NASCAR America: Bad pit stop etiquette angers Chad Knaus, Chris Gayle

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During the Coca-Cola 600, tensions were stoked between the teams of Jimmie Johnson and Erik Jones, but it wasn’t for anything that happened on the track.

The two teams were positioned next to each other on pit road, with Jones’ stall in front of Johnson’s.

Throughout the night, each driver had difficulty entering and exiting their stalls thanks to how the other car was positioned in its stall.

It led to fiery dialogue from Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, and Jones’, Chris Gayle, which can be heard on this week’s Scan All.

“The ****ing crew chief on the 77, I cannot wait to pay him back for this ****,”Knaus said.

“He’s got my blood pressure up, you’re going to have to calm me down,” Gayle later said.

On NASCAR America, analyst Parker Kligerman addressed the situation.

“When you have two cars that are running in similar positions like  (Johnson) and (Jones), there’s a gentleman’s agreement, where (Jones) is going to try and go further into their pit box and you can see there (Jones) isn’t even up to the mark that they’ve set in the pit box,” Kligerman said. “That angers (Johnson’s team) because they get stuck in their box when they’ve gone to their appropriate spot they’ve deemed where they need to put the car when they stop.”

Kligerman said the situation is a combination of crew chief orders and drive error.

“In this situation, the crew chief will come on the radio and say ‘hey, we’re going to move the pit sign. Just hit the sign,'” Kligerman said. “But you see here (Jones) doesn’t go all the way in.  He has kind of an awkward angle getting around (Johnson), therefore, it continually congests (Johnson) trying to get out.”

Watch the video for the full segment.

NASCAR America: Navigating Sonoma means plenty of twists and turns

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You turn left and turn right, what’s the big deal, right?

Actually, wrong.

Sonoma Raceway is an extremely technical racetrack full of winding turns both to the left and right.

On Thursday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took to the iRacing Simulator to show what drivers might expect on the nearly two-mile roadcourse north of San Francisco this weekend.

NASCAR America: Which NASCAR driver is ready for zombie apocalypse?

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Now there’s something you don’t hear NASCAR drivers talk about every day: how to prepare — and potentially survive — a zombie apocalypse.

Our intrepid reporter, Rutledge Wood, threw a number of NASCAR drivers for a loop when he asked them that very question.

The reactions range from incredulousness to seriousness.  Among those Rut talked with included Martin Truex Jr., Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones and Kyle Larson.

And here’s a few surprises:

  • Brad Keselowski wants to buy a tank for the apocalypse, and supposedly Dale Earnhardt Jr. is waiting to take delivery on his own tank — both to kill zombies, of course!
  • Several drivers also talked about one of their former own who reportedly has already made big plans to take on any zombies that come across his path. As Wood said, that former driver’s name rhymes with Schmarl Schmedwards.

Check out the hysterical video — trust us, it WILL make you laugh — if for nothing else the outlandish responses from some of the drivers.

But it also makes one wonder: what if a zombie is among us and he’s disguised as a zombie? What then — and who might it be?

NASCAR America: John Hunter Nemechek looks to overcome small team, funding

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The good news for John Hunter Nemechek was with his win last weekend at Gateway, he and Nemco Motorports qualified for this season’s Camping World Truck Series playoffs.

But there is potential bad news, as well: because of having one of the smallest teams in the truck series and limited funding, Nemechek and his team are going to need more financial help, lest they potentially can’t afford to race for the championship in the playoffs.

Nemechek talked about that with NASCAR America on Thursday’s show. See the above video.

NASCAR America: Papis teaching next generation of NASCAR champions

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Even though much of his racing career was spent in open-wheel competition, it may surprise some to know Como, Italy native Max Papis has a combined 95 career starts in NASCAR across its three racing series: Cup, Xfinity and Trucks.

Papis’ versatility has proven invaluable in mentoring a number of young drivers with the potential of some day becoming NASCAR champions, including current student William Byron.

Papis spent Thursday on NASCAR America talking about what makes a good young driver and how he enjoys his role as a mentor and teacher.