Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Auto Club Speedway 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:
#1- Jamie McMurray - Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No.1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate team will bring Chassis #1120 to Auto Club Speedway this weekend. This chassis made its debut last season at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October with a 27th-place finish. The No.1 team also ran this chassis at Homestead-Miami Speedway where it came home in 14th-place.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-816 during Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS). This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.

#5- Kasey Kahne - For Sunday’s race, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-713, a new car that has not been tested or raced.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway. This DEWALT Ford was previously run last season at several intermediate tracks.

#10- David Reutimann - CHASSIS NO. 356 – TBR bought Chassis No. 356 in the off-season from Richard Childress Racing. Reutimann drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season. He started in the 31st position, and a sparking wire in the cockpit relegated the team to a 31st-place finish.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-706 is a brand-new race car that has never been on the race track, but it has been wind tunnel tested numerous times. It is a clone to Chassis No. 14-640, which won two weeks ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

#15- Clint Bowyer - The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team will race chassis No. 727 at Fontana. Chassis No. 721 will serve as the backup. Chassis 721 also served as the backup in Las Vegas. Both chassis are new in 2012.

#16- Greg Biffle -  No. 16 3M Ford Fusion and Crew Chief Matt Puccia are bringing Primary Chassis RK-803, a brand new chassis. Backup: RK-786 Last ran Homestead – finished 35th

#17- Matt Kenseth - No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion and Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig will unload Primary chassis: RK-787, Last run at Texas, Nov. 2011

#22- A J Allmendinger -  Allmendinger, Gordon and crew will be racing their "PRS-817" AAA Dodge Charger this weekend at Fontana. It is a brand new race car and Friday's opening practice will mark the first time it has taken to a race track. The "PRS-814" Dodge Charger will serve as the backup race car this weekend. It is a brand new car, also. It served as the backup for the Las Vegas battle.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 384 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet Impala is a brand new addition to the RCR fleet and will log its first laps on the track at during Friday’s practice session.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will race chassis No. 374 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This brand new Chevrolet Impala will be put through its first paces this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

#31- Jeff Burton -  Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 393 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This is a brand new No. 31 Chevrolet Impala that will turn its first laps at the Fontana, Calif., track this weekend.

#33- Brendan Gaughan - Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 392 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet Impala was built brand new for the 2012 season and will see its first competitive laps this weekend in the 200-lap event.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will pilot chassis No. 100 this weekend. The chassis was built in-house at TBR and will make its debut this weekend.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-677: This chassis made two runs last season, which resulted in two top-15 finishes. At the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Newman qualified a disappointing 23rd and was mired in traffic and dirty air for much of the afternoon. Track position proved to be incredibly vital. And while Newman’s car was fast and handling well, he found it difficult to pass other cars. A strategy call with less than 30 laps to go helped Newman score a top-15 finish. Newman opted to pit for three seconds of fuel while many teams opted to gamble. While those cars either ran out or were forced to drastically slow down to conserve fuel, Newman was able to run at full power, which led to the 12th-place finish. The Pure Michigan 400 in August marked the second outing for the chassis. Newman qualified third and ran in the top-10 for the majority of the day. He gained five spots in the closing laps, including four positions on a late-race restart, to earn a fifth-place finish.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris Heroy and the No.42 Target team will bring Chassis #1119 to Auto Club Speedway this weekend. This chassis first saw track time at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, where it finished 14thand led two laps. The No.42 team also ran this chassis at Texas Motor Speedway where it finished 18th.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 Medallion Financial Ford will be chassis number 752. It’s the first time that it has been raced in 2012, but made three starts last fall at Dover, Atlanta and Texas

#48- Jimmie Johnson -  Chassis No. 681 serves as the primary for Johnson at California. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup. The primary car ran 4 times in 2011 with a 1st place finish at Kansas in October. The backup car last ran at Las Vegas this year, finished 2nd.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 578: This weekend’s Auto Club 400 will be the first race of the season for this chassis. The No. 51 Phoenix Racing team competed with this chassis a handful of times during the 2011 season, with the most recent race being the 2011 AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where driver Landon Cassill earned a 22nd-place finish after starting from 37th.

#55-Mark Martin -  Martin will drive a new MWR chassis (No. 726) in Fontana this weekend. Chassis 708 will serve as backup. It raced as the No. 00 at Texas and Homestead in 2011.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - CHASSIS 7-ELEVEN: Crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-711 for this weekend's 400-mile event at Auto Club Speedway. This is a new chassis that has not been raced. By coincidence, Chassis No. 88-711 will feature the convenience store 7-Eleven’s logo on the rear quarter panel as an associate partner with Diet Mountain Dew.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 crew will unload RK-782 this weekend. This car most recently finished second at Phoenix last November. It also ran at both New Hampshire races in 2011 finishing eighth and 13th.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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