Daniel McFadin

NASCAR writer for NBCSports.com. Former Sporting News intern. Graduated from IUPUI in Indianapolis with a master in sports journalism in 2014 and from Arkansas State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. Originally from Lewisville, Texas, now in Fort Worth. Ask me if I like Star Wars. I dare you.
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Burnouts on Broadway in Nashville at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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NASCAR Champion’s Week in Nashville, Tennessee is underway and you’ll get to watch the festivities on NBCSN starting tonight.

It begins at 11:30 p.m. ET with “NASCAR America Burnouts on Broadway,” which sees all 16 Cup Series playoff drivers showing off their burnout skills in downtown Nashville.

Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman will host the event. Country music singer Tim Dugger will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event and provide commentary alongside Stavast and Kligerman. The program will also re-air on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET leading into the Cup Series Awards banquet at 8 p.m. ET.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch online 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 enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 11:30 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Stewart-Haas Racing announces 2020 Cup driver-crew chief lineup

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Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday it is shaking up its driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, with Rodney Childers the only crew chief staying in place.

Mike Shiplett will move up to the Cup Series to crew chief Cole Custer in his rookie season in the No. 41 Ford. Together, Custer and Shiplett won seven Xfinity Series races in 2019 and finished second to Tyler Reddick in the standings.

Shiplett returns to the Cup Series for the first time since 2011 when he was crew chief for A.J. Allmendinger in 19 races at Richard Petty Motorsports. He takes the place of Billy Scott, who was crew chief for Daniel Suarez‘ only season in the No. 41.

A team spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports that Scott is no longer with SHR as he pursues other opportunities.

SHR is swapping crew chiefs on the No. 14 and No. 10 cars, with Mike Bugarewicz now paired with Aric Almirola on the No. 10 and John Klausmeier paired with Clint Bowyer on the No. 14.

Klausmeier worked with Almirola for the last two seasons as they earned one win (Talladega II, 2018) and made the playoffs both years.

Bugarewicz has led the No. 14 team since 2016, where he was Tony Stewart’s crew chief for his last NASCAR season before being paired with Bowyer in 2017. They won two races together in 2018 (Martinsville I, Michigan I) but went winless in 2019.

SHR also confirmed the No. 10 and No. 14 teams will be switching their crews, with the exception of their pit crews.

Childers will be paired with Kevin Harvick for a seventh year. Since 2014 they have produced 26 victories, one championship and have made the Championship 4 in five of six years.

“Our biggest asset at Stewart-Haas Racing is our people, and we strive to put each person in the best position to succeed,” said Greg Zipadelli, the team’s vice president of competition, in a press release. “Our driver/crew chief pairings for next season reflect this ideology, and we believe this lineup provides the best opportunity to win every time we unload our Ford Mustangs at the racetrack.”

Joey Logano to test Next Gen car at ISM Raceway next week

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Joey Logano will take part in a two-day test of the Cup Series’ Next Gen car next weekend at ISM Raceway, NASCAR confirmed Tuesday.

The test on the 1-mile track is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday with Logano the only driver participating.

Logano mentioned the test while discussing his offseason plans Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint.”

“That will be kind of fun with the Next Gen car, that will be an interesting test to kind of see how that car’s going to be and what it’s like,” Logano said.

The Team Penske driver’s test will be the second time the Next Gen car – scheduled to debut in 2021 – has seen action on track.

Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing did a two-day test with the car in October at Richmond Raceway.

I really enjoyed driving the car,” Dillon said after that test. “I like the way that it looks, you can see the finished product down the road. The (manufacturers) can make the body look really good, like a street car that you see on the road today. When it comes together and they all get their cars on the track, we’re going to have something to work with that also looks really good.”

NASCAR President Steve Phelps said during championship weekend in Miami that the car is expected to be delivered to teams in July of next year.

Sources told NBC Sports’s Nate Ryan last month that at least three companies are being strongly considered to build the chassis for the Next Gen car, including Joe Gibbs Racing.

Corey LaJoie staying with Go Fas Racing in 2020

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Corey LaJoie will remain with Go Fas Racing and drive its No. 32 Ford in the 2020 Cup Series season, LaJoie revealed on his “Sunday Money” podcast Tuesday.

The 2020 campaign will mark his second full-time season with Go Fas Racing.

“I don’t know if everybody was expecting that because it took a little while to get done, a little longer than both sides probably would have liked,” LaJoie said on the podcast by Motor Racing Network. “I’m … super excited to go back.”

LaJoie said he told the team Monday that he would back with the organization.

“I’ve got a baby on the way and a lot of diapers to pay for and I need to be driving around in circles,” LaJoie said.

LaJoie has a one-year deal with the team.

“(Owner) Archie (St. Hilaire) likes doing one-year deals, which I think is OK because things can change periodically, right?” LaJoie said on the podcast. “I think this is a crazy, crazy time in the sport with people retiring or moving around. The best I can figure, there’s probably only legitimately seven or eight cars that have their drivers committed for 2021. Everybody else is up in the air. So hopefully I can position myself the following year to be in something really good. But I am concentrated fully on 2020 with Go Fas.”

A big difference for Go Fas Racing in 2020 will be its technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing.

“We got some Stewart-Haas cars coming into the shop today,” LaJoie said. “I’ve heard they’re going to get two complete cars. Rolling, no motor. … It will have current suspension, rear end, truck arms. I would hope it will be pretty close to what they would send to the race track. That remains to be seen. … They’ll definitely be better than the four-year-old Front Row-Roush cars … The newer cars we had were four years old.”

LaJoie said he’s actively looking for a new crew chief, as Randy Cox has moved on.

“We’re talking obviously with the Stewart-Haas Xfinity guys, nobody really knows what’s going to go on there,” LaJoie said.

LaJoie said he had a “couple other options” for 2020 including moving over to Front Row Motorsports.

“There’s lots of stuff involved in that, there’s lots of stuff involved in all the deals, I just felt like the best team to go with and the best continuity and the best relationships I’ve had was to go back to the 32,” LaJoie said.

 

Halmar Friesen Racing switching to Toyota for 2020 Truck Series season

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After winning two Truck Series races and making the Championship 4 in 2019, Halmar Friesen Racing will switch from Chevrolet to Toyota for the 2020 season, the team announced Tuesday.

The team, which fields the No. 52 truck driven by Stewart Friesen, goes from an alliance with GMS Racing to receiving support from Toyota Racing Development. It will purchase trucks from Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The team has also acquired a new headquarters in Statesville, North Carolina.

Tripp Bruce returns to the team as crew chief. Gene Nead has been signed as Competition Director.

Friesen, 36, will compete in his third full-time season on the circuit next year.

“We were all very impressed after spending time with Toyota,” Friesen said in a press release. “TRD has been welcoming to our organization. With their support, knowledge and technology, we hope to bring our team to another level.

Added Friesen: “Through this transition, we’ve been able to retain several members of our team from last season. They’ve remained loyal to us and have new energy going into 2020.”

Friesen’s wins came at Eldora Speedway and ISM Raceway, which was his first win on pavement.