Thursday, August 1, 2013

Driver Chassis Selections for 400 at Pocono

Edwards and Busch are good candidates to ein Sunday.
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-856 - Last Raced Pocono (finished 16th). Backup Chassis: PRS-838 - Last Raced: Darlington (finished 32nd)

#5-Kasey Kahne: For this weekend at Pocono, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779. Kahne has driven this car three times this season and averaged a 16.3 finish. He notably led 114 laps in this chassis in March en route to a runner-up result at Las Vegas and later scored an 11th-place finish one month later at Texas Motor Speedway. Most recently, he drove it at Pocono Raceway in June.
#9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team prepared chassis 842 for Sunday's race, which the team raced at Pocono earlier this season.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-723: Chassis No. 10-723 was tested in the wind tunnel before seeing its first on-track activity in April at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where Patrick started 42nd and finished 28th. The car was then tested by Patrick May 7-8 at Nashville Superspeedway and May 29-30 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Patrick then used chassis No. 10-723 in the Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono, where she started 30th and finished 29th.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-706: This car debuted in spectacular fashion in March 2012 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-706 from its ninthplace starting spot to lead twice for 42 laps en route to the win in the rain-shortened race. Prior to Fontana, the car spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel. It is a clone to Chassis No. 14-640, which won round three of the 2012 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-706's second start, in April at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, was a bit quieter than its debut race. It started 23rd and gained 10 spots to finish 13th. Its third start came in the Sprint Cup Series' longest race the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. There, Stewart qualified 21st and finished 25th as Chassis No. 14-706 proved to be a handful throughout the 400-lap contest. The car redeemed itself in its fourth start in June 2012 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where Stewart qualified eighth, led 18 laps and finished second. Chassis No. 14-706 sat idle until returning to Michigan in August 2012 for its fifth career start, but a broken valve spring within the engine relegated it to a 32nd-place finish. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-706 returned to work April 30-May 1 during a Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It tested again May 29-30 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in preparation for its sixth career start in June at Pocono. After starting 19th when qualifying was rained out and the 43-car field was set by owner points, Stewart rallied to a strong fourth-place finish. Following the adage of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Chassis No. 14-706 returns to Pocono for this weekend's 400.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 733 finished sixth at Phoenix and 15th at Pocono
 is 2013. Backup chassis No. 727 served as a backup at Phoenix, Bristol, Richmond, Pocono and New Hampshire, but not raced.

#16-Greg Biffle:  Primary Chassis: RK-862 Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-822 Last ran Martinsville finished 9th.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 832 last raced at Pocono- finished 26th. Backup Chassis: RK-811 - raced numerous times by No. 99 in 2012.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-848 - Last Raced ndianapolis (finished 8th). Backup Chassis: PRS-839 - Last Raced: Backup as several tracks

#27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 427 at Pocono Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Michigan International Speedway finishing 14th.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the 400 at Pocono Raceway. This Chevrolet was most recently utilized by the No. 29 team at Pocono Raceway in June starting the race fifth and finishing ninth.

#31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet has been utilized four times this season at Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and in the June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono.

#39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-733: A workhorse of the No. 39 fleet, Chassis No. 39-733 debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012, when Newman recorded a seventh-place finish. 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 2012 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 over the offseason, and saw its first laps of 2013 at Kansas in April, when Newman finished 14th. He then raced this Chevrolet SS to a 10th-place finish at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in May. Newman again raced Chassis 39-733 at Pocono in June, where he recorded a fifth-place finish. Newman was in contention to score another top-10 finish with Chassis 39-733 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in June, but a late-race restart saw him shuffled to 14th when the checkered flag waved. Most recently, Newman qualified the car on the pole and led 45 laps en-route to earning his first win of the 2013 season in last weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

#43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team will bring back chassis No. 837. The team raced the chassis in the Pocono race in June.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 799 at Pocono. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup.

#55-Mark Martin: Primary 759 Martin drove this car at Pocono, Fontana and Darlington in 2013

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-798. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to a third-place finish at Pocono in June.

#99-Carl Edwards: Primary: RK- 808 last ran at Pocono. Backup: RK 826 backup for Indianapolis.

 (from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-1-2013) compiled by Jayski.comn

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