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Kyle Busch applauds Christopher Bell’s Chili Bowl win

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It’s no secret Kyle Busch loves winning races.

The next best thing is when one of his drivers takes a checkered flag.

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is celebrating in a big way after one of his drivers, Christopher Bell, won the legendary Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bell drives in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports – co-owned by Kyle and wife Samantha – including finishing third in the Truck standings this past season.

And while he’s won two Truck races in his young career, the 22-year-old Bell has always hoped to win the Chili Bowl.

Not only is it arguably the most prestigious midget car race in the sport, the Chili Bowl is also held in Oklahoma, Bell’s home state.

While the Chili Bowl takes place on a unique indoor track in Tulsa, Bell is a native of Norman, about 115 miles southwest, just south of Oklahoma City. He’s been going to the annual mid-January classic for most of his life, first as a spectator and in recent years as a competitor.

The younger Busch brother took to Twitter following his young protégé’s big win Saturday night. Here’s a couple of the more interesting tweets.

Saturday was Bell’s fourth time in the Chili Bowl’s A-Feature main event. Now that he is a Chili Bowl champion, he plans to return for next year’s 32nd edition to try for back-to-back wins, much like Rico Abreu did in 2015 and 2016.

And even though Busch hasn’t said anything, one might wonder that now with Bell having the highly coveted Golden Driller trophy for winning Saturday night, might his NASCAR Trucks team owner start thinking about climbing behind the wheel and potentially joining Bell in the Chili Bowl fun next year?

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NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 90: Roger Slack

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Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.

Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.

Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the AudioBoom embed below or download and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. The free subscription will provide automatic downloads of new episodes to your smartphone.

It also is available on Stitcher by clicking here and also can be found on Google Play, Spotify and a host of other smartphone apps.

NASCAR America: How Daniel Suarez found out he was replacing Carl Edwards (video)

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.

Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.

When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.

Check out the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: What Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other (video)

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Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,

One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.

Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.

NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez’s journey from Mexico and VW Beetles to NASCAR champion (video)

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In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.

It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.

Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.

Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.