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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, 2014

  • Dillon gets primary sponsorship from Bass Pro Shops for two races: The nation’s No. 1 outdoor retail leader, Bass Pro Shops, will join Richard Childress Racing in commemorating Austin Dillon’s rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with primary sponsorship of the #3 Chevrolet SS at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. “All of us at Bass Pro Shops are excited about continuing our friendship and business relationship with our long-time friend Richard Childress and sponsoring Austin Dillon during his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The #3 car is where we got our start so it’s great to see it back in action.”
    A longtime motorsports supporter, Bass Pro Shops’ association with Dillon dates back to 2010, when the company partnered with RCR for Dillon’s first foray into fulltime NASCAR competition with sponsorship of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Bass Pro Shops/Dillon duo earned the Camping World Truck Series Championship in 2011 and Bass Pro Shops was also partners with Dillon and RCR in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
    “Johnny Morris and everyone at Bass Pro Shops have been alongside me for a majority of my racing accomplishments,” said Dillon. “I have photos of a giant Bass Pro Shops logo on the hood of my first Bandolero car when I was just starting out racing. They’ve been featured on my dirt late model and Bass Pro Shops was the primary sponsor of my truck when we won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. I have countless memories of growing up hunting and fishing with Johnny and his son, John Paul. They are true friends so it means so much that they can be a part of my rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, especially at tracks like Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway that have so much history with RCR.”
    Bass Pro Shops first began its association with RCR and its #3 Sprint Cup Series car in 1998 with an associate sponsorship of the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo made famous by seven-time Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt Sr.
    Bass Pro Shops also serves as a major associate sponsor throughout the 2014 season, joining Dow, Cheerios, Realtree Outdoors, American Ethanol and the University of Northwestern Ohio as RCR supporters associated with the #3 Sprint Cup Series entry this season. The outdoor retailer currently sponsors Dillon’s younger brother, Ty Dillon, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.(RCR), see images of the car on the #3 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2014)
  • Latest on Biffle’s contract status: #16-Greg Biffle’s contract with Roush Fenway Racing ends at the conclusion of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. Biffle answers a question concerning his contract status, taken from an interview with FrontStretch:
    Neff: Your contract is up this year. Have you been talking about that or are you waiting to see how the year shakes out a little more?
    Biffle: We’ve been working pretty diligently on that. It has been a pretty good negotiation so far. There are a lot of new people on both sides of the table so everyone is kind of getting a feel for the program and learning it. We feel pretty good that we’ll have something to announce before we get to summer.(Frontstretch)(4-8-2014)
  • Earnhardt, Jr. Scores First Last-Place Finish Since 2007: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. picked up the 7th last-place finish of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in Monday’s Duck Commander 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway when his #88 National Guard Chevy was involved in a scary single-car accident after he completed 12 of the race’s 340 laps. The finish was Earnhardt, Jr.’s first of the 2014 season and his first while driving for Hendrick Motorsports. It is also his first last-place finish in 225 Cup Series races, dating back to November 11, 2007 and the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix. That day, in his next-to-last race in DEI’s #8 Budweiser Chevy, Earnhardt, Jr. was taken out in another single-car crash after he completed 118 laps. He has never finished last in 130 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. After seven Cup Series races, we now have seven different race winners, seven different pole winners, and seven different last-place finishers.(see full post and stats at Lastcar)(4-8-2014)
  • Teams to test at Michigan: a few NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will test (tires) at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, April 8 & Wednesday, April 9. Scheduled to test are: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #16-Greg Biffle, #15-Clint Bowyer, #21-Trevor Bayne and #31-Ryan Newman. The Turn 1 grandstand seats will be open for fans free of charge on April 8-9.(MIS)(4-2/8-2014)
  • Billy Standridge ill UPDATE to be honored: former NASCAR driver Billy Standridge has cancer and is seriously sick but is in good spirits. Billy made 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts from 1993-1999 with a best finish of 14th in the 1995 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. See more and leave a well wish / comment at Billy’s blog: Billy’s Battle, a site for posting and sharing information for Billy Standridge. Billy commented on the page: “I just want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. This has been a hard time but the support has lifted my spirits. Thanks again.”
    Jayski.com was the listed sponsor of the #47 Ford at Talladega in October 1997. I made a page back in 1997 with some notes and images at Jayski’s Talladega Experience page.(4-5-2014)
    UPDATE The three cars entered by the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team in Friday’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway will carry a decal honoring former NASCAR driver and team owner Billy Standridge. Standridge, who raced in the Nationwide Series from 1986 to 1993 and in Sprint Cup from 1993 to 1999, is battling cancer. He lives in Shelby, N.C., where his NASCAR team was based. JD Motorsports owner Johnny Davis formerly worked for Standridge as a crew chief, engine builder, truck driver and all-around mechanic. “Billy is a great guy who loves to race and who loves being around the sport,” Davis said. “He put everything into that race team, and we ran full-schedule Busch (now Nationwide) racing out of that shop with just a few people and a lot of hard work. He has a lot of years in the sport.” The Standridge decal will be carried on the C post of JDM Chevrolet’s driven by #01-Landon Cassill, #4-Jeffrey Earnhardt and #87-Kevin Lepage at Darlington and in other races this year, Davis said. Standridge, 60, ran 23 Cup races and 84 Nationwide events.(JD Motorsports)(4-8-2014)
  • Texas Race and Commercial Breakdown: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Monday’s race (postponed from Sunday). Began recording the times at the Invocation of the rain-delayed race at 4:15 PM on Sunday, then stopped at the rain delay at 4:28 PM. then restarted on Monday at 12:01 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 3:59 PM (all times are EST). Fox was the broadcast team for this event.
    Total number of commercials: 114
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 61
    Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 100
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 56
    Number of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 14
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 11
    Number of times Fox utilized ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during this broadcast: 3
    Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 44
    Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 5 min. 5 sec.
    Total race brdcst time 200 Total comm. brdcst time 51
    See past race links and link to full report on the TV Commercials page.(4-8-2014)
  • Bud Moore recovering: NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore suffered a mild heart attack over the weekend and is recovering in a hospital near his home in Spartanburg, S.C. “He had a procedure done and is doing fine. He will be in the hospital a few days and is expected to be released later this week,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall. Moore, 88, a decorated veteran of World War II, was part of the Hall’s second class in 2011.(Charlotte Observer)(4-8-2014)
  • Sad News – Ed Spencer: Edgar Robert Spencer Sr., 85, of Salem Boulevard, Berwick, PA, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Fritzingertown Senior Living Community, Drums. Edgar owned and operated Ed Spencer’s Auto Parts since 1957. He held racetrack championships at Bone Stadium, Selinsgrove, Port Royal and Rummages Drive-In Speedway. His nickname was “Fast Eddie” and he raced under the car number 24. Ed was the father of former NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer. See full obituary at the Times Leader.(4-8-2014)
  • When Logano Wins on Sunday, Shell Customers Save on WINsday: Joey Logano took the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion car to victory lane at Texas, and now it’s time for Shell customers who have a Shell $averSM Card to save! Shell is offering Shell Saver Cardholders the opportunity to save 22 cents per gallon in Fuel Rewards savings on all three grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, and Shell Diesel, up to 25 gallons at participating stations, this upcoming Wednesday, or WINsday, April 9. The season-long promotion, called WINsday, will be applicable after every points race in which Joey Logano takes the checkered flag. Shell Saver Cardholders who are also registered Members of the Fuel Rewards Network program have the opportunity to save an additional 22 cents per gallon for each #22 team victory that can be redeemed on a future purchase of high quality fuels at any participating Shell branded station if you use your Shell Saver Card to purchase fuel at Shell on WINsday. For additional information, visit www.shell.us/winsday.(PR)(4-8-2014)
  • Weller to make Nationwide debut at Richmond: Jimmy Weller will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 25. The Hubbard, Ohio native will pilot the #55 Chevrolet Camaro in a partnership effort between Viva Motorsports and SS Green Light Racing in the 250-lap event at the Virginia short track. While the race will mark Weller’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series event, it will not mark the first time he’s competed at the Richmond, Va. venue. Weller competed in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at the 0.750-mile track. After finishing 12th in his first event at the speedway, Weller returned to the track in April 2013. In that event, Weller was racing inside the top 10 when he was involved in an on-track incident. The driver rebounded to finish in the 17th position.(Jimmy Weller Racing)(4-8-2014)
  • Ruud on the #99: Rheem Manufacturing Company, announced that their Ruud will sponsor the #99 Toyota Camry driven by James Buescher for several races during the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. The first race to debut the special Ruud paint scheme on the #99 will be at Darlington Raceway on April 11. Ruud, a member of the Rheem Manufacturing Company’s family of quality brands, is a leading heating, cooling and water heating solutions provider in major markets throughout in the U.S. and Canada.(RAB Racing), see an image of the car on the #99 team paint schemes page.(4-8-2014)

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