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Ray Evernham talks season 3 of 'AmeriCarna'
Season 3 of the popular car culture show "AmeriCarna" began Thursday on Velocity TV (9 p.m. ET), and show host Ray Evernham couldn't be more excited. "We've got some really cool stuff coming this year … just some incredible, incredible stories," Evernham told NASCAR.com. Evernham has an excellent eye for "cool stuff" when it comes to the automobile. From popular vehicles that may have little or nothing to do with the world of racing to those that left their mark on the track, the stories behind the vehicles that turn up on "AmeriCarna" are told well, they're informative and they’re entertaining. It's a labor of love for Evernham, the former championship-winning crew chief for Hendrick Motorsports and driver Jeff Gordon as well as a winning car owner in NASCAR's premier series with Dodge. "There are so many stories out there because cars have really documented the timeline of America and its history," Evernham said. "Each culture is represented by different things that happened around the automotive market or industry for years. They're connected by music and fashion and politics and all kinds of things." Tonight's premiere details the 2014 disaster at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the efforts to rescue the cars and repair the museum. A 30-foot deep sinkhole opened in the facility two years ago, and eight vehicles -- six owned by the museum and two on loan from General Motors -- were either damaged or completely destroyed. "We've got the complete story of when the sinkhole opened up and swallowed up all these priceless Corvettes … and the story of how they restored it, how they fixed that building," Evernham said. "We've got inside, never-seen-before footage from the folks at GM." Other shows this season will look everything from board tracks to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and a record-setting hot rod from the early '50s. "We're doing a thing on board tracks which is incredible because there was a huge board track right here in Charlotte," he said. "How in the 1930s they build these giant wooden tracks banked up to 45 degrees, a mile and a quarter in length and ran events there. "They were kind of the daredevils of the '30s and we actually went and got Travis Pastrana, who is a daredevil of today you might say, to talk with me about that show. "We found one of Dan Gurney's cars that was lost for 35-plus years and put it back on the track. "We've got a vintage hot rod from California that went across Bonneville at 133 mph in 1951. It's somewhat untouched and we're rebuilding the motor and doing all those things to see if we can make it go 133 mph again just like they did." The series consists of 10 episodes, but Evernham says that only scratches the surface of the incredible tales he and his team uncover. "We have people that bring us incredible car stories every day," he said. "We want more than 10 episodes a year because we've got a lot more stories to tell."
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GarageCam sees Smoke fire it up at Richmond
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Move over Nelly, Kanye -- it's Jeff Gordon rapping
MORE: NASCAR Goes West? How 'bout (Kanye) West Goes NASCAR? Look, we all know Jeff Gordon can breakdance, but don't get your hopes up on ever seeing the four-time premier series champ and recently retired driver spinning for us any time soon. Especially since he wouldn't even do it for the Leader of the Free World, President Barack Obama. RELATED: Breakdancing with Barack? Gordon passes So what's the next best thing? Gordon rapping? Yeah, we're just going to go ahead and say the next best thing is Gordon rapping. With NASCAR out west for Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio), Gordon stopped by FOX Sports Live in L.A. for an interview with FOX Sports Live hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole, who got the broadcaster to flex his flow and rap some lyrics from songs that name drop him, from Nelly to Kanye West. It's nothing short of amazing. Mic drop. @JeffGordonWeb raps @kanyewest and @Nelly_Mo . We also found his long lost relative. What an interview. Wow https://t.co/1dRdOpTTuk — FSLive: #JayAndDan (@foxsportslive) March 19, 2016 Mic drop. @JeffGordonWeb raps @kanyewest and @Nelly_Mo . We also found his long lost relative. What an interview. Wow https://t.co/1dRdOpTTuk — FSLive: #JayAndDan (@foxsportslive) March 19, 2016
Rolex 24 crown remains high prize for NASCAR stars
RELATED: History of NASCAR drivers in the Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The list of NASCAR greats to hoist a trophy at Daytona's famed Rolex 24 ranges from Hall of Famers such as Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte to stock car greats such as Mark Martin and includes Jamie McMurray , who after seven tries, won a champion's Rolex last year to showcase along with his 2010 Daytona 500 trophy. The late Dale Earnhardt competed just once finishing on the GT podium in his only try driving with his son Dale Earnhardt Jr . in 2001, along with sports car veterans Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins. AJ Allmendinger claimed a much-celebrated Rolex overall win in 2012, the 50th anniversary of the legendary race. The very first full-time NASCAR driver to win overall? Casey Mears in 2006. Through the history of this event full-time NASCAR drivers have been eager to give the Rolex 24 a try. And typically, found it as challenging and confounding as any week in a Sprint Cup Series' competition. McMurray, Allmendinger and third-year Cup driver Kyle Larson -- who co-drove with McMurray to the 2015 Rolex overall win -- will give the great endurance race another shot this weekend at the newly-unveiled, highly-celebrated, ultra-modernized Daytona International Speedway , which is fresh off a $400 million "re-imagining" renovation. RELATED: Learn more about Daytona Rising project The Russia-based prototype team and driver Mikhail Aleshin won the pole in the No. 37 BR01 Nissan and it will lead the 56-car field to green at 2:40 pm ET in the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona -- the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. "Looking forward to defending our win," Larson said, smiling. "I think we're a great team and great combo with (Scott) Dixon leading it and me on the tail. I'm hoping we can put together another full 24 hours here and get another watch." Larson is part of Chip Ganassi's defending championship team this weekend co-driving again with McMurray, reigning IndyCar champion and another former Indianapolis 500 champion, Tony Kanaan. The high-wattage, high-achieving lineup is matched by the anticipation of the series' new cars and revised classes fighting it out among the best sports car racers in the world for an entire day. And for much of the great history of this event, the sports car veterans ruled the road. NASCAR champions such as Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart gave it their best but are collectively 0-for-12 in claiming a shiny new watch. Johnson came closest to adding a Rolex to his resume and his wrist after finishing second overall in both 2005 and 2008 -- co-driving, in '08, with sports car royalty Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty and IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser. Stewart's best finish was third in 2005 co-driving with sports car veterans Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers. Danica Patrick and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace have given this race a try too. Patrick finished eighth overall in 2009 with Mears on her team. Wallace's only entry ended before the half-way mark. He was teamed with Patrick in 2006 and their car turned only 273 laps of 734 ultimately run. The race remains a crown sought by NASCAR's best, who compete alongside those sports car talents in one of the most diverse, highly anticipated events on the calendar. "I enjoy it, last year was fun and I think having all the drivers together, it's really the only time of the year we're all together," Larson said, smiling. "Everyone's telling stories. We all have dinner together. And to see everyone's driving talent and share the vehicle is pretty cool."
Hamlin's in need of some sleep, and he can't find it
MORE: Hamlin picks up first 500 crown " Joins list of winners Denny Hamlin has something no one else has -- the 2016 Daytona 500 trophy. What's one thing Hamlin doesn't have, as the "Great American Race" winner, though? That all-important five-letter-word ... sleep. Calling in on the " Dan Patrick Show" the newly crowned winner told the host (surprisingly, without a yawn), "I haven't gone to sleep yet." Sleep isn't in the immediate future, either, with a tight itinerary for his celebratory media tour in New York. "(I've) got a bunch of shows," Hamlin said. "I haven't even looked at my itinerary. Probably goes to 5 or 6 today." Maybe nap time should be stop number one.