Watch NASCAR America LIVE at 5 pm ET: Texas 3-step, Harvick’s 500th, up-and-coming Quiroga, lots more

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Rick Allen and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace come to you LIVE on NBCSN from 5 to 5:30 pm ET from our Charlotte studios.

It promises to be a busy show. Here’s what’s on tap:

  • As we gear up for the second race of the Eliminator Round at Texas Motor Speedway, Rick and Rusty discuss the top 3 storylines heading into Sunday’s race.
  • We look back at last spring’s April race at TMS through Scan All 43 to see what we can expect this weekend.
  • On Sunday, Kevin Harvick will become the 35th driver in NASCAR history to make at least 500 career Sprint Cup starts. We look back through Harvick’s career and discuss the whether he could become the third driver ever to win in his 500th start (Matt Kenseth, Richard Petty were the other two).
  • Our Marty Snider caught up at Charlotte Motor Speedway with 3-time NASCAR Corona Series champion and current NASCAR Truck Series driver, German Quiroga, to chat about the Mexican driver’s career and rise through the NASCAR ranks.
  • Parker Kligerman hops into the NBC iRacing Simulator to breakdown the twists and turns of Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Leigh Diffey files a report from nearby Austin, Texas, on the latest happenings ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 race there, the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.
  • The Top 5 moments in Texas Motor Speedway history.

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March 29 in Motorsports History: Scott Dixon wins first race after reunification

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Reunited and it felt so good.

That’s what drivers likely thought before the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For the first time since 1995, major-league open-wheel racing in the United States was under the banner of a sole sanctioning body as Champ Car and the Indy Racing Leauge had reunified just a month prior.

Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead. Photo: Jim Hines/IndyCar.

The first race after reunification also saw a reversal of fortunes for Scott Dixon, who won the race after losing the 2007 IRL championship in crushing fashion.

In the 2007 season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, Dixon ran out of fuel while leading on the final lap of the race. The race victory – and championship – went to Dixon’s future teammate, Dario Franchitti.

But the tides turned for Dixon nearly seven months later, and the Kiwi was able to win with the help of another driver’s misfortune.

Tony Kanaan was leading with seven laps remaining when E.J. Viso spun and made contact with Kanaan’s car. Kanaan remained on track through the caution period despite suffering obvious damage to his right front suspension.

On the final restart with three laps remaining, Dixon and others cars easily passed Kanaan’s wounded car on the outside. Dixon then maintained his lead through the checkered flag to win at Homestead for the second time in his career.

“I think Marco (Andretti) and T.K. probably had a little bit better cars today, but we came through with the win, and that’s what counts,” Dixon told ESPN after his 12th career victory.

Following his victory at Homestead, Dixon continued to redeem himself through the course of the 2008 season. In May, he won the Indianapolis 500 for the first (and so far only) time. Following Indy, he went on to win four more times in 2008 and won his second series championship.

Also on this date:

1998: Mika Hakkinen won the Grand Prix of Brazil, the first of eight victories in his first championship season.

2010: Will Power won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which was held on a Monday morning because of rain postponing the race on Sunday.

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