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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, 2004

  • Championship Chase Count = 26:
    With only seven races in the books, only 26 drivers are within 400 points of the leader, #97-Kurt Busch. That’s the magic number to be invited to the playoffs. Those who are more than 400 points behind include Ken Schrader, Kyle Petty, Brendan Gaughan, Jeff Burton, Ricky Rudd, Ricky Craven, Michael Waltrip, Scott Riggs and Jeff Green.(stats noticed at the Caledonian Record)(4-8-2004)
  • Waldorf-Astoria to host 2004 awards ceremony: It is the culmination of a driver’s career, a NASCAR tradition like no other, a chance to shine on center stage in the world’s largest city — New York. It is the annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Awards Ceremony; the 2004 version is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3 at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
    The series champion and other drivers involved in the “Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup” will be honored at the gala event, first held at the Waldorf in 1981 when then-NASCAR President Bill France determined a higher-profile gathering was in order for an ever-burgeoning sport. Since, the event has grown in prestige as has the “Champion’s Week” in New York, with the series champion typically on a whirlwind tour of major media appearances in the country’s largest market leading up to the week-ending ceremony, which will be telecast nationally the same evening by TNT and will later be re-telecast on NBC. Busch banquet news on my Busch Series page and Truck Series banquet news on my Truck Series page.(NASCAR PR)(4-8-2004)
  • Sauter out of the #30? UPDATE 3 DENIED – NO, his comments: hearing that Johnny Sauter, driver of the #30 RCR team has parted ways with RCR – Richard Childress Racing? IF TRUE – Two drivers being rumored are Tony Raines, part-time in the #74 Busch ride and Dave Blaney, part-time in the #23 Dodge in Cup and part-time in the #31 Ford in Busch.
    UPDATE: looks like my sources were incorrect as RCR has denied that Sauter has been released and will still drive the #30 AOL Chevy.
    UPDATE 2: MRN Radio’s Sirius Speedway (Sirius Satellite Radio) is reporting that Johnny Sauter has not been released by Richard Childress Racing. Spokesperson Lisa Cox said that team owner Richard Childress has been in Alaska on a hunting trip since Monday, and that Sauter remains the driver of the #30 AOL Chevrolet.
    PLUS another clue I should had heeded: Sauter and the team tested the last few days in Martinsville.
    UPDATE 3: PRN’s Garage Pass radio show talked to Johnny Sauter today and he said: “There’s absolutely no truth to it. Richard (Childress) hasn’t said one word to me. As a matter of fact we had a conversation this weekend that said I was his driver no matter what happens and we’re gonna continue to race. I’m not gonna worry about it. I’ve been the topic of rumors before I guess, and my relationship with Richard and everybody at RCR and AOL is as strong as ever and I just can’t wait to get back racing. There’s always rumor mills in this wonderful world of racing and I guess if they’re talking about you at least they know you’re alive.” NOTE: Childress is in Alaska hunting polar bears.(PRN’s Garage Pass Radio Show)(4-8-2004)
  • Bobby Allison returns to The Glen: Bobby Allison, 1983 NASCAR Champion and 1980 IROC Champion, will make a special appearance at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, June 5, during the Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races weekend, track President Craig Rust announced today. Allison, a five-time International Race of Champions (IROC) competitor, will greet fans throughout the day during an event that celebrates IROC with a reunion of three decades of cars. Allison, a resident of Moorseville, NC, has many prestigious accomplishments to back up his legendary stature. A seven-time most popular driver, his 84 NASCAR victories, including three Daytona 500 wins, ties him for third on the All-Time Win list. Allison is a member of the International Motorsports, National and Eastern Motorsports Press Associations and North Carolina Auto Racing Halls of Fame. He made two starts at Watkins Glen International, with a best finish of 9th in 1987, contributing to his overall career winnings of more than $7.7 million. “I only raced at Watkins Glen twice, but had a lot of good times racing and being part of the races as an owner and I look forward to coming back to Upstate New York on a weekend that celebrates the history of IROC,” Allison said. Allison recently released a new book titled “The Racer’s Racer”, a collection of his favorite stories and happenings that occurred during his illustrious career, told in his own words. The book, out since September of last year, comes with an audio CD containing stories told by Allison and is already in its third printing. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the International Race of Champions (IROC) all-star series featuring the original 1974 Porsche class during the Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races, June 4-6. It’s a weekend steeped in historic sports car racing, so come out and catch a modern-day glimpse of the cars that were once made famous at The Glen. Tickets start at only $19 and are now on sale, with advance prices available through May 2nd.(Watkins Glen Site) and for info on Allison’s book see Bobby Allison: A Racer’s Racer by Bobby Allison, Tim Packman.(4-8-2004)
  • Exide to support teams in Cup, Busch and Trucks: Exide Technologies, a global leader in stored electrical energy solutions, will expand its partnership with four teams among NASCAR’s top three divisions. The teams include: the #0 Hass/CNC Racing Chevrolet driven by Ward Burton in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series; the #17 Reiser Enterprises Ford driven by Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Busch Series; the #6 Tommy Baldwin Racing Dodge driven by multiple drivers in the NASCAR Busch Series; and the #21 Innovative Motorsports Toyota driven by Hank Parker, Jr. in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 2004, Exide will adorn the racing vehicles and transporters of Reiser Enterprises (as well as Kenseth’s uniform), Tommy Baldwin Racing and Innovative Motorsports. In addition, there will be advertising and promotional opportunities with all four teams, which includes Haas/CNC Racing. This season marks the third consecutive year Exide and Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) have had an association.(Pro Sports Marketing PR)(4-8-2004)
  • Riggs may run some Busch races: #10-Scott Riggs may run some Busch Series races for Cup teammate, Joe Nemechek [#87 Chevy in Busch], possibly as soon as California in May.(NASCAR Scene Magazine – need sub to view online)(4-8-2004)
  • Bill France Sr. to be inducted into Hall of Fame:
    Bill France Sr., the man who founded NASCAR in 1947 and established the family dynasty that still rules the sport, will be one of eight inductees into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., on Oct. 5. The selections were announced today at the annual International Motor Press Association breakfast in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. France Sr., who died in 1992, will be inducted along with Don Garlits, Donald Healey, J.R. “Pitt” Hyde, Battista “Pinin” Farina, Heinz Prechter, Eberhard vonKuenheim and Jiro Yanase.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(4-8-2004)
  • Rusty and Kodak: Rusty Wallace is scheduled to run a Kodak paint scheme on his #2 Dodge at Watkins Glen in August, marking the first time Wallace will drive with another sponsor since he has been with the Miller Brewing Company. Kodak’s main headquarters are located in Rochester, N.Y., and this opportunity now gives them more exposure on the track along with Wallace’s teammate Brendan Gaughan, who is also sponsored by Kodak.(RacingOne)(4-8-2004)
  • Dale Jr to do a KFC commercial with Trace Adkins: Country singer Trace Adkins has gotten some good-natured ribbing from fans since he became the voice for KFC’s national television campaign last month. He’ll soon be appearing in front of the camera for KFC as well as behind it. He’s set to film a commercial in Charlotte, N.C., next week with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Houston Chronicle/AP)(4-8-2004)
  • Law Firm Sponsors teams in all three Series: The law firm of Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins in La Plata, Md., decided during the winter to become a NASCAR sponsor and now has its name on cars in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series. Frank Jenkins spearheaded the firm’s entry into motorsports, thinking it would be a good platform for reaching new clients. “We get phone calls every day from all over the country,” he said. “Anytime you are involved in a legal situation it’s pretty unsettling. People want a friend there. They see we are involved in stock car racing as a sponsor and feel we have something in common – a love of racing. So they call to ask us to help.” The firm is an associate sponsor on two Nextel Cup teams, four Busch teams and four Craftsman teams. Bobby Hamilton’s truck series win in Atlanta was the first victory for the new sponsor. “The sponsorships are popular with race fans, and there is a lot of excitement in our office and with our clients,” Jenkins said. “We’re in motorsports to get our name out there, to receive brand recognition and to let NASCAR fans know we are as big a fan as they are.” Jenkins and his brother, Louis P. Jenkins, Jr., are partners in the law firm established 50 years ago by their father. The company handles personal injury claims as well as contract and business representation, criminal cases and real estate law.(ThatsRacin.com/AP), the firm also sponsors a Featherlite Modified Serie team and a website BGNRacing.com.(4-8-2004)
  • Lynch to visit with ‘The King’: Jessica Lynch, the former U.S. Army supply clerk who was wounded and rescued last year during the Iraq war, is tentatively scheduled to visit patients at the Duke Children’s Hospital next week. The self-described “country girl” from Wirt County, W.Va., will travel across the Piedmont to promote her Jessica Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps the children of soldiers who either have served in the military or been killed in the line of duty. Lynch created the foundation using the proceeds from a $1 million book deal for the story of her capture and rescue. She also is expected to attend book signings next week for former New York Times reporter Rick Bragg, who wrote her biography, “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story.” Lynch also will spend part of next week’s visit to North Carolina with her NASCAR “hero” Richard Petty. A spokeswoman for the Duke Children’s Hospital confirmed that Lynch would visit patients on the morning of April 14.(Herald-Sun)(4-8-2004)
  • The Hat Man? UPDATEs: Was watching Speed Channel’s Wind Tunnel on Monday night [10:00pm/et M-Th] and Dave Despain was asked: “What ever happened to the ‘Hat Man’ who used to great the winning drivers in the winners circle?”….well here is what I have posted on my Racing FAQ/Q&A Page since I often get qustions about him: Well from what I hear, after Bill ‘The Hat Man’ Broderick was released of his duties when Tosco bought out Unocal he bought a restaurant or tavern in the Chicago area(6-16-1999)
    UPDATE 1: some more tidbits, Broderick is the owner of a tavern near the Fox River in Algonquin, Illinois, in the Northwest Chicago suburbs, that he actually has owned for some time(6-17-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Broderick was interviewed by Claire B. Lang on XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required) in May 2003, where at that time, Broderick was working with the Busch Series team #27 of Brewco Motorsports and driver Joey Clanton and sponsor TrimSpa. Of course, Clanton is not longer with Brewco and TrimSpa is the sponsor for the #32 Braun Racing Dodge with driver David Stremme, so not sure if Broderick is still with Brewco.
    AND recently heard from a reader who saw Broderick at the Wisconsin Motorsports Charities Banquet this past January.(4-6-2004)
    UPDATE 3: Dave Despain talked to Bill Broderick via the phone on Wednesday’s Speed Channel’s Wind Tunnel and Broderick said he sold his tavern to his son, did some work for GM/Cadilac and is now semi-retired and enjoying life.(4-8-2004)
  • #22 Looking for a primary sponsor for certain events:This will be the second of 13 races that Miller High Life will appear as an associate sponsor on the side of Jason Keller’s #22 ppc Racing Ford. The company will appear as a primary for 19 of the 34 races on the schedule.(ppc Racing PR)(4-8-2004)
  • Reutimann to drive #87 at Nashville with sposnorship from Naturalgear: NEMCO Motorsports announced that David Reutimann will pilot their #87 Chevy with sponsorship from NaturalGear in this weekend’s Pepsi 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. NaturalGear, an innovative camouflage apparel company based in Little Rock, Arkansas, first teamed up with NEMCO and Reutimann for a one-race deal in 2002. Most recently, the trio picked up a 21st-place finish at North Carolina Motor Speedway in February. Claiming his career-best finish of fifth at Nashville Superspeedway one year ago, Reutimann expects similar results from this weekend’s effort. In 11 Busch Series starts, Reutimann has two fifth-place finishes and six top-15’s. He competes full time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for owner Darrell Waltrip. Accomplishments this year include a ninth-place finish at Daytona and a pole and a third-place finish in Atlanta. For more information on the company and its products, visit www.naturalgear.com.(NEMCO Motorsports PR)(4-8-2004)
  • Exide to support teams in Cup, Busch and Trucks: Exide Technologies, a global leader in stored electrical energy solutions, will expand its partnership with four teams among NASCAR’s top three divisions. The teams include: the #0 Hass/CNC Racing Chevrolet driven by Ward Burton in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series; the #17 Reiser Enterprises Ford driven by Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Busch Series; the #6 Tommy Baldwin Racing Dodge driven by multiple drivers in the NASCAR Busch Series; and the #21 Innovative Motorsports Toyota driven by Hank Parker, Jr. in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 2004, Exide will adorn the racing vehicles and transporters of Reiser Enterprises (as well as Kenseth’s uniform), Tommy Baldwin Racing and Innovative Motorsports. In addition, there will be advertising and promotional opportunities with all four teams, which includes Haas/CNC Racing. This season marks the third consecutive year Exide and Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) have had an association.(Pro Sports Marketing PR)(4-8-2004)
  • Fike in the #43 at Nashville, woth Big M as sponsor: United States Auto Club and NASCAR Busch Series Driver, Aaron Fike will carry the Big M Motorfest presented by Brim’s Snack Foods logo this weekend during the Pepsi 300 Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. The Big M Motorfest presented by Brim’s Snack Foods joins primary sponsor Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on the #43 Curb-Agajanian Motorsports entry. The #43 team won last season’s fall race at Richmond with Johnny Sauter behind the wheel. Fike has been involved in USAC since the age of 17. In 2001, he became the youngest winner in the history of the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series to win a feature, with victory at Richmond International Raceway. That same year he took home the title of USAC Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year. Fike’s schedule this year includes running select events with the NASCAR Busch Series and chasing USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Title. The 2000 USAC National Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year also plans on running USAC’s Valvoline National Sprint Car Series and National Midget Series. To order tickets or for more information on the Big M Motorfest presented by Brim’s Snack Foods, please visit the new website at www.bigmmotorfest.com.(PR)(4-8-2004)
  • Mexican to NASCAR? Jimmy Morales, who co-drives a Chip Ganassi Racing CompUSA Lexus with Mexican countryman Luis Diaz, enjoys the international lineup comprising the Grand American circuit. But with speculation that NASCAR soon could schedule Busch or truck series races in Mexico City, Morales also is looking toward driving stock cars. “In my heart, I would love to go to NASCAR,” Morales said. “It’s been my dream ever since I started racing motorcycles in Mexico. But I cannot be more satisfied than where I am right now. It has a nice international flavor, and I like that.”(Arizona Republic)(4-8-2004)
  • Travis Geisler Joins Steve Grissom At DCT Motorsports: Travis Geisler, the 23-year-old Pennsylvanian who has caught a lot of racing eyes the past couple of years, will run his first of 11 NASCAR Busch Series race for DCT Motorsports starting this weekend at the 1.366-mile Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. Geisler, who has run a myriad of different series in his career including ASA, ARCA and Southwest Tour, joins driver Steve Grissom with the team, led by veteran championship crew chief Ricky Pearson. Grissom, a former NASCAR Busch Series national champion, will serve as the team’s general manager as well as driving 12 remaining races this season. “We’re very excited to have Travis joining us,” said John McGill, the Ohio native who co-owns DCT Motorsports with Carl Natale. “We’re building our team not just for this year but for a strong future as well, and having a young talent like Travis behind the wheel is a tremendous opportunity for us and for him,” McGill said. Geisler will be the only Vanderbilt graduate in the field Saturday. Grissom returns behind the wheel for the event in two weeks at the April 24 event in Talladega, Ala. DCT Motorsports had already scheduled an off-weekend for the May 1 California Speedway race, but Geisler will run again in the May 8 race at Gateway and May 14 race at Richmond before Grissom returns for the May 23 event at Nazareth and May 30 event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(Williams Company PR)(4-8-2004)
  • McFarland in the #59 Dodge? UPDATE: hearing that 2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series champion Mark McFarland announced at the MARFR banquet that he has a full truck ride [except at Daytona and Atlanta, supposedly Steve Grissom will drive those] with Harris Trucking and will be relocating to NC.(1-28-2004)
    UPDATE: Mark McFarland, the reigning NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series champion, will make his 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut April 17 at Martinsville Speedway. It’s not the first time this Winchester, Va. native has raced in the series – he made three starts in 2003 – but there’s a difference this time around. McFarland is now the regular driver of the #59 Harris Trucking Dodge, a front-running team that has been a part of the Craftsman Truck Series full-time since 2003. While Randy LaJoie piloted the #59 Dodge for the first two events, McFarland has spent the past two months working in the team’s race shop, preparing trucks for competition and assisting with odd jobs wherever needed. It’s an approach that has impressed team members and one that may ultimately pay off once he takes the wheel. LaJoie is scheduled to serve as McFarland’s spotter at Martinsville. McFarland has ample experience with Martinsville’s 0.526-mile oval. One of his three previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts came at Martinsville in October 2003, when he finished a respectable 15th. In addition, McFarland has competed in the track’s Bailey’s 300, the biggest NASCAR Late Model race of the year, on two previous occasions, including a fourth-place run in 2003. After Martinsville, the team plans to run a minimum of 10 races with McFarland as the driver, but could extend that to a full season, according to crew chief Greg Conner – himself a veteran of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Virginia’s Langley Speedway. Along with his Craftsman Truck Series schedule with the Harris Trucking team, McFarland will also appear in three NASCAR Busch Series races – at Richmond (May 14), Lowe’s Motor Speedway (May 29) and Dover International Speedway (June 5) – as part of Unilever Bestfoods’ and Tommy Baldwin Racing’s “Hungry Drivers” program.(NASCAR PR)(4-8-2004)
  • New driver for the #28: hearing that Buddy Davis will make his Truck Series debut in the #28 at Mansfield, OH [not artinsville], replacing L.W. Miller. Davis is the marketing director for Anderson Speedway in Anderson, IN. Davis is now listed as the driver on the fdnyracing.com site.(4-8-2004)
  • Exide to support teams in Cup, Busch and Trucks: Exide Technologies, a global leader in stored electrical energy solutions, will expand its partnership with four teams among NASCAR’s top three divisions. The teams include: the #0 Hass/CNC Racing Chevrolet driven by Ward Burton in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series; the #17 Reiser Enterprises Ford driven by Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Busch Series; the #6 Tommy Baldwin Racing Dodge driven by multiple drivers in the NASCAR Busch Series; and the #21 Innovative Motorsports Toyota driven by Hank Parker, Jr. in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 2004, Exide will adorn the racing vehicles and transporters of Reiser Enterprises (as well as Kenseth’s uniform), Tommy Baldwin Racing and Innovative Motorsports. In addition, there will be advertising and promotional opportunities with all four teams, which includes Haas/CNC Racing. This season marks the third consecutive year Exide and Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) have had an association.(Pro Sports Marketing PR)(4-8-2004)

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