WATCH LIVE: NASCAR America at 5 pm ET — Tony Stewart recap, Chase eliminations, Allmendinger, Almirola


On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America (live from 5 to 5:30 pm ET), Dave Briggs, Kyle Petty and Bobby Labonte host from our Charlotte studios.

And what a busy show it will be:

* We recap Wednesday’s news, as Tony Stewart was cleared by a grand jury and will not face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. Our NASCAR contributor, Nate Ryan, calls in to give us the latest on the NASCAR community’s reaction to the decision and what it means for Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing moving forward.

* The first elimination race of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is this weekend at Dover. After the race, four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention and the 12 remaining will advance to the Contender round. We examine which drivers are in the most danger of not advancing.

* Part of the recently announced changes for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is a ban on team-initiated testing. This places even more emphasis on preseason wind tunnel tests. Marty Snider gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of what goes on at these aerodynamic testing facilities and what data it can provide the race teams.

* One driver who was not expected to advance, but is in good position to do so, is Aric Almirola. Our Kelli Stavast caught up with the driver of the legendary No. 43 car at the Richard Petty Motorsports Shop in Concord, N.C., to get Aric’s take on what he and his team need to do at Dover to secure a solid enough finish to get them through to the next round.

* Another Cinderella Chase driver who is currently above the cut line is AJ Allmendinger. Kelli Stavast caught up with the driver of the JTG Daugherty No. 47 car at the single-car team’s race shop in Harrisburg, NC, to ask the Watkins Glen winner what his team’s strategy will be at Dover and how he feels about his chances of advancing into the next round of the Chase.

* Parker Kligerman uses the NBC Sports iRacing Simulator to show us the fastest way around the Dover International Speedway track.

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