentum going for our teams.
“New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been really good to Team Chevy in the past, and we are looking forward to a great Chevy win and another visit to Victory Lane on Sunday!”
TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – 3rd IN STANDINGS:
“We had a great race car there earlier this year and we’ve tested there so I’m optimistic going back. The way the race unfolds it’s definitely a different game when you get into the top 10. Restarts were important and the lane you were in made a difference on how you could pass.”
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS – 4th IN STANDINGS:
“The hardest thing is just making your car turn in the middle of the corner and being able to have enough forward drive up off. It always seems like the New Hampshire race comes down to a track position strategy call on two tires or four tires toward the end of the race. Track position will play a big part, but getting your car to handle right will probably play an equal part.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING/DENVER MATTRESS CHEVROLET SS – 6th IN STANDINGS:
“We had some races this season that we let slip away. The first one that comes to mind is the July New Hampshire race. We qualified second, led the most laps (102) and it appeared we were going to have a strong showing and a real good shot at winning the race. But we got tangled with some other cars (Lap 226 of 302) and the incident sent our Furniture Row Chevrolet to the garage for repairs. Instead of the possibility of winning the race we ended up somewhere in the 30s (31st). But the good news is that we have good notes about how to set up our car for this weekend’s race. We have momentum heading into New Hampshire with top-fives in the last three races. You need to have top fives to compete in the Chase. We got off to a good start in Chicago (4th) — it’s one down and nine to go. I’ve always enjoyed racing at New Hampshire. I won three times there in Cup and once in the trucks. The key to New Hampshire is usually how well you can roll the center of the corners.”
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – 7th IN STANDINGS:
“I believe we learned a lot during those testing races and it’s a whole lot more fun than just turning lap after lap by yourself. We would work on our setups for a couple hours, then ‘race’ to see how those setups compared to those of our teammates. It provided our team valuable information that we can use heading into this weekend’s race.
“This is always a track that I look forward to coming to, and it’s one we’ve had success at over the years. I love this track – it’s just one where I have a really good feel of what I need to get the car through the corners fast and be able to make good passes and have good speed. There are a few tracks on the circuit – probably a handful of them – that I have that kind of confidence at and this is one of them.
“This team has a lot of fight in them and we never give up. We’ve started to run better – I think Chicago was one of our best races so far this year – and we have started to finish better. We just need to keep building on that. When you have cars that drive like the one I had at Chicago, it’s so much fun. I can’t wait for this weekend’s race.”
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 QUICKEN LOANS CHEVROLET SS – 8th IN STANDINGS:
“New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a fun racetrack. It has long straightaways and hairpin corners. You really have to drive it into the corner and focus on rolling through the center. It’s one of the most symmetrical tracks we go to in that turns one and two are very similar to turns three and four. It’s really important to focus on the exit of the corners. The toughest part is track position – if you get behind, it is hard to make it up. Because track position is so important, hopefully we’ll be able to continue our record of solid qualifying efforts at New Hampshire this weekend. I got my first Sprint Cup win at New Hampshire, so it has always been a special track for me.”
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 GREAT CLIPS CHEVROLET SS – 10th IN STANDINGS:
(ON WHY HE AND CREW CHIEF KENNY FRANCIS GET ALONG SO WELL.): “The reason I think we get along so well is because we have similar personalities. Neither one of us like to talk a lot if we don’t need to. We just talk when we feel like we need to, and we’re usually on the same page. Between that and work ethic; he’s nonstop trying to figure out how to make our race cars faster, and I try to do everything I can to know about the car and also be physically and mentally prepared as I can be. So I think we see what each other does and really like it, and the communication is there, which is a big part of what we do. Being able to communicate with him, understand and be on the same page more often than not has been key for us.”
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS – 13th IN STANDINGS:
“We tested New Hampshire last month because we weren’t as good as we thought we needed to be earlier this year. We picked up a few things at the test that will help us. New Hampshire is an important race in the Chase, and we’ll try to go get a good finish.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 LINKSYS CHEVROLET SS – 15th IN STANDINGS:
“We had a good car for the first race in New Hampshire earlier this summer, so I hope we can go back and improve a little bit on what we had. I enjoy racing the track in Loudon. This is a fun race because you can usually have teams on different pit strategies trying to work fuel mileage and track position. We will have a new partner on the No. 1 Chevrolet SS with Linksys, so I hope to have a good showing for them.”
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 SYLVANIA/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 16th IN STANDINGS:
“New Hampshire is a fun little track. You’re hard on the brakes there. The track is flat with tight corners and long straightaways. You need to have the right setup on the car in order to get down the straightaways and through the corners. We’ve got SYLVANIA on the hood of the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet this weekend for the SYLVANIA 300, so it would be great to put on a good showing for them. New Hampshire provides us with some short-track-style racing, which makes it exciting for the fans.”
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET/GILLETTE CHEVROLET SS – 20th IN STANDINGS:
“The last time we were at New Hampshire we had to go to a back-up car after I got into the wall in practice. The guys did a great job turning the car around and we learned a lot from that race. Finding the right balance with the car and pit strategy is key at that track. I’ve had some good runs there in the past and it’s a track I look forward to going to every year.”
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CHEERIOS CHEVROLET SS – 22nd IN STANDINGS:
“New Hampshire Motor Speedway is definitely a short track. The corners there seem to last forever. They are long and flat, so handling is everything. There are corner-entry, middle of the corner and exit issues you have to worry about. When you are off a little bit at this track, it’s really magnified because the corners are so long. Historically, we tend to run well in New Hampshire. I felt like we had a chance to win the race in July so we should be competitive again this weekend.”
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 26th IN STANDINGS:
“I like going to New Hampshire. It a neat racetrack and I’ve always liked going there. It’s challenging for sure, but I think we’ve got a lot of notes to work off of. We tested there earlier in the year and then have the notes to go off of from July, so I feel good going in there. We’ve qualified and raced better in recent weeks, so we need to build on that and keep getting better.”
MARK MARTIN, NO. 14 MOBIL 1/BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS – INTERIM DRIVER FOR THE INJURED TONY STEWART:
“It is a little bit physical, but it’s not as physical as Dover or Bristol. I think with New Hampshire being flatter, you don’t have to deal with the G-forces as much. However, New Hampshire is a very mentally taxing racetrack. It’s a challenge to get around those tight, flat corners, especially when you’re racing other cars. It’s more mentally challenging to run the race than it is physically.”