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Kurt Busch ‘paced’ himself by partying with Rob Gronkowski in Daytona

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Kurt Busch has a strange definition of “pacing myself.”

When it came to celebrating his Daytona 500 win in the hours after the race and with an exhaustive media tour ahead, “pacing” meant partying the night away.

And the festivities were attended by notorious party boy, New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski.

The party invite came as he and his in-laws were having a few beers on their boat.

“My phone was blowing up with Monster people,” Busch said Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “They were down at Razzles and I was like, ‘Razzles, I remember that place, let’s go.’”

When Busch arrived at the Daytona night club, Gronkowski was holding court in the VIP area.

“I was there partying with Gronk and that is a cool stamp to put down to say that you did that,” Busch said. “All the top (Stewart-Haas Racing) people were there, even college grads like Mike Verlander wearing his khakis were inside Razzles having a good time. Those are the celebrations you don’t forget about. That was the pacing myself. I left there at about 3:15 or 3:30 a.m. and that is what it takes to pace yourself to make it to the breakfast event with Daytona pushing our car into the Hall of Fame museum the proper way on Monday morning.”

Now it’s back to business for Busch, who was 14th fastest in the first practice session for the Fold of Honor Quik Trip 500.

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NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.