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April 22 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 22, 2002

  • More Richmond Testing: Cup and BGN testing continue at Richmond from Monday thru Wedneday. Scheduled to test their Cup cars on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 are #18-Bobby Labonte, #20-Tony Stewart, #5-Terry Labonte, and #25-Jerry Nadeau. #9-Bill Elliott, #1-Steve Park and #33-Mike Wallace and BGN driver #40-Brian Vickers are expected to join the group to test Tuesday and Wednesday. Fans are invited to watch testing. The gates will be open from 8:00am to 5:00pm each day.(RIR PR)(4-22-2002)
  • Nemechek in the Winston, with DEI? Word has it that Joe Nemechek will drive a car from the DEI stable in The Winston at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May. Nemechek is eligible for The Winston because of his win at Rockingham last fall [in the #33 Andy Petree ride – which as a team is also eligible], but is currently without a steady Winston Cup Series ride. He was released from Haas-Carter Motorsports when the team’s Kmart sponsorship unraveled. No word on any sponsorship for the deal.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(4-22-2002)
  • Nemechek back in the #26 at California: Fox Sports Net’s Totally NASCAR reports that Joe Nemechek will drive the #26 Haas Carter Motorsports Ford at California Speedway thos coming weekend with Checker Auto Parts as the sponsor. Frnak Kimmel, who has been driving the #26 has an ARCA race commitment but will supposedly be back in the #26 at Richmond on May 4th.(4-22-2002)
  • Hermie Sadler to attempt Calif and Richmond: .Hermie Sadler announced today his plans to compete in the next two Winston Cup events at Fontana, California.and Richmond, Virginia. Sadler’s #02 Chevrolet will be sponsored.by Car-Freshner Corporation, makers of the famous "Little-Trees" air freshners, in Fontana and he will carry the colors of the Virginia Lottery at Richmond.(Sadler Enterprises PR)(4-22-2002)
  • Wallace Sponsor: AVStripper, along with Johnson Consulting and Ositis Software have announced a personal sponsorship agreement with Kenny Wallace. AVStripper is a full-featured, easy to use, gateway virus scanning appliance that seamlessly works with any firewall or proxy server, allowing full virus scans of all data traffic coming into and out of the network. AVStripper stops all viruses at the gateway before they penetrate your computer network. Just plug in AVStripper and stop worrying about viruses.(KWR PR)(4-22-2002)
  • Record Crowd: Sunday’s race set a record at Talladega for attendance. Every one of the 143,500 seats were sold and, with the fans in the 212-acre infield, the attendance was estimated at 170,000. The extra capacity comes from the fact that the O.V. Hill South Tower at the track was expanded by 5,200 seats.(Montgomery Advertiser)(4-22-2002)
  • Dale Earnhardt Day: Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman proclaimed April 29, Dale Earnhardt’s birthday, as "Dale Earnhardt Day" in Alabama to honor the racing legend and his family. Earnhardt won a track record 10 Winston Cup races at Talladega.(ThatsRacin.com), also Dale Earnhardt Inc. also announced it would host Dale Earnhardt Day on April 29 at its shop in Mooresville, N.C. Fans will be allowed to view Earnhardt memorabilia and enter the interior show room. The doors will be open from 8:00am to 9:00pm that day.(4-22-2002)
  • More Parts Seized: NASCAR put several more parts confiscated by inspectors over the weekend on display Sunday. Among the items collected: an unapproved grill opening on the #14 Pontiac driven by Stacy Compton; two rear axles each from the #28 Ford of Ricky Rudd and #1 Chevy of Steve Park; and an illegal "underpan" – used to improve downforce under the car – on Rudd’s #28 Ford.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-22-2002)
  • Elledge to the #25? UPDATE: Tony Furr’s decision to quit as #25-Jerry Nadeau’s crew chief this week has raised speculation that Jimmy Elledge may be in line for that job. Elledge could not be reached for comment yesterday.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-20-2002)
    UPDATE: Jimmy Elledge, who lost his job on Dale Jarrett’s team a couple of weeks ago, is being courted by two teams. He now is the top candidate for crew chief on Jerry Nadeau’s #25 team, replacing Tony Furr, who resigned. Last week, Elledge was the top candidate for Casey Atwood’s #7.(Sporting News)(4-22-2002)
  • Cars Dyno’d: Six cars were tested on the chassis dynamometer, used to measure horsepower delivered to the rear wheels, following the race. They were the Dodges driven by #40-Sterling Marlin and #22-Ward Burton, Fords driven by #88-Dale Jarrett and #09-Geoffrey Bodine and Chevys driven by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Jimmie Johnson. No Pontiacs were tested.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-22-2002)
  • Benson OK: #10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson left Talladega Superspeedway feeling like a pretty lucky man. He wasn’t so fortunate to miss the big wreck on lap 164 that involved 24 cars. Nor did he feel real lucky for his 39th-place finish after running pretty well all afternoon on the high-speed trioval. Benson felt lucky because of some quick work by his crewmembers as well as crewmembers on other NASCAR teams who pulled him from the burning #10 Valvoline Pontiac on pit road as flames spread over the car and inside the driver cockpit. "That was pretty scary," Benson said after a trip to the infield car center. "That’s the first time in my career I’ve ever had a fire like that. I’m fine and I didn’t get burned but I got very hot in the car. I inhaled some of the smoke and fire extinguisher stuff so they took me to the hospital for a while." Rescue workers doused Benson with cold water and wet towels after he was pulled from the car. After a few minutes in the care center he was released to go back home to North Carolina. Benson was running midpack as the laps began to wind down and making his move to the front. With 16 laps to go several cars ahead of Benson got together in turn two and cars began crashing and spinning. Benson hit another car while enduring a hit from behind. When he finally came to a rest on the backstretch he refired the engine. Benson drove the damaged Valvoline Pontiac around to the pits where the crew changed two tires and sent him back on the track just ahead of the pace car. The plan was to bring him in for two more tires. As he was circling the track the battery housed in the car just behind the left rear tire caught fire. The flames rapidly spread and by the time he was in the middle of pit road the fire had erupted over the car. Crewmembers from Kenny Schrader’s #36 team as well as others on pit road and Talladega safety crews helped pull Benson from the burning car. The damage from the car along with Benson’s treatment forced the Valvoline team to retire from the race.(Johnny Benson Fanclub)(4-22-2002)

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