WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 E.T. features Pemberton, plus penalty fallout

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Penalties have been handed out – albeit to crews rather than drivers – in the wake of the post-race altercation at Texas Motor Speedway. Today’s NASCAR AMERICA will recap the penalties and then some.

You can watch it today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN or STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

On tap for today’s show, with airs for a half-hour with Carolyn Manno and Kyle Petty in-studio:

  • Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development will call in to discuss the penalties handed down yesterday, following the post-race melee in Texas on Sunday.
  • Our Marty Snider travelled to the Hendrick Motorsports Race shop in Concord, NC, to chat with Hendrick Motorsports EVP and General Manager, Doug Duchardt, about the team’s reaction to the penalties issues by NASCAR and what the team needs to do this weekend at Phoenix to give Jeff Gordon a shot at Championship title number 5.
  • Kevin Harvick won the spring race at Phoenix earlier this season, and the driver of the #4 is still in the hunt for his first career Sprint Cup Championship. We’ll discuss if Harvick the man to beat this weekend at Phoenix.
  • Our Parker Kligerman hops into the NBCSN Race Simulator to show us the fastest way to get around Phoenix International Raceway.
  • In the last few weeks, Brad Keselowski has been viewed as the number one villain of NASCAR. We go back through time to discuss some of the other drivers that have worn the black hat of NASCAR

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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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