Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daytona 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 team will bring Chassis #1204 back to DIS. Chassis #1204 has one previous race, the 2012 Daytona 500, where it started 19th and finished 31st after being involved in a late race incident.

#2-Brad Keselowski:  The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-631 during Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.

#5-Kasey Kahne: For Saturday's race, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-703. Kahne finished fourth in this car at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in May.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis #795 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Daytona. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at both restrictor-plate races in Daytona and Talladega.

#10-David Reutimann: will pilot the No. 19 chassis this weekend. Geoffrey Bodine competed at Daytona International Speedway in last year's Coke Zero 400 in this chassis. He started 35th and looked to have a solid day before the wheel barring broke, relegating the team to a 38th-place finish. TBR also ran the No. 19 chassis with Steve Park at Talladega Superspeedway last season. Park started 33rd before and electrical issue ended his day early.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-565: This car debuted during Daytona Speedweeks in 2010. Its first race was the non-points Gatorade Duel, where it started 11th and led two laps before finishing second, which slotted it sixth in the Daytona 500. In the Great American Race, Chassis No. 14-565 finished 22nd. Its third career start came in April at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where it qualified 13th and finished an unscathed 16th in the crash-marred race. It was refitted with a new body and wind-tunnel tested for its return to Daytona via July's Coke Zero 400. It performed well, as its seven laps led attest, but a multi-car accident on lap 148 collected Chassis No. 14-565 and relegated it to a 25th-place finish. The car had served as a backup ever since, but was completely rebuilt in preparation for the 2012 season. The 54th Daytona 500 marked Chassis No. 14-565's fifth career start and first since July 2010. It performed admirably, finishing 16th after leading two laps. It sat idle for the series' second restrictor-plate race of the year at Talladega, but returns to action for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 679 started 24th and finished sixth at Talladega. It also served as the backup car for the Daytona 500. The backup chassis is No. 705 which started 17th and finished eighth in the Bud Shootout at Daytona. It also served as the backup at Talladega.

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary: RK-781 - Last ran Talladega - finished fifth; Backup: RK-794 - Last ran Bud Shootout - finished sixth

#17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-793 (Last run at Talladega)

#22-A.J. Allmendinger: The Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be racing their "PRS-642" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Daytona. This car made its debut 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 last raced this car at Talladega back in May.

#24-Jeff Gordon: Gordon's primary chassis this week is HMC chassis #24-631. It raced Daytona 2/11, Talladega 4/11, Daytona 7/11, Talladega 10/11, Talladega 5/12.

#27-Paul Menard: Menard will pilot Chassis No. 388 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet was last utilized at Talladega Superspeedway in May where Menard started 17th and finished 17th after receiving heavy damage in a multi-car incident while running third in the closing laps. This chassis was also used at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February where the Eau Claire, Wis. native started 37th and brought home a sixth-place finish.

#29-Kevin Harvick: Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 295 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola. Harvick drove this Chevrolet to a top-10 finish during the 2009 Daytona 500 and into Victory Lane in the July event at Daytona International Speedway in 2010. The No. 29 team most recently utilized this car during the Budweiser Shootout earlier in February.

#31-Jeff Burton: 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 and a top-10 finish in last season's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Burton got behind the wheel of this Chevrolet in the 2012 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona where he was involved in an early incident, but battled to an 11th-place finish and brought home a top-10 finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April.

#36-Dave Blaney: Blaney will pilot the No. 331 chassis, a new chassis made by Richard Childress Racing during the off-season. He drove the chassis in this year's Daytona 500, where he led six laps and finished in 15th place. Reutimann drove the chassis at Talladega and finished 22nd in the event.

#39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-606: After making three starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, chassis No. 39-606 is scheduled to make its first start Saturday night at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' other superspeedway Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In its three previous starts, the chassis' best finish was 23rd at the October 2010 Talladega race. After qualifying eighth, Newman attempted to make a late-race charge but had to settle for 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 in April 2011. Newman, who had one of the strongest racecars in the field, was spun twice in two laps due to bump drafts gone bad with just a handful of laps remaining.While he was able to save his racecar from damage during both mishaps, the incidents put him too far back in the pack. Without a strong drafting partner to help him get back through the field, he finished 25th. The car returned to action at Talladega this May, but Newman never had the chance to show how strong his car was as his engine expired just 42 laps into the running of the Aaron's 499. 

#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will break out Chassis #1216 for this weekend's race. This is the first time this chassis will be used.

#43-Aric Almirola: The #43 team has prepared chassis No. 722 for Daytona, the same car Almirola ran in the Daytona 500 in February.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 698 serves as the primary for Johnson at Daytona. Chassis No. 482 serves as the backup.

#51-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 453: The Coke Zero 400 will be the second race of the 2012 season for Chassis No. 453. This is the same chassis the team used for the season-opening Daytona 500, in which Busch was caught in an accident on lap one. The team spent several laps in the garage making repairs before Busch returned to the race and ended up finishing 39th. This is the same car Brad Keselowski drove to victory in April 2009 at Talladega. It was his first career victory and remains the only Sprint Cup win for Phoenix Racing.

#88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-699 for Saturday's race. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May and to a second-place finish in February at the Daytona 500.

#99-Carl Edwards: RK-792 - this car has not been raced yet, it was a backup at Daytona.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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