Friday, September 5, 2014

Richmond Driver Chassis Selections: 2014 Federated Auto Parts 400

Keselowski is using his winning Kentucky chassis this week at Richmond
#2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-904 at Richmond, which last raced at Kentucky and WON. The Backup Chassis is PRS-853 which last was a backup at Bristol.

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. This is the same American Ethanol Chevy that Dillon raced to a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire in July. In one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway in April, Dillon earned a 27th-place finish. In five NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Richmond International Raceway, Dillon has earned two top-10 finishes and led 14 laps at the .75-mile track.

#4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 846 in Saturday's race at Richmond. Harvick last raced this car at Pocono in August and earned a second-place finish. In addition, Harvick finished 39th in March at Bristol (accident) and 17th at Dover (flat tire) in this chassis. Harvick has 27 NSCS starts at RIR. He has earned three wins (2006, 2011 and 2013), seven top fives and 16 top-10 finishes. Harvick also has an average start of 16.1 and average finish of 11.3 at the 0.75-mile track.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Saturday night's race at Richmond. Kahne has driven this chassis three times in 2014. In March, he drove it to an 11th-place finish at Phoenix. In April, he drove this car at Richmond, where he started fourth and finished 14th. Most recently, Kahne finished 11th driving this chassis at New Hampshire. In 21 Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Kahne has earned one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He won in 2005 after starting from the pole position. Most recently, Kahne scored a 14th-place finish at Richmond in April.

#10-Danica Patrick: will drive Chassis No. 10-823 which was used for the first time in September 2013 at New Hampshire, where Patrick started 21st and finished 27th. It was then used in November at Phoenix, where Patrick started 32nd and finished 33rd after a midrace accident not of her making caused her to finish 10 laps down. It was last used in March at Phoenix, where she started 33rd and finished 36th. Chassis No. 10-811 is a car that was first used during a test Aug. 26-27 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Danica Patrick tested the car Aug. 26 while teammate Mark Martin tested it Aug. 27. It was then used in September at Richmond, where Patrick started 36th and finished 30th. It was then a backup car in November at Phoenix International Raceway. Backup Chassis No. 10-811 was tested at New Smyrna Speedway in February and then was the backup car at Phoenix and Martinsville in March. It returned to action in April at Richmond, where Patrick started 35th and finished 34th. It was tested again at New Smyrna in July 2014.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Richmond. This chassis raced at Phoenix (13th), California (16th), Richmond (43rd) and Loudon (6th) earlier this year. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis and has served as the back up at several races, most recently at Pocono in August.

#16-Greg Biffle: will drive primary chassis RK-928, which is a brand new chassis.. The backup chassis is RK-876 which last ran Phoenix and finished 17th. Biffle has 24 Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-893 is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Kentucky where Stenhouse had maneuvered his Fifth Third Bank Ford up to the 12th position before a costly pit-road mistake on the final pit stop forced Stenhouse to settle with a 25th-place finish. The backup chassis, RK-877, last ran at New Hampshire and finished ninth.

#22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-9039 at Richmond, which last ran at Kentucky in June, finishing 9th. The backup chassis is PRS-844 which last was a backup at Bristol.

#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-816 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis has been raced four times previously including earlier this year at Richmond where Gordon led 173 laps en route to a runner-up finish. Gordon has two wins, six pole positions, 17 top-five finishes and 27 top-10s in 43 Cup starts at the Virginia short track.

#27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 485 during the 300-mile event at Richmond. This 27 Sylvania / Menards Chevy is a brand new Richard Childress Racing chassis and will make its first on-track laps during Friday's first practice session. Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the .75-mile track. His best start of seventh came in September 2010 and best finish of fifth came in September 2013. Menard has one top-five finish and one top-10 finish at RIR. He's completed 5,895 of 6,016 laps (98%) and led four laps.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 456 in Saturday night's 400-lap event at Richmond. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy was utilized in three Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014; California Speedway (Start: 16th, Finish: 20th), Kansas Speedway (Start: 7th, Finish: 11th) and the second Pocono Raceway event (Start: 21st, Finish: 8th). In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at RIR, Newman visited victory lane at the fall event in 2003. The "Rocket Man" also owns one pole award from the fall of 2004. In total, he owns six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12th and average finish of 11th.

#41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 826 in Saturday night¡¦s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. Formerly a #39 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Chassis No. 826 made its first start of the 2014 season at Phoenix in March, where Busch started 10th but finished 39th after being forced to retire prematurely due to a mechanical failure. Most recently, Busch piloted Chassis No. 826 at Richmond in April, where he suffered a flat right-front tire late in the running that led to a less-than-desired 23rd-place finish. Saturday night¡¦s Federated Auto Parts 400 will mark Busch¡¦s 28th career Sprint Cup start at Richmond. Busch has one win, five top-fives and nine top-10s at the .75-mile oval. Additionally, the 36-year-old driver has led 457 laps, has an average starting position of 19.4, an average finish of 17.5, and has completed 97.9 percent (10,586 of 10,809) of the laps he¡¦s contested there.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-904 for this weekend's event in Richmond. This chassis is brand new. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806, which last saw on-track action at New Hampshire in 2013 when Johnson finished fourth. In 25 starts at Richmond, Johnson has recorded three wins, five top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He has an average start of 12.4 and an average finish of 17.9. Johnson has led 417 laps around the 0.75-mile track.

#55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 814 which #15-Clint Bowyer drove to a 16th place finish at Indy. Backup chassis is 812 which finished 43rd at Dover with Vickers.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 Nationwide Insurance will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire in July. In 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, one pole position, nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He has led a total of 501 laps and completed 99.2 percent of all laps he's attempted at the short track (11,913 laps of 12,009 total).

#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes will unload primary chassis RK-886 was last run in 2014 at Spring New Hampshire race, starting in the 14th spot and finishing 13th. Backup chassis RK-874 was last brought to Spring New Hampshire race in 2014 as the back-up car. Edwards is the defending winner from last year's fall race. He led 46 laps. Edwards has three Nationwide Series wins in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Edwards has 20 Sprint Cup starts at the .750-mile track with an average start of 13.4 and an average finish of 13.5.

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