Today’s episode of NASCAR America begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continues to break down the results from Las Vegas while turning to what lies ahead at Phoenix Raceway.
Carolyn Manno hosts from Stamford Connecticut. She is joined by Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett from NBC Charlotte and Jeff Burton at Burton’s Garage.
What to expect from today’s show:
· We continue to discuss the hottest story in NASCAR – the post-race scuffle between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
· NASCAR’s youth movement continues to make strong statement in 2017. We’ll hear from Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott in post-race interviews following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas. We’ll also look at Kyle Larson, who’s coming off his second straight runner-up finish.
· We examine Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas and the performances of series regulars Justin Allgaier and Darrell Wallace Jr.
· Even though Jimmie Johnson is the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion, he is off to a slow start in 2017. This the first time he has failed to record a top-10 finish in the first three races of a season.
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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?
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.
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?
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.