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Today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra for online/mobile devices) will focus on Tony Stewart’s return to the Sprint Cup garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In addition to Stewart’s full statement in today’s press conference at AMS, here’s what else to expect:

Nate Ryan joins us live from Atlanta to give his take on Tony Stewart’s announcement as well as NASCAR President Mike Helton’s press conference – where he announced that Stewart will be eligible for the Chase if he wins either of the remaining two regular season races.

We’ll also have highlights from this afternoon’s Sprint Cup practice at Atlanta, as well as Parker Kligerman going into the NBC iRacing Simulator to show how tires wear out so severely on the 1.5-mile oval.

In case you wish to watch today’s show online, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug those pieces of information in, you’ll have access to the stream.

Again, CLICK HERE at 5 p.m. ET to watch NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”