Thursday, September 5, 2013

Driver Chassis Selections for Richmond: 2013 Federated Auto parts 400

Bowyer is using runner-up Richmond chassis 
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Bristol is PRS-845 which last raced at New Hampshire in July and finished 4th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-847 which has been a backup at several races but not raced.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Saturday night s event at Richmond. This is a new chassis. In 19 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Kahne has earned one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He won in 2005 after starting from the pole position. Kahne scored a 12th-place finish in this race at Richmond a year ago. Kahne earned his first career Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond in May 2005.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 DeWalt team prepared new chassis No. 847 to Richmond. Ambrose heads into Richmond with nine starts at the Virginia track and has posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In April, the No. 9 team showed they were strong before an engine failure ended their day early. Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer has seven starts at the .75-mile track. He tallied two top-five and three top-10 finishes in those starts.

#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-811 which is a new car that was first used during a test Aug. 26-27 at Richmond International Raceway. Danica Patrick tested the car on Aug. 26, while teammate Mark Martin tested it Aug. 27.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis 743 started fifth and finished second at Richmond. Backup chassis No. 727 served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced. In 15 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Bowyer has two wins, three top-five and nine top-10s. He has an average start of 14th and finish of 9th. He has led 276 laps and completed 6015 of 6016 total laps. He has finished seventh or better in five of his last six Richmond starts, including a win last September and a runner up finish in April.

#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Scotchgard Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-856, which last ran at New Hampshire and finished 15th.. Backup chassis RK-803 last ran at Bristol and finished 11th. Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Nationwide team will be using primary chassis RK-858 which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at New Hampshire where Stenhouse was running in the top-20 before being collected after two cars tangled in front of him and finished 34th. The backup Chassis RK-801 was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012. It has been a backup at Martinsville, Bristol, and Phoenix so far this season. Stenhouse made his first career Sprint Cup start at RIR in the spring, finishing 16th after battling an ill-handling race car.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-853 which last race at Richmond in April and finished 3rd. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which has been a backup at several races but never raced

#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at Richmond International Raceway. This #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Martinsville Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway. His best start of seventh came in 2010 and best finish of 13th came in both 2012 and earlier this season. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,095 of 5,216 laps attempted (97.7 percent) at the Virginia track, leading one of them.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Federated Auto Parts 400. Harvick most recently drove this Budweiser Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval. In those previous appearances, the California native has collected one pole award (September 2005), three victories (September 2006 and 2011, April 2013), seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 16.5, an 11.3 average finishing position, has completed 98.8 percent (9,892 of 10,009) of the laps contested and has 945 laps led to his credit.

#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (3rd-place) in July. Burton grew up two hours away from the Richmond, Va.-based facility in South Boston, Va. Saturday's event marks Burton's 39th start at the 0.75-mile facility and 681st-career NSCS start. He has amassed one win (1998), one pole award (2000), 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the historic track. Based in Salem, Va., Carter Machinery will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet for Richmond International Raceway's weekend event.

#39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-790 which debuted at Richmond International Raceway in May 2013, when Newman finished 15th. Since then, Chassis No. 39-790 was wind-tunnel tested in August and was utilized for a test session at Richmond last month.

#43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Gwaltney team will race chassis No. 837, the team posted an eighth-place finish at Richmond in this chassis. Almirola has three starts at the .75-mile track. In April, he posted an eighth-place finish during the team's top-10 streak.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 778 at Richmond, which last raced at Richmond in April finishing 12th and at Phoenix in March finishing 2nd. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary chassis is 746, which has not raced but was tested by AJ Allmendinger at Richmond on Aug 20 & 21. Vickers owns three top-10 finishes in 15 starts. He has led 53 laps on the .75-mile oval. He started second and finished 35th driving the #11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing this year.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721. Earnhardt most recently tested this chassis at Richmond in August. He last raced this chassis to a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. In 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, one pole position, nine top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. He has led a total of 494 laps and completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted at the short track (11,113 laps of 11,209 total).

#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Frosted Flakes Ford Fusion team will run RK-857 which last ran at New Hampshire and finsihed 8th. The backup chassis is RK-826, which last ran at Texas. Edwards will make his 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. This season he has one win, seven top-five, 12 top-10 finishes and one pole. He is fourth in the series points standings. Kellogg s will run Frosted Flakes as their primary paint scheme for the second and final time this season.

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