WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA recaps Richmond, looks ahead to Chase at 4:30 p.m. ET

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In six days, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will once again embark on its 10-race postseason stretch to determine a champion – the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Last weekend at Richmond, the final two drivers in the 16-driver Chase field were determined, while Brad Keselowski secured the Chase’s No. 1 seed with a dominating victory in the regular season finale.

We’ll take a look back on the Federated Auto Parts 400 – as well as a look ahead to Sunday’s Chase-opening race at Chicagoland Speedway – on Monday’s one-hour edition of NASCAR AMERICA.

It will air at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, but you can’t be near a TV, you can STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here’s what else is on tap:

  • With the Chase field now set for the opening Challenger Round, host Rick Allen and analyst Jeff Burton go through each of the 16 drivers and see what could put them in or out of contention for the championship.
  • Rick and Jeff will also give viewers a tutorial on the new Chase format, and handicap each Chase race based on which drivers run the best at the 10 post-season tracks.
  • NBCSN’s Marty Snider reports from the Hendrick Motorsports shop in Concord, North Carolina. He’ll have more on their night at Richmond and their thoughts on locking up three of the Top 4 seeds in the Chase Grid.

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Again, CLICK HERE at 4:30 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.”