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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, 2017

  • Happy Hour (final) practice for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 194.812
    #24-Elliott 194.252
    #42-Larson 193.618
    #43-Almirola 193.555
    #20-Kenseth 193.465
    slowest: #51-Hill 183.138 & #55-Cope 179.826
    best 10 consecutive lap ave: 190.862
    notes: #6-Bayne wrecked early in practice and will go to a backup car. #5-Kahne got into the outside wall with less than 5 minutes remaining.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-8-2017)
  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (23,26,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don’t count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #21-Blaney took pit stall 2.
    #14-Bowyer, who starts 3rd, took the 14th stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com’s Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-8-2017)
  • First Saturday practice for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 196.143
    #42-Larson 196.093
    #13-Dillon 196.043
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 195.943
    #24-Elliott 195.837
    slowest: #51-Hill 183.842 & #55-Cope 180.511
    best 10 consecutive lap ave: #20-Kenseth 193.952
    notes: no accidents or incidents
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf) (4-8-2017)
  • Ganassi open to Larson racing in Indianapolis 500 at some point: As the Indianapolis 500 draws near, the tweets starts flooding Chip Ganassi’s inbox all asking the same question: When will he enter Kyle Larson in the Indy 500? Larson wants to run the race, and Ganassi is open to entering the budding NASCAR star. But it has to make sense for the team, driver and organization.[More](4-8-2017)
  • More documents filed in Stewart-Hass suit against Natures Bakery:Nature’s Bakery and Stewart-Haas Racing will have a mediator hear their issues Wednesday, court documents show. If that session is unsuccessful, both sides agree to a second mediation session that will occur 30 days after all summary judgment motions and briefs are filed.[More](4-8-2017)
  • Erik Jones dominates at Texas for NASCAR XFINITY Series win”What a difference a pit stop made. Erik Jones gained two seconds over Ryan Blaney on his final trip to pit road, and that was all the driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota needed for a convincing victory in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.[More](4-8-2017)
  • Erik Jones wins Texas XFINITY race: #20-Erik Jones won the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 7th XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. #22-Ryan Blaney finished second, followed by #41-Kevin Harvick, #2-Austin Dillon, #00-Cole Custer, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #9-William Byron, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Matt Tifft, and Elliott Sadler. Jones took the lead on the final pit stop and won by just over a half second. He led 112 of the 200 laps.
    There were 6 cautions for 31 laps and 11 lead changes among 7 leaders.
    The average speed was 131.563mph.
    Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).
    (4-8-2017)
  • Race stage winners: 
    Stage 1 – lap 45 – Winner, #20-Erik Jones
    Stage 2 – lap 90 – Winner, #9-William Byron
    Stage 3 – lap 200 – Race winner, #20-Erik Jones
  • Texas XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Erik Jones won the 21st Annual My Bariatric Solutions 300, his seventh victory in 63 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2017.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2017.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Cole Custer (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 6 points overWilliam Byron.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-8-2017)
  • XFINITY Driver standings following Texas:
    #1-Elliott Sadler, 225
    #9-William Byron, 219, -6
    #16-Ryan Reed, 183, -42
    #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 176, -49
    #7-Justin Allgaier , 174, -51
    #19-Matt Tifft, 139, -86
    #21-Daniel Hemric, 136, -89
    #48-Brennan Poole, 134, -91
    #5-Michael Annett, 130, -95
    #11-Blake Koch, 130, -95
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-8-2017)
  • Joey Logano on XFINITY pole at Texas: #12-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 192.768mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Ryan Blaney, #9-William Byron, #00-Cole Custer, #21-Daniel Hemric, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #16-Ryan Reed, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    Did Not Qualify: #77-Stephen Leicht & #74-Mike Harmon.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(4-8-2017)
  • Track Takeover returns to Richmond: Race fans are invited to walk on America’s Premier Short Track for the return of Track Takeover driven by AAA at Richmond International Raceway. The fan-friendly event is open to all ticketholders of the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 30. Fans will have the opportunity to stop by Richmond’s historic Start/Finish line where they can sign their name and be etched into the track’s history just hours prior to the green flag.[More](4-8-2017

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