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Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
NASCAR PLAYOFFS CONTINUE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY THIS SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBC
Sunday’s Cup Series Coverage Begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC With NASCAR America Pre-Race Show
NASCAR Xfinity Series Racing at Talladega – Coverage Begins Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
INDYCAR Harvest GP Doubleheader at IMS – Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 30, 2020 – The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue this weekend from Talladega Superspeedway on NBC Sports, as pre-race coverage begins this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the NASCAR America Pre-Race Show, followed by Countdown to Green. Coverage of the Cup Series YellaWood 500 begins at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.
Saturday’s Xfinity Series pre-race coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with the green flag slated to wave shortly after 4:30 p.m. ET.
With his overtime victory on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch became the first driver to claim a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8. Regular season champion Kevin Harvick is currently best on points, trailed by Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.
2020 NASCAR CUP SERIES PLAYOFF STANDINGS
|Kurt Busch||1 win|
|Kevin Harvick||+ 61|
|Denny Hamlin||+ 58|
|Brad Keselowski||+ 16|
|Martin Truex Jr.||+ 15|
|Joey Logano||+ 11|
|Chase Elliott||+ 10|
|Alex Bowman||+ 9|
|Kyle Busch||– 9|
|Clint Bowyer||– 20|
|Aric Almirola||– 27|
|Austin Dillon||– 32|
The return to Nashville Superspeedway begins NBC Sports’ portion of the 2021 NASCAR schedule, beginning June 20, and culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 6-7. Nashville is the first of 39 total races NBC Sports will present in 2021, which once again includes the entire NASCAR Playoffs.
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM TALLADEGA – SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBC
Host Krista Voda, NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and 1999 NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett and analyst Brad Daugherty will provide pre- and post-race studio coverage.
NBC Sports’ lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton and two-time Daytona 500 Champion and recent NASCAR Hall of Fame selection Dale Earnhardt Jr. will call the race from the broadcast booth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will be providing analysis on-site for the weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Kelli Stavast will serve as pit reporters on-site from Talladega.
XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM TALLADEGA – SATURDAY AT 4:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports’ Xfinity Series coverage from Talladega begins Saturday with Countdown to Green at 3:30 p.m. ET leading into Xfinity Series racing at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Xfinity Series Playoffs began last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Chase Briscoe earned his series-best eighth victory of the season. The win propels Briscoe to Round 2 of the Playoffs, while Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson round out the top three in the standings.
Allen, Earnhardt Jr., Burton and Letarte will call Saturday’s Xfinity race on NBCSN with Snider and Stavast reporting from pit road.
2020 PIT CREW ALL-STARS TO BE RECOGNIZED DURING NASCAR PLAYOFFS
During the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, NBC Sports will salute this year’s Pit Crew All-Stars. This group of unsung heroes – 16 in all, matching the 16 Playoff drivers – comes from the ranks of over-the-wall crew members, engineers, shop employees, hauler drivers, and/or team officials. Throughout the Playoffs, NBC will showcase the All-Stars’ stories, and what makes them and their abilities so special.
MIKE SKINNER JOINS DALE JR. DOWNLOAD – TONIGHT AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Mike Skinner is this week’s guest on the Dale Jr. Download that airs tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Skinner was the 1995 NASCAR Gander Truck Series champion and currently co-hosts Skinner Round-Up on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio with his wife Angie Skinner.
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.
INDYCAR HARVEST GP – RACE 1 FRIDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK; RACE 2 SATURDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season returns to action with the INDYCAR Harvest GP doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course on Friday and Saturday. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon (456 pts) can capture his sixth career INDYCAR championship if he finishes fourth or better in all three remaining races this season (this weekend’s doubleheader and the season finale at St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 25).
Coverage from IMS begins Thursday with a practice session at 2:25 p.m. ET, followed later in the afternoon with qualifying coverage starting at 6:20 p.m. ET, both exclusively on NBC Sports Gold’s INDYCAR Pass. Race 1 will be presented on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.
Saturday’s coverage begins with qualifying at 10:20 a.m. ET exclusively on NBC Sports Gold. The second race of the INDYCAR Harvest GP doubleheader will be presented on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ lead INDYCAR broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst), and Paul Tracy (analyst) will have the call for the weekend doubleheader with Kevin Lee and Dillon Welch providing reports from the pits.
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS THUNDER VALLEY – SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season continues with the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, Colo., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Zach Osborne leads the 450MX Class points standings, while Dylan Ferrandis is atop the 250 MX Class standings with two rounds remaining in the 2020 campaign.
Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Will Christien will call the race.
In addition to coverage on NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold’s Pro Motocross Pass will super-serve Motocross fans everywhere with programming that includes live, commercial-free coverage of every Moto 1 and Moto 2 from each round.
Following is this week’s motorsports programming across NBC Sports:
|Wed., Sept. 30||Dale Jr. Download – Mike Skinner||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., Oct. 1||INDYCAR Harvest GP Practice||2:25 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|INDYCAR Harvest GP Race 1 Qualifying||6:20 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Oct. 2||INDYCAR Harvest GP Race 1||3:30 p.m.||USA Network|
|Sat., Oct. 3||INDYCAR Harvest GP Race 2 Qualifying||10:20 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|INDYCAR Harvest GP Race 2||2:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Xfinity Series – Countdown to Green||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – Talladega||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Xfinity Series Post-Race||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross – Thunder Valley||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., Oct. 4||NASCAR America Pre-Race Show||1 p.m.||NBC|
|Cup Series – Countdown to Green||1:30 p.m.||NBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Race – Talladega||2 p.m.||NBC|
|Cup Series Post-Race||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE
NBC Sports is the official home of the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs, covering the race for the NASCAR Cup Series & NASCAR Xfinity Series championships. NBC Sports’ NASCAR programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show, NASCAR America; races from NASCAR’s regional touring series; annual events such as the NASCAR Cup Series Awards and NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony; and original programming specials.