Friday, August 5, 2011

Driver Chassis Selection For Pocono Good Sam RV Insurance 500

Note: Not all teams report their chassis selections in their PR releases.

Kyle Busch using new chassis this week (Getty)
Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin Manion and the Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevy team will bring Chassis #1102, which will be making its fifth start of the season this weekend at Pocono. McMurray drove this car earlier this year at Las Vegas, Texas, Dover and in the first race at Pocono, where the #1 qualified 13th and finished 33rd after losing third gear early in the race.

Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-759 during Sunday's Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet. The featured tag line on the bumper of the "Blue Deuce" this weekend at Pocono will be "Triple Hopping the Triangle." Triple hop brewing is the process that gives Miller Lite its award-winning, great taste. Pocono Raceway has long been known as the "Tricky Triangle" for its unusual triangle shape.

Mark Martin: crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-672 for Sunday's race at Pocono. This car was most recently raced at Michigan International Speedway in June and Kentucky Speedway in July.

David Ragan: Primary Chassis RK-759 last ran at Pocono and finished 17th, the backup chassis RK-711 last ran at Darlington and finished 21st.

Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 754 for the 500-mile event at Pocono Raceway. This Dewalt Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Martinsville, Dover and the first Pocono race in June. Australian Word of the Week: Good Oil = Useful Information or A Good Idea.

Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-640 debuted in May at Darlington where it qualifying ninth and leading six laps before finishing seventh. It spent time in the wind tunnel afterward and made its second career start at Pocono in June. There, it qualified 15th and rallied its way into the top-five by lap 124, only to be felled two laps later when Stewart reported that he had lost third gear. The balky transmission prevented Stewart from getting up to speed quickly on restarts, which conspired to leave Chassis No. 14-640 in 21st place when the checkered flag dropped. Idle since, the car returns to Pocono for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500.

Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-763 which last ran at Kansas.

Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 318 is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Sunday's Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led "Double-Deuce" crew will be racing their "PRS-758" Dodge Charger in this weekend's action at Pocono Raceway. "We're rolling out another brand new Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger for this weekend at Pocono," said crew chief Addington. "We raced two of last year's cars there back in June. We crashed the primary car (PRS- 744) in practice and had to go to the backup (PRS-738). Kurt still won the pole, ran strong all day and finished second. We're coming back with this new piece thinking we can be even stronger this time around. Yeah, that means we're coming back to Pocono looking to win there on Sunday." The "PRS-749" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge (revamped car raced at Richmond) will serve as the backup car this weekend at Pocono.

Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 347 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at the uniquely-configured raceway, where Menard earned his season-best starting position of second and drove it to a 14th-place finish. This race also saw track time this year at Dover where he brought home a 24th-place result after starting from the 20th position and at Auto Club Speedway where he started 15th and finished 16th.

Harvick using thrid-place Kansas Chassis this week (Getty)
Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The #29 team utilized this car to score an 11th-place finish at Kansas Speedway earlier this season. Harvick also raced this car to three top-10 finishes in 2010: third at Kansas, eighth at Charlotte (Oct) and sixth at Texas (Nov).

Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 359 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for the 2011 season, Burton drove this Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala to a 21st-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.

Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 333 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Good Sam Club Chevrolet Impala, built new for 2011, has now seen action three times this season. This includes a top-10 finish of seventh at Auto Club Speedway in March and two 16th-place finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in May and Pocono 500 in June.

Ryan Newman: In six previous starts, chassis No. 39-609 has three top-five and four top-10 finishes. The car made its debut in July 2010 at Indianapolis and finished a respectable 17th. The car's second start came at Auto Club Speedway, last fall finishing 5th. Its final appearance of the 2010 season came at Texas and finished 20th. During the offseason, the car's front clip was updated for 2011. The car's first appearance this year came in March at Auto Club and scored his third top-five of the season. Newman followed up that impressive run with a top-10 finish at Pocono, a ninth-place finish. At the series' inaugural race at Kentucky last month, Newman fought an ill-handling racecar and rallied from one lap down to score a hard-earned fourth-place finish. This weekend will mark the car's fourth start in 2011.

Juan Pablo Montoya: will bring chassis #1103 to the racetrack for the fourth time this season when they come back to Pocono Raceway. Montoya last drove this chassis at Pocono in June, when he qualified 16th and finished seventh. Earlier in the season the chassis was used at Auto Club Speedway and at the All Star Race at Charlotte.

A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 729 for this weekend's event at Pocono. This Best Buy Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Phoenix, Martinsville, Darlington and was utilized in the June race at Pocono Raceway.

Johnson is using Michaigan car this week (Getty)
Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 659 in Sunday's event. He last drove that car at Michigan in June. Johnson finished 16th in backup chassis No. 623 at Las Vegas in March.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis 88-668. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 21st-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in June.

Carl Edwards: The #99 Scotts Ortho team will unloading chassis RK-732 this weekend. This is the same Ford Fusion that Edwards won with at Vegas and finished second at Darlington. They also ran it at Pocono in June where he finished 37th after a broken valve.

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