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WATCH LIVE: NASCAR America at 5 pm ET -- Harvick’s dominance, Truex’s start, Ragan’s fill-in role

On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, which airs live from 5 to 5:30 pm ET, we delve deeper into this weekend’s upcoming racing action at Phoenix International Raceway.

Rick Allen hosts from our Stamford (Conn.) studio, while Kyle Petty, Bobby Labonte, Dave Burns and Nate Ryan will be in our NBC Charlotte studio.

Among the topics we’ll cover on today’s show:

* Just how dominant Kevin Harvick has been both recently (a win and two runner-ups to start the season) as well as career-wise at Phoenix (six wins, including triumphs in his last three starts there and four in his last five).

* We talk with Martin Truex Jr. about what’s behind his outstanding start to 2015.

* We also chat with David Ragan on how things have gone thus far filling in for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

* Parker Kligerman uses the NBC iRacing simulator to show us how drivers must handle the tricky one-mile track at Phoenix this weekend.

* The latest news and notes with Nate Ryan of’s NASCAR Talk.

* Top 5 moments in PIR history.

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