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Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING RETURNS TO NBC THIS SATURDAY, JULY 1 AT 7 P.M. ET, LIVE FROM DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
More Than 32 Hours of NASCAR Coverage Including 22 Trackside Hours
NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing Returns to NBCSN – Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. ET
Off Script With Kyle Petty Debuts Friday at 1 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 27, 2017 – NBC Sports Group launches its 2017 NASCAR season this week with more than 32 hours of NASCAR programing, culminating with Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race from Daytona International Speedway at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Throughout the week NBC Sports Group will super serve fans with 22 hours of trackside coverage from “The World Center of Racing,” including XFINITY Series racing on Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and 10 hours of NASCAR news, highlights and special features.
NBC PRESENTS NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM DAYTONA – SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.
Saturday’s pre-race coverage will include a special essay on Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his final race at Daytona, voiced by legendary broadcaster and member of 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class Ken Squier. In addition, Ato Boldon (@atoboldon) gets his first taste of the racing circuit as he find himself embedded with NASCAR fans in Daytona International Speedway’s infield, and Martin Truex Jr. will take the wheel of the NBC Sports Toyota Camry on-track car for a special pre-race preview of Daytona International Speedway. Features reporter Rutledge Wood (@rutledgewood) brings viewers to Universal Studios’ new Volcano Bay for his recurring “That One Place” segment.
NBCSN’s NASCAR Cup Series coverage from Daytona kicks off Thursday at 3 p.m. ET with first practice, followed by final practice at 4 pm. ET. An on-site edition of NASCAR America wraps up the day at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Friday’s coverage includes NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage on Saturday begins at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, live from the superspeedway’s pit road. Coverage shifts over to NBC at 7 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green, followed by live race coverage beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET. After the checkered flag falls on NBC’s first race of the 2017 season, trackside coverage continues on NBCSN with a full hour post-race show at 11 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ lead race announcer Rick Allen (@Rickallenracing) calls the action alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte (@steveletarte), and 21-time Cup winner Jeff Burton (@Jeffburton).
Pre-race host Krista Voda (@Kristavoda), auto racing icon Kyle Petty (@KylePetty), and three-time Daytona 500 Champion Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett) host NASCAR America from the “The Sunshine State” along with all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider (@heymartysnider), Kelli Stavast (@kellistavast), Dave Burns (@tvdaveburns) and Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) report from pit road and the garages.
NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan (@nateryan) handles breaking news and features reporters Rutledge Wood and Ato Boldon deliver the fan experience and stories surrounding Daytona.
NBCSN PRESENTS XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM DAYTONA – FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET
NBCSN’s XFINITY series coverage from Florida begins Thursday with first practice at 2 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 4 p.m. ET. Race day coverage kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s first XFINITY race of 2017 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the post-race show at 10 p.m. ET.
In advance of Friday’s XFINITY race, Steve Letarte launches his new “All-Star Pit Crew,” a season-long series highlighting the crew members who ensure the race teams, cars and drivers function at their best. Letarte will showcase three to four stories of perseverance among the NASCAR Cup and XFINITY teams each race weekend. At the end of the 2017 season, in advance of the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Letarte will announce his official all-start crew of the season, encompassing various shining starts from different race teams and rosters. Nate Ryan kicks off the series with a special longform pit-crew podcast, set to be released tomorrow.
NASCAR RACING RETURNS TO NBC – MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TODAY AT 2 P.M. ET
NBC Sports Group NASCAR analyst and 21-time Cup Series winner Jeff Burton, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, race announcer Rick Allen, four-time Olympic medalist and NASCAR on NBC features contributor Ato Boldon, as well as NBC Sports Group Executive Producer Sam Flood, preview the 2017 NASCAR on NBC schedule and NBC’s coverage plans for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400, on a media conference call today at 2 p.m. ET. Dial 877-795-3647 to participate and enter meeting ID 8972842.
NBCSN PRESENTS #NASCARTHOWBACK THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. ET
NBCSN will celebrate Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final time racing at Daytona International Speedway, as a NASCAR Cup Series driver, with a #NASCARThrowback social media special, Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. ET.
Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s #NASCARThowback race.
RIDE TO VICTORY: STORIES OF THE KYLE PETTY CHARITY RIDE DEBUTS THURSDAY AT 10 P.M. ET
NBCSN presents Ride to Victory: Stories of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, an inspirational documentary that chronicles NASCAR on NBC analyst and auto racing icon Kyle Petty’s annual cross-country motorcycle trek, Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.
The one-hour documentary follows Petty, along with 200 other bikers, on their 2,400-mile journey from Portland, Ore., to Milwaukee, Wis. The annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
More information about Ride to Victory: Stories of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, will be sent out later today.
OFF SCRIPT WITH KYLE PETTY DEBUTS FRIDAY AT 1 P.M. ET
NASCAR on NBC’s Kyle Petty joins Krista Voda to discuss the Petty family name, and what it was like growing up in the auto racing legacy family, in NBCSN’s special Off Script with Kyle Petty. The 60-minute profile dives deep into Petty’s racing career, family life and transition to broadcasting. The insightful special debuts Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET, before on-track activity begins at Daytona International Speedway. An encore presentation of Off Script will air on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
UPCOMING NASCAR PROGRAMMING
|Tuesday, June 27||NASCAR Scan All Special Talladega – Kansas – Charlotte||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Wednesday, June 28||NASCAR Scan All Special Texas – Bristol – Richmond||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Thursday, June 29||NASCAR XFINITY Series First Practice – Daytona||2:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Daytona||3:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – Daytona||4:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Daytona||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||6:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR The Decades The 1970s||9:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Ride To Victory: Stories of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride||10:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N Series – Sonoma||11:00 PM||NBCSN|
|#NASCARThrowback (Encore)||12:00 AM||NBCSN|
|Friday, June 30||NASCAR The Decades 1970s||12:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Off The Script: Kyle Petty||1:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Daytona||2:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Daytona||4:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||6:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green||7:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing – Daytona||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show||10:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Professional Fighters League – Daytona||10:30 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Scan All Special Talladega – Kansas – Charlotte||12:30 AM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR The Decades 1970s||2:00 AM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, July 1||Off The Script: Kyle Petty||4:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||7:00 PM||NBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Racing – Daytona||7:30 PM||NBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||11:00 PM||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.
For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.
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