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April 29 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 29, 2017

  • Saturday Richmond Notebook: Despite retirement announcement, pressure is still on Earnhardt; Hamlin says its hard to keep secrets in the garage.[More](4-29-2017)
  • Happy Hour (final) practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 119.074
    #78-Truex, Jr. 119.016
    #48-Johnson 118.801
    #77-Jones 118.702
    #24-Elliott 118.452
    slowest: #15-Sorenson 114.117 & #33-Earnhardt 112.392. No speed: #51-Hill
    best 10 consecutive lap avg.: #78-Truex, Jr. 117.521
    notes: no accidents or incidents
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-29-2017)
  • Saturday 1st practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
    #77-Jones 120.714
    #4-Harvick 120.048
    #27-Meanrd 120.005
    #37-Buescher 119.973
    #78-Truex, Jr. 119.941
    slowest: #52-Hill 114.791 & #33-Earnhardt 114.276. No speed: #15-Sorenson.
    most laps run: #34-Cassill, 66; #13-Dillon, 60
    best 10 consecutive lap ave #77-Jones 118.876
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf)(4-29-2017)
  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (4,26,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don’t count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #21-Blaney took pit stall 5, with an opening in front of it.
    #78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 27th stall.
    The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 10th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com’s Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-29-2017)
  • Bristol TV ratings: The rescheduled Cup Series race at Bristol earned a 1.5 overnight rating.(4-26-2017)
    UPDATE: Rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series racing from Bristol (Tenn.) had a 1.6 final rating and 2.2 million viewers on FOX Monday afternoon.[More](4-29-2017)
  • Larson says he remains loyal to Chip Ganassi: #42-Kyle Larson met with the media Friday at Richmond International Speedway and was asked about speculation that he could move to Hendrick Motorsports after Earnhardt, Jr’s retirement.[More](4-29-2017)
  • Gaunt Brothers names crew chief: As announced on Wednesday, D.J. Kennington and Gaunt Brothers Racing will reunite for the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 7. The team will have veteran leadership calling shots from the pit box as Mike Ford has joined forces with the team.[More](4-29-2017)
  • Hamlin comments on possibility of Edwards’ return: #11-Denny Hamlin met with the media Friday at Richmond International Speedway and was asked if he thought Carl Edwards would return to racing next season.[More](4-29-2017)
  • Friday Richmond Notebook: Martin Truex Jr. doesn’t mind flying under the radar; Combining stages and Dash 4 Cash has impacted race strategy.[More](4-29-2017)
  • Race Recap: Kyle Larson steals a win in NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond: Justin Allgaier had the best car in Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Larson isn’t very good at Richmond – and isn’t bashful about saying so. Nevertheless, when two late restarts played out at the .75-mile short track, Larson was the race winner in overtime, and Allgaier was a disappointed second, consoled only by the $100,000 check he collected as the winner of the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finishing series regular. [More](4-29-2017)
  • Kyle Larson wins Richmond XFINITY race: #42-Kyle Larson won the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 7th XFINITY Series win and 2nd of the year. #7-Justin Allgaier finished second, followed by #21-Daniel Hemric, #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Ryan Blaney, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #1-Elliott Sadler, #5-Michale Annett, #98-Casey Mears, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
    #7-Allgaier led the most laps, 157 of the 254. The race ended under caution during NASCAR overtime.
    #7-Allgaier also won the $100,000 Dash for Cash.
    There were 7 cautions for 50 laps and 7 lead changes among 5 leaders.
    The average speed was 87.541mph.
    Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).
  • (4-29-2017)
  • Race stage winners:
    Stage 1 – lap 75 – Winner, #3-Austin Dillon
    Stage 2 – lap 150 – Winner, #7-Justin Allgaier
    Stage 3 – lap 250 – Race winner, #42-Kyle Larson
  • Richmond XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Larson(i) won the 30th Annual ToyotaCare 250, his seventh victory in 96 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Justin Allgaier (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2017.
    Daniel Hemric (third) posted his first top-10 finish at Richmond International Raceway in his first start at the track.
    Daniel Hemric (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 41 points over Justin Allgaier.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-29-2017)
  • XFINITY Driver standings following Richmond:
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler , 295
    2) #7-Justin Allgaier [1 win], 254, -41
    3) #9-William Byron, 251, -44
    4) #21-Daniel Hemric, 228, -67
    5) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 211, -84
    6) #16-Ryan Reed [1 win], 198, -97
    7) #11-Blake Koch, 190, -105
    8) #5-Michael Annett, 186, -109
    9) #19-Matt Tifft, 183, -112
    10) #48-Brennan Poole, 180, -115
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-29-2017)
  • Daniel Hemric on XFINITY pole at Richmond: #21-Daniel Hemric won the Coors Light pole for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 117.981mph. #20-Kyle Benjamin, making his NXS debut, will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Daniel Suarez, #2-Austin Dillon, #48-Brennan Poole, #7-Justin Allgaier, #42-Kyle Larson, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-William Byron, and #22-Ryan Blaney.
    Did Not Qualify: #45-Martins, #89-Shepherd
    The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(4-29-2017)
  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs named official hot dog of Richmond:Nathan’s Famous has been named as the official hot dog of Richmond International Raceway (Richmond). While the track has had many signature food items through the years, Nathan’s Famous is the first official hot dog in Richmond history. From its original restaurant in Coney Island to thousands of supermarkets across the country, the partnership will connect NASCAR fans in Richmond to an American Original Hot Dog.[More](4-29-2017)
  • TallaTaxi returns to Talladega Superspeedway, offering fast fan transportation: Have the need for speed and want to be somewhere fast? Talladega Superspeedway’s answer is TallaTaxi which returns this spring for the track’s anticipated triple-header race weekend, May 5-7, headlined by the GEICO 500. TallaTaxis can transport up to six passengers at a time and will actually be available starting Thursday, May 4 for fans arriving early and will continue throughout the remainder of the weekend.[More](4-29-2017)

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