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5 Takeaways From NASCAR Pole Position April-May

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The April-May edition of NASCAR Pole Position magazine featured Q&As from current and former NASCAR stars, lists, and tips and tricks. Here are some of the highlights of the most recent edition.

Ben White: Q&A With Kirk Shelmerdine (P 10-12)

Dale Earnhardt’s crew chief for four championships, Kirk Shelmerdine, talked about his time at Richard Childress Racing for Dale Earnhardt. During this piece, Shelmerdine gave some insight into who Dale Earnhardt was behind the helmet.

Shelmerdine describes Earnhardt as very smart because of Earnhardt’s history with building car setups. While Shelmerdine had fun with Earnhardt, he has been mainly out of the sport for the last 10 years or so, and he has not found his place back in the sport quite yet.

Jared Turner: A Dozen Moments that Defined NASCAR (P 20-30)

Recognizing the 75th anniversary of NASCAR, Pole Position discussed 12 moments that defined NASCAR through the years. The moments ranged from the iconic 1979 Daytona 500 to the seventh championships of Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson.

This is an interesting look into the history of NASCAR. Especially adding some of the more modern moments that people may not have thought about during other anniversary seasons like the 50th in 1998 or the 60th in 2008.

Jared Turner: 6 Ways to Maximize Your Raceday Experience (P 34-35)

When going to a NASCAR race, there are always unique ways to maximize your experience. Going to a NASCAR race is not like going to a football game or a baseball game. NASCAR tracks allow you to bring in different things and even allow you to immerse yourself in the race more than others.

Pole Position offers six unique tips and tricks for attending a NASCAR race. There are many ways to take a single NASCAR race experience and enhance it to something more special.

Dustin Albino: Harris Lue Graphic Designer Profile (P 42-46)

Dustin Albino works on a profile on one of NASCAR’s most interesting designers, Harris Lue. Lue’s signature retro style has brought him to jobs with NASCAR, Stewart-Haas Racing, and even freelance work.

Lue also goes into his penchant for collecting. He has collected vintage merchandise from drivers such as Davey Allison and Ernie Irvan.

Jared Turner: Ryan Preece Q&A (P 48-49)

Jared Turner sits down with a NASCAR driver who got a second chance in Ryan Preece. Preece is a former NASCAR Modified Series Champion, and got his second chance with Stewart-Haas racing after losing his full-time ride following the 2021 season.

Preece went on to talk about the outlets he would use to help him through the lack of races in the 2022 season. He also talked about how the opportunity at Stewart-Haas Racing came about along with what grassroots drivers can take from his career.

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