Friday, November 11, 2011

Driver Chassis Selections For Phoenix

Note: Not all teams list their chassis info in PR releases

#1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 McDonald's team will be bringing chassis #1008 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This chassis was previously used at Richmond in April and Phoenix in February.

#2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-801 during Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix. This is a new chassis to the

#5-Mark Martin: crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-695 for this Sunday's race at PIR. This is the same chassis Martin drove at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.

#6-David Ragan: is driving primary chassis RK-759 which last ran New Hampshire finished seventh. The backup chassis is RK-755 which last ran Richmond finished fourth. Through the end of the season, UPS My Choice will be featured as the primary design on David Ragan's #6 UPS Ford.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 653 for the 312-mile race at Phoenix. This Dewalt Ford Fusion has been previously run this season in Darlington and Bristol. It was also tested at Phoenix International Raceway on Oct. 4-5. The Australian Word of the Week: Exy = Expensive.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-637 made its debut in April at Martinsville, where it experienced some teething problems, qualifying 28th and finishing 34th with a broken rear-end gear. Prior to Martinsville, Chassis No. 14-637 was tested March 14 at the half-mile Little Rock Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. The July race at New Hampshire marked the car's second career start, where it qualified second and led twice for 48 laps before finishing .773 of a second behind its sister car, piloted by Newman. It saw track time again during a Goodyear Tire Test at Phoenix Aug. 29-30 before returning to New Hampshire in September for its third career start and first of the Chase. The car carried Stewart to his second straight Chase win, leading only the final two laps after previous leader Clint Bowyer ran out of fuel just before taking the white flag in the 300-lap race. Chassis No. 14-637 returns to action and another flat, 1-mile oval with this weekend's race at Phoenix.

#16-Greg Biffle: is racing primary chassis 734 which last raced at Dover and finished 27th.

#17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-751 which last run at New Hampshire. This weekend at Phoenix, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion.

#22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led #22 Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing the "PRS-748" chassis this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The action in the desert this weekend will mark the first time out for the car in the "Double-Deuce" Shell-Pennzoil colors. However, Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski drove this car dressed in the #2 Miller Lite scheme during the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (finished 18th), in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis (started fifth & finished ninth) and the September Dover race (started 15th & finished 20th). The "PRS-749" chassis, which Busch raced in both Richmond races this season, will serve as the backup Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend.

#27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 328 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Peak/Menards Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at Darlington Raceway in May, where Menard started 18th and finished 22nd. This racer also saw competition at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March) where he started 18th and finished 12th and was utilized in the October test session at PIR.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 353 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The #29 Budweiser Bowtie Chevy team has utilized this car three times so far in the 2011 season earning one win (Charlotte Motor Speedway 5/29) and finishes of seventh and 10th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Dover International Raceway (10/2), respectively.

#31-Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 329 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's312-lap affair. Built new for 2010, this Cat Mining Chevy saw action for the first time this season at Bristol Motor Speedway in August where the 19-year veteran finished 15th after starting 21st. Burton also drove this black and yellow machine during the fall race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earning a 13th-place result.

#33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 365 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevy, built new for 2011, has seen action twice this season. The first time was at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July when Bowyer brought home a 17th-place finish after starting 12th and most recently he ran this chassis at Richmond International Raceway in September, finishing 22nd after starting fifth.

#35-Dave Blaney: will pilot the No. 910 chassis this weekend. TBR last ran this chassis at Dover in September. Blaney also drove the chassis at Auto Club Speedway, Texas, Darlington, Pocono and Dover. He wheeled the chassis to a chassis-high 24th-place finish at Darlington in May.

#36-Geoff Bodine will pilot the No. 27 chassis this weekend at Talladega. He most recently piloted the chassis at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400, as well as the Daytona 500. Most notably, he drove the chassis at Talladega Superspeedway in April where he led 21 laps before a late-race spin spoiled a solid run.

#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Jim Pohlman and the #42 Target team are bringing chassis # 1109 to Phoenix this weekend. This chassis was previously run at Richmond (April and September) and Phoenix in February.

#43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 736 for this weekend's event at Phoenix International Raceway. This WIX Filters Ford has been run previously this season at Richmond, Kansas and Loudon. It was also tested at Phoenix International Raceway on Oct. 4-5.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: last drove primary chassis No. 689 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. Johnson has driven backup chassis No. 590 six times, most recently at Richmond International Raceway in September.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-694. The team tested this chassis during the open session at the newly repaved Phoenix in October. Prior to that, Earnhardt raced this car to a 17th-place finish at New Hampshire in September.

#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Subway team will unload RK-782 at Phoenix. This car was new at New Hampshire where Edwards finished eighth with it.

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