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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, 1999

  • Ingle Gone: After three races, crew chief Bill Ingle and the Tyler Jet Motorsports team have parted ways. The team is expected to name a new crew chief on Thursday(RPM2Nite)(5-5-1999)
  • More Junie/Hut: I hear Hut Stricklin will drive for Junie Donlavey in the #90 at Richmond and they hope to have Hills Brothers Coffee as the sponsor(Inside Motorsports)(5-5-1999)
  • 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)
  • Elliott Crew Chief: Since Jerry Pitts’ who was Bill Elliotts interim crew chief on the #94 McDonalds Ford left to take the crew chief job with the #98 team, Ernie Elliott will handle the duties for right now until a replacement is found(5-5-1999)
  • RIR Testing: The #90 Junie Donlavey Ford tested at Richmond on Tuesday, the Winston Cup team’s first test of the year, with Hut Stricklin driving. Stricklin’s best lap was 123.007mph(Times-Dispatch)(5-5-1999)
  • Jarrett Sub UPDATE 2: I hear Jason Jarrett will not drive the #33 Bayer Chevy at NHIS this weekend and that Johnny Benson will sub. Not sure if this because of Jarrett’s injuries at California or if it is a permanent thing(5-4-1999) – despite having laser eye surgery Tuesday morning, Benson would replace the #33 team’s regular driver Jason Jarrett in Bill Baumgardner’s lead car at NHIS. The team will make an announcement in the next few days regarding future plans for the #33(NOL) but I hear Jarrett will not return to the #33 – UPDATE 2: Team owner Bill Baumgardner announced that Jarrett has been removed as the driver of the #33 BGN Chevy. Benson drives at NHIS, then it’s up in the air after that(NOL)(5-5-1999)
  • Skinner Debut: Jamie Skinner, the son of Winston Cup driver Mike Skinner, will attempt to make his Busch Series debut this weekend at New Hampshire. He is entered in the #19 Yellow Freight Chevrolet. The younger Skinner tested at New Hampshire last month, but was involved in a crash that heavily damaged the #19 Chevrolet(Team Yellow PR/PowerTeam News), see a bio of Skinner at Team Yellow – Skinner Bio(5-5-1999)
  • Bessey Returns: Joe Bessey and the #6 Power Team Chevrolet have sat idle from competition for much of the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series season. But the responsibilities of being a rookie owner in Winston Cup has caused Bessey to cut his own schedule of Busch Series racing back to a limited schedule. His only start of the season was at Rockingham, where he was involved in a wreck and finished 38th. Since then, the team has made some personnel changes and will be at the track frequently this month – running three Busch Series events in the month of May. Loudon, NH, Nazareth, PA and Charlotte. In preparation for the Loudon event, the #6 team spent Tuesday testing at the Greenville-Pickens(SC) Speedway. After the test, the team will load up and head for the Granite State, where practice begins Friday morning(PowerTeam News)(5-5-1999)
  • Entries: Only 46 entries are expected for this weekend’s Busch Series event at New Hampshire. The #68 team of Premiere Motorsports with driver Freddie Query withdrew their entry in an effort to focus on other upcoming races. Meanwhile, Busch North Series drivers Kelly Moore, Ted Christopher and Bryan Wall are all entered in the Busch Series event on Saturday(PowerTeam News)(5-5-1999)
  • RIR Testing: Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Bobby Hamilton Jr., R.D. Smith, Brad Baker, Jeff Finley and Freddie Query tested their BGN cars at Richmond on Tuesday. Martin ran the best lap in his #60-Winn Dixie Ford at 124.654 mph. That unofficial time easily surpassed Wayne Grubb’s standing qualifying record of 123.717. Burton ran second with a 122.727, with Hamilton pacing a 120.697 mph lap. Baker crashed the #7 Chevy early in the session, spinning backward into the Turn 2 concrete(Times-Dispatch). R.D. Smith ran 120.610 mph, which was more than a mile per hour faster than he ran Monday. Jeff Finley and Freddie Query also made Busch runs, but their times were not available(SpeedNet)(5-5-1999)
  • Compton Notes: at the Tennessean – Compton says consistency will continue by Skip Wood(5-5-1999)
  • Miller busy: Butch Miller is pulling double duty on Thursday of this week as he is slated to test both the #18 and #4 Dodge trucks at Memphis(StockCarFans Newsletter)(5-5-1999)

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