WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 E.T. wraps Pocono

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As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes off its second weekend of the year at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR AMERICA will recap all the action today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

You can also watch the show at that time online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here’s what’s on tap:

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. won yesterday’s Sprint Cup race for his third win of the season and sweeping the Pocono races for the first time since Denny Hamlin did in 2006.
  • Much of Junior’s victory could be attributed to the strategy and poise of his crew chief, Steve Letarte. Letarte is in his final season as crew chief of the No. 88, as he will leave Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season to join NBC’s race broadcast team next year. After the race, our Nate Ryan caught up with Junior and Letarte for a 5-minute long interview, which we will air in its entirety.
  • Rick Allen and Kyle Petty break down just how good Letarte’s race strategy was, and discuss how dominant Hendrick cars have been at Pocono, as they have now won five straight Sprint Cup races at that track.
  • “The Big One” at Pocono yesterday claimed 14 cars. Who benefitted and who suffered in terms of getting into the Chase as a result of that wreck? Rick and Kyle break it down.
  • Seven drivers have now clinched their spot in this year’s postseason. We fill those drivers in on the bracket to get our first look at this year’s Chase Grid.

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

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”