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Thursday, October 19th, 2017
NBCSN PRESENTS MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 12 ELIMINATION RACE FROM KANSAS SPEEDWAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, AT 3 P.M. ET
NASCAR on NBC Debuts “On The Box” Coverage During XFINITY Series Playoffs Race – Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
Seven-Time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson Joins NBCSN’s Pre-Race Show Live on Sunday
NBC Sports’ NASCAR Cup Series Race from Talladega Up 32% in Total Audience Delivery vs. 2016 Race
NBCSN Presents Kyle & Rut’s Racing Roots: Daniel Suárez – Sunday, October 22, at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 19, 2017 – NBC Sports Group’s robust coverage of the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs continues this weekend with more than 17 hours of trackside coverage from Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Race coverage from “The Sunflower State” begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, with XFINITY Series racing, and is highlighted by Sunday’s pivotal Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 elimination race at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Going into Sunday’s Cup Series elimination race, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski have both secured spots in the Round of 8, by virtue of a win. Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Jimmy Johnson occupy the final six transfer spots for the Round of 8, but have yet to officially lock in a position. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray currently stand below the cut line, and face elimination from the playoffs.
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.
NASCAR ON NBC DEBUTS XFINITY SERIES “ON THE BOX” COVERAGE – SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET
Saturday’s XFINITY Series playoffs race broadcast from Kansas Speedway will feature the debut of NASCAR on NBC’s new “On The Box” coverage. Daytona 500 winning crew chief and analyst Steve Letarte will contribute from a position atop JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 pit box on pit road, while lead race announcer Rick Allen and The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton call the race from NBC’s traditional broadcast booth above the start-finish line.
Similar to NBC Sports’ “Inside The Glass” coverage during NHL telecasts, “On The Box” will take viewers trackside to experience a crew chief’s perspective firsthand. Leaning on his nine-year career atop the box, Letarte will offer real-time commentary and insight throughout the race.
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM KANSAS SPEEDWAY – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN kicks off its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage from Kansas Speedway this Friday at 12:45 p.m. ET with NASCAR America, followed by first practice beginning at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Qualifying wraps up the day at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Saturday’s coverage begins with second practice at 11 a.m. ET, available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. In addition, local coverage will be available on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Boston. NBCSN presents a special 30-minute edition of NASCAR America at 1 p.m. ET. Final practice wraps up the day at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Sunday’s race day coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. ET. Driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, will join NASCAR America live on-set to discuss his quest for a record eighth NASCAR Cup Championship. During Sunday’s race, 31-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Denny Hamlin will don NASCAR on NBC’s helmet visor camera, and provide viewers with live in-car coverage.
NASCAR Cup Series racing begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and is followed by a live on-site post-race show. NBCSN wraps up coverage at 7 p.m. ET, with Victory Lap, NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR post-race show originating from Stamford, Conn.
Krista Voda (@KristaVoda) will host pre- and post-race coverage alongside auto racing icon Kyle Petty (@Kylepetty), and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett). Marty Snider (@HeyMartysnider), Kelli Stavast (@Kellistavast), Dave Burns (@tvdaveburns) and Parker Kligerman (@Pkligerman) will report from pit road alongside features reporter Rutledge Wood (@RutledgeWood).
XFINITY SERIES COVERAGE FROM KANSAS – SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC
NBCSN’s XFINITY Series coverage from Kansas begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET, with first practice available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. In addition, local coverage will be available on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Northwest. Final practice begins at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Race day coverage on Saturday kicks off with XFINITY Series qualifying at noon ET on NBCSN, followed by pre-race Countdown to Green coverage at 2:30 p.m. ET. Live race coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. During Saturday’s race, Elliott Sadler will wear NASCAR on NBC’s helmet visor camera.
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE FROM TALLADEGA UP 32% IN TOTAL AUDIENCE DELIVERY
NBC’s presentation of last Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Talladega Superspeedway delivered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 4.743 million viewers, up 32% vs. the 2016 fall Talladega race (3.593 million). Television viewership peaked between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. ET, as nearly 7 million viewers tuned in to see if Dale Earnhardt Jr. could win his final race at NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track. Live streaming of Sunday’s race generated 5.2 million live minutes, up 18% vs. 2016.
DALE EARNHARDT JR. VISITS NASCAR AMERICA AND SHARES THOUGHTS ON EXPECTING HIS FIRST CHILD
During Tuesday evening’s edition of NASCAR America, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined NASCAR on NBCSN’s Marty Snider, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Earnhardt Jr. shared the following about his recent announcement that he and his wife Amy are expecting their first child.
“It is a very exciting thing. Amy and I are thrilled and over the moon. I’m hearing so much advice already. I have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. This is something that Amy and I have been working toward for a long time. You get an email with a link to click to find out the gender. We actually sent that to Amy’s sister in Texas and she ordered the shoes and mailed them to us. We opened the box on the front doorstep. There are so many cool little moments. We have been sitting here giddy for so long, it is finally good to be able to tell everybody.”
The full clip is available here.
NBCSN PRESENTS KYLE & RUT’S RACING ROOTS: DANIEL SUÁREZ – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, AT 8 P.M. ET
NBCSN will present Kyle & Rut’s Racing Roots: Daniel Suárez, a 30-minute special chronicling 2016 XFINITY Series Champion Daniel Suárez’s road to professional racing, this Sunday, October 22, at 8 p.m. ET. Kyle & Rut’s Racing Roots will air immediately following NBCSN’s coverage of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Kansas Speedway.
Racing Roots is hosted by auto racing icon and NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty, and NASCAR on NBC’s resident automobile aficionado Rutledge Wood. The NBC Sports original program provides an in-depth look at how Suarez became the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR national series championship.
A preview of Sunday’s special is available here.
UPCOMING NBC SPORTS GROUP NASCAR PROGRAMMING
|Thursday, October 19||NASCAR K&N Series – All American Speedway||3:30 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Whelen Series – Thompson Speedway||6:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Friday, October 20||NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Kansas||1 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series First Practice – Kansas||2:30 PM||NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Northwest|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – Kansas||5:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Kansas||6:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Saturday, October 21||NASCAR Cup Series Second Practice – Kansas||11:00 AM||NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Boston|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Kansas||12:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||1:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Kansas||1:30 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green||2:30 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing – Kansas||3:00 PM||NBC|
|Sunday, October 22||NASCAR America||1:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||2:30 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Racing – Kansas||3:00 PM||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||6:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Victory Lap||7:00 PM||NBCSN|
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.
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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