WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET — Rudd, Letarte, Hollywood Armstrong and why good restarts are key

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While much of NASCAR may be on its version of spring break, the NASCAR AMERICA team is still hard at work to bring you some intriguing content. Rick Allen and Kyle Petty hold down the fort at the anchor desk on Wednesday’s show at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra for your online or mobile device.

Among highlights of today’s show:

  • Retired driver and fan favorite Ricky Rudd, a 23-time winner in his lengthy Cup career, joins Rick and Kyle in our NBC Sports Charlotte studio to talk about his career and his take on the 2014 season to date
  • Steve Letarte, crew chief for the No. 88 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr., joins the guys via phone to discuss what has arguably been Junior’s best single season start in his career
  • Restarts: We ask several drivers their opinion on why restarts are so key to winning
  • Marty Snider is joined by veteran pit crew member Mark “Hollywood’ Armstrong on the keys to not making mistakes on pit road

If you want to watch today’s show online, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug those pieces of information in, you’ll have access to the stream.

Again, CLICK HERE at 5 p.m. ET to watch NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.