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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY, JULY 13 AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
More Than 18 Hours of NASCAR Coverage on NBCSN; Pre-Race Coverage Features Essay by Ken Squier and “Behind the Driver” with Ryan Blaney
Fans Can Win $20,000 This Weekend Through “NASCAR Pick ‘Em” Free-To-Play Game on NBC Sports Predictor App
Gary Balough Featured Guest on Dale Jr. Download Today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NASCAR America Motormouths Features Special Guest Aric Almirola Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 9, 2019 – NBC Sports heads to the Bluegrass State this weekend to present live coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway this Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports will super serve fans with more than 15 hours of trackside coverage this week, including Xfinity Series racing from Kentucky on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Entering Saturday’s Cup Series race, Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske, leads the regular season standings with 700 points and 2 wins, followed by Kyle Busch (682 points, 4 wins) and Kevin Harvick (625 points, 0 wins). They will have to contend with Brad Keselowski (613 points, 3 wins), a three-time winner at Kentucky Speedway, and Martin Truex Jr. (597 points, 4 wins), who has won the previous two
Twenty-year-old Justin Haley and the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro for Spire Motorsports earned his first-career Cup Series victory last Sunday at Daytona. Haley was in the lead with 33 laps to go when the race was red-flagged and eventually called due to inclement weather.
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM KENTUCKY – SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage begins Friday with first practice at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by final practice at 1:30 p.m. ET. An on-site edition of NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET leads into NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Race day coverage begins Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, live from the Peacock Pit Box on pit road at Kentucky Speedway. Countdown to Green begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and leading into live coverage of the Quaker State 400 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following the checkered flag, NBCSN will present a one-hour post-race show at 11 p.m. ET.
Pre-race coverage on NASCAR America and Countdown to Green will include the latest edition of “Behind the Driver” featuring Ryan Blaney; a special essay on grassroots racing voiced by long-time NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier; and a “How I Roll” segment touring the motorhome of Austin Dillon.
NBC Sports’ lead race announcer Rick Allen will call the action alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte. 21-time Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton and racing legend and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will provide commentary from a second booth.
NBC Sports’ NASCAR pre-race host Krista Voda, auto racing icon Kyle Petty, and NBC analyst and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett will host NASCAR America as well as all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman will report from pit road and the garages.
NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will contribute news reports throughout the weekend.
XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM KENTUCKY – FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports’ Xfinity Series coverage from Kentucky begins Thursday with first practice at 3 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 6 p.m. ET, both available streaming on the NBC Sports app. Race day coverage kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. ET with qualifying, followed by Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Xfinity Series racing begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
GARY BALOUGH FEATURED GUEST ON 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 retired stock-car racer “Hot Shoe” Gary Balough, who made 22 NASCAR Cup Series starts from 1979 to 1992. Race fans know Balough as the winner of at least 1,000 races throughout his career, mostly in late models on southern tracks and many in the northeast running dirt modifieds. The interview also discusses Balough’s story away from the track as a drug trafficker. Click here to watch a preview of today’s episode.
Produced on-site at Dirty Mo Media Studios in Mooresville, N.C., the 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 ARIC ALMIROLA 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 Aric Almirola. Almirola is an American stock car racing driver currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. He will join Marty Snider 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.
NBC SPORTS AND NASCAR LAUNCH #MYTRACKMYROOTS GRASSROOTS RACING TOUR
NBC Sports and NASCAR have partnered to launch the #MyTrackMyRoots Grassroots Racing Tour – a grassroots initiative which celebrates and promotes local tracks across America that have launched the dreams and careers of NASCAR drivers and continue to cultivate a passion for racing in their local communities.
Current and former drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Gander Outdoor Truck Series will join with NBC Sports and NASCAR to spearhead a nationwide initiative to visit and promote more than 500 local tracks across the country over the next four months. Click here for more details.
FANS CAN WIN $20,000 THIS WEEKEND THROUGH NASCAR PICK ‘EM FREE-TO-PLAY GAME ON NBC SPORTS PREDICTOR APP
Last week, NBC Sports launched the free-to-play NASCAR Pick ’Em game, where fans can win upwards of $10,000 by making the right picks for each week’s NASCAR Cup Series race.
- For each race stage, pick the driver that will have the best finish from a group of four drivers.
- Then, out of the entire field, pick which drivers will finish the race in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place – in exact order.
Since there were no perfect scores from last week’s race at Daytona, the jackpot now rolls over to this week’s Kentucky race, where fans can win $20,000 by making the correct selections. Click here for more info.
Following is this week’s NASCAR programming across NBC Sports:
|Tues., July 9||NASCAR America Dale Jr. Download||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Weds., July 10||NASCAR America Motormouths||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 11||NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice – Kentucky||2:30 p.m.||Streaming|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice – Kentucky||6 p.m.||Streaming|
|NASCAR America Motorsports Hour||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 12||NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Kentucky||11:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Kentucky||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – Kentucky||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Kentucky||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – Kentucky||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 13||NASCAR America||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Quaker State 400 – Kentucky||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
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.