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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, 2001

  • Jeff Burton to test restraints: #99-Jeff Burton says he has scheduled to crash test the HANS device, the Hutchens device, the Simpson Decelerator and compare the results(Roanoke Times), no word on where or how(5-5-2001)
  • Stewart Wins at Richmond: #20-Tony Stewart who ran well on long runs, won at Richmond for his and Pontiac’s first win in 2001. #24-Jeff Gordon and #2-Rusty Wallace duked it out for 2nd with Gordon getting the spot, some heated words on pit road. The race was red flagged with 4 laps to go and a few cars had trouble getting started including #88-Dale Jarrett who ran out of gas and wound up 15th. Jarrett now leads Gordon by 14 points in the Drivers Championship with Wallace 62 points behind. See That’s Racin’ for Pontiac 400 results by the AP or NASCAR.com for Unofficial Results and Unofficial Standings(5-5-2001)
  • Racing Student Killed: A 17-year-old Everett, WA girl died Thursday of massive head injuries after a race car she was driving slammed into a concrete wall at the Yakima Speedway racetrack. Ashley Bergman was in the second day of a two-day racing class with Yakima’s Competitive Edge Racing School, said Yakima County Coroner Maurice Rice(Yakima Herald Republic), thoughts go out to family and friends(5-5-2001)
  • Dyno Testing UPDATE: NASCAR put eight cars on the chassis dyno to measure rear-wheel horsepower after the NAPA Auto Parts 500 in California. The cars checked were those of #2-Rusty Wallace, #24-Jeff Gordon, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #40-Sterling Marlin, #28-Ricky Rudd, #9-Bill Elliott, #55-Bobby Hamilton and #33-Joe Nemechek(That’s Racin'). What is Chassis Dyno Testing? See my Racing FAQ page for the explanation(4-30-2001)
    NASCAR’s post-race testing at California showed Wallace the decisive winner with 722 horsepower at the rear wheels, considerably more than runner-up Jeff Gordon’s 702, according to unofficial reports(Winston Salem Journal), these were the only two cars reported in the story(5-5-2001)
  • Worker Injured but Ok: A track worker was injured at RIR. Shirley Mae Lincoln of Richmond was working for the Burns Security group when a dumbwaiter door fell off and hit her in the head. Lincoln was treated at MCV(a local hospital) and kept overnight. She was released last night.(Times Dispatch)(5-5-2001)
  • Playboy and the #27? UPDATE more sponsor news: Kenny Wallace acknowledged that the #27 Eel River Racing Pontiac team recently discussed the possibility of accepting a sponsorship from Playboy magazine. Wallace defended the decision to pursue sponsorship from an adult magazine by stating that Playboy offered a "cleaner" form of nudity. "It was Playboy, not Penthouse. That’s a lot better, because Playboy is a little bit cleaner magazine than Penthouse," Wallace said. (Playboy publisher) Hugh Hefner is a pretty cool guy."(in part from the ESPN site)(5-4-2001)
    UPDATE: Barry Dodson and Kenny Wallace said that rumors of the imminent demise of their stock-car team have been greatly exaggerated: "Bust their chops, because we’re not only going to run Richmond but we’ve got a sponsor," said Dodson, the veteran crew chief and part owner of Eel River Racing. Part of that battle has been in trying to keep rival car owners from getting his driver. "Larry McClure wanted Kenny, but he’s our driver," Dodson said.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-5-2001)
  • 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)
  • Aarons and Robinson? more? hearing Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership may sponsor #84-Shawna Robinson for her other two planned races. Previous annoument’s had Aaron’s sponsoring on the car for California, Michigan, Indianapolis and Atlanta. The other two planned races for Robinson and MK Racing are Kansas and Homestead(5-5-2001)
  • Sponsors Leaving? At least eight major Winston Cup tour sponsors are talking about buying up their racing contracts and dropping off the tour because of NASCAR’s continuing bad PR over safety issues and the Earnhardt affair, according to NASCAR sources(Winston Salem Journal)(5-5-2001)
  • Spencer wins at Richmond, his first BGN race win since Las Vegas in 1998(sure didn’t seem like that long ago). #33-Tony Raines was 2nd with #21-Mike Skinner running third. See That’s Racin’ for Hardee’s 250 Results (5-5-2001)

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