Thursday, May 23, 2013

NASCAR Chassis Selections - Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte

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 primary chassis for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte is PRS-843, which last raced at Auto Club Speedway and finished 23rd. The backup chassis is PRS-847 which has never been raced but has been a backup at several races.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-793 for Sunday’s 600-mile event at Charlotte. Kahne drove this car to a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway in April.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 Dewalt Ford Fusion team prepared chassis No. 847 for the Coca-Cola 600. The team brought this chassis to Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. Ambrose drove the chassis to a third starting spot but a late race incident relegated the team to a 19th-place finish.

#10-Danica Patrick - The GoDaddy Primary Chassis No. 10-794 is a new car that has not been on-track previously. It was tested in the wind tunnel May 1. 

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-735: This car debuted in the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Stewart qualified 28th and rallied to score a top-10 finish. Chassis No. 14-735 made its second career start in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It was impressive as Stewart used it to overcome a 33rd-place starting spot, a botched pit stop, an incident with Jeff Burton and a lap-166 spin to finish fifth. The car made its third career start in the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There, it rallied to a top-20 finish after starting 35th and dealing with handling issues throughout the 267-lap race. Stewart’s milestone 500th career Sprint Cup start also came at Homestead in Chassis No. 14-735. This weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 will mark the car’s fourth career start and first of 2013.

#15- Clint Bowyer - The  No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Primary chassis No. 773 finished 18th in the Sprint All-Star Race. Backup chassis No. 724 served backup duty at Las Vegas, Fontana, Texas, Kansas, Darlington and the Sprint All-Star Race, but has yet to see the track this season.

#16- Greg Biffle - The  No. 16 Fastenal Ford Fusion Primary Chassis, RK-849 was brand new when it hit the track in Texas and went on to earn Biffle’s one top-five finish so far this season. The teams Backup Chassis, RK-803  Last ran Bristol – finished 11th. The No. 16 is part of a three-car tribute with the No. 17 and No. 99 to honor military service men and women this Memorial Day weekend.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - The No. 17 Fastenal Ford Fusion  primary chassis RK-827 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran in Texas cutting a left rear tire early in the race resulting in a 40th-place finish. The backup Chassis RK-791 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012.

#22- Joey Logano - The primary chassis for the Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte is PRS-854 which is a brand new chassis. Backup Chassis is PRS-844, which has been a backup in a few races, but has not raced.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race Hendrick Motorsports chassis No. 24-785 in the Coca Cola 600. The car finished 11th at Fontana earlier this year.

#27- Paul Menard - This Week's Serta/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 418 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS raced at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. 

#29- Kevin Harvick - This Week's Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Coca-Cola 600. This Chevrolet is new to the No. 29 team lineup and will make its first competitive laps this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

#31- Jeff Burton - This Weekend's Cheerios Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-748 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600. This chassis debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last November, when Newman was able to overcome his starting position of 36th and a loose right-front wheel that dropped him from the top-10 to 25th with just 110 laps remaining to record a 12th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 39-748 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. There, Newman overcame a late-race pit road speeding penalty to finish 10th. Most recently, Newman raced this Chevrolet SS to another 10th-place finish at Texas last month.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion team has prepared chassis No. 848 for the Coca-Cola 600. Almirola drove the chassis at Kansas Speedway in April where he started eighth and finished sixth.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson and the #48 team will race HMS chassis No. 799, a new chassis, for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.

#55- Mark Martin - The No. 55 and all MWR Toyotas will carry special “NASCAR: An American Salute” paint Scheme on Sunday at Charlotte. Martin's primary chassis, No. 765 finished 14th at Texas with Martin behind wheel. Backup chassis No. 720 has not raced.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend at Charlotte, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis in April at Texas Motor Speedway, where he was the second-fastest Chevrolet SS to qualify. He started the event sixth.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Fastenal Blue Team will roll out primary chassis RK  821 which ran last weekend at the All- Star race, where Edwards started from the pole. The Back Up Chassis: RK  826 was the backup at Texas. Fastenal returns to the track with a three car lineup, sponsoring the No. 16, 17 and 99 Ford’s in a special patriotic paint scheme, known as the Fastenal Tribute Cars.            

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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