WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 6:30 p.m. ET — Stewart won’t race at Bristol, talk with Jeff Burton, JJ and Harvick

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On today’s LIVE edition of NASCAR America – and we’ll be live for the rest of the week at 6:30 pm ET to 7 pm – Rick Allen, Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman man the reins in our Charlotte studios.

Among today’s show highlights:

* We’ll talk with Jeff Burton, who once again will be filling in for Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he won the 2002 spring race. Burton also drove for Stewart this past Sunday at Michigan.

* Rick, Kyle and Parker start breaking down this weekend’s racing action at Bristol. With the unpredictability of the race in Thunder Valley, it’s possibly the last wild card race left and the final chance for any drivers to make the Chase with a win.

* Parker uses the brand new NBC iRacing Simulator to illustrate the extreme banking of Bristol Motor Speedway.

* Marty Snider traveled to Waxhaw, N.C., on Tuesday night for the Jimmie Johnson Wellness Foundation triathlon to catch up with the 6-time champ. Part of their conversation was about Johnson’s recent string of poor finishes and what he and the No. 48 team can do to turn it around and gain some momentum heading into the Chase.

* Also on Tuesday, Kelli Stavast traveled to the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, N.C., for the Kevin Harvick Fan Prix. 21 contest winners won a trip to race GoKarts against Kevin Harvick and we caught up with the driver of the No. 4 Sprint Cup car (and GoKart) after the race.

* Highlights from today’s Camping World Trucks Series qualifying at Bristol.

* Last but not least, the top 5 finishes in Bristol history.

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Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.