FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCES 2016 NASCAR SPRINT CUP AND XFINITY SERIES BROADCAST SCHEDULE
NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Returns to NBC Saturday, July 2, in Primetime from Daytona International Speedway
NBC Sports Group’s 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Coverage Returns Friday, July 1
The Chase for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Begins in Chicago Sunday, September 18
NBC Sports Group Present 21 Consecutive Weeks of Live NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Race Coverage in 2016
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 26, 2016 – After presenting more than 360 hours of live, trackside NASCAR coverage across 22 states in 2015, NBC Sports Group returns as the home of NASCAR’s Championship run in 2016. NBC Sports’ NASCAR XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series racing schedule kicks off in primetime, amid Independence Day weekend festivities, on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, at the newly-renovated Daytona International Speedway. NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup swings into action on Sunday, Sept. 18 from Chicagoland Speedway and culminates with the Sprint Cup Championship from Miami on Sunday, Nov. 20.
NBC Sports Group’s 20-week Sprint Cup schedule is highlighted by seven races on NBC, 12 races on NBCSN, and one race on USA Network which will air during the Olympic Games in Rio. NASCAR XFINITY Series racing makes its 2016 return to NBC Sports Group on Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the XFINITY Series, where “Names Are Made,” consists of four races on NBC, 12 races on NBCSN, two races on USA Network, and one race on CNBC.
NBC Sports Group’s 2016 NASCAR broadcast schedule is highlighted by the Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400’s return to its traditional Saturday evening slot over Independence Day Weekend on July 2, at 7:45 p.m. ET, from Daytona International Speedway. Other updates to the 2016 schedule include The Pure Michigan 400’s shift forward to Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, occupying a previously open weekend in the Sprint Cup schedule.
NASCAR on NBC’s 12-person on-air team returns in 2016 for NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series race coverage. Lead race announcer Rick Allen returns to the booth alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup race winner Jeff Burton. Krista Voda returns to host pre- and post-race coverage, alongside NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett and analyst Kyle Petty.
Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast, and Dave Burns return to report from pit road in 2016, in tandem with NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan and features reporter Rutledge Wood.
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets – will provide live streaming coverage of all 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series Races.
Following are NBC Sports Group’s 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series television schedules:
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2016 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
|Saturday, July 2||Daytona International Speedway||7:45 PM||NBC|
|Saturday, July 9||Kentucky Speedway||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, July 17||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||1:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, July 24||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||3:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, July 31||Pocono Raceway||1:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, August 7||Watkins Glen International||2:30 PM||USA|
|Saturday, August 20||Bristol Motor Speedway||8:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, August 28||Michigan International Speedway||2:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, September 4||Darlington Raceway||6:00 PM||NBC|
|Saturday, September 10||Richmond International Raceway||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, September 18||Chicagoland Speedway||2:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, September 25||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||2:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, October 2||Dover International Speedway||2:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, October 8||Charlotte Motor Speedway||7:00 PM||NBC|
|Sunday, October 16||Kansas Speedway||2:15 PM||NBC|
|Sunday, October 23||Talladega Superspeedway||2:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, October 30||Martinsville Speedway||1:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, November 6||Texas Motor Speedway||2:00 PM||NBC|
|Sunday, November 13||Phoenix International Raceway||2:30 PM||NBC|
|Sunday, November 20||Homestead-Miami Speedway||2:30 PM||NBC|
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2016 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE
|Friday, July 1||Daytona International Speedway||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Friday, July 8||Kentucky Speedway||8:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, July 16||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||4:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, July 23||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||3:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, July 30||Iowa Speedway||8:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, August 6||Watkins Glen International||2:00 PM||CNBC|
|Saturday, August 13||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||3:30 PM||USA|
|Friday, August 19||Bristol Motor Speedway||7:30 PM||USA|
|Saturday, August 27||Road America||3:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, September 3||Darlington Raceway||3:30 PM||NBC|
|Friday, September 9||Richmond International Raceway||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, September 17||Chicagoland Speedway||3:30 PM||NBC|
|Saturday, September 24||Kentucky Speedway||8:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, October 1||Dover International Speedway||3:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Friday, October 7||Charlotte Motor Speedway||8:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, October 15||Kansas Speedway||3:00 PM||NBC|
|Saturday, November 5||Texas Motor Speedway||3:30 PM||NBC|
|Saturday, November 12||Phoenix International Raceway||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, November 19||Homestead-Miami Speedway||3:30 PM||NBCSN|
2015 NASCAR on NBC Season
The addition of NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing to NBC Sports Group’s portfolio set viewership milestones in 2015. The Sprint Cup Championship race from Miami was the most-watched NASCAR season finale in a decade and set a NASCAR live streaming traffic record for NBC Sports Live Extra. Five of NBCSN’s top 10 most-watched telecasts in the network’s history are 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, and NASCAR powered NBCSN to its most-watched year on record. The NASCAR on NBC Facebook page established 308M total impressions on content in 2015, while the @NASCARonNBC twitter handle closed out 2015 with 77K Total Followers, a growth of 303% over the previous year.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–