WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA recaps Tony Stewart verdict at 5 p.m. ET

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Tony Stewart has been cleared of criminal charges today, and NASCAR AMERICA will have all the details today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. If you can’t watch on TV, STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Interviews are expected with NBC Sports Legal Analyst, Jack Furlong, and NASCAR insider, Nate Ryan, to bring us more on the story.

In the meantime, here are the other elements in today’s show, with Carolyn Manno, Kyle Petty & Bobby Labonte in studio:

  • Our Marty Snider stopped by the Hendrick Motorsports shop in Concord, NC, to chat with Steve Letarte, crew chief for the No. 88, about the recently announced 2015 rule changes and the upcoming Chase cut race this Sunday in Dover. The No. 88 can clinch a spot in the next round with a finish of 21st or better, so how will that affect the team’s strategy on Sunday.
  • Parker Kligerman uses the NBC Sports iRacing Simulator to show us the fastest way around the Dover International Speedway track.
  • We’ll also listen in on all the best radio bits from last weekend’s chaotic Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire in our latest edition of “Scan All 43.”

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

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.