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April 22 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 22, 1999

  • DJ Winston Paint: a few readers found info on some collectible sites that Dale Jarrett will run a reverse type sceheme at The Winston in Charlotte. The car is white with the red and blue decals(4-22-1999)
  • DEI News: Dale Earnhardt Inc announced Thursday that #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo crew chief Philippe Lopez will miss this weekend’s NASCAR Winston Cup race in Talladega while he travels to France due to an illness in the family. Steve Hmiel, DEI’s Technical Director, will serve as the interim crew chief for driver Steve Park until Lopez’s return next week when the team races at California Speedway(Pennzoil PR) Best wishes go out to Lopez and his family(4-22-1999)
  • New Heads? Reports say Hendrick Motorsports is developing a new cylinder head for Chevy’s SB2 engine. Randy Dorton is in charge of the project attempting to even up the horsepower battle with Ford(Inside Motorsports)(4-22-1999)
  • NBC Announcement: NBC executives announced yesterday that news anchor Brian Williams will host their broadcast of the Miami 300 for Busch cars and the Winston Cup Miami 400 on November 13 & 14. Williams, who claims to be a lifelong NASCAR fan told Don Imus, live on the Imus in the Morning MSNBC broadcast today he became a racing fan when his father used to take him to Watkins Glenn. The memorable moments he recalled for Imus that shaped his life long interest were Graham Hill hitting a tree and breaking his legs and Joey Chitwood cars getting up on two wheels. Bringing in a traditionally non-racing anchor is nothing new as networks scramble to jump on the NASCAR bandwagon. The 1999 Daytona 500 was hosted by CBS Sports personality Greg Gumble, whose presence was inexplicably left out of his brother Bryant Gumble’s HBO piece on the state of racism in NASCAR. An oversight we are sure.(Speedwords)(4-22-1999)
  • Labonte/BGN: Terry Labonte has entered the BGN race at NHIS on May 8th in the #44 Slim Jim Chevy. Terry plans to run the events that do not conflict with his Winston Cup Schedule and let his son Justin drive the events that do(North East Racing)(4-22-1999)
  • Pardus Returns: Dan Pardus is ready to go racing. Midwest Transit Racing has been in the process of reorganization – including two moves and the hiring of general manager Lake Speed and promoting Jay Born to crew chief – for the last month. Now the team is prepared to make a return to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for Sunday’s DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Pardus is coming off a solid two-day test at the 2.66-mile tri-oval facility reaching a speed of 192.649. The Talladega test was Pardus’ first outing with Speed and Born. The trio immediately clicked during the test. The Midwest Transit Racing pit crew has only done one pit stop this season. It came in the Bud Shootout Qualifying Race. Over the last few weeks, the pit crew has been practicing four-tire stops outside the shop. Speed will take an active role during the race. He plans to stay in contact with Pardus via the team’s two-way radio system(Midwest Transit PR in part)(4-22-1999)
  • Team Rensi Paint: The #25 DuraLube Chevy car will be carrying a new paint scheme on its quarter panels at California. The yellow section will change to white to accomodate the logo for the Indian Motorcycle Company which has signed on for at least one race as an associate sponsor(Race2Win)(4-22-1999)
  • NHIS Testing: Jamie Skinner, Mike’s son was testing at NHIS with his dad on Tuesday. Midway through practice Jamie collided with Gary Spencer wrecking both cars. Both drivers were unharmed. See the details at North East Racing(4-22-1999)
  • Grubb Back: Wayne Grubb will be back in the #83 Link-Belt Chevy for the BGN race at Talladega. Grubb has been on the mend since breaking his shoulder blade at Atlanta in March(Racer Mag)(4-22-1999)

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