Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bristol Driver Chassis Selections: 2015 Food City 500

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#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Bristol 500 in support of Steve Byrnes and Stand up to Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 20th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In 2014, Dillon raced this Chevrolet SS to a 24th-place finish at Dover International Raceway in September, a 20th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September and a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

#4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-899: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-899 in the Food City 500 in support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-899 made its debut last September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it started sixth, led 79 laps and finished fifth. It also served as a backup at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Homestead-Miami Speedway at the end of 2014. This weekend will mark its first race action of 2015.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday's race at Bristol. Kahne raced the car six times in 2014 with his most notable performance being a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Most recently, Kahne tested with the chassis at Charlotte Motor Speedway in March of this year.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 727 debuted in May 2012 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway with former SHR driver Ryan Newman at the controls and Tony Gibson as crew chief. Newman started 16th and finished 14th at Charlotte, and then started fifth and finished 15th at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in June. Newman and crew chief Matt Borland took the car to Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2012 and started 19th, led three laps and finished third. Newman and Borland used it four times in 2013 and earned top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Charlotte. In 2014, Kurt Busch and crew chief Daniel Knost raced it five times with three top-12 finishes. Patrick and Knost utilized it for the fall event at Phoenix International Raceway and earned a 22nd-place finish.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-827: This car debuted in July 2014 during the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart used it to qualify sixth, but in the race the car was persistently loose and it finished 17th. It was a reversal of fortune for the car, for in its lone test prior to Indianapolis it excelled, as Kevin Harvick drove it to the fastest speed of anyone participating in the Dec. 9, 2013 test session at Charlotte (N.C.)Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-827 next raced at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it had a quiet weekend, qualifying 22nd and finishing 18th. The car returned to Charlotte in October where it made its third career start, qualifying a strong fourth but finishing 21st, bedeviled by a tight-handling condition. Its last start of 2014 came in November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where in qualifying it set the fastest lap in a stock car at a 1.5-mile oval when Stewart drove it to a lap of 26.985 seconds at 200.111 mph. It was the first time a stock car surpassed the 200 mph mark on a 1.5-mile oval. The car performed admirably in the race, finishing 11th. The car hasn't raced since, but it has logged numerous hours in the wind tunnel with its new Chevrolet SS body. Its first start of 2015 comes this weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and it will be Chassis No. 14-827's fifth career start.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Primary - No. 815. Atlanta 24th. Back-Up - No. 816. Served as back-up at several races this year.

#24-Jeff Gordon: #24 team crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced five times previously - all in 2014 - with finishes of first at Dover (September) and Kansas (May), sixth and eighth at Pocono and sixth at Kentucky.

#27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 454 during Sunday' 500-lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet SS will make its first laps of the 2015 season during Friday's practice sessions at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Sports 1.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 486 on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway where Newman qualified seventh and finished 10th.

#32-Mike Bliss: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-742 to serve as the primary car. This chassis last raced at Las Vegas in March of 2015. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.

#41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 838: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 838 in Sunday's Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. It was previously a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick. It made its debut in April 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where Patrick started 24th and finished 27th. She was running in the top-15 with the car in June at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway but cut a tire, which led to an accident, and finished 37th. Chassis 838 then raced in August at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 27th but finished a career-best sixth. It was last used in October at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Patrick qualified 29th and, over the final 30 circuits, moved from 23rd to record an impressive 16th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 838 underwent updates and saw its first laps of the 2015 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month, where Regan Smith finished 16th.

#47-A.J. Allmendinger: "We are bringing chassis 386, which is one of our older cars," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We've made several modifications and have built this car to be more durable for places like Bristol Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway." 

#48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-806, which was last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last fall. The backup car is 48-749, which last raced in Martinsville in the spring of 2014.

#55-Brett Moffitt: Primary: 802 - Has not raced in 2015. Clint Bowyer raced this chassis in Las Vegas, Texas I, All-Star Race, and Chicago in 2014. Backup: 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Bowyer, Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to a 12th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway last September.


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