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April 25 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 25, 2010

  • Harvick wins wild race at Talladega: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway taking the lead on the third Green-White-Checkered with a few feet to go over #1-Jamie McMurray, winning the race by .011 seconds, the 8th closest finish [since electronic scoring in 1993]. McMurray had led when the last caution came out before lap 188 [the end of the regular length of the race] and led at the start of each of the three green-white-checkered flags. It is Harvick’s first win in 115 races [Daytona 500 in 2007], his fist win at Talladega, Richard Childress Racing 90th win and 1st win at Talladega since Dale Earnhardt won his 76th and final race in Oct. 2000. It is Harvick’s 12th career win which puts him alone in 31st on the all-time win list. McMurray held on to 2nd place, followed by #42-Montoya, #11-Hamlin, #5-Martin, #6-Ragan, #33-Bowyer, #2-Busch, #18-Busch and #09-Bliss. #48-Johnson wrecked late and finished 31st out of the race. #24-Gordon got involved in a lte wreck, but finished 22nd. #7-Gordon finished 20th and is back in the top 35 in owners points in 34th. The #37 Front Row Motorsports team fell out of the top 35. There were a series and track record 29 leaders with a series and track record 88 lead changes. There were 8 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski’s Race Results/Awards page.(4-25-2010)
  • Race Fast Facts – Talladega Superspeedway:
    #29-Kevin Harvick won the Aaron’s 499 (41st Running), his 12th victory in 331 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    There were a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record 88 lead changes. The previous record was 75 (5/6/1984).
    There were a series record 29 different leaders. The previous record was 28 (10/5/2008).
    This is Harvick’s first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is Harvick’s first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 19 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #1-Jamie McMurray (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2010.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his second top-10 finish in seven races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-25-2010)
  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 9 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins] 1323
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 1297, -26
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 1237, -86
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1224, -99
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 1163, -160
    6) #5-Mark Martin, 1154, -169
    7) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 1146, -177
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1142, -181
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 1138, -185
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1130, -193
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1086, -237
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 1082, -241
    Chase for the Sprint Cup – Contenders:
    13) #99-Carl Edwards, 1067, 15 points out of the chase
    14) #14-Tony Stewart, 1061, -21
    15) #56-Martin Truex Jr, 1045, -37
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 15
    18) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 995, 87 points out of the chase
    20) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 959, -126
    23) #9-Kasey Kahne, 926, -156
    25) #83-Brian Vickers, 916, -166
    See standings on Jayski’s Drivers Points Standings page.(4-25-2010)
  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
    Changes: #7-Gordon finished 20th at Talladega and is 34th and has a guaranteed spot at Richmond, #37-Gilliland drops to 36th, 2 points behind 35th, now #38-Conway
    32) #78-Smith/Furniture Row: 680, +67
    33) #34-Kvapil/Front Row: 617, +4
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM/BAM: 628, +15
    35) #38-Conway/Front Row: 614, 1 point ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 613, 1 point out of 35th
    37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 457, -157
    38) #36-TBA/Baldwin: 445, -169
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(4-25-2010)
  • Penalty Report – Talladega:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #37, 65, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
    #12, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #55, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #17, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #19, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #98, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #26, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #71, 85, Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon, Tail End
    #71, 102, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #7, 146, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
    #2, 146, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
    #71, 176, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #82, 183, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #24, 183, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #83, 189, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #71, 189, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-25-2010)
  • Closest Sprint Cup Race Finishes:
    Margin Winner Runner-up Track Date
    .002 Ricky Craven, Kurt Busch, Darlington, March 16, 2003
    .005 Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Daytona, July 7, 2007
    .005 Dale Earnhardt, Ernie Irvan, Talladega, July 25, 1993
    .006 Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Atlanta, March 11, 2001
    .008 Jimmy Spencer, Ernie Irvan, Daytona, July 2, 1994
    .010 Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Atlanta, March 12, 2000
    .010 Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Rockingham, February 22, 2004
    .011 Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Talladega, April 25, 2010
    .017 Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Homestead, November 20. 2005
    .020 Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin, Daytona, February 18, 2007
    .025 Jimmy Spencer, Bill Elliott, Talladega, July 24, 1994
    .027 Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Labonte, Charlotte, May 29, 2005
    .028 Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Atlanta, March 20, 2005
    .028 Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, Texas, April 4, 2004
    .029 John Andretti, Terry Labonte, Daytona, July 5, 1997
    (points races only – since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993)(4-25-2010)
  • Lucky Dogs – Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #37-Richardson Jr., 26th
    Caution 2: #26-Stremme, 27th
    Caution 3: #12-Keselowski, 34th
    Caution 4: #47-Ambrose, 37th
    Caution 5: #9-Kahne, 21st
    Caution 6: #2-Busch, 8th
    Caution 7: #7-Gordon, 20th,
    Caution 8: #24-Gordon, 22nd
  • Budweiser talking to Hendrick: Hendrick Motorsports general manager Marshall Carlson has talked with Anheuser Busch officials about the possibility of Budweiser becoming a team sponsor after this season, team owner Rick Hendrick said Sunday. Budweiser is looking for a new partner after its contract expires with #9-Kasey Kahne and Richard Petty Motorsports after this season. Kahne, who recently signed a contract with HMS to replace Mark Martin in the #5 in 2012 and a car to be determined in 2011, has said he would like to continue his relationship with Budweiser if possible. There were reports that HMS could not bring in Budweiser because of the team’s relationship with longtime sponsor Pepsi, but Hendrick said that "depends on which car it’s on." "In our deals we have rights of first refusal," Hendrick said. "We’ve got to go through that, but we’re talking to anybody." Hendrick would be willing to supply Martin with engines and chassis if Martin decides to go into ownership. Martin recently said he would consider becoming an owner if he could find a deal like the one Tony Stewart got with Gene Haas. "I’d be open to anything Mark wants to do," Hendrick said. "He talked about a long time ago about wanting to own a truck [team]. I never heard him say anything about a car until [now]."(ESPN.com)(4-25-2010)
  • Hendrick close to re-signing crew chiefs: team owner Rick Hendrick said he is days from announcing contract extensions for crew chiefs #5-Alan Gustafson and #48-Chad Knaus. Hendrick has been working on an extension with Knaus since late last season, when driver Jimmie Johnson agreed to a deal to drive at Hendrick Motorsports through 2015. The driver and crew chief have won a NASCAR record four consecutive championships together. Gustafson is currently crew chief for Martin in the #5 Chevy. Kahne has already agreed to drive that car in 2012, but Hendrick says he has not yet determined his crew chief lineup. The owner did say, though, that the #5 team belongs to Gustafson, the first indication that he could be paired with Kahne.(ESPN.com)(4-25-2010)
  • Different look for the #19 at Talladega: This weekend, the familiar yellow and black of Elliott Sadler #19 Ford at Talladega will be replaced by the gold and black colors of Bostitch. The paint scheme celebrates a new line of Bostitch hand tools, now available at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Bostitch hand tools tout a host of breakthrough features that solve problems on the jobsite and help make pros more productive. Backed by a 100 year warranty, the new line of Bostitch hand tools is designed to withstand the use and abuse on the jobsite. Check out www.bostitch.com for more info.(Stanley Tools Facebook), see an image of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(4-25-2010)
  • Early Chase Notes: Three drivers that made the 2009 Chase, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (24th, -153), #9-Kasey Kahne (22nd, -121) #83-Brian Vickers (19th, -107) are more than 100 points out of 12th place. Add two other 20’09 Chasers currently on the outside, but much closer, #39-Ryan Newman (16th, -10), #14-Tony Stewart (14th -1). Five drivers who missed the 2009 Chase are currently in the T12: #17-Matt Kenseth (2nd, +199), #29-Kevin Harvick (4th, +166), #18-Kyle Busch (6th, +79), and #88-Dale Jr. (7th, +72). #20-Joey Logano has improved 20 positions over this time last year. #82-Scott Speed (+18), #98-Paul Menard (+14), #29-Kevin Harvick (+12), #88-Dale Jr. (+12). Down: #00-David Reutimann (-21), #9-Kasey Kahne (-12), #14-Tony Stewart (-10), #33-Clint Bowyer (-9), #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (-9). See Chase stats, comparision tables and more on my 2010 Chase Stats page and 2010 Chase Rules, Notes and History page.(4-25-2010)
  • Dale Earnhardt Day Celebration Events: Dale Earnhardt, Inc. announced its schedule of events for the company’s 9th annual Dale Earnhardt Day on April 29, 2010. This year’s event, held on the campus of DEI in Mooresville, NC, is sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, and Earnhardt Technologies Group. This year’s celebration will be headlined by a very special "Tribute To Dale" unveiling for the fans by DEI, JR Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing at 2:30pm followed by a round-table session with family members hosted by longtime friend and Sirius Radio personality Chocolate Myers.
    This year’s schedule has been set as follows (All on the campus of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. unless noted):
    * 5:45am – 8:45am Charlotte’s Fox News Rising Remote Broadcast with Wilson!
    * 9:00am Dale Earnhardt, Inc. opens to fans (Showroom and retail)
    * 12:00noon – 2:30pm Mac’s Speed Shop BBQ lunch is available for purchase (Special complementary cake presentation at 1:00pm)
    * 12:30pm The Chris Marks Band – Great Live Country Music
    * 2:30pm – 3:30pm Special Presentations – WEBCAST LIVE on www.daleearnhardtinc.com/events
    o Dale Earnhardt Foundation Announcement: Hosted by Winston Kelley
    o Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Hall of Fame Camaro Unveiling – Hosted By Winston Kelley
    o "Salute To Dale" announcement (Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Jr. Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing), car unveiling, "Talkin’ About Dale" Q&A with Earnhardt Family Members hosted by Chocolate Myers
    * 3:30pm – 4:00pm Fan meet and greet, photos & autographs with more music from the Chris Marks Band
    * 5:00pm Dale Earnhardt Inc. Campus Closes – Celebration moves to Kannapolis, NC
    * 5:45pm Kannapolis Intimidators Tribute Car Unveiling at Fieldcrest Stadium in Kannapolis, NC
    * 6:00pm Gates Open – All fans wearing Dale Earnhardt gear get reserved seats for $5!
    * 7:00pm Kerry Earnhardt and a lucky Club E fan throw the 1st pitch – Play Ball!
    (Victory Management Group)(4-25-2010)
  • Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Announces "Club E": For millions of Dale Earnhardt fans, celebrating his legacy is a way of life, embracing the principles that guided Earnhardt’s lifestyle and supporting his causes through the Dale Earnhardt Foundation and showing their support with Dale Earnhardt apparel and collectible items. Dale fanshave an opportunity to experience the legacy of their hero with Club E, the Official Dale Earnhardt Fan Club in a way they never have before. Club E is the ultimate fan experience, with behind-the-scenes tours, never before seen photos and memorabilia, and opportunities to participate in unique Earnhardt events, trips and exclusive offers. For more information, see my Dale Earnhardt Tribute/News page.(4-25-2010)
  • ARCA Team loses hauler to fire: Andy Belmont Racing’s transporter caught fire on the way home from Talladega on I-85 in Georgia around mile marker 166.. No one was injured. Apparently a tire blew on the tractor, grease from the drive hub caught fire, flames from the hub hit the generator cabinet on the front of the hauler and ignited the diesel fuel from the generator. The truck is a total loss. Trailer is destroyed. Fire company contained the trailer fire to the front of the trailer and the lounge, but all the team uniforms, helmets, hans devices, radios are lost. The fire company saved the cars and everything behind the lounge, certainly there will be smoke and water damage. Belmont fields the #1 driven by Chad McCumbee and the #14 piloted by Chase Mattioli [grandson of Pocono Raceway owners]. Mattioli finished 13th at Talladega nd McCumbee finished 33rd.(Andy Belmont Racing)(4-25-2010)
  • Active Winless streaks: Many drivers are coming to Talladega SuperSpeedway in the throes of some very serious winless streaks. #39-Ryan Newman recently ended a run of 0-for-77. The active driver who has made the most starts and not won a race is #66-Dave Blaney, who is 0-for-340 and counting. Longest winless Cup streaks:
    Driver, Winless Streak, Last Win
    Michael Waltrip, 231, Talladega, 9/28/2003
    Bobby Labonte. 224, Homestead. 11/16/2003
    Elliott Sadler, 199, California, 9/5/2004
    Kevin Harvick, 115, Daytona, 2/18/2007 <– won Talladega
    Martin Truex Jr. 103, Dover, 6/4/2007
    Juan Pablo Montoya, 100, Sonoma, 6/24/2007
    Clint Bowyer, 70, Richmond, 5/3/2008
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., 65, Michigan, 6/15/2008
    Greg Biffle, 52 Dover, 9/21/2008
    Jeff Burton, 49, Charlotte, 10/11/2008
    Carl Edwards, 44, Homestead, 11/16/2008
    Matt Kenseth, 42, Fontana, 2/22/2009
    Jeff Gordon, 37, Texas, 4/5/2009
    see a longer list and no win streaks on my All-time winners list page.(4-25-2010)

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