Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kansas 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 McDonald’s team will bring Chassis #1208 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis made its debut this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, finishing eighth, McMurray’s first top-10 of the season.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-822 during Sunday’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.

#5- Kasey Kahne - For Sunday’s race at Kansas, crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-717. This is a new car that has not been tested or raced.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for the 267-lap race at Kansas Speedway. This DEWALT Ford Fusion ran at Kansas in last fall’s event.

#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, Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway this season. At Vegas, he started in the 31stposition, and a sparking wire in the cockpit relegated the team to a 31st-place finish. At California, he started 18th and finished in the 27th position. He had his best showing in the chassis at Texas Motor Speedway when he drove from the 31st starting spot to finish in 26th place.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-706: This car debuted in spectacular fashion in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-706 from its ninth-place starting spot to lead twice for 42 laps en route to the win in the rain-shortened race. Prior to Fontana, the car spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel. It is a clone to Chassis No. 14-640, which won Round No. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team will race chassis No. 716 at Kansas. Bowyer finished sixth with No. 716 in Las Vegas. Chassis No. 721 will serve as the backup and previously served as backup at Texas, Fontana and Vegas but never raced.

#16- Greg Biffle - Primary: RK-777 Last ran Las Vegas – finished third; Backup: RK-786 Last ran Homestead – finished 35th.

#17- Matt Kenseth - This weekend at Kansas, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion. Primary Chassis is RK-741 last ran at Las Vegas. 

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger, and crew will be racing their new "PRS-823" AAA Dodge Charger this weekend at Kansas. The "PRS-814" is the backup Dodge Charger for the "Double-Deuce" team. It was in the transporter serving as the backup at Las Vegas, Fontana and last weekend at Texas, but has never seen any track time.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race HMS chasis #24-718 this weekend at Kansas, it's a brand new chassis.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 279 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet was last seen on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where Menard earned a seventh-place finish. This chassis was also utilized in 2011 competition at Texas Motor Speedway in November and at Kansas Speedway in October, where the Brickyard 400 winner finished 15th and 12th, respectively.

#29- Kevin Harvick - The No. 29 Rheem team will unload Chassis No. 378 prepared from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis was used during the 2011 season when Kevin Harvick earned a second-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September and a sixth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 367 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 31 Chevrolet, originally built in 2011, has seen significant track time including visits to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2011 (started-13th, finished-35th), Atlanta Motor Speedway in September 2011 (started-27th, finished-13th) and Kansas Speedway in October 2011 (started-31st, finished-21st). Burton also tallied a top-10 finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, finishing 10th after starting 31st with this car.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will pilot chassis No. 100 this weekend. TBR bought the chassis from Red Bull Racing. Blaney drove the chassis at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-686 will make its fourth start this weekend in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The chassis already has one start to its credit this season, which resulted in Newman’s first top-five finish of 2012 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After qualifying a disappointing 18th , Newman made a strong drive into the top-10, where he ran for most of the race. He drove from eighth to fourth in the final four laps to earn a fourth-place finish at the 1.5-mile oval in March. Prior to its start at Las Vegas this year, Chassis 39-686 made two starts at intermediate racetracks during the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, which resulted in one top-10 finish. The chassis made its debut in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October. In that race, Newman started sixth, led six laps and finished a solid 10th. In the second start for the chassis at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Newman recovered from a loose wheel and being two laps down to finish a respectable 16th.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will bring Chassis #1205 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis was originally brought to Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the primary car, but after contact with the wall in practice, Montoya was forced to go to a back-up car.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 STP Ford will be chassis number 752. This is the same chassis the team ran at California earlier this year.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 720 is a new chassis and serves as the primary for Johnson at Kansas. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 665: This weekend’s STP 400 will be the second race of the 2012 season for this chassis. This is the same car the No. 51 Phoenix Racing team competed with at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. The car was rebuilt after being caught up in an accident late in the race at Las Vegas. Busch earned his best starting position of the season with this chassis at Las Vegas, where he started 12th. The car was built in 2011 and was used only once last season – the June race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where driver Landon Cassill scored a 12th-place finish after starting 12th.

#55- Mark Martin -  CHASSIS: Primary 720 - finished 18th at Las Vegas in 2012. Backup 708 - has not raced in 2012.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.

#99- Carl Edwards - The Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-814 to Kansas Speedway for Carl Edwards. This is a brand new race car.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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