Thursday, October 4, 2012

Talladega 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 #1009. Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate team will use Chassis #1009 for Talladega. Chassis #1009 has been used previously this season at Talladega finishing 32nd.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-644 during Sunday’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. This chassis is new to the No. 2 fleet.

#5- Kasey Kahne - For Sunday’s race, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-703. Kahne has raced this car to two top-10 finishes at superspeedways this season. Kahne scored a fourth-place result at Talladega in May and crossed the line seventh at Daytona in July. Kahne qualified inside the top five at both events with this car.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 715 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Talladega. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season in the Budweiser Shootout in Daytona. 

#10- David Reutimann - This weekend, Reutimann will pilot the same chassis he raced at Daytona in July of this year, finishing 11th, chassis No.19 and will have Tommy Baldwin atop the pit box. Geoffrey Bodine also competed at Daytona International Speedway in last year's Coke Zero 400 in this chassis. He started 35th and looked to have a solid day before the wheel bearing broke, relegating the team to a 38th-place finish.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-565: This car debuted during Daytona Speedweeks in 2010. Its first race was the non-points Gatorade Duel, where it started 11th and led two laps before finishing second, which slotted it sixth in the Daytona 500. In the Great American Race, Chassis No. 14-565 finished 22nd. Its third career start came in April at Talladega  Superspeedway, where it qualified 13th and finished an unscathed 16th in the crash-marred race. It was refitted with a new body and wind-tunnel tested for its return to Daytona via July’s Coke Zero 400. It performed well, as its seven laps led attest, but a multi-car accident on lap 148 collected Chassis No. 14-565 and relegated it to a 25th -place finish. The car had served as a backup ever since, but was completely rebuilt in preparation for the 2012 season. The 54th Daytona 500 marked Chassis No. 14-565’s fifth career start and first since July 2010. It performed admirably, finishing 16th after leading two laps. It sat idle for the series’ second restrictor-plate race of the year at Talladega, but returned to action in July for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona where it rallied from its 42nd-place starting spot to lead twice for 22 laps en route to the win.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 705 finished eighth in the season opening Budweiser Shootout. No. 705 also served as backup for the Spring Talladega and July Daytona races. Backup chassis No. 709 finished 11th in the Daytona 500. The pink paint scheme that makes its first appearance this weekend in Talladega calls attention to the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Crusade as well as 5-hour ENERGY’s newest flavor—Pink Lemonade.

#16- Greg Biffle -  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of that the 3M Ford will run a special pink paint scheme this weekend in Talladega. The car, chassis RK-798 is a brand new chassis.

#17- Matt Kenseth - This weekend at Talladega, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 National Breast Cancer Foundation Ford EcoBoost Fusion, Chassis: RK-793, last ran at Daytona, sterted 1st and finished 3rd.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race chassis No.24-631 this weekend. The car has run the last 5 plate races and finished 33rd at Talladega in 2012; finished 28th and sixth at Daytona, and third and 27th at Talladega in 2011.

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 388 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend’s Good Sam Road Assistance 500. This Chevrolet was last raced at Daytona International Speedway in July, where he started 13th and finished 14th. It was also utilized earlier this season at Talladega Superspeedway (May) where Menard finished 17th and in the 2012 Daytona 500 where he drove it to a sixth-place finish.

#29- Kevin Harvick -  Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No.387 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. Built new for competition in 2012, Harvick raced this Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish in the season’s kickoff event, the Daytona 500, after starting from the 13th-position.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 343 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. This chassis, built in 2011 for RCR’s No. 29 entry with driver Kevin Harvick, competed in three superspeedway events last season including the Daytona 500 where an engine failure relegated Harvick to a 42nd-place finish. Harvick also guided this machine to a top-five finish at Talladega in April 2011 and a top-10 finish in last season’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Burton got behind the wheel of this Chevrolet in the 2012 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona where he was involved in an early incident, but battled to an 11th-place finish. He also brought home a top-10 finish at Talladega in April and a runner-up effort in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will pilot the No. 331 chassis, a new chassis made by Richard Childress Racing during the off-season. He drove the chassis in this year’s Daytona 500, where he led six laps and finished in 15th place, and in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, where he finished 22nd. Reutimann drove the chassis at Talladega and finished 22nd in the event.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-606: Chassis 39-606 has four combined starts at the two restrictor-plate tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule – three at Talladega Superspeedway and one at Daytona International Speedway. In its four previous starts, the chassis’ best effort came at Daytona this past July, when Newman qualified on the outside pole and finished fifth. Prior to that, Newman’s best effort came in October 2010 when, after qualifying eighth, he attempted to make a late-race charge but had to settle for 23rd . That result marked the first superspeedway finish for the driver and team in more than a year. The chassis returned to Talladega in April 2011. Newman, who had one of the strongest race cars in the field, was spun twice in two laps – due to bump drafts gone bad – with just a handful of laps remaining. While he was able to save his racecar from damage, the incidents put him too far back in the pack. He finished 25th. The car returned to Talladega this past May, but Newman never had the chance to show how strong his car was as his engine expired after 42 laps.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Chassis #1204. Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will travel to Talladega with Chassis #1204. This chassis will make its season debut this weekend in Talladega.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 716 for Talladega.  This chassis also ran at the team's first race at Talladega this season. 

#47- Bobby Labonte - According to #47 crew chief Brian Burns, his driver’s confidence is at its highest levels this season.  “We’re bringing car No. 237 sponsored by SCOTT Products that we raced at the first Talladega,” Burns said. “Bobby was doing a great job until we had a problem with the exhaust and then a flat tire. It was just bad luck. We’re bringing the same car because we were comfortable with it the last time.” The car started 42nd and finished 21st in April at the track.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 698 serves as the primary for Johnson at Talladega. Chassis No. 482 serves as the backup. No. 698 finished 36th(accident) at Daytona in July and 35th(engine) at Talladega in May. Chassis 482 has not raced since Talladega in November of 2009.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend at Talladega, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-699. Earnhardt raced this chassis three times this season, collecting an average 8.7th-place finish at the two restrictor-plate racetracks on the schedule: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (second-place in February and 15th-place in July) and Talladega Superspeedway (ninth in May).

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Subway team will be unloading chassis RK-792 this weekend at Talladega.  This car ran at Daytona in July where Edwards finished sixth.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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