Turner Sports continues its exclusive coverage of the 2014 NASCAR Summer Series with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The network will present the final 30 laps of the primetime race without commercial interruption courtesy of sponsors Coke Zero and Sprint. TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic at 6:30 p.m.
Adam Alexander will call the race and host the studio show alongside analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road.
TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will feature all-access coverage of AJ Allmendinger leading up to Daytona, along with an interview with Danica Patrick. Additionally, Sheheen will catch up with No. 24 Jeff Gordon and his stepfather at Daytona International Speedway about Gordon’s career and their over 35 year racing relationship. TNT’s Toyota Camry Test Car — a new addition to this year’s race coverage — will continue to bring fans closer to the action in a pre-race segment with McReynolds.
Country music star Lee Brice will perform prior to the race with the performance of his hit single “Hard to Love” shown during TNT’s pre-race coverage.
TNT will also continue to celebrate Turner Sports’ top moments from 32 years of NASCAR coverage with a special thematic feature each week during Countdown to Green served by Sonic.
What to Look For: Kyle Petty
For this week’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola, TNT NASCAR analyst Kyle Petty offers his opinion on “What to Look For…” during the race:
– “In our sport, Daytona is like Augusta National for golf, Churchill Downs for horse racing or Boston Garden was for the Celtics and basketball …it’s where we race. It is the place. That’s the way people look at it. It’s where my grandfather raced, my father raced, I raced and my son raced. It’s our whole family history. For me personally, it holds a lot of childhood memories. It’s a special place for all race fans.”
– “All of the TNT races at Daytona over the years have been exciting, with an unexpected finish and an event somewhere in the middle of the race that changes everything. It’s not your typical race. Expect the unexpected.”
– “I think Daytona in July is so unpredictable that you can’t predict a winner. You might say one guy is fast…but just because you’re the fastest at Daytona in July doesn’t mean you win the race. If I had to pick somebody, I’d pick Matt Kenseth. I think those guys are about to get back on top of their game, and he needs to win.”
TNT’s Upcoming 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:
(All Times Eastern)
|Saturday, July 5|
|6:30 – 7:30 p.m.||Countdown to Green served by Sonic|
|7:30 – 11 p.m.||Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Fla.)|
|Sunday, July 13|
|Noon – 1 p.m.||Countdown to Green served by Sonic|
|1 – 4:30 p.m.||NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire
(New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.)