Penske Dodges Place in Top-10 at Chicagoland;

Busch finishes sixth, Newman finishes eighth

JOLIET, Ill. (July 15, 2007) – The Penske Racing Dodge Chargers were the class of the Dodge teams as both cars placed in the top 10 at Chicagoland Speedway. Kurt Busch started 43rd after changing an engine and worked his way through the pack to lead two laps before finishing sixth. Ryan Newman finished eighth. It was Busch’s second consecutive top-10 finish and fifth of the season after his third place finish last week at Daytona. The driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger trails teammate Ryan Newman by 47 points for 13th place in the standings. He now sits just 77 points outside of the top 12 with seven races remaining to qualify for The Chase.

Reed Sorenson and Juan Pablo Montoya also recorded top 15 finishes. Sorenson drove the No. 41 Target Dodge Charger to a 12th place finish, while Montoya drove the No. 42 Wrigley’s Big Red Dodge Charger to a 15th place result.

Tony Steward recorded is first victory of the season by holding off Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards over the final laps. Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears rounded out the top five.

Gordon continues to lead the series standings by 303 points over Denny Hamlin. Matt Kenseth is third, followed by Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards.

Other Dodge Charger finishes on Saturday night at Daytona were:

  • JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 45 Tire Kingdom Dodge Charger) 18th
  • BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Pillsbury Cinnabon Dodge Charger) 20th
  • KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) 32st
  • ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) 33rd
  • DAVID STREMME (No. 40 TUMS Dodge Charger) 34nd

NHRAPOWERade Drag Racing Series

It was an all Dodge Charger final round Sunday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Morrison, Colo. Jack Beckman in the MTS Charger defeated Ron Capps in the Brut Charger by posting a top speed of more than 312 mph.

Ron Capps recorded his sixth final round appearance this season, and three of those resulted in wins. His career advantage over teammate Beckman now stands at 3-1. This was the first time they have ever faced each other in the final round.

Capps increased his lead in the series standings to 120 points. His closest challenge, Robert Hight, lost in the second round.