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LOUDON, NH - JULY 20:  Jason Leffler leads a pack of trucks in his #2 Carquest Racing Dodge Ram during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Series New England 200 on July 20, 2002 at the New Hampshire International Speedway, in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

May 5 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

With NASCAR on a temporary hiatus, news has been slow. To help fill the NASCAR void, have been 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. With the resumption of NASCAR in a couple weeks, this feature will end May 10, but you can always check out old news on our Archives pages.

This day in NASCAR history: May 5

Years we have pulled today’s main items from: 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2006, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

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  • MWR announces extensions with Bowyer, Pattie and 5-Hour Energy & a baby: Michael Waltrip Racing announced today it has signed multiyear contract extensions with sponsor 5-hour ENERGY, driver Clint Bowyer and crew chief Brian Pattie to race its #15 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series starting in 2015. The trio joined MWR in 2012 and has scored three wins and earned two Chase berths including a runner-up finish in 2012. "This is big news for all of us," said Bowyer, an eight-time winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. "It creates great stability and excitement about what the next few years can bring. MWR is my racing home and continuing this relationship with 5-hour ENERGY was a high priority. It’s time to put the paperwork in a drawer and focus on winning."
    "Since the first day 5-hour ENERGY, Clint and Brian showed up at MWR, we have been a contender for wins and championships. I am so thankful that we get to continue and add to what we have built," said co-owner Michael Waltrip. "I am most happy for the employees of MWR who are the foundation of everything we do."
    The familiar red, black and yellow brand colors of 5-hour ENERGY will adorn the #15 in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup events each year starting in 2015. Additional primary partners on the #15 include PEAK and AAA Mid-Atlantic. "We have clearly aligned ourselves with one of the most competitive and energetic drivers in racing and we felt it was really important for us to continue the equity we have built over the past three years," said Scott Henderson, president of 5-hour ENERGY. "We love Clint, the people at MWR and the sport of NASCAR. The extension decision was also based on our racing program’s success with our sales team and all of our participating retailers." Bowyer celebrates his 300th start Sunday at Kansas Speedway.(MWR). Bowyer also announced on his Twitter that he and wife Lorra are expecting a baby.(5-5-2014)
  • Camping World extends NASCAR deal to sponsor Truck Series: NASCAR announced it has reached a seven-year agreement with Camping World to remain the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series through 2022. The new deal HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 14: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Jeld-Wen/Menards Toyota celebrates in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.ensures that Camping World will own exclusive rights as title sponsor for a total of 14-consecutive years, equaling the longest entitlement sponsorship in the history of the national series, which is celebrating its 20th season. The renewed partnership aligns two brands in the midst of significant growth. Since originally becoming series entitlement sponsor in 2009, Camping World has expanded its number of stores by 35%, resulting in the company eclipsing $3 billion in annual revenue. The new deal provides Camping World exclusive rights to market its Good Sam Roadside Assistance program as the Official Roadside Assistance of NASCAR. With a network that includes 40,000 tow and service providers in North America, Good Sam Roadside Assistance has provided roadside services to more than two million stranded motorists in the past 30 years. Additionally, the new agreement provides official NASCAR status to two growing automobile companies; CarCash as the Official Auto Buying Service of NASCAR, and AutoMatch USA, as the Official Pre-owned Automobile Retailer of NASCAR. CarCash, featured on Season 1 of CNBC’s The Profit, purchases used cars from individuals in return for immediate cash. AutoMatch USA, featured on Season 2 of CNBC’s The Profit, specializes in the sale of foreign and domestic pre-owned cars of all makes and models.(NASCAR)
    AND The recreational vehicle retailer, which became title sponsor of the series in 2009, signed a seven-year extension that will begin in 2016. The deal is valued at more than $5 million a year in rights fees and media commitments.(Sports Business Journal)(5-5-2014)


  • McClure injured at Talladega: UPDATES: #14-Eric McClure was injured Saturday during a mutlicar crash near the end of Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. McClure’s car was one of several swept into a chain-reaction crash and slammed nose-first into the SAFER barrier on the inside retaining wall. He had to be cut from his car. NASCAR officials said Saturday that McClure was alert and talking to medical personnel. He was taken to University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. The extent of McClure’s injuries were not immediately known, but NASCAR officials said that McClure was communicating with safety workers.(Sporting News)(5-5-2012)
    UPDATE: According to Emily Brandt, McClure’s sister and PR representative, "@ericmcclure is alert and taking to family members. He is being kept overnight 4 further observation".(5-5-2012
    UPDATE 2: According to Eric’s Facebook page, "Eric is awake and alert. He has pain in the right arm and leg. He’s going to be bruised and sore for a while but should be okay. They are keeping him in the hospital overnight for observation."(5-5-2012)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 25: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, and Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge, race during the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 25, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) | Getty ImagesPatrick wrecks Hornish after race: After finishing 13th, likely unsatisfying and not indicative of how well she competed most of the race, #7-Danica Patrick wrecked old friend/former house guest and fellow IndyCar alum #12-Sam Hornish Jr. on the cool-down lap. NASCAR took no immediate action. Patrick restarted 18th on a second attempt at a green/white/checker finish and worked her way to 10th beginning the final lap before #2-Elliott Sadler – with whom she had been involved in an earlier incident – and Kenny Wallace opted to work together and leave her without a draft partner and plummeting back through the running order. Patrick regained a spot in line and rallied but was audibly agitated, responding to a question over team radio if she was "all right" with, "Absolutely fine. … I don’t know. It seems like people don’t frickin’ like me, man." Early in the cool-down lap, where cars slow before returning to pit road, Patrick had run alongside Sadler and Hornish, who were nose-to-tail, when it appeared Hornish veered wide right, nearly blocking her into the wall. Patrick subsequently chased Hornish down and used her bumper to turn him into the wall. Hornish said after the race he veered because of a tire problem. Patrick said Hornish apologized.(ESPN)(5-5-2012)


  • NASCAR meets with manufacturers: NASCAR held a "town hall" style meeting with its manufacturers – Chevy, Dodge, Ford and Toyota – in Detroit on Tuesday. The five-hour summit, which was described by both sides as "very productive" with "an open exchange," is expected to be the first of many where marketing and competition ideas are shared between the sanctioning body and its automotive partners. NASCAR Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell and Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton offered a brief update on the 2013 Sprint Cup car models and the decision behind restructuring points. In addition, computer-aided design photos of one of the 2013 cars were compared to the 2012 street car for the same manufacturer, highlighting an effort to return to the showroom influence. But the focus was geared more toward the current state of the sport and building NASCAR through its new integrated marketing and communications department.(Fox Sports)(5-5-2011)


  • Smith close to signing for 2010 ride? Reigning Sprint Cup rookie of the year #78-Regan Smith appears close to signing a deal for a fulltime ride in 2010. Smith lost his ride at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing before the start of this season due to lack of sponsorship. He has competed in five events for Furniture Row Racing, with a season-best 15th at Talladega two weeks ago. Smith finished all 34 races he qualified for last season in the #01 at Dale Earnhardt Inc., which has since merged with Ganassi Racing.(ESPN Insider)(5-5-2009)


  • Harvick/Childress close to a deal UPDATE 3 official Harvick signs: Richard Childress and #29-Kevin Harvick are close to a deal that would keep the driver with Richard Childress Racing well beyond the 2006 season. "I think (a deal) is real likely," Childress said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "We hope to get it done in the next couple of weeks." Harvick, in the final year of his contract with RCR, was considered a major target for Toyota, which is entering NASCAR’s Nextel Cup series in 2007, especially after he voiced concerns late last season that his current team was not capable of winning a championship. Childress said he met with Harvick earlier this week and got most of the deal worked out.(Associated Press)(4-29-2006)
    UPDATE: look for an announcement soon that Harvick has signed to stay with RCR thru 2009.(4-30-2006)
    UPDATE 2: announcement could come as soon as Friday as RCR has a press conference scheduled at Richmond.
    AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 12: Team owner Richard Childress congratulates Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Reese’s Chevrolet, in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500, on November 12, 2006 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) | Getty ImagesAND As Kevin Harvick and car owner Richard Childress continue their contract talks, teammate Jeff Burton hopes Harvick will stay at RCR. "I want Kevin to stay. Kevin is valuable to our effort. Obviously his talent speaks for itself. Kevin to me has proven to be a good teammate and I don’t want Kevin to go anywhere." Burton says he hasn’t been the middle of the discussions because "It’s about what they want to do, it has nothing to do with what I want to do. I think Kevin’s only hang up is…can we do as a company what we need to do to be successful and to compete for championships. It’s nothing personal, it’s all just about performance. Kevin is talented enough and good enough he deserves to have a chance at the very best equipment he can get his hands on because if he has it he can be highly successful. I can speak from experience…he won’t go somewhere else and see a whole lot more than what he can see right here."(PRN’s Garage Pas Radio Show)(5-3-2006)
    UPDATE 3 RCR, Harvick Agree to Contract Extension: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Kevin Harvick have agreed to terms on a contract extension that will see Harvick as an RCR driver through the 2009 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. Harvick drives RCR’s #29 GM Goodwrench/Reese’s Chevy in the NEXTEL Cup Series and RCR’s #21 Coast Guard Chevy in the Busch Series. Harvick’s career statistics include six victories and 70 top-10 finishes in the NEXTEL Cup Series and 19 victories and 98 top-10 finishes in the Busch Series. "Kevin is an important part of the RCR organization and we’re happy that will continue," said Richard Childress, President and CEO of RCR. "He has done a great job in both the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series and we look for that to continue over the next several seasons." Harvick is currently seventh in the 2006 NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with one win and four top-10 finishes. He leads the Busch Series standings by 274 points, ahead of RCR teammate Clint Bowyer in second place, with two wins and nine top-10 finishes. "I’m looking forward to the next three years at RCR," said Kevin Harvick. "We’ve made a lot of changes over the past year that have really helped point the organization in the right direction. The chemistry feels right between the drivers, the crew chiefs and the teams. Above all else, there is a long relationship at RCR that Richard and I have. I feel like it would take time to recreate what we’ve built over the last seven years."(RCR PR)(5-5-2006)

2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Schemes


  • Truck Series Stays: NASCAR vice president for corporate communications Jim Hunter heard the rumors and read the stories about the uncertain future of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. This weekend Hunter paraphrased a famous statement by a former Missourian as a response. "As Mark Twain once said, the reports of the demise of the Craftsman truck series are greatly exaggerated," LOUDON, NH – JULY 20: Jason Leffler leads a pack of trucks in his #2 Carquest Racing Dodge Ram during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Series New England 200 on July 20, 2002 at the New Hampshire International Speedway, in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)Hunter said. He said the series will be around for the foreseeable future, and it is scheduled to receive increased attention from NASCAR in the near future. Hunter said that Gary Nelson, NASCAR’s managing director of competition, was scheduled to be at Gateway International Raceway this weekend to observe the series. "The reason," Hunter said of Nelson’s visit, "is to have a look and get a better handle on what NASCAR needs to do for the Craftsman truck series." What NASCAR won’t do, Hunter said, is shut down the trucks. "There is no doubt that the Craftsman truck series is here to stay," he said. "The reason we started the series was because so many Americans drive some type of truck. They still do. So we’re excited. We think it is gaining momentum." The series’ future came into question recently when a racing trade paper ran a story that alleged the demise of the trucks was not exaggerated. The story indicated the series was beset with problems and the garages were filled with disgruntled people. Hunter also points to improved television ratings, higher race attendance and bigger truck counts as proof that the series is thriving. The series’ title sponsor, Craftsman tools, also seems content with the trucks series. Craftsman, which has been with the series since its inception, last year signed on for five more years as title sponsor. "Sears and Craftsman are extremely proud of the series," John Lebbad, Sears director of event marketing and sales promotion, said. "We feel the sport continues to grow. We are very happy with our sponsorship." Hunter reiterated that the truck series "is not going down the tubes." "We see a great future for the trucks series and we are going to support it," he said. "We think it is the coming series for NASCAR."(Kansas City Star)(5-5-2002)

2002 Truck Series Paint Schemes


  • Same Engine? UPDATE more engine stuff: NASCAR is rumored to be considering a "one-engine rule" for races in 2002, meaning that teams would have to qualify and race using the same power plant(Gaston Gazette)(5-4-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials are seriously considering a common engine rule for next season for their top three divisions, and the engine would be the current Busch series engine, a 358 c.i. with a small 390 CFM (cubic inch per minute air flow) carburetor and 9-to-1 compression, according to NASCAR sources (Jayski NOTE: actually BGN engines are now 12:1 compression now, same as Cup). NASCAR officials are close to ordering the one-engine rule into effect, requiring a team to race the same engine it qualifies. That may go into effect at Loudon, N.H. in July, in an attempt to cut some horsepower. And…NASCAR officials are again considering ordering weight limits on engine parts, to keep teams from going to ever-lighter and more expensive parts to gain horsepower(Winston Salem Journal)(5-5-2001)


  • Roof Problems with the #12? The Dent, the Fine, UPDATE 2: hearing #12-Jeremy Mayfield’s NAPA Auto Parts 500 winning car has been impounded for "illegal roof height" found in post race inspection. The problem came when Mayfield jumped on the roof 30 Apr 2000: Jeremey Mayfield celebrates with his crew members after winning the Napa Auto Parts 500 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California.and dented it and took the car out of spec. NASCAR is hauling the car back to NC for the dent the size of a fist where the roof height is measured. The win will stand but hearing there maybe a fine. Also see stories about this at: Gaston Gazette, SpeedVision, Total Sports and That’s Racin'
    THE DENT: Speedway Illustrated explains ‘the dent’ pretty well: "The problem is the dent is on the centerline of the car, 10" back from the windshield-right where NASCAR measures roof height. 51 inches is legal on all brands at this point. The dent apparently measures lower than the specification so NASCAR impounded the car and will bring it back to Charlotte where supposedly the dent will be removed and the car measured again(Speedway Illustrated)(5-1-2000)
    UPDATE #12 Fined: NASCAR officials announced they have penalized #12 crew chief Peter Sospenzo for rules violations found in post-race inspection following Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California. Sospenzo, crew chief for the #12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $25,000 and penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "… any car found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion of time trials or the race …"(TNN Motorsports and That’s Racin' and SpeedVision)(5-4-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Getting asked much about this action from NASCAR, what you see posted is all I know, seems many fans are up in arms over this. Many stories I see say this: the violation was for the #12 Ford failing to pass post-race inspection after Mayfield won the NAPA Auto Parts 500 on Sunday at California. The car’s roof was measured below the minimum height of 51 inches. The team tried to explain it was a result of Mayfield jumping on the roof in victory lane. Nevertheless, NASCAR fined crew chief Peter Sospenzo $25,000 for the rules infraction(from a stoy today in the AJC. I am also hearing from some sources close to the team that: NASCAR told the Penske-Kranefuss team they knew the problem with the roof stemmed from Jeremy Mayfield being on top of the car after the race, and they did not believe the car ran that way during the race. There was a foot-sized dent where the roof height is measured. But they said it 2000 12uracedidn’t make any difference and issued the fine. I have not seen any explanations from NASCAR besides what is seen on the above sites and their stories. (and NO, I won’t run a poll on this nor will I start any campaigns on this, I do not know of any appeal processes NASCAR has) AND from Speedway Illustrated(great first issue by the way): Fans are asking us(Speedway Illustrated) if NASCAR is on some sort of mission with all the recent fines being handed out. Yesterday it was announced that Jeremy Mayfield’s crew chief Peter Sospenzo had another $25,000 added to his fines for a roofline that was under the minimum. Kevin Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt’s crew chief was also fined for an unapproved rear bumper. So, is NASCAR on the warpath? Speedway Illustrated sources say this is simply a "correction" of sorts. One crewmember told us, "NASCAR lays off the fines for a little while and we start crowding the rule limits, then they get on us for a while, fine a few people and we back off. Then it all starts over again. This happens every once in a while. The trick is to not be the guy who is made an example of."(Speedway Illustrated) AND see the story at NASCAR Online: Mayfield’s team aims to bounce back, part of a quote: "saw footprints in the area where they were measuring and NASCAR did assure us that there was nothing illegal with the car"(5-5-2000)

2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Schemes


  • Morgan McClure: the Morgan-McClure team (#4 Kodak Chevy and the rumored new #14 team) is currently talking with three major potential sponsors and hopes to come to an agreement with one that would allow for the hiring of a driver for the much discussed second team. The shop, car inventory, engine stockpile are all ready and awaiting a sponsor go aheadInside Motorsports(5-5-1999)

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