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April 29 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 29, 2011

  • Montoya wins Richmond pole: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light pole for the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 128.693mph. It is his 2nd pole of the season and the 7th of his career. #78-Smith starts 2nd followed by #33-Bowyer, #4-Kahne, #5-Martin, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #99-Edwards, #20-Logano and #27-Menard.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #30-Stremme, #66-McDowell, #87-Nemechek, #38-Kvapil, #36-Blaney, #60-Skinner, #46-Yeley and #37-Raines.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #92-Keselowski.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Richmond Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(4-29-2011)
  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5:35pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128, via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski’s Richmond Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 11:00pm/et
  • Friday’s Happy Hour practice: for the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #42-Montoya 125.360
    #29-Harvick 125.354
    #99-Edwards 125.145
    #78-Smith 124.867
    #33-Bowyer 124.378
    slowest: #46-Yeley 113.203 & #7-Gordon 120.773
    incident: #46-Yeley lost an engine early in the session.
    See speeds, laps run, aveage speed, best ave 10 laps on the Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(4-29-2011)
  • Happy Hour Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers at Richmond:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #60-Mike Skinner, 17th
    #30-David Stremme, 24th
    #36-Dave Blaney, 30th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 32nd
    #66-Michael McDowell, 35th
    #37-Tony Raines, 37th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 39th
    #92-Brian Keselowski, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 44th, lost an engine early in Happy Hour
  • Friday’s first practice: for the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 125.465
    #99-Edwards 125.313
    #33-Bowyer 124.994
    #27-Menard 124.711
    #39-Newman 124.608
    slowest: #71-Lally 120.085 & #92-Keselowski 120.930
    incident: #11-Hamlin scraped the wall, but no major damage.
    See speeds, laps run, aveage speed, best ave 10 laps on the Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(4-29-2011)
  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 19th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 27th
    #36-Dave Blaney, 28th
    #30-David Stremme, 29th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 35th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 38th
    #37-Tony Raines, 40th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #92-Brian Keselowski, 43rd
  • K Love featured on the #66: K Love is featured on the hood and quarter panels of the #66 HP Racing Toyota driven by Michaell McDowell. K Love communicates the Gospel through mass media, such as their website and radio. See an image of the car on the #66 Team Schemes page.(4-29-2011)
  • 2011 Dale Earnhardt Day Friday, April 29th – TODAY: Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced 2011 Dale Earnhardt Day on Friday, April 29th, at the DEI Facilities in Mooresville, NC. An annual celebration of the extraordinary life and legacy of Dale Earnhardt, this event is held annually on his birthday. Fans will be treated to special access to extra exhibits, including the never before exhibited private oil painting of Dale Earnhardt by renowned artist Denny Dent. Dent was known for his remarkable "Two-Fisted Art Attack" style of painting. This original portrait permanently hangs in the Corporate Offices of DEI and will be placed on public display for the first time, accompanied by the 5-minute video of Dent actually painting the portrait on stage during a special event. The DEI Museum will be opening a new display on that day of many of the gifts and tributes that were sent to and left at DEI and in other venues across the nation in honor of Earnhardt’s life. There will be a national unveiling of the 2011 "Intimidator" Camaros, by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.
    One of the 2011 "Intimidator" Camaros will be featured in a fundraising raffle to benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, with ticket sales starting on Dale Earnhardt Day, and will be awarded to one extremely lucky person at the end of the raffle. Lots of music will be in store, with live performances by "Eddy Francis & Freight Train", and an encore showing of the 2003 Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert Film. Autograph Sessions will be held throughout the day, with guests including Kerry Earnhardt and Taylor Earnhardt. An annual tradition of Dale Earnhardt Day, cupcakes will again be provided to all in attendance in honor of The Intimidator’s birthday. Dale Earnhardt Day, will run from 9am until 5pm, on Friday, April 29th. Admission is free, and plenty of parking is available.(NCMA), for events and more info, see the daleearnhardtinc.com site.(4-25-2011)
  • Crew chief swap at Gibbs? UPDATE 2 – DENIED: supposedly a crew chief swap has been discussed and is imminent between the #11 and #20 Joe Gibbs Racing teams. The swap would send #11-Denny Hamlin’s crew chief Mike Ford to #20-Joey Logano with Logano’s crew chief Greg Zippadelli to the #11 garage.
    2011 has been a dismal year for Hamlin having scored just one top-10 finish through the first eight-races of the season. Logano is 66-points out of a playoff spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Expect to see the change within the next few weeks if not sooner.(Captain Thunder)(4-27-2011)
    UPDATE: JGR spokesman says that reports of crew chief shuffle for Hamlin and Logano are false.(Bob Pockrass/SceneDaily Twitter)(4-28-2011)
    UPDATE 2: Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin said rumors of a potential Joe Gibbs Racing crew-chief swap for them are not true. Both drivers, speaking Thursday before the Denny Hamlin Foundation Short-Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway, virtually laughed when asked about the rumors. Hamlin said he talked to team owner Joe Gibbs about the rumors Wednesday. Hamlin has worked with crew chief Mike Ford for his entire Sprint Cup Series career, which started with a handful of races in 2005. "It was news to me," Hamlin said. "The Coach [Gibbs] called me as soon as he saw it and I was like, ‘Maybe I should be part of this decision.’ "And he was like, ‘There is no decision.’ Mike is my guy. He will always be my guy."
    A JGR spokesman also denied that any swap was planned.(SceneDaily)(4-29-2011)
  • Denny Hamlin wins his own charity late model race: After a thunderstorm kept the crowd down for Denny Hamlin’s charity race, the host put a move on Kyle Busch on the final lap and finally won his own event. Busch had dominated all night, but when the race went back to green after a caution with three laps to go, Hamlin surged from fourth to second right away, stalked his teammate with Joe Gibbs Racing and passed him on the backstretch when Busch ran out of fuel. "I’m glad he ran out of fuel because it might have got ugly," Hamlin said. "Trust me, if Kyle wouldn’t have run out of gas, I would have done everything possible to get around him." Michael Waltrip finished second, followed by Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Frank Deiny Jr. Hamlin, who said last week that the race raised over $100,000 last year, said he will wait to see how much money was raised this year, then give 10% to help tornado victims. Where that money will go specifically will be determined by where there is the most need, he said. His usual charities – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Richmond – will receive the other 90% of money raised. The victory was the first for Hamlin in his fourth Short Track Showdown, and came after he qualified on the pole, then opted to start at the back of the 36-car field. When it was over, he gave his racing helmet to a fan.(Associated Press)(4-29-2011)
  • Richard Petty teams up with Tag Heuer: Known throughout the world for his signature sunglasses and cowboy hat, NASCAR legend Richard Petty has partnered with TAG Heuer and can now be seen sporting the TAG Heuer brand of sunglasses everywhere he goes. "I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my TAG Heuer sunglasses," stated Richard Petty "The fit is great, the quality and workmanship is outstanding and I couldn’t ask for a better pair of glasses for protection of my eyes. Whether I’m at the race track or working around the farm, my TAG Heuer sunglasses are always on." Richard Petty is the owner and chairman of Richard Petty Motorsports.(RPM)(4-29-2011)
  • Best worst finish: Who has the "best" worst finish through eight races in the Sprint Cup Series? That would be Kurt Busch, whose worst finish, 18th, came at Talladega, the most recent race of the season. Only drivers who have started all eight races qualified for this week’s chart.
    Rank.; Driver; Points position; Best worst finish
    1.; Kurt Busch; 5; 18
    2.; Dale Earnhardt Jr.; 3; 24
    3.; Ryan Newman; 7; 25
    4.; Jimmie Johnson; 2; 27
    5.; Carl Edwards; 1; 28
    6.; Juan Pablo Montoya; 9; 30
    ; David Reutimann; 26; 30
    8.; AJ Allmendinger; 15; 31
    9.; Joey Logano; 24; 33
    ; Brad Keselowski; 27; 33
    11.; Tony Stewart; 12; 34
    12.; Clint Bowyer; 10; 35
    ; Greg Biffle; 16; 35
    ; Jamie McMurray; 23; 35
    15.; Matt Kenseth; 8; 36
    ; Jeff Gordon; 13; 36
    ; Mark Martin; 14; 36
    ; Jeff Burton; 22; 36
    19.; Marcos Ambrose; 21; 37
    20.; Kyle Busch; 6; 38
    ; Paul Menard; 11; 38
    ; Bobby Labonte; 25; 38
    ; Brian Vickers; 28; 38
    24.; Denny Hamlin; 17; 39
    ; Kasey Kahne; 18; 39
    ; David Ragan; 20; 39
    ; Regan Smith; 30; 39
    ; Robby Gordon; 31; 39
    25.; Kevin Harvick; 4, 42
    (Sporting News)(4-29-2011)
  • AMS Donating $1 to Red Cross From Each Friday Night Drags Grandstand Ticket Sold: Atlanta Motor Speedway is giving fans an opportunity to assist the American Red Cross relief efforts while also enjoying the season opener of Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine on April 29. Atlanta Motor Speedway will donate one dollar from each grandstand ticket sold at the Speedway’s summer drag racing series season opener. The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people after Wednesday’s deadly tornadoes destroyed neighborhoods throughout the South, and is operating shelters in nine states including Georgia and Alabama. Red Cross volunteers are also providing meals, basic health and emotional support and relief supplies for their neighbors in need. They will continue to be there in the weeks to come, helping disaster survivors get back on their feet again. The Red Cross depends on financial donations to meet the immediate emergency needs of families affected by disasters such as the recent storms. For more information about Friday Night Drags and Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(4-29-2011)
  • Pocono Raceway to receive Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence: Pocono Raceway will be one of the recipients of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The award highlights the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the highest statewide honor bestowed upon businesses and organizations for environmental performance and innovation.
    Pocono Raceway is receiving this award for the development of a three megawatt, ground-mount photovoltaic solar energy system that went online in September 2010. The 25-acre solar installation, with its 39,960 photovoltaic modules drawing energy from the sun, has become the primary electric energy source for the Raceway while adding enough electricity to the local power grid to power 1,000 homes. The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence will be added to a list of awards already bestowed on Pocono Raceway for its solar facility and other environmental initiatives.
    The recipients will be honored at a dinner tonight (April 28) at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. The Honorable Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, will serve as the keynote speaker and Richard Allan, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources will speak. Janelle Stelson, News Anchor for WGAL, Channel 8 television will be the program emcee. Brandon Igdalsky, Raceway President and George Ewald, Raceway Vice-President will accept the award on behalf of Pocono Raceway.(Pocono Raceway)(4-29-2011)
  • DeLana Harvick honored with Triad-area business award: Kevin Harvick Inc. co-owner DeLana Harvick has been selected as a recipient of The Business Journal’s 12th-annual Women in Business award and will be honored today at a luncheon along with the other award winners in Greensboro, N.C. For over 10 years, The Business Journal’s Women in Business program has honored extraordinary businesswomen in the Triad for outstanding contributions to their profession, employers and community. Sponsored by the Bryan Series at Guilford College and NewBridge Bank, the Women in Business program recognized 15 outstanding business leaders, ranging from entrepreneurs to high-ranking executives. Harvick grew up in racing as her father, John Paul Linville, was a driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series until 1995. While she would have preferred to follow in her father’s footsteps behind the wheel, she found a successful career in motorsports public relations. Her strong work ethic and professionalism earned the Kernersville, N.C. native the respect of not only the media, but of the racing community as well. In February of 2001, Harvick married her husband, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick. Together they formed KHI which celebrates 10 years of competition in NASCAR this season. The Harvicks have two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships to their credit and multiple wins in both the Truck Series and Nationwide Series with a host of drivers. With the support of long-time and new sponsor partners, KHI has grown to three full-time Truck Series teams and two full-time Nationwide Series teams which will compete for both the Driver and Owner championships in the two series this year.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(4-29-2011)

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