Thursday, October 31, 2013

Driver Chassis Selections: 2013 AAA Texas 500

Greg Biffle using Michigan chassis he used to grab only win of season

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-861. Last Raced: Atlanta (finished 35th). Backup Chassis: PRS-854. Last Raced: Backup at several races.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Sunday's race at Texas. Kahne has driven this chassis three times this season and averaged a finish of 7.3. Notably, Kahne recorded a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and a seventh-place result at Michigan International Speedway in August. Most recently, he qualified fourth and finished 12th driving this chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September.

#9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team will bring chassis No. 842 to Texas. The team last ran the chassis at Chicagoland Speedway where they brought home a 15th-place finish.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-805: Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th. The last time Chassis 10-805 was in action was Oct. 12 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th

#14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-827: This is a brand-new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack, but it has been wind-tunnel tested numerous times.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 777 raced at Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dover and Charlotte.

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-817 Last ran Michigan  finished 1st. Backup Chassis: RK-859 Last ran Indy  finished 24th

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 860  last ran at Chicago - finished 8th. Backup Chassis: RK-811 - 2012 No. 99 chassis.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Richmond (finished 22nd). Backup Chassis: PRS-842. Last Raced: Bristol (finished 5th).

#27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 427 at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. It was also utilized in a two-day test session at Texas last week.

#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AAA Texas 500. Harvick drove this RCR-prepared machine to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway and to a sixth-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

#31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized four times this season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, Kentucky Speedway in June, Michigan International Speedway in August and Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

#33-Austin Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 418 in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Dillon drove this Chevrolet SS to a 19th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, a 26th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and an 11th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in June. This former No. 27 entry was also driven by teammate Paul Menard to a 13th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and a 17th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

#39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-727 debuted at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2012, when Newman finished 14th. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Ryan Newman and the No. 39 team recorded a third-place finish. Chassis No. 39-727 was outfitted with a Chevrolet SS body over the winter and was raced again at Charlotte, this time in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, where Newman finished 13th. Then, the No. 39 team utilized Chassis 39-727 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August, where Newman was in position for a top-10 finish until he was caught up in a multi-car incident on lap 448, resulting in heavy damage that would see Newman finish the race 21st. Chassis 39-727 underwent repairs and visited the wind tunnel in August in preparation for the 500-mile race at Charlotte in October, where Newman led twice for two laps en route to recording an eighth-place finish.

#43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 843. The team brought this chassis to Texas earlier this year and brought home a seventh-place finish.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Johnson will drive a chassis No. 797 at Texas (won at Dover). Chassis No. 824 serves as the backup.

#55-Elliott Sadler: 783 battled for the lead with Vickers behind the wheel before mechanical issues ended the race early at Chicagoland Speedway.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Texas, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt has raced this chassis five times this year: Auto Club Speedway in March, Kansas Speedway in April, the All-Star Race in May and Michigan International Speedway in June and August.

#99-Carl Edwards: RK- 831 Last ran at October Texas test. RK  861 Last ran at Kansas.

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