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May 5 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history


May 5, 2013

  • Ragan wins at Talladega: #34-David Ragan won the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of 2013 and 2nd career win. On the green-white-checkered finish that was caused by a 2nd ‘big one’, #20-Kenseth led on the restart, #99-Edwards took the lead on the white flag lap and #34-Ragan and teammate pushed thru and Ragan took the lead and won the race. The race was rained delayed for a few hours on lap 125 with #99-Edwards leading but NASCAR got the track dried and was able to finish the race.
    #38-Gilliland finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #55-Waltrip (in his 2nd race of the year), #48-Johnson, #51-Smith, #20-Kenseth (led the most laps at 142), #56-Truex Jr., #95-Speed and #43-Almirola.
    #21-Bayne brought out the first caution on lap 22 when the engine let go. During that caution, #11-Hamlin pitted and the team made the driver change, putting Vickers in the car for the injured Denny Hamlin. Vickers finished 34th after being involved in the lap 42 crash, with 10 points going to Hamlin, as the driver who starts the race, gets the points.
    There was ‘a big one’, a wreck that involved 14 cars on lap 42 when #18-Busch got into the right rear of the #5-Kahne car, sending the #5 into the wall, the #5 came down and collected the #18, involving #1-McMurray, #9-Ambrose, #11-Vickers, #13-Mears, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #30-Stremme, #31-Burton, #78-Busch and #83-Reutimann.
    The red flag came out on lap 125 when the rains came. The track was close to dry when a storm with hail and wind came. The track was dried a 2nd time and restarted the race around 7:00pm/et.
    There was a 2nd ‘big one’ on lap 182 when #17-Stenhouse Jr. tried to squeeze by #36-Yeley on the outside, clipping the #36 which got sideways and slid into the pack. #78-Busch flipped over and landed on the top of the #39-Newman car and slid off. Other cars collected included #1-McMurray, #30-Stremme, #32-Labonte, #47-Labonte and #10-Patrick.
    After the 2nd ‘big one’, NASCAR only allowed one green-white-checkered attempt due to impending darkness.
    There were 30 lead changes among 17 drivers and 5 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps and a lengthy red flag for rain.
    The average speed was 148.729mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Talladega Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Talladega Penalty Report (pdf)
    And see the Official Talladega Race and Points Report.
  • Race Fast Facts – Talladega:
    #34-David Ragan won the 44th Annual Aaron’s 499 , his second victory in 228 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #38-David Gilliland (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    #99-Carl Edwards (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 18 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 41 points over #99-Carl Edwards.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-5-2013)
  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 383
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 342, -41
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 324, -59
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer, 316, -67
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 314, -69
    6) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 299, -84
    7) #43-Aric Almirola, 293, -90
    8) #27-Paul Menard, 290, -93
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 285, -98
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 280, -103
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 279, -104
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 276, -107
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 13th
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 31st [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
  • Talladega resumes after long rain delay: after 125 of 188 scheduled laps, rain has halted the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The red flag is out and the drivers are out of their cars.
    UPDATE the engines fired at 6:52pm/et. moments later the cars went out to the track. Many have come in to pit road.
    As of 7:00pm/et, the rain has stopped and track drying is about done, cars are circling the track.
    NASCAR used the Air Titan track drying system.
    Sundown is approx 8:30pm/et in Talladega. FOX is still covering the race in most markets.
    The top 10 after 125 laps when rain halted the race:
    #99-Edwards
    #17-Stenhouse Jr.
    #22-Logano
    #2-Keselowski
    #55-Waltrip
    #15-Bowyer
    #56-Truex Jr.
    #48-Johnson
    #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    #39-Newman
    #20-Kenseth has led 101 of the 125 laps and is running 12th.
    There was ‘a big one’, a wreck that involved 14 cars on lap 42 when #18-Busch got into the right rear of the #5-Kahne car, sending the #5 into the wall, the #5 came down and collected the #18, involving #1-McMurray, #9-Ambrose, #11-Vickers, #13-Mears, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #30-Stremme, #31-Burton, #78-Busch and #83-Reutimann.
    There are no lights at the track, see weather links on my Talladega Race Info page – weather section.
  • Kahne comments about Talladega wreck: #5-Kasey Kahne and #18-Kyle Busch were racing for second when Busch tapped Kahne’s car on the right-rear corner, turning the #5 into the wall and collection twelve other cars. Kahne had a few comments:
    Q) FIRST OF ALL ARE YOU OKAY AND WHAT HAPPENED FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
    Kahne: "Yeah, I’m alright. I felt like I had a really fast Time Warner Cable Chevrolet. I just kind of got shot through the center there, just a lot of momentum coming from behind. Felt the No. 18 pushing me and next thing I know I was spinning. You just can’t push with these cars. We learned that at Daytona, he was pushing me and spun me in the wall and then happened again, so that is what it is."
    Q) HAVE YOU TALKED TO KYLE (BUSCH) AT ALL IN THE INFIELD CARE CENTER?
    Kahne: "No, I didn’t talk to him. I think we both probably understand what happened and we will figure it out from there."(Team Chevy)(5-5-2013)
  • Waltrip comments on 2014 plans for #55 and Vickers: #55-Michahel Waltrip, team owners and part-time driver, discussed many things with the media on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, one thing was the future of the #55 team:
    Q) When will you announce the driver of the No. 55 Camry for next season?
    Waltrip: "Well, we’re – obviously I said we’ve raced with Aaron’s for 14 years and we hope that we can sign something that will put that deal together for the near foreseeable future to come – three years or so. And, we’re working hard with Aaron’s. We’ve targeted Brian Vickers as the guy that we want to drive our car. We think that Brian is a future champion of the Cup Series so we want Brian to drive it and we want Aaron’s to sponsor it. That’s the news and that’s where it’s at. I think both Aaron’s and Brian are very into making that happen. It would just be a matter of getting the details worked out in order to be able to announce it soon. So, when it happens it won’t be a surprise because that’s what we’re after. I think Aaron’s growth in the business world, the amount of stores that they had when we started together and the amount they have now – I used to kid people all of the time, I said I don’t believe they think I had anything to do with that, but just in case I’ve been there the whole time and let’s just keep him around. That was sort of the way that it started with Aaron’s and now with the ‘Aaron’s Dream Weekend’ and everything that they do in NASCAR, they’ve committed to this sport and hopefully that commitment will continue with Michael Waltrip Racing into the future."(Toyota Racing transcript in part)(5-5-2013)
  • Mike Ford to assist #93 team at Darlington: Veteran crew chief Mike Ford returns to the pit box next week at Darlington Raceway. Although Ford holds the title of director of competition for BK Racing, he will join the #93 team in what has been termed a "training exercise" to improve the systems on that squad and assist current crew chief Todd Anderson get up to speed with driver Travis Kvapil. Ford, who started as a crew chief with Bill Elliott in 2000, had his most success run guiding #11-Denny Hamlin to six consecutive Chase for the Sprint Cup appearances including a career-high second-place in 2010.(FoxSports)(5-5-2013)
  • Germain Racing to show support for Susan G. Komen Foundation: The #13 Germain Racing team will show support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation beginning at Talladega Superspeedway by promoting the upcoming "Rivals Series Shootout", a golf tournament held September 25, 2013, at Lake of Isles Country Club, North Stonington, CT, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Rivals teams are made up of baseball names from New York Baseball Alumni and Boston Baseball Alumni, with Bucky Dent being the team captain for the New York side and Tim Wakefield serving as captain for Boston. The "Rivals Series Shootout" logo can be seen on the decklid of the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and the C-post pink ribbons Germain Racing normally places on the car will be adapted to the Susan G. Komen Foundation pink ribbon logo.(Germain Racing)(5-5-2013)
  • Special pit crew member in Truex’s pit on Sunday: Ret. Army Sgt. Noah Galloway is this week’s NAPA Honorary Pt Crew Member in #56-Martin Truex Jr.’s pit on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. He’s from Birmingham, Ala. On Dec. 19, 2005, he lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack in Yusafiah, Iraq. Since his injury, Galloway has participated in two Warrior Dash events and a Barbarian Challenge. As a member of TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E, he has completed three Tough Mudder competitions and the Bataan Memorial Death March.(MWR)(5-5-2013)
  • NASCAR-Themed Novela Premieres on Sunday: "Arranque de Pasión, La Historia de Ela," the first-ever sports-themed original production for Univision, will make its primetime television debut when it airs as a special edited version on Sunday, May 5 at 10:15 pm/et. The NASCAR-themed drama is a co-production between Univision Studios and Kate del Castillo Productions, Inc., in association with NASCAR. It stars del Castillo, who served as Honorary Starter for the Auto Club 400 on March 24, as well as leading men Carlos Ponce and Christian Meier. Shot at Homestead-Miami Speedway, "Arranque de Pasión, La Historia de Ela" also is NASCAR’s first-ever Spanish language original production. Beginning April 1, the drama aired every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in five-to-seven-minute segments on Univision.com/ArranquedePasion.(NASCAR)(5-5-2013)
  • Peters returns to his roots: Camping World Truck Series regular Timothy Peters picked up right where he left off last time he raced at the 0.4-mile oval at South Boston Speedway, leading 118 laps and holding off Bobby McCarty to claim Saturday night’s CenturyLink Late Model 150. The victory is the first for the Danville resident at South Boston since 2004 when he claimed the Late Model track championship, marking his third consecutive Late Model title after winning in ’02 and ’03 at Orange County Speedway.(Danville Register and Bee)(5-5-2013)


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