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April 29 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 29, 2001

  • Kenseth to RCR? it was reported on ESPN2’s RPM 2Day on Sunday that #17 DeWalt driver, Matt Kenseth could be headed to Richard Childress Racing in 2002. Didn’t say which car, the #30 AOL Chevy or the #31 Lowes Chevy if Skinner leaves(4-29-2001)
  • Wallace Wins the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway. #2-Rusty Wallace won the race at California, his 54th career win (ties Lee Petty for 7th all time – my mistake, Gordon has 53, not 54) and his first of 2001. The win was Wallace’s first in 21 races, Bristol in Aug 2000. Wallace is the 8th different winner in 2001. It is the 16th straight year Wallace has won a cup race (see the current list on my Richmond Race Info page). The win by Wallace allows Ford to close the Manufacturers Championship to 2 points behind Chevy, each has 5 wins each. Winston Cup Points Leader #88-Dale Jarrett(finished 24th) maintains a lead of 66 points over #24-Jeff Gordon(finished 2nd). #77-Robert Pressley had his first top ten of 2001 and best finish since a 5th last June at Michigan. #90-Hut Stricklin had a nice run, finishing 12th, his best since a 9th at Michigan in August of 1999. See NASCAR.com for the Results and Drivers Standings and from the AP/That’s Racin’: NAPA 500 Results(4-29-2001)
  • Not NASCAR but shocking – CART race at Texas called off: The Firehawk 600 was cancelled Sunday after CART drivers and officials decided it wasn’t safe to race at Texas Motor Speedway, leaving prospects for a rescheduled race unclear. CART spokesman Mike Zizzo said officials were meeting with car owners, drivers and a doctor. There was no immediate word on prospects for holding the race, but transporters for the Champ Cars were seen loading up at the track.(ESPN)(4-29-2001)
  • NASCAR Cafe News: Rumors that a NASCAR Cafe might replace MacArthur Center’s now-extinct Rainforest Cafe appear to be off track. Virginia Beach or Hampton are more likely locations than the downtown Norfolk mall, said the man who leads NASCAR Cafe, one of the latest concepts in the "eatertainment" industry. Headquartered in Knoxville, NASCAR Cafe has outlets in Myrtle Beach; Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas; and Sevierville, Tenn., in the Smoky Mountains. The 25,000-square-foot cafes feature full restaurants offering dishes like Winston Cup Wings, Talladega Tenders and Collision Chicken. Racing decor, videos, arcade-style games and rides, and a retail shop with racewear and collectibles complete the concept. (full story at the Virginian-Pilot), the NASCAR Cafe in Nashville, recentlt shut down(4-29-2001)
  • Blood Drive: Compelled to do something for his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt, Andy Kinworthy organized a blood drive to honor the NASCAR legend known as "Intimidator." The drive, with two Florida Blood Services buse Kinworthy said. "I’m planning on this taking place every year on his birthday." Kinworthy said today’s memorial includes celebrations at times significant to Earnhardt’s life: 3:07 p.m. and 7:03 p.m. for the driver’s car number and seven championships, and 4:29 p.m. to recognize the month and day the driver was born in Kannapolis, N.C.(St Petersburg Times)(4-29-2001)

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