WATCH LIVE: It’s crew chief day on NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET

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Even the best drivers need a strong crew chief to guide them every week around the track. On today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA, those crew chiefs will be spotlighted.

You can watch this afternoon at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, but you can also STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Two days after he and Dale Earnhardt Jr. conquered Martinsville, No. 88 crew chief Steve Letarte will talk with NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast about Sunday’s emotional victory and how he plans to handle his final three races atop the pit box before joining NBC Sports as a NASCAR analyst.

Additionally, two CCs for teams still alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup will be interviewed about their post-season progress. Marty Snider will catch up with No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) CC Rodney Childers, and Jason Weigandt will chat with No. 31 (Ryan Newman) CC Luke Lambert.

Plus, longtime Cup CC Frank Stoddard and former Cup champion Dale Jarrett will share their thoughts on what’s been the best CC call made throughout the 2014 season.

Also on tap:

  • We’ll begin to look ahead to Texas Motor Speedway and the middle race of the Eliminator Round. Which of the Eliminator 8 are in the best (and worst) shape heading into Fort Worth and which of them can score a victory that will score a berth in the Championship Race?
  • With all the emotion, intensity and drama from this weekend’s Chase race in Martinsville, you won’t want to miss this week’s edition of SCAN ALL 43 – your all-access listen on in-race communications between drivers, crew chiefs and spotters.

If you plan to stream, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified. Once you plug those pieces of information in, you’ll have access to the stream.

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

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.