WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 pm ET: Remembering Lynda Petty and ‘Bubba’ Wallace returns to Martinsville

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The human side of NASCAR racing will be front and center on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN:

* One of the features on today’s show will be a touching profile on Lynda Petty, the matriarch of the Petty family, who passed away after a long illness this past Tuesday.

“Miss Lynda”, as she was affectionately called, was the Queen to The King of NASCAR, Richard Petty, married more than 55 years and raised four children together.

But she was more than just a driver’s wife. Although she liked to stay behind the scenes, Lynda Petty was actually one of the most influential women in the sport over the last half-century.

Kelli Stavast will report from the Petty family compound in Level Cross, N.C.

* We’ll also feature Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who returns to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the first time since his historic Camping World Trucks Series win there last fall. Can he make it two in a row?

By taking the checkered flag at the little half-mile bullring in southern Virginia, Wallace became only the second African-American driver to ever win a NASCAR race, and the first in nearly 50 years since Wendell Scott did so back in 1964.

Wallace is more than just an up-and-coming driver. He’s also one of the keys to NASCAR’s ongoing expansion of its diversity initiative.

* Lastly, Marty Snyder reports from Joe Gibbs Racing’s headquarters with an update on driver Denny Hamlin, who missed this past Sunday’s race at Fontana but has been cleared to race this Sunday at Martinsville.

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.

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden quickest again in second practice at Road America

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Josef Newgarden continued to be quickest around Road America, first this morning and again this afternoon in the second practice session for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix.

Newgarden had a best lap in the second session of 1:42.6279, followed by rookie Robert Wickens (1:42.9025), Sebastien Bourdais (1:43.0020), Will Power (1:43.0545) and teammate Simon Pagenaud (1:43.1599).

Sixth through 10th were Graham Rahal (1:43.1995), Scott Dixon (1:43.4212), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:43.4755), Takuma Sato (1:43.5410) and Marco Andretti (1:43.6221).

One significant incident of note occurred during the session when Alfonso Celis Jr., making his IndyCar debut this weekend, lost control coming out of a turn and slammed into the tire wall, causing damage to his suspension.

The third and final practice session of the weekend will be Saturday at Noon E.T., followed by qualifying later in the afternoon.

The race will take the green flag on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. ET. It will be televised live on NBCSN.

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