FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS NASCAR CUP AND XFINITY SERIES DOUBLEHEADER FROM RICHMOND RACEWAY THIS SATURDAY ON NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Series Race Coverage from Richmond Raceway Presented in Primetime Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Pre-Race Coverage Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET
11 Consecutive Hours of Motorsports Coverage Saturday on NBCSN Begins with NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green at 2 p.m. ET
INDYCAR Returns for Final Three-Race West Coast Swing from Portland International Raceway – Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock
25-Year-Old Phenom Singer and Songwriter Marcus King’s Hit Single “The Well” Featured in New Open for NASCAR Playoffs
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 8, 2021 – NBC Sports presents a NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series doubleheader from Richmond Raceway this Saturday, Sept. 11, as the second race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is presented in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. An hour-long edition of Countdown to Green pre-race coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Coverage of the NASCAR doubleheader from Darlington will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green on NBCSN, leading into Xfinity Series racing at 2:30 p.m. ET. Xfinity Series pre-race coverage kicks off 11 consecutive hours of motorsports coverage Saturday on NBCSN across NASCAR, INDYCAR and Mecum Auctions.
25-year-old phenom singer and songwriter, Marcus King takes center stage in NBC Sports’ NASCAR Playoffs show open, featuring a racing-centric twist on his hit single “The Well” from Grammy-nominated solo album “El Dorado.” The open, which debuted last weekend during race coverage at Darlington, will be featured as the opening sequence leading into Playoff races this season on NBC and NBCSN. Click here to learn more about King and his band.
NBC Sports’ lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen will call Saturday’s Cup Series race with Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, and NASCAR Hall of Fame selection Dale Earnhardt Jr. Allen will call the Xfinity race alongside NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett and Letarte. Earnhardt Jr. will be competing in the Xfinity race in his sole start of the season. Earnhardt Jr. owns 24 career Xfinity wins, with his most recent in April 2016 at Richmond.
Marty Snider, Parker Kligerman and Dillon Welch will contribute coverage from pit road during Saturday’s doubleheader from Richmond.
Pre- and post-race coverage on Saturday will be anchored by Marty Snider alongside Kyle Petty and Brad Daugherty from the Peacock Pit Box. Dale Jarrett will also join post-race coverage following the Cup Series race.
During pre-race coverage of the Cup Series race, Tim Layden narrates an essay looking back at what it was like in the aftermath of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 until the return of the sport at Dover International Speedway on September 23, 2001, with insights from NASCAR President Mike Helton and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the Dover race.
In the Cup Series playoff opener last week at Darlington, Denny Hamlin won his first Cup Series race of the year, while Noah Gragson won the Xfinity Series race in overtime.
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: Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Cup Series), Jeff Burton (Cup Series), Dale Jarrett (Xfinity Series)
- Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Parker Kligerman, Dillon Welch
STUDIO COVERAGE TEAM
- Host: Marty Snider
- Analysts: Kyle Petty, Brad Daugherty
HOW TO WATCH
- TV – NBCSN
- Streaming – NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
|Sat., Sept. 11||Countdown to Green – NASCAR Xfinity Series||NBCSN||2 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Racing at Richmond Raceway||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.|
|Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup Series||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Racing at Richmond Raceway||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post Race||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
INDYCAR: GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
The 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season continues this weekend with the Grand Prix of Portland, kicking off a three-race West Coast swing to conclude the season. Pre-race coverage begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock, with race coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. INDYCAR coverage from Portland begins with practice Saturday at noon ET on Peacock, which will stream all practice and qualifying sessions.
Pato O’Ward (435 points) sits atop the season standings narrowly ahead of Alex Palou (425 pts) and two-time INDYCAR champion Josef Newgarden (413 pts). Will Power won the last running of the Grand Prix of Portland in 2019, after not being contested last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Play by Play: Leigh Diffey
- Analysts: Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy
- Pit Reporters: Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee
HOW TO WATCH
- TV – NBC, NBCSN
- Streaming – Peacock, NBCSports.com, and NBC Sports app
|Sat., Sept. 11||Grand Prix of Portland – Practice||Peacock||Noon|
|Grand Prix of Portland – Qualifying||Peacock||3:15 p.m.|
|Indy Lights 1||Peacock||4:55 p.m.|
|Grand Prix of Portland – Practice 2||Peacock||6:15 p.m.|
|Grand Prix of Portland – Qualifying||NBCSN||11:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 12||Grand Prix of Portland – Warmup||Peacock||12:15 p.m.|
|Indy Lights 2||Peacock||1:30 p.m.|
|Grand Prix of Portland Pre-Race||NBC, Peacock||3 p.m.|
|Grand Prix of Portland||NBC, Peacock||3:30 p.m.|
|Grand Prix of Portland Post-Race||NBC, Peacock||5:30 p.m.|
IMSA WEATHERTECH CHAMPIONSHIP: LAGUNA SECA
- Play by Play: Dave Burns
- Analyst: Calvin Fish
- Pit Reporters: Brian Till, Hannah Newhouse
Live coverage of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Weekend at Laguna Seca will be presented Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Four WeatherTech Championship car classes will race Sunday at Laguna Seca, including Daytona Prototype International (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD). Live streaming coverage of all races throughout the weekend will also be available on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
LUCAS OIL MOTOCROSS: HANGTOWN MOTOCROSS CLASSIC
- Play by Play: Jason Weigandt
- Analyst: Jeff Emig
- Reporter: Ashley Reynard
The Lucas Oil Motocross 250 Class championship will be decided between Jett Lawrence and Justin Cooper at the Hangtown Motocross Classic from Sacramento, Calif., Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. In the 450 Class, Dylan Ferrandis clinched the championship last week at the Fox Raceway National II. Live streaming coverage of the weekend’s races and qualifying will be available on Peacock. For more information about Motocross on Peacock, click here.
A special 30-minute program presented by MotoSport.com featuring exclusive rider interviews, award ceremonies and analysis recapping the 2021 season will be available on Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms following the conclusion of the Hangtown Motocross Classic.
MECUM AUCTIONS: DALLAS
- Host: Scott Hoke
- Analysts: John Kraman, Stephen Cox
- Reporters: Bill Stephens, Katie Osborne
HOW TO WATCH
- TV – NBCSN
- Streaming – Peacock, NBCSports.com, and NBC Sports app
|Wed., Sept. 8||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Sept. 9||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 10||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Sat., Sept. 11||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 12||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
The four-day auction from Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, features nearly 1,000 classic and collector vehicles ranging from entry-level collectibles to multimillion-dollar auctions, headlined by the 1969 Chevrolet Copo Camaro and the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback, among many others.
Live coverage will stream exclusively on Peacock, with NBCSN providing delayed coverage nightly Wednesday-Sunday.
MOTOGP: ARAGON GRAND PRIX
The 2021 MotoGP season continues with the Aragon Grand Prix from MotorLand Aragon in Alcaniz, Spain, this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo, owner of five wins and eight podiums on the season, leads the points standings followed by Suzuki rider Joan Mir and Ducati rider Johann Zarco.
DALE JR. DOWNLOAD
Two-time New York Times best-selling author, including best seller Driver # 8 that he wrote with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jade Gurss, is this week’s guest on the Dale Jr. Download episode that airs this Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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.
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.