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ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 10: 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. (L) poses with Dale Earnhardt Jr., co-owner of the Chance 2 Motorsports #8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, and the championship trophy at the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Awards Ceremony at the Portofino Bay Hotel on December 10, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for NASCAR) | Getty Images

May 7 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

May 7, 2009

  • Geoff Bodine Memorabilia Sale and Auction: 19 Sprint Cup Race Winner and 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine has announced plans for a Memorabilia Sale and Auction at his shop, located at 18605 Northline Dr, Cornelius, NC 28031, for the week of May 18th – 22nd [the week between the All-Star race and Coke 600 at LMS]. Items available include trophies, clocks, plaques, photos, posters and numerous mementos from his illustrious racing career. The sale will be open from 9:00am – 6:00pm, Monday May 18th through Friday May 22nd. On Friday evening, beginning at 7 pm, an auction of special items is planned. There is no list of items being offered. More info at geoffbodinefanclub.com. Bodine is also racing in the ASA-Sanctioned ISCARS Dash Touring Series season-opener at Lonesome Pine Raceway, Coeburn, VA, on Saturday, May 9th.
    AND two new additions among many at Memory Lane Auto Museum in Mooresville NC is what is left of the #15 Truck that Bodine wrecked in a vicious crash during the Truck Series race at Daytona in February of 2000 and the museum also has one of Bodine’s Bo-Dyn Bobsleds on display.(5-7-2009)
  • Former NASCAR Driver Kevin Grubb found dead: Suspended Nationwide Series driver Kevin Grubb was found dead on Wednesday in a Richmond, Va., area hotel. He was 31. Henrico Co. Lt. Richard Cosby said Grubb was discovered at the Alpine Motel just outside of Richmond at 11:30 a.m. The cause of death has not been released pending the notification of next to kin, but Cosby said no foul play was suspected. Grubb was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR on Sept. 11, 2006 after his second violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. Grubb, the younger brother of former NASCAR driver Wayne Grubb, began his Nationwide career in 1997 with four starts for Grubb Motorsports. He ran in 16 Nationwide events for his father’s team in 1998 with a top finish of second at Dover. Grubb drove for Brewco Motorsports from 1999 through 2001, collecting 18 top 10s. After several failed seasons with two other teams he was scheduled to drive for Team Reno Motorsports in 2004, but failed a substance abuse test in March and was suspended. The suspension in 2006 came after Grubb refused to take a drug test following a second-lap crash at Richmond. Failure to take the tests is considered an automatic failed test. The next day Grubb claimed that he declined the test because of a concussion suffered during the accident and offered to take a test at that time. He reportedly claimed no memory of the refusal due to the head injury. Grubb was a native of Mechanicsville, Va., a suburb of Richmond.(ESPN)
    UPDATE: A medical examiner investigating the death of former NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb says Grubb died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Investigators are expected to release more information on his death in the day ahead.(NBC12 News)(5-7-2009)
  • Some Chase Notes: Driver Tony Stewart ‘s strong second place at Richmond moved him up to third in the standings, comfortably for now at +246 over 13th place. Owner Stewart saw his second car piloted by #39-Ryan Newman come in fourth and crack the Top 12 for the first time this season. Newman, who has been second only to Stewart in points scored over the last five races, has risen an impressive 17 spots in the standings over that period. #31-Jeff Burton placed a strong third at RIR, but #33-Clint Bowyer continued his recent slide with an 18th, now only 56 points ahead of 13th, and #29-Kevin Harvick’s nightmarish season continued with a mishap and 34th at Richmond. Plenty of time left to do it, but Harvick now stands 11 spots and 208 points out of the Top 12. Mark Martin carded a fifth at RIR and his relentless march to the Top 12 continued at RIR. Now just 61 points out of Kenseth, few are betting against the #5 getting into the Chase, who will he unseat?. Did you know? after 10 races, Matt Kenseth was 24th in points and 204 pts out of 12th and in 2005, Kenseth was 24th and 240 points out of 10th [they took 10 drivers 2004-2006] and rallied both years to make the Chase, the deepest any driver has come from to make the Chase in it’s five year history. For more Chase Stats after Richmond, see my Chase Stats after Richmond page.(5-7-2009)
  • Danica Patrick to NASCAR … Again? Speculation that Danica Patrick could be headed to NASCAR is heating up once again because she is in the final year of her contract with Andretti Green Racing of the IRL. In a recent story published in the New York Times, Patrick didn’t deny there could be an interest in the Sprint Cup Series. "I’m very flattered everyone is curious," Patrick was quoted. "It’s interesting to me as well. Do I stay where I am? Do I try to change? It’s all about evaluating options, and I think that’s something any good business person does. One of the things I think of is the exposure level that you get in NASCAR with the ratings and viewership. Their numbers are so much larger than ours and with that comes a bigger following, comes more popularity, comes more demand for you to endorse other products. So I think it would be an exponential sort of growth." Patrick said these things before when her last contract was up in 2006. Some would argue she used NASCAR as leverage for a better deal in the IRL, that she had no real intention of leaving, and that she is doing so again. Patrick does have ties with several of NASCAR’s top organizations. She drove in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Casey Mears for Richard Childress Racing. Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush extended her an open invitation to join his organization the last time she explored options. To make the jump to NASCAR’s top series most agree Patrick would need at least a full schedule in the Nationwide Series, which she may consider a step backward. If she did transition to NASCAR, she likely would demand a top ride, and most of the top organizations don’t have an opening. But at the age of 27, this may be Patrick’s last legitimate shot to make the jump and have time to hone her skills in stock cars. Until she signs somewhere her name will remain a hot topic.(ESPN Insider)(5-7-2009)
  • MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown: The 10th Annual MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown hosted by NASCAR FOX/Speed television analysts Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds will be held in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, May 13 at 5:30pm/et. The event will take place during "NASCAR Rev’d Up," a kick-off event for Sprint Cup All-Star Race Week, on the side stage between 3rd and Mint Streets in uptown Charlotte. The MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown is a tiered, three-round competition designed to recognize the knowledge, skills and speed of professional engine builders who assemble special performance engines for NASCAR teams. Former NASCAR crew chiefs Hammond and McReynolds will be right at home calling the action as both have extensive engine building knowledge. For the past nine years, NASCAR’s top engine builders have participated to build a Sprint Cup 357-cubic inch Ford racing engine. This year, for the first time since the MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown’s inception, engine builders will race against the clock to build a complete Chevrolet R07 race engine in the fastest time and successfully run it for one minute. The first two elimination rounds will take place at Hendrick Motorsports on Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12. The two fastest teams participate in a face-off at "NASCAR Rev’d Up" Wednesday to win the Showdown’s grand prize – the prestigious Randy Dorton Memorial Trophy and a cash award.
    Last year, Dennis Borem and Darrell Hoffman of Pro Motor Engines broke the all-time Showdown record for a second year in a row with an engine-build time of 15 minutes and 59 seconds. The two-time winners defeated runners-up Mike Kasch and Jim Snyder of Roush Yates Racing. This year, the 2009 MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown will share the spotlight with "NASCAR Rev’d Up," a kick-off event to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Week. The six-hour event beginning on Wednesday, May 13 from 4 – 10 p.m. in uptown Charlotte features driver appearances, NASCAR show cars and interactive displays, and a free admission concert by recording group O.A.R.(MAHLE Clevite PR), no word on TV Coverage.(5-7-2009)
  • National Guard scheme returns on the #24: This weekend at Darlington Raceway, the National Guard’s ESGR program will be showcased on the hood of the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy that Jeff Gordon drives. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense initiative that seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. It does so by recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through mediation. For more information on the ESGR program, please visit nationalguard.com. In addition to this weekend at Darlington, Gordon will partner with the National Guard at five other venues: Michigan in June, Chicago in July, Richmond in Sept., New Hampshire in Sept. 20, and Martinsville in Oct.(HMS PR) see images of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(5-7-2009)
  • Congrats to Justin "Tweek" Hines of the #6 UPS Roush Racing team and wife Carrie as they welcomed Isabelle Marie Hines into the world on April 21, 2009.(5-7-2009)
  • Sorenson Completes Test at Infineon Raceway: #43-Reed Sorenson visited Infineon Raceway on Wednesday to hone his skills on the challenging 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. Sorenson came to the track for the one-day test session in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 19-21 (Father’s Day). Sorenson has competed twice on the challenging road course (2006, 2007), with a best finish of 29th in 2006. He was joined by his crew chief, Mike Shiplett, at the test. "This is my favorite of the two road courses we visit because it’s more technical. We don’t run as fast, but it’s fun to race here," said Sorenson. "There are a few places where we can get better on the track. I have to learn not to go too fast." Sorenson, driver of the #43 Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports, piloted a late model stock car supplied by Pioneer Motorsports out of Lake Oroville. He was coached by road-course veteran Chris Cook and completed approximately 90 laps in the full-day test. "Reed’s only 23 years old, but I consider him a veteran. It doesn’t surprise me that he picks things up really well. We’re just trying to practice the track as perfectly as we possibly can," said Cook, who has also worked with NASCAR drivers David Reutimann, Johnny Sauter, Paul Menard and AJ Allmendinger.(Infineon Raceway)(5-7-2009)
  • National Tailgating League hosts inaugural event at Coke 600: The National Tailgating League (The NTL), a newly formed organization created to sanction and execute organized tailgating games including Cornhole, Ladder Golf and Washer Toss competitions, announced today details for the first officially sanctioned event during Memorial Day weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. In conjunction with the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600, the inaugural NTL doubles cornhole tournaments will take place on May 23 and May 24 in the campgrounds of LMS. By holding its inaugural event during Memorial Day weekend at one of the largest tailgating parties in the world, the NTL cornhole tournaments will provide fans, gamers and everyone in between with the opportunity to experience firsthand what the league is all about – bringing fans together for good times and great games while also trying to find and identify the "Cornhole King of the Campgrounds." The inaugural NTL doubles cornhole tournaments, which will take place in the campgrounds of LMS on the corner of Highway 29 and Morehead Road in Concord, NC, will consist of a morning and afternoon doubles tournament on both Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. Cornhole gamers and race enthusiasts will be playing for a host of prizes including $500 cash and race-related experiences such as tickets, suite passes and other unique experiential packages. Interested race fans and gamers that want to participate in one of the inaugural NTL doubles cornhole tournaments can reserve a spot by signing up today at www.TheNTL.com or can visit the tournament site starting as early as Thursday, May 21 prior to the Windstream Pole Night. Each of the four weekend tournaments will hold 50 teams of two and sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis.(NTL PR)(5-7-2009)
  • June Dover race gets title name: Dover International Speedway, Autism Speaks and Heluva Good! have teamed up for the upcoming May 31, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, now known as the "Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese." Throughout the race weekend, the trio of partners will work together to educate and increase public awareness of autism. Dover, FOX Sports and the NASCAR community will again embrace the message of Autism Speaks by featuring the organization’s puzzle piece logo on the track’s retaining walls, limited-edition souvenir merchandise, and during the broadcast of the Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese. Fans at the track on race weekend can donate to Autism Speaks by purchasing a limited-edition souvenir event pin. The pin retails for $7 and will be available at track souvenir stands throughout the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend. Great seats still remain for the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend at Dover International Speedway. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-7-2009)
  • Yarborough and Waltrip added to Darlington Legends Walk: Fans attending the Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com this weekend will be able to take a trip down memory lane at Darlington Raceway. Monuments honoring the careers of Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip have been added to the Darlington Legends Walk behind the Tyler tower grandstand behind the frontstretch. Each marker is made of granite and marble, resembles a Goodyear racing tire and old style pit board and weighs nearly 2,300 pounds. "Adding Cale and Darrell to the Darlington Legends Walk is the perfect way to honor their respective careers at Darlington Raceway," said track president Chris Browning. "We hope fans enjoy reading about Cale and Darrell’s careers at Darlington Raceway and reminiscing about their place in history at Darlington." Tickets to the Southern 500 and Nationwide Series race can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at darlingtonraceway.com.(Darlington Raceway PR)(5-7-2009)
  • Blacks Tire on the #01: JD Motorsports #01 with Danny O’Quinn Jr. adds another sponsor for the Darlington Raceway Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Friday Night – Black’s Tire & Auto Service, North Carolina and South Carolina’s Premier Tire Dealer.(Hufco Promotion / Johnny Davis PR)(5-7-2009)
  • Hamlin in the #81 at Darlington: MacDonald Motorsports announced that Kevin Hamlin will drive the #81 D.H. Griffin Dodge for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway.(MacDonald Motorsports PR)(5-7-2009)
  • Fastenal back on the #5: For the first time since its JRM debut at Texas Motor Speedway in early April, Fastenal will be the primary scheme on the #5 Chevy this weekend for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. This marks the second of its 14 races with JR Motorsports in a sponsorship deal that was announced in January. Scott Wimmer will make his JR Motorsports debut this weekend in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevy at Darlington Raceway.(Fastenal PR)(5-7-2009)
  • Billy Ballew Motorsports & RAB Racing enter Townley at Lowe’s: As part of a joint venture, RAB Racing and Billy Ballew Motorsports will field the #09 Toyota Tundra sponsored by Zaxby’s in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 15, 2009. The truck will be piloted by RAB Racing’s Nationwide Series driver, John Wes Townley. RAB Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team will also service the #09 Tundra with the veteran crew chief Brad Parrott calling the shots. The 19-year-old Townley has one career start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He finished 27th in the Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 on Oct. 10, 2008. Billy Ballew Motorsports fields two full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries: the #15 and 51 Toyota Tundra’s. The organization has posted two wins, two top-five and five top-10 finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(5-7-2009)

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