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.

If you’re not near a TV, you can CLICK HERE to stream NASCAR AMERICA online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Simon Pagenaud’s engineer relives 2019 Indy 500 victory on Twitter

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The Team Penske engineer for last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner is reliving Simon Pagenaud’s day by tweeting about what he was doing each moment a year later.

Starting with an observation that he awoke in his Indianapolis hotel room at 4:30 a.m., Ben Bretzman (@benbretzman) sent nearly two dozen tweets by 11 a.m. ET about how the morning before the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 unfolded.

Bretzman was through the infield tunnel and in Gasoline Alley by 6 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., he was wondering if his driver was awake yet, but he had heard for the first time from Pagenaud 45 minutes later.

‘BACK HOME AGAIN’Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, NBC

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Among other highlights: The team’s last strategy meeting was at 8:30 a.m.; final check of the weather was at 9:30 a.m. and Bretzman gave the No. 22 Dallara-Chevrolet a once-over at 10:35 a.m. before it was pushed to the grid.

Follow @BenBretzman to watch the day unfold from the pit box and tune into “Back Home Again at 2 p.m. ET on NBC as Pageanud and Alexander Rossi, who are good friends off the track, recap their epic duel with host Mike Tirico.

Simon Pagenaud and engineer Ben Bretzman debrief at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IndyCar photo by Joe Skibinski).