With NASCAR on a temporary hiatus, news is going to be slow in the coming weeks. To help fill the NASCAR void, we plan on taking you on a daily trip down memory lane spanning the years since the Jayski’s site inception. Using our news archives pages, here’s a look back at what’s happened on this date through the last 23 years in NASCAR:
This day in NASCAR history: March 23
Years we have pulled today’s main items from: 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2002, 2001, 1999
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Note: Many links on older stories don’t work. There’s not a lot of the same websites around anymore.
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Furniture Row Racing looking for sponsorship, ability to expand: Ever since its formation in 2005, Furniture Row Racing has been a self-sponsored team, with the name of owner Barney Visser’s business on the fenders of the team’s black #78 Chevy. But that could be about to change. In an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com, team General Manager Joe Garone said the team is actively looking for a primary sponsor for next year, with the eventual goal of becoming a multi-car team. "I think there’s a misconception that we’re sponsored and we’re really not," Garone told FOXSports.com. "Our owner owns a company that sponsors the car, but we really would like to find a partner to come on board with us to be a part of the program. I think it will enhance our team and make it more competitive." Asked if Furniture Row wants to become a multi-car team, Garone said, "Ultimately, absolutely. We’d like to bring some sponsorship on the 78 car and then, obviously, full sponsorship on a second program." Garone said the Denver-based team would benefit from having a second car.(FoxSports)(3-23-2015)
NASCAR considering reducing horsepower to Cup cars next season: NASCAR is planning on making significant engine package changes in 2015 to extend the life of Sprint Cup powerplants and reduce horsepower. And along with engine changes, there likely will be aerodynamic and tire changes for the Cup cars in 2015 as well. That’s the word from NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton. Pemberton said the sanctioning body has had four meetings so far with representatives from Chevy, Ford and Toyota and race teams about how to implement those changes. No consensus has been reached yet, according to Pemberton, but discussions are ongoing in advance of making the changes for next year. Although Pemberton declined to specify how many horsepower NASCAR is looking to cut, sources familiar with the discussions said the reduction would be in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 horsepower. Currently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines make about 860-900 horsepower at most tracks. Discussions are still in the early stages, Pemberton said, but given the fact that there are so few engine suppliers now, they will need plenty of lead-time to make changes for next year.
Among the options being discussed are reduction in engine displacement and changes to throttle body size. Sources familiar with the discussions say that Chevy and Toyota are pushing for a reduction to 5.0-liter engines, while the Ford camp is pushing for the use of tapered spacers, such as are used in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series engines. Pemberton said any change in the engine package likely would necessitate other changes as well.
"It’s not fully appreciated the fact that we’ve had the same engine for basically 25 or 30 years and it’s at 850 or 860 horsepower, where it used to be 500," Pemberton said. "And we are at the same race tracks where we used to run 160 (miles per hour) we’re now qualifying at 190 and running 213 going into the corners. There’s been a lot of engineering and gains made across the board. Goodyear … we have the same tire patch as when we started.(FoxSports)(3-23-2014)
No sellout for Bristol, first since 1982: According to figures provided by NASCAR, an estimated total of 138,000 attended Sunday’s Food City 500 Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Unofficial estimates placed the figure closer to 120,000 on the overcast and chilly afternoon. Entering the weekend, the 160,000-seat facility had been sold out for 55 straight Sprint Cup events. The NASCAR attendance estimate for Saturday’s Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race was 85,000. Crowds of over 100,000 have attended the Nationwide races at BMS in recent years. Many fans have complained that the excitement level of BMS events has been diminished since the .533-concrete oval underwent an extensive 2007 resurfacing project which gave competitors more room to maneuver. That sentiment remerged Monday morning on various NASCAR message boards and talk shows, even though Sunday’s Food City 500 featured 29 lead changes, 10 caution periods and a 10-lap dash to the finish. According to BMS Vice President of Public Affairs Kevin Triplett, the biggest hurdle facing BMS the past two years has been the slumping national economy. Triplett feels that the thousands of empty seats this past weekend were emblematic of the financial challenges in NASCAR hotbeds around the Midwest and Northeast. "As far as winning back fans, more than 60% of the ones we surveyed who did not renew their tickets said it was for economic reasons," Triplett said. The August Sprint Cup race at BMS remains one of the most popular events in motorsports. Speedway officials have attempted to generate renewed interest for their March race program by holding the Food City Race Night program on track property and by introducing a 35-lap charity event for retired NASCAR drivers on Saturday night. "There are other things – lodging costs, people out of work – that are factors that are out of our hands," Triplett said. (Bristol Herald Courier), The speedway’s record streak of 55 sellouts began back in August 1982 – when the track could accommodate a mere 30,000 fans.(Bristol Herald Courier)(3-23-2010)
Longhorn returns as sponsor; Hornaday has yet to win at Martinsville: Longhorn/Swedish Match returns as primary sponsor the #33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. Longhorn/Swedish Match adorned the #33 previously at the season opener in Daytona.
Latest on the #36 team rumors UPDATE: been told that members of the #36 Bill Davis Racing team were told that if the team were shutting down, they would find out from team owner Bill Davis and not thru the media and that BDR is contracted with Toyota to field two teams even if the sponsor were to leave the team or not pay the bills. See past news on the #36 rumors on my #36 Team News and Links page.(3-23-2007)
UPDATE: The #36 Bill Davis Racing Toyota team is not shutting down, team manager Tommy Baldwin told ESPN.com Thursday. "By no means are we slowing down with that team," Baldwin said. "But reality is reality. You don’t make races you’re going to be out of business. Any team. Not just the 36. We’re certainly not in that position right now." Driver Jeremy Mayfield has yet to qualify for a race this season, spawning speculation that the team was in peril. "The reality of it is we’ve missed the first four races," Baldwin said. "It’s been a hard thing to swallow as a race team. We’ve just got to keep working with the 36, figure out what Jeremy really wants [in the car]." Baldwin explained that Mayfield’s driving style is vastly different than that employed by Dave Blaney, driver of BDR’s #22 Toyota. As a result, what he wants to feel at the wheel is also quite different. "Jeremy’s a finesse driver," Baldwin said. "He feels a lot of things in the steering wheel. Some things he doesn’t like compared to Dave – Dave can just drive through the situation where Jeremy is feeling a lot of things and it’s making him uncomfortable. "The team is close. The people working on it are doing a really good job. The car is prepared really well. The car is built right. But I don’t know if it’s being they’re built to Jeremy’s liking. Being associated with Jeremy in the past [at Evernham Motorsports], there were some differences we had to do back then between the two drivers. It’s pretty much the same here, we’re finding out." To combat the situation, Baldwin said cars dedicated to Mayfield are being cut up and rebuilt. He said they went to the wind tunnel Thursday and will go twice more in the coming two weeks. Baldwin said Toyota is doing everything it can to assist BDR’s development, and that Mayfield is fully engaged and handling it well. What about him? Is it time for a full time return to crew chief? "I don’t want to," Baldwin said. "I want to keep working on the future of Bill Davis Racing as well as what’s going on today. I’ve had to stop a lot of things, change my focus because of this role. But until we get into making the races and the direction we need to go there’s no sense in bringing someone else into the company just yet."(ESPN.com)
AND: been told by sources at the track, the #36 has 360 OTC decals on the car.(3-23-2007)
Jeff Green wins wild one at Bristol: Saturday’s BGN race at Bristol brought out the best – and worst – short track racing has to offer. #21-Jeff Green won the Channellock 250 in a race slowed a record-tying 14 times by caution for 88 laps, but Green’s brother, Mark, was involved in a serious accident on the last lap. Mark Green spun exiting Turn 2 and was then T-boned on the driver’s side of his #38 Ford by Larry Foyt. Mark Green remained trapped in his car for nearly half an hour as rescue workers attempted to extricate him from the severely damaged vehicle and take him to the infield care center. Mark Green was airlifted to Wellmont Bristol Medical Center with a likely fractured left foot. If that wasn’t enough, as Jeff Green was celebrating his victory doing burnouts on the frontstretch, Kevin Harvick charged down pit road, climbed over the top of Mike McLaughlin’s car and got into a physical confrontation with Greg Biffle, who had hit and spun Harvick on Lap 240. The two spent nearly a minute locked together as Harvick had his arms wrapped around Biffle’s neck before series officials got them separated. Harvick, his crew chief Kevin Hamlin, and car owner Richard Childress were summoned after the race to the series hauler to meet with NASCAR officials. #24-Jack Sprague joined in the melee as well, trying to confront #1-Jimmy Spencer, who had hit Sprague on the last lap while Spencer dived to the apron of the track while trying to catch the race winner. See ThatsRacin.com for a column: Jeff Green wins a rough BGN race (3-23-2002)
Jeff Burton to Childress? um…NO – UPDATE 3: it was reported on the radio show The LTN Hour NASCAR Radio Show(RA) last Sunday(3-18), that while Jeff Green will drive the #30 AOL Chevy fielded by Richard Childress Racing this year in seven races, there will be a big surprise who will drive the #30 car next year and said it will be Jeff, but not Green and will come from a Ford team. That leaves…Jeff Burton, one catch I see a problem with, Jeff Burton has a contract with his current team owner Jack Roush through 2005. Also said that Jeff Green will move up to Winston Cup with his current BGN team, ppc Racing in 2002
AND from this weeks Winston Cup Scene: Jeff Burton, who’s been with Ford his entire Winston Cup career, was also rumored to be in the running for the full-time AOL ride. Despite Burton’s terrible start, Burton denied the rumor, as did Childress. "I’m very committed to Roush Racing. I’m very committed to (primary sponsor) Citgo," Burton said. "I have no desire to leave Roush Racing. We are a team that has been in the top five in points the last four years and we’ve won a lot of races the last four years. The fact we’ve gotten off to a slow start isn’t my team’s fault." Asked if Burton was being considered for the AOL ride, Childress said, "Right now, no. I haven’t talked directly to Jeff. Nobody (has). I wouldn’t even throw his name in the rumor mill." As for ppc Racing, they tried unsuccessfully to put together a limited Winston Cup program for Green this year. Green would like to stay with team owners Greg Pollex, John Bender and Bob Campbell, if possible.(Winston Cup Scene – need subscription to read online)(3-22-2001)
UPDATE: Green apparently will have to prove himself to stay in the #30 car for 2002. Other drivers whose names have come up in connection with the ride are Stacy Compton and Roush Racing drivers Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle(Dallas Morning News)
UPDATE 2: from The Morning Buzz radio show on 100.3 WHEB, and Rock 101 in New Hampshire. They had Frank Stoddard, #99 Crew Chief on the show this week (as they do each week) and today they interviewed Jeff Burton. Their first question was about the rumors of his move to Childress. He flatly denied the rumors, and added that the story makes him "furious". He said he has "no idea" where the story came from, and that there is no truth at all to it. He wants everybody to know for a fact that he is NOT leaving Roush Racing – Also an announcement is expected at Bristol on Friday about Jeff Green driving this year(3-22-2001)
UPDATE 3: Jack Roush uses direct reasoning as he states his case and makes the point that he is always willing to address the fodder that climbs the grapevine. NO, Jeff Burton isn’t leaving Roush Racing to drive for Richard Childress Racing. NO, Burton and Martin didn’t demand that the organization lease engines from another organization until the reliability and horsepower woes are resolved. And NO, heads aren’t rolling in the engine departments at Livonia (Mich.) and Mooresville (NC).(Sporting News)(3-23-2001)
Martin Car Owner? UPDATE 2: Mark Martin could become a Winston Cup car owner as soon as next year. With Dale Earnhardt setting the precedent (driving for one team, owning a rival team with another driver), Martin could emerge in 2000 as owner of a Cup team for Matt Kenseth, possibly with DeWalt sponsorship. Martin’s personal interest in rising star Kenseth, a 26-year-old from Wisconsin, gave the youngster’s career a boost during an exciting rookie campaign in the Busch Series last year. Kenseth’s Busch team is owned by Robbie Reiser. It receives no cars or engines from Roush Racing, but it receives guidance and sponsorship support from the Roush group. Under the Roush plan, Kenseth faces several career options, all apparently favorable. He could be graduated to one of Roush’s Cup cars, or the Reiser team could become a companion team to the Roush-supported Wood Brothers outfit. At Atlanta, however, Roush suggested a third option with Mark Martin as an owner(This info from the Racer Magazine Site/Ben Blake, thanks to Team Roush Fans Site for the heads up)(3-15-1999) – UPDATE 2: Mark Martin’s owner, Jack Roush says that Matt Kenseth may be the driver for the possible Mark Martin owned Winston Cup team for the 2000 season, DeWalt Tools may follow Kenseth as the sponsor.(NOL)(3-23-1999)
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