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Social Roundup #ThrowbackThursday: a network theme song and an airborne Ricky Rudd

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It’s time for another stroll through NASCAR history with the help of the vastness of social media and #ThrowbackThursday.

Back in the 1990s, before NASCAR entered TV deals with NBC and Fox, NASCAR races could be found on CBS, ESPN, ABC, TNN (The Nashville Network) and TBS (Turner Broadcasting System).

Here’s the theme song that accompanied the TBS broadcasts of races.

It’s been 20 years since Texas Motor Speedway held its first NASCAR weekend in April 1997. The track has shared a photo of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt hanging out on the construction site that would eventually become the 1.5-mile track in Forth Worth, Texas.

It has now become legend that Ricky Rudd once competed in a race with his eyelids taped open after a terrible wreck. That race was the 1984 Daytona 500. Rudd was injured in the Busch Clash earlier in the week when he went airborne and flipped multiple times down the frontstretch. Here his No. 15 Wrangler car as seen in mid-air before it begins its tumble.

In case you were wondering, Rudd finished seventh in the Daytona 500 with his eyes taped open and a week later won his third Cup race in the Miller High Life 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Four years later, Bobby and Davey Allison would finish 1-2 in the Daytona 500, with the elder Allison winning his final Cup Series race. The Motor Racing Network broadcast of the race will be available on iTunes today.

Here’s a post from the folks over at the NASCAR Hall of Fame looking back at the days of racing on the beaches of Daytona.

And to finish it off, click through this Jeff Gordon tweet to see a picture of four-time Cup champion from his sprint car days, back before he had that iconic mustache from his rookie Cup season.

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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.