WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA feat. Rico Abreu, crew chief Darian Grubb at 5 p.m. ET

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Here is what’s on tap for today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra for online/mobile devices:

· No doubt about it – Rico Abreu’s star has taken off over the last few days. On Saturday night, he won his first Chili Bowl and this morning, the sprint car standout was announced to run full-time in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship. We’ll take a look at his incredible story.

· NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast stops by the Joe Gibbs Racing shop in North Carolina to speak with Darian Grubb, who will become crew chief for the incoming Carl Edwards this season. We’ll also hear from former crew chief/driver tandem Frank Stoddard and Jeff Burton about JGR’s shuffle atop their pit boxes and how it will affect the team.

· Our series of Top Storylines for 2015 continues with a focus on Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. After a year that was not up to his high standards, can Johnson return to form and challenge for a record-tying seventh Sprint Cup? And can Gordon recover from last year’s Chase heartbreak to make one more run for his fifth title?

· With 33 days left until the Daytona 500, we’ll look back on Mario Andretti’s 1967 Daytona 500 victory. His win in the Great American Race would be the first step in earning his eventual distinction as the only driver ever to win the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, and the Formula One World Championship.

· And last but not least, we’ll have a light-hearted Top-5 in store for you: The best on-track bloopers from 2014.

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Again, CLICK HERE at 5 p.m. ET to watch NASCAR AMERICA.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

THURSDAY PRACTICE: Click here for Day 2 speeds at Indianapolis

COMBINED SPEEDS: Click here for the overall speeds from the first two days

The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

HOW TO WATCH THE INDY 500 ON NBCDetails for the Aug. 23 race

DAILY INDY 500 SCHEDULEClick here for all on-track activity in August at Indy