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Joey Logano, wife Brittany open up about pregnancy struggles (video)

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Joey Logano and wife Brittany shared their struggles with pregnancy in an interview with Krista Voda that appeared on NASCAR America before Saturday night’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Shortly after they were married, Brittany was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a common health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones that can lead to infertility.

“Even if it’s not going to happen the way that we want it to, I’m fine adopting,” Brittany told Voda. “(Joey) is fine adopting because there are so many kids without homes.”

The couple tried in vitro fertilization. After a setback, Brittany became pregnant. They are expecting their first child in January 2018.

“If I had one regret,” Brittany told Voda, “I wish I would have shared it when I was in the pit. I want to let people know they’re not alone. One awesome things about pain and struggle is it’s an equalizer. Everybody goes through it.”

For more on the couple, check out the video above.

NASCAR America: Joey Logano faces must-win situation in Bristol

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Joey Logano needs a win to make it into the Cup playoffs. Currently outside the top 16, the Team Penske driver has to win in the next three races or he likely won’t make it to the playoffs

Luckily, he’s won two of the last three night races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

But NASCAR America analyst Slugger Labbe says Logano’s recent record “doesn’t matter.

“You’re going to Bristol now, a night race, a traction compound that’s going to be applied and that’s going to wear off,” Labbe said. “Your car is going to be adjustable. The team can’t make any mistakes. They’re 98 points out of the playoff bubble. They have to win. Bristol is definitely a good shot for them.”

But in addition to the traction compound that had been treated on the track differently, Parker Kligerman said he thinks there’s a “lack of … confidence” in the No. 22 team.

“It doesn’t seem like the confidence is there to go out and get that win,” Kligerman said. “This is a race track that rewards confidence.”

Watch the video for the full discussion.

NASCAR America: Comparing Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final season to Usain Bolt’s

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With Dale Earnhardt Jr. nearing the end of his Cup Series career, NBC Sports analysts Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medalist in track and field, discussed how the twilight of Earnhardt’s career compares to that of Usain Bolt, whose running career recently ended with a hamstring injury in the last race of his career.

“I think there are a lot of similarities,” Boldon said. “I think a lot of people would have loved to have seen Junior having a better year in this his final season. It’s the same thing that happened in London. That place was sold, 60,000 people, because we wanted to see how Usain Bolt would go out. The fans were hoping he would go out with a win.”

Watch the rest of the video for Boldon’s take on NASCAR, which he is discovering this year as a member of the NASCAR on NBC team.

 

NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: Bristol preview and more

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continues to analyze this weekend’s races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Carolyn Manno hosts from Stamford, Connecticut. Slugger Labbe joins here from NBC Charlotte and Parker Kligerman and Ato Boldon join from Bristol.

On today’s show:

· From London to Bristol … fresh of his duties at the IAAF Track & Field World Championships, Ato Boldon joins us live from Bristol Motor Speedway. He’ll recap his introduction to NASCAR earlier this year, including a ride along at Daytona. He’ll also share what’s on his docket this weekend in Thunder Valley.

· We’ll recap last night’s Truck Series race won by Kyle Busch, as well as both sessions of today’s Xfinity Series practice.

· American Flat Track star Shayna Texter also stops by to discuss her journey to the top level of flat-track motorcycle racing.

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

If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

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

NASCAR America: Ryan Newman passion for racing began with father, grandfather

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Ryan Newman is a Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winner, but his history with racing began in Indiana, where he fell in love with it just like his father, Greg Newman, and his grandfather.

Greg Newman was even a spotter for his son when he won the 50th Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.

The Richard Childress Racing driver joined NASCAR America on Wednesday and discussed how deep racing runs in his family.

“My grandfather … helped build South Bend Motor Speedway so racing’s been in my blood for a long time,” Ryan Newman said. “My dad always wanted to be a race car driver, so I don’t think without his drive I would be necessarily where I am or who I am.”

Newman began racing at 4 years old and made his Cup debut in 2000 at Phoenix Raceway. Newman discusses Team Penske’s “ABC Program” that led to his Cup career and how his engineering degree from Purdue University has benefited his career.

Watch the above video for the full segment.

Below, watch this week’s “Drivers Meeting” where Newman talks with Kyle Petty and Steve Letarte about what he likes about racing at Bristol Motor Speedway and driving for RCR.