Friday, July 5, 2013

NASCAR Chassis Selections - Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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 for Daytona is PRS-655 which is a new brand new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-648 which was the backup chassis at Talladega in May.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-703 for the Daytona race. Most recently, Kahne drove this chassis at the Daytona test back in January. In 2012, he drove this chassis at the 2.5-mile superspeedway’s July event, and he finished seventh.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion team will bring super speedway chassis No. 721 to Daytona this weekend.

#10-Danica Patrick - This week's GoDaddy primary chassis No. 10-573 spent time in the wind tunnel before debuting with Ryan Newman driving it for the No. 39 team in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in February 2010, when he started fourth and finished 19th after a late-race accident. Newman drove the car in the Shootout one year later and started eighth, led 18 laps and finished third. The car was then transferred to the No.10 team and Patrick made her Sprint Cup debut with the chassis in February 2012 in the 54th Daytona 500, which she started 29th and finished 38th after being involved in a multicar accident early in the race. Since then, the car has been converted to a Chevrolet SS model and was tested by Patrick at Daytona this past February. The car served as a backup for the 55th Daytona 500 but was not pressed into service. It was then was tested by Patrick at a Goodyear tire test in April at Daytona. Since then, it has spent time in the wind tunnel getting prepared for the Coke Zero 400.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-762: This car debuted in February at Daytona where it hit the track for the first time. Its first race was the non-points Budweiser Duel, where it started third and ran competitively before finishing sixth. The Duel result slotted Stewart third for the 55th running of the Daytona 500, where Chassis No. 14-762 showed strength before getting collected in an accident just 34 laps into the 200-lap race. Extensive repairs were made and 82 laps later, Stewart returned to the 2.5-mile super speedway to log laps and earn the best finish possible, which was 41st in the 43-car field. Chassis No. 14-762 has been fitted with a new Chevrolet SS body and spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel in preparation for its return to Daytona in the Coke Zero 400. 

#16- Greg Biffle - The No. 16 3M Ford Fusion primary chassis RK-798 was brand new last year when it crossed the finish line sixth at Talladega. Backup Chassis: RK-794 last ran the Shootout – finished 2nd.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - The  No. 17 Fifth Third Ford Fusion primary chassis RK-781 is a new chassis for the No. 17 team. The chassis was raced numerous times by the No. 16 team last year including a third-place finish in 2012 Daytona 500 and led 35 laps in the Coke Zero 400 last year. Backup Chassis: RK-799 last ran during Daytona test. 

#22- Joey Logano - Primary Chassis for Daytona is PRS-652 which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-651 which races at Daytona in the Sprint Unlimited and finished 3rd.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Jeff Gordon's Axalta Chevy SS team will unload HMS primary chassis at Daytona this week. 20-772. The car finished 20th in the Daytona 500 and 11th at 'Dega earlier this year.

#27- Paul Menard - This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 406 at Daytona International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Talladega Superspeedway and tested at Daytona in January and April earlier this year.  The No. 27 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet SS will sport a different look this weekend carrying a special paint scheme combination of Rheem red and black, in addition to Menards yellow.

#29- Kevin Harvick -  This Week's Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 387 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in Saturday night's event at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane following the Sprint Unlimited in February at Daytona. Harvick's No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet will don a special paint scheme this weekend to reflect Budweiser's limited-edition red, white and blue packaging.

#31- Jeff Burton - This Weekend's Kwikset Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 337 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built specifically for superspeedway racing, was driven by Burton earlier this season at Talladega Superspeedway.

#38- David Gilliland - The No. 38 Long John Silver's crew is taking the same car that earned the team a  runner-up finish at Talladega in May to Daytona Beach, Fla., for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400.

#39- Ryan Newman - The No. 39 Outback Steakhouse team will unload primary chassis 39-606 at Daytona. The car has five combined starts at the two restrictor plate tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule – three at Talladega and two at Daytona. In its five previous starts, the chassis’ best results have come at Daytona – in this race last year, when Newman qualified on the outside pole and finished fifth, and in the 2013 season opening Daytona 500, when it was called into service after the primary car suffered irreparable damage in the second Budweiser Duel. In that race, Newman overcame starting at the back of the field and aerodynamic issues to record another fifth-place finish. Since then, Chassis 39-606 underwent repairs and visited the wind tunnel last month in preparation for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion team will race chassis No. 722 this weekend. The team raced the chassis in February’s Sprint Unlimited expedition race where it started 8th and finished 6th with Aric at the wheel.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson will drive the No. 48 Lowe’s “Dover White” Chevrolet SS at Daytona. Johnson will drive chassis No. 764 at Daytona. It finished 14th in the Sprint Unlimited and 5th at Talladega this year in it's only 2 starts. Chassis No. 756 serves as the backup. It raced once in 2012 finishing 8th in the Unlimited.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-773 for Saturday’s race. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a 17th-place finish at Talladega Super Speedway in May and to a second-place finish in February at the Daytona 500.

#99- Carl Edwards - No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion team will unload primary chassis RK – 829 which was the car that wrecked in the Sprint Unlimited practice. The team sent RK – 829 back to RFR headquarters for repairs and used it as the backup for the Daytona 500. Backup Chassis: RK – 835 last ran at Talladega, where Carl started on the pole and finished 3rd.
 Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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