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2012 Texas II: Dodge NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Nov 01, 2012 - 06:22 AM
2012 Texas II: Dodge NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview

– No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger Crew Chief: Chad Walter


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Career Stats:
Starts: 63
Wins: 1
Top Fives: 11
Top 10s: 26
Poles: 1
Laps Led: 243

2012 Season Stats:
Starts: 30
Wins: 0
Top Fives: 9
Top 10s: 20
Poles: 1
Laps Led: 128
• Finished ninth at Kansas in last NNS start, his 20th top 10 of the 2012 season.
• Fourth in NNS championship standings, 98 points behind leader Elliott Sadler.
• Has four top-five and 13 top 10-finishes in 18 previous superspeedway races this season.
• Has five NNS starts at TMS – best finish of seventh came in the 2011 fall race.
• Made 13 IndyCar starts at TMS; won three races (2001, 2002 and 2007) and two poles.
• Has been running at the finish in 42 consecutive NNS starts dating back to the 2011 spring race at TMS.

– No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger
Crew Chief: Jeremy Bullins

Career Stats:
Starts: 11
Wins: 0
Top Fives: 0
Top 10s: 5
Poles: 0
Laps Led: 0

2012 Season Stats:
Starts: 11
Wins: 0
Top Fives: 0
Top 10s: 5
Poles: 0
Laps Led: 0
• Finished 11th at Kansas in last NNS start.
• Will make his first TMS Nationwide start this weekend.
• Best finish this season is seventh-place (twice, most recently at Bristol in August).

“This has been the trend all year: going to places I haven’t been to. I’m really excited to be in both the RAM truck and the Challenger Nationwide car this weekend. I love running double-duty. I think it just teaches you more about the race track. Running the truck race the night before definitely helps with the Nationwide car, so it’s kind of a win-win there. One thing I’ve struggled with a lot is being too loose at big race tracks. It’s just a learning thing. We were very good at Kansas; we definitely got it tightened up from practice where it was really good in the race.”
--Ryan Blaney

• Dodge has TWO NNS wins at TMS, both in the spring race: Kasey Kahne (2005) and Kurt Busch (2006).
• Dodge has ONE pole at TMS – Ryan Newman (2005 fall race).

“I feel like our Dodge Challengers are pretty good right now. I think there are about 10 teams that can win one of these Nationwide races on a given weekend. I feel like Ryan has the talent. I think he’s shown a lot of potential in the stuff that he’s driven to this point. It’s like I told him, every time you take that step it’s going to get a little more difficult.”
-- Jeremy Bullins, Crew Chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger

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