WATCH LIVE: Tony Kanaan seeks to extend Ganassi’s win streak at Mid-Ohio

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Former Indianapolis 500 and Verizon IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan (pictured) has definitely been on a charge over the last three races.

But finishes of third at Iowa and third and second in the Toronto doubleheader are not enough for the Brazilian, who’s still hungry for his first win as a member of Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

A win from him in today’s Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course would extend CGR’s winning streak at the throwback road course to an impressive six victories.

You can see if Kanaan gets the job done today at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. But in case you can’t watch today’s race on TV, CLICK HERE to stream it online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Kanaan could be the best shot for the Ganassi stable on a narrow circuit where on-track passing can be scarce. He’ll be starting third today, but his three teammates – Ryan Briscoe (19th), defending race winner Charlie Kimball (20th), and Scott Dixon (22nd) – will have to create some magic from the back of the grid.

Meanwhile, with four races to go in the season, the Verizon IndyCar Series championship battle rages on. Helio Castroneves enters with a 13-point lead over Team Penske teammate Will Power, but Castroneves failed to get out of the first round of qualifying and will have to start 15th; Power may have a better outlook today from sixth starting position.

Then there are the front row starters, pole sitter Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden. Toronto Race 1 winner Bourdais wants to win for the second race weekend in a row, while Newgarden seeks to score what would be a brilliant upset for single-car Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

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Theriault clinches ARCA title before finale at Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) There is no long, convoluted story about how Austin Theriault came to Ken Schrader Racing, forging a team that so dominated the ARCA Series that it captured the title simply by showing up for the finale.

“We both wanted something to do,” the folksy Schrader said with a smile and shrug before Friday night’s race at Kansas Speedway. “He didn’t have a car to drive and I didn’t have a driver.”

So, they solved each other’s problem.

Theriault hopped into the seat and proceeded to win seven times over the first 19 races, building such a lead on his nearest challenger that he sewed up the title at Kentucky. And that made for a rather enjoyable weekend at Kansas, where all the pressure was off their team.

Along the way, Theriault became the first driver to win at a superspeedway, short track, dirt track and road event in the same season, and he swept the superspeedway and short-track challenges.

If there was something to win, he won it.

“I hoped we’d have a shot at it and it’s proved out this year that we’ve really exceeded anybody’s expectations,” Theriault said. “We had some things to work on early. We kind of dusted off a bit, went back to work. We had some time between Daytona and the mile-and-a-halfs that came up later in the season, and we realized where we were strong and where we had to work.

“But in the end it came back to pure dedication, I think,” he explained. “The amount of time it took behind the scenes to make this happen.”

The 23-year-old driver from Fort Kent, Maine, knows something about dedication. He appeared to be on racing’s fast track, scoring a Truck Series ride a few years ago for Brad Keselowski, when a terrifying crash at Las Vegas left him with a broken back and sitting on the sidelines.

The best ride he could find last year was in the K&N Pro Series.

It was at a trade show in Indianapolis last December that Theriault ran into Schrader, who was busy putting together a team for this season. They had dinner a couple nights later and, Schrader said, it was his wife Ann who came away impressed by the yes-sir, no-sir driver.

“My wife doesn’t go to all the races,” Schrader said. “After we talked she said, `I like that guy. How good is he?’ She doesn’t know. I knew he was racing well in Keselowski’s truck, had an unfortunate wreck, had to sit out a bit. I told her, `That’s somebody who could make us very happy next year.”‘

Theriault delivered on that promise.

They weren’t the only ones happy Friday, either. Zane Smith earned his second pole of the season, beating teammate Sheldon Creed to earn the top spot for the Kansas ARCA 150, while 20-year-old Natalie Decker announced a full-time ride with Venturini Motorsports next season.

“This is obviously a big step in my career,” said Decker, who made six starts as a rookie this season. “I’m confident and ready for this next move. After tonight my focus shifts to next season. We’ll be ready to go at Daytona.”