Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Driver Chassis Selections for Homestead: 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400

Keselowski using winning Chicagoland chassis this week at Homestead
#2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-924 at Homestead, which last ran at Chicago in September and won the race. The backup chassis is PRS-902 which was last used as a backup at Texas in Nov.

#3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 481 at Homestead. This is the same Dow Chevy that Dillon raced to a 13th-place finish at Charlotte in October, a 16th-place finish at Chicago in September, a 22nd-place finish at Michigan in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis in July.

#4-Kevin Harvick will utilize Chassis No. 850 this weekend. Harvick raced this Budweiser chassis multiple times this season, including the following races: Auto Club Speedway (36th), the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (second), Kentucky (seventh) and Bristol (August - 11th). The #4 Budweiser team also utilized this car during a two-day test at Homestead last month (Oct. 28-20). Harvick has 13 prior NSCS starts at the 1.5-mile track. He has earned five top fives and 11 top-10 finishes. Harvick has led a total of 136 laps at Homestead and has an average start of 14.0 and an average finish of 8.1 there.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday's race at Homestead. Kahne has raced this car five times this year. He drove it at the Fontana, California, oval in March and at Charlotte's All-Star Race in May, raced it to an eighth-place finish at Kentucky in June and drove it to Victory Lane at Atlanta in August. Most recently, Kahne drove this chassis at Dover in September. In 10 Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead, Kahne has earned two pole positions, one top-five finish and four top-10s and led a total of 107 laps at the 1.5-mile track. He also has completed 2,593 of 2,675 laps there (96.9 percent). Kahne is the only driver with more than three starts at Homestead to have an average starting position inside the top 10 (8.3).

#10-Danica Patrick: will drive primary Chassis No. 10-908 which debuted in October 2014 at Charlotte with Kurt Busch and crew chief Daniel Knost. It started 11th and finished 11th after leading two laps. Backup chassis No. 10-845 was tested by Kurt Busch at Las Vegas in March, and then started 26th and finished 23rd at the 1.5-mile oval race weekend. The chassis was then used at Darlington, where Busch started 13th but finished 31st after being involved in an accident late in the race. The car was repaired and used in June at Michigan, where Busch started eighth, led 16 laps, but finished 13th. The car was back to Michigan in August, when Busch started 16th, led three laps and finished 31st. The Ford 400 will mark Danica Patrick's 82nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her second at Homestead-Miami Speedway. She finished 20th there in 2013. In three NASCAR Nationwide Series outings, she started in the top-15 each time and finished 13th in November 2012. In six IndyCar Series races at the track, her best finished was second in 2010.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-898 debuted in August at Michigan with veteran NASCAR driver Jeff Burton at the wheel. Burton qualified 27th and felt the car was capable of advancing to the front, but a cracked tailpipe caught the heat shields underneath the car on fire around lap 65. It took 24 laps in the garage to make repairs, and Burton finished a disappointing 37th. Chassis No. 14-898 returned to action at Atlanta with Stewart. After starting 12th and passing five cars on the first lap, Stewart continued to show strength, climbing all the way to fourth place by lap 15. Changing track conditions saw Stewart drop to 12th by lap 100, but in working the low line around the track's corners, Stewart made the racecar work for him. Unfortunately, a flat right-front tire on lap 171 sent Stewart into the turn-two wall. The right side of Chassis No. 14-898 scraped along the SAFER Barrier and then moments later, the tire shredded, ripping apart sheetmetal and suspension components. Too damaged to repair, the car suffered a DNF (Did Not Finish). The car has been busy since, testing at Charlotte Sept. 29-30 and at Homestead Oct. 28-29. This weekend's Sprint Cup season finale marks the third career start for Chassis No. 14-898. Stewart has three wins, four top-fives, seven top-10s and has led a total of 450 laps in his 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Homestead. His average start is 15.9, his average finish is 11.9 and he has a lap completion rate of 99.9.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 817 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Homestead. This chassis raced at Kansas in October (18th). Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis . This chassis raced at Bristol in August (17th) Kentucky in June (23rd) and Dover in June (4th). Bowyer has three top-fives and five top-10s in eight races at the 1.5-mile oval.

#16-Greg Biffle: the primary chassis is RK-930 which made is 2014 debut at Kansas with a 15th place finish, then went on to finish 13th at Texas. The backup chassis is RK-890 which last ran at Pocono, finishing 5th. Greg Biffle won at Homestead three years in row, starting in 2004. In addition to his three wins, Biffle has four top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: primary chassis RK-914 is the same chassis that Stenhouse Jr. has raced multiple times this year. This chassis was last raced at Charlotte where Stenhouse finished 24th. The backup chassis is RK- 877 which last raced at New Hampshire and finished ninth. Stenhouse has two career starts at Homestead, with an average starting position of 18.0 and average finishing position of 30.5.

#22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-923 at Homestead, which last ran at Chicago in September and finished 4th. The backup chassis is PRS-903 which was last used as a backup at Texas in Nov.

#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-914 for this Sunday's race. This chassis is brand new and has never been raced. On Nov. 18, 2012, Gordon led the final 13 laps en route to his only victory in 15 starts the South Florida track. His seven top-five finishes are two more than any other driver while Gordon is tied for most top-10s with 11.

#27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 480 during Sunday's 400.5-mile event at Homestead. This is the same Richmond/Menards Chevy he raced to a 42nd-place finish at Charlotte in October, a 21st-place finish at Chicago in September, a fourth-place finish at Michigan in August and a 24th-place finish at Indianapolis in July. In eight starts at the 1.5-mile track, Menard has an average start of 26 and average finish of 24.1. He's completed 2,093 of 2,137 laps with one lap led. Menard also owns five NASCAR Nationwide Series starts earning one start from the third position, along with two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

#31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 486 in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead. This Caterpillar chassis was utilized earlier this season at Kansas where the #31 team started 17th and finished sixth. In 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, Newman owns one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average start is 12.4 and average finish is 17. He's led 143 laps in competition. Newman's 11th-place finish at Phoenix advanced the #31 team to the Championship Round at Homestead. Newman is in a four-way tie for the lead heading into the season finale with 5,000 points.

#33-Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 454 during the 267-lap event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This chassis saw track action this season at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Texas, Charlotte, Michigan and Kentucky. Slugger Labbe will crew chief the #33 entry this weekend. Scott will be making his first Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Homestead-Miami 400 on Sunday.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-891 for this weekend's event in Homestead. This car was tested at Homestead last month and also finished 12th at Chicago in September. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which was last raced at Kansas in May where Johnson finished ninth. In 13 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Johnson won two poles (2007 and 2009) and has led 99 laps. He has yet to win at the 1.5-mile track, which is one of four tracks where he has yet to reach Victory Lane. Others include Chicago, Watkins Glen and Kentucky. Johnson has an average start of 15.8 and finish of 14.8.

#55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 808 which finished 26th at Darlington, 42nd & 19th at Michigan & 15th at Dover in Sept. Backup chassis 797 finished 43rd at Dover in June.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Chicago in September. In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Earnhardt has led 121 laps and recorded one top-five finish and two top-10s. He scored his best finish -- third -- at Homestead in the 2013 season finale.

#99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Fastenal team will unload primary chassis RK-910 was last run in 2014 at the second Charlotte race, starting in the 10th spot and finishing 8th. Backup chassis RK-897 was Backup for second Texas race. Edwards has won two times at Homestead in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008 and 2010. He has 10 Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile oval with an average start of 11.7 and an average finish of 6.6.

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