FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS PENULTIMATE NASCAR RACES FROM PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Sun. at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC – XFINITY Series Racing Sat. at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Final Elimination Race Cements the Field of Four Contenders for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 11, 2015 – With only two races left before the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series Champions are crowned, NBC Sports gears up for a pivotal weekend of racing from Phoenix International Raceway. The weekend’s main event unfolds on NBC Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET when the Sprint Cup Championship round of four will be determined, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship picture sharpens on NBCSN Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports heads to Phoenix on the heels of last weekend’s showdown in Texas, where Jimmie Johnson played spoiler and prevented Brad Keselowski from advancing to Miami. This weekend’s trackside coverage focuses on Jeff Gordon and the seven remaining Chase drivers looking to Phoenix as their last race to secure a shot to compete for a Championship in Miami.
Before the green flag falls, pre-race coverage examines Kevin Harvick’s winning ways at Phoenix International Raceway. Having won seven times at “Zoomtown, USA,” including five of the last six Sprint Cup races, Harvick is a hands-down favorite going into the weekend.
In addition, NASCAR on NBC features reporter Rutledge Wood showcases the plans to honor Gordon’s final laps around PIR. In addition to officially renaming the track “Jeff Gordon Raceway” on Sunday, Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, issued an official proclamation naming Sunday, November 15th “Jeff Gordon Day” in the state of Arizona.
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS FINAL SPRINT CUP ELIMINATION RACE FROM PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Rick Allen calls the action from the 1.51 mile track alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton. Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett host NASCAR America along with pre- and post-race coverage from “The Grand Canyon State.” Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns contribute reports from pit road. NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan contributes to on-site NASCAR America coverage.
NBC Sports’ Sprint Cup coverage from Avondale, AZ begins Friday with first practice at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN followed by qualifying at 6:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage begins on NBCSN with Sprint Cup second practice at 11:30 a.m. ET and final practice at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Race day Sunday begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings. Coverage moves over to NBC at 2 p.m. ET with the Countdown to Green Served by Sonic pre-race show. The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage from PIR wraps up with the Post Race Show at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NASCAR Victory Lap at 6:30 p.m. ET.
NBCSN PRESENTS NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM PHOENIX
Race announcer Rick Allen calls the XFINITY action alongside Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton. Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett host pre- and post-race XFINITY coverage. Reporter Parker Kligerman contributes to on-site coverage. Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns contribute reports from pit road.
NBCSN’s XFINITY coverage from Arizona begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET with the first series practice, followed by NASCAR America at 4:30 p.m. ET and XFINITY final practice at 5 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s day of XFINITY racing begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with qualifying, followed by NASCAR America at 2 p.m. ET. XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show begins at 3:30 p.m. ET. The DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans begins at 4 p.m. ET.
F1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Formula One heads to Brazil this weekend for the annual Brazilian Grand Prix, a mainstay on the F1 schedule for more than 40 years, with live race coverage airing this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. After both American driver Alexander Rossi (Marussia) and Mexican driver Sergio Perez (Force India) raced in front of their home fans at the U.S. and Mexican Grands Prix, two Brazilians, Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr, will drive on native soil at Interlagos this weekend. Live coverage begins this Friday at 11 a.m. ET with Practice 2, kicking off NBCSN’s “13 on 13” motorsports block on Friday the 13th, featuring 13 consecutive hours of motorsports action. Click here for more information.
|Thur., November 12||Mecum Auctions – Anaheim||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America Championship Roundtable||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Anaheim*||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Austin||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Red Bull Global RallyCross – Las Vegas***||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., November 13||F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 1||8 a.m.||Live Extra|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 2||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Austin (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Practice – Phoenix||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Practice – Phoenix||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR AMERICA||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Final Practice – Phoenix||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Phoenix||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions: Anaheim*||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., November 14||Mecum Auctions: Anaheim*||12 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions: Anaheim (Encore)||6 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 3||8 a.m.||Live Extra|
|Mecum Auctions: Anaheim**||9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying||11 a.m.||CNBC|
|Sprint Cup Series Second Practice – Phoenix||11:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Qualifying – Phoenix||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Phoenix||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Countdown To Green||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying*||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., November 15||F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)||9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix||10:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America Sunday||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Countdown To Green||2 p.m.||NBC|
|Sprint Cup Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500||2:30 p.m.||NBC|
|NASCAR Victory Lap||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions: Anaheim**||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore)||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
*denotes same-day delay
**denotes next-day delay
***taped last week
NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES THE NASCAR PLAYOFFS WITH QUICKEN LOANS’ WEEKLY PLAYOFF GRID CHALLENGE
Fans still have a chance to win big throughout the NASCAR playoffs including a chance to have their mortgage paid for a year by Quicken Loans in the Weekly Playoff Grid Challenge. As the NASCAR playoff field narrows, fans can enter before each race who they think will be the top three finishers each week. By filling out their predictions, fans are entered to win weekly prizes including a Roku streaming player and NBC Sports prize packs. Each correct top three prediction earns an entrant a point, and at the end of the 10 races the fan with the most points will receive mortgage payments for an entire year from Quicken Loans.
MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s NASCAR and IndyCar coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.
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