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May 7 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

May 7, 2000

  • Earnhardt Jr the fastest Correction: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr has won his first two Winston Cup races faster then anyone in Winston Cup modern era. Earnhardt Jr won his 2nd race in his 16th start. Tony Stewart did it in his 32nd race, Dale Earnhardt in his 41st, Jeff Gordon 50th, Darrell Waltrip 65th and Bobby Labonte 77th. Not sure what the all time record is but Red Byron won his 2nd race in his 5th start during the first NASCAR Grand National(Before Winston Cup) season in 1949
    Correction: Davey Allison also won his 2nd race in his 16th start(5-7-2000)
  • #41 News: The #41 Chevrolet owned by Larry Hedrick skipped the Richmond weekend, the second-straight weekend the team has stayed home. The team is expected to test at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday in preparation to return to action for the two weekends of racing later this month at the Charlotte track(That’s Racin')(5-7-2000)
  • #91 to skip Charlotte? The car Todd Bodine drove for the #91 LJ Racing team at Richmond was going to be used at Charlotte in a few weeks. It was a brand new car, but wrecked after blowing a tire. Team owner Joe Falk says he doubts the team will ran Charlotte unless they can get a sponsor(Total Sports)(5-7-2000)
  • Gordon to run Indy 500 UPDATE: Robin Miller reported on ESPN2’s RPM2 Night Friday that Robby Gordon has been added to the Indy 500 entry list and would probably drive the #32 Menard car. During Richmond first round qualifying, Gordon said he and his Cup owners (John Menard and Mike Held) had not decided if Gordon would attempt running the Indy 500 as they are committed to Winston Cup. Have seen no official announcement. If Gordon does run the Indy 500, he hopes to be the 3rd driver to run the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 on the same day (John Andretti did it in 1994 and Tony Stewart did it last year)(5-6-2000)
    UPDATE: Robby Gordon has officially decided to take another shot at the coveted Indy 500 crown, once again driving one of John Menard’s Dallara/Oldsmobiles. The announcement of Robby coming to Indy again comes on the heels of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcement that Gordon’s name was recently put on the entry list as driver of the #32 John Menard Indy Car. Gordon attempted the same feat in 1997 with Sabco Racing, but due to a rain delay at Indianapolis Gordon was only able to run the Cup race as scheduled. He then finished the Indy 500 later in the week(Team Gordon)(5-7-2000)
  • #7 Team UPDATE 2 Smith/Wallace news: Talk continues about Jim Mattei selling or taking on a partner for his race team, which fields #7 Chevy for driver Michael Waltrip. The discussion centers on Jim Smith, who owns the #2 CTS team(Mike Wallace). One source(That’s Racin’ source) said Sunday that Smith may be in Richmond next weekend to make an announcement about becoming involved in the team(That’s Racin')(5-1-2000)
    UPDATE: Jim Smith, is interested in owning a Cup team, but says his talks about buying Mattei Motorsports or becoming a partner has not been that serious. Anyhow he will field a car for his CTS driver, Mike Wallace at Lowes Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600, the Brickyard 400, Richmond in September and Phoenix(Winston Cup Scene) AND Jim Mattei and his entourage are in Richmond this weekend. In an unusual appearance, all three owners involved with Mattei Motorsports are going to be on hand. Mattei is expected to sell the controlling interest in his team to Truck team owner Jimmy Smith, possibly as soon as this weekend(Times-Dispatch)(5-5-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing reports that something could be announced Monday(May 8th) concerning the future of the team(5-7-2000)
  • Marcis bags a Turkey: Dave Marcis didn’t bag a qualifying spot in Saturday night’s Pontiac Excitement 400 but he got the next best thing: a near-record 21-pound, 2-ounce turkey, among the largest ever bagged in the state(of Virgina). Marcis, who went turkey hunting at 4:30 a.m. Friday near Richmond, hasn’t qualified in eight of 11 races this season. He decided to pack up and go home rather than try to requalify Saturday(AJC)(5-7-2000)
  • Richmond Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the Pontiac Excitement 400 and becomes the first repeat winner in the 2000 season and only the third rookies to win more then one race in a Cup season (Davey Allison 1987 and Tony Stewart – 3 wins in 1999). Oops, he jumped on the car roof too. #60-Geoffrey Bodine couldn’t run the complete race and enlisted the services of little brother Todd, who went out early in the race with the #91 car. Todd made up 2 laps lost on the driver exchange and finished 13th for his brother. #20-Tony Stewart led his first lap in the 2000 season. See results at NASCAR Online, Racin’ Network, Total Sportsand That’s Racin'(5-7-2000)
  • Sad News UPDATE: Christain Lovendahl, crew chief for the #19 Team Yellow BGN team, was killed in an automobile accident Friday afternoon while returning from Richmond. Lovendahl, nephew of NASCAR Cup/BGN driver Mark Martin, had flown back to Concord, N.C., after the David Ridling-owned #19 car and driver PJ Jones, failed to qualify for Friday night’s Hardee’s 250 at Richmond. He was driving a car, with three crewmen as passengers, when the accident occurred outside Mooresville, N.C. The other three men in the car were treated at a Mooresville hospital and were expected to be released tonight. Lovendahl, 27, was born in Batesville, Ark., also Martin’s hometown. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer. No information was available on further arrangements. According to later reports, the car Lovendahl was driving ran off the road and overturned. Lovendahl, who police say was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and died at the scened(SpeedVision)(5-6-2000)
    UPDATE: two columns with news on the accident and funeral services at That’s Racin’/AP: Speeding, alcohol suspected in crew chief’s fatal wreck and Lovendahl funeral scheduled Tuesday by Jim Utter. Memorials may be made to Motor Racing Outreach, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Smith Tower, Suite 405, Harrisburg, NC 28075; or to Christain Lovendahl Scholarship Fund, care of J Mar Express, PO Box 9198, Searcy, Ark 72143. Expressions of condolences may be sent to: Emerald Performance Group, 152 So. Iredell Industrial Park Road, Mooresville, NC 28115 or Neill Funeral Home, 627 Gum Street, Mooresville, NC 28115(5-7-2000)

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