The NASCAR Xfinity Series gets to play in the desert today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ryan Reed won the season opener at Daytona, and Kyle Busch won last weekend at Atlanta.
Here are the particulars for today’s race (all times are Eastern):
START: The command for drivers to start engines will be given at 4:07 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 4:16 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 9:30 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 2:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Staff Sergeant Benjamin Ekblad will perform the Anthem at 4:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 4 p.m. Its coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at GoPRN.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 82 degrees at race time with a 0 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST YEAR: Kyle Busch led 199 of 200 laps to win last year’s race. Daniel Suarez finished second and Erik Jones was third, giving Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2-3 finish.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting grid.
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.
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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.
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.
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.