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April 22 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 22, 2007

  • Decision on car of tomorrow timetable coming this summer: NASCAR chairman Brian France told The Associated Press on Saturday that the decision on whether or not to run the Car of Tomorrow in the full Cup schedule in 2008 will be made this summer. "In June or July, we’re going to take a hard look at it," France said. "It’s really up to the teams. They approved this timetable and it will be up to them if we change it." The current schedule for the COT is 16 races this season, 29 in 2008 and all 36 races in 2009. But several owners have indicated they would like to run the COT in the entire schedule next year, saving both money and the time it takes to build two different cars.(Associated Press / Thats Racin)(4-22-2007)
  • TWO Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won at: There are TWO current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at [a Nextel Cup race]:
    Texas 0 for 13 with a best of 2nd in 2002
    Homestead 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 22 [20 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.
    Gordon won at Phoenix in April to finally knock that track off the list in his 17th try there.(4-22-2007)
  • Chevy happy with R07 engine: Chevy engineers are happy with the way the new R07 engines looked after racing last weekend at Texas. Five cars had the new engine, with #11-Denny Hamlin’s ninth-place finish the best among them. One Hendrick Motorsports engine and four Joe Gibbs Racing engines were in cars for the event. None of them had a failure nor the fuel pump issues that had stymied some teams working with the new pump configuration. "Everything looked really good," said GM Racing’s Jim Covey, who oversees the Chevy NASCAR engine development and has been in contact with the teams this week after they have examined the engines. Covey expects some teams to compete with the new engine at Richmond in a couple of weeks and expects several more to use it in the Nextel All-Star Challenge later in May. There is no specific date for all of the teams to use the new engine, which is expected to have more durability and slightly more horsepower.(SceneDaily.com)(4-22-2007)
  • Toyota executive says TRD and Waltrip team starting from scratch on new car: Toyota officials knew the company’s first season in Nextel Cup would be tough, but never dreamed it would be this difficult. "We certainly didn’t expect all seven cars to make every race, but we didn’t really think it would be this bad," said Jim Aust, president of Toyota Racing Development. "Here at Phoenix, we figured we wouldn’t get seven in, but we thought it would be five, not three." Before Saturday’s race, Aust said Toyota was working on a project with one of its new teams, Michael Waltrip Racing, to rebuild a car from scratch and try to improve the overall performance. "We’ve been working on this project for about three weeks," Aust said. "We took apart the car and weighed every part then put it back together. We’re looking at every bolt. We’ll take the car to the wind tunnel and, once we see we’ve got something better, we’ll get it to all of our teams." Aust said Toyota Racing Development in California also is working hard on improving the Cup engine. "I think we’ll see some real improvement by Charlotte (in May)," he said.(Associated Press / Thats Racin)(4-22-2007)
  • Fitz Motorsports Crew Member Released from Hospital: Fitz Motorsports tire carrier Jason Miller was released from the hospital Saturday morning after being hit by the #1 car of J.J. Yeley during the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway, the team said in a statement. Miller severely bruised his midsection and abdomen, and also bruised his spleen. He remained at the hospital overnight in case there was internal bleeding. There was no internal bleeding found and he returned home Saturday to North Carolina.(SceneDaily.com)(4-22-2007)

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