WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA with Dale Jr. and Chase Elliott at 5 p.m. ET


Dale Earnhardt Jr. is NASCAR’s most popular driver in the present. But the driver he currently employs, Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott, could assume that mantle in the not-too-distant future.

One thing is certain: They’re both heading into pivotal 2015 campaigns. Earnhardt won four times in 2014 but wants more after being eliminated in the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Meanwhile, Elliott – the future driver of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet – hopes to defend his Xfinity Series title and also do well in his first series of Cup starts.

You’ll hear from both Earnhardt and Elliott in one-on-one interviews today on NASCAR AMERICA. If you can’t tune in at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, you can stream today’s show online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Also on tap:

· We’ll have the latest news on the protection order hearing involving former Cup champion Kurt Busch…

· During last week’s NASCAR Media Tour, we asked the drivers how they thought this year’s new rules package will affect racing in 2015. We’ll bring you their answers…

· And we’ll have a clip of our interview with six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, which will air in its entirety on Thursday’s show.

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