Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chicagoland Driver Chassis Selections: 2014

#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-924. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-902. Last Raced: Sonoma (finished 16th as No. 22)

#3-Austin Dillon: Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 22nd-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-896 for Sunday's race at Chicagoland. This chassis is brand new and has never been raced.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-837: Chassis No. 10-837 debuted in May at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Patrick had one of the best outings of her career as she started ninth and finished seventh. Its next event was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where she started 10th and finished 21st. Chassis No. 10-837 was then tested Aug. 25 and 26 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 802 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Chicagoland. This chassis raced at Las Vegas (23rd), Texas (8th), Showdown/All Star (1st/7th), Chicagoland test (August 25 and 26). Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis raced earlier this year at Bristol (15th) and Darlington (12th).

#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-908 Last ran Michigan - finished 10th. Backup Chassis: RK-890 Last ran Pocono - finished 5th.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 929 - new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-877 - last ran at Loudon - finished ninth.

#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-923. Last Raced New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-901. Last Raced: Sonoma (finished 22nd as No. 2)

#24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-907 for this Sunday's race. This chassis is brand new and has never been raced.

#27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 480 during the 400-mile event at Chicagoland Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has seen the track two times in 2014, once at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Menard started 29th and finished 34th, then again in August at Michigan International Speedway where he started seventh and finished fourth.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 479 in Sunday's 400-mile event. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway (Start: 12th / Finish: 9th) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Start: 4th / Finish: 11th).

#41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 748: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 748 in Sunday's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. Formerly a No. 39 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Chassis No. 748 made its lone start of the 2014 season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California in March, where Busch started 17th and finished third to record his first top-five finish as an SHR driver. Since then, Chassis No. 748 received body updates and was utilized for a test session at Chicagoland last month.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-891 for this weekend's event in Chicago. This chassis last saw action with a ninth-place finish in Michigan. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which last saw on-track action at Kansas Speedway in May when Johnson finished ninth. Teams carry a third car for Chase races and Knaus selected No. 48-797, which Johnson drove to a fourth-place finish in Atlanta last month.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 803 finished fourth in Texas and 19th at Indy. Backup: 801 finished 13th at Las Vegas.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877 this weekend at Chicago. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway last month.

Goodyear Tire Notes for Chicago 
While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this week will run the same left-side tire code, Sprint Cup teams will run their own right-side tire code . . . Sprint Cup teams have run this left-side code (D-4392) at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . they have also run this left-side at Texas and Darlington earlier this season . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4618) at Chicagoland, though they did run it earlier this season at Texas . . . this right-side tire employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- one on the inboard two inches of the tread for endurance and heat resistance, and one on the outboard 10 inches of the tread for traction . . . this tire combination was confirmed at a Goodyear test at Chicagoland on June 10 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, #22 Penske Racing Ford with Joey Logano, #27 Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Paul Menard and #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with Jimmie Johnson . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear)

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