Thursday, August 30, 2012

Atlanta 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 bring Chassis #1109 to Atlanta.  This will be the first race for this chassis in 2012.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-818 during Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski last raced this chassis to an 18th-place finish at Pocono Raceway in June. It has been updated to the current Penske Racing specification.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  For the Sept. 2 night race, crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-739. Kahne raced this car to a 12th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at Fontana, Kansas and both Michigan races. 

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car has sat idle since, but returns to action for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 738 is new and has never been raced. Chassis No. 716 is the backup. No. 716 raced earlier this season in Las Vegas, Kansas, Charlotte, Kentucky and Indianapolis. Chassis No. 716’s finished sixth at Las Vegas.

#16- Greg Biffle -  Primary: RK-786 Last ran Homestead – finished 35th    
Backup: RK-803 Last ran Pocono – finished 15th.

#17- Matt Kenseth - This weekend at Atlanta, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion. Primary Chassis is: RK-808 (Last run at Indy).

#22- Sam Hornish Jr. - Hornish and the Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing their "PRS-828" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Atlanta. This is a brand new car for the "Double-Deuce" team. The "819 car" will serve as the backup. This is the same car that AJ Allmendinger raced in the April 1 Goody's 500 at Martinsville (started 27th and finished second). The team originally planned on racing this chassis at Pocono in the June race, but chose to race the car they utilized in testing (PRS-814) there instead. 

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will drive Hendrick Motorsports chassis #24-732 this weekend at Atlanta, the car finished fifth at Indianapolis this year in its only start.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 351 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AdvoCare 500. This No. 27 Chevrolet will be used for the first time in 2012 competition at AMS. It has been utilized in numerous test sessions this year and was raced last season at Texas Motor Speedway (April – started 19th/finished fifth), Kansas Speedway (June – started ninth/finished 19th) and Dover International Speedway (October – started third/ finished 16th).

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's AdvoCare 500. Harvick drove this Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway in April and Michigan International Speedway in June finishing sixth and 10th, respectively. This chassis was also used in competition twice during the 2011 season when Harvick captured a sixth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October and a second-place finish Chicagoland Speedway in September.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 393 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend’s AdvoCare 500. This No. 31 Chevrolet, has been utilized three times this season at Auto Club Speedway in March (started-19th, finished-22nd), Darlington Raceway in May (started-10th, finished-18th) and Michigan International Speedway in June (started-33rd, finished-21st).

#36- Dave Blaney -  Blaney will pilot chassis No. 356, purchased from Richard Childress Racing in the off-season. David Reutimann last drove this chassis at Michigan International Speedway. Reutimann also drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway this season. He had his best showing in the chassis at Kentucky Speedway where he drove from the 38th starting spot to a 23rd-place finish. His best qualifying effort was at Kansas Speedway where he qualified in the 16th spot.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-738 is brand new to the No. 39 team’s stable of cars. The chassis has been wind-tunnel tested and it will turn its first laps on track in practice Friday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will bring Chassis #1111 to Atlanta this weekend. This Chassis made its debut this season in Indianapolis where Montoya started 12th, and ultimately finished 21st.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 752 for Bristol. This car was last on track at Pocono Raceway earlier this month.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 714 serves as the primary for Johnson at Atlanta. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup. Chassis No. 714 started on the pole at Kentucky in June of this year and finished 6th.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 557: Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 will be the third race of the 2012 season for this chassis. This chassis made its last appearance at Dover International Speedway in June, when Busch picked up the ninth starting spot but had his day end prematurely due to an engine failure. It’s also the same car the team used at Darlington Raceway in May, when Busch competed in the top-10 during the majority of the event before settling for a 21st place finish due to a late-race spin. Prior to the 2012 season, the car was used as a roadcourse car. Hendrick Motorsports built this chassis with a universal clip, which allows for greater adjustments with the geometric points on the chassis. As such, the team converted the car from a road-course car to an intermediate-track car for this season.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-668. Earnhardt, most notably, was behind the wheel of this chassis when he won the Sprint Showdown in May at the 1.5-mile Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 will carry the Subway paint scheme at Atlanta this weekend. The crew will unload RK-782 which last ran at MIS in June where Edwards finished 11th, and also ran the All Star race and California.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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