WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET for Martinsville outlook

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The first race of the Eliminator round is on tap this weekend, and NASCAR AMERICA will preview the action from Martinsville tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

In case you can’t be near a TV, you can also STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here’s what is on tap for today’s show, with Dave Briggs and Kyle Petty in studio:

  • The first race of the Eliminator Round, the penultimate segment of the Chase, is this Sunday at the half mile short track of Martinsville Speedway. Only 8 Chase drivers remain and a win in any of the next three races will guarantee a spot in the Championship race at Homestead in 4 weeks.
  • Team Penske makes up 25% of the remaining Chase drivers, but wins in 3 of the last 4 races mean they have 80% of the momentum heading into the Eliminator Round. Our Marty Snider travelled to the Team Penske race shop in Mooresville, NC, to report on how Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski plan to work together over the next three races so that each can advance to the Championship race in Miami.
  • Virginia native Denny Hamlin has an impressive record at Martinsville Speedway, with 4 wins and 13 top-10’s in 17 Sprint Cup starts at the Virginia track. Our Jason Weigandt travelled to the Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, NC, to talk with Hamlin’s crew chief, Darian Grubb, on how the driver of the #11 will use his past experiences this Sunday to land a solid Chase result.
  • The Top 5 moments in Martinsville Speedway history.
  • Tomorrow marks a tragic ten year anniversary for the Hendrick family and the entire sport of NASCAR. On October 24, 2004, a private aircraft owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed on their way to the Cup race in Martinsville, killing all aboard, including several members of the Hendrick family. We look back on a day that changed everything for one of racing’s most beloved families

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

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”