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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES RETURN OF NASCAR RACING TO NBC THIS SATURDAY, JULY 7 AT 7 P.M. ET LIVE FROM DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
NASCAR on NBC Caps Off Stars & Stripes Week With 18 Hours of Trackside Coverage From the “World Center of Racing”
Mike Tirico to Join NASCAR on NBC Coverage from Daytona
NBCSN Debuts NASCAR America Fan Friday with Rutledge Wood This Friday at 6 p.m. ET Live From Daytona’s Fan Zone
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 3, 2018 – NBC Sports Group caps off the Fourth of July holiday with more than 18 hours of trackside NASCAR coverage from the “World Center of Racing,” culminating with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 this Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Featuring the broadcast television debut of NASCAR on NBC’s newest on-air contributor Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr), NBC Sports Group will super serve fans with more than 35 hours of NASCAR programming including Xfinity Series racing on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. As part of NASCAR on NBC’s comprehensive coverage from Daytona International Speedway, NBC Sports host Mike Tirico will join Saturday’s broadcast live on-site and contribute to the pre-race show.
Entering NBC Sports’ first broadcast race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, continues to lead the field with 736 points and 5 wins, followed by Kevin Harvick (674 points, 5 wins), Joey Logano (617 points, 1 win), Martin Truex Jr. (594 points, 3 wins) and Brad Keselowski (592 points, 0 wins). Kyle Busch took home the checkered flag this past Sunday at Chicagoland, following a wild last-lap battle with Kyle Larson.
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM DAYTONA – SATURDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBC
Saturday’s pre-race coverage includes a special “Driver to Driver” interview between NASCAR on NBC analyst and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett), and driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevy, Bubba Wallace. The two discuss Wallace’s ongoing rookie season in the Cup Series, and his emotional second-place finish in this year’s Daytona 500. Coverage also includes a visit with Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy, during RCR’s monthly veterans breakfast.
NBC Sports kicks off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage from Daytona, Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, with first practice, followed by final practice at 4 p.m. ET. An on-site edition of NASCAR America wraps up the day at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Friday’s coverage includes NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Race day coverage begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, live from the superspeedway’s pit road. Countdown to Green begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and shifts over to NBC at 7 p.m. for live race coverage. Following the checkered flag, NBCSN will present a one hour post-race show at 11 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ lead race announcer Rick Allen (@Rickallenracing) will call the action alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte (@steveletarte), 21-time Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton (@Jeffburton), and Earnhardt Jr.
NASCAR on NBC pre-race host Krista Voda (@Kristavoda), auto racing icon Kyle Petty (@KylePetty), and Jarrett host NASCAR America as well as all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider (@heymartysnider), Kelli Stavast (@kellistavast), Dave Burns (@tvdaveburns) and Parker Kligerman (@Pkligerman) will report from pit road and the garages.
NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan (@nateryan) will contribute news reports throughout the weekend, and features reporter Rutledge Wood (@Rutledgewood) will bring viewers a collection of off track stories.
NBCSN DEBUTS NASCAR AMERICA FAN FRIDAY WITH RUTLEDGE WOOD THIS FRIDAY AT 6 P.M. ET
NBCSN debuts NASCAR America Fan Friday, a fun and interactive conversation with the biggest drivers in the sport, hosted by Rutledge Wood, this Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. ET live from Daytona International Speedway’s Fan Zone. A new addition to NBC Sports’ NASCAR lineup, NASCAR America Fan Friday will air live from select tracks throughout the 2018 season.
Friday’s one-hour premiere will include appearances by Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2016 Daytona 500 Champion Denny Hamlin, 2018 Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon, defending Coke Zero Sugar 400 winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Bubba Wallace.
XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM DAYTONA – FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s Xfinity Series coverage from Florida begins Thursday with first practice at 1 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 3 p.m. ET. Race day coverage kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. ET with qualifying, followed by Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. ET. Live Xfinity racing begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by NBCSN’s post-race show at 10 p.m. ET.
THIS WEEK’S NASCAR PROGRAMMING
|Tuesday, July 3||NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thursday, July 5||NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice – Daytona||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Daytona||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice – Daytona||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Daytona||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Dale Jr. Download||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR The Decades||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Friday, July 6||NASCAR The Decades||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Racing Roots||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice – Daytona (Encore)||8:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Daytona (Encore)||9:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice – Daytona (Encore)||10:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Daytona (Encore)||11:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Dale Jr. Download (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N Series – Douglas County||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – Daytona||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Daytona||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America Fan Friday||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – Daytona||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-Race Show||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Racing Roots||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Racing Roots||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Racing Roots||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR The Decades||12 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Saturday, July 7||NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Race – Daytona||7 p.m.||NBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
NASCAR ON NBC
The official home of the NASCAR Playoffs, NBC Sports Group 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 2018. 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.
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