A.J. Allmendinger

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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.”

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.”

NASCAR America: Allmendinger disappoints at Watkins Glen (VIDEO)

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Things didn’t go as planned at Watkins Glen International for pole-sitter A.J. Allmendinger, who finished 24th. Given this was his best chance to win, Brian Vickers says he was disappointed to see him give up so early.