Thursday, May 9, 2013

Driver Chassis Selections for Darlington's Bojangles Southern 500

Harvick using Phoenix chassis that won last fall. Finished 13th in March   

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-838 - Last Raced - Phoenix (finished fourth); Backup Chassis: PRS-847 - Last Raced: Richmond backup (not yet raced)

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-739 for Saturday night's event at Darlington. This is a new chassis.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team has prepared chassis No. 842 for Darlington. Ambrose previously drove this chassis at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year.

#10-Danica Patrick Chassis No. 10-751: Chassis No. 10-751 was first used by Patrick in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City when Patrick started 40th and finished 32nd after an accident ended her day after just 154 of 267 laps. Patrick then tested the car in the Sprint Cup Series open test in January at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The last time chassis 10-751 was used was in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 37th and finished 33rd.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-708: This car debuted in last year's Southern 500 at Darlington where Stewart rallied Chassis No. 14-708 from its 17th-place starting spot to finish third. Its second start came in June at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It endured a much different outing, qualifying 29th and finishing 25th, 69 laps down after getting caught up in a 12-car accident on lap 10 of the 400-lap race around the 1-mile, concrete oval. With new sheetmetal all around, Chassis No. 14-708 returned to the concrete for its third career start in August for the night race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. There, the car rallied from being a lap down in 34th place early in the race to vying for the lead with Matt Kenseth on lap 333. Stewart and Kenseth banged fenders and crashed, whereupon Stewart threw his helmet with pinpoint accuracy at Kenseth's car. The resulting 27th-place finish was at least offset by the "10" Stewart received from the Bristol crowd. Chassis No. 14-708 made its fourth career start and second at Dover in the AAA 400 in September. Its struggles on concrete persisted, as it qualified 24th and finished three laps down in 20th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-708 returned to racing in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for the Auto Club 400. With 10 laps remaining, Stewart was third and in prime position for his best finish of the season. But a block by Joey Logano on the lap-190 restart forced Stewart to make an evasive move to the inside of the tri-oval, thwarting his forward momentum. A freight train of cars passed Stewart, jettisoning him to a disappointing 22nd-place finish. Chassis No. 14-708 will make it sixth career start and second this season in the Southern 500 at Darlington.

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-809 Last ran Texas in 2012 finished 10th. Backup Chassis: RK-822 Last ran Martinsville finished 9th.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-815 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Fontana finishing a respectable 20th. The backup Chassis RK-811 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012.
#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-839 - Last Raced - Phoenix (finished 26th); Backup Chassis: PRS-844 - Last Raced: Backup at several races (not yet raced)

#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Darlington Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Auto Club Speedway finishing eighth.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Southern 500. This is the same Chevrolet the Bakersfield, Calif., native drove to Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway last November and a 13th-place result in March.

#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Darlington Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet has been utilized twice this season, at Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

#39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-733: Chassis No. 39-733 debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012, when Newman and his team overcame ill handling and used quick pit work to help engineer a run into the top-10. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took it to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in October, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Chassis No. 39-733 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 season at Kansas last month, where Newman finished 14th.

#43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 839 for Darlington. Almirola drove chassis No. 839 at Auto Club Speedway in March where he drove from a 23rd starting spot to finish 14th.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 728 at Darlington. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March.

#99-Carl Edwards RK - 806 last ran in Bristol. RK 831 backup - last taken to Kansas as backup chassis

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