WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 pm ET — Kevin Ward Jr. visitation, Rodney Childers penalty, RTA expansion

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Marty Snider and Wally Dallenbach will anchor a busy news day in-studio.

Among today’s show highlights:

* Kristen Dahlgren of NBC News calls in from Boonville, N.Y., Kevin Ward Jr.’s hometown. Kristen attended the viewing of Ward Jr. today and reports on the visitation, tomorrow’s funeral and various reactions from family members, including Kevin’s father.

* Nate Ryan joins us from Broadview Heights, Ohio, to report on today’s NASCAR breaking news, including penalties to Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, as well as the latest sponsorship news and the expansion of the Race Team Alliance.

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IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.