WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA 5 pm ET — Racing history of New Hampshire, Dillon vs. Larson in Rookie of the Year

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Marty Snider will once again be joined in our Charlotte studios by former Sprint Cup champion (2000) Bobby Labonte and former Cup driver Ricky Rudd.

Among the highlights of Thursday’s show will be:

* Labonte and Rudd break down the intricacies of the flat one-mile track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as well as give their predictions about Sunday’s Sprint Cup race there.

* Jeff Burton will call in from New Hampshire before he races there this weekend, his second start of the 2014 Sprint Cup season.

* The auto racing history of the state of New Hampshire, narrated by legendary NASCAR voice, Eli Gold.

* We take a look at who has the edge in this year’s Rookie of the Year race: Austin Dillon or Kyle Larson?

* Final thoughts and predictions for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

In case you can’t get near a TV, you can CLICK HERE to stream it online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

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

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Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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