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Phoenix Raceway $180 million reconfiguration progress can be watched 24/7

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If you’re curious to see what Phoenix Raceway will look like after its $180 million makeover, there’s no need to wait until the project is complete. Rather, you can watch as it progresses step-by-step in the largest capital improvement project in the track’s 53-year history.

Phoenix Raceway officials announced Thursday that, in conjunction with DC Solar, a 24-hour livestream camera will provide viewers all over the world a visual record of the construction progress as it happens.

The site can be accessed at www.NewPhoenixRaceway.com.

In addition to the streaming webcam, there will be three time-lapse cameras in place throughout the property: outside of the current Turn 1; outside of the Turn 2 dogleg; and outside of the current Turn 4. Those cameras can be accessed at PhoenixRaceway.com.

The Phoenix Raceway project is somewhat of a smaller scale version of the $400 million Daytona Rising project that completely transformed Daytona International Speedway into the self-proclaimed world’s “first motorsports stadium.”

The Phoenix project will reduce seating to 45,000, but will include new and wider seats, and the start-finish line will be repositioned in what is now Turn 2.

The current seating on the frontstretch will be demolished. The Allison grandstand in Turns 1 and 2 will be extended just beyond the dog leg.

The project is expected to move into high gear in the next couple of months and is expected to be completed by November 2018’s NASCAR playoff semifinal race weekend.

“This is going to be a great way for fans to keep up with the project,” said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “To be able to have this technology at our fingertips to put the progress of the project into the homes of Phoenix Raceway fans, is only going to heighten the anticipation for November 2018.

“There are going to be plenty of milestone moments to come over the next 19 months, and we encourage all fans to check it out.”

Construction will continue into next year, but will stop temporarily for this November’s and next spring’s NASCAR weekends.

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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.