Thursday, September 6, 2012

Richmond 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/Allstate team will use Chassis #1108 for Richmond. Chassis #1108 has been used as a backup at several races this year but will make its 2012 season debut this weekend at Richmond.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-822 during Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Brad Keselowski last raced this chassis to a win at Kentucky Speedway in June. It has been updated to the current Penske Racing specification.

#5- Kasey Kahne - For Saturday’s race, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-663. Kahne has raced this car three times in 2012, most notably winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 805 for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Richmond International Raceway. This Mac Tools Ford was run previously this season at Phoenix, Richmond, Pocono and Indy.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann will pilot chassis No. 356, purchased from Richard Childress Racing in the off-season. Blaney last drove this chassis at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Reutimann 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, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International 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 of 16th was at Kansas Speedway.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-710: This car debuted in the Capital City 400 at Richmond in April, where it qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Stewart’s two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon marked Chassis No. 14-710’s second career start. There, a new tire compound from Goodyear confounded Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington, and they labored to a 12th -place finish. The car returns to Richmond for its third career start via Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 718 started fifth, finished third and led a lap at New Hampshire. Prior to New Hampshire, No. 718 served backup duty at Phoenix, Bristol-1, Richmond and Dover. Backup chassis No. 712 raced earlier this season in Phoenix and Richmond. 

#16- Greg Biffle -  Biffle will race the No. 16 3M / Owens & Minor Ford Fusion at Richmond.  Primary car will be RK-822, a brand new chassis. Backup car is  RK-778, it last ran New Hampshire – finished 9th.

#17- Matt Kenseth - This weekend at Richmond, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion, chassis RK-806, it last ran at Darlington where it started 19th and finished 6th.

#22- Sam Hornish Jr. - Hornish and the Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing their "PRS-821" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Richmond. This is the same car that AJ Allmendinger raced in the April 14 Samsung 500 at Texas (started 12th and finished 15th). The car was also raced again in the June 17 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan (started 20th and finished 19th). It has been completely updated since and will be making its third start this weekend at RIR. The "PRS-807" will serve as the team's backup. It was in the 22 team transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix, both Bristol races and Martinsville, but has never seen any track time to date.

#24- Jeff Gordon -  Jeff Gordon  will race HMS chassis 24-737 at RIR, it recently finished 6th at Loudon.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 380 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Federated Auto Parts 400. This No. 27 Chevrolet was utilized at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July where Menard earned a 14th-place finish after starting from the eighth position.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 320 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Federated Auto Parts 400. This former No. 33 racer was transformed into a No. 29 entry during the off-season and has been was utilized at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June (started 12th, finished eighth) and Martinsville Speedway in April (started second, finished 19th).

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 382 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 400. 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 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. Burton most recently piloted this machine to a 21st-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will drive the No. 293 chassis, which he drove seven times this season, including April’s event at Richmond, and five times during the 2011 season. The Harford, Ohio native’s best start with the No. 293 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.

#39- Ryan Newman - This weekend, Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-691, which has three starts and two top-10 finishes to its credit. It’s most recent start at  Phoenix International Raceway in March looked to be a lock for the chassis’ third consecutive top-10 finish, but 56 laps shy of the checkered flag, Newman was sent spinning into the turn four wall after contact with another car while racing side-by-side for fifth place. The incident relegated Newman to a 21st -place finish. Last season, the chassis competed at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September and Phoenix in November. At Richmond, Newman started 18th and fought his way into the top-10 near lap 100 and virtually stayed there for the remainder of the 400-lap event finishing eighth. Newman finished fifth at Phoenix in November. 

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will travel to Richmond with Chassis #1203. This chassis was used this season at Phoenix, finishing 11th, Richmond, finishing 12th, and Loudon finishing 25th.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 804 for Richmond - the same car the team ran at the April Richmond race.  This chassis also ran at Loudon and Phoenix this season.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson will return to Richmond in the same car, chassis No. 689, that he last finished fourth with at Phoenix in March. Chassis No. 590 will serve as the backup car.

#51- Kurt Busch - Chassis No. 537: Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 will be the third 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. The team also used this particular car at Watkins Glen International in mid-August. This chassis was built and raced by Hendrick Motorsports prior to becoming part of the No. 51 Phoenix Racing team’s stable. The team is converting the geometry on the car to prepare it for Richmond.

#55- Mark Martin - Martin will drive chassis 714 this weekend. The car won the pole at Phoenix and Richmond with Martin behind the wheel. Backup chassis 708 has not raced in 2012.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-709. Earnhardt raced this chassis to a 14th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March and most recently to a second-place finish at Richmond in April.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Cheez-It team will be bringing chassis RK-801 to Richmond this weekend. This is the same car that led 206 laps in the spring and nearly won the race if not for a late-race penalty on a restart.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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