WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 pm ET — Eldora highlights, Brickyard surprises and history

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On Thursday’s NASCAR AMERICA, Leigh Diffey is the in-studio host and is joined by Sam Hornish Jr. (2006 Indy 500 winner and current Nationwide Series driver and winner of the 2014 Iowa Nationwide race).

On today’s show we feature:

* Highlights and analysis of Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Trucks win last night at Eldora Speedway, the 3rd career win for the rising phenom

* Jeff Burton calls in to discuss the upcoming Brickyard race, as well as give his thoughts on Darrell Wallace Jr.’s win last night and the season so far for Roush-Fenway and Richard Childress Racing

* We continue our mid-season team breakdowns with a look at the 2014 Sprint Cup season Roush-Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing

* The Top-5 drivers who could surprise at the Brickyard 400 this weekend

* The Top-5 moments in Brickyard 400 history

* NASCAR‘s biggest cycling fan, Jimmie Johnson, discusses his love and appreciation for the Tour de France

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Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”