NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez’s success in All-Star Race provides 600 confidence

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The rules package used in last week’s All-Star Race did not provide technical assistance to any of the teams since it will not be implemented for this week’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but Daniel Suarez gained more from his second-place finish in it than perhaps anyone else, according to the NASCAR America analysts on Tuesday.

Racing at NASCAR’s top level takes confidence that can only be earned with success.

“I don’t think a lot applies from a technical standpoint, but I think that momentum is important,” Jeff Burton said. “Daniel Suarez got moved up to the Cup series probably a year before they really wanted him to with Carl Edwards’ departure.

“He still is playing catch up a little bit. And that’s OK. He’s a young driver, he has time to catch up, but at some point you’ve got to have some success. … I think for Daniel, this race was exceptionally important because it reminded him he can drive a race car. Reminded him what it feels like to battle for the win.”

Suarez finished 11th in last year’s Coke 600 and finished sixth in the fall Bank of America 500.

“Daniel’s going to get a lot from the All-Star Race going into the 600,” Landon Cassill said. “Maybe because of his experience and because he’s a sophomore driver, he might get more out of it than Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick. Getting those reps in and restarting next to Kevin Harvick … racing side-by-side with those guys. More so than just the confidence. There are actual things that Daniel learned on Saturday night that is going to help him for the Coke 600.

For more, watch the above video.

Scan All: “It’s crazy what you guys’ll do for a million bucks”

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“It’s crazy what you guys’ll do for a million bucks,” crew chief Todd Gordon told his driver after Joey Logano narrowly missed a multicar accident In the All-Star Race.

“You just wait. You’ll see a lot more of that,” Logano replied.

Here are some other highlights:

  • “Beside the 4, I think we’ve got the best car; it’s driving pretty good.” – Kyle Busch
  • “We’re tore up. Lost the hood.” – Brad Keselowski
  • “I just want to thank my teammate Clint Bowyer for putting us in that position.” – Kurt Busch
  • “He’s the last one to do that because he mirror drives everybody.” – Kyle Larson, after contact from Logano sent him spinning.
  • “That 22’s probably going to be our next caution. I think he’s gonna cut a tire, personally.” – Chase Elliott
  • “A million dollars baby. Hell yeah!” – Kevin Harvick

For more, watch the above video.

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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Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

NASCAR America: Jeff Burton says ‘NASCAR took a big swing with new aero package’

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In a poll during Monday’s NASCAR America segment, fans overwhelmingly supported the new aero package used in the All-Star Race. Analyst Jeff Burton was one of those who voted yes to the question of whether it should be used again this year.

And yet, Burton also was cautious about this being the final version NASCAR employs.

“There’s going to have to be a way where maybe you can put more power in the cars and still give them the ability to draft,” Burton said.

“This was a big swing. Maybe something in the middle makes the most sense. The mile-and-half races, quite frankly they’ve got to be a little better than they have been. And this is the beginning of doing that.”

NASCAR is made up of many stakeholders, and the drivers’ opinions are weighed alongside the fans.

“You could tell (the drivers) were kind of surprised they liked it,” Burton continued.

“You could hear them hesitantly saying, ‘Yeah, I kind of liked it,’ but they were afraid to admit it because it wasn’t what they really want to do.”

Burton said the reason for the hesitation was that the restrictor plate and aero ducts altered the input the drivers have on their race cars.

“There’s going to have to be common ground where maybe you can put more power back in the cars and still give them the ability to draft,” Burton said. “Now that’s going to be hard to do. … How can we do that and make the car go faster? That’s the next question. If we can find a way to put some speed back into the cars and give the guy in second an advantage somewhere, that’s the positive you can take from this race and keep building that book.

“The end goal being create racing that’s fun to watch but doesn’t mess with the tradition and all the things that NASCAR has always been. There’s a way to do it if the effort continues.”

For more on Burton’s take, watch the video above.

NASCAR America: Harvick says All-Star race was start of a new direction

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After winning the 2018 All-Star Race, Kevin Harvick shared his impression of the new rules that were used for the event. Obviously happy with the outcome, he acknowledged the challenge of racing in traffic and anticipates NASCAR will use the package again.

“That was wild. I think as you look at the end of the third stage there, that was really the key to the win for us,” Harvick said. “Our car was super-fast, but traffic was not our friend. That’s the reason I kept picking the outside on those restarts.”

More importantly, Harvick sees this new package as a direction in which NASCAR will ultimately head.

“I’m glad they did it for the All-Star race and I think five years down the road we’ll look back on tonight and say that was the start of…” Harvick then paused dramatically before saying, “whatever it is.”

For more, watch the above video.