Penske Racing's Kurt Busch Top Dodge at Richmond

September 8, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. (September 7, 2008) - Penske Racing drivers Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Sam Hornish Jr. finished 10th, 33rd and 38th respectively in Sunday's weather-delayed Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

After Tropical Storm Hanna forced NASCAR officials to cancel Friday's qualifying session and postpone the race until Sunday, Busch started 20th and consistently moved toward the front. Busch and his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team's top-10 finish was the highest-finishing Dodge driver in the final "regular season race," setting up the field for this year's "Chase for the NASCAR Championship." Busch is currently 19th in the 2008 NASCAR Cup Series driver standings.

"We had a good run today in the Miller Lite Dodge," Busch said after the 400-lap, 300-mile battle had concluded. "We were loose early on, but got it to a point where that was about all we were going to get. We went from seventh to 15th and then back into the top 10 in the pit stop shuffle. We'll take it."

Newman's No. 12 Alltel Dodge started 16th and ran in the top 15 for a large portion of the race. However, a pit road incident with just 40 laps remaining left Newman with substantial damage to the right front of the car and dropped him from 14th on the track to an eventual 33rd place finish. Newman is now 16th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver points standings with 10 races to go in the 2008 season.

"We had a top-10 car until the pit road incident there at the end of the race," said Newman, who's No. 12 Alltel machine was damaged when the No.1 car, pitted behind Newman, began to exit its stall and struck the incoming No. 96 car as it headed into the pit stall directly in front of the No. 12. "Actually, our Alltel Dodge was pretty good today."

Hornish and the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge finished 38th on Sunday afternoon. Starting from the 37th spot, Hornish and team worked tirelessly to adjust the Mobil 1 Dodge during the race. The group was able to achieve a good balance on the race car but ultimately finished two laps down to the race winner. The No. 77 Mobil 1 team is now 37th in the 2008 NASCAR Cup Series owner points standings, a mere 17 points out of 35th place.

"It was a disappointing day for us and our Mobil 1 Dodge," said Hornish after the conclusion of the race. "Without having much time in practice or qualifying, a lot of things were against us. We were loose to start the race. We made some pretty good changes during the race, but we just got too far behind too early."

The Penske Racing trio returns to action next Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the Sylvania 300. The race can be seen live on the ABC television network at 1 p.m. EDT and heard on the PRN radio network at 1:15 p.m. EDT.