Friday, September 9, 2011

Driver Chassis Selections For The Fall Richmond Race

Note: Not all teams post their selections in their PR releases

McMurray will drive a car that has had some success
Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team has elected to bring chassis #1007 to Richmond International Raceway this weekend. This chassis was used earlier this season at New Hampshire in July and Martinsville in April, when McMurray scored the pole and finished seventh. This car also ran in both races at Martinsville and Richmond during the 2010 season.

Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-754 during Saturday's Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet. The featured tag line on the bumper of the "Blue Deuce" this weekend at Richmond will be "Taste The Chase.'" This is in recognition of Keselowski and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge team securing a place in the 2011 Chase for the Championship, which begins next week at Chicagoland Speedway.

Mark Martin: crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-663 for Saturday's race at RIR. This is a brand new chassis that never has been raced or tested.

David Ragan: Primary: RK-755 lLast ran New Hampshire and finished 14th. Backup: RK-747 last ran Martinsville and finished 8th. Phil Wall, an 11-year UPS employee will serve as an honorary member of the UPS pit crew this weekend in Richmond. Wall was selected for his excellent work ethic and his service to our nation. The automotive mechanic has served two tours of duty in Iraq and returned home in 2010.

Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 728 for the 400-lap event at Richmond International Raceway. This Stanley Ford Fusion was run previously this season at Phoenix, New Hampshire and the spring Richmond event.

Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-587 made its debut in March 2010 at Martinsville, where it qualified fifth and finished 26th. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, it was tested at The Milwaukee Mile June 1 in preparation for its second career start in June at New Hampshire. There it earned a hard-fought second-place finish, for after starting 25th. The car returned to New Hampshire for the first event of the 10-race Chase for the Championship, where in its third career start, it qualified third before leading three times for 100 laps. But while leading with less than two laps to go, it ran out of fuel. Stewart coasted around and finished 24th. Chassis No. 14-587 revisited Martinsville for round six of the Chase, where it qualified sixth and rallied back from two pit-road miscues during the race, but a flat right-front tire with less than 10 laps remaining relegated it to a 24th-place finish. With another new body, this car made its first start of 2011 and fifth overall at Phoenix in February. It started 18th and led four times for 59 laps before an ill-timed caution period late in the race jettisoned solid pit strategy and left it with a seventh-place finish. Chassis No. 14-587's second start of 2011 came at Richmond in April, where it qualified 31st and rallied its way to a ninth-place finish. The car has sat idle since, but returns to Richmond for it seventh career start.

Kenseth will be using his New Hampshire chassis (Getty)
Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis Primary: RK-766 which last ran at New Hampshire. This weekend at Richmond, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Ford Fusion.

Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 308 will make its third-ever start at Richmond. No. 308 made its debut in June at Kansas, where Busch started third and finished 12th. In its most recent start, Busch drove No. 308 to victory lane after starting first in July at the Inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky.

Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-749" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. "It's the car that we had at the first race at Richmond this year," offered crew chief Addington. "After that race, we took it back to the shop and completely reworked it. It has been riding around in our team transporter quiet a bit lately. It's been in the trailer as our backup car at Indy, Kentucky and Pocono. With the Chase spot locked up, we plan on trying some things and having some fun at Richmond on Saturday night."

Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 342 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Moen/Menards Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen in competition on track at RIR in April where Menard started 10th and, after sustaining damage in a multi-car accident, was relegated to a 37th-place finish.

Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 332 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) stable. The #29 Budweiser team has utilized his car four times in 2011, earning a fourth-place finish at Phoenix (2/27), a win at Martinsville (4/3), a 12th-place finish in the season's first race at Richmond (4/30) and a 21st-place effort at New Hampshire (7/17).

Burton has an old car while Martin brings a brand new one
Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 323 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Wonderful Pistachios 400.Built new during the 2010 season, this Caterpillar Chevy was run earlier this season at Richmond in April (started 25th, finished 16th) and Phoenix in February (started 25th, finished 26th).

Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 365 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevy, built new for 2011, has seen action earlier this season at New Hampshire in July when Bowyer brought home a 17th-place finish after starting 12th.

Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Jim Pohlman and the #42 Target team are bringing chassis #1109 to Richmond International Raceway this weekend. This will be the third race of the 2011 season for this car. This chassis was used at Phoenix International Raceway in February and at Richmond in April, when Montoya started on the pole.

A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 736 for this weekend's event at Richmond International Raceway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Las Vegas, the spring Richmond event, Kansas and New Hampshire.

Johnson is using this 5th-place chassis from Loudon, NH
Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 590 in Saturday's event. He last drove that car to a fifth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. Johnson finished fifth in backup chassis No. 540 at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2010.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-542 this weekend at Richmond. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 19th-place finish at Richmond in April. In February he raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

Carl Edwards: The crew will be bringing chassis RK-756 to Richmond this weekend. This was a brand new chassis at Richmond in May and has not raced since. The car will sport a Cheez-It paint scheme.

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