Friday, May 8, 2015

Kansas Driver Chassis Selections: 2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 400

Kevin Harvick using winning Vegas chassis this week at Kansas

#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 507 in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was built new for the 2015 season and was utilized in April at Texas Motor Speedway, where Dillon finished 20th.

#4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-858: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-858 in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-858 made its debut at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on April 7 when the car started third and finished 42nd after a mechanical problem. Chassis No. 4-858 made its second appearance in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Harvick started 11th and led 100 laps en route to a runner-up finish. In its final appearance of 2014, it started and finished third and led 104 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Chassis No. 4-858 won its only start of 2015, when it started 18th and led 142 laps en route to the win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-888 for Saturday's race at Kansas. Most notably in 2014, Kahne led 70 laps and finished sixth driving the chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and raced it at Pocono Raceway in August, where he started 12th and finished 10th. Most recently, Kahne drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where he ran inside the top three for the majority of the race. However, he was involved in a late-race incident when a competitor sent him toward the wall on a restart. He ultimately finished 17th.

#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until late August where it was used for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It started strong by qualifying on the pole and took the lead from Greg Biffle on lap two and continued to pace the 43-car field for eight laps. But as the race wore on, Chassis No. 14-707 struggled with its handling, leaving it one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-707 was tested March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and April 11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway marked the car's first start of 2013, and it was a solid one, with Chassis No. 14-707 qualifying fifth and finishing fourth. Its next start came at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where in its third points paying start and its fourth overall, interim driver Mark Martin qualified 29th and finished 17th. Martin raced the car again in October at Charlotte, qualifying 22nd and finishing 42nd after a blown engine put it out of the race on lap 80. Under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston, Chassis No. 14-707 was overhauled during the offseason and spent numerous time in the wind tunnel. The car made its first start of 2014 and sixth overall in June at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where it was the car to beat, leading early and often for 24 laps. But a pit road speeding penalty proved too costly to overcome, although Stewart was able to rally and finish 13th. Chassis No. 14-707 returned to Pocono in August, but after qualifying 16th, it was collected in a multicar accident on lap 117 and finished 36th. Completely rebuilt, the car came back for its third start of 2014 at Kansas Speedway, where it had a quiet outing, starting ninth and finishing 17th. It returns to Kansas this weekend for its first start of 2015 and ninth overall.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 800 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Kansas. This chassis scored a 30th-place finish at Fontana in March. This chassis also raced in 2014 at Kentucky in July (23rd), Dover in June (4th) and Bristol in August (17th). Chassis No. 816 has served as back-up at several races this season.

#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-914 for Saturday night's race. The chassis has been raced twice - once in 2015 at Atlanta and once in 2014 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earlier this year, Gordon finished 41st at Atlanta after being involved in a lap-264 accident while running in the top 10. In the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Gordon led 161 laps from the pole position en route to a 10th-place finish.

#27-Paul Menard: The Richard Childress Racing team will utilize chassis No. 508 this weekend in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was raced earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway where Menard started eighth and finished 41st after a mechanical issue ended the team's strong run early.

#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 504 at Kansas Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet competed two times this season at Auto Club Speedway (Start: 9/Finish: 5) and Texas Motor Speedway (Start: 7/Finish: 12).

#32-Joey Gase: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-815 to serve as the primary car. This chassis last raced at Texas in April with Mike Bliss finishing 36th. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.

#33-Ty Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 441 for this weekend's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was last raced earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway by Brian Scott. Dillon is scheduled to make his fourth-career Sprint Cup Series race. He made a start in the No. 33 Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet SS earlier this season in the Daytona 500.

#41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 837: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 837 in Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 837 debuted in May 2014 at Kansas, where Patrick had one of the best outings of her career as she started ninth and finished seventh. Its next event was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where Patrick started 10th and finished 21st. Chassis No. 837 was then tested Aug. 25 and 26 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, before being used at the same racetrack in September, where Patrick started 18th and finished 19th. Chassis No. 837 saw its first laps of 2015 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where Busch qualified the car on the pole and led six times for 65 laps en route to earning a third-place finish.

#48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-910, which was the race-winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono Raceway in June 2014.

#55-David Ragan: Primary: 796 - Jeff Burton raced this chassis in 2014 at Las Vegas and Michigan. Brett Moffitt tested this chassis at Kentucky Speedway April 13-15. It has also been the test car at several tests in 2014 & 2015. Backup: 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Clint Bowyer. Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October.

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-920. Earnhardt first raced the chassis to a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

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