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Thursday, June 24th, 2021
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS NASCAR CUP SERIES DOUBLEHEADER AT POCONO RACEWAY THIS WEEKEND ON NBCSN
Cup Series Coverage Begins Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Pre-Race Coverage Features In-Depth Conversation with Kyle Larson
Xfinity Series Race Coverage Gets Underway at Noon ET on Sunday on NBCSN
IMSA WeatherTech Championship Six Hours of the Glen – Live Coverage on NBC Sports Digital Platforms Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET; Encore at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix Presented Sunday at Noon ET on NBC; Encore at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 24, 2021 – NBC Sports presents a NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader from Pocono Raceway this weekend, with pre-race coverage beginning Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Xfinity Series will kick off race coverage Sunday at noon ET on NBCSN.
NASCAR coverage will get underway at Pocono Raceway with Countdown to Green pre-race coverage Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET, leading into race coverage at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage on Sunday gets underway with Xfinity Series race coverage at noon ET. Pre-race coverage begins with NASCAR America at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by Countdown to Green at 3 p.m. ET, with the green flag slated to wave shortly following 3:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present post-race coverage at 6:30 p.m. ET immediately following the checkered flag.
NBC Sports’ lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen will call both the Cup and Xfinity Series races this weekend from Pocono Raceway alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton and Earnhardt Jr. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, and Dave Burns will serve as pit reporters.
NBC Sports’ Jac Collinsworth will host pre- and post-race coverage throughout the weekend from Pocono. He will be joined by 1999 NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett and auto racing icon Kyle Petty from NBC Sports’ studios in Charlotte, N.C. NBC Sports motorsports reporter Rutledge Wood will provide reports from Charlotte throughout the weekend.
Kyle Larson, winner of the past three NASCAR Cup points races and current Cup Series Playoffs points leader, joins NBC Sports motorsports reporter Nate Ryan for an in-depth conversation on his return to racing, success at Hendrick Motorsports, family and his work with the Urban Youth Racing School during pre-race coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Ryan wrote a story on NASCAR Talk ahead of Larson’s most recent victory at Nashville Superspeedway.
NBC Sports began its coverage of the 2021 NASCAR season with the Cup Series’ return to Nashville last weekend. Sunday’s race at Nashville Superspeedway averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 2.619 million viewers, up 8% vs. the last time NBC Sports’ season coverage opened in June (Chicagoland, 2019, 2.428 million TAD). Viewership was up 22% compared to last year’s weekend Cup Series average viewership on NBCSN (2.152 million viewers TAD). Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on NBCSN produced a TAD of 1.069 million viewers, up 30% and 26% vs. NBCSN’s average Xfinity Series viewership in 2020 and 2019, respectively, ranking as NBCSN’s most-watched Xfinity Series race since Homestead in 2019 (1.211 million TAD). Click here for more information.
The official home of the NASCAR Championship and Playoffs, NBC Sports will once again present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races and 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2021, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 6-7. Click here for more information on NBC Sports’ 2021 NASCAR coverage.
NASCAR Pick ‘Em: NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, NASCAR Pick ‘Em, features a weekly contest for each NASCAR Cup Series race. NASCAR Pick ‘Em is available for download now on the NBC Sports Predictor app powered by PointsBet (available in the App Store and Google Play Store) and at nbcsports.com/predictor.
- Play by Play: Rick Allen
- Analysts: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
- Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
STUDIO COVERAGE TEAM
- Host: Jac Collinsworth
- Analysts: Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett (from Charlotte)
- Specialty Reporter: Rutledge Wood (from Charlotte)
HOW TO WATCH
- TV – NBCSN
- Streaming – NBCSports.com, and NBC Sports app
|Sat., June 26||Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup Series||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Race 1||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|Sun., June 27||NASCAR Xfinity Series Pocono Race||NBCSN||Noon|
|NASCAR America||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.|
|Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup Series||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Race 2||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
IMSA WEATHERTECH CHAMPIONSHIP: WATKINS GLEN
- Play by Play: Kevin Lee
- Analysts: Calvin Fish, Brian Till, Townsend Bell
- Pit Reporters: Parker Kligerman, Dillon Welch
The 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is in Watkins Glen, N.Y. for the first of two consecutive weekends this Sunday with live comprehensive coverage of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports digital platforms. An encore will be presented at 7 p.m. ET immediately following NASCAR coverage on NBCSN.
All five classes will be in action — Daytona Prototype International (DPi), GT Daytona (GTD), GT Le Mans (GTLM), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2). Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and 2019 Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud will be competing in the DPi field, while 2006 NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Marco Andretti will compete in the LMP3 field in his first IMSA start since 2012 at Watkins Glen.
Live streaming coverage of all races throughout the weekend will also be available on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
MOTOGP: DUTCH GRAND PRIX
The 2021 MotoGP season continues with the Dutch Grand Prix from TT Circuit Assen this Sunday at noon ET on NBC and an encore presentation at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo leads the points standings followed by Ducati riders Johann Zarco and Jack Miller. World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff will be replacing the injured Franco Morbidelli for the Petronas Yamaha SRT team, becoming the first American to appear in a MotoGP race since Nicky Hayden in 2016.
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE
NBC Sports is the official home of the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs, covering the race for the NASCAR Cup Series & NASCAR Xfinity Series championships. NBC Sports’ NASCAR programming also includes races from NASCAR’s regional touring series; annual events such as the NASCAR Awards and NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony; and original programming across NBC Sports platforms.