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: April 8
Years we have pulled today’s main items from: 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1999
Top see everything from this date over previous years: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997
Note: Many links on older stories don’t work. There’s not a lot of the same websites around anymore.
To see previous articles covering “Today in History”, click here.
- Monster offered to extend title sponsorship: Monster Energy offered to extend its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Cup Series for one additional year through 2020, sources say, but NASCAR rejected the overture because it’s set on switching to the new tiered model. Monster’s offer signals that the company remains…
- Ganassi open to Larson racing in Indianapolis 500 at some point: As the Indianapolis 500 draws near, the tweets starts flooding Chip Ganassi’s inbox all asking the same question: When will he enter Kyle Larson in the Indy 500? Larson wants to run the race, and Ganassi is open to entering the budding NASCAR star. But it has to make sense for the team, driver and organization.[More](4-8-2017)
- Stewart still unsure of when he can return: Tony Stewart said he feels good but needs to wait for a scan on his broken back later this month to determine when he will return to the driver’s seat. The three-time Sprint Cup champion, speaking Thursday after being honored for raising $1.5 million through his “Smoke Show” fantasy camp for the Texas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, said some days it has been hard and some days it has been easy not racing this year while his back heals. “I don’t [know my return] — not until they do the next set of scans,” Stewart said. “The first thing they did were X-rays [in early March] just to make sure the rods and screws were in place. When we do the scans at the end of the month, then they’ll be able to have an idea exactly when it’s going to happen.” Stewart suffered a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra in a Jan. 31 dune buggy accident. He was going 5 mph but landed hard in a drop he estimated was 20 to 25 feet in the California sand dunes.
“I feel great,” Stewart said. “I’ve been doing everything now over the last week that I’ve wanted to do. If you step off a curb wrong or step too hard, you’re definitely reminded you have these rods in your back. “Other than that, I feel really well. I’m anxious to get the scans. It’s driving me crazy wanting to see what it looks like and what is the diagnosis and when they think they’re going to let me go.”(ESPN.com)(4-8-2016)
- Steve Byrnes hospitalized: Fox Sports’ Steve Byrnes, who has been on leave from the network while battling Stage 4 head-and-neck cancer, is currently hospitalized. Byrnes tweeted Wednesday morning,”I am in ICU with pneumonia and a Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot) in my lung. Kind of a perfect storm on top of cancer. Thanks for prayers.”(4-8-2015)
- Edwards plans to bike to Gateway again: Tuesday night on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, hosts Buddy Baker and Alex Hayden spoke with driver Carl Edwards, who said he once again plans to ride his bike from his home in Columbia, Missouri to the July 17 Nationwide Series Race at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis – a roughly 200 mile trek.Host/Alex Hayden: “So traditionally you’ve taken and ridden your bicycle from your home in Columbia, Missouri to race the Nationwide Race over at Gateway, just outside of St. Louis. What’s on tap this year? Any kind of exotic trips to and from the racetrack?”Carl Edwards: “We’re going to try to do that again. The group has gotten bigger and bigger each year and I got a new Trek bicycle, it’s really nice, that they’re going to let me use for the ride. We’ve got a couple of people who say they’re going to go. [Driver] Max Papis says he’s going to go. Jim Schertzer from Scotts [Miracle-Gro Company] says he’s going to go. I’m trying to get some of the Aflac folks to commit to it but it’s a fun trip, man. We always try to do something fun like that during the summer, take a little trip, and that’s a good one.”(SIRIUS NASCAR Radio)(4-8-2010)
- Harkness Arrested by US Marshalls in NYC: Officials with the U.S. Marshals Service say they have arrested Fatemeh Angela Harkness after she got off a plane from the United Arab Emirates in New York City on Sunday. Harkness is a Round Rock [New York] native who was the subject of an international manhunt by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Marshals say Harkness fled just prior to an April 2004 sentencing in which she reportedly plead guilty to involvement in bank fraud totaling $1.3 million. Harkness made a name for herself by owning a NASCAR team with her co-defendant in the case, Gary Jones. [The team was Angela’s Motorsports. They ran at Homestead in 2002 and had hired Mike McLaughlin to drive in 2003 before the plan unraveled.] Jones is currently incarcerated. Police say Harkness, a former stripper, conspired with Jones, a Wells Fargo vice president to embezzle money that helped fund their NASCAR adventures. The business was run from Harkness’ Round Rock home. Harkness was arrested by authorities with the United Arab Emirates in May 2005 — but due to the fact that the country and the U.S. have no extradition treaty, she had not been accessible to U.S. Marshalls until landing at JFK International Airport on Sunday. Marshals say she will face a judge in New York before being returned to Central Texas for trial.(KEYE TV)(4-8-2007)
- Retired Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell is ready to go truckin: After racing late-model stock cars in Lakeland, Fl, for a number of years and a handful of starts in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup series, Greenwell will likely make his debut in the Truck series May 27 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio. Greenwell, who started racing stock cars in 1999 in Florida, will compete in three other events for Green Light Racing, Inc., after its driver, Bobby Hamilton Jr., left to substitute for his father, 2004 Truck champion Bobby Hamilton, who is battling cancer. Greenwell will race at Memphis Motorsports Park, July 15; Indianapolis Raceway Park, Aug. 4, and in the Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Sept. 16. Greenwell, who played 12 seasons for the Red Sox, will test at a short-track in North Carolina early in May and again at Mansfield before attempting to make the field for the Mansfield 250.(bostonherald.com)(4-8-2006)
- Mikey gets a TV gig and DW miked: Michael Waltrip will join Rick Allen, Dorsey Schroeder and Barry Dodson in the booth for this weekend’s Craftsman Truck Series event in Martinsville. Waltrip has a vested interest in the race, as older brother Darrell – a three-time Winston Cup champion – will be racing a DEI-powered truck owned by Michael and crewed by Michael’s NASCAR Busch Series crew. SPEED Channel will bring race fans a unique view to DW’s return, as the truck will be equipped with in-car cameras and the racing legend will be wired for sound for the entire race. In addition, fellow FOX broadcasters Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond also will be a part of the SPEED broadcast, with McReynolds acting as Waltrip’s spotter and Hammond observing from the pits.(Speed Channel PR) see more about DW’s truck deal on my Truck Series site (have a image of the the truck there) or Retired Cup drivers page.(4-8-2003)
- Samsung/RadioShack 500 won by Kenseth at Texas Motor Speedway. #17-Matt Kenseth won the Samsung/RadioShack 500, his 2nd win of 2002 and third of his career. Kemseth had to fall to the back of the field after an engine change during the only practice held on Friday even though his official starting spot will be shown as 31st. It is the first time a driver won from further back the 7th at Texas and Kenseth is the six different driver to win at Texas in the six Cup races held there. #24-Jeff Gordon was 2nd, his first top five since he won at Kansas last September. #5-Terry Labonte got his first top 10 (he finished 10th) in 18 races (last was at Bristol last August). (4-8-2002)
- Measuring Device? Word is that NASCAR is examining a laser system to fix certain dimensions and contours on the cars. Teams reportedly have learned to “bend” the bodies of the cars for aero and handling reasons, the result being that the front end is as much as 2in out of line with the rear. See full story at SpeedVision(4-8-2000)
- Lewis Scheme: Ashton Lewis Jr. and the #46 Lewis Motorsports team will run a special paint scheme at the BellSouth Mobility 320 at Nashville. The team will be honoring late country comedian Jerry Clower with a special paint scheme. The car will carry images of opossums, raccoons, coon dogs and frogs, which were the center of many of Clower’s light-hearted stories of country living. See the scheme on the BGN Paint Schemes page(Keystone Marketing)(4-7-2000), Lewis failed to qualify for the race(4-8-2000)
- Stewart and the Indy 500 UPDATE 2: Look for Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs owned Home Depot Pontic to announce on Thursday that will attempt compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30. The Home Depot is su3pposedly the sponsor of the IRL car he will race at Indy. The sponsor and ownership of Stewart’s Indy car will also be announced Thursday(That’s Racin’)(4-7-1999) — UPDATE 1: but former IRL owner for Stewart, John Menard, wants Stewart in one of his cars or none at all, plus the Home Depot vs Menard, see the story at SpeedNet – Menard, Stewart clash over 500 ride and Stewart will drive the #22 car at Indy, which will have a Dallora chassis and an Aurora engine(iRACE/SpeedVision) — UPDATE 2: See the announcement on the Tony Stewart Site. He will team up with Larry Curry, his former IRL crew chief, to field the orange and white Home Depot Indy car(4-8-1999)
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