The Penske Files: Who’s the Penske prankster and taking Chase beards to an extreme

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It’s been a few weeks since we last brought you an edition of the wildly popular (okay, maybe mildly popular) Penske Files.

So to “celebrate” the continuation of the series, today we bring you not one, but two of the latest editions of Penske Files.

The first video is appropriately labeled “Who is the Penske prankster?”

Hint: it rhymes (kinda) with “Olio,” which means a variety act or show or miscellaneous collection of items.

And then there’s the latest edition.

You’ve heard of Chase for the Sprint Cup grids?

Well, how about Chase beards – and how some Team Penske employees may be taking the no-shave-until-we-win-the-championship to an extreme level.

Oh boy, did they ever … or we should say, oh girl, did they ever. You’ll see what we mean when you get to the end of the video. Eww.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race the No. 3 vs. IndyCar stars in Michigan iRacing

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The invite has been received, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. has another iRacing event on his schedule.

The NASCAR on NBC analyst tweeted Wednesday that he will make his debut in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge with Saturday’s race at Michigan Speedway. The race will be shown live on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

The 2-mile oval was chosen by IndyCar drivers as the third track in the six-race series. Earnhardt heartily endorsed Michigan as a potential iRacing venue Monday along with Daytona and Talladega. Michigan nearly was selected by fans as the opener in the iRacing Challenge.

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Earnhardt, a longtime avid iRacing fan, had been lobbying since last Thursday that he was interested in racing with IndyCar drivers.

He has driven in the first three races of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational, finishing second to Denny Hamlin in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Last year, he attended his first Indianapolis 500, working as an analyst as part of NBC Sports’ inaugural broadcast of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

“I’d love to do it,” Earnhardt said Monday about joining the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “I think I’d love to get to know those guys.

“I had such a great time at the Indy 500 last year, and the reception that I received from other drivers there really meant a lot to me. So I know they’re all a lot of great dudes in that series that I already know that I’d love to get to know some of them even better.”

It already has been quite the week for Earnhardt, who was announced Monday as one of 15 nominees for the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The field for Saturday’s race at Michigan should include another  NASCAR driver in Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time Cup champion has driven the first two races of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge (and has plans to race IndyCar part time in the future).