Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NASCAR Chassis Selections - Bristol

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 -  Primary Chassis: PRS-845. Last Raced: New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-834. Last Raced: Backup chassis at Phoenix (not used).

#5- Kasey Kahne -  Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Sunday’s event at Bristol. Kahne last raced this car March 3 at Phoenix International Raceway, where he recorded his first outside pole position of the 2013 season.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 team has prepared chassis No. 784 for Bristol. The team brought the chassis to Kansas Speedway last fall where Ambrose brought home a 12th-place finish.

#10- Danica Patrick - Chassis No. 10-579:  Chassis No. 10-579 was used by Ryan Newman during the 2010 and 2011 seasons but has since been completely overhauled and transformed into a Gen-6-style Chevrolet SS. This will mark the first race for Chassis 10-579 with Patrick behind the wheel.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-722: This car debuted in June 2012 at Pocono Raceway as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-722 from its 22nd -place starting spot to finish third in the Pocono 400. It returned to Pocono in August for the series’ second visit to the quirky, 2.5-mile triangle where it had a similar outing, as Stewart rallied it from its 28th-place starting spot to finish fifth in the rain-shortened race. While Chassis No. 14-722 didn’t race again in 2012, it was tested extensively in the wind tunnel and on the track. It tested at Nashville Superspeedway Sept. 25-26 and at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 17-18. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-722 returns to racing this weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 740 is the same chassis that Bowyer won with in Charlotte in October. It also finished 10th at Chicago and sixth at Texas in November. The backup chassis (No. 727) raced last season at Fontana, Darlington and both Michigans. 

#16- Greg Biffle - Primary Chassis RK-803 first hit the track in 2012 at Fontana earning a sixth-place finish.  Since then it’s been used at Charlotte for the All-Star race, Kentucky and Pocono.  Pocono would have been 803’s final race of 2012, but an accident during practice in Homestead forced chassis 803 to go from backup status to primary, which resulted in a fifth-place finish for Biffle at the season finale. Backup Chassis: RK-809  Last ran Texas – finished 10th.                             

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Primary Chassis RK-791 is the same chassis that the No.99 team used in the May Martinsville race in 2012 claiming an 11th-place finish. Backup Chassis: RK-801 was a chassis for the No. 99 in 2012.

#22- Joey Logano -  Primary Chassis: PRS-842. Last Raced: New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-836. Last Raced: Backup chassis at Phoenix (not used).

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race Hendrick Motorsports chassis 24-712 this week at Bristol. The car raced extensively and finished 26th at Fontana, fourth at spring Texas, 35th at Darlington, 13th and second at Dover, fifth at Kentucky, third at fall Bristol and 10th at Kansas in 2012. 

#27- Paul Menard -  Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 412 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has never been run under race conditions, but was tested earlier this year at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.

#29- Kevin Harvick -  Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Food City 500. Harvick last drove this RCR Chevrolet to a sixth-place result during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is a brand new No. 31 Chevrolet seeing its first on-track action during Friday’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-655 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. This chassis debuted at Bristol last August, when a solid run appeared to be shaping up for Newman and the No. 39 team but came to a disappointing end when the left-rear tire went flat on lap 189, sending the No. 39 Chevy spinning off of turn four and contacting the outside retaining wall before being hit by another car, leaving Newman with a 36th-place finish. After extensive repairs that included a new front clip, the No. 39 team brought this chassis to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in October, where it participated in a two-day test. Since then, Chassis No. 39-655 has been updated for 2013 and will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Bristol.

#55- Brian Vickers - Vicker’s drove primary chassis No. 722 to two top-five finishes last season at Bristol Motor Speedway. The backup chassis (No. 732) Mark Martin raced to a sixth-place finish at Charlotte in October. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Dover International Speedway last September.

#99- Carl Edwards - The team will run primary chassis RK-806 which was last ran in the fall Martinsville race finishing 14th and placed 5th in the fall Richmond race last season. RK – 790 is the backup car for Phoenix and last ran in Spring Martinsville race 2012 

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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