Thursday, May 30, 2013

Driver Chassis Selections for 2013 Dover FedEx 400: Kahne Bringing Winning Bristol Car

Kasey Kahne will be using winning Bristol chassis this week at Dover
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-849. Last Raced - Texas (finished ninth).Backup Chassis: PRS-834. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced).

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Sunday's race at Dover. Kahne has raced this car three times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 17. During those three starts, he has tallied outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol, while starting fourth at Richmond, Va.

#10-Danica Patrick Chassis No. 10-579: Chassis No. 10-579 was used by Ryan Newman during the 2010 and 2011 seasons but has since been completely overhauled and transformed into a Gen-6-style Chevrolet SS. This will mark the second race for Chassis 10-579 with Patrick behind the wheel as she used it in March at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Patrick started 41st and finished 28th at the .533-mile concrete oval. The GoDaddy team then tested Chassis 579 May 14-15 at Dover.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-722: This car debuted in June 2012 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-722 from its 22nd-place starting spot to finish third in the Pocono 400. It returned to Pocono in August for the series' second visit to the quirky, 2.5-mile triangle where it had a similar outing, as Stewart rallied it from its 28th-place starting spot to finish fifth in the rain-shortened race. While Chassis No. 14-722 didn't race again in 2012, it was tested extensively in the wind tunnel and on the track. It tested at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway Sept. 25-26 and at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City Oct. 17-18. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-722 returned to racing in March at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the Food City 500. After qualifying eighth and practicing well, Stewart declared he had the best car he'd had in years at Bristol. But just nine laps into the 500-lap race around the .533-mile oval, Stewart's left-rear tire deflated. Stewart spun and impacted the SAFER Barrier on the outside of turn one with the left side of his racecar. Stewart was OK, but his racecar was not. After lengthy repairs, Stewart returned to the track and finished 31st. Chassis No. 14-722 was rebuilt and saw track time at Dover during a test May 14-15. It returns to Dover this weekend where it will make its fourth career start and second of 2013.

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-809 Last ran Darlington finished 13th. Backup Chassis: RK-822 Last ran Martinsville finished 9th.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: RK- 820 last raced at Kansas finished 11th. Backup Chassis: RK-811 - chassis raced numerous times by No. 99 in 2012.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-842. Last Raced: Bristol (finished 17th). Backup Chassis: PRS-836. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced)

#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 412 at Dover International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Bristol Motor Speedway and tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. The California native last piloted this Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway in May, collecting a fifth-place result.

#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 392 this weekend at Dover International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized three times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Kentucky Speedway and Dover. Burton also piloted this machine to a top-10 finish earlier this season at Phoenix International Raceway.

#39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-761: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-761 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-761 was wind-tunnel tested earlier this month, and will see its first laps of competition this weekend at Dover.

#43-Aric Almirola: The #43 team has prepared chassis No. 855, a new chassis, for Dover.

#55-Mark Martin: Primary-774. Backup-720 neither have raced in 2013.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in May.

#99-Carl Edwards RK - 802 last ran at Richmond. RK 819 backup last ran at Martinsville.

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