NASCAR AMERICA: Watch LIVE at 5 pm ET — Gibbs and Stewart, Chase trash-talking, Growing up Petty

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, which airs LIVE from 5 to 5:30 pm ET, Sunday’s Sprint Cup championship race takes center stage.

Rick Allen, Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton hold down the fort from our Charlotte studio as the countdown to Sunday’s Chase finale continues.

Among today’s show highlights:

  • Our Marty Snider was at Wednesday’s NASCAR Chase Media Day and talked to two of the owners that have championship hopes on the line this weekend: Joe Gibbs, Super Bowl winning former-NFL coach and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, and Tony Stewart, three-time Sprint Cup champ and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.
  • Also at Chase Media event, finalist Kevin Harvick tried to play head games with fellow finalist Joey Logano. We examine how much intimidation and outright trash may or may not play into events on the track and the ultimate outcome of the actual race.
  • Earlier this week, NBCSportsWorld.com’s Joe Posnanski, wrote a great piece on the triumphs and tragedies of NASCAR’s king, Richard Petty. Our Kyle Petty, Richard’s son, was quoted heavily in the article and he chats about growing up in Petty household.
  • 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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Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”