Thursday, May 3, 2012

Talladega 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 the #1009 chassis in Aaron’s 499.  This same chassis was used in last season’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 22nd. 

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-645 during Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. 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. 5-703. Originally built for the 2012 Daytona 500, this car was not raced after an incident in practice.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 795 for this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. This Stanley Ford was run previously this season at Daytona.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann will pilot the No. 331 chassis, a new chassis made by Richard Childress Racing during the off-season. Dave Blaney drove the chassis in this year’s Daytona 500, where he led six laps and finished in 15th place.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-634: This car debuted during Daytona Speedweeks in 2011. It set the 10th fastest time in Daytona 500 qualifying, which slotted it fifth for the 
Gatorade Duel. In that race, Stewart drove Chassis No. 14-634 to a 12th-place finish, which gave him a 25th-place starting spot for the Daytona 500. While he never led a lap in the season-opening race, Stewart was a top-10 mainstay – that is until the final lap, when he was shuffled out of the draft en route to a 13th-place finish. It had numerous sessions in the wind tunnel between Daytona and the April 17 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where in its third career start, it finished 17th after starting 30th. It returned to Daytona in July for the Coke Zero 400, where it started 19th and finished 11th. It returned to Talladega in October where it notched its fifth career start and last of the 2011 season with a 12th -place qualifying effort and a seventh-place finish. Chassis No. 14-634 was refined for 2012 and tested extensively at Daytona Jan. 12-14. It returned to action in February in the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, where it started 15th and led seven laps until Kyle Busch ducked out from behind Stewart as the two  entered the trio-oval with the checkered flag in sight. Busch nipped Stewart at the line for a margin of victory of .013 of second – the closest finish in Shootout history. The car will make its seventh overall start, but only its fifth point-paying start, in the Aaron’s 499 Sunday at Talladega.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary Chassis No. 679 raced to a 10th place finish in the 2011 Budweiser Shootout as the No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Toyota. It also served as the backup No. 56 Toyota at Talladega last fall and Daytona EFI test car, but never raced. Chassis No. 705 will serve as the backup and previously raced to an eighth place finish in the 2012 Bud Shootout.

#16- Greg Biffle - Primary: RK-781   Last ran Daytona 500 – finished third; Backup: RK-794    Last ran Bud Shootout – finished sixth.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth will race chassis RK-793 at Talladega, it last ran at the Shootout

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger, Gordon and crew will be racing their "PRS-642" Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger this weekend at Talladega. The team debuted this car during Daytona Speed Weeks back in February. Dinger started 10th and finished eighth driving this chassis in the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race. He started 15th in the Daytona 500 and finished 34th after a run-in on pit road relegated the team to the garage area to replace the radiator. The team will have their "PRS-626" Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger on hand as their backup car. "This is a car that was part of the No. 2 team's fleet last season," Gordon said. "Brad and the Miller Lite Team had it on their transporter as a backup, but they never raced it."

#24- Jeff Gordon - Jeff will race chassis 24-631 this week at Talladega, it ran all 4 plate races in 2011, and finished 28th and sixth at Daytona, and third and 27th at Talladega in 2011.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 388 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet was last seen on track at Daytona International Speedway in February, where Menard earned a sixth-place finish in the Daytona 500.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 238 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis was most recently driven by Elliott Sadler at Daytona International Speedway in February as the No. 33 RCR Chevrolet, and was utilized in 2011 by the No. 31 team.

#31- Jeff Burton -  Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 343 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis, built in 2011 for RCR’s No. 29 entry with driver Kevin Harvick, competed in three superspeedway events last season including the Daytona 500 where an engine failure relegated Harvick to a 42nd-place finish. Harvick also guided this machine to a top-five finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2011 (started-38th, finished-fifth) and a top-10 finish in July in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (started-31st, finished-seventh). Burton got behind the wheel of this Chevrolet in the 2012 Budweiser Shootout at DIS where he was involved in an early incident but battled to an 11th-place finish.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will pilot the No. 27 chassis this weekend at the Talladega, Ala., track. He most recently piloted the chassis in last season’s fall event at the 2.66-mile speedway, where he posted the team’s best finish of third. He drove the chassis at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400, as well as the Daytona 500, in 2011. He also drove the chassis at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2011, where he led 21 laps before a late-race spin spoiled a solid run.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-606 makes a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend after making two previous starts at the 2.66-mile oval. The chassis’ first start at the superspeedway was October 2010, when Newman qualified eighth. He attempted to make a late-race charge but finished 23rd . Although it wasn’t the finish the team had hoped for, it marked the first superspeedway finish for the driver and team in more than a year. The chassis returned to Talladega for last spring’s Aaron’s 499. Newman, who had one of the strongest racecars in the field, was spun twice in two laps – due to inopportune bump drafts – with just a handful of laps remaining. While he was able to save his racecar from sustaining any damage during both mishaps, the incidents put him too far back in the pack and, without a strong drafting partner to help him get back through the field, he finished 25th.  After taking a trip to Daytona International Speedway in February as the team’s backup car, Chassis No. 39-606 will return to action for the first time in 2012 this weekend.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Chris “Sunshine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1215, to Talladega this weekend.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 team will race chassis No. 716 this weekend.  The chassis has never been raced by the team, but has served as the backup.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 698 is a new chassis and serves as the primary for Johnson at Talladega. Chassis No. 482 serves as the backup.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  This weekend at Talladega, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-699. This is the same chassis Earnhardt raced to a second-place finish in February at the 2012 Daytona 500.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Fastenal Blue Team will be unloading chassis RK-712 this weekend at Talladega.  This car won the pole for the Daytona 500 and finished eighth in the race.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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