Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Hampshire Driver Chassis Selections: 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301

Both Penske cars should be super strong this weekend

#2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-906 at New Hampshire, which last raced at Richmond and finished 4th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-853 which was last used as a backup at Sonoma.

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Camping Wold RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. This is a new Dow Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend. The #3 team used this Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a two-day test session there last week.

#4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 868 in Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Harvick raced this car to an 11th-place finish at Richmond in April. Harvick has 26 prior NSCS starts at NHMS. He has earned one win (2006), five top fives and 13 top-10 finishes, as well as one pole award (2006). He has an average start of 14.0 and average finish of 13.7 at the track.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Kahne has driven this chassis five times -- thrice in 2013 and twice so far in 2014. Notably, Kahne has raced this car in his last two outings at Phoenix's one-mile oval, where he recorded an average finish of 6.5. Most recently, he drove this car at Richmond in April, where he started fourth and finished 14th. In 20 Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire, Kahne has collected one win, three top-five finishes, eight top-10s and has led 305 laps. He has started from the outside pole position five times at the 1.058-mile oval, including three of the last five events there. 

#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-865 which debuted in March at Martinsville, where Patrick qualified 10th but finished 32nd. It has not been used since. Backup Chassis No. 10-823 was used for the first time in September 2013 at New Hampshire, where Patrick started 21st and finished 27th. It was then used in November at Phoenix, where Patrick started 32nd and finished 33rd after a midrace accident not of her making caused her to finish 10 laps down. It was last used in March at Phoenix, where she started 33rd and finished 36th after an accident.

#12-Ryan Blaney: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-919, which is a new chassis.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at New Hampshire. The chassis also served as Bowyer's primary at Phoenix (13th), California (16th) and Richmond (43rd) earlier this year. The team also tested the chassis last week at Loudon. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis served as back up at several races, most recently at Pocono in June. Bowyer has two wins (September 2010 and September 2007) at NHMS, has four top-five and six top-10 finishes in 16 starts, completed 4,759 of 4,770 laps (99.8%) of competition and has led 480 laps, average start 13.3 and average finish 15.1.

#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 NESN 30th Anniversary Ford Fusion team will run chassis RK-856 at New Hampshire, which made its debut a year ago at New Hampshire, resulting in a 15th-place finish and last ran Martinsville and finished 18th. The backup chassis RK-876 last ran at Phoeix and finished 17th. Biffle has 23 starts at Loudon, earning one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Biffle has an average starting position of 15.6 and average finish of 15.7 at the 1.058-mile track.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Cargill Beef/Wegman's Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis Chassis RK-877, which is the same chassis that the #17 team raced at Richmond when Stenhouse Jr. was running lap times faster than the leader before suffering a blown right front tire on his #17 Ford, forcing the 2013 Rookie of the Year to settle for a 38th-place finish. The backup chassis is RK-888, which last raced at Bristol and finished second. Stenhouse has two Sprint Cup career starts at New Hampshire with an average starting position of 27.0 and average finish position of 29.0.

#22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-905 at New Hampshire, which last raced at Richmond and won the race. The Backup Chassis is PRS-858 which was last used as a backup at Sonoma.

#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-881 for this Sunday's race. This chassis is new and has never been raced. In 38 Cup starts at New Hampshire, the driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS has three wins and four pole positions, while his 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s are the most all-time at "The Granite State" track.

#27-Paul Menard This weekend in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire, Paul Menard and the No. 27 Duracell / Menards Chevrolet SS team will race chassis No. 448. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at both Phoenix Raceway and Richmond International Raceway. In 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 20 and an average finish of 24.6. Menard has completed 99 percent of the laps around the 1.058-mile track. In addition, Menard has six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts amassing one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

#31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 435 in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS competed earlier this season at Martinsville on March 30 and at Richmond on April 26. It was also utilized last week during the two-day team test at the 1.058-mile oval. In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, Newman is a force to contend with having three victories; the 2002 and 2005 fall events and the 2011 spring race. The "Rocket Man" also owns seven pole awards. In total, he owns six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Also, he has led 722 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of eighth and average finish of 14th. Plus, he ranks seventh in most points earned in the last 10 races at Loudon.

#41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 790 in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. Chassis No. 790 debuted at Richmond in 2013, a former #39 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing, and finished 15th with driver Ryan Newman. Since its debut, No. 790 started 24th and led four laps en route to a third-place finish at Richmond in September. In 2014, No. 790 has served as a backup at both Phoenix and Richmond, but has not seen race action.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-832 for this weekend's race, which Johnson most recently raced at Richmond earlier this season. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806, which Johnson cruised to a fourth-place finish in September 2013 at New Hampshire. In 24 starts at New Hampshire, Johnson has three wins, nine top-five finishes and 17 top-10s. While Johnson has never scored a pole at New Hampshire, he has compensated with his finishes, posting top-nine results in 12 of the last 14 races at the 1.058-mile oval. The three-time New Hampshire winner recorded his first two victories at "The Granite State" track in 2003, sweeping both sanctioned events that season. He last visited New Hampshire's Victory Lane in 2010, when he started from the 10th position to take the checkered flag.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary chassis 805 finished ninth at Bristol & 14th at Kansas. Backup chassis 812 finished 43rd at Dover.

#66-Jeff Burton: will drive Chassis No. 794 at New Hampshire which has never raced.. Chassis No. 779 will serve as the backup, it has not raced. Burton has 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire. He owns four wins (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000), nine top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. He has led 783 laps and has a finishing average of 13.4.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857 this weekend at New Hampshire. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Richmond in April. Earnhardt also tested this chassis at New Hampshire in June during the team test. In 29 Cup starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has led 368 laps en route to seven top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. He has an average start of 16.0 at the 1.058-mile oval and an average finish of 15.7.

#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal Ford team will unload primary chassis RK-886 which was last run in 2014 at Richmond, starting in the 16th-spot and finishing ninth. Backup chassis RK-874 was last brought to Dover in 2014 where it started in 29th and ended the day in the 14th-position. Edwards is still looking for his first victory at NHMS, with a career-high finish of second in 2006. Edwards has 19 Sprint Cup starts at the 1.058-mile track with an average start of 15.3 and an average finish of 13.8.

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