WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET — Burton’s Garage, Danica Patrick’s personal side, NASCAR in Delaware

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR AMERICA, Marty Snider and Ricky Rudd will come to us direct from “Burton’s Garage” in Concord, N.C.

They’ll give some final reflections on Kurt Busch’s effort in the “Double” of both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600, the ongoing pit crew struggles for Kevin Harvick’s team and also the unique challenges presented by the one-mile banked concrete surface at Dover International Speedway, which plays host to Sunday’s FedEx 400.

Other segments on Thursday’s show include:

* The Personal Side of Danica Patrick. Our Kelli Stavast talks with Danica about her career, the charities she’s involved in and her relationship with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

* Kelli also brings us a report from pit stop practice with Roush Fenway Racing teams.

* In his regular state-by-state series, the legendary Eli Gold presents the history of NASCAR racing in the state of Delaware.

You can watch today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or you can CLICK HERE to stream it online or on your mobile device with NBC Sports Live Extra.

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

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Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”