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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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).