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NASCAR America 6-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN: Recapping Hamlin’s Bristol win

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs on NBCSN at a special time, from 6-7 p.m. ET, and will recap Denny Hamlin’s win at Bristol.

Steve Letarte will be joined by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and A.J. Allmendinger to discuss Hamlin’s win and other storylines.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch online 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 for the special start time at 6 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Xfinity Series practice report at Watkins Glen

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Kyle Busch was fastest in both Xfinity Series practices Friday at Watkins Glen International.

Busch followed up his field-leading first practice effort with a 121.862 mph effort in the second and final practice in preparation for Saturday’s Zippo 200 at The Glen.

Busch was followed in the final session by Justin Haley (121.374 mph), Austin Cindric (121.280 mph), NASCAR on NBC analyst and former Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger (121.207 mph), and Ryan Blaney (120.752 mph). Blaney was second-fastest to Busch in the first practice, while Allmendinger was third-fastest in the opening practice.

Sixth through 10th in the final practice were Christopher Bell (120.520 mph), Jeremy Clements (120.155 mph), Justin Allgaier (120.113), Noah Gragson (120.087) and Tyler Reddick (119.962).

There were no major incidents in the second practice. A total of 31 cars took to the track during the session.

Cole Custer, who destroyed his primary car in a single-car incident in the first practice session, finally emerged in a backup car with about 15 minutes remaining in the final practice. Custer managed to finish the session 12th in speed (119.814 mph).

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FIRST PRACTICE

NASCAR Cup regulars Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney and former Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger were fastest in the first of two Xfinity Series practices Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen International.

Busch covered the twisting road course at a top speed of 121.259 mph. Blaney was second-fastest at 120.804 mph, followed by Allmendinger, now a NASCAR on NBC analyst, who was third at 120.272 mph.

Austin Cindric was fourth (120.155 mph), followed by Tyler Reddick (120.026), Christopher Bell (119.938), Cole Custer (119.918), Justin Haley (119.843), Josh Bilicki (119.545) and Justin Allgaier (119.401).

Cole Custer’s car suffered extensive front-end and left side damage, forcing his team to go to a backup car. Photo: Dustin Long, NBC Sports.

There was one significant incident of note in the first practice when Custer got loose and wrecked hard.

Custer’s team immediately began transitioning to use a backup car for the final Xfinity practice session, but it’s uncertain how many laps they’ll be able to get in, given that the session is coming up shortly and runs from 2:05 – 3:25 p.m. ET.

Saturday marks the Zippo 200 at The Glen Xfinity Series race, which will air live on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.

Click here for the first practice speed chart.

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NASCAR America Motorsports Special, 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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The biggest weekend in motorsports also means one of the biggest editions of the year for NASCAR America as well, with today’s expanded 90-minute Motorsports Special from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

We’ll go in-depth about Sunday’s doubleheader, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, its longest race of the season.

Today’s Motorsports Special will feature host Krista Voda along with A.J. Allmendinger, Steve Letarte and the man who will drive the pace car for the Indy 500 and NASCAR On NBC analyst, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

If you can’t catch either of today’s shows on TV, watch online 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.

Could Kyle Larson’s top speed in practice lead to first career Cup win?

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Now in his third full-time season as a Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Larson still is looking for his first career Cup win.

Atlanta Motor Speedway would be an appropriate place to get it — Chip Ganassi Racing announced in August 2013 news conference at the track that Larson would move to Sprint Cup the following season.

Larson might have gotten off to a great start toward accomplishing a career breakthrough with Friday’s lone Sprint Cup practice at 1.5-mile oval. He had the fastest lap of all drivers at 192.902 mph, more than a 1 mph over the second-fastest driver, 2014 Atlanta winner Kasey Kahne (191.807 mph).

A.J. Allmendinger was third fastest (190.975), followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (190.646) and Austin Dillon (190.404). Brother Ty Dillon, who is filling in for the injured Tony Stewart, he recorded the 25th fastest speed (188.334 mph).

Sprint Cup qualifying will occur later this afternoon at 5:45 p.m. ET. There will be two more Cup practices on Saturday prior to the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races.

Here’s how Friday’s lone practice session played out:

Sprint Cup practice Friday feb 26

NASCAR America: A.J. Allmendinger on ‘true champion’ Justin Wilson (VIDEO)

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A.J. Allmendinger called Justin Wilson a teammate, but more importantly he called him a friend and a driver that was the “best I’ve been around” and “one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to meet.”