NASCAR America: Jarrett, Kligerman see bigger things from Stenhouse, Roush Fenway (video)

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, our analysts Parker Kligerman and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett talked about the impressive win by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sunday at Talladega.

Sure, it was Stenhouse’s first career Cup win, but it was also so much more, both analysts said.

First, here’s what Kligerman had to say:

“There was a set of basically career-worthy moves throughout that last lap,” Kligerman said. “He had to block from the top to the bottom and then back to the top again. That is so tough to do.

“It was an absolutely incredible drive by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and he fully deserved that win come the end.”

Jarrett was equally as complimentary about how Stenhouse’s win. But at the same time, this was not a fluke win by any means.

Rather, Jarrett said he’s not totally surprised by Stenhouse’s win because he and his team have been steadily building and improving, particularly this season.

“Confidence is the biggest thing a race car driver can have on his side,” Jarrett said. “When you get that, you can do a lot of good things.

“And that confidence came before that win yesterday. You could see he was starting to gain a lot of confidence in the organization – Roush Fenway was getting much better – and I think that gave him the opportunity that when he got there with a fast race car this weekend, this might be the opportunity that he needs to get to victory lane and get ourselves involved in the playoffs. He did a really good job.”

Where does Stenhouse and Roush Fenway Racing go from here?

“I think this is just another building block for this organization,” Jarrett said. “They’re not all the way back yet, but they’ve certainly made a lot of gains.

“This is a two-time Xfinity champion in Ricky Stenhouse Jr. that we’re talking about. We know he’s very, very talented, but he came to Roush Fenway in the Cup Series when they were in a little bit of a downturn.

“Now they’ve made that swing back and I expect a lot of good things to continue to happen for them.”


Today’s Xfinity race at Charlotte: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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After two weekends off, the Xfinity Series is back in action today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott Sadler enters as the points leader with a 29-point advantage on JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. William Byron, who also drives for JR. Motorsports, is third in the standings. Byron and Sadler are going for their first victory of the season, while Allgaier seeks his second win this year.

Here are the particulars for today’s Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The Evil Genius’ Halo ESports Team will give the command for drivers to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:18 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 6:30 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 11:15 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Star Swain will perform the Anthem at 1:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. Its coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at PRN’s coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 85 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Denny Hamlin led 76 laps to win this even a year ago. Austin Dillon was second and Joey Logano third. Logano led the final 12 laps to win at Charlotte in October. Elliott Sadler was second and Daniel Suarez was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 10:05 a.m.

Today’s schedule at Charlotte: Cup practice, Xfinity qualifying and race

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NASCAR goes racing today with the Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin won this race last year.

Here is today’s track schedule, as the countdown to Sunday’s main event of the weekend, the Coca-Cola 600, ticks closer:

(All times Eastern)

6:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage open

9 – 9:55 a.m. – Cup practice (FS1)

10:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Cup final practice (FS1)

12:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

1 p.m. – Xfinity Hisense 4K TV 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

My Home Track: North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway (video)

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Sure, NASCAR is synonymous with Daytona Beach, the state of Florida and Daytona International Speedway.

But there is no other state that is so linked to NASCAR than the Tar Heel state, North Carolina.

Numerous racetracks, from the smallest grassroots short track to Charlotte Motor Speedway dot the state, offering a plethora of race action from amateur all the way to the best of the best.

On Friday’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows segment, NASCAR America’s Kyle Petty shared some of his fondest memories of one of his favorite short tracks, Caraway Speedway.

Check out the video above.

NASCAR America: Steve Letarte reflects on mentor Ray Evernham’s Hall of Fame selection

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Steve Letarte learned the sport of NASCAR from a number of different individuals.

But no one compares to Letarte’s greatest mentor, Ray Evernham, who was selected earlier this week as one of five individuals that will enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame in its 2018 class.

Evernham, who led Jeff Gordon to three of his four NASCAR Cup championships as Gordon’s crew chief, was not only an innovator in the sport, but also a leader, mentor and team owner.

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Letarte, an Evernham protege, discussed what made his former boss, teacher and close friend so special.  Check out the video above.