Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5 – 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and gives you a complete rundown of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, which was won by Austin Dillon.
Carolyn Manno hosts with Parker Kligerman in Stamford, Connecticut. Dale Jarrett joins them from NBC Charlotte.
On today’s show:
· The biggest weekend in motorsports did not disappoint. In the Coca-Cola 600, Austin Dillon used fuel strategy to secure his first career win in the NASCAR Cup Series. He also put the famed No. 3 car back in victory lane for the first time in nearly 17 years. We hear Dillon’s reaction post-race along with his grandfather and “boss” Richard Childress. Also we will recap Sebastian Vettel’s victory in the Monaco Grand Prix along with Takuma Sato’s win in the Indy 500.
· For the third straight year, Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps in the Coca-Cola 600, but was not able seal the deal on the win. He did, however, take over the points lead from Kyle Larson. We’ll hear from Truex on his performance last night and get our experts’ take on his impressive season.
· North Dakota is the next stop on NASCAR America’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows. Today we visit the Nodak Speedway, home track for eight-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz, who was born and raised in Minot.
If there’s anyone in the Xfinity Series William Byron should turn to for advice during his rookie season in the series, it’s Elliott Sadler.
A veteran of more than 800 NASCAR races across all three of its national series, Sadler has taken the lead in advising the 19-year-old driver this season. During his appearance on NASCAR America, Sadler praised the driver and the time he’s spent with him.
“That kid is special,” Sadler said. “I want to be that guy (that helps), because I had that guy. I had Jeff Green when I started, I had Dale Jarrett, people I could lean on all the time that could help the learning curve.”
Sadler leads the points standings with four races left in the regular season, but he is winless so far. Byron has earned three wins and is second in points behind Sadler.
“He’s a student of the game,” Sadler said. “I’ve been in meetings with young kids that come along, we’ve been in the meeting and kids are still playing on their phones. I’m in a meeting with William … and he’s still learning and taking notes. He’s got great questions. We’re usually sitting beside each other on the airplanes and we’re talking about things for that particular weekend. I can’t help him drive the car faster. But I can help him maybe with restarts and getting on pit road. Maybe things to think about on Friday to maybe make your car better for Saturday.”
Roush Fenway Racing and artist Sam Bass have worked together to create Ryan Reed‘s throwback paint scheme for the Sept. 2 Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on NBCSN.
Reed’s No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford will resemble the No. 7 Zerex Ford driven by Alan Kulwicki in 1989.
Kulwicki was sponsored by Zerex from 1987-90, earning two of his five Cup wins in that time.
“My dad was huge fan of Alan and had a lot of respect for him, so it’s awesome to get to run this throwback scheme in Darlington,” Reed said in a press release. “My Dad ran his own race team and drove for himself throughout the 90s, just like Alan. Alan overcame a lot of challenges to become a champion and I can’t help but have a lot of respect for him.”
Bass, who lives with type 1 diabetes like Reed, worked with Kulwicki during his career and helped design Reed’s car. In a Facebook Live video, Bass said he took extra care to make the one in Reed’s No. 16 resemble Kulwicki’s No. 7.
Bass’ name will also be on the passenger-side nameplate on the roof of Reed’s car.
Reed’s car won’t be the only one at Darlington that will pay tribute to the 1992 Cup champion.