Thursday, March 1, 2012

Phoenix 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/Tracker Boats team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1206, to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. 

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-810 during Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-663, which was built in March 2011. The No. 5 team competed in the car four times in 2011, notably collecting a top-10 finish at Richmond in September.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 805 for this weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. This Stanley Ford is brand new and has never been run before.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann will pilot the No. 297 chassis. TBR debuted chassis No. 297 with Blaney at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2011. Blaney also piloted the chassis at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the 2011 NSCS Season Finale where he finished 28th. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing during the 2011 season.

#14- Tony Stewart  - Chassis No. 14-637: This car made its debut in April 2011 at Martinsville Speedway, where it experienced some teething problems, qualifying 28th and finishing 34th with a broken rear-end gear. Prior to Martinsville, Chassis No. 14-637 was tested March 14 at the half-mile Little Rock Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. The July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon marked the car’s second career start, where it qualified second and led twice for 48 laps around the 1.058-mile oval before finishing .773 of a second behind its sister car, piloted by Ryan Newman. It saw track time again during a Goodyear Tire Test at Phoenix International Raceway Aug. 29-30 before returning to New Hampshire in September for its third career start and first of the Chase. The car carried Stewart to his second straight Chase win, leading only the final two laps after previous leader
Clint Bowyer ran out of fuel just before taking the white flag in the 300-lap race. Chassis No. 14-637 returned to action and another flat, 1-mile oval for the 2011 season’s penultimate race at Phoenix. It again performed well by leading five times for a race-high 160 laps to deliver its third straight topthree finish. The car returns to Phoenix with fresh sheet metal to make its first start of 2012 and its fifth overall with Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500k

#16- Greg Biffle -  Primary Chassis, RK-778, Last ran New Hampshire – finished third; Backup Chassis, RK-759, Last ran Phoenix as the No. 6 – finished 33rd.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Primary: RK-790 it last ran at Martinsville, Nov. 2011.

 #18- Kyle Busch - Chassis No. 326 will make its fourth-ever start in Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. This chassis made its debut in the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup last September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. After qualifying a solid ninth and running within the top-10 all race long, Busch ran out of gas with just two laps remaining, forcing him to come to pit road for a splash of gas, which led to a disappointing 22nd-place finish. Up next, Busch qualified third and finished 11th in the Hollywood Casino 400 last October at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Most recently, the No. 18 team brought No. 326 to Phoenix last November. After qualifying 34th, Busch was forced to start at the rear of the field after the team changed an engine during the first practice session of the weekend. Despite the setback, Busch picked his way to the front and led 23 laps before more engine issues forced him to the sidelines after only completing 188 laps, relegating him to a disappointing 38th-place finish.

#20- Joey Logano - Chassis #336 will ride with Joey Logano and the Home Depot team at Phoenix this weekend. The car was used at Phoenix last season. Chassis #339 will serve at the team’s backup for Phoenix.

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger and his Todd Gordon-led No. 22 Penske Racing Team will be racing their "PRS-808" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend's action at Phoenix. This is a brand new addition to the "Double Deuce" fleet. The "PRS-807" is the backup Dodge Charger. It is a new car, also.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 328 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Fresh Fit 500. This Chevrolet Impala was utilized by the No. 27 team three times in 2011, most recently at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2011 where Menard started 11th and finished ninth. This chassis was also raced last season at Darlington Raceway in May, where the Eau Claire, Wis., native finished 22nd and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March where he finished 12th.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 365 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This former No. 33 racer competed in three races in NASCAR’s senior division last season, placing finishes of 17th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, 22nd at Richmond International Raceway in September and 10th at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 382 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 during opening practice on Friday.

#33- Brendan Gaughan - Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 351 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet Impala is a proven contender in Sprint Cup Series competition, as Gaughan’s RCR teammate Kevin Harvick made a trip to Victory Lane with it in May 2011 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick also drove this former No. 29 racer to a seventh-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, a 10th-place finish at Dover International Speedway in October and a 19th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will drive the No. 293, which he drove five times during the 2011 season. The Harford, Ohio native’s best start with the No. 293 chassis was 22nd and best finish was 27th. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing, where Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-691:Two starts, two top-10 finishes. That was the story for Chassis No. 39-691 last season as it competed in the fall races at Richmond International Raceway and Phoenix International Raceway. At Richmond, Newman started 18th and fought his way into the top-10 near lap 100 and virtually stayed there for the remainder of the 400-lap event. Newman finished eighth. After a test session on the newly paved Phoenix track in October, Newman and Co., returned there in late November for the penultimate race of the 2011 season. Despite a poor starting position on a tricky, newly paved track surface, Newman's savvy driving skills came into play as he managed to aggressively gain track position without any incidents on the mile oval. Newman moved into the top-10 shortly after lap 100 and never looked back, finishing a solid fifth. This weekend at Phoenix will be Chassis No. 39-691’s first appearance in 2012.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Chris Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1203, to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.  

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 804 for this weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. This is a Ford Fusion brand new to the team.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson will pilot chassis No. 689. Chassis No. 590 will serve as the backup. The primary car raced at Phoenix in November 2011, finished 14th and at Loudon in September 2011, finished 18th. Backup chassis 590 ran in February at Phoenix, finished 3rd.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 662: This weekend’s Subway Fresh Fit 500k will be the second Phoenix race for this chassis which was built in June 2011. Landon Cassill finished 29th at Phoenix in Chassis No. 662 last fall. The car was also used in events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and September 2011, scoring 26th - and 30th-place finishes, respectively. Kurt Busch tested this chassis in January at Nashville Superspeedway during a two-day test session in preparation for the upcoming season.

#55- Mark Martin - Primary Chassis is #714,  Backup Chassis is #715 - Both are new cars.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-709. This is a brand new, untested chassis.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion team and Crew Chief: Bob Osborne are bringing primary Chassis: RK-801 to Phoenix, its a brand new car.
- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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