Friday, March 13, 2015

Phoenix Driver Chassis Selections: 2015 500

Dale Jr. using 8th-place Phoenix chassis from last fall 

#3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. In 2014, Dillon raced this Chevrolet SS to a 21st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in November, an eighth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October and a 15th-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August. He also utilized this Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway in June, where he ran in the top 10 for a majority of the event before making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps of the event, resulting in a 30th-place finish.

#4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-841: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-841 in the 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-841 served as an unused backup for 1

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-896 for Sunday's race at Phoenix. In 2014, Kahne raced the chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September, where he finished 13th. He also drove it at Phoenix in November, where he finished 21st.

#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 808: Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 808 in the 500k. Formerly a No. 41 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Kurt Busch, Chassis No. 808 made its on-track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2014. That weekend, Busch started the event from the 15th position and raced as high as 11th before a late-race accident relegated him to a 36th -place finish.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-840: This car debuted last March at Phoenix International Raceway. It qualified 20th and was en route to a top-10 finish until an ill-timed caution with less than 65 laps remaining left it 16th. The car spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel in preparation for its second career start in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. There, it rallied from its 26th-place starting spot to finish 11th. Chassis No. 14-840 spent the remainder of the 2014 season as a backup at numerous venues, including last November's race at Phoenix. With new Chevrolet SS sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel this offseason, the car returns to Phoenix as the primary racecar, where it will make its third career start and second at Phoenix.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Phoenix. It raced last year at Phoenix (13th and 40th), California in March (16th), Richmond (43rd and 3rd) and Loudon in July (6th). Chassis No. 809 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis raced in 2014 at New Hampshire in September (14th), Kansas in May (23rd), Pocono in June (11th) as well as Pocono in August (4th).

#17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.: This car was last raced in Phoenix by Carl Edwards where he finished 15th. In the four times that this car was raced in 2014, it earned its best finish at Dover with an 11th -place finish.

#24-Jeff Gordon: Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-912 for this Sunday's 312-lap race. The chassis has been raced once with Gordon piloting it to a second-place finish at Phoenix in November of last year.

#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 485 for this weekend's 312-lap event at the one-mile track. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS will be utilized this weekend starting with practice on Friday at 3 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

#31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 462 in Sunday's 500 at PIR. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS 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 one-mile, low-banked, tri-oval track.

#32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis 755, which will serve as the primary car. This chassis previously ran at the fall Phoenix event in 2014 with Joey Gase finishing 33rd. Chassis 742 will serve as the backup car.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-906, which last saw action at Phoenix last November. The backup car is No. 48-749, which Johnson raced last March in Martinsville.

#55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 803 - Vickers finished fourth at Texas in April, eighth in All-Star Race, 19th at Indy and 24th in Chicago. Backup: 802 - In 2014, Bowyer finished 23rd at Las Vegas, eighth in Texas, seventh in All-Star race and 39th in Chicago.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-905 at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Phoenix in November.


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