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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, 2001

  • Stewart to run the Indy 500 AND the Coke 600 – same day UPDATE: Tony Stewart will attempt to drive in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on May 27, ThatsRacin.com has learned. An official announcement of Stewart’s plans will be made Monday in Indianapolis. Stewart will drive an entry for Chip Ganassi in the 500, a Target G-Force/Aurora. Practice for this year’s Indy 500 begins Sunday. Ganassi currently fields two rookie drivers in the Championship Auto Racing Teams series. This will mark the second time in three years Stewart will attempt to run both races.(see full story at That’s Racin'). See more on the progression of this story on my #20 Team News and Links page(5-4-2001)
    UPDATE – Official – Yep: In a press conference in Indianapolis Monday, Tony Stewart announced he will team with CART series driver Jimmy Vasser and pilot a G-Force/Aurora IRL entry for the two-car Target Chip Ganassi Racing organization in the May 27 Indy 500. Stewart and his Joe Gibbs Racing team have also worked on planning to ensure his participation in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway that same evening. "In case of any conflicts, Tony’s number one responsibility will be the #20 Home Depot car and the Coca-Cola 600. We have made all arrangements to assure that Tony will start the Coca-Cola 600," said Cup team owner Joe Gibbs(full story at That’s Racin')(5-7-2001)
  • Kmart to Re-new? UPDATE: #26-Jimmy Spencer and #66-Todd Bodine may have added incentive this spring, with word that K-Mart officials are now interested in renewing their sponsorship contract with car owner Travis Carter. Bodine opened the season strong, and the last few weeks, teammate Spencer has been a headliner too(Winston Salem Journal)
    UPDATE: I hear Kmart is showing an interest in staying in stock car racing but isn’t necessarily locked into Travis Carter’s team(#’s 26 and 66) after the contract runs out at the end of next year. They have already put "feelers" out with several teams. They aren’t definitely gone from Carter’s team but they aren’t definitely staying either. They have come a long way from trying to sell the sponsorship and trying to get out of it to now seeing if there isn’t a good way for them to stay in(5-7-2001)
  • Childress changes belts: Richard Childress Racing has removed Simpson seat belts from its Cup and Busch cars except Mike Skinner’s #31. The team says the move was made because of driver preference(Sporting News)(5-7-2001)
  • Dover Testing: #20-Tony Stewart will skip this week’s Charlotte tests but will head to Dover next week for testing for next month’s race there(Winston Salem Journal)(5-7-2001)
  • Trouble at go-cart track: Concord (NC) police are investigating a murder outside a popular gathering place for children and they’re hoping someone will come forward with clues that will help with their investigation. Police are trying to find out who killed a Concord man behind Ken Schrader’s SeeKonk Grand Prix go-cart track. Right now it’s a crime with no motive and no suspects(Charlotte Observer/WBTV News 3)(5-7-2001)
  • #75 Team Almost Sold? hearing that the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team is up for sale and are very close to closing the deal with another new owner who has never been in the racing business(5-7-2001)
  • Christopher to run the #21 at Nazareth: Ted Christopher got the news Sunday morning that he will drive for Richard Childress’ #21 BGN team in the Nazareth 200 May 20 at Nazareth Speedway. Mike Dillon, Childress’ son-in-law, stepped down as the team’s driver after a crash March 24 at Bristol.(Hartford Courant)(5-7-2001)
  • Grubb Out of the #37? UPDATE – NOT: According to a source close to Brewco Motorsports, Kevin Grubb has been released as the driver of the #37 Timber Wolf Chevy. Ricky Craven is rumored to be the driver of the car for next weekend’s BGN race at New Hampshire. Elliott Sadler and Ron Hornaday have been mentioned as possible long-term substitutes(NASCAR.com Buzz)(5-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Kevin Grubb has not been fired from Brewco Motorsports, team spokesperson Dennis Punch said Monday morning. Punch said he had heard from the management at Brewco Motorsports to quickly "set the record straight" on this matter. NASCAR.com learned over the weekend that had Grubb not performed extremely well at Richmond that he would be let go. This was untrue(NASCAR.com Buzz)(5-7-2001)
  • Race Delayed but Musgrave Wins: due to rain, the Truck Race at Gateway didn’t start until 7:30pm/et. But they finally got it in and #1-Ted usgrave got his 3rd win in five races. #2-Scott Riggs, Musgraves teammate was 2nd. See That’s Racin’ for the Craftsman Truck-Ram Tough 200 Results(5-7-2001)

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