Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Las Vegas Driver Chassis Selections: 2015 Kobalt 400

Gordon using winning Brickyard/Michigan chassis
#3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In 2014, Dillon raced this Dow Energy & Water Chevrolet SS to a 24th-place finish at Dover in September, a 20th-place finish at Richmond in September and a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire in July.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-888 for Sunday's race at Las Vegas. Most notably, in 2014, Kahne led 70 laps and finished sixth driving the chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. He also raced it at Pocono Raceway in August, where he started 12th and finished 10th.

#15-Clint Bowyer:
Chassis No. 812 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Las Vegas, is is a brand new chassis. Chassis No. 816 serves as the back-up chassis and is new, was the backup in Atlanta.

#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-895 for this Sunday's Kobalt 400. Gordon raced the chassis to a record-breaking fifth Brickyard 400 victory in July, a win at Michigan International Speedway in August and a 14th-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October in 2014.

#27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 480 for this weekend's 267-lap event at the 1.5-mile track in Las Vegas. This #27 Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet SS has four previous starts from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season including Indianapolis, Chicago, Charlotte and Homestead.

#31-Ryan Newman will pilot chassis No. 491 in Sunday's Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy is a brand new car and will take to the track for the first time on Friday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams practice and qualify at the 1.5-mile speedway.

#32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis 742, which will serve as the primary car. This chassis previously ran at the fall Texas event in 2014 with Joey Gase. Chassis 755 will serve as the backup car.

#33-Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 460 in Sunday's Las Vegas 400. This chassis has seen action at three previous tracks in 2014 including Auto Club, Atlanta and Phoenix. 

#41-Regan Smith will pilot Chassis No. 838 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Sunday's Kobalt 400. It was previously a #10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick. It made its debut in April 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 24th and finished 27th. She was running in the top-15 with the car in June at Pocono but cut a tire, crashed and finished 37th. Chassis 838 then raced in August at Atlanta, where Patrick started 27th but finished a career-best sixth. It was last used in October at Kansas, where Patrick qualified 29th and over the final 30 circuits moved from 23rd to record an impressive 16th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 838 has undergone updates and will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Las Vegas.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: For the Kobalt 400, Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-922, which is a brand-new car. The backup car is No. 48-824, which last saw action at Pocono in June 2014.

#55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 817 in which Clint Bowyer finished eighth with at Homestead and 18th at Kansas in October. The backup chassis 813 was last driven by Bowyer Charlotte in May finishing 17th, 10th and sixth at Michigan races and ninth at Dover in September.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced the car at Kansas in October 2014. It is the same chassis Earnhardt drove to Victory Lane at Pocono in June and August of last season.


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