Friday, May 29, 2015

Dover Driver Chassis Selections: 2015 FedEx 400

Gordon using Vegas/All-Star chassis; Johnson using new chassis

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a ninth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in April and a 20th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In 2014, Dillon raced this Chevrolet SS to a 24th-place finish at Dover International Speedway in September, a 20th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September and a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

#4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-884: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 ditech Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-884 in the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-884 made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last July, where it won the pole, led 12 laps and finished eighth. It also won the pole in its second appearance at Atlanta in August, when it led 195 laps and finished 19th. It won its third appearance at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October, when it started seventh and led 162 laps. In its most recent start, Harvick made his 500th career start at Texas when he started fifth, led two laps and finished second. In its lone start in 2015, Chassis No. 4-884 started and finished second and led 96 laps at Texas in April.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-896 for Sunday's race at Dover. In 2014, Kahne raced the chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September and at Phoenix in November. Most recently, Kahne raced the chassis at Phoenix in March, where he finished fourth.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-827: This car debuted in July 2014 during the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart used it to qualify sixth, but in the race the car was persistently loose and it finished 17th. It was a reversal of fortune for the car, for in its lone test prior to Indianapolis it excelled, as Kevin Harvick drove it to the fastest speed of anyone participating in the Dec. 9, 2013 test session at Charlotte (N.C.)Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-827 next raced at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it had a quiet weekend, qualifying 22nd and finishing 18th. The car returned to Charlotte in October where it made its third career start, qualifying a strong fourth but finishing 21st, bedeviled by a tight-handling condition. Its last start of 2014 came in November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where in qualifying it set the fastest lap in a stock car at a 1.5-mile oval when Stewart drove it to a lap of 26.985 seconds at 200.111 mph. It was the first time a stock car surpassed the 200 mph mark on a 1.5-mile oval. The car performed admirably in the race, finishing 11th. The car sat idle until April 2015 when it appeared at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. It was a solid effort with the sixth-place finish at the concrete oval being the car's best among its five career starts. Chassis No. 14-827 returns to the concrete with this weekend's race at Dover.

#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-907 for Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced five times previously with Gordon finishing fourth in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte and 18th at Las Vegas in its only starts of 2015. Last year, the 43-year-old driver finished 29th at Texas in November and posted runner-up finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and Chicagoland Speedway in September racing the chassis.

#27-Paul Menard: will get behind the wheel of chassis No. 487 this weekend at Dover International Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Start: 13/ Finish: 13), Auto Club Speedway (Start: 11/ Finish: 4) and Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint Showdown (Start: 1/ Finish: 2).

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 504 in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. This Chevrolet has been utilized three times this season at Auto Club Speedway (Start: 9/Finish: 5), Texas Motor Speedway (Start: 7/Finish: 12) and Kansas Speedway (Start: 15/Finish: 10).

#32-Mike Bliss: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-742 to serve as the primary car. Bliss last drove this car at Bristol in April finishing 31st. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.

#33-Brian Scott: is scheduled to pilot chassis No. 460 in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Scott most recently ran this chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he scored his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career-best finish of 13th. This chassis saw action at three previous tracks in 2014 including Auto Club Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.

#41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 828: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 828 in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 828 debuted in November 2013 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, when Patrick started 24th and finished 20th. It was then put to use in March 2014 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where she started 22nd and finished 21st. It raced two weeks later at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where Patrick started 27th and finished 14th. Chassis No. 828 last raced at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2014, where Patrick started seventh and finished 10th. Chassis No. 828 was prepared and carried numerous times throughout the rest of the 2014 season as a backup car, but will see its first laps of action since then this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

#47-A.J. Allmendinger: Chassis 499: "We're bringing the same car AJ raced at Phoenix International Raceway and Kansas Speedway," crew chief Brian Burns said. "So, it's fairly new and only its third race. We debuted it at Phoenix and lost a motor in practice. AJ drove from the back of field and overcame bad track position to finish 17th. We also had our jack man Mike Klein go out with an injury mid-race and he's our pit coach as well. I feel pretty good about this car. We're hoping for a solid weekend."

#48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-937, which is a brand new Chevrolet SS. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono Raceway in June 2014.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-905 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis at Phoenix International Raceway in March.

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