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NASCAR’s entry lists for Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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NASCAR’s top two national series begin the sport’s West Coast swing, which kicks off with a visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series at the 1.5-mile track.

Cup Series – Kobalt 400

There are 39 car on the preliminary entry list. A maximum field is 40 cars.

Last year, Brad Keselowski won this race after passing Kyle Busch on Lap 262 and leading the final six circuits of the track.

Click here for the full entry list.

Xfinity Series – Boyd Gaming 300

There are now 43 cars on the entry list for this 200-lap race. Like the Cup Series, a maximum field is 40 cars.

Eight Cup Series drivers are entered into the race: Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson.

The No. 24 Toyota owned by Maria Gonzalez Hernandez will be driven by Drew Herring. The No. 90 Chevrolet owned by King Autosport will be driven by Martin Roy. The No. 93 owned by RSS Racing, will be driven by Jordan Anderson.

Obaika Racing now has two cars entered into the race, the No. 77 driven by Stephen Leicht and the No. 97 with an unnamed driver.

Last year, Kyle Busch won this race after leading 199 of 200 laps. It was his second of three wins in a row.

Click here for the updated entry list.

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.