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8 APR 2002:    Matt Kenseth drives en route to winning the NASCAR Winston Cup Series SamsungRadio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. DIGITAL IMAGE - Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey/Getty Images
8 APR 2002: Matt Kenseth drives en route to winning the NASCAR Winston Cup Series SamsungRadio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. DIGITAL IMAGE - Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey/Getty Images

April 8 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 8, 2010

  • Kenseth talks about Martinsville contact with Gordon: Is Matt Kenseth still upset with Jeff Gordon over getting bumped out of the way during the green-white-checkered flag finish at Martinsville? During an interview in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, Performance Racing Network and Texas Motor Speedway announcer Brad Gillie asked Kenseth about the incident. Kenseth chuckled and said “He never likes the way I race him so…I don’t know…he’s honestly taken me out of three top-three finishes now and he still went on to finish third. I barely bumped into him at Martinsville and got under him and tried to go for a win and I thought we were gonna race side-by-side for the win on the last lap and instead he decided to wreck me and deliberately try to ruin my day. So, it’s in the past and I’m just gonna move on and just start over the next week. He’s gonna have to race how he wants to race and he’s gonna have his opinions and I’m gonna have my opinions on things and we’ll just go on from there.” Kenseth took part in NASCAR’s winners circle program at the International Bowling Hall of Fame and museum Wednesday to help promote the upcoming races at Texas Motor Speedway.(PRN Garage Pass)(4-8-2010)
  • Hamlin’s rehab on schedule, expects to race Saturday: UPDATE: #11-Denny Hamlin’s rehabilitation of his left knee, which underwent surgery a week ago to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, remains on schedule and should allow him to compete in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. “It’s painful, as anyone who has had this surgery or any similar surgery can tell you, but I am working hard to get back my full range of motion and get back to where I need to be,” Hamlin said in a news release. Dr. Patrick Connor of OrthoCarolina in Charlotte performed the surgery last Wednesday. Dr. Bill Heisel, who assisted in the procedure, told the knee should be “pretty normal” by the time Hamlin got to Phoenix. Heisel added that Hamlin shouldn’t be restricted from using his left leg to clutch or brake as long as there was no abnormal swelling. Casey Mears is on standby in case Hamlin has to come out of the car. Hamlin, who is 15th in points after his win at Martinsville before the Easter break, is expected at the very least to start the race in order to collect full points for the finish.(
    UPDATE: How long Denny Hamlin stays in his race car during this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway will be left up to him, according to the physician’s assistant that is overseeing Hamlin’s rehabilitation from recent knee surgery. “I’m optimistic that he’s going to be able to run at the very least some laps,” Bill Heisel of OrthoCarolina said Wednesday. “I anticipate that he will have some soreness and he will have some swelling. It’s just a matter of seeing how many laps he’s able to run.” Heisel, a physician’s assistant who helped with the surgery and is overseeing Hamlin’s rehab, is scheduled to be in Phoenix on race day to assist Hamlin and the team, and to address any issues that might arise. Hamlin was scheduled to work with the team Wednesday to practice getting into and out of his car.(Scene Daily)(4-8-2010)
  • Crown Royal Black on the #17: This weekend at Phoenix, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford.(Roush Fenway PR)(4-7-2010)
    UPDATE: When the dust settles for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, everything will be covered in Black, at least for Matt Kenseth. The former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion will have Crown Royal Black, the newest addition to the Crown Royal portfolio, serving as primary sponsor of the #17 Ford for at least 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events throughout the 2010 season. Beginning in Phoenix, the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford, which will be named the “Royal Rebel” car to showcase the boldness of the new whisky, will hit the track in an effort to encourage adult fans to enjoy the new product responsibly. As an added bonus, if the Crown Royal Black car finishes in the top-10 during any of the special paint scheme races, the first adult race fan to tweet “Crown Royal Black” and Matt’s finishing position to @PR17CrownRoyal will receive a special phone call from Kenseth or a member of the #17 team.(Crown Royal / Taylor PR)(4-8-2010)
  • Jeff Gordon’s episode of Extreme Makeover to air Sunday: The episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that #24-Jeff Gordon filmed in Loris, SC is scheduled to air on Sunday April 11, 2010 at 8:00pm/et on ABC. In January, Extreme Makeover and race car driver Jeff Gordon, met Amanda and Derrick Suggs, a young couple who had just started their own family when they adopted Amanda’s younger siblings to keep them from being separated in foster care. When Derrick and Amanda got married, they moved into the home Derrick inherited from his grandfather, who built it in 1953. The home came with a long list of needed repairs: a leaking roof, outdated and exposed electrical wiring, rotting foundation and cracked asbestos siding. Also in the episode, WWE Divas The Bella Twins and WWE Superstars Big Show and R-Truth team up with Ty and the “EM:HE” designers to take on their toughest opponent yet — the old Suggs family home. See images of the build at and at or Myrtle Beach Sun Times.(4-8-2010)
  • Another new crew chief for Robby: hearing that Samuel Stanley is the new crew chief for #7-Robby Gordon. Ian Watts had been the crew chief, starting at the beginnining of the season. Larry Carter supposedly was a ‘consultant’ for a few races, but supposedly is no longer with the team. No word if Watts is still with the team.(4-8-2010)
  • Sad News – Tom Blackwell: Tom Blackwell, longtime NASCAR track promoter and a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting committee, passed away Wednesday night. He was 81. Blackwell operated and was the former owner of Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, the second- oldest race track in NASCAR. He has been involved with the track since 1955, when his family purchased the half-mile paved oval from the Garrison family and then-track promoter Bill France Sr. Blackwell was born Oct. 31, 1928 in Kings Mountain, N.C., and was the son of the late Ernest and Exie Lewis Smith Blackwell. He was predeceased by four brothers and his sister, Peggy Tannery. Tannery passed away earlier Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Blackwell, and his two sons, Keith and Mark Blackwell. Greenville Pickens hosted 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races between 1951 and 1971. Included in that was the historic race on April 10, 1971 that was the first NASCAR race televised live flag-to-flag. The race was broadcast on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Funeral arrangements are still pending.(NASCAR)(4-8-2010)
  • Smith tests at Pikes Peak: Regan Smith’s confidence meter took a jump following a successful test session Tuesday at the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. Smith and the Furniture Row Racing team will attempt to transfer the data learned at the Pikes Peak facility to its #78 Chevy for Saturday evening’s Subway Fresh Fit 600k at Phoenix. Like Pikes Peak, the Phoenix oval is also one-mile in distance.(Furniture Row PR)(4-8-2010)
  • Kingsford back on the #47: Marcos Ambrose is stoking the fire to heat up his 2010 Sprint Cup Series season at Phoenix International Raceway after collecting three top-15 finishes in six starts. Reliability issues have smoldered his JTG Daugherty Racing team’s efforts, but Ambrose is poised to capture his first top-10 finish of the year in his #47 Kingsford Charcoal Toyota on Saturday. (JTG PR) Kingsford was the sponssr at Las Vegas and will be primary on an undetermined number of races this season. See an image of the car on my #47 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2010)
  • Burton Commissions Custom Boat: Jarrett Bay Boatworks announced details of a new 46′ Sportfisherman project quietly started in January 2010 for one of NASCAR’s most notable and respected drivers, Jeff Burton. After 13 years supporting NASCAR, and the second season as the primary sponsor of Burton’s #31 Caterpillar Chevry, it was a natural choice for Burton – an avid sport fisherman – to power his boat with Cat engines. The 46′ is Jarrett Bay’s first pod drive-powered custom build featuring Cat C9 ACERT engines with Zeus Pods, rated at 575 hp. Burton sought the additional interior roominess afforded by the small footprint of the pods. Very involved with every aspect of his race car’s design and performance, Burton is taking the same lane with the development of his custom Jarrett Bay. Plans are to deliver this landmark build to the Burton Family in under a year, and thanks to a media partnership with Marlin Magazine, families will be able to follow along with the construction through weekly photo updates, time lapse video pods, and even a blog about the custom build by Jeff himself.(RCR PR)(4-8-2010)
  • Phoenix Woman named ‘ExtenZe Local Hero’ and Honorary Crew Chief: The first woman to be named an ‘ExtenZe Local Hero,’ Abby Barker called upon her CPR training to save a person who had suffered a massive heart attack. For her decisive and life-saving effort, 27-year-old Barker will be the ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chief at Phoenix International Raceway for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup event that takes place the same weekend as her wedding — thus creating perhaps the most unique bachelorette send-off of all time. More info see or to nominate their own local heroes or review who has been previously chosen.(ExtenZe Racing/Breaking Limits)(4-8-2010)
  • 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)
  • Phoenix Tire Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Phoenix this weekend will run the same tire codes . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Phoenix last season . . . this is also the same tire set-up that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Richmond in 2009 and will run again in 2010 . . . teams in these series ran this left-side tire code (D-4238) with a slightly different right-side code at New Hampshire last season . . . Nationwide teams also ran this left-side code at Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Memphis in 2009 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix. The estimated pit window is every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage.(Goodyear), see tire pressures, codes and more on my Phoenix Race Infopage – Goodyear section.(4-8-2010)
  • Arizona Governor named Honorary Pace Car Driver: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been selected as the Honorary Pace Car Driver and will lead the 43-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag to begin the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 10. As the Honorary Pace Car Driver, Brewer will be a part of pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions at the start/finish line. Once the starting command has been given, Brewer will lead the Sprint Cup field onto PIR’s 1-mile oval for pace laps prior to the start of the Subway Fresh Fit 600. Brewer officially accepted the position and a ceremonial key to the Arizona flag-branded Chevy Camaro from four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon in a ceremony at the State Capitol on March 1. Tickets for the April 10 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 and all other events throughout the first NASCAR event weekend of 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway are still available at or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(4-8-2010)
  • Sports Clips makes first appearance of 2010: Joey Logano heads to Phoenix International Raceway after finishing eighth last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. Sport Clips will adorn the #20 Nationwide Toyota this weekend for the first of four primary races this season.(JGR PR)(4-8-2010)
  • Sol Azul Tequila sponsoring Kenny Wallace at Phoenix: Sol Azul Tequila, the award-winning blue agave tequila from the fields of Jalisco, Mexico, will sponsor driver Kenny Wallace in the Bashas’ 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series event this Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. “I want to thank Sol Azul Tequila for participating with us, and keeping our race program on the race track,” said Kenny Wallace, driver of the #28 Jay Robinson Racing Chevy.(PR)(4-8-2010)
  • Roto-Rooter sponsoring McDowell at Phoenix: Roto-Rooter will be the primary sponsor of Phoenix, Ariz. native Michael McDowell’s #81 Dodge Charger for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, April 9.(McDowell PR)(4-8-2010)

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