Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bristol Driver Chassis Selections: 2014 Food City 500

Junior will be using successful Dover chassis this week

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis:PRS-839. Last Raced: Backup at several races (never raced). Backup Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Texas 2013 (finished third as No. 22 car)

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 430 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon raced to a 24th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2. The Gil Martin-led team utilized this RCR-prepared chassis on two occasions during the 2013 season, finishing first (Phoenix International Raceway, November) and third (Chicagoland Speedway, September).

#4-Kevin Harvick: The #4 team will utilize Chassis No. 846 in Sunday's race. This is a new car from the Stewart-Haas Racing shop.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Sunday's event at Bristol. Kahne raced this car three times last year, recording an average finish of 7.3. He notably drove it to a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2013 and a seventh-place result at Michigan International Speedway in August 2013.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-846: Chassis No. 10-846 is a new car that has not been on track before.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-825: This is a brand new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack. It has, however, visited the wind tunnel numerous times.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 804 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is a new chassis. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis tested at New Smyrna and Nashville.

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-885. Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-863. Last ran Kansas - finished 13th.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-888 is a brand new chassis for the 2013 Rookie of the Year. The back-up chassis raced several times in 2013, but most recently at Dover where Stenhouse finished 17th.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-845. Last Raced: Richmond Fall Race (finished 17th as No. 2 car). Backup Chassis: PRS-858. Last Raced: Phoenix backup chassis (never raced).

#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-812 for this this weekend at Bristol. This chassis has been raced six times - all during the 2013 season - with Gordon claiming one pole (Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September) and three top-10s (Kansas Speedway in October, Richmond in September and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July).

#27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 403 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has been a workhouse for the Richard Childress Racing stable, testing and racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last month, it was utilized in a test session at Bristol Motor Speedway.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 438 in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new in competition. It was utilized in two test sessions at Nashville Superspeedway in December and January, in addition to Charlotte Motor Speedway in December.

#41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 727: Busch will pilot Chassis No. 727 in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In four previous starts, all as the No. 39 for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), it has two top-10s with a best finish of eighth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 727 finished 13th as the SHR No. 39 at the 2013 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, 21st at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August, eighth at Charlotte in October and ninth at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in November. The chassis tested in Nashville prior to the start of this season. Sunday marks its first start for the No. 41 team.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-728 for Bristol. This chassis has 7,200 miles on it as Johnson drove it five times last season to an average finish of 8.2. Johnson notably drove this chassis to win at Pocono Raceway in June 2013 and record top-five results at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (second), Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (fourth) and Texas Motor Speedway (sixth in April 2013). The backup car for Bristol is Chassis No. 48-784 which Johnson last raced in June at Michigan International Speedway.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary 805 Backup 781 - Neither car has raced.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a second-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway last September.

#95-Michael McDowell: will pilot Chassis No. PRS-838 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. McDowell drove this LFR-prepared Ford Fusion to a 33rd-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2 and tested it at Bristol Motor Speedway in February.

#99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-886 is a new chassis. Backup chassis RK-831 was last used in 2013 as a primary at Texas where it started on the pole but finished the day in 37th due to engine troubles.

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