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NASCAR America begins 6th season today at 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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The sixth season of NASCAR America debuts at 5 p.m. ET today on NBCSN with a new look.

Kicking things off for the one-hour show will be the NASCAR on NBC team of Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.

The new season of NASCAR America features a number of reimagined features, starting with a new studio. The show’s home has moved from its base the last five seasons in Stamford, Connecticut, to a new studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. The show will air weekdays from 5-6 p.m. ET.

Each weeknight will showcase a different theme focused on the sport of NASCAR, its drivers, teams, fans and the motorsports industry. In addition, select episodes will include opportunities for fans to call in and speak with NASCAR America hosts, analysts, drivers and other guests.

Tonight’s season premiere of NASCAR America will feature discussion among our analysts about Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash (Jimmie Johnson won the rain-shortened race) and Sunday’s 61st edition of the Daytona 500.

NASCAR America Mondays will focus on the previous weekend’s races and include highlights, “Turning Points,” driver interviews, expert analysis, and the signature NASCAR America segment Scan All.

Here’s how the rest of this week’s show lineup looks, with themes that will continue on the same days throughout the season:

Tuesday, February 12

  • NASCAR America Presents The Dale Jr. Download: Every Tuesday, NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for an unprecedented 15 consecutive years (2003-17) and winner of two Daytona 500s, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@Dalejr) co-hosts NASCAR America with Mike Davis. Produced on-site at Dirty Mo Media Studios in Mooresville, N.C., episodes on Tuesday will expand to one hour, and feature the same unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and first-person insight of The Dale Jr. Download that fans have come to love.
  • NASCAR America Splash & Go: In addition to NBCSN’s linear telecast on Tuesday of The Dale Jr. Download, NBC Sports Digital will feature multiple editions of NASCAR America Splash & Go segments, featuring the news of the day, breaking news, race shop reports and interviews. NBCSports.com’s lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan (@nateryan) will host Splash & Go digital segments and will be joined by a collection of NASCAR on NBC analysts. NASCAR America Splash & Go will be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Wednesday, February 13

  • NASCAR America Presents Motormouths: Hosted by NASCAR on NBC’s Rutledge Wood (@rutledgewood) and Marty Snider (@HeyMartysnider), alongside auto racing icon Kyle Petty (@KylePetty), Motormouths Wednesdays will feature a light-hearted approach to the traditional show, and include regular opportunities for fans to call in to NASCAR America and speak with hosts, analysts, drivers and other guests live on TV.
  • NASCAR America Debrief: As a compliment to Wednesday’s telecast of NASCAR America on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Digital will present NASCAR America Debrief, a digital exclusive show available on the NBC Sports YouTube Channel beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Nate Ryan will host NASCAR America Debrief, and will be joined by select NASCAR on NBC analysts and guests from that day’s linear telecast. NASCAR America Debrief will follow the same light-hearted approach as Motormouths, with an emphasis on additional viewer and fan engagement.

Thursday, February 14

  • NASCAR America Presents The Motorsports Hour: Featuring NASCAR on NBC host Krista Voda (@kristavoda), with NASCAR drivers and analysts A.J. Allmendinger (@AJDinger) and Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman), NASCAR America’s Motorsports Hour on Thursday will highlight the upcoming weekend’s NASCAR races, and also shine a light on the latest news surrounding IndyCar, IMSA, American Flat Track, Supercross, Motorcross, Mecum collector car auctions, and all of motorsports. Additional analysts will include former IndyCar driver Townsend Bell, former IMSA GT driver Calvin Fish, former IndyCar driver Paul Tracy, as well as Motocross and Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.

NASCAR America’s Fan Fridays will return to NBCSN in July, live from the site of select NASCAR on NBC races, and will be broadcast from NBC Sports’ Peacock Pit box set located on pit road.

NASCAR America is also available on the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TV’s.

NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Supercross champ Ryan Dungey share a strong bond and a love of dirt bikes

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HAMPTON, Ga. – Wearing a Red Bull-branded fleece and a pair of red and white Target gloves, a racing superstar inconspicuously wandered the garage Friday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Ryan Dungey, a multitime champion in Supercross and motocross, was a guest of six-time Sprint Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson, watching practice and qualifying in NASCAR’s premier series.

Dungey and the Supercross series will return the favor Saturday night as a delegation of roughly 20 NASCAR drivers and their entourages were scheduled to attend the Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at the Georgia Dome, the ninth round in a 16-race schedule.

“I think (Supercross promoter) Feld (Entertainment) has their hands full with tickets and VIP stuff for NASCAR, but they’ve got a whole suite blocked off,” Dungey told NASCAR Talk. “It’s cool it falls on the same weekend so they can check out our sport, and we can check out theirs. It’s always conflicting.”

Johnson, whose racing career began on dirt bikes before moving to four wheels, still has been a Supercross attendee during the NASCAR season, flying to events at Daytona International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He raced motocross until he was 14 and still maintains many friendships in the sport with current riders such as Dungey, Chad Reed and Justin Brayton and managers Rick Johnson (who was instrumental in fostering Jimmie Johnson’s love of racing), Jeff Ward and Johnny O’Mara.

“I grew up on two wheels and just love that sport,” Jimmie Johnson told NASCAR Talk. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the line for the gate dropping, but there’s an old saying in motocross, ‘It’s not if you fall, it’s when.’ I got so busted up when I was little, I firmly believe in that saying.”

Johnson, 39, did keep a bike around the house for occasionally riding a decade ago until NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick spotted it.

“Mr. Hendrick stopped by my house and saw the bike in the garage and didn’t say anything on the way in, so I thought I got away with it,” Johnson said with a laugh. “On the way out, he asked whose bike it was. I said, ‘A friend’s.’ He looked at me with a very interesting expression, ‘Your friend parks his bike in your garage? Get rid of it.’ ”

Johnson hoped to bring his 4-year-old daughter, Genevieve, who has begun watching Saturday night Supercross with her dad, to the Georgia Dome.

“Pretty much the whole (NASCAR) garage is going,” he said.

That includes Ganassi drivers Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson, who shares a sponsor (Target) with Dungey, 25. The pair spent some of Friday hanging out at Atlanta with Dungey’s wife, Lindsay, and his father, Troy.

Dungey’s friendship with Johnson began a few years ago after realizing the Hendrick Motorsports driver was following him on Twitter.

“The first time I talked to him was through Twitter,” said Dungey, who also is a fitness nut. “I was like, dude, man, I couldn’t believe he followed me, actually. We were able to share our contact (information), and we’ve just been checking in with one another since. We don’t get to see each other much, but I really look up to the guy and what he’s done with his career and how driven he still is to this day.

“With all of his down time, he’s into cycling, triathlons, swimming, and with his foundation. I just really appreciate the driver he is and the athlete he is. It’s inspiring for me.”

Dungey, who leads the 450 class points standings with his KTM factory team and finished second at Atlanta last week, has tested a Late Model at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway but has no plans to race cars.

“I’m just trying it out,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere. Motocross is my thing. That’s what I’m sticking to. It’s cool I got to experience it and see their world for a day a little bit. But I’m not ready at the speeds they’re going.

“You can’t lose focus on your sport. I’ve got to remember what a great position I’ve been put in with motocross. To be able to come here and see this, it adds to that motivation and inspiration of what I do to be better and better.”