Thursday, August 15, 2013

NASCAR Chassis Selections - Pure Michigan 400

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 Michigan is PRS-841 which last raced at Michigan in June and finished 12th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-838 which last raced at Darlington and finished 32nd.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  For this weekend at Michigan, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809. Most recently, Kahne drove this car to a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.  Pepsi MAX will adorn the hood of Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Michigan. Kahne helped design the special paint scheme.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 Dewalt Ford Fusion team has prepared chassis No. 840 for Sunday's race. The team last competed with the chassis at Kansas Speedway in April.

#10-Danica Patrick - Pure Michigan 400 Racecar – Chassis No. 10-781: Chassis No. 10-781 was first used by Patrick in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., where she started 40th and finished 26th. She then drove this car in April at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where she started 25th and finished 25th. Patrick then used the car during the 
Sprint Showdown and the Sprint All-Star Race in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where she finished ninth in the Showdown and 10th in the All-Star race. The last time this car was used was in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn where Patrick started 37th and finished 13th.

#14-Austin Dillon - Chassis No. 14-735: This car debuted in the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Tony 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. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to action in May for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It rallied again, coming from 25th in the field to lead six laps before finishing seventh. The car’s fifth career start and second of 2013 was slated to come in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, but a crash in the opening minutes of the weekend’s first practice session sidelined the car. Now rebuilt, Chassis No. 14-735 returns to Michigan in August with interim driver Austin Dillon, who is subbing for the injured Stewart.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  Primary chassis 781 is new to the MWR fleet and has never been raced. Backup chassis No. 724 has served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced.

#16- Greg Biffle - This week's No. 16 FIRST Ford Fusion Primary Chassis will be RK-863, it's a brand new chassis. Backup Chassis RK-817 Last ran Michigan – finished 1st.  3M is a proud supporter of FIRST and will feature the logo on the hood of the No. 16 Ford in Michigan this weekend. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) shares a common goal with 3M to inspire young, innovative, and creative minds to explore science and technology via hands-on robotic challenges.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - The No. 17 Fifth Third Ford Fusion primary chassis, RK-820, is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Dover finishing 13th. The backup chassis, RK-827 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012.

#22- Joey Logano - Primary Chassis for Daytona is PRS-857 which last race at Michigan in June and finished 9th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-839 which has been a backup at several races but never raced.

#24- Jeff Gordon - This weekend at Michigan, Gordon will take to the track in another Sam Bass original design, the new No. 24 Standox paint scheme. Gordon will race Hendrick Motorsports chassis No. 24-812, it finished seventh at Indianapolis in it's only start.

#27- Paul Menard - This Week's NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 428 at Michigan International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was raced previously this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Menard drove it to a 12th- place finish.

#29- Kevin Harvick - This Week's Rheem Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Pure Michigan 400. This Chevrolet was most recently driven to a 10th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in June.

#31- Jeff Burton - This Weekend's No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized twice this season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March and Kentucky Speedway in June.

#39- Ryan Newman - Quicken Loans Chassis No. 39-733: A workhorse of the No. 39 fleet, Chassis No. 39-733 debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012, when Newman recorded a seventh-place finish. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took it to Pocono Raceway, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover International Speedway. The chassis made its last start of 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in October, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Chassis No. 39-733 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body over the off season, and saw its first laps of 2013 at Kansas in April, when Newman finished 14th. He then raced this Chevrolet SS to a 10th-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May. Newman again raced Chassis 39-733 at Pocono in June, where he recorded a fifth-place finish. Newman was in contention to score another top-10 finish with Chassis 39-733 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in June, but a late-race restart saw him shuffled to 14th when the checkered flag waved. Then, Newman qualified 
the car on the pole and led 45 laps en-route to earning his first win of the 2013 season in last month’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Most recently, Newman overcame a series of slow stops on pit road at Pocono earlier this month to record a fourth-place finish.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 Ekrich Ford Fusion team has prepared chassis No. 843, the same chassis they competed with in June at Michigan.

#48- Jimmie Johnson -  Johnson will drive Hendrick Motorsports chassis No. 784 at Michigan, which last raced at Michigan in June and finished 28th. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup.

#55- Mark Martin - At Michigan, Martin will race Aaron's primary chassis No. 780 which has not raced in 2013.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 National Guard crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to lead 34 laps at Michigan last June. Notably, this is the same chassis Earnhardt drove to Victory Lane in Michigan in June 2012.

#99- Carl Edwards - Geek Squad returns for their third primary paint scheme this season. The No. 99 Ford Fusion team will unload RK- 854 which last ran at Michigan where Edwards landed his eighth top-10 finish. Backup chassis RK – 861 last ran at Indianapolis where Carl finished 13th.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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