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April 29 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 29, 1998

  • The purse for Sundays Winston Cup race at California is $2,343,914.(4-29-98)
  • Rocker Eddie Money will sing the National Anthem on Sunday. Friday night he’ll treat the folks in the infield to a concert beginning at 5:30 pm/pt.(4-29-98)
  • Rich Bickle was on RPM2Nite and said he is close to signing a one race sponsorship deal to run his BGN team Bickle-Smith Motorsports, at Charlotte.(4-29-98)
  • Sterling Marlin, whose Charity Benefit Program has raised almost half a million dollars, is the first-quarter nominee for the 1998 NASCAR True Value Man of the Year award.(NASCAR Online)(4-29-98)
  • Former Busch North Champion Dale Shaw, who started the season with the #48 UniFirst BGN team, will attempt to qualify his own car at the BGNN race at NHIS in May, then the BGN race in Nazareth the next week. You can see the story at North East Racing.(4-29-98)
  • I hear Phil Barkdoll(owner of the #73) is looking for a sponsor so he can run the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. He wants to put himself or Stanley Smith in the car. I hear Stanley Smith looks great and is back doing some racing in Alabama.(4-29-98)
  • I hear that any BGN provisional restrictions normally placed on the top 35 in the Winston Cup drivers’ standings would not apply to Randy Lajoie. Supposedly NASCAR has decided that LaJoie helping an injured driver is for the benefit of the sport and, if it ever comes to that, would declare that the rule does not apply to Lajoie in this situation. But from what I hear LaJoie will be able to use the Champ Prov anyhow.(4-29-98)

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