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Daniel Suarez eligible to compete in the Clash at Daytona

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NASCAR has confirmed that Daniel Suarez is eligible to compete in the Advanced Auto Parts Clash on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

Suarez is the replacement for Carl Edwards in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19. He is eligible for the 75-lap exhibition race due to NASCAR citing the unique situation of JGR having prepared a car with sponsorship prior to Edwards’ surprise departure from the sport.

Edwards had qualified for the race through his career best six poles in 2016.

Clint Bowyer, who is replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 14, is not eligible for the event due to Stewart-Haas Racing knowing about Stewart’s retirement ahead of time and not preparing a car.

In December, Hendrick Motorsports announced Alex Bowman would drive the No. 88 in the Clash after he won the pole for the fall race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Greg Biffle is eligible for the event, but does not have a ride announced for 2017.

Drivers can become eligible for the Clash in four ways:

Winning a pole the previous season, being a previous Clash winner, being a past Daytona 500 pole-winner and qualifying for the previous season’s Chase.

Here are the drivers eligible for this year’s Clash.

2016 Coors Light Pole Awards winners (14)
Greg Biffle, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards (Daniel Suarez), Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.

Former Clash Race Winners (2)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart (retired)

Former Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Award winners (1)
Danica Patrick

2016 Chase drivers (3)
Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray

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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.