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April 25 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 25, 2002

  • TRAC Cars UPDATE 2: TRAC officials will unveil their three new race cars and there will also be several other major announcements followed by a question-and-answer session at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Wednesday, April 24th. For more info on the series, see my TRAC Page or the TRAC website.(4-17-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing the car makes are a Viper, Mustang and a Corvette.(4-18-2002)
    UPDATE 2: The Team Racing Auto Circuit [TRAC], which nearly a year ago announced its intentions to start a new stock-car racing series in 2003, will unveil three prototypes of its cars at a news conference on Wednesday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway at Charlotte. TRAC has completed a pair of tests on the cars, which were built by Indianapolis-based Riley & Scott. Drivers Tony Ave and Andy Hillenburg tested them at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week. One of the cars was tested at the five-eighths-mile track at Indianapolis Raceway Park last week. Riley & Scott officials and former Winston Cup champion Cale Yarborough are scheduled to be at Wednesday’s media event to talk about the development of the cars and the series, which will initially consist of 10 three-car teams located in major cities in which motorsports venues are located. Each team will represent its city or region in the TRAC series season.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-21/24-2002)
    UPDATE at Texas in 2003: Texas Motor Speedway will hold two Team Racing Auto Circuit (TRAC) races during the stock car series’ debut season in 2003. The events are scheduled for May 3 and July 19 at Texas. TRAC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Team Sports Entertainment Inc, announced today an agreement to race at five major facilities owned by Speedway Motorsports (NYSE:TRK). In addition to the two Texas Motor Speedway dates, the series will also appear twice each at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte. TRAC’s complete 2003 schedule is expected to be announced in the next few months. TRAC announced the new series in spring of 2001. Although categorized as a stock car series, instead of the traditional sedans, fans will see Corvettes, Mustangs and Vipers representing the three major automakers. Initially, the league will consist of 10, three-car teams that will be located in major U.S. cities with major motorsports venues. Each team will represent its city and region and will participate in a season-long schedule of team races in addition to an all-star event and concluding with a season-ending championship race.(TMS PR)(4-24-2002)
    Las Vegas: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the only facility that will host three TRAC events during the year [2003]. In a joint announcement, TRAC and Speedway Motorsports officials announced Wednesday that the new racing series will conduct 11 events at five SMI facilities during its first season. Three of those events will be held on LVMS’ 1.5-mile tri-oval. Dates have not been announced.(LVMS PR)
    Bristol: The inaugural 2003 TRAC season will include two events at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dates have not been announced.(BMS PR)
    Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway will host two Team Racing Auto Circuit (TRAC) races in 2003, the new series announced Wednesday. The series has already tested at Atlanta, running a Dodge Viper in a three-day session April 16-18. The Viper reached speeds comparable to a NASCAR Winston Cup car, with a best lap at 29.70 (186.666 mph), Dates have not been announced.(AMS PR) – see my TRAC Page for some images.(4-25-2002)
  • Johnson fastest at Sears Point on Wednesday: Rookie [#48] Jimmie Johnson, who had never raced a NASCAR Winston Cup car at Sears Point Raceway, recorded the fastest time during a two-day test session on the 12-turn road course. Johnson turned a time of 1 minute, 17.2 seconds [93.264mph] over the 2-mile course to lead a group of six NASCAR drivers who spent Tuesday and Wednesday shaking down the course for the upcoming Dodge/Save Mart 350, June 20-23. Fellow rookie #12 Ryan Newman was right behind Johnson at 1:17.22 [93.240], thanks to some coaching from road-race specialist Scott Pruett over the two days. Newman, like Johnson, was getting his first taste of Sears Point Raceway in a Cup car. Other times were recorded by #87-Ron Fellows (1:17.30 – 93.144), #28-Ricky Rudd (1:17.50 – 92.903]), #97-Kurt Busch (1:17.50 – 92.903) and #17-Matt Kenseth (1:17.82 – 92.521). Kenseth had posted the quick time during the first day of testing on Tuesday.(Sears Points PR)(4-25-2002)
  • Ward Honored: #22-Ward Burton was honored at South Boston Speedway Saturday, April 13 as part of the "Ward Burton Appreciation Day," an event held in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston Cup race in Martinsville 60 miles away. As part of the event, South Boston Speedway even renamed its entrance 500 Ward Burton Way after their hometown hero. Burton, winner of February’s Daytona 500, is a native of South Boston and the first Virginian to win the prestigious 500-mile event in Daytona Beach. Aside from being honored by longtime friends, community members and the track which helped launch his career, Burton also sought support for "Club 22." The program is part of The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation and offers memberships for $22 instead of the customary $25. WD-40 Company, who recently signed a partnership with Burton, showed their support by presenting a $2,500 donation to the Wildlife Foundation. They also provided a WD-40/NASCAR beverage huggie to each person who joined Club 22 at the event.(WD-40 PR)(4-25-2002)
  • No Chicago or replacment race: According to Winston Cup Scene, drivers were informed at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway that there will be no replacement event for the canceled race at Chicago MotorSpeedway. That leaves this year’s schedule at 22 events.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-25-2002)
  • 32 instead of 31: the first 32 spots in the field will be based on speed, allowing for four provisionals. Previously, 31 spots were filled based on speed.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-25-2002)
  • Chevy gets help: Chevrolet teams have been granted a 2-inch kickout of the front valence beginning with next month’s race at Gateway International Raceway.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-25-2002)

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