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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
NASCAR RETURNS TO NBC THIS SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME FROM ICONIC DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Saturday’s Pre-Race Coverage Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Countdown to Green, Featuring ”The King” Richard Petty on What Makes Daytona Uniquely American
Current Navy Reserve Lt. Commander and NASCAR Truck Series Driver Jesse Iwuji Joins NBC Sports as Guest Analyst and Reporter from Daytona For Fourth of July Weekend
Hailie Deegan Featured Guest on Dale Jr. Download Today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Ryan Blaney Featured Guest on NASCAR America Motormouths Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Bubba Wallace Featured as part of Spirit of America’s Segment Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 2, 2019 – NASCAR returns to NBC and the “World Center of Racing” this Saturday night in primetime with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 under the lights at Daytona International Speedway at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
NBC Sports will super-serve fans with more than 30 hours of NASCAR programming this week, including Xfinity Series racing from Daytona on Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Entering this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action, only nine races remain until the Playoffs begin on Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano leads the regular season standings with 677 points and 2 wins, followed by Kyle Busch (659 points, 4 wins), Brad Keselowski (610 points, 3 wins), Kevin Harvick (610 points, 0 wins), Martin Truex Jr. (581 points, 4 wins) and this year’s Daytona 500 Champion Denny Hamlin (574 points, 2 wins). Alex Bowman (509 points, 1 win) took home his first-career Cup Series checkered flag last weekend at Chicagoland.
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM DAYTONA – SATURDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBC
Saturday’s pre-race coverage on NBCSN begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Countdown to Green. Coverage will include the second installment of the “Behind the Driver” series, which will showcase an individual who has been instrumental in the illustrious career of driver Jimmie Johnson. Pre-race coverage will also feature a narrated segment by “The King” Richard Petty on what makes the July Daytona’s race uniquely American.
This week’s Cup Series coverage from Daytona begins Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m. ET with first practice, followed by final practice at 4 p.m. ET. Friday’s Cup Series coverage features qualifying at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. An on-site edition of NASCAR America wraps up the day at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Saturday’s Cup Series coverage starts at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, live from the Peacock Pit Box on pit road at Daytona, and will feature a live interview with NASCAR president Steve Phelps. Countdown to Green begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and coverage shifts over to NBC at 7 p.m. for live race coverage. Trackside coverage continues on NBCSN with a full hour post-race show at 11 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ lead race announcer Rick Allen will call the action alongside 21-time Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton and racing legend and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will provide commentary from the Peacock Pit Box.
NBC Sports’ NASCAR pre-race host Krista Voda, auto racing icon Kyle Petty, and NBC analyst and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett host NASCAR America as well as all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns will report from pit road and the garages.
NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will contribute news reports throughout the weekend, and reporter Rutledge Wood will bring viewers a collection of off-track stories of the weekend.
United States Navy Reserve Lt. Commander and current NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver Jesse Iwuji will serve as a guest analyst reporter for NBC Sports’ coverage from Daytona throughout the Fourth of July weekend. Iwuji competed in last weekend’s Truck Series race at Chicagoland and has served as an ambassador for both the military and NASCAR communities.
In addition, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace will be featured in Spirit of America’s segment, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
HAILIE DEEGAN JOINS DALE JR. DOWNLOAD TODAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Today’s episode of the Dale Jr. Download at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature 17-year-old stock car driver Hailie Deegan. Deegan grew up in off-road racing but transitioned to competing on asphalt in 2016 to pursue a career in stock car racing. She began her career in NASCAR in 2018 at the K&N Pro Series level and is the only female to have won races in the series, doing so in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Click here to watch a preview of today’s episode.
Deegan on how she approaches her competitors on the track: “You want to start it, I’m going to finish it. I’m over these 40-year-old guys thinking they can just push me off the track. I was like, ‘listen here, I am coming for you guys.’”
Produced on-site at Dirty Mo Media Studios in Mooresville, N.C., Dale Jr. Download on NBCSN takes viewers couch-side for the taping of the motorsports icon’s weekly podcast, featuring unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and insight that fans have come to expect from Dale Jr.
NASCAR AMERICA MOTORMOUTHS FEATURES SPECIAL GUEST RYAN BLANEY WEDNESDAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Tomorrow’s episode of NASCAR America Motormouths at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature special guest Ryan Blaney. Blaney, who registered a sixth-place finish in Chicagoland last weekend, will join Rutledge Wood and Kyle Petty on the NASCAR America set as fans call in to ask their pressing questions ahead of this weekend’s race at Daytona. Motormouths Wednesdays are all about the viewers, providing regular opportunities for fans to call in to NASCAR America and speak with hosts, analysts, and a rotation of current drivers live on NBCSN.
XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM DAYTONA – FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports continues its coverage of the NASCAR Xfinity Series from Daytona this Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Cole Custer earned his fourth win of the season at last weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.
NBCSN’s Xfinity Series coverage from Daytona 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 coverage of the race begins 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the post-race show at 10 p.m. ET.
Following this weekend’s NASCAR programming across NBC Sports:
|Tues., July 2||Dale Jr. Download feat. Hailie Deegan||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|Weds., July 3||NASCAR America – Motormouths Wednesday||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|Dale Jr. Download (Encore)||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
|Thurs., July 4||Dale Jr. Download (Encore)||NBCSN||12 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice – Daytona||NBCSN||1 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Daytona||NBCSN||2 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice – Daytona||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Daytona||NBCSN||4 p.m.|
|NASCAR America – Motorsports Hour (LIVE from Daytona)||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|NASCAR K&N Series – Douglas County||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Fri., July 5||NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – Daytona||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR America||NBCSN||4:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – Daytona||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|NASCAR America||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series – Countdown to Green||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – Daytona||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-Race Show||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Dale Jr. Download (Encore)||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR The Decades – The 1990s||NBCSN||11:30 p.m.|
|Sat., July 6||NASCAR America||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|Countdown to Green||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona||NBC||7 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE
The official home of the NASCAR Playoffs, NBC Sports will present the final 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events in 2019. NBC Sports’ 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.