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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, 1998

  • BGN driver, Matt Kenseth will race a Roush Racing-prepared Ford Taurus in the DieHard 500 April 26 at Talladega, team owner Jack Roush announced Wednesday. Kenseth joins Cup regulars Mark Martin(#6), Ted Musgrave(#16), Johnny Benson(#26), Chad Little(#97) and Jeff Burton(#99) as Roush drivers at Talladega. Roush is seeking a one-race sponsor for Kenseth.(That’s racin’). The car will be #60.(NASCAR Online)(4-8-98)
  • When questioned about rumors that Greg Sacks and crew chief Mike Hillman were “on their way out,” Cale Yarborough was adamant in his response. “Greg and Mike are a part of Cale Yarborough Motorsports,” Yarborough said. “Sure, we hoped to be a little higher in the point standings, but things take time. We have a lot of new people on the team. It’s going to take time to get it all together, and I’m happy with the progress I’ve seen. Mike has done a real good job for us. When Greg is ready to get back in the driver’s seat, we’ll be waiting for him.”(NASCAR Online), this puts to rest those rumors I posted last week about Sacks and Hillman being ‘on the hot seat’.(4-8-98)
  • Greg Sacks is still in the hospital recovering from his accident at Texas. Results of a CAT scan and numerous MRI’s have all come back negative. Sacks had complained of numbness and weakness in his left arm. Sacks stretched the nerves in the brachial plexus, the nerve center for the arm located behind the collar bone. Commonly referred to as a “stinger,” this type of injury is common among professional
    football players. Symptoms can include weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation in the arm. Sacks will remain at Parkland Memorial Hospital as doctors continue to monitor his progress. Car owner Cale Yarborough will make a decision on who will drive the Thorn Apple Valley #98 Ford at Martinsville pending a final consultation
    with Sacks’ doctors.(NASCAR Online)(4-8-98)
  • Morgan Shepherd(#31), Sterling Marlin(#40) and Joe Nemechek(#42) tested Wednesday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway(SC). Five more teams are expected to be there on Thursday including Michael Waltrip(#21).(Radar)(4-8-98)
  • Testing also continued at Martinsville with Bobby Labonte, Ernie Irvan, Chad Little, Dale Jarrett, Todd Bodine, Brett Bodine and Jerry Nadeau testing at the track. Bodine also had a teacher pick out an honor student which he gave a two-lap ride his in Paychex Ford. Labonte also signed autographs for students. Testing continued at Talladega with Ricky Rudd, Steve Grissom, Dan Pardus(#07), Jeff Green(#29-in prep for the teams return), Hut Stricklin, Jimmy Spencer(#12 BGN) and Mike McLaughlin(#24 Cup).(NASCAR Online)(4-8-98)
  • Hermie Sadler driver of the #29 BGN DeWalt Tools Chevy who was hurt in the BGN race at Texas has a dislocated fibula(leg bone). Sadler is expected to race in Hickory this weekend.(Greensboro News & Record)(4-8-98)

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