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NASCAR America live at 5:30 p.m. ET — Blaney’s win, brake issues, Bubba

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We’ve got a very busy show planned for today’s NASCAR America, which airs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET.

Carolyn Manno, Kyle Petty and Nate Ryan host from our Stamford, Connecticut studios, while NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett will join us from Burton’s Garage.

Among today’s topics:

* We reflect upon first-time NASCAR Cup winner Ryan Blaney’s victory Sunday at Pocono. With the win, Blaney also puts himself and the legendary Wood Brothers team into the playoffs.

* Dale (Michigan, August 1991) and Kyle (Richmond, February 1986) will talk about their first career Cup wins, both which also came racing for the Wood Brothers.

* No brakes! Defending Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and several other drivers were victimized by brake failure Sunday. What brought about all those problems at Pocono? Our analysts give their opinions.

* Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, made his highly-anticipated Cup Series debut in the No. 43 car on Sunday, finishing 26th. Wallace became the first African-American driver to compete in a Cup race since Bill Lester did so in 2006. What positives can he take away from Wallace’s first race at NASCAR’s highest level?

* My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows heads to South Dakota! The state is home to Mount Rushmore and the Casino Speedway, where drivers can’t rely on Lady Luck to win big.

* In addition to NASCAR, we’ll also review the rest of the racing weekend, including NASCAR Xfinity and Trucks, as well as IndyCar and Formula One.

If you can’t catch today’s 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.

Ryan Blaney: ‘I would be nothing if it wasn’t for’ Brad Keselowski

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The first person to talk to Ryan Blaney after winning his first NASCAR Cup Series race was Brad Keselowski, who conducted the Victory Lane Interview for Fox Sports 1.

Keselowksi was returning the favor after Blaney did the same on Saturday, interviewing Keselowski following his win the Xfinity Series race.

The moment had a deeper meaning for the two drivers.

While Keselowski and Blaney are teammates in the Xfinity Series with Team Penske, Keselowski is also Blaney’s former owner in the Camping World Truck Series.

Blaney made 58 starts for Brad Keselowski Racing from 2012-2015 and won four times.

“It was awesome to see him basically just take the microphone from Jaime Little,” Blaney said. “That was cool to see his support.

“I wouldn’t be here without Brad, to be honest with you. He’s the one that gave me my start in 2012. I started driving his trucks then and it led to the Penske deal, led to the Wood Brothers deal. I would be nothing if it wasn’t for him taking a chance on me. He’s been a huge person I’ve looked up to. For him to do that really, really makes me feel good. It’s really cool to see his support still. He’s a great person.”

Keselowski’s victory lane interaction with Blaney sparked a memory for the 2012 Cup champion. Keselowski posted on Twitter following the race a picture of him celebrating his first Cup win on April 26, 2009 at Talladega Superspeedway.

In the picture, Keselowski is being congratulated by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Keselowski competed for Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series from 2007-09, winning five times before joining Team Penske in 2010.

Tagging Earnhardt in the tweet, Keselowski said “8 years later I finally know how you felt that day.”

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Ryan Blaney to drive Kyle Petty’s 1987 paint scheme in Southern 500

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The countdown to this years’ throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway began Monday with Ryan Blaney revealing his retro paint scheme on NASCAR America.

With the help of NBC Sports analysts Kyle Petty, Blaney announced his No. 21 Ford will have Petty’s 1987 paint scheme in the Sept. 3 Southern 500, which will air on NBCSN.

This is the third year for NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway

Kyle Petty’s Ford Thunderbird from the 1987 season. Source: Wood Brothers Racing.

Petty drove for Wood Brothers Racing from 1985-88, when he earned two of his eight Cup wins with the team and scored 19 top five and 48 top-10 finishes. He placed in the top 10 in points in three of his four seasons with the Wood Brothers.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Petty’s win in the Coca-Cole 600.

Blaney will be making his third start in the Southern 500. His best finish in his first two starts was 13th last season.

“When he was with us, Kyle used to build his own aluminum seats,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said in  press release.. “He won a total of eight Cup races. He’s a talented singer and guitar player. He’s done great work with the Victory Junction Camp and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, and he’s an excellent TV commentator.

“Kyle can do anything he wants to do. He’s that talented. We’re happy to have his name back on our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion for the Southern 500 at Darlington.”

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Cup starting lineup at Kansas Speedway

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Ryan Blaney scored his first career Cup pole and gave the Wood Brothers their first pole since 2004 and only second since 1984.

Joey Logano starts second in Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway.

The second row features Martin Truex Jr. and Talladega winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The third row features the Busch brothers with Kyle Busch fifth and Kurt Busch sixth.

Three Hendrick cars were among the 11 that failed inspection and did not make a qualifying attempt. Jimmie Johnson starts 29th, Kasey Kahne starts 31st and Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts 33rd in the 40-car field.

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NASCAR America: Ryan Blaney’s confidence has grown in sophomore Cup season

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Ryan Blaney is sixth in the NASCAR Cup standings heading into Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

With his performance, it’s pretty clear that Blaney is on the cusp of his first career Cup win. Plus, that performance has brought about a big resurgence for one of NASCAR’s most revered teams, Wood Brothers Racing.

“It’s just a matter of finishing out that second half of the race,” Blaney said during an interview with NBCSN’s Marty Snider that aired Thursday on NASCAR America. Blaney also discussed the improved confidence that comes with no longer being a rookie.