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On today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA, the gang will continue to look back on Denny Hamlin’s victory last weekend at Talladega and also look ahead to Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway.

You can watch at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Live Extra for your online and mobile device. Here’s what to expect:

  • JGR owner Joe Gibbs will talk about his driver’s victory at ‘Dega and having two of his three competitors effectively in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with Hamlin and Kyle Busch having won this season.
  • Kasey Kahne’s Top-10 finish last weekend was only his third such result in the first 10 races of 2014. NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast will chat with the Hendrick Motorsports driver about what it will take for him to gain more consistency.
  • Jeff Burton will break down the characteristics and quirks of the 1.5-mile Kansas oval, which is set to host its first-ever Sprint Cup night race.

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Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.