WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET — Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Regan Smith and Fontana’s nuances

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On today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA – which you can catch today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Live Extra – we put a final wrap on Bristol and further break down this Sunday’s race in Fontana.

Today’s highlights include:

* NBCSN reporter Marty Snyder interviews second-year Sprint Cup driver and former two-time Nationwide Series champion (2011 and 2012) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is coming off his career-best Cup finish, runner-up to Roush Fenway Racing teammate and Sunday’s Food City 500 winner, Carl Edwards.

* The NASCAR America crew checks in with Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith, who maintains a razor-thin, one-point lead over second-ranked and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne.

* And Kyle Petty and Bobby Labonte break down all the nuances of the challenging two-mile, progressively banked Auto Club Speedway, which hosts Sunday’s Auto Club 400, where cars can – and often do – go five wide into a turn!

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.