Thursday, June 12, 2014

Michigan Driver Chassis Selections: 2014 Quicken Loans 400

Jimmie Johnson using winning Coca-Cola 600 chassis at Michigan

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-918, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-840 which was last used as a backup at Pocono.

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is the first time Dillon will race this Chevrolet SS in 2014. Dillon has made three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, including both 2013 events when he subbed for Tony Stewart in the #14 Chevrolet in August, finishing 14th. He also raced an American Ethanol-sponsored #33 Chevrolet in June, finishing 11th after starting seventh. Dillon finished 24th, after starting 22nd, in June 2012 in a #33 Chevrolet.

#4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 842 in Sunday's event at Michigan. Harvick last raced this car at Kansas in May where he won the pole award, led 36 laps and finished second. Prior to that race, he dominated the event at Phoenix in March with the car, leading 224 of the event's 312 laps before taking the checkered flag for the team's first win of the season. Harvick has 26 prior NSCS starts at MIS. He has earned one win (August 2010) along with five top-five finishes and 10 top 10s. He has an average start of 18.1 and an average finish of 13.8 at MIS.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-863 for Sunday's race at Michigan. Kahne first drove this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and most recently raced it last month at Charlotte, where he started third and finished 14th. In 20 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, Kahne has one win, seven top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led 63 laps at the two-mile oval. He has started from the pole position twice and won from the top starting spot in June 2006. Kahne most recently rallied from a 31st starting position to finish seventh at the Irish Hills track in August 2013.

#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-839 which was used in May at Charlotte, where Patrick started fourth, but an engine failure caused her to finish 39th. The backup chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she drove it was in September at Atlanta, where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in fall 2013 at Kansas, Charlotte and Texas. It was then used in 2014 at Bristol, but she wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas, Darlington, Dover and Pocono.

#12-Juan Pablo Montoya: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-919, which is a new chassis.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-840 debuted in March at Phoenix. It qualified 20th and was en route to a top-10 finish until an ill-timed caution with less than 65 laps remaining left it 16th. The car has since spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel in preparation for its second career start Sunday at Michigan. Stewart has one win, eight top-threes, 12 top-fives, 20 top-10s and has led a total of 224 laps in his 29 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average start is 19.2, his average finish is 11.7, and he has a lap-completion rate of 94.2 percent.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Michigan International Speedway. It's a new chassis for the 2014 season and finished 17th at Charlotte in May. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis finished 15th at Bristol and 12th at Darlington earlier this year. Bowyer has one top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 16 starts. Average start 18.4 and average finish 15.4.

#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 M Military Salute team will run chassis RK-908 last ran at Chrlotte, finishing 21st. The backup chassis is RK-879 which last ran Las Vegas, finishing 22nd. Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Michigan, earning four wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Michigan is Biffle's second-best average finishing track. His average finish is 11.2 from an average starting position of 13.6. Biffle has led a lap in all but six of his 22 starts at Michigan.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Ecopower Re-Refined Oil Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis RK-882 at Michigan, which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Kansas where they finished 22nd. The backup Chassis RK- 888, which is the same chassis that the #17 raced at Bristol earning their highest finish of the season, 2nd. Stenhouse has two career Sprint Cup starts at MIS with an average starting position of 18.5 and average finishing position of 17.5.

#18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview. Busch has one win, four top-fives and six top-10s, and has led a total of 169 laps in 18 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average Michigan finish is 16.5.

#20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview. In 29 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 9.6 which ranks him second of all active drivers in the series. He's completed 5,572 of 5,695 (97.8 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 284 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins (2002 & 2006), 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes at MIS.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-917 for Michigan, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which was last used as a backup at Pocono.

#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced three times previously with finishes of 13th at Fontana, seventh at Darlington and seventh at Charlotte. Gordon has two wins (1998 and 2001) in 42 Cup starts at Michigan. Gordon's five pole positions, 18 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s are tops among active drivers at the Irish Hills track.

#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 in the 400-mile event at Michigan International Speedway. This #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway where Menard finished in the third and eighth positions, respectively. Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of fourth came in 2013 and best finish of fourth occurred in 2011 and 2013. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,964 of 3,010 laps attempted (98.5 percent) at the two-mile track.

#31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 462 on Sunday at Michigan. Chassis No. 462 has been utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (Auto Club - 20th and Kansas - 11th). In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Michigan, Newman scored back-to-back victories in the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004 events. The "Rocket Man" also owns a pole award. In total, he's recorded five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has led 97 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13th and average finish of 12th. In the last six races at the two-mile oval, the RCR driver ranks fifth in most points earned.

#41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 845 in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan. Built new for 2014, Chassis 845 started 23rd and finished 26th in March at Las Vegas. The chassis also started 13th and finished 31st at Darlington in April.

#47-A.J. Allmendinger: New Charter Chevrolet SS: "I think the main thing that comes to mind is having a brand new race car for the first time this year beside the superspeedway races," Allmendinger said. "That is something that hopefully makes a difference. I feel like on the bigger tracks we haven't been way off, but we have not been where we need to be either so hopefully that will help a little bit."
"We have high hopes for Michigan International Speedway and we should unload with a competitive car," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We feel like we have a good baseline setup because we ran really good at California (Auto Club Speedway) and we also have a brand new #47 Charter Chevrolet SS that we are rolling out this week. We feel like we will have a little more to showcase this weekend. Also, we were able to get a little rest this week and spend some time with our family after being on the road for nearly two weeks going from Dover International Speedway to Sonoma Raceway to Pocono Raceway."

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-797 for this weekend's 400-mile race at Michigan. Johnson last drove this chassis to Victory Lane in May's 600-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced in March at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 24 starts at Michigan, Johnson has four top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led 586 laps around the two-mile track. He is the only active driver in the Sprint Cup Series to have a career average starting position (8.9) inside the top 10 at the two-mile oval.

#55-Brian Vickers: 808 finished 26th at Darlington and tested at Kentucky & Pocono. Backup: 801 finished 13th at Las Vegas. Vickers won the pole at MIS for the fall race in 2008 and both poles in 2009. He won the 2009 fall race. The backup chassis is 779, which has not raced.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-882. Earnhardt premiered this chassis in the 600-mile event at Charlotte last month. In 29 Cup starts at Michigan, Earnhardt has recorded two wins, two pole positions, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has completed 97.5 percent of all laps he's attempted (5,554 laps of 5,695 total) and led 347 laps at the two-mile oval.

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