Several NASCAR AMERICA specials to run over next month

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NASCAR AMERICA, NBCSN’s daily show dedicated to the nation’s longstanding fascination with speed and stock car racing, presents several specials highlighting the season’s top moments from the 2014 Sprint Cup Series.

Building on the expanded, in-depth coverage NBCSN provided during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR AMERICA gives viewers an all-access pass to the most intriguing stories of the most exciting season in years, using on-track audio and stunning images from inside the cars, along pit road and throughout each stop toward Homestead.

The specials began airing during NASCAR AMERICA’s 30-minute 5 p.m. ET time slot on Nov. 19, with new episodes debuting Dec. 1, 2, 10 and 11, and culminating on Dec. 16 with the Top 20 Moments of 2014. Encore presentations of all specials will air throughout November and December. Below is an overview of the NASCAR AMERICA specials:

  • NASCAR AMERICA: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED IN 2014 – premiered Thursday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. ET: Hosted by NBC Sports lead race announcer Rick Allen, and analyst Kyle Petty, Expect the Unexpected in 2014 focuses on the wild and wacky moments no one saw coming this past season. From the crazy moments during the Daytona 500 Speed Week, to the track elements outside of drivers’ control, this special features bloopers and stories from the chaotic 2014 NASCAR season.
  • SCAN ALL 43: CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 – premiered Friday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. ET: In this 30 minute episode dedicated to one of the most exciting races in NASCAR history, Rick Allen and Kyle Petty give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience to the final four drivers left in the Chase. Using sound and footage from the NASCAR radio scanners, Allen and Petty recap the thrilling finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 2014 CHASE SPECTATULAR – premieres Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. ETHosted by NBC Sports lead race announcer Rick Allen, Chase Spectacular gives an in-depth recap of the greatest, most intriguing moments from the debut of the new Sprint Cup Series Chase format. Over the course of 10 weeks, a field of sixteen drivers was narrowed down to four who contended for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16. Chase Spectacular highlights the dramatic results, winners and fights that highlighted each elimination round.
  • 2014 IN THE NEWS – premieres Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. ET2014 In the News highlights the top five news stories from this past season’s NASCAR Sprint Series. Rick Allen counts down the stories that transcended the sport, and lasted well after the races ended. Allen will provide analysis of the season’s best moments, including a look at the race/team alliances that led to fireworks throughout the new chase format. In the News will also feature one of the greatest victories of the season, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s win at Daytona, and discuss Tony Stewart’s tragic accident, which was a focus of national media attention.
  • SCAN ALL 43 COUNTDOWN: THE TOP 43 MOMENTS FROM 2014 – premieres Wednesday, Dec.10and Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. ETDave Briggs, a regular contributor to NASCAR AMERICA, puts the viewer in the driver’s seat in Scan All 43 Countdown: The Top 43 Moments from 2014. In this two-part special, Briggs counts down the best moments, taken directly from the radio scanners, allowing fans to hear everything from crew chief pit calls, media analysis and play-by-play, to the spotters guiding their drivers during some of the most heated moments of the season.
  • TOP 20 MOMENTS OF 2014 – premieres Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. ETSteve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s former crew chief, joins Rick Allen as a guest analyst to help count down the top 20 moments of the 2014 NASCAR Season, highlighting the best finishes, biggest wins and top stories from the year. Letarte’s expert analysis provides a new perspective to many of the stories that shaped the 2014 season.

During the Wednesday, Dec. 3, episode of NASCAR AMERICA, Allen will present a special feature from Letarte’s final race as Earnhardt’s crew chief. The episode will feature behind-the-scenes coverage of their emotional final race.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.