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April 22 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 22, 2017

  • Happy Hour (final) practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 128.563
    #19-Suarez 128.262
    #5-Kahne 128.253
    #24-Elliott 128.185
    #48-Johnson & #77-Jones 128.168
    best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 31 cars) #5-Kahne 127.482
    slowest: #51-Hill 119.970 & #55-Cope 120.068
    notes: #37-Buescher got loose and slapped the wall, doing damage to the rear of the car, the team will go to a backup car.
  • See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-22-2017)
  • 1st Saturday practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 128.865
    #77-Jones 128.649
    #11-Hamlin 128.176
    #4-Harvick 128.091
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 128.005
    best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 34 cars) #77-Jones 127.178
    slowest: #55-Cope 119.025 & #51-Hill 122.396
    notes: #17-Stenhouse Jr. got loose and slapped the wall, doing damage to the rear of the car, the team now plans to fix the car and NOT go to the backup car.
    late in the session, #42-Larson slapped the wall and spun, the team is making repairs to the car.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the 1st Saturday Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-22-2017)
  • Maaco partners with Axalta and Dale Jr. in All-Star Race Maaco, North America’s No. 1 Bodyshop and a member of the Charlotte-based Driven Brands family, will make its debut in NASCAR All-Star Race this May. This opportunity is thanks to a joint promotion with paint partner Axalta Coatings Systems. The #88 Axalta/Maaco Chevrolet SS, driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver, will race on Saturday, May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Maaco logo will have distinctive visibility on the highly-recognizable Axalta paint scheme under the lights for the night race. At Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, April 25th a special presentation of the #88 Axalta/Maaco Chevy, which will be driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Driven Brands)[More](4-22-2017)
  • Johnson, Dale Jr. and Gordon help out Sam Bass NASCAR licensed artist Sam Bass has opened a GoFundMe.com account to try and raise $350,000 for a kidney and pancreas transplant. Bass has waged on an ongoing battle against medical issues resulting from his diabetes. You can donate to Bass’ account by clicking here.(FoxSports)[More](4-22-2017)
  • Jimmie Johnson’s victory celebration comes with a price After his victory two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson was late for his post-race press conference – and with good reason. Because of a malfunction with his fluid delivery system, Johnson was dehydrated by the end of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Consequently, a trip to the infield care center for IV fluids delayed his appearance in the media center. During the NASCAR off week over Easter, Johnson took on very different sorts of fluids, in Mexico no less.(NASCAR Wire Service)[More](4-22-2017)
  • Changing track has made Bristol tougher on Kurt Busch Kurt Busch is tied with his brother Kyle for most victories among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway. Only one problem: that’s ancient history. Busch earned four of his five Bristol victories during a five-race stretch from spring 2002 through spring 2004. His last win at the .533-mile high-banked short track came in the spring of 2006, his first season with team owner Roger Penske. Since then, the feast has turned to famine, and Busch knows why. It has everything to do with changes to the track that have opened up the outside lane – and simultaneously opened the path to victory for a much broader group of drivers. Busch ran third at BMS in last year’s spring race, matching his best finish since his most recent victory.(NASCAR Wire Service)[More](4-22-2017)
  • Fifth annual NASCAR Race to Green initiative To commemorate the holistic effort being made to help protect and preserve the environment, NASCAR announced its fifth annual NASCAR Race to Green initiative. Beginning today and culminating with Sunday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the initiative will build awareness around the programs NASCAR, the industry and multiple partners have developed to help reduce its carbon footprint. A key pillar of NASCAR Race to Green is a call-to-action for fans and the industry to donate trees that will be planted across the country as well as in areas recently devastated by natural disasters. Fans can visit NASCAR.com/green to donate trees – $1 per tree for a 2-3 foot sapling – to be planted in those areas with the support of the Arbor Day Foundation. Fans are encouraged to share their own efforts around being green by using the hashtag #NASCARGreen.(NASCAR PR)[More](4-22-2017)
  • Blaney car fails post race inspection at Bristol:The No. 22 Team Penske Ford of driver Ryan Blaney failed post-race technical inspection following Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The car measured too low in the left front, according to a NASCAR spokesperson. Any penalties arising from the failure will likely be determined and announced Tuesday.[More](4-22-2017)
  • Ross Chastain: Punch was ‘reaction to getting grabbed’ from behind:It isn’t rare for drivers to get mad with each other at Bristol Motor Speedway, but Xfinity Series driver Jeremy Clements had to make a trip to the track medical center after he was punched Saturday during the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300. Clements was decked in the face by Ross Chastain after the red flag came out for rain at Bristol. Clements spent much of the 98-minute stoppage in the care center as his eye was treated for swelling. NASCAR talked to both drivers after the race. Any penalties would be determined later this week.[More](4-22-2017)
  • Erik Jones rallies from penalty to win NASCAR XFINITY race at Bristol: Erik Jones found the ideal way to atone from a mistake in Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it took a bump-and-run for Jones to complete his comeback at the .533-mile short track. Recovering from a Lap 230 pit road speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the field, Jones worked his way to the front through a series of quick cautions and muscled Ryan Blaney out of the way to take the lead on Lap 280 of 300.[More](4-22-2017)
  • Jones wins Bristol XFINITY race: #20-Erik Jones won the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his eighth XFINITY Series win and second of the year. #22-Ryan Blaney finished second, followed by #18-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliott Sadler, #21-Daniel Hemric, #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, #48-Brennan Poole, #11-Blake Koch, and #5-Michael Annett.
    There were 9 cautions for 85 laps and 15 lead changes among 7 leaders.
    The average speed was 67.738mph.There were two red flag periods. The first was for rain and lasted an hour and 38 minutes.
    Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf). (4-22-2017)
  • Race stage winners:
    Stage 1 – lap 85 – Winner, #42-Kyle Larson
    Stage 2 – lap 170 – Winner, #21-Daniel Hemric
    Stage 3 – lap 300 – Race winner, #20-Erik Jones
  • Bristol XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Erik Jones(i) won the 35th Annual FITZGERALD GLIDER KITS 300, his eighth victory in 64 NASCAR
    XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2017.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in five races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his
    third top-10 finish in 2017.
    Daniel Suarez(i) (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Hemric (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 16 points over William Byron #.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-22-2017)
  • XFINITY Driver standings following Bristol:
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 260
    2) #9-William Byron, 244, -16
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 200, -60
    4) #16-Ryan Reed, 184, -76
    5) #21-Daniel Hemric, 180, -80
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 180, -80
    7) #11-Blake Koch, 164, -96
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 163, -97
    9) #19-Matt Tifft, 160, -100
    10) #5-Michael Annett, 157, -103
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-22-2017)
  • Free Pass – Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #21-Hemric, 5th
    Caution 2: #1-Sadler, 4th
    Caution 3: #46-Houff, 15th
    Caution 4: #9-Byron, 12th
    Caution 5: #46-Houff, 15th
    Caution 6: #48-Poole, 8th
    Caution 7: #14-Yeley, 14th
    Caution 8: #5-Annett, 10th
    Caution 9: #19-Tifft, 16th
  • Larson on XFINITY pole at Bristol: #42-Kyle Larson won the Coors Light pole for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a new track record with a speed at 127.988mph. #2-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #00-Cole Custer, #20-Erik Jones, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Matt Tifft, #21-Daniel Hemric, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #18-Daniel Suarez.
    Did Not Qualify: None.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(4-22-2017)
  • Bristol XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Larson(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 35th Annual FITZGERALD GLIDER KITS 300
    with a lap of 14.992 seconds, 127.988 mph.
    This is his second pole in 95 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2017.
    This is his second pole in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2017 and his eighth in eight races at Bristol
    Motor Speedway.
    Cole Custer (third) posted his first top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fifth in seven races
    this season.
    Cole Custer (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-22-2017)
  • Watkins Glen President hopes to name an entitlement partner soonWatkins Glen International President Michael Printup was asked:
    Q) What’s the status of the search for title sponsors for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series race?
    A) Michael Printup: NASCAR, I wish we had better news and we could announce an entitlement partner. As you know, Cheez-It pulled out in October, November last year. Great sponsor. Kellogg’s did a great thing (as our sponsor). They had a change at the top in some of their management and they moved their dollars to Major League Baseball. They pulled a lot of money from their racing program. That happens in this world. When sponsors change, a lot of it comes from a CMO level, a VP level or a president level. We got caught up in that. … We’re still looking. We’re down to about two companies we are talking to seriously. We would have hoped we would have closed it by now, but we haven’t.(Q&A at the Elmiria Star Gazette)(4-22-2017)
  • Motocross Athlete to attempt longest motorcycle jump at TalladegaMonster Energy is at it again. As the Corona, California-based company has done throughout the entire 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, they will take things to another level when professional motocross athlete Alex Harvill sets out to fly far beyond the Guinness World Record (GWR) for longest jump at Talladega Superspeedway – NASCAR’s biggest and most outrageous track. The attempt on the infamous track infield is scheduled to take place on May 7 just moments before the command to start engines at the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race airing live on FOX at 2:00 p.m. EST. Tickets can be purchased to see the world record jump attempt and for the GEICO 500 at 1-877-GO2-DEGA or online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.[More](4-22-2017)
  • Rusty Wallace Unveils New Richmond Wall Badge at Richmond International Raceway With help from NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, Richmond International Raceway (Richmond) unveiled the new Richmond wall badge along the frontstretch. The new wall badge showcases a bold Richmond instead of the former Richmond International Raceway. The wall badge is part of a new look and feel for America’s Premier Short Track, which started with the return of red racing stripes on the track walls for the first time since 1988. See attached photo of the new Richmond wall badge. The new Richmond on the frontstretch sits right at the Start/Finish line as well as on the backstretch. This allows both drivers and fans to catch a glimpse from all angles of the track. The bold new look will be on full display for fans when they arrive for the Toyota spring race weekend on April 28, 29 & 30. Tickets are on sale now. Visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223 to purchase.(RIR)[More](4-22-2017)

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