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April 25 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history


April 25, 1998

  • Danny "Chocolate" Myers, the long-time gasman for seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt’s Richard Childress Racing team, plans to pull double duty on "Race Day." His first stop is Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he’ll fuel one of A.J. Foyt’s three entries in the Indianapolis 500, then he’ll jet to North Carolina to gas Earnhardt’s Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet in the Coca-Cola 600 that evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Only one other competitor has completed the unique racing daily double. John Andretti, who drives Richard Petty’s STP Pontiac, participated in the driving doubleheader in 1994. Unconfirmed rumors are that Andretti will drive Foyt’s IRL car at Indianapolis, then head for Charlotte to wheel the STP-sponsored Petty Enterprises Pontiac.(iRace), see Chocolates site at: Chocolate Myer’s Official Homepage.(4-25-98)
  • Fourteen teams requalified Saturday for the DieHard 500. Dennis Setzer was the fastest in the Bill Elliott owned #89 McRib Thunderbird during second round qualifying with a lap of 192.332mph(would have been 18th fastest on 1st day) in the McRib Ford Thunderbird. All four Thunderbirds that attempted to make the race quaified and will start the DieHard 500. #89-Setzer, #47-Standridge, #97-Little and #77-Pressley. To see who missed the field and who had to take Provisionals, see Jayski’s Provisional Status Page, which also has updated owners points. By the way, great run by Dave Marcis who made the race and ran third fastest!(4-25-98)
  • Jimmy Foster, who drives the BGN #50 Dr Pepper Ford owned by Julius Erving and Joe Washington, completed successful foot surgery Thursday morning. Foster, who was injured at Texas Motor Speedway, had a pin and a screw put into the front of his foot. He’s expected to return for the May 9 race in New Hampshire and is being spelled by Rick Wilson.(Richmond-Times Dispatch) Get well Jimmy (4-25-98)
  • Having already lost a fabricator to Roush Racing, Richmond, Va.-based Donlavey Racing had a chassis specialist lured away this week by the first-year team owned by Bill Elliott and Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino. Team manager Jeff Kirk is frustrated by the defections, but yesterday flatly denied a rumor circulating through the garage area he’s considering leaving the single-car organization. Instead, Kirk talked of long-range plans for the car owned by Junie Donlavey and driven by Dick Trickle. He said he could see a day when he might consider moving into a general manager role and bring in someone else to serve as team manager. For now, his goal remains to finish the season among the top 25 teams in the points standings and thus punch Donlavey’s ticket to the awards banquet in New York.(Richmond Times-Dispatch)(4-25-98)
  • The #82 Carolina Shoe BGN team of Mark McFarland tested at Loudon, NH on 4/20-23 and rans a quick time of 30.2 seconds, not bad considering the BGN track record is 30.419.(4-25-98)


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