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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, 2000

  • #12 Won’t Appeal: No. 12 team won’t appeal NASCAR penalties and Q&A: with Winston Cup owner Michael Kranefus. These two column’s explain the penalties and situation more(That’s Racin’)(5-5-2000)
  • Yates Honored: Robert Yates, owner of the #28 and #88 Cup teams, has been chosen to receive this year’s Bill France Award of Excellence from Pocono Raceway. The award is given annually for outstanding contributions to Winston Cup racing and will be presented on June 17, the night before the Pocono 500(That’s Racin')(5-5-2000)
  • Penske to Indy…as a sponsor: Joe Gibbs BGN driver, Jason Leffler, will be sponsored by Roger Penske under the UnitedAuto Group banner for his 2000 Indy 500 attempt in the #55 Treadway Racing owned GForce/Aurora(SpeedVision)(5-5-2000)
  • 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 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 didn’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)
  • Jarrett #400: Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford will start his 400th career Cup race at Richmond(5-5-2000)
  • Little 200: Chad Little, driver of the #97 John Deere Ford, will be making the 200th CUP start this weekend at Richmond as is his teammate #99-Jeff Burton(5-5-2000)
  • Wendell Scott News and an Honor: Former motorcycle photo journalist and vintage NASCAR enthusiast Joe Jordan will be the guest for a special interview on AM 1170’s Morning Drive program on May 5th at 9 AM, to discuss what may be the last surviving example of an authentic race car that was driven by the late Wendell Scott, the only African-American driver to win in NASCAR Winston Cup competition. See the full story in the Radio Section of my TV/Media Page(5-3-2000)
    UPDATE – an Honor: see story at the Daily Press – VSHF(Virginia Sports Hall of Fame) finally will recognize black driver on Friday, May 5th, 2000(5-5-2000)
  • Driver Double Dip: Nine Winston Cup drivers will attempt to make the BGN race at Richmond: #9-Jeff Burton; #17-Matt Kenseth; #20-Dave Blaney; #25-Kenny Wallace; #30-Chad Little; #31-Steve Park; #42-Kenny Irwin, #60-Mark Martin; #71-Kevin Lepage. Interesting … all five Roush Racing Cup drivers are making the attempt. Note: Six of the nine qualified, the three that failed were Wallace, Little and Irwin(5-5-2000)
  • Blaney BGN: Bill Davis Racing announced a temporary driver change for their #20 AT&T BGN Pontiac. Dave Blaney, their former BGN driver and current Winston Cup regular(#93 Amoco Pontiac) will step in for rookie Mike Borkowski in three of the next four races starting at Richmond this Friday night May 5. Blaney will also handle the driving chores at Charlotte, May 28, and Dover on June 3. Borkowski will return for the May 13 Busch Series stand-alone date at New Hampshire and will resume his full-time duties at South Boston, VA June 10(Bill Davis Racing PR)(5-5-2000)
  • Cope Released: Mike Cope was released Friday as the driver of the #86 Royal Crown Cola Dodge Truck. Impact Motorsports released Cope just prior to the team’s departure for the Ram Tough 200 to be held at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis. Most of Cope’s Royal Crown Cola crew quit as a result of the decision including Crew Chief Bryan Berry. Cope replaced Stacy Compton as the driver of the Impact Motorsports entry after Compton left for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Berry replaced Kevin Cram as Crew Chief when Cram also left for Winston Cup competition. Also see another story on this at NASCAR Online: Cope released by Impact Motorsports. No word on who will replace Cope or Berry(5-5-2000)
  • #72 Sponsor: The #72 Chevy truck, driven by Randy MacDonald in the CTS will now carry TraderOnline.com as an official sponsor. TraderOnline.com, the nation’s largest source for online classifieds has signed on as an associate sponsor for the Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi, to be held on Sunday May 7th at Gateway International Raceway. Launched in 1996, TraderOnline.com houses the world’s largest database of used vehicles available on the Internet, with over twenty websites covering collector car, RV, cycle, truck, heavy equipment, aircraft, boat and general merchandise categories. Updated daily, the sites have become the place for the enthusiast to buy, sell or just dream. TraderOnline.com ranks in the top 750 of the most popular site on the Web, and is a multi-award-winning network of websites devoted to providing the consumer with the most recent information(Team PR)(5-5-2000)
  • Who is Scott Riggs? UPDATE: wondered myself and had a few readers ask so here is some info: Scott Riggs is a 29-year-old Late Model Stock driver who grew up in Bahama(NC) and is trying to use this opportunity to catch the eye of some unsuspecting team owner. Pole-sitter Mike Wallace, Rick Carelli and Jack Sprague, along with Winston Cup regular Bobby Hamilton, were the only drivers who qualified faster than Riggs who qualified the #84 Ford 5th at Martinsville. Riggs is looking for an opportunity for a full-time ride in the truck series or a BGN. Charlie Long, who builds engines for his real job, serves as the crew chief. Last year, the team of volunteers went to Indianapolis Raceway Park with Riggs for the truck race there, which they made. They plan to run at Nashville in August(News and Observer)(4-8-2000)
    UPDATE: good story about Riggs and his aspirations at the News and Observer – Riggs makes case for ride, not trophy(5-5-2000)
  • #28 News: Tim Murphy former crew chief for Rob Morgan has been hired as the crew chief for Nessa Motorsports based in Little Rock, AR. Also, Ron Barfield has been hired as the driver. Both will start at the Memphis race in May 2000. Eddie Provence has stepped back for new as driver so his team can grow and become a top ten team. Eddie plans to run some asphalt late model events to acquire more skills and return next season as a second team driver(Nessa Motorsports PR)(5-5-2000)

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