With NASCAR on a temporary hiatus, news has been slow. To help fill the NASCAR void, have been taking you on a daily trip down memory lane spanning the years since the Jayski’s site inception. Using our news archives pages, here’s a look back at what’s happened on this date through the last 23 years in NASCAR. With the resumption of NASCAR in a couple weeks, this feature will end May 10, but you can always check out old news on our Archives pages.
This day in NASCAR history: May 6
Years we have pulled today’s main items from: 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2002
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- #4-Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. The win is his fourth win of 2018, second win at Dover and 41st career win.
#14-Clint Bowyer finished 2nd followed by #19-Daniel Suarez, #78-Martin Truex, Jr., #41-Kurt Busch, #2-Brad Keselowski, #11-Denny Hamlin, #12-Ryan Blaney, #48-Jimmie Johnson, and #42-Kyle Larson.
Pole winner,#42-Larson started from the rear after failing pre-race inspection.
Stage 1 was won by #4-Harvick, finished 1st.
Stage 2 was won by #4-Harvick, finished 1st.
There were 17 lead changes among 6 drivers and 8 cautions for 48 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 115.044mph.(5-6-2018)
- Almirola wins Talladega XFINITY race: #98-Aric Almirola won the Spark Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third XFINITY Series win and first of the year. #1-Elliott Sadler finished second, followed by #22-Joey Logano, #2-Ben Kennedy, #20-Erik Jones, #19-Matt Tifft, #5-Michael Annett, #7-Justin Allgaier, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #8-Jeff Green.
There were 5 cautions for 20 laps and 28 lead changes among 14 leaders. There were also two red flag periods for cleanup following multi-car wrecks.
The average speed was 139.068mph.(5-6-2017)
- NAPA Auto Parts will sponsor Elliott in the #24: NAPA Auto Parts will grow its relationship with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports in 2016 when it becomes the majority sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and his #24 Chevy SS team. The news was announced Tuesday evening in Las Vegas during the NAPA EXPO, which is attended by more than 17,000 store owners, managers and dealers. The expanded partnership will feature NAPA AUTO PARTS as a primary sponsor of the #24 team in 24 Sprint Cup races annually, including the season-opening Daytona 500, and as an associate-level partner in all other events. The agreement covers the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. NAPA was the full-season primary sponsor during Elliott’s historic 2014 XFINITY Series campaign when he became NASCAR’s youngest-ever national series champion while earning rookie of the year and most popular driver honors. In 2015, NAPA remains the sole primary sponsor for Elliott’s second full NXS season with JR Motorsports along with the driver’s Sprint Cup debut schedule, which includes five points-paying races with Hendrick Motorsports. It was announced in January that Elliott, 19, will join Hendrick Motorsports as a full-time Sprint Cup driver in 2016. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native currently is third in the 2015 NXS standings with seven top-10 finishes in nine races. In 51 combined NXS and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, he has recorded four wins, 25 top-five finishes and 40 top-10s. Additional sponsorship for Elliott’s 2016 Sprint Cup season will be announced at a later date.(Hendrick Motorsports)(5-6-2015)
- Byron wins Truck Series Race at Kansas #9-William Byron won the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, picking up his first career win in dramatic fashion. A late caution as Byron led extended the race into overtime. He lost the lead to #21-Johnny Sauter and #41-Ben Rhodes after the restart, but the two made contact in turn 3 on the final lap and wrecked, handing the lead back to Byron.
#88-Matt Crafton finished second, followed by #19-Daniel Hemric, #4-Christopher Bell, #24-Clint Bowyer, #81-Ryan Truex, #00-Cole Custer, #17-Timothy Peters, #33-Ben Kennedy, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
#05-John Wes Townley led the field to green after earning his first career pole, but was involved in an accident early and finished 26th.
There were 11 cautions for 47 laps and 19 lead changes among 9 leaders.
The average speed was 108.511mph.(5-6-2016)
- Air Titan track-drying system passes first major test: NASCAR’s new Air Titan track-drying system got its first major test of the season and had a substantial impact on the racing schedule at Talladega. Thanks to faster drying through the use of compressed air-and augmented by traditional jet dryers-Air Titan lengthened a hole between rain and darkness that allowed 110 of 117 scheduled laps to be completed in the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race on Saturday. When Sunday’s Sprint Cup race was interrupted by rain, Air Titan went to work after two separate showers and dramatically cut the time need to dry the 2.66-mile superspeedway, NASCAR’s longest closed course, and the race went the distance.(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-6-2013)
- Red Bull Racing: no drivers set for 2012, no Chevy? Red Bull Racing team manager, Jay Frye, says he’s comfortable letting things play out elsewhere in the NASCAR garage over the next month or so before he needs to start pushing on the 2012 lineup. #4-Kasey Kahne is on only a one-year contract and moving to Rick Hendrick at the end of the year. That’s one seat Frye needs to fill. #83-Brian Vickers is the final year of his contract, is just eight races into his comeback, after sitting out most of 2010 recovering from blood clots. Mark Martin could be the wild card. He’s quite happy with Hendrick, though Martin says he has no specific plans for 2012, when he’s to turn his Cup team over to Kahne. But Martin and Frye have worked together before and have a good comfort level; Frye, who is bringing along 20-year-old newcomer Cole Whitt (a part-time Nationwide schedule this season), might like Martin as mentor and part-time driver (as Martin did for Frye when they ran Bobby Ginn’s team in 2007)…though Red Bull itself might prefer a different marketing demographic than Martin, at 52, might provide.
"Everybody knows who the players are," Frye says of the landscape. "And over the next month we’ll just be watching and listening…before we have to start making moves and hard pitches. What we have to do right now is run well. When Kasey runs well, he helps us in ‘selling’ that seat, because that shows everyone what we’ve got to offer, shows everyone ‘Hey, these guys are for real.’"
Is a Chevrolet deal in the works for Team Red Bull for 2012? That’s not new; it keeps cropping up, in part because Frye has worked with General Motors in the past, and in part because Red Bull is a good co-promotional sponsor. Again Frye is shooting it down: "That’s been going on for about three years now. There is no truth to that." [Supposedly Red Bull is signed with Toyota thru 2012](in part from Mikemulhern.net)(5-6-2011)
- No Cup race at Kentucky in 2011? Even though it appears that the Kentucky Speedway founders’ antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR is coming to a close, track owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. reported that a 2011 Sprint Cup date at the track "may not be feasible" because of a variety of factors, including capital improvements necessary for the facility. SMI Chairman Bruton Smith has been adamant about moving a date to Kentucky as soon as possible. But a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noted that 2011 might be too soon, although those filings must cover all possible scenarios and can, at times, be cautious in nature. Bill Brooks, SMI’s chief financial officer, said Wednesday during a conference call with financial analysts that among the factors that would dictate when realignment would occur are "particularly costs of any capital expenditure to upgrade or expand our facility at Kentucky [and] the lead time to do it." Brooks did not say what capital improvements will be necessary, but Smith has talked about expanding the grandstand capacity. Kentucky has only 69,000 seats – 30,000 fewer than New Hampshire and 32,000 fewer than Atlanta – and likely would need to increase seating for a Sprint Cup event. According to the SEC filing, other factors being considered over whether to move a race to Kentucky are the popularity and profitability of various races, alternative uses of tracks and revenues for such tracks in the event a race is moved, any existing or potential government tax incentives, changing economic conditions at the individual tracks and in the economy as a whole.(Scene Daily)(5-6-2010)
- Martin to run full Sprint Cup season in 2010: Mark Martin will return to drive the #5 Chevy of Hendrick Motorsports for the entire 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in 2010. It will be the 22nd full-time Cup campaign of Martin’s career and his second with car owner Rick Hendrick. Last July, Martin signed a two-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports covering one full Sprint Cup season in 2009 and one part-time schedule of 26 events in 2010. The revised agreement was signed this week. "Week in and week out, Mark continues to be one of the best race car drivers in the world," Hendrick said. "He’s already made an incredible contribution to Hendrick Motorsports, and our entire company is excited about running another full season and winning races with him in 2010." With his April 18 victory at Phoenix, Martin became just the fourth driver to record 400 top-10 finishes in Sprint Cup competition. It was his 36th career win in NASCAR’s top series. "It means a lot to drive the #5 Chevy for Rick and for Hendrick Motorsports," said Martin, 50, of Batesville, Ark. "I’m in the best condition of my life, I’m recharged, and I’m motivated. Going to the racetrack every weekend is still really fun, and that’s the key. There’s more gas in my tank." Martin will continue to work alongside crew chief Alan Gustafson in 2010. Gustafson has led the #5 team since 2005, recording five wins and two berths in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. The #5 team’s sponsorship lineup for 2010 has not been determined.(HMS PR)(5-6-2009)
- Truex to Penske? with UPS? UPDATE UPS denies: hearing that Martin Truex, current driver of the #1 DEI Chevy, could be headed to a 4th Penske Racing team with UPS as the sponsor.(5-4-2008)
UPDATE – UPS denies negotiating with any team: UPS officials released a statement Monday saying the company is not currently in negotiations with any specific Sprint Cup team or driver. UPS currently sponsors the #44 driven by David Reutimann. Michael Waltrip Racing Vice President Cal Wells has said that UPS has had preliminary discussions with six teams about what cars and drivers they would have open for 2009 and "UPS is doing exactly what they should be doing. We either earn the business back or we won’t." But to say that UPS has started negotiations with any team is not accurate, according to a company official. "As of this date, UPS is not engaged in formal active sponsorship negotiations with any NASCAR Sprint Cup driver or race team," read the statement, attributed to UPS Director of Sponsorship & Events Ron Rogowski. With Dale Jarrett’s retirement this year, UPS is looking for another face for a long-term campaign. One of the drivers often mentioned is #99-Carl Edwards, who right now is sponsored by Office Depot. Roush Fenway Racing and Office Depot currently are in an exclusive negotiating period for Edwards. "UPS went to six or eight race teams, visited them, to get all the inventory that they all had," Roush Fenway President Geoff Smith said Saturday. "And from that, they told us they would cut it down amongst the teams. There’s been no negotiating."(SceneDaily.com)(5-6-2008)
- Mears looking? 88? Garage insiders say that Casey Mears is the frontrunner for the #88 Ford ride and that UPS would stay on as a sponsor at Yates if the company hires a young gun that could compete with the marketing image of Denny Hamlin and Fed Ex. It is speculated, however, that Mears may have a letter of intent to run a fourth car at another organization already [RCR was rumored last week].(Motorsports.com)
BUT: Casey Mears’ contract ends after this season, but he says he’s talked to car owner Chip Ganassi about an extension.(Virgina Pilot)(5-6-2006)
- Green released from RCR #30 ride UPDATE 2 Green reacts; Hornaday in?: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has ended the contract of Jeff Green as the driver for RCR’s #30 AOL NASCAR Winston Cup program, effective immediately. "Our relationship was not where we had hoped it would be at this point so we decided to make this move now," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Enterprises, Inc. "Jeff is a very good race car driver but sometimes change can be good for everyone involved. I’ll always be grateful to him for what he accomplished for RCR in both the Winston Cup Series and the Busch Series." Green was the driver for the #30 America Online team since its inception for an eight-race schedule in 2001. He finished 17th in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series final point standings and is currently in 32nd place after the first 11 races this season. He earned two pole positions during his tenure at RCR, for this season’s Daytona 500 and the August 2001 race at Bristol. He also earned two Busch Series victories for RCR’s #21 team in 2002. A replacement driver will be announced at a later date.(RCR PR)(5-5-2003)
UPDATE: Jeff Green will reunite with his former championship crew chief, Harold Holly, to try to win his third straight CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway later this month and will race a car for Team Amick Motorsports. The deal with team owner Amick, who has a great reputation as a Busch Series engine supplier, was a ray of sunshine for Green, who struggled to find a feel at RCR similar to what he had known at ppc. "I don’t know if it’s the latest step in a great, big chemistry experiment at RCR," Green said, chuckling, of his demise. "I think all of us have tried to do the best job we could, to win races, and I’ve tried to do the darnedest job I could in the seat. Things just got in our way to be able to reach our goals, and I guess Richard wanted to make a change. It’s very surprising (because) we’ve had some good moments, but we had some bad ones, too, and it was time to try something different. I don’t think the drivers are the problem why they’re not winning and I don’t think it’s the crew chiefs," Green said. "It’s not any body else – it’s just a combination of everything and competition is tough." An RCR spokesperson said the team had until The Winston weekend, May 16-17 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, to settle on a driver. Green isn’t sitting still, either, as his deal with Holly displayed. He acknowledged his frustration at having his potential season best finish eliminated when teammate Kevin Harvick ran into him from behind after 267 of 400 laps in the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He said he’d had no indication his job was in jeopardy, prior to the blow-up after that wreck, in which he confronted Harvick on the race track while his teammate circulated under caution, then went to the pits to berate Harvick’s crew chief Todd Berrier. Green said he had not had a chance to talk with Harvick since Saturday night – at least not on the level that he expected. "No, I guess he does all his talking with his bumper, I don’t know," Green said, chuckling again. "Any time that I’ve got into somebody and was sorry for it I’ve tried to call them and at least give them an opportunity to hear their side of it. I don’t know – I guess that’s just part of it. I’ve had some good teammates in the past that I enjoyed being around and I enjoyed being around Kevin and Robby (Gordon). It’s not like they’re going anywhere and hopefully we’ll be racing together soon and not miss a beat – just a little bit different perspective." Green said he was sensitive to the issue surrounding the concern over Jerry Nadeau’s recovery after his serious crash last Friday during practice at Richmond, which leaves MB2 Motorsports and its general manager, Jay Frye in need of a driver at least for the short term. However, he said he would be working the phones, as well. "I’m not going to sit back and wait for them to call me (because) everybody knows about it, now," Green said. "I’ve already talked to a few people and I would love to drive for Jay and those guys over there would be a great opportunity – to be associated with the U.S. Army would be pretty awesome. But we’re all thinking about Jerry and I don’t want to overshadow what he’s got going on in the next no-telling how long to get back to where he needs to be.(more at NASCAR.com)
UPDATE 2 so who is in the #30 car for the Winston Open? hearing it could be RCR Busch Series driver Ron Hornaday [which makes sense] or Mike Skinner [which makes no sense]
UPDATE 3: Ron Hornaday says he has not been contacted about the #30 AOL ride and is Busch testing at Chatlotte.(XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio – Subscription Required)(5-6-2003)
- Third Ganassi Team? Team manager Andy Graves said that car owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates have talked about expanding the team to make it a three-car organization. "It’s something that if a good driver becomes available and we can find money to do it, that they would be interested in doing a third team," Graves said. "We’d have to add on some people and space might be a little bit of a concern, but as far as equipment and everything, we’re basically geared to handle it pretty easily." The key could be sponsorship since, based on talk in the garage, there could be a few quality drivers available for next season. Graves said a third team could provide additional resources for the team’s research and development program. Such departments can be the difference between a team winning and one struggling. Sterling Marlin continues to lead the points standings after Sunday’s rain-delayed Richmond race, while teammate Jimmy Spencer is 20th. Graves said that if needed, the organization could run a few races this season with a third team, using personnel from its test team.(Roanoke Times)(5-6-2002)
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