Thursday, February 21, 2013

Daytona 500 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:

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion, Primary Chassis: 654, Brand new chassis for 2013. Backup Chassis: 652, Brand new chassis for 2013

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kahne will pilot new Chassis No. 5-768 for the first time in the Feb. 24 Daytona 500. 

#10- Danica Patrick - – Chassis No. 10-758 is a brand new chassis for the No. 10 Chevrolet team.

#14-Tony Stewart - – Chassis No. 14-762: This is a brand-new race car that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack, but it has been wind-tunnel tested numerous times. 

#16- Greg Biffle -  Primary Chassis: RK-781. Last ran Daytona in July, finished 21st. Backup Chassis: RK-798. Last ran Talladega – finished sixth

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Primary Chassis: RK- 830 - new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-792 - Last ran during Daytona test

#22- Joey Logano - The No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion,Primary Chassis: 653. Backup Chassis: 648.  Brand new chassis' for 2013.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race Hendrick Motorsports chassis No.24-772 at Daytona, it's a brand new car.

#27- Paul Menard -  Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 409 for both the Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season.

#29- Kevin Harvick -  Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No.407 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in both the Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. New to the fleet, this Chevrolet SS will run its first competitive laps at the 2.5-mile superspeedway during Budweiser Speedweeks

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 296 in the second Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. This chassis was utilized last season in the Daytona 500 by Burton and saw action at multiple restrictor-plate events during the 2010 and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons with driver Clint Bowyer.

#33- Austin Dillon -  Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 334 in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. This is a new addition to the RCR fleet that is being utilized for the first time this week.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-664, which has two previous starts in restrictor-plate races, both coming during the 2011 season. Its first start came at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in July 2011. Newman had a strong racecar, evidenced by his leading four times for a race-high 25 laps. But, in the end, he was relegated to a 23rd place finish thanks to being shuffled out of the lead on the race’s final restart and being collected in a last-lap accident. After extensive body work, the chassis returned to action at Talladega Superspeedway in October. Once again, his racecar was strong, but he was the victim of the two-car draft just before the race’s halfway point. Newman was spun, which caused major front-end damage. The severe spin in the grass tore off Newman’s front-bumper assembly and left him with a heavily damaged racecar and a 38th-place finish. Last season, Chassis No. 39-664 served as a backup car at Daytona and Talladega. Since then, the car’s body has been updated for 2013, and it was wind-tunnel tested in January in preparation for the Daytona 500.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 771 serves as primary and No. 618 as backup. No. 771 is a brand new race car. No. 618 last ran the Bud Shootout in 2012, finished 14th.

#55- Mark Martin - Martin will race chassis 753 in the Daytona 500.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - For the Feb. 24 Daytona 500, Steve Letarte has selected Chassis No. 88-773. This is a new chassis that has not been raced and will feature the blue National Guard scheme.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 team will be using RK-835 for the 500. The car debuted this year as the primary for last weekend’s Sprint Unlimited, when a wreck in practice forced the team to roll out a backup car and send 835 back to RFR for repairs. 

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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