Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Daytona 500 Chassis Selections

Not all teams announce their weekly race chassis'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the chassis in the teams race preview:

Note: Due to crashes in the Duel races, some teams will use backup cars, those chassis' are listed if teams released information.

#09- Kenny Wallace - Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 51 in is his bid to make the 54th-annual Daytona 500. Purchased from Red Bull Racing, this chassis saw action last year when Brian Vickers piloted this Toyota Camry to a fifth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

#1- Jamie McMurray - Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No.1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1204, to Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-643 during Sunday’s 54th running of the Daytona 500. This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.

#5- Kasey Kahne - KaseyKahne will drive Team Hendrick Chassis #5-703 for the Duel and Daytona 500, a new car that has not been raced yet. NOTE: This car was damaged before the Duel and the team will go to a backup car! After the spin in practice, Kasey Kahne will be in chassis #632 for the Duel race. The car raced in all four 2011 plate races.

#6- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. No. 6 Ford Ecoboost Fusion team and Crew Chief Chad Norris will bring Chassis: RK-689 to the Daytona 500, last years Daytona July race winner. RK–720 will serve as backup. It was the 2011 backup chassis for the No. 16 team.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 795 for the Daytona 500. This Stanley Ford Fu­sion is brand new this season and was tested in Daytona in January.

#10- Danica Patrick - Chassis No. 333: This is a brand new chassis that will make its debut during Daytona (Fla.) Speedweeks in preparation for the 54th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.

#14- Tony Stewart  - Chassis No. 14-634: This car debuted during Daytona Speedweeks in 2011. It set the 10th fastest time in Daytona 500 qualifying, which slotted it fifth for the Gatorade Duel. In that race, Stewart drove Chassis No. 14-634 to a 12th-place finish, which gave him a 25th-place starting spot for the Daytona 500. While he never led a lap in the season-opening race, Stewart was a top-10 mainstay – that is until the final lap, when he was shuffled out of the draft en route to a 13th -place finish. It had numerous sessions in the wind tunnel between Daytona And the April 17 race at Talladega Superspeedway, where in its third career start, it finished 17th after starting 30th. It returned to Daytona in July for the Coke Zero 400, where it started 19th and finished 11th. It returned to Talladega in October where it notched its fifth career start and last of the 2011 season with a 12th-place qualifying effort and a seventh-place finish. Chassis No. 14-634 has been refined for 2012 and was tested extensively at Daytona Jan. 12-14.

#16- Greg Biffle - Primary Chassis: RK-794, a brand new chassis; Backup Chassi: RK-689, Last ran Daytona in July – finished 18th.

#17- Matt Kenseth -Primary Chassis: RK-779 (Last run at Talladega, Oct. 2011)

 #18- Kyle Busch - Chassis No. 333: This brand new chassis will make its debut in the 54th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.  

#20- Joey Logano - The No. 20 Home Depot team will take chassis #293 to Daytona for the 500. The car has run previous restrictor-plate races in the past. Chassis #325 will serve at the team’s backup for Daytona. It’s the same car the team used in the Daytona test back in January.

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger, and crew are racing their "PRS-642" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this week's action at Daytona. Thursday's qualifying race will mark its first time in racing competition. The "PRS-626" will serve as the team's backup Dodge Charger this week.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 338 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Daytona 500. This Chevrolet Impala was a new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and saw superspeedway competition as Menard’s No. 27 in the Daytona 500, at Talladega Superspeedway in April and at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400 in July. The car was last seen on track at Talladega in October, entered as the No. 33 Chevy 100 Years Chevrolet where the team started third and went on to claim RCR’s 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

#29- Kevin Harvick - The No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will utilize Chassis No. 387 from the Richard Childress Racing stable for this weekend’s Daytona 500. This is a brand new race car that saw its first on-track activity at DIS during preseason testing in January.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 296 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Daytona 500. This chassis, built in 2010 for RCR’s No. 33 entry, competed in two super speedway events in 2010 including the Talladega Superspeedway race in April (started-14th, finished-seventh) and the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July (started-15th, finished-17th).

#33- Elliott Sadler -Elliott Sadler will pilot Chassis No. 238 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This former No. 31 racer received a new body over the season after competing in the 2010 and 2011 Budweiser Shootouts with driver Jeff Burton, posting 12th and eighth-place finishes, respectively.

#36- Dave Blaney - CHASSIS NO. 331 – The No. 36 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet team will compete with the No. 331 chassis. The chassis is a brand new chassis made by Richard Childress Racing. TBR tested the chassis at Daytona International Speedway in January.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-664:This chassis has previously been raced at both Daytona International Speedway in July of last season for the Coke Zero 400 and at Talladega  Superspeedway in October for the Good Sam 500. At the Coke Zero 400, Newman had a strong racecar, evidenced by his leading four times for a race-high 25 laps. But for Newman, the race was once again an example of his bad luck streak at restrictor-plate races. Newman was relegated to a 23rd-place finish thanks to being shuffled out of the lead on the race’s final restart and being collected in a last-lap accident. Back in the shop, bodywork was repaired on the car before its next outing in the fall race at Talladega, but Newman didn’t fare any better. Despite leading five laps early, he finished 16 laps down in 38th. Newman suffered damage to his racecar on lap 81 when contact sent him spinning into the infield grass, ripping the splitter from beneath the front bumper. Once again, the car’s bodywork had to be repaired and the team updated the car in accordance with NASCAR’s rules. The car was tested at Daytona in January.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Chris Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will be racing chassis #1117 in the Daytona 500. This is the same chassis that Montoya drove to a 15th place finish during the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway last year.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 722 for the Daytona 500. This is not the same car the team tested at the speedway in January, but it is the same Ford Fusion that the No. 43 team ran in every restrictor plate event last season.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson will pilot chassis No. 628 in the Daytona 500. The car was raced 5 times in 2011, winning the race at Talladega in April.  A new chassis,, No. 698, will serve as backup.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 453: Kurt Busch tested this chassis in January at Daytona International Speedway and turned a lap of 206.058 mph. This is the same car that Brad Keselowski drove to victory in April 2009 at Talladega. It was his first career victory and remains the only Sprint Cup Series win for Phoenix Racing.

#55- Mark Martin - Primary Chassis is #687, Backup Chassis is #710 - Both are making first race appearances.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - For the Feb. 26 Daytona 500, SteveLetarte has selected Chassis No. 88-699. This is a new chassis that has not been raced yet.

#99- Carl Edwards - Chassis: RK-712 Last raced at Daytona 500 last year – finished 2nd.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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