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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, 2000

  • The Winston: been asked this a few times this week, this story from That’s Racin’ should clear it up too: “Jeremy Mayfield, Ricky Rudd and Bobby Hamilton, who each won their last race in the 1998 season, are on the bubble to make the field for The Winston all-star race next month at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. As of this week, all three are in the 22-car field. Should another Winston Cup driver post his first career victory, or a driver who has not already qualified for The Winston post a race win before the May 20 event, all three would be bumped from The Winston field and moved into The Winston Open qualifying race. Should Mayfield, Rudd or Hamilton win before The Winston, that driver would bump the other two from the field.” See the rules, who is in, the Winston Open etc at my The Winton 2000 page(4-8-2000)
  • #13 Crew Chief: Fred Graves has left Robby Gordon’s #13 team as crew chief. Jerry Baxter has assumed those duties. Baxter has been Graves’ assistant for the first seven races of the season(That’s Racin’ANDFred Graves had left the team to help Brandon Gaughan’s start up Winston West / Cup team. Replacing Graves will be Jerry Baxter, who was already with Gordon’s operation. Coming in to handle the general manager role is Richard Buck. Buck is from the CART side of the fence and was most recently employed by Cal Wells in the role of manager of Wells’ CART operation. Buck had worked for several weeks with Gordon and finally decided that the Cup garage is a fine place to work(Speedway Scene)(4-8-2000)
  • #75 News UPDATE 2: The #75 Ford driven by Wally Dallenbach has lost its general manager, but picked up a new consultant. The change for the team came when Jimmy Johnson stepped out of his role as GM and into the role of consultant. This is just the latest change with the team as only a week before crew chief Wayne Orme was relieved off his duties with the team(Speedway Scene) Also hearing rumors or a driver change?(4-2-2000)
    UPDATE: from Wally Dallenbach on his official site fixed): “NO truth to the rumor of my losing my seat”. So put that rumor to bed(4-6-2000)
    UPDATE: Despite failing to make the field at Darlington, Bristol and Texas with his new team, Wally Dallenbach and owner Darwin Oordt are far from throwing in the towel. The team is operating under a three-way sponsorship agreement with RotoZip, Red Cell batteries and the Turner TV networks, but Dallenbach said he and Oordt are reasonably close to signing a new contract that will carry them through the next three seasons(Gaston Gazette)(4-8-2000)
  • Petty Honored: Look for a number of other cars in Sunday’s Goody’s 500 to join the seven teams that have already committed to running a sticker honoring the memory of Lee Petty, who died this week. Michael Waltrip, Jeremy Mayfield, Sterling Marlin, Kenny Irwin, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Petty and John Andretti have already agreed to run the Petty blue decal, which simply says, “Lee Petty 1914-2000” with his car #42 on it(That’s Racin’)(4-8-2000)
  • 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)
  • Sad News: John Adam Cheek, the 20-year-old son of Mike Cheek, the crew chief for the #14 Ford of Rick Crawford, is currently in the trauma center at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, after surviving a gunshot wound to the head last Friday. Mike Cheek had set up the #14 truck for the Martinsville race. Crawford qualified 18th-fastest on Friday. Cheek may miss Saturday’s NAPA 250 depending on his son’s condition(That’s Racin’) Best wishes go out to Cheek and his family(4-8-2000)
  • Young Returns to the #31 UPDATE: driver John Young of Brevak Racing will make his return to the track next week at Martinsville in the #31 truck. Young received his doctor release earlier this week and surely was relieved. The doctors will, however, continue to monitor Young’s health and he will be examined on a consistant basis(Brevak Racing Site), John Young is ready to go racing again. Young, diagnosed with leukemia only a few weeks ago, will return to the CTS this weekend at Martinsville after missing only two starts(NOL)(4-4-2000)
    UPDATE: Young back on track after bout with leukemia, A little over a month after being diagnosed with the disease, John Young starts 34th in today’s NAPA 250(Roanoke Times)(4-8-2000)
  • Gibbs: Coy Gibbs, son of Winston Cup owner and former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, qualified 29th for today’s NAPA 250, the first Craftsman Truck Series race of the 27-year-old’s career. Gibbs began racing after four years as a starting linebacker at Stanford University(Times-Dispatch) The Gibbs truck team is also looking for experiecned crew and team memebers, for contact info, see the CTS Team Address page(4-8-2000)

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