34-TIME MANUFACTURERS CHAMPION NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
FEDEX 400 BENEFITING
DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
MAY 15, 2011
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CHEVY RACING AT THE TRACK-DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY – JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: We look forward to bringing the Team Chevy Racing Display back to Dover International Speedway, because, as we saw last year, the race fans who visit The Monster Mile are very interested in experiencing all of the newest Chevy products. Also, racing is a very important part of Chevys long history, and sharing that heritage with our fans is very important to us. Weve added more elements to the display this year, like the latest GM Performance Parts crate engines and Chevy accessories and performance parts that fans can purchase from their local Chevy dealer, to go along with interactive games, digital photography and other activities for fans of all ages.
CHEVY RACING FOR THE FANS AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
· Follow Team Chevy on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest news as well as updates with times and locations of events
· The Team Chevy Racing Display will be located in the Dover FanZone located just outside Turn 4 and the front straightaway
· Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display and checkout Malibu, Cruze, Volt, Camaro Convertible, Corvette ZR1, Equinox, Traverse, and Silverado 1500 Crew
· Activities at the Chevy Racing Display includes a variety of interactive activities for adults and kids including pit box games
· New this year is the GM Performance Parts display including crate engines and an assortment of GM accessories and performance parts
· Fans are encouraged to bring old cell phones to Chevy Display and donate in drop box for Cell Phones for Soldiers program
· DRIVER AND CREW APPEARANCES:
o FRIDAY: Drivers on hand for Q&A sessions with the fans will be: Team Chevy NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers: Austin Dillon & Joey Coulter at 1:00 p.m.; Matt Crafton & Johnny Sauter at 1:15; Ron Hornaday & Jason White at 1:30 p.m. and Nelson Piquet Jr. at 1:45 p.m.
o SUNDAY: Team Chevys NASCAR Sprint Cup Seris driver Clint Bowyer will do a Q&A in the Chevy Racing Display at 9:45 a.m.
o The Over-the-Wall pit crew for Bowyers No. 33 Chevrolet will sign autographs for fans at 10:00 a.m.
· The Team Chevy Racing Display will be open Friday, May 13th — 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 14th — 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 15th — 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
TEAM CHEVY AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY PAT SUHY, NASCAR GROUP MANAGER, GM RACING: Congratulations to the newest “first time winners”, Regan Smith and Furniture Row Racing, on their win at Darlington this past Saturday. That’s a huge feat for a one car team these days. They’ve been working as hard as anyone and as their speed has improved. Regan has been qualifying the #78 Impala well, and showing promise in terms of being able to run in the top quarter of the pack on a regular basis. It was only a matter of time before they collected their first win, and that time was last Saturday as Regan came out on top in a great duel with Carl Edwards on the last restart. It’s always great to see a team and driver get their first win in a Chevy.
Heading to the Monster Mile, as Dover International Speedway is aptly known, we look forward to another great race and top finish for one of our Team Chevy drivers. The track really is a monster. A mile of concrete with banking of 24° on each end connected by straightaways that have 10° of banking. It is a challenge to drivers and crews alike, with large elevation changes at corner entry and exit that challenge the drivers ability to “hit the marks”, and a crews ability to keep the chassis both comfortable to drive and fast underneath him. Mid-corner grip and traction to get the power of their potent R07 engines are keys to success for Chevy teams at Dover. Our General Motors engineers do everything in our power to make sure the teams have the support they need to find that balance between fast and comfortable enough.
There was a tire test in April, the and teams that were invited to participate, including our own Jeff Gordon, will benefit as will their entire organization. It’s a chance not only to experience the new tire, but to try the latest set-up’s on the car since what the teams were running fast last fall at Dover has evolved as teams work to wring every bit of performance out of their Chevrolets. The good news for teams that didn’t get to participate is that the tire will not change from what was used last fall. The bad news is that the four teams that were on hand got a chance to test their latest chassis setups against that tire to see what works best. In the end, it will be a race sure to please the fans…and hopefully it will end with another trip to winners circle for another Chevy driver.
TEAM CHEVY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (NSCS) COMPETITION:
· Chevrolet has won 34 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Manufacturers Championships
· Team Chevy drivers have scored 674 wins AND 614 poles in NSCS competition
o 2011 wins 5
o 2011 poles 5
· In 2010, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team scored their unprecedented fifth consecutive drivers and owners NSCS championships
CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK-DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
* Team Chevy drivers have won 31 of 81 previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at Dover International Speedway (Dover)
· Chevy has 21 poles at Dover
* Team Chevy drivers have scored 160 top-five finishes and 306 top-10 finishes at Dover * A Chevrolet has led 14,995 laps (39.6% of possible 37,904) at Dover * Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet, has six (6) wins at Dover (02, 04, 09 (twice) & 10) * Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, has scored four (4) Dover race wins (95, 96 and 01)
* Mark Martin, No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, also has four victories at the Monster Mile (97, 98, 99 and 04) * Ryan Newman, No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet, has three (3) Dover wins (03 and 04) * Tony Stewart, No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, has won twice (2) at Dover (won both races in 00) * Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, has one victory at Dover (06) * Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy Sugar-Free/National Guard Chevrolet won at Dover in 2001
TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWES CHEVROLET 2ND IN STANDINGS: Dover is a fun race track. I think it’s a track that really suits my style, and the stats show that. There’s a certain rhythm there. You have to be comfortable with typically the race car at least into the corner; then you have to figure out somehow to make it turn the center, fight forward grip up off the corner to run a good lap there. The rubber, I understand we’re going back to the same tire as we had there in the fall. That tire laid a lot of rubber down and caused a lot of handling issues for teams. We did a good job of working around that. So I’m excited going back. I think it will be a strong race for the Lowe’s team.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY SUGAR-FREE/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET 4TH IN STANDINGS: Concrete has joints in it like a wooden deck, and much like a wooden deck when you dont treat it well the boards sort of flare up on the ends, and thats what the joints on the concrete track do. The track gets bumps in those joints, and theyre consistent bumps like when youre going down the interstate, and it makes the car sort of chatter around on top of those bumps and joints. And, concrete as you run on it gets chalky; its difficult to keep smooth or clean. Every time we go out there (Dover) for the first time, the first few minutes in practice everyone is throwing up a bunch of dirt and dust. There is a crossover on the back straightaway of Dover where they bring a lot of dirt in, driving across it into the racetrack. That sort of circulates around the racetrack until it sort of dissipates and goes wherever it goes. Its harder than asphalt to drive on, for me.
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET, 5TH IN STANDINGS: Dover is just one of those places as a driver that feels really fast. With this style of car it seems like the forward drive up off the corner is probably the most important thing but you still have to make your car turn in the center of the corner so as a driver the car has to be comfortable to be really aggressive. With Dover and Charlotte, you need to know where you have to be when you come back for the Chase. So these are important weeks for us to put the notebooks where they need to be and have a good understanding of the things that we need to do when it counts.
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET 6TH IN STANDINGS: Dover is another one of my favorite race tracks. This little swing here we have here, Richmond, Darlington, Dover, Charlotte; it’s been kind of similar in the last few years. It’s a string of races that I really enjoy. Dover is a very demanding racetrack. The way the altitude, the elevation changes I should say going into the corners, coming off, as another parameter, that makes it more exciting from our standpoints as drivers. It’s a challenge. And a challenge, just like at Darlington, if you don’t like a challenge, you don’t like Darlington or Dover. I like them both.
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 MOBIL 1/OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET 7TH IN STANDINGS: Dover is really similar to Bristol, it is just bigger. The same variables that you fight at Bristol, you fight at Dover. The guys that normally have a good car at Bristol are normally pretty good at Dover at the same time.” I dont know if we really consider Dover a short track. But I dont know. Were trying to figure out what weve got to do to be better and not just there, but everywhere. Well look at Dover Im sure, also. But thats probably a (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) question more than Im going to know.
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 BB&T CHEVROLET 9TH IN STANDINGS: Dover is actually a good track for me. I love Dover and run well there. Weve practiced, qualified and raced well, yet dont always finish well. Thats what we need to work on, is getting that strong finish. Were hit or miss on race day. There will be runs when were lightning fast, but there are other runs that were going a lap down. Its always one of those tracks that we come back in the fall and have a good finish after learning from the spring event. We need to be able to capitalize on that and get a good run here in the spring race. The toughest part is getting your car to do what you want it to do. I have won two Nationwide Series races there so Ive had success. I love that race track, but the hardest thing is getting these Sprint Cup cars to do what you want them to do. They dont want to do that sometimes (laughs). Dover is a bigger Bristol and I would definitely say that Bristol is a physical test. Dover is just a bigger, faster, meaner Bristol.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET 13TH IN STANDINGS: I think Dover is a cool race track. Its a cool place to go. Thats the place that probably reminds me more about open-wheeled racing. Its just the grip level on these cars around that place is incredible. Its like you go through the corners and its oh my god we do have a lot of grip here. And its always fun. When the car is right its a lot of fun and when its not its a handful. So its exciting. Youve really got to step it up in qualifying and it just makes it fun. I really like Dover. It has probably been one of the easiest tracks for me because it actually has a lot of grip. So you can actually feel like you are driving the car like what I was used to in open-wheel. This is the closest feeling I get comparison wise. Its a track that typically has long green flag runs so you work on the handling throughout the day and prepare for a lot of cautions in the end. A good spot in the pits helps, staying out of the fence and making a final charge at the end is the way to survive at Dover.
MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET 14TH IN STANDINGS: Well, I love it (Dover). I loved it the first time I went there, and I remember the track record being set at that first race 144 miles an hour (chuckling). I think that’s 25:40 or something like that, I think it was 25:40 was the lap time. And since then, we have seen lap times down into the 21-second bracket. A lot of things have changed there, but one thing that’s stayed the same is it’s a wonderful place to race. Wonderful racetrack, one of my favorite places to go. It’s the only concrete track that I really love. And I loved it even more when it was asphalt, but I still love it. It’s one of my top-of-the-list favorites.
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET 17TH IN STANDINGS: That annual visit to DuPont headquarters is a real source of motivation before the weekends race (at Dover). Weve had a great partnership for 19 years, and the businesses and employees really support this team. They get excited for our visit, and their excitement is contagious.
I dont know what triggers it (tempers and aggression early in the season). It just seems like some years the moon is just right. I dont know. There is no doubt there is a tremendous amount of pressure and I think you just have to look at everybodys success level, where they are at and there are some that might be a little more comfortable with things and some that arent real happy with things. Maybe there are sponsorship contracts that are up or maybe theyve been with a team and they felt like they should have had more success at this point and havent so when that opportunity comes up and something gets in the way of that being a successful run its easy to get frustrated because of all thats built up to it. But in my opinion this is a very high stress level sport, intense, and I think the competition has only gotten tougher so it goes back to talking about the points system because the competition is tougher and we see how close the cars are and how hard it is to make big gains then that means its only harder to make up positions in the points as you get further in the season. Not to mention the new point system might add a little bit to it. Those to me are all the ingredients of heightening the stress and frustration levels.
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 CERTAIN TEED/MENARDS CHEVROLET 18TH IN STANDINGS: I feel pretty confident about Dover. We ran good there last fall. Charlotte will hopefully be a good track for us and Kansas and Pocono. We should be okay. Short tracks have been our struggle and thats what were working hard on. Ive always liked Dover. Its a really fun track to drive and to race on. We had a good run last fall so weve got some good notes to base it off. Its a wide track, really. Its really fast but the groove opens up and gets really narrow on the straightaways. Things happen very fast there. The backstretch gets really bottled-up and the track gets blocked easily if theres a wreck; just trying to stay out of trouble. The concrete has a lot different feel to it than asphalt does. And trying to get over all the seams in the race track and get your shock package right (is important).
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET 21ST IN STANDINGS: I am looking forward to racing at Dover, this is a really fun track to race, but things can happen real quick when the track narrows off the corners. It is a demanding race for both drivers and equipment. I have run well there in the past and look to build on our momentum from our top-10 finish last week. Our guys have been working really hard on this Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to get us back in the winners circle. I want to try to win every weekend, but to win at Dover would be real cool, I would love to have one of those Monster Mile trophies in my collection!
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET 22ND IN STANDINGS: Dover is a track thats been good to us. We typically dont qualify well there but we race really well there. Qualifying poorly doesnt really hurt you all that much because its a long race and its a track you can make passes on. Were excited about going. Its a really hard race track. Its very, very difficult. Its a high-speed Bristol, if there is such a thing. Itll get your attention. I know weve gotten ourselves in a deep hole but theres a lot of racing left to go and a lot of things are going to be happening between now and then (before the Chase). Ive said all along that were not giving up on being able to make the top 10. I just dont think were in the position to just say we definitely cant make it and the only way were going to get in is win races. I dont believe were in that situation. We certainly want to win races because that gives us the most points and it puts us in the best shot to make the Chase. So weve got a lot of motivation to win races that help us in a lot of ways.
REGAN SMITH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET 27TH IN STANDINGS: “Since Saturday night in Darlington it’s been a whirlwind, but a wonderful whirlwind. Winning that race was a tribute to the ownership, management and to all the guys who headed west to work at Furniture Row Racing in Denver. Their commitment, dedication and work ethic sure paid off when our Furniture Row Chevrolet crossed the finish line first. It’s been fun since Darlington and we don’t want it to end. We have put ourselves in a possible Chase berth but we need to get in the top 20. So that’s why every race is so critical for us, starting with Dover this weekend. As was the case with Darlington, I also really like the Dover Monster Mile. We’ll be ready and fighting for every point that’s out there.”
DAVE BLANEY, NO. 36 GOLDEN CORRAL CHEVROLET 31ST IN STANDINGS: Dover is one of my favorite places. I like the shape of it and the way it races. Ive had some good runs at Dover in the past. Our team needs to keep the momentum going since we made it into the top-35. We need to have some more good finishes and not make any mistakes.
Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Total (1949 2010): 34
First title for Chevrolet: 1958
Highest number of consecutive titles: 9 (1983 91)
Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Total (1949 2010): 27
First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)
Highest number of consecutive titles: 6 (1993 98) & (2005 10)
Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
2010 Race Wins: 18
Record for total race wins in single season: 26 – 2007
2011 YEAR-TO-DATE STATISTICS:
Laps led: 1,422
Top-five finishes: 25
Top-10 finishes: 47
CHEVROLET IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:
Total Chevrolet race wins: 674 (1949 to date) (2,292 possible = 29.4%)
Poles Won to Date: 614
Laps Lead to Date: 201,658
Top-Five Finishes to Date: 3,392
Top-10 Finishes to Date: 6,929
Total NASCAR Cup wins by Corporation, 1949 To-Date
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