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The NASCAR Media Tour wound down on Thursday, but NASCAR AMERICA’s coverage from Charlotte continues today with a one-hour, live show that starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Here is what’s on tap for today’s show, with Leigh Diffey in studio and Kyle Petty in Charlotte:

  • Our coverage of the 2015 NASCAR Charlotte Media Tour continues today with big news as Hendrick Motorsports officially announced that Chase Elliott will take over for Jeff Gordon in the 24 car after Gordon finishes his final NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2015.
  • A proud week for the Elliott family (and great timing, per our Nate Ryan), Chase’s father Bill Elliott discusses his own accomplishments as he prepared to be inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame tomorrow night.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks to our reporters about Greg Ives, the ninth different crew chief of his career.
  • Richard Childress Racing’s boys talk to us after their day at media day. Ryan Newman searches for his first win with RCR; Paul Menard has not won since the 2011 Brickyard 400, and Austin Dillon discusses his rookie season and what he hopes to improve.
  • Jamie McMurray joined his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates and won the Rolex 24 at Daytona last week. Teammate Kyle Larson was last year’s rookie of the year, and our reporters caught up with another member of the winning Rolex team.
  • With only 24 days left until the 2015 Daytona 500, the Jeff Gordon theme continues.  We look back on Gordon’s most recent Daytona 500 victory, 10 years ago in 2005, which marked the last time any driver has won the race three times.

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Kyle Busch happy with first stint: ‘Put me in the car, there’s excitement!’

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Rolex 24 at Daytona debut of the “KB Show” was cut short by a strategy maneuver but still delivered drama and a positive result.

Kyle Busch got the No. 14 RCF GT3 Lexus back on the lead lap and back in contention for a GTD victory at Daytona International Speedway.

“It was good,” Kyle Busch said with a broad smile after a 42-minute stint. “Just, uh, shit, put me in the car, and there’s excitement around! Drove all my way back to the lead lap and everything.

“Overall, we’ve had a good experience and hell I only got one stint in, so I’m ready for more. Sign me up, coach!”

The two-time Cup champion was expected to drive for at least 90 minutes, but the first full-course caution of the race (with 19 hours and 16 minutes remaining) caused AIM Vasser Sullivan to change up its drive plan. Busch was called to the pits in favor of Parker Chase.

“With all the strategy and the way the wave-bys work here, it’s quite different than what we’re accustomed to (in NASCAR),” said Busch, who likely will drive longer now later in the race. “That wasn’t bad. To get ourselves back on the lead lap and back to a position where we can start scrapping again hopefully is what we needed.

“So I got one stint in, but I’m trying to save myself and (teammate) Jack (Hawksworth) for a little later.”

Busch climbed into the car shortly after 6 p.m. as the last of the No. 14’s four drivers. He complained a few times on his radio about traffic, which he said was his biggest challenge.

“There were a couple of instances we ran down a smaller car, and (it was) just mirror driving in front of us,” he said. “That was pretty bad. We lost probably 2 seconds on that. Overall, I guess that’s road racing.

The yellow flag was exactly what Busch’s team needed after being forced to start from the rear of the field when it missed qualifying because of an engine change. Hawksworth, who started the race, said the car was “quick in the wrong places and slow in the right places” after struggling with handling and speed in the first stint.

“I don’t feel we’re out of it,” Hawksworth said. “It’s a very long race. Still early days. We need to work on having speed for the end of the race. The position right now doesn’t really make any difference. We’ll need to find some performance at the end of the race to fight for the win.”