Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bristol 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 - Manion and the No.1 McDonald’s team will bring Chassis #1106 to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis competed in both races at Kansas Speedway (finishing 29th and 22nd) as well as Atlanta Motor Speedway (finishing 16th).

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-813 during Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  For the March 18 race, crew chief Kenny Francis and the No. 5 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-696. Kahne piloted the car during an electronic fuel injection test at Charlotte Motor Speedway last October.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 743 for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Mac Tools Ford was previously run last season at several intermediate tracks.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann will pilot chassis No. 802. Blaney drove the chassis last season at Bristol, Phoenix, Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte and Kansas. Geoffrey Bodine also drove the chassis at Homestead and Texas last season.

#14- Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-535: This car debuted at Phoenix International Raceway in April 2009. After only being tested in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-535 hit the racetrack in impressive fashion, as Stewart used it to qualify sixth and led once for 19 laps before finishing second, which at the time was the best finish for Stewart-Haas Racing. Chassis No. 14-535 returned to another flat track in June via New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, but its time on the racetrack was short after it crashed in practice. It was repaired with new front and rear clips for its return trip to New Hampshire in September. There, Chassis No. 14-535 led four times for 52 laps before a loose axle cap forced an unscheduled pit stop, which resulted in a 14th-place finish. The November trek to Phoenix marked the car’s third career start, where it qualified eighth and went from a possible top-10 performance to a disappointing 25th-place result when it was caught up in a multi-car accident on lap 171 of the 312-lap race. With a new body, Chassis No. 14-535 returned to Phoenix in April 2010 for its fourth career start. It had a quiet outing, qualifying 11th and finishing 23rd. The car was quickly turned around and tested April 26 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. It sat idle until coming back to Phoenix in November, where it qualified 20th and ran as high as fourth before falling to 17th in a race dictated by fuel mileage. Chassis No. 14-535 spent all of 2011 as a backup and never turned a wheel on the racetrack. With a brand-new body and updated underpinnings, Chassis No. 14-535 will make its sixth career start and first in more than a year in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol  Motor Speedway.

#15- Clint Bowyer - The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team will race chassis No. 724 at Bristol. Chassis No. 718 will serve as the backup. Chassis 718 also served as the backup in Phoenix. Both chassis are new in 2012.

#16- Greg Biffle - Primary Chassis RK-749 Last ran Texas and finished fifth. Backup Chassis RK-759 Last ran Phoenix in 2011 as the No. 6 and finished 33rd.

#17- Matt Kenseth - No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion and Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig will bring Chassis RK-802 to Bristol, its a brand new chassis.

 #18- Kyle Busch - Chassis No. 322: This is a brand new chassis that will see its first-ever race action in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

#22- A J Allmendinger -  No. 22 Team will be racing their "PRS-815" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend's Food City 500 action at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is a brand new car and Friday's opening practice will be the first time it has been on a race track. The "PRS-807" is the backup Dodge Charger for the "Double-Deuce" team. It was in the transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix, but has never seen any track time.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 347 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet Impala was last seen on track at Pocono Raceway in August 2011, where Menard started seventh and drove it to a 10th-place finish. Menard also drove this Chevrolet at Pocono in June when the Eau Claire, Wis. native started second and finished 14th, at Dover International Speedway in May where he brought home a 24th-place result and at Auto Club Speedway where he finished 16th.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will utilize chassis No. 340 from the Richard Childress Racing stable for Sunday’s race. This Chevrolet Impala was raced four times in 2011 by the No. 33 team, scoring a ninth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in April and a sixth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway that same month.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 359 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This No. 31 Chevrolet Impala was utilized three times last season including, Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 (started-fifth, finished-21st), Pocono Raceway in August (started-eighth, finished-17th) and Dover International Speedway in October (started-13th, finished-11th).

#33- Brendan Gaughan - Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 325 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This RCR racer was last seen as a No. 29 entry that scored a third-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2010 and a 17th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011.

#36- Dave Blaney - Dave Blaney will pilot chassis No. 100, which the team bought from Red Bull Racing.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-655 only has one start to its credit – last season’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Newman was making a run on the top-10 when he got tangled in a multi-car melee on lap 303. The accident forced Newman to take his No. 39 to the garage for extensive repairs. He returned to the track more than 40 laps down and finished the race in 31st. Since the incident at Charlotte, the car has undergone extensive work and updates in the shop in preparation for its 2012 debut this weekend at Bristol.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris Heroy and the No.42 Target team will bring Chassis #1111 to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis made its debut in last season’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leading two laps and finishing 31st after an accident put the No. 42 four laps down.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 Charter Communications Ford will be chassis number 710. This is the same chassis that raced at Bristol in the fall and finished 12th.

#48- Jimmie Johnson -  Chassis No. 650 serves as the primary for Johnson at Bristol. Chassis No. 590 serves as the backup. #650 raced 5 times in 2011 finishing 2nd at Atlanta in September and at California in March.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 665: This weekend’s Food City 500 will be the second race of the 2012 season for this chassis, which was built in June 2011. This car is the same one with which Kurt Busch raced at Phoenix two weeks ago, when he scored a 15th -place finish after starting 19th . The team tested this chassis in January at Nashville Superspeedway during a two-day session in preparation for the upcoming season.

#55-Brian Vickers - Vickers will drive a new MWR chassis (No. 722) in Bristol this weekend.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-657. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 24th-place finish at Dover International Speedway last September.

#99- Carl Edwards - No. 99 Cheez-It Ford Fusion team will race Chassis: RK-788. This car last ran Dover in Oct., finished 3rd

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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