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WATCH LIVE: Belgian GP on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET

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Formula 1’s kickoff to the second portion of the 2017 season, the Belgian Grand Prix, is always one of the highlight races in the championship, and can be seen live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7 a.m. ET.

F1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE STREAM

Pre-race coverage runs for an hour from 7 a.m. ET through to 8 a.m. ET, with lights out at that point.

Lewis Hamilton made history on Saturday in Belgium by taking a record-equalling 68th career pole position, tying with Michael Schumacher at the top of the all-time list.

Hamilton edged out F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel by two-tenths of a second on Saturday, leaving the championship protagonists side-by-side for the start.

Vettel leads Hamilton by 14 points, 202 to 188, heading into today’s race. In third lies Bottas with 169.

There have been five winners in the last five Belgian Grands Prix, with Nico Rosberg winning last year, Hamilton in 2015, Daniel Ricciardo in 2014, Vettel in 2013 and Jenson Button in 2012.

We know at least two of those five can’t add their name to that list this year. Vettel will look to become the first driver with back-to-back wins this season while Hamilton or Bottas will look to reassert Mercedes back ahead of Ferrari on a power track.

And with the threat of rain seemingly perpetually looming around the Ardennes forest, the weather can change on a dime at the four-plus mile circuit, the longest on the calendar.

You can watch the Belgian Grand Prix live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET. CLICK HERE for NBCSN live stream.

You can also try out a new ‘Mosaic View’ for the race that includes the race simulcast, in-car cameras, driver tracker and pit lane cam. CLICK HERE to watch the Mosaic View live stream.

Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter Will Buxton providing updates and interviews throughout the race from Spa.

Also be sure to follow the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account for live updates throughout the race.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: