Thursday, July 3, 2014

Daytona Driver Chassis Selections: 2014 Coke Zero 400

Danica Patrick using her pole winning car from last season that finished 8th

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-653. Last Raced: Sprint Unlimited (finished 2nd). Backup Chassis: PRS-649. Last Raced: Talladega backup.

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 468 in the Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized for the first time under race conditions.

#4-Kevin Harvick: will utilize Chassis No. 834 in Sunday's race. Harvick raced the car to a 13th-place finish in this year's Daytona 500.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-856 for Saturday night's race at Daytona. Kahne last drove this car to an eighth-place finish at Talladega in May.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-758: This car 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." Patrick next drove Chassis 10-758 in May at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, 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. Patrick drove chassis No. 10-758 in January 2014 testing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway before piloting it once again in the non-points-paying Sprint Unlimited at Daytona in February. Patrick, who ran as high as fourth in the early part of the event, was caught up in a multicar accident on lap 35, relegating her to a 16th-place finish. The car has been rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested since that race and was used in May at Talladega, where she started seventh, led six laps and finished 22nd.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-762: This car 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 multicar 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. In that non-points race, Chassis No. 14-762 started ninth and ran as high as third before a multicar crash on lap 35 dropped it to 11th. With fresh sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-762

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 811 serves as the primary chassis. It is a new chassis for the 2014 season and has not been raced. Chassis No. 754 serves as the back-up chassis. Bowyer drove this Toyota to a third-place finish at Talladega in April. Martin Truex Jr. also finished 24th in the 2013 Daytona 500 and eighth in the May 2013 Talladega race in this chassis.

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-798 last raced at Talladega where Biffle led 58 laps and crossed the finish line second. Backup Chassis: RK-852 Last ran Talladega in 2013 - finished 11th.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 909 - new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-872 - new chassis.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-651. Last Raced Daytona 500 backup. Backup Chassis: PRS-654. Last Raced: Talladega backup.

#24-Jeff Gordon: No. 24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-887 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis is new and has never been raced.

#27-Paul Menard: will race chassis No. 447. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced at this year's Daytona 500, where Menard led 29 laps of competition. The team's great run was ended short when Menard was collected in an on-track incident and had to take the No. 27 Chevrolet to the garage for repairs.

#29-Joe Nemechek: will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 061 in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 436 in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS competed earlier this season in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway and the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

#41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 817 in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Chassis No. 817 was built in 2014 and started 10th and finished 14th in the Sprint Unlimited during 2014 Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona. Busch was collected in a seven-car pileup on lap 35 and was unable to finish the race.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-871 for this weekend's race, which Johnson most recently raced at Talladega in May. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-853, which Johnson cruised to a fifth-place finish in the Daytona 500 in February.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 810 finished fourth at Talladega. Backup: 753 finished 30th in the Daytona 500

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-872 for Saturday's race. Earnhardt first raced this chassis at Talladega Superspeedway in May. Earnhardt's winning 2014 Daytona 500 chassis currently resides in the Daytona Experience on the track property.

#99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-913 is a new chassis. Backup chassis RK-870 was last brought to Talladega in 2014 as a backup.

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