WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA – Special 6 pm ET start time with Almirola, Hornish, Eldora highlights

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Hey there, NASCAR AMERICA is back!

After a brief vacation just like the Sprint Cup drivers enjoyed during the last off-weekend of the 2014 season, we’re back in the studio and at the shops, ready to give you the latest news in the world of NASCAR.

On Wednesday’s segment, Marty Snider will be joined in our Charlotte studios by 2014 Coke Zero 400 winner Aric Almirola and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2014 Iowa Nationwide Series winner Sam Hornish Jr.

Among the topics the trio will discuss:

* Aric and Sam talk about their 2014 wins and their seasons to date.

* We begin our team breakdowns to evaluate who has the drivers it takes to win the Chase. Today’s breakdown includes Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.

* Aric and Sam look ahead to this Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

* We’ll also have highlights from today’s Trucks practice at Eldora Speedway, the only dirt track in any of NASCAR’s top-3 series.

In case you can’t get near a TV, you can CLICK HERE to stream NASCAR AMERICA online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

If you plan to stream, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified. Once you plug those pieces of information in, you’ll have access to the stream.

Again, CLICK HERE at Wednesday’s special 6 p.m. ET start time to watch NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA.

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Ricciardo: Red Bull has ‘decent chance’ of Abu Dhabi F1 victory

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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.

“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.

“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.