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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, 2016

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #19-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took the 2nd pit stall.
    #78-Truex, Jr, who starts 3rd took the 14th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 42nd and final pit stall [43 is not being used] was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 8th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on’s Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-8-2016)
  • Friday (final) Practice for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #78-Truex, Jr. 192.390
    #18-Busch 189.507
    #47-Allmendinger 189.500
    #22-Logano 189.480
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 178.136 & #30-Wise 176.505.
    most laps run: #3-Dillon 65, #5-Kahne 64
    See fastest speeds, laps run, and more on the Texas Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(4-8-2016)
  • Edwards wins Texas pole: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light pole for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 194.609mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 2nd at Texas and 17th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Elliott, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #3-Dillon, #48-Johnson, and #6-Bayne.
    Edwards led the second round of qualifying with a speed of 195.214mph
    #14-Vickers was fastest during the first round at 196.014mph.
    Only 40 cars were entered so everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Texas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Texas Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-8-2015)
  • Texas Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Duck Commander 500 with a lap of 27.748 seconds, 194.609 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 416 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in 23 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his eighth in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in seven races this season.
    Chase Elliott (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-8-2016)
  • First Round of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #14-Vickers 196.014
    #22-Logano 195.242
    #19-Edwards 194.946
    #5-Kahne 194.833
    #78-Truex, Jr. 194.693
    the rest of the top 24: 2 3 88 16 43 21 41 47 42 48 24 18 20 31 11 1 17 6 4;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 27 10 44 7 83 95 23 13 38 34 46 15 98 32 30 55
    Drivers who will miss the race: none as 40 cars were entered for 40 spots
  • Bowyer says team is working to improve: It’s no secret that Clint Bowyer’s one-off season at HScott Motorsports has been less than stellar but even though he knows what lies ahead of him, he isn’t sitting back and letting the bad times go by – he and the team are trying to improve. “I’m pretty miserable right now and I don’t aim to be that way for a year,” Bowyer told Kickin’ the Tires and Thursday night. “Here’s the thing, in the situation you’re in, yes, you want to rip the leather off the steering wheel and get mad and everything else but it doesn’t do any good. And you know these guys are working their asses off to get you to where you are even at. It’s just they don’t have the tools that these other teams have.”
    “We are definitely behind a lot farther than I was ready for but, you know, a year is a long time and I know what my future holds. That’s the positive that keeps me going but I won’t rest at night until I know that Harry Scott is where they need to be when I get out of the seat.
    And if fans think there’s a secret alliance between HScott Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) or even Hendrick Motorsports – they would be incorrect. The team does get some information from SHR but it’s not on the level that would make a dramatic impact on the track and it definitely doesn’t include giving HScott ready-made cars capable of winning races. “If that is the conception, yes, for sure, because it’s not,” Bowyer laughed when asked about any misconceptions regarding what HScott Motorsports was getting. “It’s definitely not and it’s not a Hedrick Motorsports car either. If you wreck a car or need a new car, you reach to one of those organizations and order a car but what you do with that car after that is the ingredients that make up the difference between a fast car and a slow car.”(KickintheTires)(4-8-2016)
  • Stewart still unsure of when he can return: Tony Stewart said he feels good but needs to wait for a scan on his broken back later this month to determine when he will return to the driver’s seat. The three-time Sprint Cup champion, speaking Thursday after being honored for raising $1.5 million through his “Smoke Show” fantasy camp for the Texas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, said some days it has been hard and some days it has been easy not racing this year while his back heals. “I don’t [know my return] — not until they do the next set of scans,” Stewart said. “The first thing they did were X-rays [in early March] just to make sure the rods and screws were in place. When we do the scans at the end of the month, then they’ll be able to have an idea exactly when it’s going to happen.” Stewart suffered a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra in a Jan. 31 dune buggy accident. He was going 5 mph but landed hard in a drop he estimated was 20 to 25 feet in the California sand dunes.
    “I feel great,” Stewart said. “I’ve been doing everything now over the last week that I’ve wanted to do. If you step off a curb wrong or step too hard, you’re definitely reminded you have these rods in your back. “Other than that, I feel really well. I’m anxious to get the scans. It’s driving me crazy wanting to see what it looks like and what is the diagnosis and when they think they’re going to let me go.”(
  • Tony Gibson not at Texas until Saturday: Stewart-Haas Racing tweeted Friday afternoon that “Johnny Klausmeier, engineer on the #41 car, will serve as crew chief” on Thursday and Friday because [Tony Gibson] is back home in NC with his wife as she is under the weather. He plans to be @TXMotorSpeedway Saturday for the race.(4-8-2016)
  • Patrick comments on Auto Club fine: Frustration boiled over two races ago in California when [Danica Patrick] was hooked by Kasey Kahne and slammed into the wall. Patrick walked up the apron of the track to hold her hands out, palms up, when Kahne drove by — and NASCAR promptly fined her $20,000 for walking on the apron or track toward moving cars. “I understand NASCAR has to do whatever they can to protect their drivers and making sure that we don’t put ourselves in harm’s way,” Patrick said. “Did I feel like I was in danger? Absolutely not. It’s my own body. I don’t want to put my body in danger at all. But then you start working into gray areas of, well, what’s too close and what’s not close? So I get their position. But some of the most exciting throwback videos you see of NASCAR is of drivers getting all rowdy and getting mad. … You can’t do things that completely eliminate the spirit of the sport.” The rule was instituted after Tony Stewart accidentally struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint-car race in August 2014. Ward was out on the track, and Stewart has said he didn’t see Ward until just before his car struck the 20-year-old. Patrick’s fine was the same as the one issued last year to Trevor Bayne, who crossed the track after an accident just to get to the infield before safety workers got to him. “I get that it’s 2016, and we can get smarter and better, and there are certain things that cross the line, and I guess that they deemed that I did,” Patrick said. “When I did it, it wasn’t like I thought, ‘I don’t care if I get fined, I’m going to walk out [there].’ It literally didn’t enter my mind. So I think that’s the challenge. … When I did that, I was just really giving the universal ‘WTF’ sign to him like, ‘I can’t believe you just did that to me.’”(
  • Almirola’s tire carrier injured over Easter break: Injuries have not been kind to the #43 of RPM. Two weeks before Daytona, Gas Man Justin Reisman tore his Achilles and now they have another injury. Over the Easter weekend, tire carrier Devon Armstrong tore his distal bicep tendon and will be out at least until the middle of the season. “I was at the gym that I work out at. I was hitting the punching bag when I heard it pop. I knew instantly that something wasn’t right. Because it was Easter weekend there were no doctors that I could see so I had to wait until Monday to get it looked at.” An MRI on Tuesday proved that Devon had tore his tendon and he went into surgery last Thursday. “The doctor says I’ll be out at least 12 weeks but depending on how well rehab goes will ultimately determine how long I’m out.” Taking Devon’s place will be tire carrier Josh Galloway.(Pit Talks)(4-8-2016)
  • Penske to be honored with Cameron R. Argetsinger Award: Roger Penske, one of auto racing’s most notable team owners, will be honored in June by the International Motor Racing Research Center with the 2016 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports. As Team Penske celebrates its 50th year in motorsports in 2016, Penske will receive the award at a gala dinner presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA. This will be the third annual award presented by the IMRRC. NASCAR racing great Richard Petty was the 2015 Argetsinger Award recipient. Team owner and former driver Chip Ganassi was the inaugural winner in 2014. The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen almost 70 years ago. The Racing Research Center is an archival and research library and a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the materials of motorsports, all series and all venues, worldwide. The Center established the Argetsinger Award to honor a person in the motorsports industry who is recognized universally for having advanced and improved the sport. The honoree brings prestige to motorsports and demonstrates commitment to the future of racing.(IMRRC)(4-8-2016)
  • Texas Pole Notes & Facts:
    � Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 at Texas with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
    � 22 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Martin Truex Jr. with two each.
    � Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway: Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004) and Ryan Newman (2005 sweep).
    � Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2014 Chase race and 2015 sweep), Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
    � Three of the 30 (10%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
    � Six of the 30 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second-place.
    � The third-place starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway, producing more wins than any other starting position (six) – most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall of 2014).
    � 24 of the 30 (80%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. Below is a breakdown of the number of wins by starting position in the top 10.
    � Four of the 30 (13.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    � The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.
    � Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions twice in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway; the inaugural event in 1997 and the spring race of 2007. The actual race has never been rain shortened, but was postponed to Monday in 2014 due to weather.
  • Sad News – Dennis King: Dennis P. King, 69, of Salina, KS, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Dennis was a cam grind engineer formerly with General Kinetics and a lifelong machinist in his own business; High Velocity Cams, never really retiring. Dennis was long standing member of the NASCAR family known by engine builders and crew chiefs alike. (full obituary and more info at
  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 80th XFINITY Series win and 4th of the year. #20-Erik Jones finished second, followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #5-Chase Elliott, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Austin Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, and #39-Ryan Sieg.
    Busche started from the pole and led 150 of the 200 laps.
    There were 5 cautions for 22 laps and 6 lead changes among 3 leaders.
    The average speed was 141.121mph.
    Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).
  • Texas XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 20th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, his 80th victory in 316 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his eighth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 1 point over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-8-2016)
  • XFINITY Driver standings following Texas:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 207
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 206, -1
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 198, -9
    4) #33-Brandon Jones, 193, -14
    5) #20-Erik Jones, 192, -15
    6) #3-Ty Dillon, 187, -20
    7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 183, -24
    8) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 160, -47
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 160, -47
    10) #48-Brennan Poole, 152, -55
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-8-2016)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 188.475mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #48-Brennan Poole, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Brandon Jones, and #16-Ryan Reed.
    Busch was also fastest in the second round at 188.673mph.
    #20-Erik Jones was fastest in the first round with a speed of 188.897mph.
    Did Not Qualify: #10-Jeff Green.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(4-8-2016)
  • Texas Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 28.651 seconds, 188.475 mph.
    This is his 51st pole in 316 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his fourth pole in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his third in three races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in six races this season.
    Erik Jones (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-8-2016)
  • Nazareth Speedway sold: For more than a decade, the Nazareth Speedway has set idle. But around town, people still remember this was the place to be in its glory days. “We used to go to the races there and see Mario Andretti,” Bob Kline remembers. The big names rolling down the track, boasted big speed. But the engines were silenced in 2004, when the track closed. Since then, there have been reports here and there that something was in the works, but nothing ever came of it – until now. Jaindl Real Estate has purchased the land and developer David Jaindl says his company will farm the agricultural lands around the speedway this Spring. It’s not clear their plans for the actual track, but some say they’d just like to see something done with it. Time will tell what the new owner does, but people have already been waiting a dozen years. “It’s been so long that it hasn’t been in use,” Kline says. They might be willing to wait a little more, to see if the road for this speedway will ever re-open again, or if it’ll be done away with completely – and mark the true finish line for the old track.(WFMZ)(4-8-2016)
  • “Dale Jr. sandwich” will be available at Bristol: The banana and Hellmann’s mayonnaise snack craze has hit an all-time high after NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted out his love of the sandwich. Fans from NASCAR nation were quick to recreate the sandwich and post their experiences of this unique item. In honor of this enthusiasm, BMS will be offering the famous “Dale Jr Sandwich” featuring Hellman’s mayonnaise and bananas on white bread during the Food City 500 weekend, April 15-17. The Dale Jr Sandwich is $4 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Dale Jr. Foundation. Interested in trying it? Visit the concession stand in the Family Section of Waltrip Grandstand, just inside Gate 14 to the left.(BMS)(4-8-2016)

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