Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Sprint Unlimited Chassis Selections

Patrick using her 8th-place 2013 Daytona 500 car in the Sprint Unlimited
#2-Brad Keselowski: The primary chassis is PRS-653, which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-657 which is a new chassis.

#4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 4-814 at Daytona in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited. Built new for 2014, Chassis No. 4-814 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.

#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-758 which was wind-tunnel tested in January 2013 before being used by Patrick in the 55th Daytona 500. Patrick qualified the car on the pole with a speed of 196.434 mph and then started first and finished 17th in the first Budweiser Duel. She started on the pole and led five laps in the Daytona 500 before finishing eighth - the best finish ever for a woman in the "Great American Race." The next on-track activity for Chassis 10-573 was during a Goodyear tire test April 16-17 at Daytona. Patrick next drove Chassis 10-758 in May at Talladega, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 33rd after being involved in a late-race accident. The car was rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested throughout the summer and then Patrick drove it in October at Talladega, where she finished 33rd after a pit-road speeding penalty cost her any chance of a good finish. The last time Patrick drove chassis No. 10-758 was in January 2014 testing at Daytona.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-762: made its debut during 2013 Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona. It qualified fifth in time trials for the Daytona 500, which slotted it third in its Budweiser Duel qualifying race. Chassis No. 14-762 ran well in the Duel, finishing sixth to place it 13th in the 55th Daytona 500. But just 34 laps into the season-opening race, Chassis No. 14-762 was collected in a multi-car crash. The team made extensive repairs and 82 laps later, returned Stewart to the 2.5-mile superspeedway to log laps and earn the best finish possible, which was 41st in the 43-car field. It served as backup for the remainder of the 2013 season, but was tested Jan. 9-10, 2014 at Daytona in preparation for the Sprint Unlimited.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Nationwide team will be using primary chassis Chassis RK-799 which has served as a back-up car for the #17 team for the past year. It was last raced in the 2012 Shootout by teammate Carl Edwards finishing ninth..

#22-Joey Logano: Primary chassis is PRS-654 which last raced at Talladega in Oct 2013. The backup chassis is PRS-658, a new chassis.

#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson and the #24 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-631 for Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited. Gordon has driven this chassis in six restrictor-plate events - four in 2011 and both Talladega races in 2012. While driving this car, Gordon averaged a 3.2 starting spot, including two pole positions at Talladega and one outside pole in the 2011 Daytona 500. Gordon scored his best result - a runner-up finish at Talladega in October 2012 -- the last time he raced this car.

#41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 817 in the Sprint Unlimited. SHR Chassis No. 817 served as a backup for the #39 team last season for the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega but will turn its first laps in racing competition in the Sprint Unlimited.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-756 for Saturday's Sprint Unlimited. Johnson, who will drive the #48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS in the exhibition event, most recently tested this car during Preseason Thunder in early January at Daytona International Speedway.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team have chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-767, which will be adorned with the National Guard paint scheme. Earnhardt tested this chassis at Daytona in January.

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