WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 pm ET — Tony Stewart to miss races, Joe Gibbs Racing preview

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5 to 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno hosts from our Stamford (Conn.) studio and will be joined by Jeff Burton and Kyle Petty from Burton’s Garage.

On today’s show:

 Breaking news: 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will miss the start of the 2016 season. NASCAR America has the latest from NBCSports.com’s NASCAR Insider, Nate Ryan, as well as medical analyst and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.

 We’ll also focus on Joe Gibbs Racing’s preparations for the 2016 season, including:

* How reigning Cup champion Kyle Busch has recovered from his own injuries last season.

* Interviews with JGR crew chiefs Mike Wheeler (#11 – Denny Hamlin) and Dave Rogers (#19 – Carl Edwards).

* A look at JGR’s newest Xfinity Series contender, Erik Jones.

If you’re not near a TV, you can watch online at the NASCAR stream on NBC Sports.

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