Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs for 90 minutes on NBCSN beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET and includes Ryan Blaney revealing his car’s throwback paint scheme for this years’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway .
Carolyn Manno hosts with Parker Kligerman in Stamford, Connecticut. They are joined by Kyle Petty and Blaney at NBC Charlotte.
In addition to Blaney’s paint scheme reveal, the show will recap the action from the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
What else to expect from today’s episode:
- We’ll discuss Kyle Busch’s All-Star Race win and what it means to Joe Gibbs Racing moving forward. Will this be the spark that sends the 18 team on the path to another championship run? Our experts weigh in.
- Aric Almirola will reflect on his crash at Kansas Speedway and his recovery process. We’ll also see how Aric kept his promise to a brave child fighting leukemia.
- My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows continues with a look at the great state of New Jersey. The Garden State, home to Bruce Springsteen and Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk. is where you’ll find our featured track Wall Stadium Speedway. We’ll hear from one of NASCAR’s best on what this venue means to his family of racers.
- New Jersey native and one of NASCAR’s greatest crew chiefs, Ray Evernham, calls in to discuss his Garden State roots and his nomination to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
- Kyle Petty wrapped up his annual Charity Ride to benefit Victory Junction. He’ll tell us all about his great adventure and the many sights he visited across America.
Be sure and watch NASCAR America every day this week! Our Motorsports Special takes place on Friday. Tomorrow, the 2018 NASCAR schedule will be revealed and Wednesday, the 2018 Hall of Fame class will be announced!
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Ken Squier was there in 1979 when Dale Earnhardt Sr. made his first start in the Daytona 500 and Squier was there when Earnhardt finally won the race in 1998.
There’s no one better than Squier to narrate an essay on the importance of the history of the Earnhardt name and family to the track.
“Dale Earnhardt Sr. needed Daytona and Daytona needed Dale Earnhardt,” Squier says. “As Daytona grew, Dale grew.”
The Intimidator won 34 times at Daytona and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has added 17 of his own wins in his NASCAR career. His last chance to add to the “Earnhardt mark” on Daytona comes Saturday in the Coke Zero 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC).
NASCAR America’s analysts discussed what the legacy of the Earnhardt name is with Earnhardt Jr.’s impending retirement.
“The way their lives were intertwined, what they did on the race track has been intertwined,” Kyle Petty said. “The way the fans perceive what Senior was, what Junior is and what Junior has meant for this sport. What he has done recently as a leader of the sport, he has stepped into his father’s shoes. … When Junior stood up last year and said I’m not getting in that car because of my head injuries, I’m going to sit out.’ That’s leadership.
Wednesday will mark the beginning of a new relationship between NASCAR America and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. ET, a NASCAR on NBC personality will appear on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive,” which is hosted by Pete Pistone and Mike Bagley.
Analyst Steve Letarte will be the first guest.
Pistone will also make regular appearances on NASCAR America.
Pistone joined NASCAR America Tuesday night to preview the new relationship and the storylines heading into the second half of the NASCAR season.
The main theme of the discussion was the building frustration for Joe Gibbs Racing, which is winless through 16 races. Though the driver getting the most attention has been Kyle Busch, there’s three other drivers who are looking to win, including Denny Hamlin.
“We had his crew chief Mike Wheeler on the ‘Morning Drive’ last week and the frustration, you can feel it there,” Pistone said. “They also felt a bit optimistic, especially going to Sonoma because he runs so well there, he ran so well and almost won the race last year until Tony Stewart got him on the last lap. … I still think there’s optimism there in the 11 camp, they’re finding the speed they’ve been missing so far in the first half of the year. The next race at Daytona could be the place you see Denny Hamlin bust down the door to victory lane.”
Watch the above video for more from Pete Pistone.
Kyle Larson is in the midst of his best NASCAR Cup Season to date. He leads the points standings and has two wins, at Auto Club Speedway and Michigan Speedway.
You might be able to attribute his hot streak to another form of racing.
Larson, a product of the dirt racing circuit, told NASCAR America’s Marty Snider the 25 sprint car races he’s allowed to drive in each year by Chip Ganassi Racing keep him on his toes physically.
“I’ve gotten a little bit into working out this year, I’d rather race to get my exercise in,” Larson said. “Racing to me is fun, but also exercise and it keeps your mind in it. You’re putting yourself in more racing situations than everybody else in the field. I think it definitely benefits me.”
Larson maybe spent by this time next week. Following Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC), Larson will compete in four straight days of sprint cars race in Pennsylvania.
The Ganassi driver goes to Daytona looking to finish what he started in the Daytona 500. He was leading at the white flag before he ran out of gas in Turns 1 and 2.
“It’s difficult, it’s a long race,” Larson said. “There’s so much that goes on throughout the race, it’s hard to catch on TV. But we’re figuring it out all it in the car and learning who is good to work with and who is not. It’s interesting. It’s definitely a different style of racing I’m getting used to.”
Larson’s best finish in at Daytona was sixth place in last year’s July race.
Watch the above video for the full interview.
Some people like to call road courses the new short tracks in NASCAR and at the end of Sunday’s Cup race at Sonoma, many cars backed up that assessment.
When there’s beat up cars, that means tempers flared, which makes for an interesting edition of NASCAR America’s Scan All. This week’s version gives you some of the best scanner traffic from Kevin Harvick‘s win at the California track.
- Israeli-born driver Alon Day, making his Cup debut, telling crew chief Randy Cox he can’t understand his accent. “You have to talk a bit slower so I can understand every word.”
- “I needed a lot more help on that. The spotter doesn’t tell me ****.” – Danica Patrick after her Lap 14 accident with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- “We’ve got your in-car camera here. That was fun to watch. A little scary, but fun to watch.” – Crew chief Ernie Cope to AJ Allmendinger after he went from 11th to first in one lap on a restart.
- “This year just could not get any better,” the sarcastic response of Kyle Busch to receiving a pit road speeding penalty.
Watch the above video for more from Scan All.