FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM ROAD AMERICA – SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC
Elliott Sadler Joins NASCAR America from NASCAR Hall of Fame – Tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NASCAR on NBC’s Parker Kligerman Pulls Double Duty as a Reporter and Driver during Sunday’s XFINITY Series Race
NBC Sports Group’s 2017 NASCAR Cup Series Telecasts Are Most-Watched Sporting Event on Six of Eight Weekends
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 22, 2017 – NBC Sports Group moves into its ninth week of live 2017 XFINITY Series racing, with seven hours of trackside coverage from Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. XFINITY Series race coverage, from the legendary four-mile road course, begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on an off week, all eyes are on the XFINITY Series this weekend. With four regular season races to go, three drivers William Byron, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed, have clinched their place in the XFINITY Series Playoffs, by virtue of a win. XFINITY Series points leader Elliott Sadler officially earned a spot this past Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, garnering enough points to guarantee his position in the Playoffs. Eight drivers currently hold the remaining spots based on points, but have yet to guarantee their positions.
In addition to live television coverage on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR action.
XFINITY SERIES COVERAGE FROM ROAD AMERICA – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC
NBC Sports Group’s XFINITY Series coverage from Road America begins Saturday, with first practice at 2 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 4 p.m. ET. Coverage of both practice sessions will be available on NBCSN. Coverage continues Sunday, with XFINITY Series qualifying at 11:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. Pre-race Countdown to Green coverage starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, followed by race coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
Dave Burns (@tvdaveburns) will call this weekend’s XFINITY Series action alongside Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett). Kelli Stavast (@Kellistavast) and Ralph Sheheen (@Ralphsheheen) will report from pit road.
NASCAR on NBC reporter Parker Kligerman (@Pkligerman) will contribute first-hand analysis throughout the weekend, as he drives the Precision Performance Motorsports No. 46 Chevy, and competes in Sunday afternoon’s race.
ELLIOTT SADLER JOINS NASCAR AMERICA FROM NASCAR HALL OF FAME – TONIGHT AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NASCAR America, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Elliott Sadler will join host Marty Snider (@HeyMartySnider), as well as analysts Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton (@Jeffburton), from Glory Road at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, in Charlotte, N.C.
The driver of JR Motorsports’ No. 1 Chevrolet will unveil his throwback paint scheme for next weekend’s XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway. Sadler will also discuss his dominant 2017 season, what it’s like to drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his rise from Virginia short tracks to NASCAR’s biggest stages.
As part of NBCSN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2017 NASCAR season, NASCAR America will present a live show each week from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Each live episode will include an in-depth interview with an active driver, and highlight their journey to professional racing.
KRISTA VODA & PHILLIP KELLEY JOIN NATE RYAN’S NASCAR ON NBC PODCAST
NASCAR on NBC host Krista Voda, and her husband Phillip “PK” Kelley, join NBCSports.com’s lead motorsports writer, Nate Ryan (@nateryan), on this week’s NASCAR on NBC podcast. Voda and PK, a NASCAR on NBC cameraman, discuss managing life on the road, their daughter Emmy, and PK’s Championship tractor-pulling hobby. The NASCAR on NBC podcast is available on NASCAR Talk, Apple Podcasts, AudioBoom, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and podcasting apps. For more info click here.
NBC Sports’ weekly race recap podcast, Monday Morning Donuts, hosted by Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) and Parker Kligerman, is also available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher, with new episodes available each Monday.
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2017 NASCAR CUP SERIES TELECASTS ARE MOST-WATCHED SPORTING EVENT ON SIX OF EIGHT WEEKENDS
NBC Sports Group is gearing up for the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs with considerable momentum. Through the first two months of NBC and NBCSN’s live race coverage, NBC Sports Group’s telecasts of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have ranked as the most-watched sporting event on six of eight weekends – up from two of eight last year, and one of eight in 2015.
Beginning with NBC Sports Group’s 2017 NASCAR on NBC season debut from Daytona International Speedway, and continuing through this past weekend’s Cup Series broadcast from Bristol Motor Speedway, all three NASCAR Cup Series races broadcast on NBC (Daytona, Indianapolis, Bristol) have won the weekend, and three races telecast on NBCSN (New Hampshire, Pocono, Watkins Glen) have ranked as the most-watched sporting event of the weekend.
The full release, sent out earlier today, is available here.
UPCOMING NBC SPORTS GROUP NASCAR PROGRAMMING
|Tuesday, August 22||NASCAR America||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Wednesday, August 23||NASCAR America||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Thursday, August 24||NASCAR America||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR The Decades||6:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, August 26||NASCAR XFINITY Series First Practice – Road America||2:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Whelen Series – Bristol||3:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – Road America||4:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Sunday, August 27||NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Road America||11:30 AM||CNBC|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green||2:30 PM||NBC|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing – Road America||3:00 PM||NBC|
NASCAR ON NBC
In 2017, NBC Sports Group will present the final 20 NASCAR Monster Energy 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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