Friday, August 23, 2013

Driver Chassis Selections for 2013 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

Kasey Kahne is using winning chassis from Bristol in March
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Bristol is PRS-849 which last raced at Dover in June and finished 5th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-847 which has been a backup at several races but not raced.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Saturday night s event at Bristol. Kahne has raced this car five times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol on March 17. During those five starts, he has averaged a 5.4 starting spot on the strength of outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol and a fourth-place start at Richmond. Kahne also lined up eighth in this car on July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In 19 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kahne has one win, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He also has earned one pole position and has led a total of 456 laps.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley team prepared chassis No. 784 back to Bristol after competing with the chassis at the .53-mile track in March. Ambrose has nine previous starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway. He has finished in the top-10 in four of those races and twice in the top-five. The half-mile track has proved to be one of the best ovals for Ambrose. He has best finishes of third and fifth.

#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-579 at Bristol which was used by #39-Ryan Newman during the 2010 and 2011 seasons but has since been completely overhauled and transformed into a Gen-6-style Chevrolet SS. The Irwin Tools Night Race will mark the third race for Chassis 10-579 with Patrick behind the wheel. She first used it in March at Bristol, where she started 41st and finished 28th. The GoDaddy team then tested Chassis 579 May 14-15 at Dover before returning to the track for the June race and starting 39th and finishing 24th.

#14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-722 debuted in June 2012 at Pocono as Tony Stewart took Chassis No. 14-722 from its 22nd-place starting spot to finish third in the Pocono 400. It returned to Pocono in August for the series second visit to the quirky, 2.5-mile triangle where it had a similar outing, as Stewart rallied it from its 28th-place starting spot to finish fifth in the rain-shortened race. While Chassis No. 14-722 didn t race again in 2012, it was tested extensively in the wind tunnel and on the track. It tested at Nashville Superspeedway Sept. 25-26 and at Kansas Oct. 17-18. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-722 returned to racing in March at Bristol for the Food City 500. After qualifying eighth and practicing well, Stewart declared he had the best car he d had in years at Bristol. But just nine laps into the 500-lap race around the .533-mile oval, Stewart s left-rear tire deflated. Stewart spun and impacted the SAFER Barrier on the outside of turn one with the left side of his racecar. Stewart was OK, but his racecar was not. After lengthy repairs, Stewart returned to the track and finished 31st. Chassis No. 14-722 was rebuilt and saw track time at Dover during a test May 14-15. That test paid off when the car returned to Dover in June, where in its fourth career start and second of 2013, Chassis No. 14-722 won after rallying from its 22nd-place starting spot. The car returns to the concrete for a third straight time for the Irwin Tools Night Race this weekend at Bristol.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis 773 finished eighth at Charlotte in May. Backup chassis No. 727 has served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced.

#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M / Bondo Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-822, which last ran at Martinsville and finished 9th.. Backup chassis RK-803 last ran at Bristol and finished 11th. Biffle has 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol, earning six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 13.4 and finishing position of 12.1 at the short track.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Nationwide team will be using primary chassis RK-791, which last raced at Kentucky and finished 17th and also ran at Bristol earlier this year. The backup chassis is RK-801, was a chassis for the #99 team in 2012. Stenhouse made his first Sprint Cup start at the World s Fastest Half-Mile in March, earning a respectable 16th-place finish.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-842 which last race at Dover in June and finished 7th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which has been a backup at several races but never raced
#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This #27 Schrock/Menards Chevrolet SS previously ran this season at Auto Club, Darlington and Kentucky, with its best finish of eight coming at Auto Club Speedway. Menard has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the half-mile oval. His best start of fourth and best finish of fifth both came in 2011. In Menard's last five Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol, he has earned four top-10 finishes. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,990 of 6,009 laps attempted (99.7%) at the Bristol track, leading 36 of them. Schrock is a manufacturer of fine kitchen and bath cabinetry, offering on-trend styling and creative organization solutions for the entire home.

#29-Kevin Harvick:will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the IRWIN Tools Night Race. This Jimmy John's Chevrolet was most recently driven to an eighth-place result at Dover International Speedway in June. Since his first Sprint Cup Series appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2001, Harvick has made 25 starts at the half-mile oval. In those 25 starts, the California native has collected one win (April 2005), nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Harvick holds an average starting position of 17.8 coupled with an average finishing position of 12.6, has completed 98.2 percent (12,290 of 12,513) of the laps contested and led 427 circuits.

#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 392 this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy was utilized three times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Kentucky and Dover. Burton also piloted this machine to a top-10 finish earlier this season at Phoenix and an 11th-place finish at Dover in June. This weekend's 500-lap event marks Burton's 40th start at the half-mile bullring and his 679th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered one win, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track and led 322 laps at the Bristol, Tenn.-based race track.

#39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-727 which debuted at Charlotte in May 2012, when Newman finished 14th. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Homestead, where Newman and the #39 team recorded a third-place finish. Chassis No. 39-727 was outfitted with a Chevrolet SS body over the winter and was raced again at Charlotte, this time in the NASCAR Sprint All- Star Race, where Newman finished 13th.

#43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 RainEater Wiper Blades team will race chassis No. 850, last ran in April at Martinsville.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 720 at Bristol, which last raced at Texas in November 2012 and won. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary chassis is 776, which was raced by Mark Martin in June at Michigan, finishing 26th. Vickers owns two top-five and three top-10 finishes in 17 starts. He s led 127 laps. He s finished in the top eight in the last three races at Bristol driving the #55..

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports No. 88-745. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in June. In 27 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol, Earnhardt has scored one win, seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. The 38-year-old driver has an average finishing position of 11.6 and has completed 98.9% of all laps he's attempted (13,365 of 13,513 total) at the short track. He has led 758 laps at the .533-mile oval.

#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will run RK-802 which last ran at Dover. The backup chassis is RK-826, which last ran at Texas. In 18 starts at the 0.533-mile bullring, Edwards has two wins, four top-five, seven top-10 finishes and two poles. His average start is 18.5, and his average finish is 14.6. Edwards has completed 8583 of 9013 (95%) laps attempted at Bristol. Fastenal will run a primary paint scheme with supplier brands Milwaukee, Greenfield, IRWIN and Krylon on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and b-post.

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