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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

May 5, 2008

  • Indiana Jones Scheme for Kyle Busch: Kyle Busch’s #18 M&M’S Toyota Camry will sport a special Indiana Jones-themed paint scheme, and Busch will wear a matching fire suit during the Dodge Challenger 500 Sprint Cup race in Darlington, South Carolina, on May 10. The special paint scheme features: Movie title decals on the hood, trunk and TV panel; An image of Indiana Jones with his iconic hat and whip on the left rear panel; and The M&M’S Brand Red, Green and Yellow characters sporting various Indiana Jones-themed outfits. The M&M’S Brand Racing team also plans to feature fun Indiana Jones-themed activities for fans attending the Darlington race, giving them a literal taste of the adventure.(PWR New Media), see an image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(5-5-2008)
  • All Star Race increased to 100 laps: Twenty-One drivers are eligible for the Sprint All-Star Race with one race to go, three drivers from the Sprint Showdown will transfer to the All-Star race, the 1st and 2nd place drivers and one fan vote [the driver needs to finish on the lead lap]. Drivers not already eligible for the Sprint All-Star Race who have been approved by for Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Those requirements include, but are not limited to, competing in a Sprint Cup Series event during the 2007 or 2008 seasons; finishing in the top 50 of the final 2007 Sprint Cup Series point standings or attempting to qualify for a 2008 Sprint Cup Series event as of March 10, 2008. The Sprint Showdown will consist of 40 laps, 60 miles, and will be run in two 20-lap segments. The Sprint All-Star Race is now 100 laps [was 80 in 2007], 150 miles (run in four segments of 25 laps each). Green flag and yellow flag laps will be counted during segments 1, 2 and 3. Only green flag laps will be counted during segment 4. All restarts will be double file and the free pass rule is maintained throughout the event. The Purse is and event record $3,308,251 with the winner getting at least $1,012,975. See fast facts for the Showdown and the All-Star race, the schedule, eligible drivers, history and more on my 2008 All-Star Page.(5-5-2008)
  • Richmond Overnight TV Ratings up slightly: NASCAR on Fox notched a slight increase for the second straight week with a 4.2/8 for primetime racing from Richmond. Saturday night’s 4.2/8 is a tenth of a point gain over last year’s 4.1/10 when the race was rained out of its schedule window and aired on Sunday afternoon. FOX’s 4.2/8 in primetime was good enough to win the night, narrowly beating out second-place CBS’s 4.0/7. FOX’s primetime advantage will likely grow larger when the nationals are released and NASCAR delivers its typical meter-to-national improvement. For the season-to-date, NASCAR On FOX is averaging a 5.5/11, +2% better than last year’s 5.4/11.(Fox), see Ratings per race and more on my 2008 TV Ratings page.(5-5-2008)
  • Analysts say T-Mobile may acquire Sprint; T-Mobile Series? UPDATE: Sprint Nextel may be a takeover target, according to one of the nation’s largest investment banking firms. Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile and the world’s sixth largest phone company, may consider acquiring Overland Park-based Sprint to block a price war in the mobile phone industry, analysts for Merrill Lynch said today. The Wall Street firm said Sprint’s operational problems and shaky position in the U.S. wireless industry may force the company to cut prices even further to attract customers. T-Mobile generally is considered to be the low-cost alternative among the top five U.S. mobile phone companies. Last week, Sprint introduced an unlimited voice and data wireless plan that undercut other U.S. companies. Lynch, which advises its clients to sell Sprint shares, said it is not aware of any acquisition discussions.(Kansas City Star)(3-7-2008)
    UPDATE: Deutsche Telekom AG is considering a bid for Sprint Nextel Corp., according to a media report Monday. Bonn-based Deutsche Telekom did not immediately comment on the report in The Wall Street Journal. Were it to make such a deal, it would catapult its T-Mobile wireless unit to the top spot in the U.S. market. n its report, The Wall Street Journal said deliberations were at "a preliminary stage and management may very well turn away," according to the people it quoted. Any bid, the paper’s sources said, "could still be weeks, or even months away."(Yahoo Biz/AP)(5-5-2008)
  • Race and Commercial Breakdown of the Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400
    Total number of commercials: 104
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 73
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 7:35 PM
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 11:25 PM
    Total minutes: 230
    Minutes of race broadcast: 186
    Minutes of commercials: 44
    Number of missed restarts: 2
    See full rundown at CawsnJaws.(5-5-2008)
  • Lowe’s Motor Speedway Testing – Session 1, Day 1: The first day of testing at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the first session in the morning, only 6 drivers driving 10 cars made runs. Teams/Drivers are allowed to test in four of the six sessions. The fastest in the Day 1 morning session was #88B-Earnhardt Jr at 182.352mph [the record pole speed is 193.216 from Oct 2005 and last May’s pole speed was 185.312mph, both in the ‘old’ style car, not the COT], followed by #31B-Burton, #70-Keselowski, #29B-Harvick, #24-Gordon and #07-Bowyer, who was slowest of the 6 drivers at 177.026.
    See the speeds and notes on my Lowe’s Motor Speedway Testing page.(5-5-2008)
  • Lowe’s Motor Speedway Testing – Session 2, Day 1: In the 2nd/afternoon session of testing at Lowe’s Motor Speedway there were 60 cars that took to the track, the fastest was #18B-Kyle Busch at 179.736mph (Toyota) followed by #99-Edwards (Ford), #31-Burton (Chevy), #2B-Busch (Dodge) and #19B-Sadler. Slowest were #50-Stanton Barrett and #08-Tony Raines. No accidents or incidents were reported.
    See the speeds and notes on my Lowe’s Motor Speedway Testing page.(5-5-2008)
  • Lowe’s Motor Speedway Testing – Session 3, Day 1: #19B-Elliott Sadler (Dodge) led the final test session Monday evening at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. His top speed was 186.245 mph. 62 too to the track during the session. #84-Allmendinger (Toyota) was second, followed by #29B-Harvick (Chevy), #18-Busch (Toyota) and #26-McMurray (Ford). Slowest were #00-Michael McDowell and #08-Tony Raines. #66-Scott Riggs spun during the session, but did not hit anything.
    See the speeds and notes on my Lowe’s Motor Speedway Testing page.(5-5-2008)
  • Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Darlington: Long one of NASCAR’s most treacherous tracks because of its unique, egg-shaped layout, Darlington Raceway will be even more daunting for Nationwide Series drivers this weekend as they race under the lights on a new coating of pavement that has turned the track into an ultra-fast circuit. ESPN2 will have live, prime-time coverage of the Nationwide Series at Darlington presented by The Coleman Company Friday night, May 9, beginning at 7 p.m. with NASCAR Countdown. The telecast also airs in high definition on ESPN2 HD and will be simulcast on ESPN360.com. Dr. Jerry Punch will be the lead announcer for ESPN2’s coverage, joined in the booth for analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake will report from the pits, while Tim Brewer will be in the ESPN DISH Tech Center. Allen Bestwick will host NASCAR Countdown with analysis by Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN pit studio. Matt Kenseth will join the ESPN coverage team as In-Race Reporter, talking to Wallace on the race’s pace laps and during caution periods.(ESPN PR)(5-5-2008)
  • KHI Crew Pitted Shepherd at Richmond: Often when you hear "double duty" in NASCAR, it’s referring to the driver’s running in two of NASCAR’s elite series in the same weekend, usually the Nationwide and Cup Series. In Richmond, this term took on a new meaning for the #33 team. Not only did the team pit for Harvick, but several members of the #33 team also helped pit #89-Morgan Shepherd’s car. With Shepherd off the lead lap, providing no conflict with the team’s main focus, the KHI crew was able to assist on Shepherd’s car.(KHI PR)(5-5-2008)
  • Braun goes COT testing at VIR: In an effort to help Roush Fenway Racing prepare for the upcoming road course race at Infineon Raceway, Colin Braun joins Boris Said for a COT test session this week at Virginia International Raceway. Said will be on track Tuesday; Braun on Wednesday.(Con-wayRacing.com)(5-5-2008)

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