NASCAR AMERICA: Post-race roundup from Texas (VIDEO)

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Today’s edition of NASCAR AMERICA focused on this afternoon’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which was won by Joey Logano in a thrilling green-white-checkered finish.

Host Rick Allen and analysts Jeff Burton and longtime Sprint Cup crew chief Frank Stoddard discussed all the ins and outs of today’s event.

The group also talked about the costly mistake by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who crashed out at Lap 13 and finished dead last in today’s race on the 1.5-mile oval.

Remember to check out NASCAR AMERICA weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. Also, be sure to bookmark the NASCAR AMERICA archive page so you can look through past clips from the show.

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.