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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Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.