NASCAR AMERICA: Tuesday Round-Up (VIDEO)

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As Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to bolster his chances of contending for this year’s Sprint Cup championship, some are comparing his current efforts to how he fared a decade ago in the 2004 season.

Earnhardt won six times that year, including twice in the Chase (Talladega and Phoenix). But back-to-back crashes at Martinsville and Atlanta in that same stretch ultimately knocked him out of the title picture.

Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Earnhardt talked with NBCSN’s Marty Snider about how he’s evolved as a driver since then – among other things.

Earnhardt will be among those competing in this year’s Chase, but Chip Ganassi Racing’s tandem of Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray are still trying to lock themselves in.

Larson is in position to make the Chase on points alone, but is only five points ahead of the 16th place cutoff position that’s held by Greg Biffle. McMurray’s in an even tougher spot at 54 points behind Biffle, and in all likelihood needs a win to enter the post-season.

The NASCAR AMERICA crew of Rick Allen, Kyle Petty, and Parker Kligerman took time to discuss the Chase outlook for the Ganassi duo.

They also went through each of the remaining races and talked about who they expect to see do well in each of them.

For more clips from NASCAR AMERICA, check out the show’s archive page.

Your heart will start racing with IndyCar’s new “The Future Starts Now” video

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One of the biggest challenges for any motorsport series — whether it’s NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, Formula One and so many others — is to find ways to attract new fans.

That’s particularly important when attempting to lure young fans, especially the much-coveted millennials (born after 1981) and teenagers.

As all series prepare for the upcoming 2018 racing season, kudos have to be given to IndyCar for its new “The Future Starts Now” video, which debuted Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit.

Even if it’s five degrees below zero where you’re at, one look at this video and you’ll likely not only start warming up a bit, we bet you’ll start getting even more excited for the start of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, which begins March 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Check out the new video above and watch if it doesn’t get your heart racing real quick: