WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 6:30 p.m. ET — Stewart won’t race at Bristol, talk with Jeff Burton, JJ and Harvick

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On today’s LIVE edition of NASCAR America – and we’ll be live for the rest of the week at 6:30 pm ET to 7 pm – Rick Allen, Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman man the reins in our Charlotte studios.

Among today’s show highlights:

* We’ll talk with Jeff Burton, who once again will be filling in for Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he won the 2002 spring race. Burton also drove for Stewart this past Sunday at Michigan.

* Rick, Kyle and Parker start breaking down this weekend’s racing action at Bristol. With the unpredictability of the race in Thunder Valley, it’s possibly the last wild card race left and the final chance for any drivers to make the Chase with a win.

* Parker uses the brand new NBC iRacing Simulator to illustrate the extreme banking of Bristol Motor Speedway.

* Marty Snider traveled to Waxhaw, N.C., on Tuesday night for the Jimmie Johnson Wellness Foundation triathlon to catch up with the 6-time champ. Part of their conversation was about Johnson’s recent string of poor finishes and what he and the No. 48 team can do to turn it around and gain some momentum heading into the Chase.

* Also on Tuesday, Kelli Stavast traveled to the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, N.C., for the Kevin Harvick Fan Prix. 21 contest winners won a trip to race GoKarts against Kevin Harvick and we caught up with the driver of the No. 4 Sprint Cup car (and GoKart) after the race.

* Highlights from today’s Camping World Trucks Series qualifying at Bristol.

* Last but not least, the top 5 finishes in Bristol history.

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Lauda labels Verstappen USGP penalty ‘the worst I’ve ever seen’

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Mercedes Formula 1 non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has called the FIA stewards’ decision to penalize Max Verstappen for his last-lap pass on Kimi Raikkonen in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix as “the worst I’ve ever seen”.

Verstappen charged from 16th on the grid to take third place from Raikkonen on the last lap after a stunning fight through the field, completing the fightback with a bold pass in the final sector.

However, the stewards stripped Verstappen of P3 after he appeared to put all four wheels off the circuit when riding the kerb to pass Raikkonen, causing outcry in the F1 community.

Speaking to reporters after the race in Austin, Lauda condemned the stewards’ decision, slamming them for interfering in the late fight.

“We had meetings at the start of the year to see how far stewards should go in decisions during a race because it always says ‘under investigation’,” Lauda said, as quoted by Crash.net.

“So we complained about that and we agreed all together that the stewards would not interfere – very simple.

“If the driver goes over another and upside down, only then would they weigh in. That was at the beginning of last year.

“For six months it was OK, but this decision was the worst I’ve ever seen. He did nothing wrong.”

Lauda said F1 team bosses would discuss stewarding at the next Strategy Group meeting, which is due to be held in the next two weeks.

“These are racing drivers. We are not on the normal roads and it is ridiculous to destroy the sport with these kind of decisions,” Lauda said.

“At the next strategy meeting, we will put it back on the agenda and start all over again, because we cannot do that.

“They go too far and interfere and there was nothing to interfere with. It was normal overtaking.”