WATCH LIVE: NASCAR America at 7 pm ET — Chase race recap, RPM’s heartbreak, Ganassi’s drivers

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We kick off this week’s editions of NASCAR America at 7 pm ET for a full hour on Monday with a full recap on Sunday’s opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Dave Briggs and Frank Stoddard man the anchor desk in our Charlotte studios, with Jeff Burton coming from “Burton’s Garage.”

Here’s what’s on Monday’s show:

* Brad Keselowski’s win at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday clinched his spot into the next round of the Chase. It marked the first time in Keselowski’s career that he has won back-to-back races, having also won the final Chase qualifying event at Richmond two weeks ago. Based on this recent form, is he the clear favorite to win this year’s Championship?

* Highlights, results and analysis from Sunday’s Chase opener at Chicago. Dave, Frank and Jeff break down the performances of each team in this year’s Chase and discuss who can improve the most and how.

* Of all the Chase teams, Team Penske had the best overall day with Keselowski’s win and Joey Logano’s fourth-place finish. Our Kelli Stavast traveled to the Penske Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C., to report on the team’s strong performance and goals for the remaining two races of the Challenger round.

* It was a tough weekend for Richard Petty Motorsports as Chase driver Aric Almirola suffered a blown engine while running sixth with just 36 laps remaining. Unfortunately, Almirola finished a devastating 41st. Also, Marcos Ambrose announced that he will not return to RPM next season, leaving the team without a driver for the No. 9 Sprint Cup car for next season. How does RPM replace Ambrose, and with who?

* While neither of the Chip Ganassi Sprint Cup drivers made this year’s Chase, both Kyle Larson (3rd) and Jamie McMurray (9th) had strong runs at Chicago. Marty Snider spent time Monday at the Ganassi race shop in Concord, N.C., to discuss what is motivating the team to strong finishes for the rest of the season.

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Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman said told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.