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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, 2013

  • Entry List for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #19-Mike Bliss, #21-Trevor Bayne, #30-David Stremme, #33-Landon Cassill, #44-Scott Riggs, #95-Scott Speed, #98-Michael McDowell, . #19-Bliss & 44-Riggs will have to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the teams are too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski’s Texas Entry List
  • Ryan Truex’s Cup debut delayed UPDATE: Ryan Truex Tweeted Sunday afternoon, “I won’t be in the #51 car at Richmond. Broke my collarbone in 2 places on Easter.. Will heal and ready for rehab in May. Cup Debut at Dover.(4-8-2013)
    UPDATE: Team owner James Finch said AJ Allmendinger is now scheduled to drive at Richmond. Finch is currently 11th in Sprint Cup owners points after fielding rides for Regan Smith, Austin Dillon and Allmendinger. Allmendinger’s seat is also in the car for this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, but details have not been finalized. Initially, Allmendinger, who is pulling double duty between the IndyCar and Sprint Cup series, was expected to attend rookie orientation for the Indianapolis 500, which was postponed due to weather. Allmendinger was also expected to drive the car the following weekend at Kansas Speedway, but team owner Roger Penske confirmed on Saturday that Allmendinger will indeed race at Long Beach on April 21. The former open-wheeler made his IndyCar debut for Penske Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.(Fox Sports)(4-8-2013)
  • Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday’s race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 1:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 5:03 PM (all times are EDT). I did not keep records for the pre- and post-race coverage. Fox was the broadcast team for this event.
    Total number of commercials: 111
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 58
    Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 102
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 54
    Number of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 9
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 7
    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: 43
    Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 6 min. 30 sec
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 1:00 PM
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 5:03 PM
    Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 243
    Minutes of race broadcast: 195
    Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 48
    Minutes of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials (split-screen): 4
    Number of missed restarts: 0
    Number of ‘mystery cautions’ (debris not shown): 0
    Total race brdcst time 195 Total comm. brdcst time 48
    Commercials during race broadcast: ‘Side-by-Side’ (‘Thank you!’ to all of the participating sponsors!)
    1:25 PM – 1:27 PM
    Sprint.com/No Texting and Driving http://www.sprint.com/drive (Dale Earnhardt Jr.); Toyota #LetsGoPlaces; GoodYear (various drivers)
    4:24 PM – 4:25 PM
    AT&T/network; Lowes (Jimmie Johnson); Subway (Carl Edwards)
    4:40 PM – 4:41 PM
    Sprint.com/No Texting & Driving http://www.sprint.com/drive (Dale Earnhardt Jr.); Toyota #LetsGoPlaces; Sonic
    See full rundown and past races at CawsnJaws.com.(4-8-2013)
  • Edwards in the TV booth for 3 races: After a two-race initiation last year, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will return to the ESPN broadcast booth as an analyst for the next three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Edwards will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick and analyst Andy Petree in the booth to call the 300-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The race will be the first after a two week break in the schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Edwards also will call races at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, April 26 (7 p.m. on ESPNEWS) and at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 4 (2:30 p.m. on ESPN). In each case, Edwards will compete in the next day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the same track. “I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the ESPN team and their Nationwide Series broadcasts again this season,” said Edwards. “Allen, Andy and the whole ESPN team really helped me get a better feel of what goes on in the booth last season.” (ESPN)(4-8-2013)
  • Entry List:There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Landon Cassill will be in the #4 for JD Motorsports;
    The #15 for Rick Ware is TBA;
    Chris Buescher returns to the Roush #16;
    Michael McDowell and the #27 team make another attempt;
    Scott Riggs will drive the #47 for Curtis Key;
    The #86, driven last year by Kevin Lepage, is entered with driver TBA;
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the #88;
    Kevin Swindell returns in the #98.(4-8-2013)
    UPDATE: Michael McDowell and Jason White have switched cars. McDowell now listed in the #00 and White in the #27.(4-9-2013)
    See the complete list on the Texas Motor Speedway entry list page.
  • Sad News – William Ballew: Mr. William Earl “Bill” Ballew [father of Truck Series team owner Billy Ballew], age 81 of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Life Care Center of Copper Basin. Mr. Ballew was born June 3, 1931 in Blue Ridge, GA A member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church he was a local business man operating car lots and service station. He was preceded in death by wife, Edna Griggs Ballew and son, Charles Ballew. Service info on my Sad News page.(4-8-2013)
  • Larson to run Rockingham UPDATE: SPEED announcer Phil Parsons explained during the Martinsville practice coverage that team owner Steve Turner informed him that Turner Scott Motorsports will field Kyle Larson in the #30 Chevy at Rockingham Speedway. Larson, who drives full-time for TSM in the Nationwide Series, will get the nod over last year’s winner Kasey Kahne. Larson made four Truck Series starts last season for TSM, scoring one top-five and three top-10s.(4-5-2013)
    UPDATE: Turner Scott Motorsports announced today Kyle Larson will be behind the wheel of a fourth Camping World Truck Series entry for the team at Rockingham Speedway this Sunday. Larson will travel to Rockingham after competing in the Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Larson, a 20-year-old NNS Rookie-of-the-Year contender, will make his first NCWTS start of the season behind the wheel of the #30 Autism Speaks Chevy Silverado. Larson’s NNS crew chief, Trent Owens, will also make the trip from Texas to Rockingham and call the race on Sunday afternoon. In just four previous career NCTWS starts, Larson has collected three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up designation, and led over 90 laps. His last two NNS starts have produced a second- and a sixth-place finish, as he currently sits seventh in driver point standings. Larson will race in the O’Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night in his #32 Chevy Camaro and travel immediately following that event to Rockingham for NCWTS practice the following day. This weekend will mark Larson’s first “Double Duty” attempt in NASCAR’s top-three series.To bring attention to Autism Awareness Month, TSM has designed a special paint scheme for the #30 Silverado to honor Autism Speaks. Larson’s machine will feature the signature Autism Speaks blue puzzle pieces, and the name of five-year-old Gray Owens, who is affected by Autism and is the son of crew chief Trent Owens, will be placed above the passenger-side door.(Turner Scott Motorsports PR)(See an image of the truck on the #30 paint schemes page)(4-8-2013)
  • Crafton to tie consecutive starts record in Martinsville UPDATE: Matt Crafton will start seventh in Martinsville on Saturday, and noted his truck was one of the best he’d ever had here, in his 23rd career Martinsville start, which will also tie him with former ThorSport driver Terry Cook for the all-time Truck Series consecutive starts streak, with 296.(ThorSport Racing PR)(4-6-2013)
    UPDATE:When Crafton took the green flag in his #88 Rip It Energy Fuel / Menards Toyota, it was his 296th consecutive Truck Series start, which tied the series’ all-time record, a mark Crafton now holds in conjunction with former ThorSport driver Terry Cook. Ironically, Crafton replaced Cook in the seat of the #88 for the final race of the 2000 season, the beginning of Crafton’s impressive streak. Crafton is now poised to take sole possession of the Truck Series’ consecutive starts mark, when he takes the green flag next Sunday at Rockingham Speedway in the second annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200.(ThorSport Racing PR)(4-8-2013)

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