Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pocono Raceway Chassis Selections: 2014 400

Gordon using chassis from first Pocono race

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-912. Last Raced: Charlotte 1 (finished 10th). Backup Chassis: PRS-908. Last Raced: Indianapolis backup.

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the 400 at Pocono Raceway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon raced at Michigan International Speedway in June, where he ran in the top 10 for a majority of the event before making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps of the event, resulting in a 30th-place finish.

#4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-846 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-846 started 27th and led 28 laps at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March before bring caught up in a wreck and finishing 39th. Chassis 4-846 also raced in June at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where the team started eighth, led 24 laps and finished 17th.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-828: This chassis was first used at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2013, when Patrick started 24th and finished 20th. It was then put to use in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where she started 22nd and finished 21st. The last time it was used was in late March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where she started 27th and finished 14th.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until late August where it was used for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It started strong by qualifying on the pole and took the lead from Greg Biffle on lap two and continued to pace the 43-car field for eight laps. But as the race wore on, Chassis No. 14-707 struggled with its handling, leaving it one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-707 was tested March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and April 11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway marked the car's first start of 2013, and it was a solid one, with Chassis No. 14-707 qualifying fifth and finishing fourth. Its next start came at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where in its third points-paying start and its fourth overall, interim driver Mark Martin qualified 29th and finished 17th. Martin raced the car again in October at Charlotte, qualifying 22nd and finishing 42nd after a blown engine put it out of the race on lap 80. Under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston, Chassis No. 14-707 was overhauled this offseason and spent numerous time in the wind tunnel. The car made its first start of 2014 and sixth overall in June at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where it was the car to beat, leading early and often for 24 laps. But a pit road speeding penalty proved too costly to overcome, although Stewart was able to rally and finish 13th. Chassis No. 14-707 returns to Pocono for this weekend's 400.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 809 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Pocono. This chassis raced at Kansas in May where Bowyer finished 23rd and Pocono in June where he finished 11th. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis and has served as the backup at several races but has never raced.

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-890 Last ran Kentucky - finished 14th. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd 

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-882 is the same chassis that the #17 team raced at Michigan where they finished 27th after being involved in a lap six accident which damaged the right rear fender of the #17 Ford. The backup Chassis RK- 888 is the same chassis that the #17 raced at Bristol earning their highest finish of the season.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-911. Last Raced Charlotte 1 (finished 12th). Backup Chassis: PRS-907. Last Raced: Indianapolis backup.

#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race. That chassis has been raced three times previously in 2014 with finishes of first at Kansas Speedway, eighth at Pocono Raceway and sixth at Kentucky Speedway.

#27-Paul Menard: will race chassis No. 463. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced at Darlington Raceway and Pocono Raceway where Menard finished 41st and 26th, respectively.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 462 in Sunday's 400 at Pocono Raceway. This chassis was utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (California Speedway - 20th and Kansas Speedway - 11th).

#41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 883 in Sunday's 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Chassis No. 883 debuted at Pocono in June, when Busch qualified second and recorded a third-place finish.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-879 for this weekend's 400-mile event. This chassis was the Lowe's Chevy Johnson won with at Dover in June. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728 which last saw on-track action earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a win at Pocono Raceway in June.

#99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-921 was last run in 2014 at the first Pocono, starting in the 10th spot and finishing 41st after a crash. Backup chassis RK-904 was last brought to Charlotte in 2014 as the back-up car.

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