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Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
DOLLY PARTON STARTS NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR CUP SEASON OPENER IN NASHVILLE THIS SUNDAY ON NBC & PEACOCK
Parton Stars in Opening Tease Capturing Excitement of NASCAR Returning to NBC Sports in the “Music City”
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 23, 2022 – Global music icon Dolly Parton stars in NBC Sports’ tease ahead of its NASCAR Cup Series season opener at Nashville Superspeedway this Sunday, June 26, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
Parton appears and narrates the opening segment that sets the stage for the 2022 NASCAR season on NBC, which begins in Nashville. Filmed at NOZ Entertainment, Parton shares the drive and dedication to her craft in becoming a star in the backdrop of the capital of country music — “Music City.” Click here for a 30-second tease.
“Dolly was gracious enough to spend time with our production team appearing on-camera and voicing this special opening tease for Sunday’s race. Who better to welcome NASCAR fans from across the country than Tennessee native and country music superstar Dolly Parton.” said Jeff Behnke, Vice President, Motorsports Production, NBC Sports.
On Sunday, Parton’s hit song Run will also be featured during NBC Sports’ on-air race coverage.
NASCAR returns to NBC Sports this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway with the Ally 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock (pre-race coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock). The Tennessee Lottery 250 Xfinity Series race will be presented on Saturday, June 25, with Countdown to Green at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network, leading into race coverage at 3:30 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports will present a total of 39 races (20 Cup, 19 Xfinity) across NBC and USA Network in 2022. The final six races of the Cup Series Playoffs will be shown on NBC, including the Championship Race in Phoenix on Nov. 6, while USA Network debuts as NBC Sports’ cable home of NASCAR with more than 25 Cup and Xfinity Races.
About Dolly Parton:
Dolly Parton is the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach #1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. Recently, Parton reached #1 on the Billboard Christian Airplay Chart for the first time for her duet with Grammy award-winning Zach Williams of “There Was Jesus,” for which they won a Grammy this year, making that her 11th Grammy win. She received her first Dove Award for short form video for her collaboration with for King & Country on the song “God Only Knows.” Parton is the first artist to have topped the Billboard’s Adult Contemporary, Christian AC Songs, Hot Country Songs, Christian Airplay, Country Airplay and Dance/Mix Show Airplay radio charts. Parton recently became the first country artist honored as Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year given out by NARAS. She has 47 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career-charted singles over the past 50+ years.
In 2014 the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a plaque commemorating more than 100 million units sold worldwide. Her 2016 #1 album, “Pure & Simple,” which topped the Billboard Top Country Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, added to that massive tally. She has garnered eleven Grammy Awards and 50 nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2020 win with for KING & COUNTRY for their collaboration on “God Only Knows”; 10 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year; five Academy of Country Music Awards, also including a nod for Entertainer of the Year; four People’s Choice Awards; and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 2020, she released the Christmas album “A Holly Dolly Christmas” which went #1 on the Billboard Country and Holiday charts, as well released the bestselling coffee table book “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.” In 2021, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for the film “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” and this December 2022, she will be releasing on NBC an all-new original holiday movie called “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” which she is starring in as well as producing.
To date, Parton has donated over 182 million books to children around the world with her Imagination Library. Her children’s book, Coat of Many Colors, was dedicated to the Library of Congress to honor the Imagination Library’s 100 millionth book donation. In March of 2022, Parton released the book Run Rose Run which she co-authored with James Patterson which sat # 1 on the New York Times Bestseller’s List for 5 weeks, a record for this decade. She also released an accompanying album of the same name with original songs inspired by the book which reached #1 on three charts simultaneously — Country, Americana/Folk and Bluegrass Albums. From her “Coat of Many Colors” while working “9 to 5,” no dream is too big and no mountain too high for the country girl who turned the world into her stage.