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NASCAR America analysts discuss key storylines entering season

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The NASCAR season is almost here and so is the return of NASCAR America on NBCSN.

NASCAR America will be back on the air at 6 p.m. ET Monday. NASCAR on NBC analysts Steve Letarte, Kyle Petty, Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman are ready for the start of the season.

With that in mind, they each talked about the storyline that intrigues them the most entering this season.

Steve Letarte: I’m a true believer that of the 16 playoff spots there are going to be four or six of them that will be determined on points alone. I think that leaving Richmond in September we’re going to look at the stage points awarded determining what four of six drivers there are. I think that those are basically going to determine what driver in that mid-tier that was not fortunate enough to win a race moves forward.

Kyle Petty: Stewart-Haas Racing. Move to Ford and lack of sponsorship as a whole for the company. How will this affect Kevin Harvick, arguably the most consistent championship driver since joining SHR.

Jeff Burton: The format changes, the points changes, how they influence the races, I think that is going to be fascinating to watch.

Dale Jarrett: I think probably like everybody else, how does the new format impact the racing first and foremost and then, eventually what this looks like when we get to the playoffs. How do all the points add up with the drivers getting those opportunities? Does it create racing in a different way? I’m really excited to see this. I’m glad the changes were made. Now, that they have been made, everybody understands where the rules are, and I know this is something that will evolve over the season. In the beginning of the year I’m really anxious to see how does it impact the racing and is it better for the fans.

Parker Kligerman: I know the much vaunted enhancements will be a major storyline for the year simply because they will eventually decide the champion in a new way and may affect the races in ways we have never seen before.

With that said, I believe something bigger is occurring as we head into 2017. With the addition of a new title sponsor, the enhancements, continual shuttering of downforce and the intrigue of maybe using those under-utilized road courses in the tracks we go to, NASCAR is entering a brand new era of possibilities we haven’t seen in this sport. Ever. 

NASCAR America begins its fourth season at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 13 on NBCSN

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.