Dodge Teams Come Up Short at ’Dega Dance!


Kurt Busch and his No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T finished 18th at last Sunday’s infamous Talladega Superspeedway.


“Man, a busy day with the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge today.  Restrictor plate racing and this two-car draft is really tough and I was in the middle of a bunch of incidents” said Kurt. “I feel bad for wrecking a bunch of cars, especially my teammate Brad (Keselowski).  We got shuffled out to finish 18th.  I ran with the 20 (Joey Logano), 36 (Dave Blaney) and then the 14 (Tony Stewart) at the end and just got separated a bit and shuffled back. My car was really fast all day getting pushed.   Once I had to push, the car didn’t seem as stable as I needed it to be. We ran up front most of the day and didn’t get the finish I think that we deserved.”


The No. 7 Fast Five / SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T driven by Robby Gordon also came up short and finished 20th.  “We were a better pusher than leader.”


“We needed another Dodge to run with at the end of the day.  With Brad (Keselowski) going out early, that was one less Dodge and I could never get to Kurt (Busch).  A top-20 for the Fast Five Dodge, it was a decent run for us and we’ll take it, but it’s not really where we wanted to be” commented Robby.


Brad Keselowski in his Miller Lite Charger R/T also got caught up in the ‘Dega carnage and only mustered a 33rd finish. “It was just one of those Talladega deals.  We were able to get our Dodges together and drive our way up to the front.  We made some great moves, but got towards the back in the shuffle and when we did, we caught a big group that just stopped for some reason.  I heard that David Ragan blew up, I’m not exactly sure.  We ran up on the group and I just wasn’t able to stop quickly enough with Kurt (Busch) on my tail and it just spun me right out.  Just one of them deals here at Talladega.  It’s just racing.  I just got on the wrong end of it” exclaimed a frustrated Keselowski.


Our Dodge teams are heading back to the shop to regroup and will hit the high-banks the weekend of April 30th at Richmond.



  • Mopar_Dodge_91
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I hate this 2 car drafting.

  • tr4petty
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    I was at Dega and, once again, I’m gonna say that there just simply aren’t enough Dodges on the track!  Dodge has GOT to sponsor some more teams next year!  How about getting the “King” back where he belongs in the Dodge camp?!?!?  And another thing that continues to be disappointing is the lack of a Dodge Motorsports souvenir trailer.  I haven’t seen one in two years at the track.  There were, as usual, Ford Racing, Chevy Racing, and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) souvenir trailers there but NO Dodge Motorsports trailer!  No wonder it’s getting hard to find people at the races wearing Dodge Motorsports swag these days!

  • Posted April 21, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    100% in agreement.  It’s sad and embarrassing as a DODGE fan/enthusiast.

  • Mopar_Dodge_91
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Petty back in the Dodge camp would be wonderful. But sadly, I just dont see it.

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