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'Top Gear' to air NASCAR-themed show April 30

April 17, 2012, Official Release, NASCAR.com

Juan Montoya lets 'Top Gear' host sit in the cockpit and experience the NASCAR rush. (BBC Worldwide/Oisin Tymon)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Top Gear, the world's biggest car show, sent host Richard Hammond to Texas Motor Speedway, fully immersing the native-Brit in the world of NASCAR.

During his visit to Texas, Hammond explored the history of NASCAR and discovered how the sport evolved into the spectacle that it is today. He also discussed American motorsport culture and learned what it's like to be behind the wheel of a machine running 800-850 horsepower from those who know best -- Sprint Cup Series stars Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Juan Montoya. Hammond even got a driving lesson from Kyle Petty, former driver and son of Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

NASCAR fans and petrol-heads alike can catch all the action from the race weekend when this episode of Top Gear premieres on BBC America at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday, April 30.

"I'm not alone in believing in the supremacy of NASCAR," Hammond said. "It's currently the most popular spectator sport in America and there are many reasons why it hits the spot with the fans."