‘Food City 500’ Race Chat Room

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TELEVISION COVERAGE
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 12:30pm/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:00pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, April 24 at 12:00am/et (midnight) on FS1;
Monday, April 24 at 6:30am/et on FS1

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Rearview Mirror: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 & Off-Weekend Discussion

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It’s the first off-week for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series and it’s a well deserved one for all the top drivers. The first 7 races of the year have been absolutely crazy and unpredictable, thanks to the new stage format racing. Love it or hate it, stage racing has no doubt added an element of drama, suspense and excitement to the races.

When it comes to Dale Jr., it has been a very slow start with his best finish heading into Texas being just 14th at Phoenix. Texas’ repave was a complete reset for everybody involved but the NO. 88 team was able to catch on early with a fast car that was able to drive from 37th to 5th, Jr.’s best finish of the season through 7 races.

The Monster Energy Cup season picks back up at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 23rd with a start time around 2 PM EST. The race will be live on your local FOX network. Maybe, just maybe, Dale Jr. will be able to return to victory lane for his second career victory at one of his favorite tracks.

P.S. –

As many of you are aware, I have been completely absent from the website since Atlanta race weekend. My life has become pretty crazy for the past month . . . I just completed a move into a new apartment while balancing work and school. I have been a little bit overwhelmed to say the least. I still have time to watch the races though . . . for the most part. I will be back full-time once school wraps up in early June.

Robert

‘O’Reilly Auto Parts 500’ Race Chat Room 

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NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:00pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:30pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, April 10 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm/et on FS1

‘STP 500’ Race Chat Room

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Friday, March 31
11:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
4:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1

Saturday, April 1

5:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice (re-air), FS1
6:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice (re-air), FS1
7:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice (re-air), FS1
9 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FS1
10 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
11 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
1:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
2:30 p.m., NCWTS SetUp, FOX
3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Alpha Energy Solutions 250, FOX

Sunday, April 2

12:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (re-air), FS1
2:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1
11:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1
12:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1

2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500, FS1

‘Auto Club 400’ Race Chat Room 

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Friday, March 24
1:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
5 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1
5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
7 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
8:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro West Series: Tucson (taped), NBCSN

Saturday, March 25

8:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice (re-air), FS1
9:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice (re-air), FS1
10:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FS1
11:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay XFINITY, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series NXS 300, FS1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, FS1

Sunday, March 26

1 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series NXS 300 (re-air), FS1
3:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1
8 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series NXS 300 (re-air), FS1
10:30 a.m., Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge: Sebring (taped), FS1
12:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
3 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race, FOX
3:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500, FOX

8 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

‘Camping World 500’ Race Chat Room

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Friday, March 17
1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1
7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1

Saturday, March 18

9:30 a.m., 1997 Daytona 500 (re-air), FS1
Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS2
1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS2
2 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS2
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS2
3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Prerace, FOX
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series DC Solar 200, FOX
6:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, FOX

Sunday, March 19

1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS2
3 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race, FOX
3:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500, FOX
9:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

‘Kobalt Tools 400’ Race Chat Room

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Friday, March 10
2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS2
7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS2
7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS2

Saturday, March 11

Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300, FS1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, FS1

Sunday, March 12

1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
3:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400, FOX
9:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

Rearview Mirror: 2017 Folds of Honor 500

Rough day for the Nationwide NO. 88 at Atlanta

Atlanta did not go the way we all had hoped for our driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale had a surprisingly good qualifying run that put him 12th to start the race but once the green flag dropped, something seemed a little off. The NO. 88 immediately fell back a few spots to P15 with a seemingly bad handling race car that was just all over the place especially in the middle of the turns. Dale was specifically saying that the 50%-60% mark was where he needed help with more grip.

After falling back to P15, Earnhardt Jr. was able to get it back to P13 by working the top of turns 1 and 2 and the bottom of turns 3 and 4. The first green flag pit stop of the day took place around lap 35 and that’s where his trouble started. Dale was caught for speeding coming into pit road in multiple segments of pit lane so a drive through penalty was assessed. The NO. 88 went a lap down as a result, but thankfully the race was still in its early going and the possibility of recovering with the lucky dog or wave around at the end of the first stage was a possibility … until trouble struck again. While improving his position to P25 and only a few more cars to pass to get into the lucky dog spot, Dale had a tire go down that forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop. This was the nail in the coffin for Dale and the Nationwide team as they were never able to recover; floating around P30 and as far back as P34 and multiple laps down.

Despite being completely out of contention and multiple laps down, Dale did say over the team radio that we was still having a good time and was simply enjoying being back behind the wheel. Better days will come for sure. Sunday was just another one of those days that we have known all too well over the years as Junior fans. Yesterday’s kind of race used to actually get me down and ruin my Sunday’s because I wanted Dale to just simply run well and fight for a win. But after last years serious concussion injury and the possibility looming of him never being able to get back in a race car, we can’t take his competitive days for granted anymore. We must enjoy every race day that he’s healthy and on the racetrack, even when the day goes sour.

Dale tweeted this after the race and I think it solidly summarizes exactly how I feel and how I think we should all feel in Jr. Nation –

It wasn’t the best afternoon, but I’m so happy to be back with these guys here! Win or lose, we stick together. @nationwide88

‘2017 Folds of Honor 500’ Race Chat Room

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ALL TIMES EST

Friday, March 3
10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
11 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
2:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1
4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
5:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1

Saturday, March 4

9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
10:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250, FS1
4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200, FS1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post-Race Show, FS1

Sunday, March 5

2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip  500, FOX
11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

 

Rearview Mirror: 2017 Daytona 500

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A great car but a disappointing result for the NO. 88. Onto Atlanta!

We’re going to be trying something a little different this year. The ‘Rearview Mirror’ is essentially our post race discussion thread that will lead us into our next ‘Race Chat Room’. The ‘Rearview Mirror’ will be posted the morning following every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Pretty simple, right? We’ll continue to do what we do best, posting NASCAR news we find around the web and discussing those topics.