Thursday, August 16, 2012

Michigan 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 - Chassis #1208.  Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Mercury team will race Chassis #1208 at Michigan.  Chassis #1208 has raced at Las Vegas, finishing eighth; Kansas, finishing 14th; the Coca-Cola 600, finishing 21st and this season at Michigan, finishing 14th.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-826 during Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Brad Keselowski last raced this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. It has been updated to the current Penske Racing specification.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-729 for Sunday’s race at Michigan. Kahne raced this car into the top 10 at Pocono Raceway in June before a cut tire sent him to the garage.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Michigan International Speedway. This is the same Stanley Ford that Ambrose drove to the pole in the June visit to Michigan. 

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann will pilot chassis No. 356, purchased from Richard Childress Racing in the off-season. The Florida native last drove this chassis at Pocono Raceway. He also drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway 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.

#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 three at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-706’s second start, in April at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., was a bit quieter than its debut race. It started 23rd and gained 10 spots to finish 13th . Its third start came in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ longest race – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. There, Stewart qualified 21st and finished 25th as  Chassis No. 14-706 proved to be a handful throughout the 400-lap contest. The car redeemed itself in its fourth and most recent start in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where Stewart qualified eighth, led 18 laps and finished second. Chassis No. 14-706 has sat idle since, 
and it will return to Michigan for its fifth career start via Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 727 has raced three times in 2012. It started 11th and finished 13 at Fontana, started 26th and finished 11th at Darlington and started 13th and finished seventh with a lap lead at first Michigan. Backup chassis No. 721 has served backup duty at multiple races, but has not raced. It served as the backup at Las Vegas, Fontana, Texas, Kansas, Darlington, All-Star, Charlotte, both races at Pocono and Michigan. Chassis No. 721 tested Pocono on June 6 and Michigan on June 14.

#16- Greg Biffle -  Biffle's Primary chassis is RK-817. Last ran Indianapolis – finished third. Backup chassis is RK-786. Last ran Homestead – finished 35th.

#17- Matt Kenseth -  Primary car for the No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion this week is  RK-787, it was last run in the All-Star race.

#22- A J Allmendinger - Hornish, and the Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing their "PRS-825" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Michigan. This is the same car that AJ Allmendinger raced in the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The car was credited with an 11th-place start and 33rd-place finish after a broken hub spoiled a potentially strong run. The "PRS-819" chassis will serve as the backup Shell-Pennzoil Dodge for this weekend. This was the car that AJ Allmendinger drove to a second-place finish in the April Martinsville race.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Jeff Gordon will drive Hendrick Motor Sports chassis 24-718  at Michigan, this is a brand new chassis.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 397 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2012 competition, this No. 27 Chevrolet was utilized for the first time at MIS in June, where Menard started from the 18th position and finished 22nd.

#29- Kevin Harvick - This Week's Jimmy John's Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 381 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Pure Michigan 400. Harvick drove this Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in July and a 13th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April of 2011. It was also driven earlier this season by Brendan Gaughan at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March as a No. 33 RCR Sprint Cup Series entry.      

#31- Jeff Burton - This Weekend’s No. 31 Wheaties Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway for Jeff Burton is chassis No. 367 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built new for the 2012 season, has been utilized twice this year at Kansas Speedway in April (started-12th, finished-22nd) and Pocono Raceway in June (started-20th, finished-15th).

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-733: It’s been two starts and two top-10 finishes for Chassis No. 39-733 since making its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. At Indianapolis, Newman and his team overcame an ill-handling racecar and used quick pit work to help engineer a run into the top-10. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took Chassis No. 39-733 to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway the following weekend. There, Newman ran in the top-10 for most of the rain-shortened race and finished sixth. Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn will mark the third start in four weeks for Chassis No. 39-733.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will return to Michigan with Chassis #1209 after finishing eighth with this chassis earlier this season.  Chassis #1209 also raced at Fontana, Calif. finishing 17th.

#43- Aric Almirola - The team has prepared chassis No. 783 for the Michigan race.  This Eckrich Ford was last on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. 

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 720 serves as the primary for Johnson at Michigan. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup. 720 won the All Star Race in Charlotte this year.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 665: This weekend’s Pure Michigan 400 will be the fourth 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.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to Victory Lane at Michigan in June.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 team will be unloading chassis 739.  Edwards last raced this car at Las Vegas where he finished fifth. Since then this car has been fitted with a new body.  The Geek Squad paint scheme for this week was designed by Ryan Friedlinghaus, 
CEO & founder of West Coast Customs.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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