FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
NASCAR AMERICA CELEBRATES 500TH EPISODE THIS MONDAY, MARCH 13 AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Kyle Petty on 500th Airing of NASCAR America: “Are you kidding me? 500 episodes already, that’s crazy!”
Monday’s Episode to Break Down Weekend of Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 9, 2017 – NASCAR America, NBCSN’s daily motorsports show, will air its 500th episode this Monday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET. In recognition of the milestone, Monday’s episode will break down the latest news coming out of this weekend’s racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as highlight the most memorable moments in NASCAR America’s past three years.
NASCAR America launched February 24, 2014 on NBCSN, as a daily 30-minute news and information program dedicated to the nation’s longstanding fascination with speed and stock car racing. Since its debut, the show has expanded from half-hour episodes to 90-minute telecasts, added new studios, created more than 20 daily and weekly segments, and welcomed a growing collection of on-air hosts, analysts and recurring guests.
NASCAR on NBC’s lead race announcer Rick Allen (@RickAllenracing) hosted the debut episode of NASCAR America on the Monday after the 2014 Daytona 500. “The Mayor” of NASCAR and analyst Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) joined Allen from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., while reporters Marty Snider (@heymartysnider), Kelli Stavast (@KelliStavast) and NBCSports.com’s lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan (@nateryan) contributed from the racing hotbed of Charlotte, N.C.
Before he officially joined NASCAR America as an analyst, Daytona 500 winning crew chief Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) was a guest on the debut episode of the show, following his victory with Dale Earnhardt Jr. the previous night in the 2014 Daytona 500.
“Are you kidding me? 500 episodes already, that’s crazy!” said Kyle Petty, NASCAR America analyst. “It’s more like having a conversation with a friend, than it is like putting on a live show.”
“Working on NASCAR America and hearing from the sport’s passionate fan base as they engage with our coverage has been incredibly memorable,” said Burton. “We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone and look forward to the next 500.”
NASCAR America host Carolyn Manno (@Carolynmanno) will anchor next week’s coverage from Stamford, Conn. Three-time Daytona 500 Champion and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett), Kyle Petty, Letarte, Burton and analyst Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) will join Manno throughout the week.
The following are a collection of NASCAR stats since NBC Sports Group kicked of its coverage with NASCAR America on February 24, 2014:
- There have been 18 different NASCAR Cup Series race winners in the NASCAR America
- Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano lead drivers with 14 Cup Series wins a piece in the NASCAR America
- There have been 10 last-lap passes in the NASCAR America era, including the last two down to the wire Daytona 500’s.
- NASCAR America has witnessed the crowing of three different NASCAR Cup Series Champions: Kevin Harvick (2014), Kyle Busch (2015) and Jimmie Johnson (2016). Each won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to take the championship trophy.
NEXT WEEK’S NASCAR AMERICA SCHEDULE ON NBCSN
|Monday, March 13||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tuesday, March 14||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wednesday, March 15||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thursday, March 16||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
NASCAR ON NBC
In 2017, NBC Sports Group will present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events.
NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show NASCAR America, coverage of NASCAR’s Awards Ceremonies, the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as well as original programming specials. NBC Sports Group concluded the 2016 NASCAR season presenting more hours of trackside coverage and programming than ever before.
In 2016, NBC Sports Group continued to innovate and entertain race fans with 630 hours of NASCAR programming including interactive watch parties, documentary specials and new shoulder programming, in addition to its 366 live trackside hours from 22 different states. In 2016 overall consumption of NASCAR content on NBC Sports’ Digital properties was up 50% vs. 2015 and NASCAR on NBC’s social platforms generated a triple-digit increase in video views, as well as double-digit increase in fan base and impressions compared to the 2015 season.
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