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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.

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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.

Regan Smith halfway to earning $1 million Dash4Cash prize

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The third of four editions of the 2015 Dash4Cash takes place during Friday night’s Food City 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The highest finisher of four drivers – Regan Smith, Elliot Sadler, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney – will win the $100,000 prize.

Smith has won the first two rounds (Dover and Indianapolis). The final round is next week at Darlington Raceway.

“Every race at Bristol offers a lot of bumping and banging, but this race-inside-a-race concept will take the action on the track and the entertainment to the next level,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “The $100,000 bonus is nearly double what an XFINITY Series race winner takes home, so you know these teams will put it all on the line to win the Food City 300.”

Smith is the only driver currently eligible for a grand total of $1,000,000 in winnings if he takes the overall Dash4Cash title. To do so, he’d have to be the highest finisher of the four contestants at Bristol and then win at Darlington.

If Smith does so, he’d the first driver to collect the $1 million paycheck in the history of the Xfinity Series.

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Danica Patrick continues to show improvement: Outlasts rain, competition at Bristol for 2nd-best finish of season


Danica Patrick continues to progress in her third full season in the Sprint Cup Series.

Patrick finished ninth in Sunday’s Food City 500, her second-best finish of the season.

She also became one of five drivers (the others were race-winner Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart) who each moved up four spots – the most among drivers at Bristol – in the Cup standings.

“I promise you it wasn’t easy out there,” said Patrick, who started 26th. “It was a struggle of a weekend, but by all means you take these weekends because they tell you that you have a great weekend.”

Patrick is 13th in the points – the second-highest she’s been. She was seventh in the points after her eighth in the 2013 Daytona 500.

“I didn’t think this day was ever going to end,” Patrick said of Sunday’s race. “I’m proud of everybody for keeping their heads up and staying positive and these are the things that happen when you work together as a team. Just keep at it.

“We had some luck on our side, and I really feel like that positivity feeds into getting some luck and being at the right place at the right time.

“We came out of here with a top 10.  I got to tell you I did not think – I was hoping for a top 20 after our weekend. We were like 30-something in practice. Lucked out in qualifying and got 26th.”

Sunday was also Patrick’s second top-10 finish in the past three races – on short tracks, coincidentally (she was seventh at Martinsville three races ago).


* Patrick set a Cup record for most career top 10 finishes by a female driver with six (breaking a tie with Janet Guthrie).

* In her last four races, Patrick has finished 19th (Fontana), seventh (Martinsville), 16th (Texas) and ninth (Bristol).

* Patrick’s average finish this season is 17.6.

* After eight races, she is higher in the standings than Carl Edwards (15th), Ryan Newman (16th) and teammates Kurt Busch (22th) and Tony Stewart (28th).

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