Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2013 Coca-Cola 600 Driver Chassis Selections: Kahne Bringing Solid Kansas Ride

Kasey Kahne using chassis this week that finished second at Kansas
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte is PRS-843, which last raced at Auto Club Speedway and finished 23rd. The backup chassis is PRS-847 which has never been races but has been a backup at several races.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-793 for Sunday's 600-mile event at Charlotte. Kahne drove this car to a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway in April.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 DeWalt team has prepared chassis No. 847 for the Coca-Cola 600. The team brought this chassis to Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. Ambrose drove the chassis to a third starting spot but a late race incident relegated the team to a 19th-place finish.

#10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis 10-794 which is a new car that has not been on-track previously. It was tested in the wind tunnel May 1.

#15-Clint Bowyer: primary chassis No. 773 finished 18th in the Sprint All-Star Race. Backup chassis No. 724 served backup duty at Las Vegas, Fontana, Texas, Kansas, Darlington and the Sprint All-Star Race, but has yet to see the track this season. Bowyer will make his eighth start in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. In seven previous attempts Bowyer has one top-10 (seventh in 2010) and three top-15s. He led three laps in 2010. On average he starts 21st and finishes 21st.

#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Fastenal Ford team will bring primary chassis RK-849 was brand new when it hit the track in Texas and went on to earn Biffle's one top-five finish so far this season. Backup chassis is RK-803 which last ran Bristol and finished 11th. Biffle has 20 starts in the Cup series at Charlotte, but a win has eluded him. He has finished in the top-five five times and has eight top-10 finishes.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Fastenal Racing team will be using primary chassis RK-827 is the same chassis that the #17 team ran in Texas cutting a left rear tire early in the race resulting in a 40th-place finish. The backup Chassis RK-791 was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012.

#21-Trevor Bayne: Crew chief Donnie Wingo also is hoping the weather works out in the team's favor, as he and driver Trevor Bayne are looking forward to getting the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion back into Sprint Cup action. "We're taking the same Ford Fusion we ran at Texas and Las Vegas," Wingo said. "It was our best chassis last year, and we've done a lot of work on it since."

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for the Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte is PRS-854 which is a new chassis. Backup Chassis is PRS-844, which has been a backup in a few races, but not raced.

#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 418 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #27 Menards / Serta Chevrolet SS raced at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. Menard has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of fifth and best finish of eighth both came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,044 of 4,246 laps attempted (95.5 percent) at the 1.5-mile track.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Coca-Cola 600. This #29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS is new to the #29 team lineup and will make its first competitive laps this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This Sunday's race marks Harvick's 24th points-paying Sprint Cup Series start at the Concord, N.C.-based facility. In addition to his 2011 Coca-Cola 600 victory, the California native has collected two top-five and seven top-10 finishes, completed 97.3 percent of the laps contested and led six laps.

#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. This #31 Cheerios Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 2013 Coca-Cola 600 marks Burton's 39th start at the 1.5-mile facility and his 667th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Burton notched his last Sprint Cup Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2008. Throughout the years, he has amassed three wins, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 435 laps.

#39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-748 will pilot Chassis No. 39-748 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this weekend's Coca-Cola 600. This chassis debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last November, when Newman was able to overcome his starting position of 36th and a loose right-front wheel that dropped him from the top-10 to 25th with just 110 laps remaining to record a 12th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 39-748 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway. There, Newman overcame a late-race pit road speeding penalty to finish 10th. Most recently, Newman raced this Chevrolet SS to another 10th-place finish at Texas last month.

#43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Air Force has prepared chassis No. 848 for the Coca-Cola 600. Almirola drove the chassis at Kansas Speedway in April where he started eighth and finished sixth.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 799, a new chassis, for the 600 Miler at Charlotte. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.

#55-Mark Martin: is running Chassis 765 which finished 14th at Texas with Martin behind wheel. Backup-720 has not raced.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis in April at Texas Motor Speedway, where he was the second-fastest Chevrolet SS to qualify. He started the event sixth.

#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be bringing chassis RK 821 which ran last weekend at the All- Star race, where Edwards started from the pole. Backup chassis is RK 826 which was last used as a backup at Texas. Edwards enters the Coca-Cola 600 second in the series points' standings and will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 17th Sprint Cup career start. In his previous starts, Edwards has five top-five and ten top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.2 and average finish is 12.0.

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