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Brad Keselowski admires how Roger Penske embraces technology

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We all know how much Brad Keselowski loves his cell phone, not just to make phone calls, but also for texting and using social media apps.

But when it comes to an iPhone and his boss, Roger Penske, Keselowski has a tale he loves to tell.

It was in 2012, the year Keselowski won the NASCAR Cup championship and Penske had just received his first iPhone.

We’ll let Brad, who told the story Wednesday during the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, regale you with the details:

“Roger is a very polished man, and I like that about him. Some would use the word stoic, and he does things with so much class and elegance that it’s really inspiring to you.

“But one thing that sticks out to me was when Roger got his first iPhone. He was a Blackberry guy, a longtime Blackberry guy, and the iPhone came out and he wouldn’t use the iPhone.

“He got this iPhone and he was trying to learn how to use it. … He picks up this iPhone and was like, ‘How does this work?  How does that work?’

“He puts it in front of you and you’re on the spot. You want to show him, but you don’t want to show him up. So you show him a few things and he’s learning how to use his iPhone, and you’re like, ‘He’s got a long way to go.’

“The next time I saw Roger about a month later at another race he was using it and he was using it proficiently – almost as good as I could use it.

“It’s kind of the story that explains why he’s so successful. He’s willing to pick up new technology, new things even as he’s in his seventies and beyond, and continue to expand and get better.

“That’s my favorite Roger Penske story. The next time you pick up some new technology and you don’t know how it works, you’ll know how I feel because he makes me feel so guilty when I can’t figure out how something works.”

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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.