Thursday, August 22, 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 - The No. 2 Miller lite primary chassis for Bristol is PRS-849 which last raced at Dover in June and finished 5. The backup chassis is PRS-847 which has been a backup at several races but not raced.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  Crew chief Kenny Francis and the No. 5 Farmers Insurance team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Saturday night’s event at Bristol. Kahne has raced this car five times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol on March 17. During those five starts, he has averaged a 5.4 starting spot on the strength of outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol and a fourth-place start at Richmond. Kahne also lined up eighth in this car on July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion team prepared chassis No. 784 back to Bristol after competing with the chassis at the .53-mile track in March.

#10-Danica Patrick - Patrick's primary chassis for Bristol, 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. The Irwin Tools Night Race will mark the third race for Chassis 10-579 with Patrick behind the wheel. She first used it in March at Bristol Motor Speedway, where she started 41st and finished 28th. The GoDaddy team then tested Chassis 579 May 14-15 at Dover International Speedway before returning to the track for the June race and starting 39th and finishing 24th.

#14-Mark Martin - Chassis No. 14-722: This car debuted in June 2012 at Pocono Raceway as Tony 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 International Speedway during a test May 14-15. That test paid off when the car returned to Dover in June, where in its fourth career start and second of 2013, Chassis No. 14-722 won after rallying from its 22nd-place starting spot. The car returns to the concrete for a third straight time for the Irwin Tools Night Race this weekend at Bristol.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 773 finished eighth at Charlotte in May. Backup chassis No. 727 has served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced.

#16- Greg Biffle - This week's No. 16 3M/Bondo Ford Fusion primary chassis, RK-822 is the same car Biffle finished ninth with at Martinsville. 

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - This week's No. 17 Nationwide Insurance Ford Fusion primary chassis RK-791 is the same chassis that the No. 17 team ran at Bristol earlier this year. Most recently, Stenhouse ran this chassis at Kentucky finishing a stout 17th place. The backup Chassis RK-801 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012.

#22- Joey Logano - The No. 22 Shell Pennzoil primary chassis for Bristol is PRS-842, which last raced at Dover in June and finished 7th. The backup chassis is PRS-844 which has been a backup at several races but never raced.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race Hendrick Motorsports chassis No. 24-712 at Bristol. The car finished 34th at Bristol and third at Dover in 2013, 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 - This Week's Schrock/Menards Chevrolet. Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS previously ran this season at Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Kentucky Speedway, with its best finish of eight coming at Auto Club Speedway.

#29- Kevin Harvick - This Week's Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the IRWIN Tools Night Race. This Chevrolet was most recently driven to an eighth-place result at Dover International Speedway in June.

#31- Jeff Burton - This Weekend's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 392 this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized three times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Kentucky Speedway and Dover International Speedway. Burton also piloted this machine to a top-10 finish earlier this season at Phoenix International Raceway and an 11th-place finish at Dover in June.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-727 debuted at Charlotte Speedway in May 2012, when Newman finished 14th. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Homestead Miami Speedway, where Newman and the No. 39 team recorded a third place finish. Chassis No. 39-727 was outfitted with a Chevrolet SS body over the winter and was raced again at Charlotte, this time in the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race, where Newman finished 13th

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 Rain Eater Wiper Blades team has prepared chassis No. 850 for this weekend’s night race. They last ran the chassis at Martinsville Speedway in April. 

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson will drive Hendrick Motorsports chassis No. 720 at Bristol. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup. No. 720 raced six times in 2012, winning the All Star race and Texas in November. No. 797 raced at Dover this year, finished 17th and was the backup car that ended up racing at Michigan last weekend.

#55- Brian Vickers - Vickers will race MWR primary chassis No. 776 this week in Bristol. The car was  raced by Mark Martin in June at Michigan Intl. Speedway, finished 26th. 

#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 a 10th-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion team will run primary chassis RK-802 at Bristol which last ran at Dover. Backup chassis RK – 826 last ran at Texas. Fastenal will run a primary paint scheme with supplier brands Milwaukee, Greenfield, IRWIN and Krylon on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and b-post. 

- Reported in Team News/Press Release

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