Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Chevy drivers on Dover

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: 

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/MONSTERS UNIVERSITY CHEVROLET SS – POINTS LEADER:
“No, I haven't had a chance to talk to them (Bobby Allison and Richard Petty) about Dover, specifically.  The track has changed a lot over the years, and I just saw some pictures recently of when it was asphalt and what it looked like there.  So times have changed a lot, and I'd love to hear their opinions and really enjoy any opportunity of talking with them.  But it's usually more of a social thing when I see those two and say hellos and things like that. So that's really the level of discussion that takes place there.”

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – 5th IN STANDINGS:
(ON WHY HE’S A NASCAR DRIVER.) “Our sport is very competitive. Something I definitely want to shoot for is winning races and ultimately winning a championship. That’s why we do it. That’s why Kenny Francis (crew chief) does it and our entire team -- it’s the effort we put in to make that happen. I definitely feel like this is my best shot yet just with the team, Mr. (Rick) Hendrick (team owner) and what he’s done for me, being prepared, having great sponsorship on the car and knowing all the people now and knowing the systems at Hendrick Motorsports.”

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – 6th IN STANDINGS:
“Dover's a tough track, a track that I don't have the greatest track record on over the last several races, although we did finish in the top five last year. I’ve got confidence going in to this weekend. We're just going to try to maximize our opportunity on the race track.”

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 JIMMY JOHN’S CHEVROLET SS – 7th IN STANDINGS:
“Dover (International Speedway) has been a good track for us the last couple of years. We tested there a few years ago and were able to figure a few things out. Hopefully it will be a good weekend. I like that track and the way you get to charge the race track and drive at Dover. It’s probably the hardest race on your body, just because of the force you deal with getting into and going through the corners.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 LIBMAN/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 8th IN STANDINGS:
“Dover (International Speedway) is one of my favorite tracks. It’s one of the few tracks that you get your greatest sense of speed. You can really feel the speed inside the car and anything can happen at that one-mile oval, making the nickname ‘Monster Mile’ very fitting. When you drop off into the corner you feel the speed the most. We’ve had mixed results at Dover in the past, but I feel like we’ve got some momentum going into this weekend with our Libman/Menards Chevrolet.” 

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 PARADE MEDIA GROUP CHEVROLET SS – 14th IN STANDINGS:
“We recently tested at Dover and I feel like we had a really productive test.  I am excited about going back this week for the race.  Dover is a demanding track where things happen really fast.  Hopefully we can take what we learned from the test and have a strong run on Sunday.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AARP CREDIT CARDS FROM CHASE CHEVROLET SS – 15th IN STANDINGS:
"Dover has high speeds with high-banked turns and high-banked straightaways, as well. Here, just like Darlington, you have to really respect the race track. You can't get too caught up in racing the competition. If you get track position, you have to try to maintain it. Survival and having a good car here are very important, though. It's a track where you're on the edge, there's not a lot of room for error. It can happen by itself. On your own, you can break your car loose and find yourself in trouble - and it's hard to recover. Usually when you have a problem, you're in the wall; and the same thing when you're in a group. If it happens as a group, there is going to be a big wreck. It's definitely a monster."

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET SS – 16th 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.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW/SEALY CHEVROLET SS – 18th IN STANDINGS:

“It's the Monster Mile for a reason -- the track can chew up cars and spit them out. And it's because of the tough transitions into the corners with the high-banked corners and even the high-banked straightaways. It's tough to do that sharp of a turn on a mile race track. It's like you literally jump down into the corner and then jump back up out of the corner onto the straightaway and so those points of the track are the toughest part -- the transition from straightaway to corner. It's a fun track to drive, you're always on that edge and when you're fast there it feels extra fast because how close you have to cut it on corner exit and not hit the wall. We have had some good runs lately and plan on keeping up that performance this weekend in our Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet SS.”

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS – 20th IN STANDINGS:
“Dover is a track that is kind of a two-phase deal. It’s easy to get your car too tight in the center (of the corner) trying to get it to drive up off the corner nice, and it seems like if you get it to rotate through the corner, then it’s way loose off. Those are the two things that you really battle there. It’s the sacrifice of where do you want to be a little bit off to accomplish having a balanced car.”

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CHEERIOS CHEVROLET SS – 21st IN STANDINGS:
“It has some Bristol (Motor Speedway) similarities. Dover (International Speedway) is just so unique; it’s definitely the most physical track we race at. It’s fast, rough and truly a tough test for both the driver and team. The straightaways are really narrow and you have so much speed coming off the corners. The last few years there has been a lot of rubber build up in the corners and you actually have to drive through it. I compare it to running on ice. However, Goodyear has found a tire that doesn’t really do that anymore. The track is also always slick before the race, but then gains grip throughout the afternoon.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 23rd IN STANDINGS:
“Jamie (McMurray) and I were able to spend a few days in our Gen 6 cars at Dover for a test not too long ago so that will help a lot this weekend. When you come to Dover for race weekend, you pretty much know what you’re going to run. Usually, the window you have to work with is very small, unless you have testing so that test is definitely going to benefit the Energizer team this weekend.  Plus we’re running the Energizer paint scheme and we always seem to run well with the bunny on our car.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 30th IN STANDINGS:
“The Dover test was pretty good. We had 11 or so cars there. So I know that Stewart-Haas was really good there last year with not a lot of rubber down and then coming back for the race and being really bad and not feeling like they had made a lot of progress with the car and being way out of balance. So, I think that will help pay off. Any kind of testing we can do on tracks we’re going to race on is absolutely going to help for that one, but we’re going to tracks and we’re using the right tires when we’re doing it. So, it was a good test and we made a lot of progress and we learned a lot.”



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