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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Kaz Grala, driver of the #33 Kiklos Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Kaz Grala earns Truck Series pole at Daytona, giving GMS Racing front row

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With a speed of 180.676 mph, Kaz Grala made history with his pole for the Camping World Truck Series’ season opener at Daytona International Speedway. It’s his first NASCAR pole.

Grala, 18, became the youngest driver to ever win a pole at Daytona in a national NASCAR series. The native of Boston, Massachusetts, is the youngest driver in the 32-car field. Ten cars failed to qualify for the race.

Grala led a 1-2-3 sweep by GMS Racing, as defending race winner Johnny Sauter (180.227) will start second with Spencer Gallagher (179.935) following in third.

Filling out the top five is Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters.

“It’s very exciting for me, but honestly I’m more excited for my guys,” Grala told Fox Sports 1. “Jerry Baxter and everybody at GMS Racing, especially on the No. 33 crew. This piece is really, really nice. It’s a bullet. This is definitely for them. The next 100 laps, that’s going to be on me. They won what they needed to do this weekend. Now it’s going to be about driver-spotter communication.”

Joe Nemechek will start ninth in his first Truck race since June 2015.

Parker Kligerman, driving the No. 75 for Henderson Motorsports, was unable to make a qualifying attempt after a “catastrophic failure in the drive line” kept him from getting up to speed in the first round of qualifying.

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NASCAR America: Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. really retire if he wins championship? (video)

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Earlier Tuesday on the Dan Patrick Show on NBCSN, Dale Earnhardt Jr. surprised many of his fans by saying that he’d likely retire on the spot of the annual post-season awards banquet in Las Vegas if he were to win the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Later Tuesday on NASCAR America, hosts Carolyn Manno, Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman talked about Junior’s prediction. Would he really retire? Check out what the hosts had to say.

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Watch NASCAR America Live at 5:30 p.m. ET: Dale Jr., Xfinity 2017, Matt Tifft documentary

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Today’s edition of NASCAR America airs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a documentary on NASCAR Xfinity driver Matt Tifft from 6:30 to 7 p.m. ET.

Carolyn Manno hosts with Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman from our Stamford, Connecticut studio, while Jeff Burton and Nate Ryan join us from Daytona Beach.

On today’s show:

* The “Great American Race,” the Daytona 500, is only five days away. We check in with Jeff Burton and Nate Ryan from Daytona International Speedway.

* After qualifying on the front row for the 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. paid a visit to New York City. We’ll see highlights from his appearances on the TODAY Show and the Dan Patrick Show.

* The XFINITY Series season starts this Saturday in Daytona. With the departure of 2016 champion Daniel Suarez and the restriction on NASCAR Cup regulars, which driver will take advantage and be the one to beat this season?

* Parker Kligerman will jump into the iRacing Simulator to show us the challenges of racing on the high banks of Daytona.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug-in that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5:30 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

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Greg Biffle joins NASCAR America as an analyst

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 26:  Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Roush Performance Ford, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 26, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Greg Biffle announced Friday on Twitter that he’s decided “not to participate full time in NASCAR this season” but remained open to racing.

Biffle also tweeted that he will serve as a reoccurring guest analyst on NASCAR America on NBCSN. His first scheduled appearance on the NASCAR show will be March 1.

In a series of tweets, Biffle stated “if the right opportunity arises, I may return to the driver’s seat.”

Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing parted ways after last season, ending a union that saw the driver win titles in what is now the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series and score 19 Cup victories.

Biffle finished a career-high second in the points in 2005. He placed third in the points in 2008 and fifth in the points in 2012. His 19 career victories put him 41st on the all-time wins list, tied with Davey Allison, Buddy Baker and Fonty Flock.

Biffle joins an analyst crew for NASCAR America that includes Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman.

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NASCAR America live at 6 p.m. ET: New penalty system, Ganassi Racing preview

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It’s the eve of NASCAR finally returning to the track and we have a 30-minute episode of NASCAR America tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno hosts with Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman in Stamford, Connecticut.

On today’s show:

· We discuss breaking news on NASCAR overhauling its penalty delivery system.

· Looking ahead to Daytona 500 qualifying this weekend, Kligerman and Jarrett will explain the importance of this weekend and why excitement is running so high.

· We’ll take a look at Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray and discuss the team’s outlook for the 2017 season.

· Ask your questions using #AskDJ or #AskParker and it may be answered LIVE tonight on #NASCARAmerica.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug-in that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 6 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.