NASCAR AMERICA: After release from JGR, what’s next for Bubba Wallace? (VIDEO)

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After a four-win season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. was expected to take the next step into the NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2015.

But when Joe Gibbs Racing was unable to find a sponsor to help him take that step, Wallace asked for and was granted his release.

Now, one of NASCAR’s better prospects could be heading to Roush Fenway Racing’s XFINITY Series operation, which is already set to run three cars in 2015 for Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed, and the incoming Elliott Sadler.

It can be strongly argued that Wallace, who in 2013 became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series race in half a century, has done all he can in the Trucks.

And as NASCAR AMERICA’s Parker Kligerman noted in today’s episode, Roush Fenway’s ability to field XFINITY cars for young drivers without major sponsorship could help Wallace keep pushing toward the eventual goal of racing in the top-tier Sprint Cup Series.

For more of Kligerman’s thoughts, check out the clip above.

Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick team up again on NBC’s Indy 500 coverage

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Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick will return to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500, which will be broadcast Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC (green flag at 2:30 p.m.).

Tirico and Patrick, who both joined NBC Sports for its inaugural coverage of the event last year, will reprise their roles as host and studio analyst.

One of the most versatile voices in sports, Tirico also hosts NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage, Football Night in America and many other premier events, including hosting on-site at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year for the first-ever IndyCar-NASCAR crossover weekend.

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He again will be joined during prerace, in-race, and postrace coverage by Patrick, who became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005 and also was the first female pole-sitter in NASCAR driver.

They will make their debut together duing practice coverage on Aug. 21, on NBCSN.

“My first Indy 500 last year exceeded my very high expectations in every way,” Tirico said in a release. “Although this year’s race will take place under unprecedented circumstances, I can’t wait to get back to Indy. I’m confident that our team at the Brickyard will provide viewers with as exciting a viewing experience as possible. I am also thrilled that Danica Patrick is along for the ride again this year. We had such a great time last May and look forward to bringing Indy home for the viewers again.”

Said Patrick: “The Indianapolis 500 is an event that transcends mainstream and motorsports which is why it’s so special. We are living during a time that if we can bring people together, we should. Even if it’s not physically. I am honored to be back with the NBC Sports team and Mike Tirico. The memories I have from 15 years at IMS hold such a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to make more this year in the booth, or however we are positioned in 2020!”

This will mark NBC Sports’ second season as the exclusive home of the NTT IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, which will take place in August for the first time ever because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.