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.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.