2017 NASCAR Media Tour Day 1 highlights
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The 2017 NASCAR Media Tour kicked off in uptown Charlotte Tuesday, with drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series previewing the upcoming season.
Hope sprang eternal for every day that graced the halls of the Charlotte Convention Center, with every team just knowing they've made the right moves during the brief offseason to prepare for the grind that is the NASCAR slate.
But there was a lot more to Tuesday's events than the run-of-the-mill driver speak we've grown accustomed to.
Here's a taste of what you missed.
Maybe Kyle Busch shouldn't give up driving for a singing career just yet.
The driver of the No. 18 M&M's Toyota stopped by the PRN booth, where he provided to take on an all-time favorite road trip song: Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again." As you can see in the video, it's probably a good thing that Kyle chose racing over a career in entertainment.
Be sure to like the Performance Racing Network's Facebook page to hear more NASCAR stars' favorite sing-alongs.
AJ Allmendinger's terrible golf outing
After news broke that AJ Allmendinger participated in a test on the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway, speculation began to swirl regarding a Cup race turning left and right in NASCAR's home. But that's not what AJ wanted to talk about.
"I heard a rumor there was a stock car test going on around Charlotte. I was golfing that day," Allmendinger said. "Shot an 86. I four-putted the first green. It was terrible."
The driver of the No. 47 Kroger Chevy for JTG Daugherty eventually came around to talk about the test, saying he'd love to see more road courses on the NASCAR schedule.
"I had a lot of fun. It would be something I would enjoy. It was better than my golf game, let's put it that way," he cracked. "I had 43 putts that round. Do you know how bad that it? It's horrible! But I didn't throw the putter, so I'm growing in maturity as a person."
Baking cakes for Ty Dillon's mom
Ty Dillon's wife Haley has begun to consider herself somewhat of a baker. According to Ty, it all started on his mom's birthday.
"She went out and bought the stuff and we did it and we laughed so hard at that first cake," Dillon said. "It was two layers, but they were so wonky and off to the side."
It's the thought that counts, right? Turns out, Mrs. Dillon has turned the hobby into quite the side business.
"She just started doing other cakes and people started asking her about them and then it kind of blew up pretty quick. I said, 'I hope you enjoy making cakes because this might be a thing,'" Dillon said. "It's been really fun. I love that she has something going on and that I can support her, too."
The Matt Kenseth Comedy Hour
Joe Gibbs Racing veteran Matt Kenseth stole the show during Tuesday morning's media availability, offering up his prediction on the Super Bowl and reflecting on Carl Edwards' shocking retirement.
"Carl's not racing this year?" Kenseth quipped, pausing. "Are you serious?"
Kenseth went on to say he didn't know much more than anyone else about Edwards' retirement and that the decision caught him by surprise. When asked about teaming up with new spotter Jason Hedlesky, Kenseth again delivered a heaping helping of sarcasm.
"I do?" Kenseth laughed. "I'm learning so much in here."
The 2003 NASCAR champ was asked about the upcoming Super Bowl.
"I think it's going to be the Falcons and the Patriots," he joked. "Oh, you meant 'who's going to win it?'" You just don't know, but Atlanta's pretty explosive."
Welcome back, Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer had a miserable 2016 season. Now that his much-anticipated move to Stewart-Haas Racing is complete, the new driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford couldn't be happier.
"Hi, everyone. Remember me?" Bowyer asked. "It's nice to be happy."
And even though he's retired, team owner Tony Stewart's keeping busy, especially during the holidays.
"I went down to the company Christmas party and I look over, and Santa Claus is there," Bowyer said. "And then, I got to looking a little closer. It's Tony! Tony is Santa Claus. Which, by the way, he fit perfectly in the outfit."
Day one driver press conferences
New NASCAR format draws rave reviews
Less than 24 hours after NASCAR announced massive changes to how it will conduct races starting with the 2017 season, the drivers couldn't wait to share their joy with the new system.
In case you missed the announcement and need to catch up, PRN has you covered.