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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 11, 1979:  Kyle Petty in victory lane with his wife after winning the ARCA race at Daytona, his first-ever win. To Kyle's right are his grandparents, and to his left, his parents.  (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)

April 27 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

With NASCAR on a temporary hiatus, news is going to be slow in the coming weeks. To help fill the NASCAR void, we plan on taking you on a daily trip down memory lane spanning the years since the Jayski’s site inception. Using our news archives pages, here’s a look back at what’s happened on this date through the last 23 years in NASCAR:

This day in NASCAR history: April 27

Years we have pulled today’s main items from: 2018, 2013, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 1998

Top see everything from this date over previous years: Main Page | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997

Note: Many links on older stories don’t work. There’s not a lot of the same websites around anymore.

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  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11, 1979:  Kyle Petty in victory lane with his wife after winning the ARCA race at Daytona, his first-ever win. To Kyle’s right are his grandparents, and to his left, his parents.  (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)NASCAR acquires ARCA: In a move designed to strengthen a relationship that dates back more than 60 years, NASCAR announced today the acquisition of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). Both NASCAR and ARCA, a Midwest-based sanctioning body for stock car auto racing, share a long history: ARCA founder John Marcum raced against Bill France Sr. and worked as a NASCAR official. More recently, the series has provided a valuable platform for talented drivers looking to make it to NASCAR’s national series.[More](4-27-2018)


  • Ten years since Nadeau’s injury: NASCAR’s annual spring visit to Richmond International Raceway marks the HAMPTON, GA – MARCH 8: Jerry Nadeau during practice for the NASCAR MBNA 500 on March 8, 2003 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) | Getty Images10-year anniversary of Jerry Nadeau’s near fatal accident at the track. Nadeau crashed driver’s-side first into the outside wall between Turns 1 and 2 during a May 2, 2003, practice at Richmond. He was airlifted to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in critical condition with a moderate to severe head injury, partially collapsed left lung, fractured shoulder blade and left-side rib-cage injuries. It took 20 days for Nadeau to regain full consciousness and begin to speak again, and four more before he was transferred to Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation to begin physical, occupational and speech therapy. Nadeau was in inpatient care until June 6, and in therapy until July 25. When NASCAR returned to Richmond in September that year, Nadeau made an emotional visit to VCU Medical Center to thank the medical staff. He went on to form World Karting Endurance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and has done some driver coaching, but never raced again in NASCAR.(Associated Press)(4-27-2013)


  • Fans injured in Edwards wreck UPDATE: Seven spectators suffered injuries at the end of the Aaron’s 499 Sunday when the #99 Ford of Carl Edwards went airborne and slammed into the catchfence on the frontstretch. TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 26: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Claritin Ford, goes airborne as Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Steweart-Haas Racing Chevrolet suffers damage and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet drives at the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR) | Getty Images"None of the injuries are dangerous or life-threatening," said Dr. Bobby Lewis, medical director at Talladega Superspeedway. "It’s mostly bumps and bruises with possible minor fractures." Two women were airlifted to an area hospital, but Lewis said that was for traffic concerns and not because of the severity of their injuries. "One has a lacerated lip and possible broken jaw," Lewis said. "The other person was not injured, but has unrelated medical problems." When the car hit the catchfence, pieces exploded off the car as catch fencing bent back severely, but did not break. "I’m not sure if it was pieces of car or pieces of debris from the fence that hurt the spectators," Lewis said.(ESPN)(4-26-2009)
    UPDATE on fan: A woman who was injured during a wreck at Talladega Superspeedway is listed in fair condition at UAB Hospital. Another woman who was taken to Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham for treatment of a medical condition after the wreck was discharged Sunday night. Her name was not released. A spokesman for UAB Hospital said the fan still being treated, Blake Bobbitt, was in fair condition Monday afternoon. Seven fans sustained minor injuries caused by flying debris Sunday when Carl Edwards’ car went into the safety fence on the final lap of the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The other injured fans received treatment at the track and did not have to go to a hospital.(ESPN/AP)(4-27-2009)


  • Danica Patrick talked to Roush Fenway recently UPDATE: Officials from Roush Fenway Racing "had a conversation" with IndyCar driver Danica Patrick as recently as two weeks ago when the Sprint Cup Series was in Phoenix for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. And while Jack Roush, the founder and co-owner of the organization, said that he was not part of the conversation, he also said Friday from Talladega Superspeedway that he believes Patrick has an interest in eventually pursuing a future that would include at least some stock-car racing. He even offered to lay out a program for her indoctrination into NASCAR. "I think Danica, from what I understand, has got an interest in stock-car racing," Roush said. "Any sponsor, any team owner that felt the need to have more of a diverse situation in their driving lineup would look at Danica very favorably."(more at NASCAR.com)(4-26-2008)
    UPDATE: Danica Patrick’s visit to the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway two weeks ago was more about seeing friends than putting out feelers. But aside from renewing ties with former Indy Racing League peers Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr., Patrick’s Phoenix appearance as a guest of Roush Fenway Racing also could mark a step toward establishing new relationships in stock-car racing – perhaps with Jack Roush, who admitted officials from his powerhouse Cup team spoke to Patrick at Phoenix. NASCAR still remains a possibility for Patrick in the wake of becoming the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel event. "The door has never been shut," she said Friday at Kansas Speedway. "I’ve learned too well over the last six to eight years, you can’t say anything is a never. Saying never is a very strong word, and if you do enough interviews and say that word, it really lives." Patrick, 26, had a brief flirtation with leaving Indy cars to race NASCAR in the summer of 2006 while in the final season of her contract with Rahal Letterman Racing. She signed with Andretti Green Racing for the 2007 season in a multiyear deal whose terms weren’t disclosed. But SPEEDTV.com reported that Patrick’s primary sponsor, Motorola, signed a contract for 2007-09, and driver contracts often run concurrently with their sponsors. That could put the IRL’s most popular star up for bidding again in 2010, and Patrick won’t rule out considering NASCAR again. "Yes, I’m knee deep in Indy car," she said. "But when your contract time comes, anyone would be foolish not to explore options that are relevant. You have to go where you feel you have the best chance to win and the most opportunities and where you feel your heart is." Patrick tested a Ford for a now-defunct team in the Nationwide series several years ago, and she now is drawing interest from Ford’s top team owner in NASCAR.(USA Today)(4-27-2008)


  • NASCAR responds to Stewarts comments UPDATE 4 Stewart penalized: NASCAR called Tony Stewart’s comments "very, very disappointing." "NASCAR has been running races since 1948, and we place the safety of the drivers at the top of the list," said spokesman Jim Hunter. "We have more people and more resources than ever officiating our races. The safety of the drivers is our first priority. It has always been that way and will continue to be that way. There are thousands of talented race drivers out there who would consider it an honor to compete in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series."(Associated Press), see more on Stewart’s comments below.(4-26-2007)
    UPDATE: been told that NASCAR didn’t allow the #20 Home Depot team to unload the car until Tony Stewar went to the NASCAR Hauler to discuss his comments about NASCAR and the debris cautions/staging races.(4-27-2007)
    LAS VEGAS – JANUARY 29: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, in the garage during NASCAR testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway January 29, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) | Getty ImagesUPDATE 2: Tony Stewart met with NASCAR officials early this morning after a week in which he first skipped out on postrace media obligations following his second-place finish at Phoenix and then bashed the sanctioning body on his weekly radio show. According to the NASCAR entry blank, "the second and third place drivers, and the highest finishing Rookie of the Year candidate, must also report to the media center upon conclusion of the race." Since he left the track without fulfilling his obligation to speak to TV reporters or appear in the media center, Stewart has lashed out at NASCAR on his weekly radio show. Stewart met with officials at 7:00am/et, and NASCAR did not let his Joe Gibbs Racing team unload its car from the transporter until that meeting ended at 7:35am. Other competitors had unloaded their cars and begin work when the garage opened at 7am. Stewart is scheduled to meet with the media Friday.(SceneDaily.com)(4-27-2007)
    UPDATE 3: ……..The remarks infuriated image-conscious NASCAR officials, who called Stewart in to address the issue at 6 a.m. Friday, the hour the garage opened. "It’s a little tender for me to sit down right now," Stewart quipped. But it wasn’t a joke to NASCAR, which was expected to announce penalties later Friday. Series officials watched from the back of the media center as a humbled Stewart made his comments, which contrasted starkly with his remarks Tuesday. "To be honest, the group that I spoke with this morning is a group of peers that I trust. If they tell me the stuff is out there, I believe them," he said. "I should have went to them instead of just saying it out in public. That’s frustration that’s been building up with all these debris cautions."(NASCAR.com)
    UPDATE 4: SPEED reported that NASCAR has fined Stewart $10,000 and place Stewart on probabtion for the rest of the 2007 season for failing to fulfill his obligation to speak to TV reporters or appear in the media center at Phoenix.(4-27-2007)


  • Toyota looking at Rudd? Ricky Rudd confirmed Wednesday that Toyota is courting him. He’s honored, but to date has politely declined. This retirement thing ain’t so bad. "I’ve had a few conversations with different folks, and that’s one group," Rudd said. "It’s a two-way conversation. I’m not ready to come back right now, but there has been conversation. They’ve got to move on with their program, and their timeline and mine are not the same. I wanted to take a year off." That’s not to say he’s ruled it out completely, however. Rudd has pinpointed a September commitment time regarding his racing future. Might he come back? "I enjoy race day a lot, but not the grind of the schedule," Rudd said. "I’m liable to get bored and restless, though, but haven’t yet."(NASCAR.com)(4-27-2006)
  • 4th RCR team,,,with Mears? denied: RCR team sources tell [Marty Smith – NASCAR.com] the organization would like to add a fourth team with [Casey] Mears [current driver of Ganassi’s #42 Dodge] as driver, but RCR spokesman David Hart discounted the speculation Wednesday. "No decisions have been made to add a fourth team with Casey Mears or any other driver," Hart said.(NASCAR.com)(4-27-2006)


  • KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 20: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) | Getty ImagesGreen/White/Checker in Cup?….Rules in NASCAR’s truck series do allow for a green-white-checkered flag finish, meaning a two-lap dash where a race can be extended so it will not end under caution. "At the Nextel Cup level, that rule would be a recipe for disaster," NASCAR Vice President Jim Hunter said. "That would be like dangling a piece of raw meat in front of a hungry lion." In fact, Hunter said that rule may now be re-evaluated for the truck series. "We’ll probably wind up looking at doing away with that rule for the trucks," he said.(Alabama Live)(4-27-2004)


  • Kenseth Tosses Bottles: When Matt Kenseth emerged from his winning car after the Busch race, his first actions were to throw two bottles of Powerade into the crowd. He then took a swig from his Gatorade bottle. It was a move that brought a rebuke from a NASCAR official. Powerade is the official sports drink of the sanctioning body; Gatorade is a Kenseth associate sponsor. A similar incident took place Friday at the pole sitter’s press conference. Bottles of Aquafina water were place in front of those scheduled to speak, but Steve Park quickly replaced his bottle with a smaller one carrying the Desani brand. Aquafina is supplied by the track through its Pepsi sponsorship but Park is sponsored by Coke, which bottles Desani, NASCAR’s official water.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(4-27-2003)


  • 46wcpOur first driver change of the year(not involving an injury and rumored here for weeks): Wally Dallenbach and Felix Sabates(SABCO) have decided to part ways. Morgan Shepherd will drive the #46 First Union Chevy as an interm driver with the exception of the two road courses(Sears Point & Watkins Glen) where Tommy Kendall will pilot the car. Dallenbach is now a candidate to sub for Ricky Craven in the #50 Bud Chevy after the May 31st Dover race.(RPM2Nite)(4-27-98)

1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Schemes


  • Rumors have it that Tony Stewart has signed on to be in the second Joe Gibbs Pontiac with Shell as a sponsor. The official announcement concerning the second team will be made Tuesday, April 29th(4-27-97)

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