WATCH LIVE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks Contender Round on NASCAR AMERICA

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With finishes of 11th, ninth, and 17th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the Challenger Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Earnhardt was still able to advance to the Contender Round, which begins this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

But the son of the Intimidator knows that he’ll probably join the ranks of the eliminated if his performance stays where it is.

Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Earnhardt will join the show to speak with host Rick Allen about he and his team’s biggest concerns following the Challenger Round and how they must step up their game to stay in the hunt for a championship.

In case you can’t watch today’s episode at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, you can STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here’s what else is on tap:

  • We’ll take a closer look at all three of the Contender Round tracks – the 1.5-milers of Kansas and Charlotte Motor Speedway plus the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway – and examine which drivers have had the most success at the three and also whether or not that will translate into Chase success…
  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s trio of drivers, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, all made the Contender Round, too. NBCSN’s Marty Snider reports from JGR headquarters on what they’ll all need to do in order to keep their momentum going at Kansas…
  • And we’ll listen in on the best radio bits from the first elimination race of the post-season in the Dover Chase edition of “Scan All 43.”

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

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.