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David Stremme Martinsville Speedway Event Preview

October 20, 2009

Photo courtesy of Autostock

David Stremme
No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger
Martinsville Speedway – Tums Fast Relief 500
October 25, 2009

No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger News and Notes
• This Week’s Charger… The No. 12 Penske Dodge team will bring chassis PRS-620 to Martinsville Speedway for Sunday’s 500-lap event. PRS-620 is the same machine the team utilized at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The car ran on the lead lap all day and crossed the finish line in the 20th position.
• Tested and Approved… On Tuesday, October 13, the No. 12 Penske Dodge tested at “Little Rock” in Rockingham, North Carolina to prepare for Sunday’s race at Martinsville.
• Penske Power… Penske Racing has made 75 starts at Martinsville Speedway in NASCAR Cup Series competition. The Mooresville, North Carolina-based organization has captured six wins, 19 top-five and 31 top-10 results at Martinsville. The team also has five pole positions to its credit at the speedway.
• Watch and Listen… The Tums Fast Relief 500 will be seen live on Sunday, October 25 on the ABC television network. Race coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET. The event will also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 128.

David Stremme on driving at Martinsville Speedway
“Martinsville is a place where you beat and bang all day. As a driver, you have to be defensive all day. You have to be patient and wait for your competitors to make a mistake and take advantage of it.

“As a whole, all three Penske Racing teams have picked up their short-track programs this season. Both Sam [Hornish, Jr.] and Kurt [Busch] have helped me at these kinds of tracks. I feel like all the testing we have done at places like Rockingham has really paid off. I am optimistic about our chances for a strong run this weekend. I know that this is [crew chief] Roy’s [McCauley] favorite track, which gives me a little more motivation to do well.”
 
Crew Chief Roy McCauley on racing at Martinsville Speedway
“Martinsville is one of my favorite places. It is full of history, being one of NASCAR’s oldest tracks, and it would really mean a lot for us to get a victory there.

“The keys to success at Martinsville are to preserve your brakes. It is a place where brakes are so important and you need them to last for 500 laps. We learned some things last week in Rockingham that will translate to the race this weekend. David [Stremme] ran a number of laps and was very comfortable with the chassis. We know we have a big task this weekend, but I feel we are all up for the challenge.”


David Stremme NASCAR Cup Series Career Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
  106             0                0                      3                0           $10,982,637

David Stremme 2009 Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
  31               0                0                      0                0           $3,889,197