Thursday, May 24, 2012

Coke 600 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 - Montoya looks to make his 11th start this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In his previous 10 starts he has led five laps and earned one top-10. His best start and finish came in 2009 when he started eighth and came to the checkered in ninth. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet has an average starting position of 26.4 and an average finishing position of 24.7 at the 1.5-mile oval

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-826 during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). This is a brand new chassis to the No. 2 fleet. 

#5- Kasey Kahne - For Sunday’s race, crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-724. This is a new car that has not been tested or raced.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 735 for this weekend's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at Las Vegas and Texas.

#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. Its second start in April at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., was a bit quieter than its debut race, as it started 23rd and gained 10 spots to finish 13th.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary Chassis No. 716 started fifth and finished sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and started eighth and finished 36th at Kansas Speedway. Bowyer was racing in the fifth position at Kansas when he lost a cylinder and was forced to the garage for repairs. Chassis No. 721 is the backup and previously served backup duty at Las Vegas, California, Texas, Kansas, Darlington and last weekend’s All-Star Race at Charlotte but never raced.

#16- Greg Biffle - Primary: RK-809   Last ran Texas – finished first; Backup: RK-786    Last ran Homestead – finished 35th. Chassis 809 is the same car Biffle qualified third, led 90 laps and won with at Texas.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Primary: RK-741 (Last run at Kansas)

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger and crew will be racing their "PRS-825" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 action at Charlotte. This is a brand new car in the No. 22 Penske Racing Team stable of Dodge Chargers. The "PRS-814" chassis will serve as the backup. It is a new Dodge Charger and has yet to make it onto a race track.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Jeff Gordon will race HMS chassis No. 24-718 at Charlotte this week, it  finished 21st at Kansas earlier this year after starting 20th. Built new in 2012, this is the second race for this chassis.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 328 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. This No. 27 Chevrolet was last seen on track at Phoenix International Raceway in March where Menard finished 31st after he was spun from behind. This chassis was also used in competition in 2011 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and the November event at Phoenix. 

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 373 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis was used in competition last season by the No. 29 team at Michigan International Speedway in August, Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and Homestead-Miami Speedway in November where Harvick finished 22nd, sixth and eighth, respectively.

#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 been utilized once during the 2012 NSCS season at Kansas Speedway in April where Burton started 12th and finished 22nd. This chassis 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 the No. 297 chassis. Teammate David Reutimann drove the chassis at Phoenix International Raceway, Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway this season. 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.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-727 is new to the No. 39 stable and will turn its first-ever laps on-track Thursday for practice for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint 
Cup Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The chassis has been wind-tunnel tested. 

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will bring Chassis #1205 to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.  This chassis raced to a 12th-place finish at Kansas this season.

#43- Aric Almirola - The 43 team has prepared chassis No. 783 for the Charlotte race.  This car ran earlier this season at Texas and Las Vegas. 

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 714 serves as the primary for Johnson for the 600-miler. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.  No. 714 last ran at Texas, finished 2nd, No. 720 ran at Kansas, finished 3rd.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 665:This weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 will be the third race of the 2012 season for this chassis. This is the same car the No. 51 Phoenix Racing team competed with at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in late April. Busch qualified 14th and competed in the top-five for the majority of the race before an engine problem in the closing laps relegated the team to a 17th -place finish. The chassis was also used at Las Vegas 
Motor Speedway in March, when Busch earned a season-best starting position of 12th and competed in the top-10 during the early portion of the race. Pit-road issues and an eventual accident resulted in a 35th -place finish. 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. #Note: The #51 team has gone to a backup car after a crash in qualifying.

#55- Mark Martin - Primary— Chassis 732  Backup— Chassis 708. Neither has raced in 2012. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend at Charlotte, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-668. Earnhardt won the Sprint Showdown last weekend in this chassis and went on to a fifth-place finish in the Sprint All-Star race.

#99- Carl Edwards - The Fastenal Blue Team will be bringing chassis RK-811 to CMS.  This car was new at Texas in April where Edwards finished eighth.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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