Thursday, August 9, 2012

Watkins Glen 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 McDonald’s team will bring Chassis #1012 to Watkins Glen.  Chassis #1012 will make its sixth appearance and third race at Watkins Glen.  It has finished 17th at Watkins Glen twice, and in three races at Sonoma finished 15th twice and earlier this season finished 19th.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-806 during Sunday’s Finger Lakes 335 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Keselowski last raced this chassis to a 12th-place finish at Sonoma in June.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-674 for Sunday’s event. Kahne raced this car to a 14th-place finish on the road course at Sonoma, Calif., in June.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 772 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Watkins Glen. This Stanley Ford was run previously this season at Sonoma.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-731: This car debuted in impressive fashion in June at the road course in Sonoma, Calif., as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-731 from its 24th -place starting spot and rallied it to a strong second-place finish in the Toyota/Save Mart 350k. Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355k at The Glen will mark Chassis No. 14-731’s second career start.  

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 632 is the same chassis that Bowyer won with at Sonoma in June. He started sixth and led 71 laps in the victory. It previously raced as the No. 47 at Sonoma. Chassis No. 690 is the backup and previously raced as the No. 56 in California and Michigan in 2011.

#16- Greg Biffle -  Biffle will race Primary Chassis RK-764. It last ran Sonoma and finished 7th. 

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth will race primary chassis RK-771. The car last ran at Sonoma where it started ninth and finished thirteenth.

#22- Sam Hornish Jr - Hornish, Gordon and the Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing their "PRS-808" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Watkins Glen International. This is the same car that AJ Allmendinger raced in the June 24 Toyota/Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma, Calif. Starting 17th, the car was solid all day long and came home in the ninth finishing position. This chassis was first raced at Richmond in the April 28 Capital City 400. Allmendinger started fourth and finished 16th in that race. The car was lightning fast on short runs, but with only five cautions during the entire race there was little time to make adjustments. The "PRS-807" chassis will serve as the backup at the Glen this weekend. It was in the transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix, Bristol and Martinsville, but has never seen any track time to date. "We converted the car over to be our road course car and it proved to be a strong piece out in Sonoma," crew chief Gordon offered. "We don't have a large car inventory and some of that is intentional because we will be racing the new cars next season. It was determined shortly after the Sonoma race that it would also be our primary car for Watkins Glen this weekend."

#24-Jeff Gordon - Gordon will drive HMS chassis 24-730 this week at Watkins Glen, the car  finished sixth at Sonoma earlier this year.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 361 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet was last seen on track at Watkins Glen in August 2011, where Menard finished in the 32nd position.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 395 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 29 Chevrolet was built new for competition in 2012 and was put through its first competitive laps at Sonoma when Harvick brought home a 16th-place finish after starting from the 26th position.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 357 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Watkins Glen International. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built specifically for road-course racing, was driven by Burton earlier this season, finishing in the 11th position at Sonoma. RCR teammate Kevin Harvick piloted this machine last year at Sonoma where he started 26th and finished ninth.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-661: Chassis No. 39-661 has been the No. 39 team’s road-course car for the past three races, having amassed two starts at the road course in 
Sonoma, Calif., and one in last year’s race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Last year, Newman started sixth at Sonoma and was in the top-five for the race’s first 25 laps. But on lap 38, while entering the final turn on the course, Newman was caught up in a multi-car accident that ended his chance of victory and relegated him to a 25th -place finish. After starting fifth in last season’s race at Watkins Glen, Newman was bitten by strategy and finished 16th . After undergoing a facelift for the 2012 season, the car made its second start at Sonoma earlier this season. Newman started 10th and battled ill handling the entire event, finishing 18th. This weekend will mark Chassis No. 39-661’s second start this season and fourth overall.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will race with Chassis #1014 this weekend at Watkins Glen.  This chassis was used for Montoya’s 2010 win at Watkins Glen and finished seventh there in 2011.  In three starts at Sonoma, Chassis #1014 has finished 10th, 15th and 34th.  Chassis #1014 has led 80 laps.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 760 for the Watkins Glen race.  This car was last run one year ago at the 2011 Watkins Glen race. 

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 543 serves as the primary for Johnson at Watkins Glen. Chassis No. 590 serves as the backup. #543 last ran at Sonoma this year, started 3rd and finished 5th. It won at Sonoma in June of 2010.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 537: This weekend’s Finger Lakes 355k at The Glen will be the second race of the 2012 season for this chassis. This is the same car with which Phoenix Racing competed in June at the road course in Sonoma, Calif. Busch qualified eighth and finished third in that race after a close battle for the lead in the closing laps. This chassis was built and raced by Hendrick Motorsports prior to becoming part of the No. 51 Phoenix Racing team’s stable. This particular chassis was used during the 2010 Save Mart 350k at Sonoma, when driver Jan Magnussen scored a 12th -place finish after starting 32nd. Prior to this season, the 2010 event at Sonoma was the last race for which this chassis was used. 

#55- Brian Vickers - Primary Chassis  No. 676 started 21st and finished fourth at Sonoma in June.  Backup Chassis No. 661 served backup duties at Sonoma. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-747. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.

#99- Carl Edwards - The Fastenal Blue Team will bring chassis RK-816 to Watkins Glen this weekend. Edwards raced this chassis at Sonoma in June where he finished 21st.  

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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