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NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: All-Star Scan All, look ahead to Coca-Cola 600

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Carolyn Manno hosts from our Stamford, Connecticut studio and is joined by driver Landon Cassill. Jeff Burton joins from Burton’s Garage.

  • This weekend, NASCAR’s best will be put to the longest test of the season in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 600-mile distance isn’t the only thing that’s unique about this challenging event. Landon and Jeff will explain what drivers have to look out for, both on and off the track!

 

  • The Charlotte region is also home base for Team Penske and its 2017 IndyCar Series champion, Josef Newgarden. As he heads into this weekend’s Indianapolis 500, Newgarden joins the show LIVE to discuss the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, his relationship with his Penske teammates, and what it’s like working for “The Captain.”

 

  • And it’s our favorite feature of the week – Scan All! Crank up those scanners and listen in on drivers, crew chiefs and spotters as they battle for a million bucks in last Saturday’s All-Star Race.

 

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Team Penske announces Xfinity sponsor for 2018

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Fitzgerald Glider Kits will serve as the primary sponsor for Team Penske’s No. 22 Xfinity car in 16 races next year, the team announced Wednesday.

Fitzgerald Glider Kits will be an associate sponsor on the car for the races it is not a primary sponsor.

As part of the agreement, Fitzgerald Glider Kits will be the sponsor for Ryan Blaney‘s Cup car in the Bristol night race next August and will continue as an associate sponsor on reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden’s car.

“Team Penske continues to grow its relationship with Fitzgerald Glider Kits and we welcome the company’s increased role as a sponsor with the No. 22 Ford Mustang team in 2018,” said team owner Roger Penske in a statement. “We work closely with Fitzgerald in our trucking business and the company has certainly made the most of its partnership with our race teams across different platforms since it joined Team Penske in 2016. We look to continue to build the Fitzgerald Glider Kits brand as we move to the next level next season.”

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NASCAR America: Josef Newgarden celebrates IndyCar championship (video)

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On Tuesday’s NASCAR America, we checked in with the new king of IndyCar racing, 2017 season Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden.

Among the things the Hendersonville, Tennessee (just north of Nashville) native spoke about was the help he got in his amazing first season with Team Penske from all his teammates.

“My teammates were great, letting me just being part of that group right from the beginning and trying to contribute and help me learn so I could contribute and help us be stronger overall,” Newgarden said.

He also talked about the surge in U.S. drivers in the series, much like NASCAR is enjoying with several young drivers including another teammate, Ryan Blaney, who texted Newgarden at length to offer him congratulations and compared the youth movement in both racing series.

“We’ve got a lot of young talent that’s trying to show the way and prove themselves against the already proven people in the sport,” Newgarden said. “It’s a fascinating thing to watch.”

Latest edition of Penske Games: Drivers draw North Carolina … or not

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In the eighth episode of Penske Games, Team Penske’s NASCAR and IndyCar drivers were given a simple task: draw an outline of the state of North Carolina.

Given that most of them live in the TarHeel State, you’d think they’d have no problem fulfilling the task.

If you did think that, you’d be wrong.

And what’s with Helio Castroneves? For some reason, he was fixated on drawing Florida (it’s easier, we guess).

Maybe it might have been easier if Team Penske’s drivers spelled North Carolina than drew it?

Anyway, check out the video above. And if you want, let’s see if you can draw North Carolina.

You’ve gotta watch this: Joey Logano is the best hula hooper on Team Penske

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Millennials likely won’t get this one. But their parents probably will.

So, mom and dad, remember when you were young’uns and played with a hula hoop? You know, the big hoop that you used to roll around your hips?

Team Penske decided to go old school in its latest edition of The Penske Games, prompting NASCAR drivers Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney to go head-to-head — well, actually, make that hip-to-hip — with their IndyCar counterparts: Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and newcomer Josef Newgarden.

There was a whole lot of shakin’ going on among the seven drivers with considerable hilarity at who could keep the hula hoop rolling around their hips, and those who were absolutely clueless.

We won’t mention who was good or bad — you’ll have to check out the video for that — but we will tell you who won the hip rolling contest with surprising finesse and dexterity: Joey Logano.

And he did it with aplomb: “I can do this all day long,” Logano quipped after winning the “competition.”

In response, Josef Newgarden said of Logano’s hula hoop prowess, “He’s a little weird like that. He probably does that in his spare time.”

Joey Logano, master hula hooper? Who knew?