NASCAR AMERICA: Tuesday Round-Up (VIDEO)

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Considering that Jimmie Johnson has claimed three wins at Pocono in his Sprint Cup career – not to mention back-to-back wins heading into Sunday’s Pocono 400 – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that he’d be confident of his chances to chalk up another W at the “Tricky Triangle.”

As part of today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN, Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports crew chief, Chad Knaus, explained why Pocono has become one of their most successful tracks over the years.

Leigh Diffey and Wally Dallenbach also checked in with Mark Martin, considered by many as the best driver never to claim a Sprint Cup championship.

Martin, who won 40 races in NASCAR’s top series before stepping out of the cockpit at the end of 2013, talked about what he’s been up to lately.

He also discussed Trevor Bayne’s full-time return to Cup in 2015 with the No. 6 car (the number he drove to 35 of those 40 Cup victories) and the recent performance troubles at Roush Fenway Racing, where he competed for much of his storied career.

NASCAR AMERICA will be back tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. For more clips from the show, head on over to the archive page.

Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.