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.
Today’s episode of NASCAR America is once again 90 minutes and begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Leigh Diffey hosts with Dale Jarrett in Stamford, Connecticut. Kyle Petty and Slugger Labbe join them with guest drivers Matt Tifft and Brennan Poole at NBC Charlotte.
What to expect from today’s show:
· The big news of the day comes from Hendrick Motorsports, which has made another move toward the future with a four-year contract extension for Chase Elliott. We’ll have more on the deal that will keep the sophomore star at Hendrick through 2022.
· Across all three NASCAR national series, we’ve seen multiple first-time winners this season. Three of them come from the Monster Energy Cup Series – Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, and Ryan Blaney. But which of the three have kept up the pace since their victories?
· Xfinity Series drivers Matt Tifft and Brennan Poole join today’s show to talk about how the series plans to honor our nation’s military Friday at Daytona as part of “NASCAR Salutes.”
· Twelve turns and 160 feet of elevation changes led to plenty of drama Sunday in wine country. We’ve got all the best radio sounds from the first road race of the season in Scan All Sonoma.
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William Byron finally broke through with his first Xfinity Series win last Saturday at Iowa Speedway. The win came in the 19-year-old driver’s 14th start in the series.
NASCAR America analyst Max Papis, who is also Byron’s performance adviser at Hendrick Motorsports, isn’t surprised by Byron, who is third in the series points standings.
“Mr. (Rick Hendrick) has really foreseen what the future will be and signed him up,” said Papis, who has been working with Byron for three years. “It’s not by chance he is winning races. There is a lot of work behind the scenes that everybody is putting together. … When you win seven races in the Truck series or when you win in Xfinity and maximize your opportunities, it’s not by chance.”
Watch the video for the full discussion on Byron’s first Xfinity win.