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Stage lengths revealed for more Cup races

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Stage lengths have been revealed for three more tracks that host Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Las Vegas Motor Speedway announced the stages for its race on Friday, and NBC Sports has learned the stage lengths for races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway.

Stages have been previously announced for the Daytona 500 and Cup races at Pocono Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

Here are the stages known for the 2017 Cup season:

Daytona 500

(200 laps)

Stage 1: 60 laps

Stage 2: 60 laps

Final stage: 120 laps

Las Vegas

(267 laps)

Stage 1: 80 laps

Stage 2: 80 laps

Final Stage: 107 laps

Bristol 

(500 laps)

Stage 1: 125 laps

Stage 2: 125 laps

Final Stage: 250 laps

Dover

(400 laps)

Stage 1: 120 laps

Stage 2: 120 laps

Final Stage: 160 laps

Pocono 

(160 laps)

Stage 1: 40 laps

Stage 2: 40 laps

Final Stage: 80 laps

Watkins Glen

(90 laps)

Stage 1: 20 laps

Stage 2: 20 laps

Final Stage: 50 laps

Las Vegas Motor Speedway also announced that its March 11 Xfinity race, which is 200 laps, will have two 45-lap stages and a final stage of 110 laps. The 146-lap Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas on Sept. 30 will have two 35-lap stages and a final stage of 76 laps.

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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.