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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NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.