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Helmet Heaven: 2017 helmet designs for Cup Series drivers

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With a new NASCAR season approaching, teams are slowly beginning to unveil everything from paint schemes to fire suits and sponsor deals.

However, last week at the NASCAR Media Tour, most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had their 2017 helmets on display.

Here’s a rundown of most of the helmets that will be worn this season, plus one helmet from the Xfinity Series.

We lead off with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who once again has a skeleton-themed design on his helmet. Here’s a look at Earnhardt’s helmets from the last decade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Aric Almirola

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Austin Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Chase Elliott poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Clint Bowyer

 

 

 

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Danica Patrick's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Daniel Suarez

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

David Ragan

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Ragan poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Erik Jones

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jamie McMurray

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Joey Logano

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kasey Kahne

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kyle Larson

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Michael McDowell poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Paul Menard

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Paul Menard poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Newman

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Trevor Bayne

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ty Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Spencer Gallagher

Gallagher, who drives full-time in the Xfinity Series for GMS Racing, showed off this Las Vegas-themed helmet last week.

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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.