Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dover Driver Chassis Selections: 2014 AAA 400

Ricky Stenhouse is using his successful Bristol chassis this week.
#2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-921 at Dover, which last raced at Indy and finished 12th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-910 which last ran at Indy as the #12 car, finishing 23rd.

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. This is the same DOW Chevy that Dillon raced to a 20th-place finish at Richmond in September, and a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire in July. Dillon has two previous Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit at Dover, posting a 21st-place finish in June 2014 and a 27th-place finish in September 2013.

#4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 843 in Sunday's race at Dover. Harvick raced this car at Darlington in April where he led 238 laps en route to his first victory at "The Lady in Black." The team also utilized this car to record finishes of 41st at Las Vegas in March, and 14th at Pocono in June. Harvick has 27 NSCS starts at Dover. He has three top fives and 12 top-10 finishes, and has an average start of 19.0 and average finish of 15.3.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday's race at Dover. Kahne has raced with this car four times so far this year. He drove it at the Fontana oval in March, at Charlotte All-Star Race in May and raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Kentucky in June. Most recently, Kahne drove this car to Victory Lane at Atlanta in August. Kahne has one top-five finish and five top-10s and has led 90 laps in 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track in October 2011, after starting from the ninth position. Overall, Kahne has eight starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile oval.

#10-Danica Patrick: will drive Chassis No. 10-805 which was used for the first time in July 2013 at Indianapolis, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicago, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th, and in October at Charlotte, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th. The last time it was used was in November at Texas, where she started 30th and finished 25th. Since then, it has served as a backup car in 2014 at Las Vegas and then was regulated to the primary car at Bristol, where she started 36th and finished 18th. It was then a backup at Kansas and for the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte. It was used was in June at Dover, where she started 28th and finished 23rd and then in the fall at Bristol where she started 24th and finished 27th. The Backup Racecar is Chassis No. 10-828 which was first used at Homestead in November 2013, when Patrick started 24th and finished 20th. It was then put to use in March at Las Vegas, where she started 22nd and finished 21st. The last time it was used was in late March at Auto Club Speedway, where she started 27th and finished 14th. It was a backup car last month at Pocono, Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta and Chicago.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Dover. This chassis raced at Michigan in August (6th), June (10th) and Charlotte in May (17th). Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis and raced at Kentucky in July (23rd), Dover in June (4th) and Bristol in August (17th).

#16-Greg Biffle: will drive primary chassis RK-896, which is the fifth start of the season for RK-896. This chassis has earned top-five finishes at Pocono and Texas and a 10th-place finish at Bristol. The backup chassis is RK-908 which last ran at Chicago and finished 23rd. In his 24 Sprint Cup career starts at Dover, Biffle has earned two wins, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Biffle has an average starting position of 12.3 at Dover and his average finish is 13.4.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-888 is the same chassis that Stenhouse Jr. raced at Bristol this season finishing an impressive second in the spring and sixth in the fall. The backup chassis, RK-877, last ran at New Hampshire and finished ninth.

#22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-920 at Dover, which last ran at Indy, finishing 5th. The backup chassis is PRS-901 which last was a backup at New Hampshire last week and has not raced.

#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced four times in 2014, including a win at Kansas Speedway. This chassis was also raced to top-10 finishes at Kentucky Speedway and both Pocono Raceway events. Gordon has four wins and four poles in 43 starts at Dover. Gordon's 17 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s are tops among active drivers at the concrete track. Gordon has led 200 or more laps on five occasions at Dover. In September of 1995, he led 400 of 500 laps en route to his first victory at the high-banked track, and he paced the field for 381 of 400 laps in June of 2001 to capture his fourth victory. In May of 1998, Gordon led 375 of 400 laps but finished third after a late-race pit stop for fuel.

#27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 454 during the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. This is the same #27 Menards/CertainTeed Chevy that Menard raced to a third-place finish at Las Vegas in March, a ninth-place finish at Texas in April, an eighth-place finish at Charlotte in May, a fourth-place finish at Michigan in June, a 15th-place finish at Kentucky in June and an 18th-place finish at Atlanta in August. Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the one-mile track. Menard has an average starting position of 19.8 and an average finish of 19.3 along with two top-10 finishes. Menard has completed 98.9% of the laps around Dover.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 467 in Sunday's 400-lap event. This #31 Quicken Loans Paint Your Way Chevy chassis was utilized earlier this season at Charlotte (Start: 42nd / Finish: 15th) and Bristol (Start: 11th / Finish: 13th). In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Dover, Newman has three victories to his credit, including a Dover sweep in 2003 and a win in the fall of 2004. Newman also owns three pole awards. In total, he owns six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes and has has led 848 laps in competition and has an average start of ninth and average finish of 14th.

#41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 860 at Dover. Built new for 2014, Chassis No. 860 debuted at Texas, where Busch qualified 11th and finished 39th after suffering multiple tire failures in April. Chassis No. 860 then raced at Dover in June, where Busch looked to be on track for a solid finish until a loose right-front wheel set him back just past the halfway point of the race and relegated him to an 18th-place finish. The AAA 400 will mark Busch's 29th career Sprint Cup start at Dover. Busch has one win, six top-five finishes and eight top-10s at the concrete mile oval. Additionally, the 36-year-old driver has led 426 laps, has an average starting position of 11.6, an average finish of 18.2, and has completed 93.5 percent (10,478 of 11,204) of the laps he's contested there.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-910 for this weekend's event in Dover. This chassis is brand new. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which last saw on-track action at Kansas Speedway where Johnson finished ninth. Johnson's track record at Dover is impressive. In 25 starts, he has visited Victory Lane nine times. He has an average start of 10.0 and an average finish of 8.4. Johnson has 13 top-five finishes and 18 top-10s. Additionally, Johnson has led 2,976 laps around the Monster Mile and is the winningest driver at the one-mile concrete track. Johnson has three pole positions and won two of those races in 2009 and 2010. Johnson became the winningest driver at Dover on Sept. 29, 2013, when he surpassed the record previously held by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty.

#55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 808-26th at Darlington, 42nd & 19th at Michigan races. Backup chassis is 797 which finished seventh at California, sixth at Charlotte, 26th at Kentucky & 21st at Bristol.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-901 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. In 29 Cup starts at Dover International Speedway, Earnhardt has one win, one pole position, six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has led 448 laps and completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted (11,505 of 11,604 total) at the Monster Mile. Last September, Earnhardt started from the pole position and finished second to teammate Jimmie Johnson.

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