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

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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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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”