WATCH LIVE: NASCAR America at 5 pm ET — How will Smoke, Jeff Gordon fare at Sonoma? Also, ‘Bubba’ Wallace

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As we move closer to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup road course race in Sonoma, Leigh Diffey, Kyle Petty and Ricky Rudd will continue to break down the event from our Charlotte studios in today’s edition of NASCAR America.

Among Thursday’s show highlights:

* Kyle and Ricky, a former Sonoma winner, discuss Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart – the two active drivers with the most Sonoma wins (Gordon 5, Stewart 2)  – and their chances of winning Sunday at Sonoma.

* Kyle and Ricky break down ALL the nuances, elevation changes and tight turns of Sonoma’s twisting layout.

* The Top-5 moments in Sonoma Raceway history.

* Kelli Stavast chats with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who earned his second career Truck series win last Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park in suburban St. Louis.

Watch today’s episode at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, but in case you can’t be near a TV, 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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Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.