Thursday, May 30, 2013

NASCAR Chassis Selections - Dover

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 - Jamie McMurray will debut the Parade Magazine Chevrolet SS at the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Parade Magazine is completely re-branding its print and digital assets, which are set to debut June 2 on the magazine and its website.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Primary Chassis: PRS-849. Last Raced - Texas (finished ninth).Backup Chassis: PRS-834. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced).

#5- Kasey Kahne - Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Sunday’s race at Dover. Kahne has raced this car three times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol on March 17. During those three starts, he has tallied outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol, while starting fourth at Richmond, Va.

#10-Danica Patrick - 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 second race for Chassis 10-579 with Patrick behind the wheel as she used it in March at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Patrick started 41st and finished 28th at the .533-mile concrete oval. The GoDaddy team then tested Chassis 579 May 14-15 at Dover.

#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 Oct. 17-18. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-722 returned to racing in March at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500. After qualifying eighth and practicing well, Stewart declared he had the best car he’d had in years at Bristol. But just nine laps into the 500-lap race around the .533-mile oval, Stewart’s left-rear tire deflated. Stewart spun and impacted the SAFER Barrier on the outside of turn one with the left side of his race car. Stewart was OK, but his racecar was not. After lengthy repairs, Stewart returned to the track and finished 31st. Chassis No. 14-722 was rebuilt and saw track time at Dover during a test May 14-15. It returns to Dover this weekend where it will make its fourth career start and second of 2013.

#16- Greg Biffle - Primary Chassis RK-809 was the car Biffle won with at Texas in the spring of 2012.  Most recently the chassis finished 13th in Darlington. Backup Chassis: RK-822  Last ran Martinsville – finished 9th.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Primary Chassis RK-820 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Kansas and led 26 laps. The No. 17 Ford looked like the car to beat before an unlucky caution flag waved one lap after he pitted, leaving the rookie one lap down. The backup Chassis RK-811 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012.

#22- Joey Logano -  Primary Chassis: PRS-842. Last Raced: Bristol (finished 17th). Backup Chassis: PRS-836. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced)

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race primary chassis No. 24-712 at Dover. The car finished 34th at Bristol earlier this year. It also finished 26th at Fontana, fourth in spring at Texas, 35th at Darlington, 13th and second at Dover; fifth at Kentucky, third at Bristol and 10th at Kansas in 2012.

#27- Paul Menard - This Week's Libman/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 412 at Dover International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Bristol Motor Speedway and tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.

#29- Kevin Harvick - This Week's Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS at Dover International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. The California native last piloted this Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway in May, collecting a fifth-place result.

#31- Jeff Burton - This Weekend's No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 392 this weekend at Dover International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized three times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Kentucky Speedway and Dover. Burton also piloted this machine to a top-10 finish earlier this season at Phoenix International Raceway.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-761 at Dover International Speedway. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-761 was wind-tunnel tested earlier this month, and will see its first laps of competition this weekend at Dover.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - This weekend marks the fifth time Montoya has driven the No. 42 Energizer Chevy SS and the first time the paint scheme has raced at Dover International Speedway. In his previous four starts with the Energizer "Bunny"paint scheme, his best start and finish came at the 2010 fall Loudon race, fifth and 16th, respectively.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion team has prepared chassis No. 855, a brand new chassis, for Dover.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson will drive Hendrick Motorsports primary chassis No. 797, a new chassis, for the race at Dover this weekend.

#55- Mark Martin - Primary chassis for Dover is No. 774. Backup chassis is No. 720, neither have raced in 2013.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion crew will roll out primary chassis RK–802 this weekend which last ran in Richmond where Edwards landed a sixth-place finish. Backup Chassis: RK–819 last ran at Martinsville where Edwards started 9th and finished 15th.                       

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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