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May 7 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history


May 7, 2010

  • Pit Stall Selections – Darlington: The selections of pit stalls for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #1-McMurray chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 7, the first with an opening behind it.
    #83-Vickers, who starts 3rd took the 8th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it [after the first pit stall].
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #56-Truex, Jr., who starts 33rd.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Darlington Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-7-2010)
  • McMurray wins pole at Darlington: #1-Jamie McMurray won the Coors Pole for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 180.370mph, a new track record, for his 2nd pole of 2010 and 5th of his career. #24-Gordon will start 2nd followed by
    #83-Vickers, #00-Reutimann, #5-Martin, #39-Newman, #47-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #12-Keselowski, and #9-Kahne.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (7): #55-McDowell, #66-Blaney, #46-Yeley, #26-Stremme, #38-Gilliland, #32-Sorenson, #4-Bodine, and #13-Papis
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #87-Nemechek, #36-Mears, and #09-Bliss
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Darlington Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(5-7-2010)
  • Qualifying Fast Facts – Darlington:
    Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the SHOWTIME Southern 500 (61st Running) with a lap of 27.264 seconds, 180.370 mph.
    McMurray set a new track qualifying record, breaking Matt Kenseth’s 2009 Darlington speed of 179.514 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 269 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2010. This is the first time in his eight-year career that McMurray has won mulitple poles in a season.
    This is his first pole in ten races at Darlington Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2010 and his 24th in 30 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his third top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his second in 11 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-7-2010)
  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2010 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski’s Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 1:30am/et
  • Qualifying Order for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #43-Allmendinger.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #78-Smith.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #32-Sorenson with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #64-Bodine.
    See the full qualifying order on the Darlington Qualifying Page.(5-7-2010)
  • Happy Hour (final) practice: for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 90 minutes. The top 5 and some notes:
    #1-McMurray 178.064
    #11-Hamlin 177.243
    #2-Busch 177.0339
    #39-Newman 176.835
    #42-Montoya 176.790
    slowest: #99-Edwards 170.614 & #37-Conway 169.345.
    incidents: #16-Biffle hit the wall in turn 4 early and will go to a backup. #2-Busch spun off turn 4 but stayed out of the wall. #87-Nemechek tore up his car coming off turn 4 and sliding into the inside retaining wall. He’ll pull out the backup. 35 mintues in, #36-Mears got loose off turn 2, hit the wall and slid down into the inside retaining wall. He will also need a backup. #18-Busch hit the wall in 4 midway through the session. The team will try to repair the car. #47-Ambrose hit the right side of his car late in the session and will go to a backup.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-7-2010)
  • Happy Hour practice rank for the non top-35 drivers at Darlington:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 23rd fastest
    #09-Mike Bliss, 24th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 26th
    #13-Max Papis, 27th
    #26-David Stremme, 28th
    #38-David Gilliland, 30th
    #32-Reed Sorenson, 34th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 46th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #64-Todd Bodine, 39th
    #36-Casey Mears, 41st
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 44th
    (5-7-2010)
  • Friday’s first practice: for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 90 minutes. The top 5 and some notes:
    #43-Allmendinger 173.271
    #66-Blaney 173.185
    #09-Bliss 172.954
    #55-McDowell 172.681
    #11-Hamlin 172.566
    slowest: #7-Gordon 167.665 & #37-Conway 166.034
    Darlington stripes: #88-Earnhardt Jr got one on his second lap out on the track and the crew brought out the backup car. #34-Kvapil scraped the wall shortly thereafter, followed by #20-Joey Logano. #42-Montoya also make slight contact. #33-Bowyer hit the turn 2 wall an hour into the session and will go to a backup. #88-Earnhardt, Jr. then got back into the wall with 15 minutes remaning in the session but there was just minor damage. #82-Speed made contact with turn 4 late. Backup car for him as well. #1-McMurray also pancaked the car in turn 4 with just minutes remaining.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-7-2010)
  • Darlington practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 2nd fastest
    #09-Mike Bliss, 3rd
    #55-Michael McDowell, 4th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 18th
    #64-Todd Bodine, 21st
    #36-Casey Mears, 33rd
    #26-David Stremme, 40th
    #38-David Gilliland, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #32-Reed Sorenson, 42nd
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 43rd
    #13-Max Papis, 44th
    (5-7-2010)
  • Childress expects to sign Harvick by end of month: Richard Childress expects to have Sprint Cup points leader #29-Kevin Harvick signed to a new deal by the Coca-Cola 600 at the end of the month. "Yeah, we’re pretty far down the road," the owner of Richard Childress Racing said of negotiations before Friday’s Cup practice at Darlington Raceway. "We’ve still got to get a few things finalized, but we’re looking forward to getting everything done by Charlotte or before Charlotte." Harvick was not immediately available for comment, but did say in a recent radio interview that he hoped to have a deal in place soon. Sponsorship is among the details to be finalized. Shell/Pennzoil announced last month it would leave Harvick after this season and move to the #22 car of Kurt Busch at Penske Racing in 2011. Asked if Budweiser or Mobile I, big-name sponsors whose current deals are up, might be on the list, Childress said, "There are sponsors that are not even in the sport that are interested."(ESPN.com)(5-7-2010)
  • Latest on Hamlin’s Knee: From #11-Denny Hamlins driver diary at USA Today: "Knee surgery was more than a month ago, but I still am going to rehabilitation almost every day if I’m in town. It’s going well, but the recovery is so slow is what’s frustrating. It’s not like anything else. You can break a bone or sprain something, and it can get better in a couple of weeks. This is a long, long process of putting in a whole bunch of work, and I wish the results were faster. The rehab mostly involves squats and stuff to try to get the quad and calves strong again. They get very weak being laid up, and they don’t fire as well anymore, which in turn gives you more knee pain. So I’m doing the normal leg exercises that anyone would do to build muscle. It’s better every week, for sure, but not 50% better, it’s 10% or 5% better. It’s about a six-month recovery, and we’re a month into it. The doctors have said we’re ahead of schedule. I still can’t run, and that’s the biggest limiting factor. I can’t get the cardio exercise as I’d like, so that part also is a bear to deal with. I can get to where I’m on the elliptical machine now and can make some rotations. Within a week, I figure I’ll be back to some sort of cardio, but nothing sports-related. The biggest thing I hear from people who do this in sports all the time is part of the depression that athletes face is not being able to go to the gym and do things as they did before. We live in the gym and live to play sports and do stuff like this. Being told to sit on the couch to recover is tough to deal with.(USA Today)(5-7-2010)
  • Keller talks about needing sponsorship:
    On future in the #35: Every week they ask me to come back and race, that’s all I can go off of. Our guys are doing everything they can. We’re not able to buy the full allotment of tires, we’re not being able to do a lot of things that even the two Roush cars do that we’re competing against to get in the top 30. We’re not being able to do anything close to what they’re doing. We’ll go as long as we possibly can. Our intent is to go all the way. But I’ve been in this business long enough to know that unless we get some sort of sponsorship on here, that that intent could change.
    On whether he would start-and-park: Not for me. For this team, maybe it could be. But I’ll tell you one thing for sure right now, it’s not for me. If we don’t have some intent to race, it’s not for me. I’m not going to take time from my family to be a part of that.(Frontstretch)(5-7-2010)
  • Fitzpatrick in the #7 for road course races: Rising talent J.R. Fitzpatrick was named driver of the JR Motorsports #7 Chevy for three road-course events in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, co-owner and general manager Kelley Earnhardt announced. Schick Canada will serve as primary sponsor for Fitzpatrick’s three starts at Road America on June 19th, Watkins Glen International on Aug. 7th and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 29th.(JR Motorsports PR)(5-7-2010)
  • Townley out at RCR? DENIED Richard Childress Racing has parted ways with Nationwide Series driver John Wes Townley. Although the decision has not been made public by RCR, sources close to situation state that the move is already a done deal. Speculation surrounding Townley’s future in the #21 car was set in motion after he was "sent home" by RCR officials after smacking the wall during the first Nationwide practice out in Phoenix. Rumors about Townley’s future resurfaced again a couple of weeks ago when David Green (Townley’s spotter) was let go by RCR. Green’s removal signified that major changes were soon in store for the #21 team. According to the sponsorship agreement between Zaxby’s and RCR, Zaxby’s will continue to be the primary sponsor of the No.21 car for at least 12 more races in 2010 despite Townley’s absence. Once Zaxby’s sponsorship obligation is up, RCR plans to sell or "rent" the #21 car out to up-and-coming drivers who are looking for valuable seat time. However, RCR hasn’t ruled out shutting the #21 team all together if they are unable to sell/rent the car out on a week-to-week basis.(Spotters Stand)(5-7-2010)
    UPDATE: John Wes Townley remains as a Richard Childress Racing development driver, a spokesperson for the NASCAR Nationwide Series team said Friday at Darlington Raceway. Team spokesperson Jackie Franzil said that while she didn’t know the upcoming driver schedule for RCR’s #21 Chevrolet, she said Townley is still under contract as a development driver.(NNS Racing)(5-7-2010)
  • Jasper returns to the #23: Coleman Pressley will have some familiar decals on the #23 Chevy of R3 Motorsports for Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway. For the second time this season, Jasper Engines and Transmissions has come on board as a primary partner with Pressley and the team. The first time was for the NNS race at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. R3 Motorsports is still seeking primary and associate marketing partnerships to round out the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.(R3 Motorsports PR)(5-7-2010)
  • Crafton enters Toledo ARCA race: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton has filed an entry to compete in the Sunday, May 23 ARCA Racing Series "Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care" at Toledo Speedway. Crafton, who drives the No. 88 Menards-sponsored truck for ThorSport Racing, will attempt to officially qualify for his first career ARCA Racing Series race on Saturday, May 22, less than 18 hours after racing in the Truck Series race at North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway. One year ago, Crafton made the trip from Charlotte to Toledo after racing in the Truck Series on Friday night, to practice and qualify an ARCA car for Paul Menard. Qualifying was rained out, but Crafton enjoyed the ARCA experience. "I’m really looking forward to racing at Toledo," Crafton said from his home in Mooresville, N.C. "Last year, practicing the car for Paul was fun. In fact, I really wanted to race the car last year!" Crafton will race the same car Menard drove a year ago, fielded by Kimmel Racing. The #88 Ford Fusion will be decorated fluorescent red and carry co-primary sponsorship from Messina Wildlife Management and his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series sponsor, Menards, also the Toledo race sponsor. Spectator gates and ticket sales for the Menards 200 will open at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, and an on-track autograph session featuring the entire starting ARCA Racing Series field is scheduled to take place from noon-1 p.m. The green flag will drop on the Menards 200 at 2 p.m.(ARCARacing.com)(5-7-2010)


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