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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, 2003

  • Sad News: Rudolp C. Hillman, the Father of Mike Hillman, crew chief, #11 Hooters Ford and grandfather of Mike Hillman, Jr., crewman and tire changer for #16 Ford – passed away from cancer on 5/4.
    Rudolp C. Hillman
    Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home
    242 Genesee St.
    Lockport, NY. 14094
    Visitation:… Tuesday. 7-9pm; Wednesday.. 2-4pm and 7-9pm
    Funeral Services:. Thursday (5/8). 9:30am followed by mass of Christian burial at 10am at St. Mary’s Church.(5-5-2003)
  • Biffle to run Truck race: Winston Cup rookie and former NASCAR Truck series champion Greg Biffle has entered the inaugural Truck race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, ThatsRacin.com has learned. Biffle, the 2000 series champion, will drive the #7 Dodge for Ultra Motorsports, which fields Dodges for #1-Ted Musgrave and #7-Jason Leffler. Biffle, 33, is expected at the speedway Tuesday and Wednesday for an open test in preparation for the May 16 Hardee’s 250, sources said. Biffle’s last appearance in the series came in November 2001, when he won the race at Phoenix driving the #99 Ford for Roush Racing. He now drives the #16 Ford for Roush in Winston Cup. In 80 career Truck starts, Biffle has 16 wins, 12 poles, 42 top-five and 53 top-10 finishes.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-5-2003)
  • Rusty to Retire in 2005? He didn’t say it in so many words, but in the pre-race notes for Saturday night’s race at Richmond, Rusty Wallace hinted he might retire from driving in the Winston Cup Series at the end of the 2005 season, or at least cut back his schedule. Wallace, 46, celebrated 600 consecutive Winston Cup starts at Richmond, and has 609 total starts. "700 straight?" Wallace asked rhetorically. "I honestly don’t think I’m going to make 700 straight, but it’ll be probably 675." If he stays on his current pace, Wallace would be 49 years old at the end of the 2005 season, would have 687 consecutive starts if the schedule remains at 36 races a season and would amass 697 total events.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(5-5-2003)
  • Gordon practices at Indy: Robby Gordon jumped into one of Andretti/Green Racing’s Indy cars and laid down a lap at 220.636mph [25th of 29th] on Sunday’s opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Although that was pretty far down the speed list, Gordon’s agenda was to get acclimated to the high-speed machine after finishing fourth in Saturday night’s race at Richmond. After returning to Charlotte, NC from Richmond, VA at 2:00am/et, Gordon got to bed a few hours later and was up at 7:00am to fly to Indianapolis. "I normally only sleep about five hours a night, so today was no problem," Gordon said. "I had a good run last night. We have a great team at Richard Childress Racing. We have our short-track and superspeedway programs figured out, but we struggle on the intermediate ovals. We kind of threw it away at California and let it slip away. It was good to come back and be as strong as we were at Richmond." Gordon, who has done the Indy 500-Coca-Cola 600 double twice in his career, is driving in the IRL for Michael Andretti, who used to be his adversary when both were competing in CART. Gordon and Paul Tracy once wore T-shirts that said, "Michael Andretti Driving School for the Blind – If you can’t see them, hit them" into a CART driver’s meeting. Andretti was not happy about that, but over the years, the son of 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti has become a little more forgiving. "I think it’s definitely amazing," Andretti said. "You have to do what is best for the team and we feel that Robby can win the race. His association with Cingular is definitely good for Motorola, so it’s all about what is best for the team." Gordon has an ideal schedule to participate in both Winston Cup and the Indy 500 this year. Next weekend, there are no Winston Cup races, so Gordon’s Pole Day is unencumbered. He can also practice for a few days the following week but will participate in The Winston at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 17. The driver from Orange, California will be able to participate in Carburetion Day – the final practice session before the Indy 500 – on May 22 before returning to Charlotte for practice and qualifications for the Coca-Cola 600. Gordon will attempt to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day for the third time in his career.(CNNSI)(5-5-2003)
  • Rain Postpones Testing: Rain has postponed the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series test scheduled for today (Monday) at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Drivers and teams are now slated to test for the May 16 Hardee’s 200 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Testing begins at 3:00pm and continues until 10:00pm both nights.(LMS PR)(5-5-2003)

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