WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET – Interviews w/Rico Abreu, Luke Lambert; Brian Vickers’ return

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Here’s what’s on tap for today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. If you can’t watch on TV, then STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra…

  • Chili Bowl champion and future NASCAR K&N East Series driver Rico Abreu will call into the show to talk about his new opportunity in the stock car world…
  • Former Sprint Cup driver Kyle Petty and former Cup crew chief Steve Letarte discuss today’s announcement of Brian Vickers’ return to competition for the third race of the season in Las Vegas. How will Vickers’ latest bout of health issues impact the 2015 season for himself and for Michael Waltrip Racing?
  • Dave Burns visits the Richard Childress Racing shop to speak with Ryan Newman’s crew chief, Luke Lambert, about how they intend to follow up their surprising run last year to second in the Cup standings…
  • Nate Ryan joins the gang to talk about the 2015 rule changes for pit road and how it will impact team strategy…
  • With 32 days to go to the Daytona 500, we’ll look back on Benny Parsons’ drive from 32nd to the win in the 1975 edition of the Great American Race…
  • And as Deflate-Gate rocks the U.S. sports landscape, Kyle and Steve will relive a major NASCAR controversy from not too long ago: Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports’ tire-soaking saga from 1998…

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Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.