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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
NASCAR RETURNS TO NBCSN LIVE FROM “THUNDER VALLEY” SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET
NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from The Last Great Colosseum Immediately Follows Saturday’s Men’s Soccer Gold Medal Match
Denny Hamlin Stars in this Week’s “Phone A Fan” Social Web Video
Tony Stewart Joins Nate Ryan on this Week’s NASCAR on NBC Podcast
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 17, 2016 – As NBC Sports Group’s presentation of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games winds down, the engines of NASCAR rev back into action with back-to-back races under the lights of Bristol Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The stars of tomorrow take the wheel with XFINITY Series racing Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.
Saturday’s pre-race coverage includes a closer look at the famous speedway that owes its heritage to Olympia. In a feature voiced by Ken Squier, NBC Sports draws comparisons between the Olympics, the greatest test of a man’s physical strength, and NASCAR racing, the greatest test of man and machine. Before the cars roll this weekend, NBC reporter Parker Kligerman ventures up to Colossus to get a closer look at the world’s largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen. NBC Sports continues to surround Jeff Gordon as he suits up for his fourth consecutive race in the No. 88 car as Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains sidelined with a concussion.
NBCSN PRESENTS SPRINT CUP RACING FROM THE WORLD’S FASTEST HALF-MILE SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET
NBC Sports kicks off its Sprint Cup coverage from Bristol on Friday with practice at 10 a.m. ET, available via live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as several NBC Sports Regional Networks. Final practice follows at 12:30 p.m. ET streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Friday’s Sprint Cup coverage wraps up with NASCAR America at 5:15 p.m. ET on USA Network, followed by qualifying at 5:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.
Saturday’s race day coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 7:30 p.m. ET, immediately following the conclusion of the Olympic men’s soccer gold medal match on NBCSN. Race coverage from The Last Great Colosseum begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. An hour-long on-site post-race show wraps up NBCSN’s coverage at 11 p.m. ET.
Race announcer Rick Allen calls this weekend’s action alongside analysts Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton. Pre- and post-race coverage is handled by host Krista Voda, and analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Dave Burns and Kligerman report from pit road.
CATCH XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM “THUNDER VALLEY” FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET
XFINTIY Series racing from Bristol begins Thursday with practice at 1 p.m. ET and final practice at 3:30 p.m. ET, both available via live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as several NBC Sports Regional Networks. Race day coverage begins Friday with qualifying at 3 p.m. ET streaming and available on select regional sports networks. Countdown to Green kicks into high gear at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network, followed by green flag racing at 7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network. An on-site post-race show wraps up the evening at 9:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.
DENNY HAMLIN STARS IN THIS WEEK’S “PHONE A FAN” SOCIAL WEB VIDEO
The most recent Sprint Cup race winner Denny Hamlin stars in this week’s new NASCAR on NBC “Phone a Fan” web video, where unsuspecting fans receive calls from their favorite NASCAR drivers. In the video released today on the NASCAR on NBC Facebook page and twitter accounts, Hamlin gets the inside scoop from multiple fans who describe him as the “boy next door” with a classy demeanor. Check out the full video here.
NASCAR racing legend and soon to be retired Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart joins Nate Ryan on this week’s NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss racing hard, playing hard, and what he will do with his newfound free time. Available on NASCAR Talk, iTunes, AudioBoom, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and podcasting apps, the NASCAR on NBC podcast discusses the latest NASCAR news each week with the major players in the sport.
UPCOMING NASCAR PROGRAMMING
|Thur., Aug. 18||NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice – Bristol||1:00 PM||NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Plus-Chicago, CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – Bristol||3:30 PM||NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Plus-Chicago, CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest|
|Fri., Aug. 19||NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice – Bristol||10:00 AM||NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com,CSN New England, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Plus-Chicago, CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Bristol||12:30 PM||NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Bristol||1:00 PM||USA|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Bristol||3 PM||NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest|
|NASCAR America||5:15 PM||USA|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Bristol||5:30 PM||USA|
|Countdown To Green||7:00 PM||USA|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing From Bristol||7:30 PM||USA|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race||9:30 PM||USA|
|Sat., Aug. 19||Countdown To Green||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing From Bristol||8:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race||11:00 PM||NBCSN|
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