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NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: Ford Mustang reveal, Pete Pistone

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5-5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno hosts from Stamford, Connecticut, and is joined by Kyle Petty from NBC Charlotte.

On today’s show:

·        We’ll see the new Ford Mustang that will run in the Cup Series in 2019. Our own Marty Snider and all 13 Ford drivers currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series were on hand at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, for the unveiling. We’ll also hear more about NASCAR’s new ride from Stewart-Haas Racing’s Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick, and Team Penske’s Joey Logano.

·        Stewart also made headlines by opening the door for a possible return behind the wheel next year. Nate Ryan will call in to tell us what Smoke told him.

·        Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Pete Pistone calls in to the show to discuss whether or not Chase Elliott has become the new face of NASCAR.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch it 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.

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NASCAR America: AJ Allmendinger breaks down the Charlotte Roval

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“It’s crazy. It’s unique. It’s gonna put on a hell of a show, one way or another.”

That is how AJ Allmendinger describes the Charlotte Roval now.

It’s not much different than what he thought in January, when he was the first driver to make laps at the infield course of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allmendinger’s background prior to NASCAR included time in open-wheel Champ Cars, and it is generally accepted that he has better than average skill on this type of track. That is why he was part of the initial test of the Roval in January.

At the time, he said “the track has definitely got potential. … It’s a perfect mix for a race team to set up, whether you go for a full oval setup or somewhat of a road course setup. It’ll definitely be a big challenge for the teams.”

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Since then, Charlotte has made a lot of changes to the track, so NASCAR America’s Marty Snider caught up with Allmendinger on Tuesday after an open test and asked where he thought the biggest challenges would come from now.

“They put these weird chicanes on both sides of the straightaway. I didn’t have those (in January) and I was running – I think – about 195 (mph) into turn 3. So it’s definitely a little bit different. Obviously with a lot more cars running than the first time here.”

The infield is as challenging now as it was then.

“It’s still slick in the infield. But the first time here it was like running on an ice rink. … It’s still narrow and it’s still slick. It’s interesting. … it’s gonna be tight. It’s gonna be like a Sonoma in a sense where you’re gonna be having to be bouncing off one another to be two wide.

“It kind of reminds me like a Champ Car days, like I’m on a street course driving through the infield there because it’s so narrow.”

Allmendinger notes that there will be multiple trouble spots around the track.

“Turn 1, go into a tunnel there. So, you get into there side-by-side it’s gonna be interesting. But really the interesting thing are the two chicanes. … The backstretch chicane, you’re flying through there.”

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Kyle Busch takes shots at Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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SPARTA, Kentucky — Kyle Busch had harsh words for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a week after Stenhouse’s contact wrecked Busch at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch said Friday at Kentucky Speedway he was “disappointed” that Stenhouse did not reach out to him.

Asked why, Busch said: “He wiped out half the field. Pretty sure there would be a pretty busy Monday for him but there wasn’t. So, apparently he just doesn’t care.”

Asked if he this would change how he raced Stenhouse, Busch said: “I can’t worry about people that far back in the field.”

NBCSN’s Marty Snider reached out to Stenhouse before Friday’s final practice but Stenhouse said he didn’t have anything to add at the moment.

Busch crashed after Stenhouse came up to side draft him but hit him and sent Busch into the wall. Busch was eliminated in the crash that collected six other cars. Busch finished 33rd.

Stenhouse took the blame for the incident with Busch.

“I was just really aggressive, trying to keep my track position,” Stenhouse said after the race.

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NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: Regular-season midterm grades

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Today’s NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Marty Snider hosts from NBC Charlotte is joined around the Big Oak Table by Steve Letarte, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett.

On today’s show:

  • Jamie McMurray found some speed at Charlotte and had his second-best finish of the year (6th). Crew Chief Matt McCall joins the show to discuss how his team can capitalize on this weekend’s success.
  • One year ago Ryan Blaney won his first Cup race at Pocono. On today’s “A Driver’s Drive,” the 24-year ago re-lives that win and what is next for him with Team Penske.
  • In honor of the Stanley Cup Final’s Game 2 in Las Vegas, NASCAR America wants to know who you would put your money on to win the title this season: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, or the Field? Vote now at nbcsports.com/NASCARvote
  • It is Midseason Review time. Our analysts will give their grades for several of the big name drivers without a win yet.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch it 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.

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NASCAR America at 6 p.m. ET: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s foray into fatherhood

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 6-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and features analysis on Kevin Harvick‘s incredible start to the season and Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s foray into fatherhood.

Marty Snider and Dale Jarrett will be on hand from the studio in Stamford, while Nate Ryan hangs out in Burton’s Garage.

On today’s show:

  • Kevin Harvick has dominated the 2018 season through 11 races. Is he on the path to one of the most successful campaigns in recent memory? Our panel weighs in.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a week into fatherhood but already has plenty of stories to share. We’ll hear some on the latest installment of the Dale Jr. Download podcast.
  • We’ll also have highlights from the Xfinity Series Takeover in Philadelphia today. The drivers toured the city and made a pit stop for cheesesteaks.
  • Sirius XM’s Pete Pistone stops by with his take on the state of the Xfinity Series and how NASCAR’s “Old Guard” is fending off the sport’s youth movement.
If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch it 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.

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