Thursday, September 5, 2013

NASCAR Chassis Selections - Richmond Federated Auto Parts 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 - Miller Lite primary chassis for Bristol is PRS-845 which last raced at New Hampshire in July and finished 4th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-847 which has been a backup at several races but not raced.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Saturday night’s event at Richmond. This is a new chassis.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 Dewalt Ford Fusion team will bring brand new chassis No. 847 this weekend to Richmond.

#10-Danica Patrick - Chassis No. 10-811 is a brand new car that was first used at a test August 26-27 at Richmond International Raceway. Patrick tested the car August 26th , while teammate Mark Martin tested it August 27th.

#14-Mark Martin - Chassis No. 14-710: This car debuted in April 2012 in the Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Tony Stewart’s two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono Raceway and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon marked Chassis No. 14-710’s second career start. There, a new tire compound from Goodyear confounded Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington, and they labored to a 12th-place finish. The car returned to Richmond in September for its third career start via the Federated Auto Parts 400, where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot to lead 15 laps before finishing fourth. Its last start of 2012 came in October at Martinsville Speedway where in its fourth career start, it qualified seventh and finished a disappointing 27th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville in April for the STP Gas Booster 500. After rallying from its 26th starting spot to 10th by lap 200 and then hovering in or near the top-10 for the remainder of the race, Stewart found himself hung in the outside lane following a restart on lap 473. The final 27 laps of the 500-lap race around paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval proved arduous, as Stewart was stuck in the outside lane as the seemingly express lane to his left boxed him out of the preferred line. When the checkered flag dropped, Stewart was 17th. Chassis No. 14-710 sat idle until being tested at Richmond Aug. 26-27 with Mark Martin at the wheel in preparation for the car’s second start of 2013 and sixth overall.

#15- Clint Bowyer - The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY primary chassis, No. 743 started fifth and finished second at Richmond.  Backup chassis No. 727 served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced.  

#16- Greg Biffle -  No. 16 Scotchgard Ford Fusion primary chassis RK-856 was brand new to the track earlier this year at Loudon and earned a 15th-place finish. Backup Chassis: RK-803  Last ran Bristol – finished 11th

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - No. 17 Nationwide Ford Fusion primary chassis RK-858 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at New Hampshire where Stenhouse was running in the top-20 before being collected after two cars tangled in front of him. The backup Chassis RK-801 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012. It has been a backup at Martinsville, Bristol, and Phoenix so far this season.

#22- Joey Logano - This week's No. 22 Shell Pennzoil primary chassis is PRS-853 which last race at Richmond in April and finished 3rd. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which has been a backup at several races but never raced.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Jeff Gordon will race a brand new Hendrick Motorsports chassis at Richmond, No. 24-816.

#27- Paul Menard - This Week's Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at Richmond International Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Martinsville Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

#29- Kevin Harvick - This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Richmond International Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Federated Auto Parts 400. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

#31- Jeff Burton - This week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Richmond International Raceway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

#39- Ryan Newman - No. 39 Quicken Loans chassis No. 39-790 debuted at Richmond International Raceway in May 2013, when Newman finished 15th. Since then, Chassis No. 39-790 was wind-tunnel tested in August and was utilized for a test session at Richmond last month.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 Gwaltney Ford Fusion team has prepared chassis No. 837 for Richmond. The team posted an eighth-place finish at Richmond in this chassis.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson will  drive Hendrick Motorsports chassis No. 778 at Richmond, which last raced at Richmond in April finishing 12th and at Phoenix in March finishing 2nd. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.

#55- Brian Vickers - No. 55 Aaron's primary chassis No.746 has not raced but was tested by AJ Allmendinger at RIR on Aug. 20 & 21. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721. Earnhardt most recently tested this chassis at Richmond in August. He last raced this chassis to a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July

#99- Carl Edwards - TheNo. 99 Frosted Flakes Ford Fusion team will unload primary chassis RK – 857 which last ran in Loudon where Edwards came in eighth place and landed his tenth top-10 finish. Backup chassis RK – 826 last ran in Texas.

- Reported in Team News/Press Release

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