NASCAR America live at 5:30 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Media Day, Mario Andretti’s Daytona win

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Today’s 90-minute episode of NASCAR America brings you news and interviews from Daytona 500 Media Day in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Carolyn Manno hosts in Stamford, Connecticut. Dale Jarrett and Steve Letarte join the show from NBC Charlotte and Jeff Burton and Marty Snider are in Daytona.

What to expect from today’s episode:

· The green flag on the 2017 NASCAR season drops Sunday, but today, the stars of the sport met the press for Daytona 500 Media Day. You’ll hear from defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, defending Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and several more contenders in the “The Great American Race.”

· Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez look to be in the thick of this year’s Cup Series Rookie of the Year title. How are the newcomers preparing for their first Daytona 500? Jeff Burton sat down with them both to talk about it.

· American racing legend Mario Andretti is an icon in the open-wheel world, but 50 years ago, he captured NASCAR’s biggest event. Ken Squier takes a look at Andretti’s road to the Daytona 500 – which was much longer than most.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

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Click here at 5:30 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

NASCAR America: NASCAR’s stars hit the track for the ‘Little 600’ (video)

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Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”

Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

 

Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.

Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.

Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.

Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.

Click here for Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

Slugger Labbe: How do crew chiefs prepare for grueling Coca-Cola 600? (video)

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Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.

Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.

Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.

Check out the above video.

NASCAR: Remembering Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating 2016 Coca-Cola 600 win

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In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.

Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.

Check out the video above.