Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kansas Driver Chassis Selections: 2014 5-Hour Energy 400

Kevin Harvick is using his winning Phoenix chassis from March

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-908. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-840. Last Raced: Darlington backup

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 457 in the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon drove to an 11th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in March.

#4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-842 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Chassis No. 4-842 debuted at Phoenix International Raceway in March, when Harvick led 224 of 312 laps en route to earning his first win of the 2014 season. Kansas Speedway marks the first time the #4 team will bring a previously raced chassis to the racetrack.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-870 for Saturday night's event at Kansas. This is a new chassis that Kahne and the No. 5 team first used during the Kansas Goodyear tire test in April.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th, and in October at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th. The last time it was used was in November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where she started 30th and finished 25th. Since then, it has served as a backup car in 2014 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and then was regulated to the primary car at Bristol, where she started 36th and finished 18th.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-735: This car debuted in the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Tony Stewart qualified 28th and rallied to score a top-10 finish. Chassis No. 14-735 made its second career start in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It was impressive as Stewart used it to overcome a 33rd-place starting spot, a botched pit stop, an incident with Jeff Burton and a lap-166 spin to finish fifth. The car made its third career start in the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There, it rallied to a top-20 finish after starting 35th and dealing with handling issues throughout the 267-lap race. Stewart's milestone 500th career Sprint Cup start also came at Homestead in Chassis No. 14-735. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to action in May for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It rallied again, coming from 25th in the field to lead six laps before finishing seventh. The car's fifth career start and second of 2013 was slated to come in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, but a crash in the opening minutes of the weekend's first practice session sidelined the car. Rebuilt, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to Michigan in August with interim driver Austin Dillon, qualifying 27th and finishing 14th. The car has sat idle since, with this weekend's race at Kansas marking Chassis No. 14-735's first start of 2014 and sixth overall.

#16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-896 was brand new earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway, in which Biffle qualified fourth and finished sixth. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd 

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-882 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Las Vegas finishing 27th after a costly pit-road speeding penalty.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-907. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-844. Last Raced: Darlington backup.

#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis is new and has not been raced previously.

#27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 466 in the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable in 2014 being utilized for the first time.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 462 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Chassis No. 462 was utilized by Newman at Auto Club Speedway this year producing a qualifying effort of 16th and a finish of 20th in March. The No. 31 team also used it in the April 9 Goodyear Tire Test at Michigan International Speedway.

#41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 760 in Saturday night's Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, a former No. 39 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing. Chassis No. 760 last raced at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in June 2013, when driver Ryan Newman started 35th and finished 18th. Newman also raced No. 760 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2013.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-799 for this weekend at Kansas. Johnson last drove this car to qualify third and lead 104 laps before encountering a late-race tire issue and finished 24th at Fontana, California. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 805 finished ninth at Bristol. Backup: 801 has not raced.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.

#99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-897 was last run in 2014 at Texas starting from the fifth-position and finishing in 14th. Backup Chassis: RK-880

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