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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, 1999

  • Garone, new gig: Joe Garone, former crew chief for Bill Elliott Racing has accepted a position with Rudd Performance Motorsports as crew chief for Ricky Rudd. His duties begin Monday. Jerry Pitts, who was the crew chief for Elliott’s #13 team will assume the crew chief role for the #94(4-8-1999)
  • Barrett and the #90: I hear Stanton Barrett will be in the #90 Junie Donlavey Ford at Martinsville also(4-8-1999)
  • 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 sopposedly 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)
  • A Bud Moore Update: An update on a story I broke on the site on March 26th(see the #15 Team Past News Page) – At Bud Moore Engineering in Spartanburg, S.C., they have the cars, they have the engines, they even have a driver — Jeff Green — who they would liked to get buckled into their No. 15 Ford Taurus. All they need now is a sponsor. The team is negotiating a sponsorship agreement with AMVETS (American Veterans) but nothing has been finalized. Other deals for one race sponsorships are also possible. Greg Moore would like to see a deal come to fruition in time to run in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte next month. on the Memorial Day holiday weekend. While Green would like to drive the car, his priority is to win the BGN championship. See the article at WWII vet Bud Moore seeks sponsorship deal with AMVETS (iRACE/SpeedVision)(4-8-1999)
  • Speed/Pardus: Midwest Transit Racing has found a new, spacious home as it prepares for its comeback race under the guidance of General Manager Lake Speed. The team, owned by Hal Hicks and Mike Witters, decided to move from its Mooresville shop to a 20,000 square foot facility formerly occupied by Team 34. Last year Team 34, a BGN Series operation, raced three separate entries from the shop. With this latest move now complete, Speed is inspecting Midwest Transit Racing’s fleet of #50 Chevy’s to see which of them stays or need modifications. Some of the inventory may be sold off, due to Speed’s extremely high racing standards. “He’s analyzing all the cars we have,” said Pardus. “He’s making changes on some of them. He did some major changes on one of superspeedway cars.” Speed has booked Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for a test April 13-14. Midwest Transit Racing plans to compete in the Diehard 500 at Talladega on April 25. Pardus likes the 2.66-mile track. He finished third in an ARCA race at Talladega last fall(Midwest Transit PR)(4-8-1999)
  • Morris news: Blue Ridge Motorsports officials announced that they will enter the May 14th Richmond race as well as the BGN run at South Boston on June 12th. This puts Phil Morris and the #01 Chevy in at least a dozen shows for the 1999 season(www.philmorrisracing.com)(4-8-1999)

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