NASCAR on NBC podcast, Episode VI: Parker Kligerman

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Parker Kligerman, both an NBC Sports analyst and a NASCAR driver, becomes the first repeat guest on the sixth episode of the NASCAR on NBC podcast.

The Camping World Truck Series points leader offers his insight on Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner Brad Keselowski, who ended a 33-race winless streak and likely gained a measure of relief after being outperformed by teammate Joey Logano for much of the last year.

As a former Team Penske teammate and a driver for Brad Keselowski Racing, Kligerman dissects how being outperformed by a teammate can wear on a NASCAR driver – and how it’s different from the cutthroat world of Formula One, where beating a teammate openly is celebrated and encouraged.

“We put such a bigger emphasis on the human element of racing and motorsports,” Kligerman said. “Formula One is so much more about the data, it comes down to if you don’t go as fast as your teammate, you’re doing something wrong and need to mimic what he’s doing. That’s the problem.

“For NASCAR, the data has crept in, but there’s such a large human element, there’s no way to pinpoint exactly what you’re behind on. And also the cars aren’t as consistent. They have a lot more dynamicism and moving parts. In F1, they try to make it as static as possible. That achieves the best lap time over the course of a run. That limits the human element. Our rules are designed to have the human element.”

Kligerman, who also drove for Kyle Busch in the Xfinity Series, offers an in-depth perspective on the surprising similarities between the 2012 Sprint Cup champion and the 2015 champion.

“They are more similar than you would think,” Kligerman said. “I would go down to saying they are very much the same person in terms of being a competitor. Both of them want to win more than anything. … But how they go about that is different. Brad looks at the mental side of the sport. … Kyle Busch is more in your face. There’s not much hidden behind the scenes.”

For more of that discussion, listen to the podcast by clicking below, or download and subscribe to it on iTunes by clicking here.

Kligerman also discusses:

–The impact of the lower-downforce package at Las Vegas, how it’s changed the tenor of driver conversations, and where NASCAR should head in the future;

–Furniture Row Racing’s decision to withdraw its appeal of crew chief Cole Pearn’s suspension;

–What makes Kevin Harvick so good at Phoenix International Raceway and will he maintain that dominance with this season’s new rules?;

–The early impact from the addition of a playoff format to the Xfinity Series on full-time drivers such as Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Jeremy Clements.

Again, you can subscribe to the podcast (and receive automatic downloads via your smartphone) by clicking here.

Sioux Chief to sponsor ARCA Showdown, East Series to race at Nashville Fairgrounds

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ARCA announced Saturday that Sioux Chief Manufacturing will be the entitlement sponsor of its 10-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown in 2020.

Sioux Chief Manufacturing is a Missouri company that designs and manufactures rough plumbing products, parts, and accessories for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications

Sioux Chief has been involved in ARCA since 2015 as a race event sponsor and special awards program sponsor and sponsored ARCA’s former Short Track Challenge.

As part of the deal, a newly increased point fund, combined with race purses, owner plan, and contingency awards, will offer teams a chance to compete for a share of over $920,000 in posted awards throughout the series.

The Sioux Chief Showdown will bring together the best drivers from the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West, formerly known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Those events, held on oval tracks 1.25-miles in length and under and road courses, offer drivers who may not be able or eligible to run the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule the opportunity to run for a championship. Combined with the overall ARCA Menards Series championship, and the East and West championships, drivers will have four separate championships to compete for in 2020.

The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Also present was promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, who announced that the ARCA Menards Series East would compete at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 2.

The Tennessean reported this week that the Nashville Fairgrounds was negotiating with Sargent to promote at least three races at the short track in 2020. Sargent’s involvement in the track comes after Nashville’s Fair Board voted to terminate its agreement with Formosa Productions to run the track over outstanding debt.

The ARCA Menards Series has competed at the Fairgrounds the last five seasons. The ARCA Menards Series East, formerly known as the K&N Pro Series East, competed there from 2007-08.

GMS Racing reveals full-time driver-crew chief lineup, number assignments

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GMS Racing has announced its full-time driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season and number assignments for its trucks:

– Chad Norris has been named crew chief for Brett Moffitt and the No. 23 Chevrolet team. Moffitt drove the No. 24 in his first season with the team. Norris has been with GMS Racing for two years and directed the effort that delivered the team its 2018 Xfinity Series win at Talladega.

– Chad Walter will lead Tyler Ankrum and the No. 26 team. 2020 will be Ankrum’s first season with GMS Racing. Walter served as an engineer for Ankrum this season at DGR-Crosley. Walter has five wins and 42 top fives in 208 Xfinity Series starts as crew chief.

– Kevin “Bono” Manion is paired with Zane Smith on the No. 21 Chevrolet. 2020 will be Smith’s first full-time Trucks season after competing part-time for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Manion has 24 wins as crew chief across all three national series since 2003. He led Martin Truex Jr. to his two Xfinity Series titles.

– Jeff Stankiewicz will remain as the crew chief for the No. 2 team piloted by Sheldon Creed.

Social Roundup: How NASCAR drivers are spending their offseason

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NASCAR’s Champion’s week is now behind us and we are firmly in the offseason.

Well, sort of.

The NASCAR world never really stops, which is evident simply due to the continued announcements for the 2020 season.

But with Joey Logano testing the Next Gen car at Phoenix earlier this week and Dale Earnhardt Jr. helping clean up North Wilkesboro Speedway for iRacing, it’s been anything but quiet.

Here’s a look at what else happened in the NASCAR community this week.

Someone needs to check in on Jimmie Johnson, he could be in his own version of Mr. Mom.

Chris Buescher is home again.

The 2015 Xfinity Series champion is back at Roush Fenway Racing for the 2020 Cup season and he’s got the firesuits and cars to prove it.

Brad Keselowski recently became father to a second daughter.

He’s now learning some important life lessons.

Former Front Row Motorsports driver Matt Tifft is now off the market after getting married to his fiance, Jordan. Now they’re on their honeymoon.

 

Matt DiBenedetto showed off one of the perks of being a Wood Brothers Racing employee.

Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace went somewhere warm to start their holiday.

Joey and Caitlin Gase welcome twin sons

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Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase and his wife Caitlin are now parents to twin boys

The babies were born on Wednesday. Their names are Jace and Carson.

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