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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, 1997

  • Per RPM2Nite: Yesterday, 4-8-97, NASCAR had a joint test with Bobby Labontes #18 InterState Pontiac, Mark Martins #6 and Ted Musgrave’s #16 Fords, and Sterling Marlin’s #4 Chevy at Daytona with restrictor plates(the rumor that restrictor plates would not be on the cars was wrong), looking for ways to slow down the cars aerodynamically. They tried many things including low drag combined with low down force and high drag combined with high down force but NASCAR would rather stay with what rules they have than do something that hasn’t been researched(4-8-97). Labonte and Marlin also tested on 4-9-97. Areas tested included the front air dam, rear spoiler(4″ and 8″), and spoiling the air on the roof and A-pillars(4-16-97)
  • This story from the “National Speed Sport News”, 4-2-97 edition: International Speedway Corp(ISC-Daytona etc), Penske Motorsports, NASCAR and basically all entities that include all the tracks that host WC races are being sued filed by Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & LeRach LLP of San Diego, a recognized leader in class-action lawsuits. The suit alleges price-fixing of souvenirs and other merchandise.(4-8-97)
  • Per RPM2Nite: Dr. Jerry Punch was making a joke about the fact the teams had to face Darlington , Texas, and Bristol three races in a row, and that the bodymen should quit or ask for a big raise next year. Then he added, ” I’m joking, next year the schedule is going to be changed”. The only change I have heard about is the possibility of Richmonds date moved to later in the spring and becoming a night race. I guess that could depend on what happens the Rockingham sale and Las Vegas should get a date(4-8-97)
  • Rumor has it that Bruton Smith is supposedly looking at Mosport Park in Canada?(4-8-97)
  • I hear as for Al Unser, Jr running at the brickyard 400, Penske has said it will only happen if he has a “twenty point lead” in the CART championship run. Considering Unser has finished 27th in both CART races so far, let’s just say that is VERY unlikely, we’ll see.(4-8-97)

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