Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Charlotte Driver Chassis Selections: 2013 Bank of America 500

Kevin Harvick using his winning Kansas chassis from last week

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Charlotte is PRS-841, which last raced at Michigan in June finishing 12th. The backup chassis is PRS-854 which has been a backup at several races.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779 for Saturday night's race at Charlotte. Kahne has driven this car five times this season. He notably led 66 laps in this car and won at Pocono Raceway in August. He also led 114 laps in this chassis in March en route to a runner-up result at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and later scored an 11th-place finish one month later at Texas Motor Speedway. This weekend at Charlotte will mark the fourth and final time Quaker State will adorn the hood of Kahne's #5 Chevrolet SS this season. Nearly every statistical category at Charlotte ranks as a personal best for Kahne, who has competed in 19 Cup events at the 1.5-mile oval. Kahne's four wins and 11 top-10s are personal bests as well as his eight top-five finishes. Kahne has completed 97 percent of the laps he has attempted at Charlotte and has led a personal best 968 laps at the track. His 11.9 average finish at Charlotte ranks as his second-best among active tracks.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Bostitch team will bring chassis No. 847 this weekend. The team raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Charlotte in the spring. Ambrose has a total of three top-10 finishes at the fast mile-and-half tri-oval and also has one fifth-place finish. Ambrose will be making his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the track this weekend.

#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. The only other time it was used was in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th.

#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-862 which first ran in Pocono, resulting in a 10th-place finish. The same chassis finished 16th in Chicago. The backup chassis is RK-822 which last ran Bristol and finished 9th. Biffle has 21 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 My Best Buy team will be using primary chassis RK-814 which is the same chassis that the #17 team won their first pole of the Sprint Cup season at Atlanta and earned at 16th place finish after being trapped a lap down after a lengthy green flag run. The backup chassis RK- 827 last raced at Charlotte finished 14th. Stenhouse Jr. got his first Sprint Cup start at Charlotte in 2011 in the famed #21 finishing an impressive 11th-place and has three starts at CMS with an average starting position of 22.7 and average finishing position of 20.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-859 for Charlotte, which last ran at Indy and finished 8th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-842 which last races at Bristol finishing 5th.

#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 428 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #27 Menards / Duracell Chevrolet SS was raced previously this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway. Menard has 13 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 4,444 of 4,636 laps attempted (95.9 percent) at the 1.5-mile track.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Charlotte 500. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway last weekend. Jimmy John's joins Harvick and the #29 team for their seventh of eight races during the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season. Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Throughout the years, the California native has collected two wins (2011 and 2013 Coca-Cola 600), three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 18.8, an average finishing position of 17.3, has completed 97.4 percent (8,686 of 8,918) of the laps contested and has 34 laps led to his credit.

#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 426 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway in June, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and Chicagoland Speedway in September. This weekend's event marks Burton's 40th start at the 1.5-mile facility and his 686th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. 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. Carolina CAT, Whayne Supply and Gregory Poole will be featured on the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

#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 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. Most recently, the #39 team utilized Chassis 39-727 at Bristol in August, where Newman was in position for a top-10 finish until he was caught up in a multi-car incident on lap 448, resulting in heavy damage that would see Newman finish the race in 21st. Since then, Chassis 39-727 underwent repairs and visited the wind tunnel last month in preparation for Saturday night's 500-mile race at Charlotte.

#43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Smithfield team has prepared chassis No. 864, which they finished 13th with at Chicagoland Speedway in September.

#47-Bobby Labonte Crew chief Brian Burns will bring Chassis 704 to Charlotte: "We raced this car at Chicagoland Speedway where we qualified 13th and finished 21st with AJ Allmendinger," Burns said. "Before that, AJ had it at Kentucky Speedway. We qualified 17th and finished 22nd. It's a pretty good car for us to bring to Charlotte Motor Speedway with Bobby." In 41 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bobby Labonte has two wins, three pole awards, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes and has led 807 laps. His average start is 16.122 and his average finish is 15.707.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 797 at Charlotte, which last raced at Dover in Sept where it won, Michigan in August finishing 40th and Dover in June finishing 17th. Chassis No. 784 serves as the backup.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary 774 in which Mark Martin finished 9th at Dover in June & 23rd at Indianapolis in July.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis in September at Chicagoland Speedway. He first competed in this chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and finished sixth. Earnhardt will celebrate his 39th birthday on Thurs., Oct. 10. Fans can wish him a Happy Birthday on NASCAR's Facebook page beginning Wednesday and be part of a surprise birthday present for the 10-time most popular driver. In 27 Cup starts at Charlotte, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, five top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has completed 93.9 percent of all laps he's attempted (9,121 laps of 9,718 total) at the 1.5-mile oval. The 38-year-old driver has led a total of 324 laps there.

#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal blue team will unload RK 854 which last ran at Chicago (11th). The backup chassis is RK 821 which last ran at Atlanta. Edwards enters the Bank of America 500 eleventh in the series points' standings and will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 18th Sprint Cup career start. In his previous starts, Edwards has five top-five and ten top-10 finishes. His average start is 17.9 and average finish is 11.9. Fastenal returns to the track with supplier brands WIDIA, Lenox, Loctite and GIS on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.

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