Thursday, May 21, 2015

Charlotte Driver Chassis Selections: 2015 Coca-Cola 600

Harvick's chassis has some kind of history, such as must win at Phoenix
#3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 503 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis for the RCR stable being utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend.

#4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-843 in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Charlotte. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-843 won two races, two pole positions and led 748 laps in its first season. It led 23 laps and finished 41st in its debut at Las Vegas. Harvick won the pole and led 238 laps en route to winning the Southern 500 at Darlington. At Dover, Harvick won the pole, led 223 laps and finished 13th. The final race of 2014 for Chassis No. 4-843 was perhaps the most impressive as it started third and led 264 laps in a must-win performance that kept Harvick's slim Sprint Cup championship hopes alive at Phoenix in November. In its only start of 2015, Harvick started and finished second and led 116 of 325 laps at Atlanta.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-911 for Sunday's race at Charlotte. In October 2014, Kahne drove the car to a 10th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In March 2015, he drove the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he finished 14th. Most recently, Kahne raced the chassis at Texas Motor Speedway in April, where he finished eighth.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-938 is a brand new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack. It has, however, visited the wind tunnel numerous times.

#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced six times previously. Earlier this year, Gordon finished seventh at Texas while he had finishes of 17th at Atlanta, sixth at Michigan, seventh at Charlotte and Darlington and 13th at Fontana in 2014.

#27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 501 this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a brand new Richard Childress Racing-prepared Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS and will make its first laps on Thursday during practice.

#31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 511 in the Coca-Cola 600. This is the first time this season Newman will race this #31 Quicken Loans Chevy.

#32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR 815 to serve as the primary car. This chassis last raced at Kansas on May 9th with Joey Gase. Chassis GGR 289 will serve as the backup car.

#41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 933 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Built new for 2015, Chassis 933 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-936, which is a brand new Chevrolet SS. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono Raceway in June 2014.

#55-David Ragan: will drive primary chassis 794 has not raced in 2015. Jeff Burton finished 20th at NHMS in July 2014. Backup: 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Clint Bowyer. Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Charlotte, crew chief Greg Ives and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to fourth-place finish at Las Vegas in March. It is the same chassis Earnhardt drove to Victory Lane at Pocono in June and August of last season.

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