Up Periscope! What’s next for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to show fans on social media app?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. has given fans a behind-the-scenes look at some media work at Hendrick Motorsports, a NAPA appearance in Las Vegas and the opening of his Whisky River restaurant in the Charlotte, N.C., airport this week via the app Periscope, which shows video in real time on social media.

So what’s next?

“I don’t know whether it will be something I do consistently or continue to do, but we’ve been talking about some ideas on how we can use it,’’ Earnhardt said Wednesday after opening Whisky River in Concourse E at the nation’s eighth busiest airport.

Earnhardt, who won last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, has elicited some help on what to do on Periscope from teammate Jimmie Johnson, who finished second in that race.

“Jimmie is super, super smart about social media, so I talked to him about it a little bit and said, ‘Man think about some things we can do,‘’ Earnhardt said. “ ‘Get your brain running on this because we could do some fun stuff, and I’d like to do it together,’ so we’ll see what happens.’’

Earnhardt, who has 968,000 Twitter followers, says he’s a fan of comedian Jim Gaffigan and enjoys how Gaffigan will show mundane events in his life on Periscope.

“You get a real good judge of a person’s character by seeing them in their environment,’’ Earnhardt said.

Might Earnhardt show similar things as Gaffigan on Periscope?

“A lot of people that are fans of ours really haven’t had a chance to really have any real interaction,’’ Earnhardt said. “So it maybe gives them an idea of my real personality. I don’t know. We’ll just have to see what happens.’’

One thing Earnhardt is certain about is how he wants to enjoy each victory. He was up to the early hours Monday after his Talladega win, which all but assured him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“Pretty much everybody but my tire guy came by to the house after the race and we hung out until about 5 or 6 in the morning,’’ Earnhardt said. “It was fun. We always try to not to take those wins for granted.

“I’ll be real disappointed when the time comes that we win a race and everybody doesn’t come over. I don’t care if it’s Sonoma, they better get there at 5 in the morning straight from the airport because you don’t know which one is going to be the last win.’’

 

NASCAR America: Navigating Sonoma means plenty of twists and turns

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You turn left and turn right, what’s the big deal, right?

Actually, wrong.

Sonoma Raceway is an extremely technical racetrack full of winding turns both to the left and right.

On Thursday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took to the iRacing Simulator to show what drivers might expect on the nearly two-mile roadcourse north of San Francisco this weekend.

NASCAR America: Which NASCAR driver is ready for zombie apocalypse?

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Now there’s something you don’t hear NASCAR drivers talk about every day: how to prepare — and potentially survive — a zombie apocalypse.

Our intrepid reporter, Rutledge Wood, threw a number of NASCAR drivers for a loop when he asked them that very question.

The reactions range from incredulousness to seriousness.  Among those Rut talked with included Martin Truex Jr., Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones and Kyle Larson.

And here’s a few surprises:

  • Brad Keselowski wants to buy a tank for the apocalypse, and supposedly Dale Earnhardt Jr. is waiting to take delivery on his own tank — both to kill zombies, of course!
  • Several drivers also talked about one of their former own who reportedly has already made big plans to take on any zombies that come across his path. As Wood said, that former driver’s name rhymes with Schmarl Schmedwards.

Check out the hysterical video — trust us, it WILL make you laugh — if for nothing else the outlandish responses from some of the drivers.

But it also makes one wonder: what if a zombie is among us and he’s disguised as a zombie? What then — and who might it be?

NASCAR America: John Hunter Nemechek looks to overcome small team, funding

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The good news for John Hunter Nemechek was with his win last weekend at Gateway, he and Nemco Motorports qualified for this season’s Camping World Truck Series playoffs.

But there is potential bad news, as well: because of having one of the smallest teams in the truck series and limited funding, Nemechek and his team are going to need more financial help, lest they potentially can’t afford to race for the championship in the playoffs.

Nemechek talked about that with NASCAR America on Thursday’s show. See the above video.

NASCAR America: Papis teaching next generation of NASCAR champions

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Even though much of his racing career was spent in open-wheel competition, it may surprise some to know Como, Italy native Max Papis has a combined 95 career starts in NASCAR across its three racing series: Cup, Xfinity and Trucks.

Papis’ versatility has proven invaluable in mentoring a number of young drivers with the potential of some day becoming NASCAR champions, including current student William Byron.

Papis spent Thursday on NASCAR America talking about what makes a good young driver and how he enjoys his role as a mentor and teacher.