NASCAR AMERICA: A conversation with Chase Elliott (VIDEO)

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Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Nationwide Series rookie Chase Elliott called in to talk about his inaugural NNS victory Friday at Texas Motor Speedway – which came three days before he got back to his high school classes.

As we detailed late Friday night, the 18-year-old Elliott – the son of 1988 Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott – is a senior at a private Christian school in suburban Atlanta. At the time, he expected to have a “normal Monday” at school, even after all the buzz his win was to receive.

And sure enough, Elliott told host Rick Allen that he was “in the same boat as everybody else.”

“Nobody likes going to school or work on Mondays,” he said.

For more on Elliott, check out the clip above. And for more on NASCAR, be sure to check out NASCAR AMERICA weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Remember: You can browse through past clips from the show in our NASCAR AMERICA archive page.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool