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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, 2005

  • Irvan at the Track: during the rain delay at Martinsville Speedway qualifying, Speed Channel amd MRN Radio interviewed for Nextel Cup driver, Ernie Irvan, who is at the track promoting Race 2 Safety, which deals with trying to decrease the number of head injuries. For more info, check out the site race2safety.com.(4-8-2005)
  • Rusty: It’s Not Newman…… Much has been made of the feud between Nextel Cup teammates Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman. Wallace clarified the situation a bit this week. He said his problem has not been with Newman, but instead with Newman’s crew chief, Matt Borland. Wallace said the problem has been an unwillingness by Borland to share information. “The teams operate 100 percent separate, and they should not,” said Wallace who, like Newman, drives for Penske Racing South. “I know that, but they do, and nothing’s being done about it, and it’s just become such old news right now. You know, if he comes over and talks to me, I’d be happy to tell him anything I can. On the other hand, I went over the other day to talk to the crew chief about things, and he refused to tell me anything.” That is not the case with Wallace and his other teammate, Travis Kvapil, and his crew chief, Shane Wilson. “Travis and I did a test at Bristol, and we gave everything I could to Travis,” Wallace said. Wallace said he would like to see Borland do the same. “I really think that relationship will come around, but I really don’t have a problem, believe it or not, the more I look at it, with the driver,” Wallace said. “The problem seems to be with the confidentiality problem with the crew chief, but we’ll work that out.”(Kansas City Star)(4-8-2005)
  • Riggs wins the pole at Martinsville: #10-Scott Riggs won the pole for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 96.671, a new event qualifying record, but short of the track record set in Oct 2004 of 97.043mph. The pole is Riggs first career pole and puts him in the 2006 Budweiser Shootout. The rest of the top five are: #12-Ryan Newman, #19-Jeremy Mayfield, #2-Rusty Wallace and #29-Kevin Harvick. The fastest Ford was #16-Greg Biffle who was 8th. Two short rain delay’s held up the action a bit but they never lost the track. The fastest 43 drivers made the race. Missing the race were #92-Barrett, #61-Fuller, #27-Shelmerdine and #00-Long [spun on his 2nd lap]. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson was way down the chart and will start 37th [bet he wishes it rained].
    For qualifying results, see Jayski’s Martinsville Starting Lineup/Grid/Qualifying Page.(4-8-2005)
  • Once Again, France denies NFL Rumor: The rumors that Brian France has sold shares of the family racing business to buy into an NFL franchise keep chasing the young NASCAR chairman and CEO like a rabid dog. The rumor flared up again two weeks ago when former NBA great Magic Johnson told USA Today, “It would be wonderful that Brian France would be interested in being a part-owner or owner in the Los Angeles franchise.”
    “It may be wonderful, but I’m not interested, so that’s where it stands,” France said in a telephone interview from his Los Angeles office Thursday. “We’ve gotten to know each other through the NASCAR diversity council, and I’ve had dinner with Magic a couple of times, and I like him a lot,” France added. “He knows I’ve had a home out here in Los Angeles before and all that stuff. We’ve never had a conversation regarding the NFL.” France chairs the NASCAR board of directors, comprised mostly of his family members. NASCAR is a private company. He also owns a large chunk of the publicly traded International Speedway Corp. Both NASCAR and ISC are headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL. When asked about selling off his shares of NASCAR or ISC stock back to the family, presumably to finance an NFL bid, France would not discuss it. “We don’t get into any of our family planning within the business,” the 42-year-old executive said. “We do all kinds of financial transactions within the family. What I can tell you is that I’m heavily invested in the industry of NASCAR. I have a financial interest that, in my little world, is very important to me and I plan on keeping for a long time.” When pressed for more information, France would not budge off the non-comment. “The public company (ISC) has various filings we’ve had, but we’ve never talked about the infrastructure of the private company and I can’t get into that,” he said. “I’d break the family tradition.I don’t understand it,” he said. “No. 1, I would have to hit the lottery to be able to afford an NFL team, the last time I checked,” he said. “Economically, I’m not in that position. Secondly, I have a big interest in NASCAR. I have a huge financial and 20-years-of-my-life, interest in NASCAR. I’m in big-time sports. I don’t need an NFL team to satisfy my sports needs.” France said the persistent rumor that he wants to own a piece of the NFL has not hurt his effectiveness as NASCAR’s leader, but he quickly added, “It’s not helpful.” France said he doubts he will manage NASCAR as long as his father, William C. France, who had control of the family company for more than 30 years. “I just don’t think that will be the case for me,” he said. “I don’t see myself doing this until I’m 70 years old, but that should not be misconstrued that I’m out the door tomorrow morning.”(in part from the Daytona Beach News Journal), see past news/rumors about this on my NASCAR Personnel News page.(4-8-2005)
  • Trickle and Bickle: not NASCAR Cup but both used to drive in the Cup Series and I often get questions on where Dick Trickle is so……Veteran Wisconsin short-trackers and NASCAR drivers Rich Bickle and Dick Trickle have committed to racing in the Madison International Speedway opener May 1, the track announced. Trickle won two season titles at the track in the 1970s and Bickle two in the ’80s.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(4-8-2005)
  • Harvick goes for Hat Trick UPDATE Labonte joins club: If Kevin Harvick wins the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville, he will become the first driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top series in consecutive starts. Harvick won the Nextel Cup race Sunday at Bristol and followed with a win in the postponed Busch race on Monday. Mark Martin came closest to reaching the NASCAR triple in 1996 – winning a truck race at North Wilkesboro and a Busch event one week later at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, then finishing second in the Cup race the next day.(Dallas Morning News)
    Only two driver have won a race in all three series in the same season, Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Terry Labonte in 1995.(4-8-2005)
  • Harvick goes for Hat Trick: If Kevin Harvick wins the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville, he will become the first driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top series in consecutive starts. Harvick won the Nextel Cup race Sunday at Bristol and followed with a win in the postponed Busch race on Monday. Mark Martin came closest to reaching the NASCAR triple in 1996 – winning a truck race at North Wilkesboro and a Busch event one week later at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, then finishing second in the Cup race the next day.(Dallas Morning News), Eleven drivers have won at least one race in each if the three Nationals Series [Cup, Busch, Trucks], see PAGE 2 of the News for the list and how many wins in each series.
    Only two driver have won a race in all three series in the same season, Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Terry Labonte in 1995.(4-8-2005)
  • Truck Series National Anthem by Trick Pony, Actor the Grand Marshal: Trick Pony will perform the National Anthem prior to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 9. During the race, their likeness will emblazon the hood of Bobby Labonte’s #47 All-Star Chevrolet Silverado. Labonte. It will be the first of two trips to Martinsville Speedway for Trick Pony in 2005. They will be the featured act for Celebration 2005, the annual free concert at the speedway, set for July 1. The trio – Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns – will perform their stirring acappella version of the Nation Anthem, the version that garnered national acclaim after they performed it before an Atlanta Falcons’ NFL playoff game last winter.
    Anthony Edwards is best known for his roles as Dr. Mark Greene on “ER” and Goose Bradshaw in “Top Gun.” His favorite role, though, isn’t on either the big or small screen; it’s the support he gives the Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN). And it is in that role – as an ambassador for the Cure Autism Now Foundation – that Edwards will serve as honorary grand marshal for Saturday’s Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway. Edwards will be a guest of truck series Brandon Whitt and the #38 Clean Line Motorsports team, which will carry a special Cure Autism Now paint scheme for the Kroger 250.
    Tickets for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, April 10, and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, April 9, may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-8-2005)
  • Hamilton wins pole at Martinsville: #04-Bobby Hamilton won the pole for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 95.098mph, a new track record, beating out #66-Todd Bodine who will start 2nd. The rest of the top-10 are: #16-Jack Sprague, #99-Ricky Craven, #47-Bobby Labonte, followed by #38-Brandon Whitt [career best], #5-Mike Skinner, #12-Robert Huffman, #46-Dennis Setzer and #15-Shane Hmiel. The race was the last using 2004 Owners Points for the top 30. #11-Darrell Waltrip, who was planning to make this his final race un, was 24th fastest, but failed to make the race, others missing the race were #77-Brendan Gaughan [24th fastest and spun on his 2nd lap], #9-Shige Hattori, #00-Eric King, #31-Nick Tucker, #63-Justin Allgaier, #48-Joey McCarthy and #32-Bill Manfull.
    See qualifying results/starting lineup at:
    Truckseries.com
    FoxSports
    NASCAR.com.(4-8-2005)

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