Kurt Busch

February 9, 2009 by  
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Kurt Busch was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 4, 1978 and is well known as a NASCAR driver. In the Nextel Cup Series he pilots the #2 Miller Lite Dodge and on a part time basis drives the #39 Penske Truck Rental Dodge in the Busch Series. The first NASCAR championship that Kurt won was in 2004, and in 2005 he drove the #97 Sharpie/Irwin Industrial Tools Ford for Roush Racing. With a win in the Busch Series he became one of sixteen drivers to win the top three NASCAR divisions.

Kurt Busch gained his first national exposure in 1998 at the Tucson Raceway Park during the Winter Heat Series, and following the tragic death of Chris Trickle who was killed in a drive-by shooting, Busch was accepted into the team where he proceeded to win the 1999 AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series championship.

In 2000, at the age of 21 years, Busch started racing on the Winston Cup circuit. Here he drove in seven races but had dismal year-ends with no wins, no top five’s or top ten’s, finishing 48th altogether. In 2001 Kurt Busch ran for rookie of the year honors but won no races, however he did receive 3 top 5’s and 6 top 10’s. Kurt also achieved his first pole positioning when he gave the quickest qualifying lap in the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and finished the year in 27th position. Busch almost won the 2002 championship finishing 3rd that year. The next year was inconsistent with good wins and bad losses, and was made worse with his continuing feud with fellow driver, Jimmy Spencer.

In 2004 Busch became the second driver to sweep both races at Loudon in one season. His achievements for the season included three wins, two poles, 10 top-fives, 21 top-tens and winning the inaugural NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship. Midway through 2005, Busch made known that he would moving from Roush Racing to drive the #2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing South (now Penske Championship Racing). He claimed three wins during 2005, with nine top-fives and 18 top-tens, finishing 10th in the final standings.

Driving for Penske in the 2006 season, Busch scored one win at Bristol Motor Speedway, being his fifth win at the track. He also earned six poles, 7 top-fives and 12 top-tens, finishing 16th in the final standings. In 2007 he qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as well as clocking up two wins, one pole, 5 top-fives and 10 top-tens. 2008 saw some reshuffling of points in the Penske team to ensure Busch’s rookie team-mate Sam Hornish Jr clinched a starting spot in the first five races of the season. Busch claimed his fourth win for Penske Racing when he was in the lead of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 that was called on lap 284 due to rain.

2009 got off to a bad start with a multi-car wreck at the 2009 Daytona 500 in which Busch’s car was damaged. He nevertheless managed to finish tenth. He went on to qualify fourth for the second race of the season at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, where he ran in the top five for most of the race, finishing fifth. Later in the year he claimed victory at the 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 after leading 235 of the race’s 325 laps. By March 2010, Kurt Busch had achieved four starts, one win, one pole, one top-five and 2 top-tens for the season, as he continues to drive for Penske Racing alongside team-mates Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish.

Dodge Charger

February 9, 2009 by  
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There are a variety of Dodge vehicles, on three different levels, all bearing the Charger nameplate. The name “Dodge” is connected with a performance model but has also been given to ordinary sedans, hatchbacks and a personal luxury coupe. The name was also given to a 1999 concept car that was very different from the average Charger and was set to be put into production for the 2006 model year.

In 1966 Dodge officially introduced the Charger as competition to the Ford Mustang and the Plymouth Barracuda. The famous Dodge Charger’s interior was state of the art for that time, especially with its four-bucket seats, two in the front and two at the back. The console was also innovative, instead of just being in the front it went full length from front to back. A total of 37,344 Dodge Chargers were produced in 1966.

The model was such a success that in 1967 only minor changes was made, like the adding of turn signals on top of the fenders and the full-length console replaced with a normal-sized console. But the time soon came for change to take place when only half the number of sales for 1966 was sold in 1967.

The 1968, a newly designed Dodge Charger had what is called a “coke bottle” styling which means that the front fenders and the back quarter panels had curves that resembled a coke bottle. The full-length taillights were replaced with taillights similar to a Corvette; these are just some of the differences that changed the 1968 Charger. A year later there was not much difference in the car from an aesthetic point, just slight modifications to the outside of the car. Aside from the R/T version there was also a Special Edition version, which focused on luxury and gave a unique option of a sunroof, which was rare for that time.

The end of muscle cars came in 1971 due to the strict emission standards and the high insurance costs that were put in place. Since then Chargers and Coronets have shared the same body style but the Charger is only a two door whereas the Coronet is a four door. Between 1972 and 1974, the Charger was moved from performance category to a luxury car.

Carl Edwards Takes Winners Trophy at Gateway

July 23, 2008 by  
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Gateway International Raceway was abuzz with excitement this weekend as it hosted the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday night. The contenders for the winner’s trophy were fierce, but in the end it was Carl Edwards who managed to cross the finish line first.

Carl Edwards arrived at the race-track by bicycle and no doubt the clean air and healthy exercise did him some good since there was no stopping him after he got behind the wheel of his No. 60 Ford on the day of the race. The competition was tough, but it seemed that Edwards was destined to claim his second home win at the Gateway International Raceway right from the start. The doors started to open for Edwards after a pileup on Lap 116 wiped out a bunch of really strong contenders. The mess stopped the race for almost 25 minutes and saw Scott Wimmer spin into the wall at Turn 2 after getting a tap from Cassill. The result was that Reed Sorenson, Mike Bliss and Steve Wallace were eliminated from the race. From there he managed to climb his way up until he was third in a restart on Lap 146 and that was where it really started to get exciting. He chased Leffler and James Buescher for a while until he made a quick stop for some new tires. After that he quickly managed to pass the two cars before coming up on the 18-year-old Joey Logano racing phenomenon. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota was tough competition but in the end Edwards managed to take the checkered flag just 6.877 seconds ahead of his young rival.

After the race Edwards commented that his win at the 200-lap event was “unbelievable”. This is the 15th win of his career and he has already gained a large group of supporters who were in the grandstands to cheer him on. He didn’t forget his fans, but instead thanked them with the words: “Thank you everybody up in the grandstands. Thanks a lot.” Edwards also commented that racing with the No. 20 Toyota Camry was “a challenge, but a fun one.” The No. 20 Camry has already claimed nine victories this season with four different drivers behind the wheel. Jason Keller managed to scoop up third place, followed by Jason Leffler, Brad Keselowski and Landon Cassil respectively.

Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

May 8, 2008 by  
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The 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 will take place this Saturday night at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. The track is well noted for providing one of the biggest challenges on the Sprint Cup schedule and drivers are geared up and looking ready to race.

The Dodge Challenger 500 has been providing auto racing fans with plenty of excitement since its inception in 1957 as a 300 mile race known as the Rebel 300. Though the length and name of the race has changed repeatedly over the years, it would seem it is now firmly set as the ‘Dodge Challenger 500′ with a set length of 500 miles. The main reason for this is that the race plays an important role in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series. The race takes place every year during the Confederate Memorial Day weekend and so fans can really splash out and make a day of it.

At present the Darlington race track is a 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval. The track is known for being tricky since its racing surface is narrow and the groove is situated right up against the wall. This means that just a slight miscalculation on the part of the driver could leave the car with some dents and scrapes. This year the action is bound to be even more exciting than before with the Darlington track having been recently repaved. The procedure has given drivers a firmer footing that has brought about a number of record speeds during the test rounds. The improvement in the surface of the track means that drivers can reach speeds of almost 200 mph as they head down the straights. With speeds increasing so rapidly, drivers are faced with even more challenges than usual and fans are sure to see plenty of nail-biting action during the actual races on race day.

The current top twelve for the race are: Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne. The change in surface and the difficulty of the track makes it virtually impossible to try and predict the outcome of this year’s race. If you want to be the first in line to know who wins, you should get your tickets at the speedway ticket office or online from TicketsNow.

The Viper Bites Back

November 13, 2007 by  
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With the increasing pressure on vehicle manufacturers to create faster and more dynamic sports cars than their competitors, it seemed only fitting for the Dodge Viper so receive a facelift. Even though the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR has only been slightly modified on its exterior, there have been major changes under its skin that have led to a better performing and safer Viper.

Many of the latest sports cars that have been manufactured by companies such as Ferrari and Lamborghini are far out of the financial reach of ordinary citizens, but with the Viper SRT10 ACR, having a starting price tag of $100 000, there might be more on the roads. And it is not just the reasonable price that makes the Viper SRT10 ACR such a magnificent choice, but it is the new performance of the vehicle that makes it worth the money. In recent tests, the improved Dodge Viper was able to reach speeds of approximately two hundred miles per hour, a cornering G-force of 1.5 and even the convertible could make it round the corners at a respectable speed of almost 197 miles per hour. The aluminum 8.4 liter V-10 engine produces a staggering six hundred horse power, allowing the Dodge Viper to accelerate from 0 to 60 in under four seconds.

With so much power under the hood it is important to keep the car on the ground, and to ensure that this powerful Viper stays stuck to the road, engineers have ensured that a large rear spoiler and a three-way splitter have been modified to the exterior of the car. The wheels on the front of the car are able to do all the steering, while the modifications generate a thousand pounds of down-force on the vehicle as soon as speeds of 150 miles per hour and over have been reached. The openings on the hood, even though they add a great look to the car, were installed to create a greater flow of cold air to the engine. An adjustable racing suspension and thicker anti-roll bar increases safety and performance.

Attention to safety has also ensured that the Viper SRT does not put drivers in unnecessary danger, with features such as advanced multistage front air bags and occupant classification systems, anti-lock braking system, seat belt alerts, constant force reactors, crumple zones, energy absorbing steering system, interior head-impact protection, knee-bolsters, remote keyless entry, and tire pressure monitoring systems. The interior of the Viper SRT has remained as luxurious as it is known for, with carefully designed finishing touches, making it extremely pleasant on the eyes.

For an aerodynamic, boldly designed sports car that was inspired by racing cars and has the handling capabilities and grandeur of a luxury vehicle, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 SCR, is the perfect choice. It is an intimidating powerhouse that has been designed for drivers who find adventure and endless possibilities around every corner of the open road.

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