Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Hampshire 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 LiftMaster team will use Chassis #1008 for Loudon. Chassis #1008 has been used previously this season at Richmond finishing 22nd.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-829 during Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.

#5- Kasey Kahne - For Sunday’s 300-lap event, crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-663. This is the same car Kahne raced to the win at New Hampshire in July. Kahne also drove this chassis to a top-five finish at Richmond International Raceway in April.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 728 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire. This Stanley Ford has only been used as a backup car and has not seen primary race action this season.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann will drive the No. 293 chassis. This weekend will be the first time he will drive the chassis. Teammate Dave Blaney drove chassis No. 293 eight times this season and five times during the 2011 season. Blaney’s best start with the chassis was 17th at Richmond last season and best finish was 23rd at Phoenix this season. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing, where Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-742: For the second straight week, Stewart-Haas Racing debuts a brand-new race car for Tony Stewart and the No. 14 team. Chassis No. 14-742 will make its first Sprint Cup start in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. However, the car has already turned its wheels on a racetrack, as it was tested Sept. 4-5 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisc. 

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 718 won and was pushed to victory lane in Richmond on Sept. 8. The same car also started fifth, finished third and led a lap at New Hampshire in the Spring. Backup chassis No. 712 raced earlier this season in Phoenix and Richmond. 

#16- Greg Biffle -  Primary chassis: RK-822 Last ran Richmond – finished 9th; Backup chassis: RK-778 Last ran New Hampshire – finished 9th

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth will drive the Zest sponsored Fusion at Loudon, Primary Chassis RK-806, it was last run at Richmond.

#22- Sam Hornish Jr. - Hornish and the Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing the "PRS-820" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at New Hampshire. This is the same car that Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski drove in the April 14 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. In that race, the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge started eighth and saw a strong top-five run end because of fuel system issues. Keselowski's team also utilized this Dodge Charger during a July test session at Michigan. The chassis has been sent back through the Penske Racing shop and updated with the latest components and adorned with the popular and dynamic No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil color scheme prior to its return to action this weekend at New Hampshire. The "807" chassis will serve as the backup this weekend. It was in the 22 team transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix; both Bristol races Martinsville and the second Richmond race, but has never seen any track time to date.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race Hendrick Motorsports chassis 24-750 this weekend at New Hampshire. This is a brand new car for this race.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 349 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend’s SYLVANIA 300. This Chevrolet was raced earlier this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July) where Menard finished 17th and Martinsville Speedway in April where he finished 26th.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No.400 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's SYLVANIA 300. Built new for competition during the 2012 season, this RCR Chevrolet will make its first competitive laps this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

#31- Jeff Burton -  Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 382 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized in February at Phoenix International Raceway where engine issues thwarted Burton’s top-five run and relegated him to a 33rd-place finish. This was car also raced at Richmond International Raceway in May where an on-track incident knocked Burton and the No. 31 team out of contention, forcing them to settle for a 31st-place finish. Most recently, Burton piloted this machine to a 21st-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and he notched a top-10 finish at RIR two weeks ago, finishing sixth.

#39- Ryan Newman -  Chassis No. 39-645: With one start already this season, Chassis No. 39-645 is no stranger to victory lane. In its first start in 2012, Newman drove this chassis to the winner’s circle at Martinsville Speedway. Newman won despite falling one lap down early in the race after receiving a penalty for speeding on pit road. And, once he got back on the lead lap, Newman took advantage of every spot in front of him. He took his first – and only– lead of the day on lap 504 of 515, when he dove under the leaders after they collided in turn one. He held off another driver on the final restart in a tough duel before pulling away on the last lap to win. The chassis also earned a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor 
Speedway in Loudon in July. The chassis made four starts last year – two at Martinsville and two at New Hampshire. This chassis was also the race winner for Newman last July in Loudon, when Newman started on the pole and led 119 of 301 laps en route to his third victory at the track. In five total starts, chassis No. 39-645 has two victories, two poles (both at New Hampshire last year) and three top-10 finishes.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Energizer team will travel to Loudon with Chassis #1110. This chassis was used during several tests, but will make its race debut this weekend in Loudon.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 804 for Loudon.  This chassis ran previously at the team's first visit to New Hampshire earlier this season as well as at Richmond and Phoenix. 

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis #715 serves as the primary for Jimmie Johnson at New Hampshire. It last ran at New Hampshire in July, starting 7th and finishing 7th. Chassis #689 serves as the backup, it last ran at Richmond in September finishing 13th.

#55- Brian Vickers - Chassis: 715 finished 15th with Vickers at New Hampshire in July. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721 this weekend at New Hampshire. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to a fourth-place finish in July at New Hampshire.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Aflac team will be bringing RK-815 this weekend to New Hampshire. This car previously ran both Pocono races finishing 11th and seventh, and Darlington where Edwards finished seventh

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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