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NASCAR America: Las Vegas happenings, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney & Best of Scan All

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Carolyn Manno and Parker Kligerman are on today’s NASCAR America, which airs from 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

They’ll discuss:

  • Martin Truex Jr. and girlfriend Sherry Pollex have put their full efforts into raising awareness and funding for research of pediatric and ovarian cancers. Today, they were honored with the prestigious Myers Brothers Award as Champion’s Week continued in Las Vegas. You’ll hear from them both as they reflect on Truex’s championship after the checkered flag fell in Miami a few weeks ago.
  • This year’s Playoff drivers are in Vegas to celebrate the end of the season, including two future title contenders in Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney. Today, we caught up with both of them to see how they’re enjoying the festivities and how they’re already looking ahead to next season.
  • And we’ve packed all of the best radio sounds from this season into a must-listen, must-see Best of Scan All!

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, you can also 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.

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NASCAR America: Final takeaways from the 2017 season

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The 2017 NASCAR season is quickly growing small in the rear-view mirror.

Three days after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR America analysts Parker Kligerman and Kyle Petty discussed their final observation and takeaways from a season that saw the introduction of the stage format, the rise of young drivers and the departure of beloved veterans.

“I think we’re going to look back on this season and see a sport in transition,” Petty said. “This was the beginning or middle-phase of that transition for me.”

Said Kligerman: “Although all the talk was, could it be a changing of the guard, and we do have some retiring, it’s those veterans that hung on to be fighting for the (Cup) championship.”

Petty later addressed how different the driver field will look next year after the departures of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.

“Fifty or 60 wins, if Matt doesn’t come back, just walked out of this sport,” Petty said, going on to praise William Byron and other young start in the making. “We can continue to throw people into that mix and think … the future is bright. We’re just in a transition period in the sport. But I don’t think in talking to Roger Penske the other day, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much talent making that transition from Xfinity into the Cup level so fast as what they’re doing right now.”

Watch the below video for the full discussion.

NASCAR America: Will William Byron’s dominance in Trucks, Xfinity transfer to Cup?

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William Byron dominated the Camping World Truck Series in 2016 with 7 wins, but came up short of the championship, finishing fifth.

He was one of the top drivers this season in the Xfinity Series and ultimately did what he fell short of the year before, capturing the championship and Rookie of the Year honors.

What’s ahead of Byron in 2018 when he is a rookie in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving for Hendrick Motorsports? Could he make it two championships in a row?

On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, our team of analysts – Parker Kligerman, Steve Letarte, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty – gave their thoughts about Byron’s chances for immediate success in the Cup Series.

Check out the video above. You might be surprised by some of their answers.

NASCAR America: Was Kyle Busch wrong to blame Joey Logano?

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It wasn’t so much that Martin Truex Jr. kept Kyle Busch from winning the championship in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400.

At least that’s not the way Busch saw it.

Busch felt he had the race car and the speed to track down Truex and eventually pass him – had it not been for Joey Logano.

An upset Busch said after the race to NBC Sports that he felt Logano may have impeded his progress but on Monday’s NASCAR America, analysts Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman both agreed that Logano did nothing wrong, that he was trying to win the race himself.

Here’s some of what the analysts had to say:

Jarrett: “It’s not just the four championship drivers that are out there competing, everyone else is out there and they have an agenda. Joey Logano has had a bad year by his standards, so he was trying to get everything he possibly could.

“But, here’s another thing I’ll say: Joey Logano really did nothing wrong there. And something that all drivers, not just Kyle Busch, that you have to think about … things that you might have done to rile a competitor, you never know when that might come back to get you.

“We talk about paybacks all the time. It doesn’t have to be somebody wrecking somebody to pay back, all they have to do in a critical situation is hold you up a little bit. I don’t know if that’s what Joey Logano was doing or not or just racing as hard as he could and that made it difficult for Kyle Busch to get by.

“… I think it was simply racing. It was unfortunate for Kyle, but it’s part of the way the playoff system works here in NASCAR.”

Here’s what Kligerman had to say:

“I think at that point of the race, there was still a chance for Joey Logano to rally and go challenge for a win. … That’s what you have to deal with, that’s what racing over 38 weeks is about in the Cup Series, racing 39, 40 cars every week. You have to race those guys. … Kyle Busch had one of the fastest cars, but was Joey Logano the only one that was really the problem. As they came to the end, Kyle Larson was in the picture a little bit. You can’t put the blame on Joey Logano. He was just driving his race.”

Hear more about what they had to say in the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first moments of retirement

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As soon as he crossed the checkered flag in Sunday’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400, Dale Earnhardt Jr. morphed from race car driver to retired race car driver.

And what better way to begin retirement than with a party, and that’s what Junior did with his team, friends and fans along the frontstretch of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

On Monday’s NASCAR America, analysts Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman both spoke about how Junior sailed on into retirement.

Among their comments:

Kligerman: “It was maybe an hour and a half and there was still this swarm of people around his car. He and his team were sitting there, drinking beer and hanging out, he was signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. It was just incredible to see him just sitting there and taking in the moment.”

Jarrett added about the role and impact Rick Hendrick had upon Junior’s life and career both on and off the track: “Rick Hendrick came in and got in Dale Jr.’s life at a time that Junior really needed someone and needed that support, that father figure, if you will. Rick Hendrick is just so good at that. Rick’s been through a lot in his life, Dale Jr. has been that. The two of them together did a lot of real good things and were good for each other.”

Check out more of what Jarrett and Kligerman had to say in the video above.