NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett expected ‘a little more’ from Ryan Blaney

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Aside from Austin Dillon‘s Daytona 500 victory, NASCAR’s “youth movement” has been shut out of Victory Lane this season in the Cup Series.

On NASCAR America, Dale Jarrett discussed two of the more high-profile drivers in the movement, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney and Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott.

Blaney, who scored his first Cup win last year at Pocono Raceway, has three top fives and led a career-high 364 laps through 11 races.

“I think he’s performed really well at a high level, but I don’t think I can call it success yet,” Jarrett said. “I expected him to be in the top five battling for wins a little bit more than what we’ve seen to this point. Maybe that’s a little bit unfair considering where the Fords were last year and they’ve come on. … I think Ryan Blaney would tell you this hasn’t been a success at this point at 11 races.”

Even though Blaney’s teammate Joey Logano has a win at Talladega, Jarrett observed the team still has “some work to do” in other areas.

“I’ll give (Blaney) a pass to the point that I think he has performed well, but I really did expect a little more and do all the time,” Jarrett said.

Jarrett also gives a “pass” to Elliott, who is winless through 88 starts and has eight runner-up finishes, including one this season.

“They just haven’t figured out this car yet, with the new rules,” Jarrett said of the new Camaro model Chevrolet teams have. “There’s so many young drivers in the Chevrolet camp that that’s hindering all of them at this point in time.”

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NASCAR America: Xfinity drivers come into their own

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This week, Xfinity drivers took over Philadelphia with some high-profile fan appearances, which prompted the NASCAR America analysts to discuss the current rules limiting Cup drivers in that series.

Nate Ryan said: “That should tell NASCAR, that based off the positive reaction from the last few Xfinity races that the rules they have put in – whether it was drivers can only race for points in one series, whether it’s restricting the number of Xfinity races Cup drivers can run – I think they’ve worked. I think the lesson should be, you probably don’t need any more rules at this point because things are working themselves out naturally.”

Dale Jarrett had a more traditional approach to how NASCAR should handle Cup drivers who want to run in the Xfinity races.

“The feelings that I have had over the years is: I’m not opposed to the Cup drivers being there. I think they should have to drive their own cars like many of us did coming up through.”

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NASCAR America: Kevin Harvick treats every race like a playoff race

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When a driver is on a streak of success like Kevin Harvick current enjoys, “Sundays cannot come soon enough,” according to NASCAR America analyst Dale Jarrett.

“You’re ready to get back and prove that what you’re doing is for real. Not only to everyone else, but to yourself that you can continue this pace.”

 

If Harvick can continue at his current pace, he will win 13 races this season – tying a modern era record in the process (Richard Petty won that many in 1975 and Jeff Gordon repeated the feat in 1998). At this current pace, Harvick will earn 20 stage wins and 26 top fives, both of which also tie or beat modern records.

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NASCAR America at 6 p.m. ET: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s foray into fatherhood

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 6-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and features analysis on Kevin Harvick‘s incredible start to the season and Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s foray into fatherhood.

Marty Snider and Dale Jarrett will be on hand from the studio in Stamford, while Nate Ryan hangs out in Burton’s Garage.

On today’s show:

  • Kevin Harvick has dominated the 2018 season through 11 races. Is he on the path to one of the most successful campaigns in recent memory? Our panel weighs in.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a week into fatherhood but already has plenty of stories to share. We’ll hear some on the latest installment of the Dale Jr. Download podcast.
  • We’ll also have highlights from the Xfinity Series Takeover in Philadelphia today. The drivers toured the city and made a pit stop for cheesesteaks.
  • Sirius XM’s Pete Pistone stops by with his take on the state of the Xfinity Series and how NASCAR’s “Old Guard” is fending off the sport’s youth movement.
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NASCAR America: Some drivers stood out at Dover for making mistakes

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Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. stood out last week at Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400, but not for the reasons they would have wanted.

With competition being so tight throughout the field, success is increasingly defined by drivers eliminating mistakes, according to NASCAR America analysts Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman.

Larson was hit with two penalties during the race weekend – one that dropped him to the back of the field and forced him to give up his pole position and one that cost him two laps for an uncontrolled tire.

“Generally as (the race track widens out) it makes passing easier, but that wasn’t the case (Sunday),” Jarrett said. “Things were just different there. And I think it’s all year you’re seeing this. That’s why it’s so important that these teams stop making mistakes on pit road.”

“One thing that’s adding to this is we’re not seeing a lot of cautions these days,” Kligerman added. “It just seems to be a lot of green flag racing, so when you make a mistake and you’re having to come back through the field, cautions help you, right? They group the field back; you can get a good pit stop to make up for that last one; make up a couple of spots there. But when it’s green flag and it’s purely down to speed and your ability to pass – and we saw from Martin Truex that he wasn’t able to do that when he got back in the pack.”

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