NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE COVERAGE FROM MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON NBCSN

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Marty Snider on his dominance at Michigan: “This has been a great week. We have had a great couple months. We definitely have some momentum built.”

Steve Letarte on Matt Kenseth’s win: “Not just a win, it is a very impressive dominant performance out of the No. 20 team.”

Steve Letarte on the potentially illegal right side skirt on Kenseth’s car: “Without a doubt not on purpose. If you were going to flair the side skirt for an advantage you would want to do it way closer to the rear tire, out underneath the tail pipes. That would be an advantage.”

Brooklyn, Mich. – August 16, 2015 – NBCSN presented NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway this afternoon. Friday’s pole winner Matt Kenseth dominated the race, leading 146 out of the 200 laps. It was Kenseth’s third win of the season and 34th career win in the Sprint Cup Series.

Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen and analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte called the action. Working the pits were NBCSN reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Matt Kenseth 20
2 Kevin Harvick 4
3 Martin Truex Jr. 78
4 Austin Dillon 3
5 Denny Hamlin 11

 

The following are highlights from today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage on NBCSN.

Burton on the preferred line at “MIS”: “You have seen that the leader picked the outside line all day today. You are able to carry your momentum on the outside, there is no one taking air off your car. That car on the bottom is having all the air pulled off the side of the car, taking the downforce away. The outside line I believe will be the preferred line all day.”

Burton on Clint Bowyer’s three-wide crash on a restart: “The No. 15 car and Clint Bowyer, they do not need a bad race. They were running well, their performance was good, but this wreck is really going to hurt their opportunity to make the Chase.”

Letarte on Kenseth’s restart strategy: “Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth are two veteran race car drivers. They understand the importance of every restart. It’s not just luck, there is strategy involved.”

Letarte on Carl Edward’s loss of power during the caution: “When you shut the car off, you have to have battery juice to crank the car back up. That is the one scary part about saving fuel.”

Burton on Dillon’s pursuit of Kenseth: “If Austin Dillon can run the same speed through the corner as Matt Kenseth, he will have an advantage on the straight. It is hard to do because you are losing air when you are in second, but that is the whole key. He needs to try and maintain position and use the straights to his advantage.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s top-30 points standing in the Chase: “I think at this point they have to be deliberate. It doesn’t appear they have had the fastest car here today…The No. 18 needs to be a little conservative because he needs those points.”

Burton on Jimmie Johnson’s current racing situation: “This team isn’t in sync. They are not running well, they don’t have the speed and they are making mistakes. They have found a way every year to be better when the Chase started, but they are not in sync right now.”

Denny Hamlin to Burns on his 5th place finish: “Top five is pretty good with this aero package, twice in a row we got top five. Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Austin Dillon to Burns on his fourth-place finish: “I had fun racing Matt out front. I just couldn’t lead very well when we got out front. It was a little bit of a learning experience I think for me. Matt has been up there a lot in his career. For me, it was my first time and I will learn from it and get better next time.”

Burton on Austin Dillon’s improvement over the season: “I think this is the most-improved team on the race track. They are starting to get consistent top tens, and that is what you want to see. That is real improvement.”

Third place Martin Truex Jr. to Massaro on his momentum in Michigan: “We passed a lot of cars, but we just could never get that track position we needed to fight for the win.”

Letarte on Kenseth’s win: “Not just a win, it is a very impressive dominant performance out of the No. 20 team.”

Coach Joe Gibbs to Stavast on Kenseth’s two wins in last three races: “We were down for about a year and a half, we have come back to a point where we have a chance at races…I don’t think you can ever guess in pro-sports. Things can turn and next week they twist and go the other way. I think that is the reason that all the fans and all of us love it, you don’t know what is going to happen.”

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Snider on his dominance at Michigan: “This has been a great week. We have had a great couple months. We definitely have some momentum built. The guys gave us a rocket today. They gave us rockets the last couple months. We are just going to work hard to try and keep it rolling.”

Letarte on the potentially illegal side skirt on Kenseth’s car: “The competitor in me saw it in the closing laps and I wanted to know how that side skirt got to where it was. There is a distinct rule that says you can’t flail these side skirts on purpose…but without a doubt, this was not on purpose. If you were going to flair the side skirt for an advantage you would want to do it way closer to the rear tire, out underneath the tail pipes. That would be an advantage.”

Kenseth’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, to Snider on the side skirt incident: “Actually it slowed the stop down quite a bit, I would like to sit here and say that was by design. The jack slid under it and they had to reset and obviously it bent the side skirt.”

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues this evening with NASCAR Victory Lap at 11 p.m. ET, and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR America.

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE COVERAGE FROM MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN Analyst Kyle Petty on Brad Keselowski’s home track advantage: “A Michigan driver has never won at this race track. To win here would be huge for him.”

Jack Roush’s philosophy on flying and driving, in his Countdown to Green feature: “If I have survived the day, if I’ve had a good trip, then I have done something well.”

Brooklyn, Mich. – August 16, 2015 – NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway this afternoon. Coverage began with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings, followed by the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show. Krista Voda hosted the pre-race action alongside NASCAR on NBCSN analyst Kyle Petty, and 2009 Sprint Cup winner at “MIS” Brian Vickers.

Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Marty Snider reported from pit road leading up to today’s green flag, while specialty reporter Rutledge Wood explored the track. Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte offered their perspectives.

Countdown to Green featured a sit down interview between Burton and his old boss, CEO of Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush. Roush shared his philosophies on life and optimistic viewpoints on the future for Roush Fenway Racing. Burton also gave viewers a tour of NASCAR’s fastest track, from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. Wood caught up with Mobsteel custom car builders Adam and Pam Genei, as they previewed the premiere of their upcoming show. NBCSN’s new custom-car show, Mobsteel, makes its debuts today immediately following Sprint Cup Series Racing from Michigan.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-race coverage on NBCSN.

Jamie McMurray to Snider on his race for the Chase: “It is really no different. We are still racing every week to get the best finish we can.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with the most wins of any active driver at “MIS,” Greg Biffle, to Dave Burns: “I think we have an opportunity to win here today…If we can get our track positions and things go well for us today, I think we could win one of these things.”

Vickers on the new high-drag aerodynamics package: “It is going to be different. Indy and Michigan are very different race tracks. This package here at Michigan is about Michigan verses Michigan. They are trying to make the Michigan race better, and that is what this is about for NASCAR.”

Kasey Kahne to Massaro on his tough season and chances of making the Chase: “Today will be interesting. We will see what happens. Bristol, Darlington and Richmond are all tracks that we can win at. We still have a shot for sure.”

Kyle Busch to Stavast on starting at the back of the pack: “As the race changes and progresses, hopefully our car is good all day, and we can make our way up through the field.”

Petty on Keselowski’s home track advantage: “This is Michigan, a Michigan driver has never won at this race track. To win here would be huge for him.”

Burton’s thoughts on the front straightaway from behind the wheel of the On Track Car: “In the front straightaway we are going to see people passing at the bottom of the track. It is rough; if you get down here you are going to see a lot of sparks flying, as your car bottoms out.”

Burton on the high-drag aerodynamics package at “MIS”: “We ran this high-drag package at Indy with mixed results, but Indy is a one groove racetrack. This race track has two grooves on the bottom and two grooves on the top. There is a place for drivers to go here rather than just following another car. That could make the package work well at Michigan.”

Jack Roush’s philosophy on flying and driving, in his Countdown to Green feature: “If I have survived the day, if I’ve had a good trip, then I have done something well.”

Roush’s thoughts on retirement: “I am 73-years-old and I am still working every day. People ask me why do you work. They haven’t figured out that they don’t need to pay me. I would come and do what I do for fun every day.”

Jeff Burton on Roush’s philosophy: “What really struck me was that he still has enthusiasm. He still has a great deal of passion for what he is doing. He emphatically said to me many times, they are going to fix Roush Racing. That Roush Racing is going to find their way back to the top.”

Biffle to Burton on the new aerodynamics during the pace lap: “We haven’t been grouped up yet going at the green, with 20 cars around us. We really don’t know what to expect…I have been around a few cars but not this many, so turn one is going to be exciting.”

Letarte on the mandated air ducts required in today’s race to cool the car down: “As crew chiefs, we are selfish. If we think we would have an advantage we would probably take that gamble, and leave them sealed up.”

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM XFINITY SERIES PRE-RACE AND RACE COVERAGE FROM MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE ON NBCSN

Race Winner Regan Smith to Dave Burns: “I hate doing that in the last corner…I have been wrecked so many times on these road courses, I had to do what I had to do right there.”

Runner-up Alex Tagliani to Alex Hayden on Regan Smith’s final turn nudge: “He knows I’m not going to be there next weekend to retaliate, and to give him payback.”

 NBCSN presented NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this afternoon. The 2.25 mile road race culminated with Regan Smith bumping Alex Tagliani out of the lead in the last lap. Smith broke his personal losing streak, but found himself embroiled in a second straight controversial finish. Play-by-Play announcer Leigh Diffey and hall of fame driver Dale Jarrett hosted Countdown to Green and called the race action, while pit road reporters Jim Noble, Alex Hayden and Dave Burns contributed to the trackside coverage.

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Regan Smith 7
2 Alex Tagliani 22
3 Ty Dillon 3
4 Chris Buescher 60
5 Chase Elliott 9

 

The man from Quebec, Tagliani, secured pole position during Saturday morning’s qualifying and hoped to secure his first XFINITY win. After last week’s fierce post-race confrontation between Smith and Ty Dillon, Smith aggressively worked to gain points towards the Championship.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s XFINITY pre-race and race coverage on NBCSN.

Jarrett on today’s task for the drivers: “I can tell you one thing; I am glad I’m talking into a microphone and not holding a steering wheel today. This is one tough place, especially for the drivers battling for points.”

Reigning Mid-Ohio champion, Chris Buescher, to Noble before the race: “We are on a good roll here. Watkins Glen was a lot of fun. We are looking forward to getting into the race.”

Regan Smith to Burns regarding his altercation with Ty Dillon at Watkins Glen: “It is a new week, and we are here in Mid-Ohio.”

Ty Dillon to Noble on how he is going to race Smith after last weekend’s scuffle: “I’ll race him like I do every week…Hopefully we stay up front, lead a bunch of laps and win this thing.”

Jarrett on Suarez’s improvement on road courses: “I’m impressed with Daniel Suarez here today. He had a difficult day yesterday learning this racetrack. He spent more off in the grass then he did on the actual racing surface, but it served him well.”

Jarrett on fuel conservation in the final 25 laps: “All you can do is save what you can, and hope that you can make it to lap 75, that is the advertised distance. If a green-white-checker comes about, then you have to deal with it at that point in time.”

Jarrett on Tagliani with less than 20 laps to go: “Anything besides winning this race today, in Alex’s mind, is going to be a failure for him. Because he realizes he is probably the best road racer, and he has an excellent team behind him. He looks at this as an opportunity to go take the checkered flag. This is the only time he is going to get his chance this year, and I think he is going to do whatever it may take to put himself in that position.”

Tagliani’s crew chief Greg Erwin to Burns during the seventh caution: “Alex has not made a mistake that I am aware of this weekend. He is doing a terrific job not only in practice but in qualifying. I think the No. 7 has found a little speed here.”

Jarrett on Smith’s last lap pass: “Great pass, Regan Smith did everything he had to do at the end.”

Runner-up Alex Tagliani to Hayden on Regan Smith’s final turn nudge: “He knows I’m not going to be there next weekend to retaliate, and to give him payback. It is just really unfortunate to win like that.”

Race Winner Regan Smith to Burns: “I hate doing that in the last corner, but it has been a year and eight months (since a win). I wasn’t going to pass an opportunity up. I have been wrecked so many times on these road courses, I had to do what I had to do right there.”

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues tomorrow with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show at 2 p.m. ET and Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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NBCSN PRESENTS A NASCAR DOUBLE FEATURE WITH SPRINT CUP RACING FROM MICHIGAN AND XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM MID-OHIO THIS WEEKEND

NBCSN’S XFINITY Series Race Coverage from Mid-Ohio Begins Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race from Michigan at 2:30 p.m. ET

NBCSN Analyst Jeff Burton and Legendary Owner Jack Roush talk Flying, Driving and Careers in NASCAR

NBCSN’s New Automotive Reality Series – Mobsteel – Premieres Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, Immediately Following Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra Present Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Utah National and Mecum Auctions: Monterey This Weekend

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 12, 2015 – On the heels of Joey Logano’s sweep at “The Glen,”and a second consecutive race determined by bold fuel mileage calculations and caution flag prediction, NBCSN heads to the Midwest for a full weekend of NASCAR coverage. NBCSN presents the NASCAR XFINITY Series Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s weekend of NASCAR coverage begins at Michigan International Speedway on Friday with Sprint Cup Series practice presented by DraftKings at 11 a.m. ET. Rick Allen will call the action alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton, while Kelli Stavast and Mike Massaro patrol pit road. Coverage shifts to Mid-Ohio with the first XFINITY Series practice on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. and the final XFINITY series practice live at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Live Extra. Leigh Diffey handles play-by-play duties and Dale Jarrett joins as lead analyst for XFINITY Series coverage. Reporters Jim Noble, Alex Hayden and Dave Burns handle coverage trackside at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. NASCAR coverage returns to NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET with Sprint Cup Series qualifying from “MIS” announced by Allen, Letarte, Burton, Stavast and Marty Snider. Friday’s coverage concludes with NASCAR America anchored by Krista Voda alongside analysts Kyle Petty and 2009 winner at “MIS” Brian Vickers at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Specialty reporter Rutledge Wood and Massaro contribute to the coverage.

Saturday’s practice coverage kicks off on CNBC with Sprint Cup Series practice at 8:30 a.m. ET, handled by Allen, Burton, Vickers and Snider with Stavast reporting trackside. XFINITY Series qualifying unfolds on NBC Sports Live Extra at 11 a.m. ET. On CNBC, the final Sprint Cup practice gets rolling at 11:30 a.m. ET with Allen, Letarte and Vickers in the booth, while Snider, Massaro and Wood patrol the track. Saturday’s main event begins on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET with the XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show, followed by XFINITY Series Racing from Mid-Ohio at 3:30 p.m. ET.
NASCAR Sprint Cup racing Sunday begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings before transitioning into the Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Served by Sonic Pre-Race Show at 2 p.m. ET. Voda hosts both shows alongside analysts Petty and Vickers. Marty Snider, Massaro, Stavast, Burns and Wood chime in with driver interviews and insights. Burton sits down with his old boss and CEO of Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush, in a special pre-race feature. Burton and Roush discuss their memories together, and Roush’s love of flying. At 73-years-old, the “Cat in the Hat” reflects on his passion for racing, his time at Ford Motor Company, and what being at his backyard track, “MIS,” means to him.

Also during Countdown to Green, Burton explores Michigan’s two-mile track from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car, showcasing what lies ahead for drivers on NASCAR’s fastest track. With only four races left before the 16-driver field is set for the Chase, drivers on the bubble are looking at “MIS” as an opportunity to break through with a win. The green flag drops at 2:46 p.m. ET with Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan.

NBCSN’s weekend of race coverage concludes at 11 p.m. ET with NASCAR Victory Lap hosted by Carolyn Manno and Frank Stoddard. Following a full weekend of NASCAR coverage on NBCSN, NASCAR Victory Lap is the destination for fans each Sunday night. Scanner audio and post-race interviews provide a comprehensive look back at the most compelling stories from the weekend.

NBCSN’S NEW AUTOMOTIVE REALITY SERIES – MOBSTEEL – PREMIERES SUNDAY AT 6 P.M. ET, IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SPRINT CUP RACING FROM MICHIGAN

NBCSN presents the series premiere of Mobsteel – the new automotive reality series that follows a Detroit-based custom-car shop which transforms vintage American cars into modern-day street machines – this Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following Sprint Cup Series Racing from Michigan.

Mobsteel follows founder Adam Genei and his team of custom-car specialists, including his wife Pam Genei, as they restore vehicles ranging from the finest relics of the American automotive boom, to an old International Harvester Loadstar, and much more.

In addition, Sunday’s pre-race coverage in Michigan features a conversation with Rutledge Wood and Adam Genei. Genei will talk with Wood about what inspired him to open his own shop, growing up in the Detroit area, and much more. Two of Mobsteel’s custom cars will be on site at Michigan International Speedway and highlighted throughout the broadcast. Click here for more information on Mobsteel.

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP UTAH NATIONAL AND MECUM AUCTIONS: MONTEREY COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND

NBC Sports Group’s extensive motorsports coverage this weekend includes the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Utah National, as well as comprehensive Mecum Auctions coverage from its Monterey event. A more detailed press release surrounding this weekend’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and Mecum Auctions coverage will be distributed later today.

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., August 14 Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Michigan 11 a.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series First Practice – Mid-Ohio 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – Mid-Ohio 3 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Michigan 5 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 15 Sprint Cup Series Second Practice – Michigan 8:30 a.m. CNBC
XFINITY Series Qualifying – Mid-Ohio 11 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Michigan 11:30 a.m. CNBC
Global Rallycross – Washington, DC* 3 p.m. NBC
XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Race – Mid-Ohio 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Red Bull Series: Hare Scramble** 4:30 p.m. NBC
Lucas Oil Motocross – Salt Lake City* 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 16 NASCAR America Sunday 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 2 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Race – Michigan 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Post Race – Michigan 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mobsteel – Series Premiere 6 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., August 17 NASCAR America 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE COVERAGE FROM WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL ON NBCSN

Race winner Joey Logano to Marty Snider: “First time I have ever swept a weekend. I would never have thought it would happen at a road course. This is the coolest weekend of my life.”

Runner-up Kyle Busch to Mike Massaro: “I felt like I was better than he (Joey Logano) was, but my crew chief called in scared.”

Kevin Harvick to Dave Burns on running out of fuel before reaching the finish line: “We have had really fast cars but the circumstances have just gotten the best of us. Hopefully we are saving it up for the last ten weeks.”

NBCSN presented NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Watkins Glen International this afternoon. In a thrilling final lap, Joey Logano completed a weekend sweep at “The Glen,” passing Kevin Harvick in a fuel mileage showdown. Logano entered the weekend with zero road course wins and left with two.

Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen and analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte called the action. Working the pits were NBCSN reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Joey Logano 22
2 Kyle Busch 18
3 Kevin Harvick 4
4 Matt Kenseth 20
5 Kurt Busch 41

 

The following are highlights from today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage on NBCSN.

Burton on hot brakes at “The Glen”: “The straights are so long, and all the straights lead into high friction, high breaking areas that create a lot of heat. That makes it very difficult for the brake system to withstand.”

Kasey Kahne to Snider after his second straight DNF: “I made it longer this week than last. I was pretty awful last week. At this rate we are going to need to win, and that is going to be the only way we are going into the Chase.”

Burton on Kahne’s struggle to stay in Chase contention: “He knows he is going to have to find a way to win a race. He was also very dejected last week after the wreck and he sounded very dejected today.”

Burton on Kyle Busch’s strategy in the last 25 laps: “I think right now they should be pushing hard. I think this is an opportunity. They have caught the lead pack. They have the best situation on fuel and the best tires.”

Letarte on Logano’s crew chief communication going into the final laps: “I think Todd Gordon is not saying anything because he wants Joey Logano to go try and win the race. They must feel good about their fuel strategy so there is no reason to tell him what is going on in front of him.”

Letarte on fuel strategy going into the final laps: “A few miles at Watkins Glen, with all the shifts and all these corners, you aren’t going to get the same fuel millage that you get at Pocono. These guys are really trying to stretch their tanks.”

Letarte on fuel strategies that require a late caution flag: “All these crew chiefs understand the opportunity and the risk involved, and unfortunately you can study all the stats you want but if you don’t get a caution. It is going to be hard to stretch that fuel.”

Burton on fuel millage races: ‘What in the world is not to like about this? There are so many strategies, and to me that is what racing is all about.”

Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon to Stavast after the race: “We got ourselves in the right position. We had a fast race car and just didn’t get to show it, but we led the lap that mattered.”

Letarte on Logano’s last lap pass and victory: “Joey Logano drove a great race to push those guys to run out of gas.”

Burton on Harvick’s lack of fuel going into the final two turns: “He pitted on lap 51, he managed that fuel knowing how many laps he had to save. He missed it by a single straightaway.”

Race winner Logano to Snider: “This makes up for last week. We lost the race this way (on fuel), and now we won one this way… First time I have ever swept a weekend. I would never have thought it would happen at a road course. This is the coolest weekend of my life.”

Harvick to Burns on his fuel shortage: “This how the middle of the season has gone. We have had really fast cars but the circumstances have just gotten the best of us. Hopefully we are saving it up for the last ten weeks.”

Runner-up Kyle Busch to Massaro: “I could have raced the No. 22 and I could have passed him. I felt like I was better than he was, but my crew chief called in scared.”

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues this evening with NASCAR Victory Lap at 11 p.m. ET, and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR America.

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE COVERAGE FROM WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL ON NBCSN

Pole sitter A.J. Allmendinger to Marty Snider prior to the green flag: “When it comes to the outside world and the pressure, it is not even close to what I put on myself.”

Four-time Watkins Glen winner Jeff Gordon to Kelli Stavast: “We are going to be someone to contend with today.”

Kyle Petty on yesterday’s altercation between Ty Dillon and Regan Smith: “I’m not going to say it was uncalled for, but these guys should have talked it out.”

NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Watkins Glen International this afternoon. Coverage began with the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show hosted by Krista Voda, alongside NASCAR on NBCSN analyst Kyle Petty. Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Marty Snider reported from pit road leading up to today’s green flag. Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte offered their perspectives.

Countdown to Green featured a “Driver to Driver” interview with Petty and A.J. Allmendinger, discussing his suspension and return to racing. Features reporter Rutledge Wood took viewers around the track, adding color to the unique New York road course while Burton gave a tour of the course from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car.

“The Glen” presents the first of five remaining shots for drivers to secure their position in the Chase. Road race favorites going into this afternoon’s event include pole winner and last year’s winner Allmendinger, five-time Cup winner at Watkins Glen, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch who has been playing a hot hand over the last two months.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-race coverage on NBCSN.

Pole sitter Allmendinger to Snider before the race: “We know what this race means to us…When it comes to the outside world and the pressure, it is not even close to what I put on myself.”

Petty on the pressure that Allmendinger is feeling to secure a spot in the Chase: “I think there is so much pressure…Today when they drop the green flag I don’t want to be inside that helmet of his.”

Four-time Watkins Glen winner, Gordon to Stavast on his last race at “The Glen”: “We are going to be someone to contend with today. Most important thing is just to stay out of trouble, have a clean solid race, call the race right on pit road, get a little lucky, and lastly be aggressive on those restarts.”

Petty on the altercation between Ty Dillon and Regan Smith after yesterday’s XFINITY race: “I’m not going to say it was uncalled for, but these guys should have talked it out.”

Petty on Stewart’s return to Watkins Glen and the anniversary of his tragic accident: “For Tony Stewart today, I’m sure he is focused out the front window. He is not going to be looking in the rearview mirror today.”

Burton on the dangers of “The Glen”: “The amazing thing about this race track is how fast it is. If you don’t do everything right, the little things will bite you and they will turn into a great big problem.”

Petty on his “Driver to Driver” interview with Allmendinger: “More than anything, his passion for this sport is impressive. No matter where he is…his passion for the sport comes through.”

Burton on Stewart’s potential turnaround: “He hasn’t finished well, but he has had cars good enough to finish well. Whenever a turnaround starts, it begins with speed. There is no question they have had speed the last couple weeks.”

Burton on the importance of spotters at Watkins Glen: “This race track is so big you can’t do it with one spotter. You have to spread them around the race track, so you can see all the important corners.”

Pole winner Allmendinger to Burton during the pace lap: “Last year everything fell the right way for us…We will have a shot at it today, that is all we can ask for. If it is meant to be, it is meant to be.”

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM XFINITY SERIES PRE-RACE AND RACE COVERAGE FROM WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL ON NBCSN

Race winner Joey Logano to Marty Snider: “This is my first road course win, it means so much.”

Runner-up Brad Keselowski to Kelli Stavast: “There was a lot going on today. I think you saw that on pit road afterward.”

Regan Smith to Mike Massaro after his post-race altercation with Ty Dillon: “I might have lost the championship today, but (Ty Dillon) sure as hell did too. There is zero chance that No. 3 car wins this championship, and I am going to make sure of it.”

Tempers were flaring today as NBCSN presented NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Watkins Glen. For the second straight week XFINITY drivers went head to head on the track and after the race as well. Prior to another heated session, Saturday afternoon’s festivities began with the Countdown to Green pre-race show, hosted by Krista Voda alongside Kyle Petty and analyst Parker Kligerman. Features reporter Rutledge Wood and NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan contributed to the coverage. Reporters Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Mike Massaro patrolled pit road at “The Glen.”

Once the green flag dropped, race announcer Rick Allen, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton called the race, which culminated with Joey Logano’s first-ever road coarse victory.

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Joey Logano 12
2 Brad Keselowski 22
3 Chris Buescher 60
4 Boris Said 54
5 Ty Dillon 3

 

Today’s event at Watkins Glen kicked off a road course heavy portion of the NASCAR XFINTIY series schedule, as two of the next three races also feature right turns. Known as NASCAR’s road race “ringer,” 52-year-old Boris Said took the wheel of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 car for Kyle Busch and raced to a top five finish.

After last week’s scuffle between Roush Fenway teammates Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Chris Buescher, Buescher came in third while Wallace finished 16th on the 2.45-mile road course. The conclusion of today’s race at “The Glen” also saw a fierce post-race argument between drivers Ty Dillon and Regan Smith.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s XFINITY pre-race and race coverage on NBCSN.

Petty on road courses: “I always enjoyed running road courses. I think to do well here you have to enjoy it…It is a lot of fun to go left and right.”

Boris Said to Wood before the race: “It is still fun to compete, no matter if you are winning or running in the back. NASCAR is such a great sport I have been doing this for over 30 years. I just love driving. I don’t care if I am in the front or the back, But it is definitely more fun in the front and I plan to be there today.”

Eventual race winner Logano to Ryan prior to the green flag: “At Watkins Glen and in road courses in general, there are a lot of unknowns throughout the race. I will see how the strategy goes…You have to be smart and you have to be aggressive.”

Chase Elliott to Burton pre-race about road courses: “It is something different. We don’t get to do this a ton. So having a chance to turn right some on a fast road course like here at Watkins Glen is pretty cool.”

Letarte on pitting at Watkins Glen: “Your concern is not just the speed of the pit stops…When you turn the car around backwards everything is in reverse order. It is very easy to make mistakes. It is easy to step on a pit hose, leave a dump can in the pit box, or remove equipment. The one thing you can’t have, when you talk about strategy at a road course, you can’t have penalties.”

Burton on aggressive restarts: “The clock is ticking…Everybody starts to fight for position. As of now everybody has been really calm, and has worked with each other pretty well. When it really starts to matter the intensity is going to pick up. Getting into (turn) one someone is going to overdrive it, we see it every race here. It is so hard to pass…On these restarts it is an opportunity, it is a chance to go pick up positions.”

Burton on Logano’s post penalty return to the top ten: “When you are a Sprint Cup driver racing in the XFINITY Series, you’re not worried about points. When you have a really fast car, sometimes it is fun to have to go to the back. When you are that fast and you can pass people…you just get to go out and enjoy it.”

Letarte on Keselowski’s radio request to Logano not to wreck each other: “It’s always the guy in second…I know what Brad is saying and he is absolutely right. He is saying Roger Penske provided these two very fast race cars to come out on Saturday and get some experience before the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. But he obviously doesn’t want to wreck his teammate.”

Letarte on the XFINITY Series point leader Chris Buescher’s racing strategy: “On every one of these crazy restarts, Chris Buescher is thinking, ‘excuse me, everyone stay away from me. I am happy. I am in forth. I am doing a great job. You Cup guys just go have a good day and let me be. I’m doing what I need to.’”

Logano to Burton with less than ten laps to go: “Everything is going good so far. Team Penske has prepared two pretty similar racecars. I’m racing my teammate (Keselowski) up here, he is pretty good as well…It is nice to be able to pass back up through the field. It is nice to drive back up to the lead. That was pretty fun. But I would rather not do that if I don’t have to.”

Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon to Massaro on double duty racing at “The Glen: “It is a good chance to get a dry run. This is our Cup pit crew. With the backward pit stop, we had a mistake today. We get to dissect that and figure out what we need to do differently tomorrow.”

Ty Dillon to Burns on his altercation with Smith: “It was a mistake and my fault. Honestly, I was going to talk to him, but I guess he didn’t want to talk,”

Smith to Massaro on Ty Dillon’s actions on the track: “I got dumped in turn one and it was pretty plain and simple. I don’t think I’m the only one that he (Ty Dillon) dumped today…I might have lost the championship today but he sure as hell did too. There is zero chance that No. 3 car wins this championship, and I am going to make sure of it.”

Letarte on Ty Dillon and Smith’s argument: “Ty Dillon is right, he made two mistakes. Regan Smith is right in that he got spun around, and he was the guy who took the punishment. But in the end, this race is over and they are still going to have to race together week after week.”

Race winner Joey Logano to Snider: “This is my first road course win, it means so much. It shows so much depth in team Penske…It is fun to have a car that is that fast.”

Runner-up Keselowski to Stavast: “There was a lot going on today. I think you saw that on pit road afterward. These road courses are always very interesting and they are tough. The moves you have to make to make something happen are always going to be aggressive, and there are always going to be some hurt feelings.”

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues tomorrow with Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. ET followed by Sprint Cup Racing from Watkins Glen at 2 p.m. ET.

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NBCSN PRESENTS NASCAR SPRINT CUP AND XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM WATKINS GLEN THIS WEEKEND

NBCSN’S Race Coverage from “The Glen” Begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET with XFINITY Series Racing, Followed by Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race at 2 p.m. ET

Pre-Race Coverage Includes Sit-Down Interview with Analyst Kyle Petty and Last Year’s Watkins Glen Sprint Cup Winner A.J. Allmendinger

With Only Five Races Left to Secure a Win, NBCSN’s NASCAR Analysts Break Down the “Run for the Chase”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Race and Verizon Indycar Series Race at Mid-Ohio Drive NBCSN to Second-Best Non-Olympic Day Viewership in Network’s History

NBC Sports Group Presents Comprehensive Coverage of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Unadilla National This Weekend

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 5, 2015 – Fresh off last weekend’s fuel mileage chess match and Matt Kenseth’s second victory of the year, NBCSN heads to Watkins Glen International for a full weekend of NASCAR coverage. NBCSN presents NASCAR road course racing from beautiful upstate New York with XFINITY Series Racing from Watkins Glen Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and Sprint Cup Racing on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage from “The Glen” begins Friday with Sprint Cup Series practice presented by DraftKings at 11:30 a.m. ET. Breaking from routine, Rick Allen will call the action alongside analyst Kyle Petty and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte. NBCSN analyst and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton will venture down to pit road and interview drivers before and after their first practice of the year at Watkins Glen International. XFINITY Series practice follows at 1 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET, anchored by NBCSN reporter Dave Burns, Petty and Letarte. Final Sprint Cup practice commences at 4:30 p.m. ET, with Burns, Burton and Petty providing commentary, and the broadcast day at Watkins Glen culminates with an on-site broadcast of NASCAR America at 6 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s qualifying coverage kicks off on CNBC with XFINITY Series qualifying at 11 a.m. ET, followed by Sprint Cup qualifying at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN. XFINITY Series pre-race coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green, hosted by Krista Voda alongside Petty and analyst Parker Kligerman. NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Watkins Glen begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Coverage of Sunday’s main feature kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show. Voda and Petty will hold down the set as Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Mike Massaro patrol pit road. NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will provide news updates and “man about the track” Rutledge Wood will add color to the unique New York road course. Sunday’s Countdown to Green will also feature Burton’s look at the 2.45-mile road course from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car.

With ten drivers who have won a race this season, and one, Kyle Busch, kicking down the front door, drivers without a win are battling for entry into the 2015 postseason Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Watkins Glen marks the first of five final races before the 16-driver field is set for the Chase. Sunday’s Countdown to Green pre-race show will feature NBCSN’s analysis of the drivers “on the bubble,” and how Watkins Glen presents one of the best chances remaining for an underdog driver to score an upset victory.

Pre-race coverage this weekend will include a sit-down interview with Kyle Petty and A.J. Allmendinger, who took the checkered flag in last year’s Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. In the exclusive interview, Allmendinger discusses his expectations and goals going into this weekend at “The Glen,” where he earned his only win of his Sprint Cup Series career to this point.

Once the engines fire and the green flag drops, coverage shifts to the booth, where Allen will call the action alongside Letarte and Burton. After the checkered flag has been captured, Voda and Petty handle post-race coverage from Victory Lane, featuring on-site interviews with the winner and key players from the afternoon.

NBCSN’s weekend of race coverage concludes Sunday at 11 p.m. ET with NASCAR Victory Lap. Host Carolyn Manno and Brian Vickers will present exclusive interviews, analyze pivotal moments and highlights featuring race team audio.


NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES POCONO RACE AND VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES RACE AT MID-OHIO DRIVE NBCSN TO SECOND-BEST NON-OLYMPIC DAY VIEWERSHIP IN NETWORK’S HISTORY

Highlighted by a live telecast of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono Speedway and a same-day replay of the Verizon IndyCar Series from Mid-Ohio, last Sunday, August 2, produced the second-highest non-Olympic viewership for a single day in NBCSN history. Last Sunday’s total day viewership (6 a.m. – 3 a.m. ET), which featured 18 consecutive hours of motorsports coverage from 6 a.m.-midnight ET, averaged over 1 million viewers per minute (1.058 million) for the second straight week.

Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage at Pocono averaged 4.3 million viewers and produced a 2.6 HH rating, ranking behind only NBCSN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Indianapolis (4.7 million viewers) on Sunday, July 26, as the most-watched telecast ever on NBCSN.

In addition to NASCAR coverage on Sunday, NBCSN delivered its most-watched IndyCar telecast to date with its same-day replay of the Mid-Ohio race (6-8:30 p.m. ET), which averaged 666,000 viewers, surpassing live coverage of the Edmonton race in 2011 (642,000). The replay was also the most-watched IndyCar telecast on cable since Sonoma in 2008 (685,000; ESPN2). The race was broadcast live earlier in the day on CNBC.

This marks the first time since NBC Sports Group acquired IndyCar cable exclusivity in 2008 that four consecutive IndyCar race presentations on the network eclipsed 500,000 viewers.

Sunday’s motorsports coverage on NBCSN also included presentations of Mecum Auctions’ event in Harrisburg.


NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP UNADILLA NATIONAL THIS WEEKEND

NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will present Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship coverage this weekend from the Unadilla National from New Berlin, N.Y. Coverage airs on NBC on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, followed by NBCSN’s coverage at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Ryan Dungey extended his lead in the 450 Class points standings with a win at Washougal, while Cooper Webb notched his second straight win in the 250 Class. Coverage begins on NBC Sports Live Extra with pre-race coverage at noon ET, followed by Moto 1 coverage at 1 p.m. ET on MAVTV.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action.

 

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., August 7 Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Watkins Glen 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series First Practice – Watkins Glen 1 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified – Bowman Gray** 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – Watkins Glen 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Watkins Glen 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 8 XFINITY Series Qualifying – Watkins Glen 11 a.m. CNBC
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National – Pre-Show Noon Live Extra
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Watkins Glen 1 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National – Moto 1 1 p.m. MAVTV
XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Race – Watkins Glen 3 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National – Moto 2 4 p.m. NBC
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National* 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 9 Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Race – Watkins Glen 2 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Post Race – Watkins Glen 5 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., August 10 NASCAR America 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

 

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE COVERAGE FROM POCONO RACEWAY ON NBCSN

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Dave Burns on outlasting the field: “I never thought I would ever win at Pocono, and I never ever thought I would win a fuel mileage race. We did both today.”

Kyle Busch to Mike Massaro on his first loss in four races: “Man that is a bummer…We went for broke today and came up a little bit short.”

Steve Letarte on fuel strategy: “We talk about pit strategy and fuel strategy. It is not always clear who is going to be the winner. A lot can happen in two and a half miles.”

Jeff Burton on Kyle Busch’s run for a win: “When you have been winning races, and you have a shot to win it, you don’t want to give that up.”

Long Pond, Pa. – August 2, 2015 – NBCSN presented NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono Raceway this afternoon. Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte called the action. Working the pits were NBCSN reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

In the final lap at Pocono Raceway Matt Kenseth secured his second victory of the year, passing race leaders Joey Logano and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish. In a game of fuel conservation, Kenseth proved he could outlast the field.

Position Driver Car #
1 Matt Kenseth 20
2 Brad Keselowski 2
3 Jeff Gordon 24
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88
5 Greg Biffle 16

 

The following are highlights from today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage on NBCSN.

Burton on Kasey Kahne hitting the inside wall, knocking it down: “We saw this Saturday in practice, something almost identical. We talked about how rare it is and now it’s happened twice in two days.”

Burton on Kasey Kahne after his pit road crash: “He’s almost stunned. He can’t believe that happened, he’d never done anything like that before. When you’re going down the angle that he was going and you’re seeing people approaching at that rate of speed, that has to scare you to death.”

Letarte on the Chase point system: “That’s what makes this playoff system so exciting. That red line that we want to put up underneath sixteenth. That is a moving target. Every new winner we have moves that red line up and down.”

Stavast on Keselowski’s driving through his pit box: “This is a disastrous stop for Brad Keselowski. He went through his pit stall. He didn’t hear Paul Wolfe, his crew chief, call him in the lap before so they are a lap behind. And now just disaster as he went through his pit box and saw the crew member get hit and a tire go flying. They have had issues with pit stops before.”

Letarte on Keselowski’s stray tire on pit road: “All these crew chiefs are expecting a caution…so when we talk about strategy and trying to go into pit road, you want to be on pit road before the caution comes out…that’s just a veteran call.”

Letarte on the first half of the race: “What a day, seven cautions in the first 72 laps. This doesn’t feel like Pocono. Pocono is known for long green flag runs. We talk about strategy, we play strategy, we angle strategy. No one strategy book had seven cautions in the first 72 laps. This is definitely not a standard race here at Pocono.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s changing driving strategy on each turn: “Every single lap, 160 times today or however many green flag laps we are going to have. He is going to move that track bar and move those switches during the front stretch and exit of turn one.”

Letarte on Truex Jr.’s flubbed final pit stop: “There is a lot of opportunity to make mistakes when it comes to green flag pit stops…Truex Jr. pulled in and slid through his pit box. They have to push the car back and then provide the service. That might not seem like much…but those are valuable seconds.”

Letarte on the second half of racing at Pocono Raceway: “It is like the tale of two races. We have seven cautions in the first 70 laps and here we are on a 36 lap run.”

Letarte on fuel strategy: “We talk about pit strategy and fuel strategy. It is not always clear who is going to be the winner. A lot can happen in two and a half miles.”

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Burns on outlasting the field: “I never thought I would ever win at Pocono, and I never ever thought I would win a fuel mileage race. We did both today.”

Kyle Busch to Massaro on his first loss in four races: “Man that is a bummer…We went for broke today and came up a little bit short.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s chances on making the Chase: “He has confidence they are still going to make it, that says a lot about the Kyle Busch we are dealing with, and the team we are talking about.”

Burton on Kyle Busch’s run for a win: “If they didn’t have the speed that they have shown and the ability to win races. They would have gone in full conservation mode. They wouldn’t even have tried to win the race…When you have been winning races, and you have a shot to win it, you don’t want to give that up.”

Jason Ratcliff, Kenseth’s crew chief, to Stavast on his win: “I thought those guys in front of us could make it. When they started running out ‘I’m like, oh man what do we do.’ Matt did a fantastic job of maintaining his track position and saving fuel. This has not been one of our better tracks so to come home with a victory here is a dream come true.”

Logano to Snider on his 22nd place finish after running out of fuel leading the final lap: “We did everything right today…We keep getting so close to these wins and we are not winning, it is so frustrating.”

Brad Keselowski to Stavast on finishing second: “We had a really fast car, but made a big mistake on pit road earlier in the race. It got us behind. We had enough speed in our car to drive up to about fifth or sixth on our own merits and then of course some guys ran out of fuel ahead of us.”

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE COVERAGE FROM POCONO RACEWAY ON NBCSN

Kyle Busch to Dave Burns on his strategy before the green flag: “Let’s see if we can keep our pole spot and stay up front a majority of the race.”

Kyle Petty on winner predictions before the green flag: “Even though Kyle Busch has to be the favorite. I think we are going to see somebody slide in here and take this one away from him.”

Steve Letarte on Jeff Gordon’s 46th start at Pocono Raceway: “He has won every different way here. He has won here with great cars, he has won here with great strategy, won here on restarts, lost here on restarts. Heck we won here in the rain one time back in 2007. He knows how to win in Pocono.”

Long Pond, Pa. – August 2, 2015 – NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono Raceway this afternoon. Coverage began with NASCAR America Sunday, followed by the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show. Both were hosted by Krista Voda, alongside NASCAR on NBCSN analyst Kyle Petty. Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Marty Snider reported from pit road leading up to today’s 1:48 p.m. ET green flag. Snider arrived in Pocono early this morning after working last night’s XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway.

Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte offered their perspectives.

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono’s 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” for the second time in eight weeks as a red-hot Kyle Busch sits on the pole and threatens to claim his fourth-straight checkered flag, and fifth in six races. In June, it was Martin Truex Jr. who broke through at Pocono and scored a sentimental win with Furniture Row Racing.

Sunday’s pre-race coverage included NBCSN Specialty Reporter Rutledge Wood exploring Pocono Raceway’s solar farms with track president Brandon Igdalsky.  After a $16 million investment, the facility is powered by 39,960 solar panels engulfing 25 acres. Pocono Raceway is one of the first major venues to go completely solar.

Countdown to Green also featured NBCSN NASCAR analyst Burton giving viewers a tour of the “Tricky Triangle” from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. Burton covered the infamous tunnel bumps on turn two which were recently replaced with new asphalt. Heading into today’s race, there is uncertainty surrounding how the cars’ grip will transition between the new and old surfaces.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-race coverage on NBCSN.

Kyle Busch to Burns on his strategy before the green flag: “Let’s see if we can keep our pole spot and stay up front a majority of the race. We will see how strategy plays out and what all happens there. Looking forward to the end of this thing and hoping we are up front.”

Petty on Clint Bowyer’s Chase strategy: “In their mind, 16th is not in (the Chase) because they know Kyle Busch is coming…They have to win a race.”

Voda added: “Kyle Bush has basically changed the mathematical format that you need to make the Chase.”

Sunday’s pre-race coverage featured a heartfelt segment with Martin Truex Jr. and his longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex. Truex Jr. discussed the inspiring work his foundation has undertaken with kids fighting cancer. During their interview Truex Jr. and Pollex both spoke on what the June win at Pocono meant to them.

Pollex: “I had a moment in Victory Lane…I am so happy to be here, and to be healthy enough to experience this with him.”

Truex Jr.: “It was awesome. It was definitely, without a doubt, the biggest win of my career. Just because of the last couple years.”

Petty on winner predictions before the green flag: “Even though Kyle Busch has to be the favorite. I think we are going to see somebody slide in here and take this one away from him.”

Burton on Pocono’s three distinct turns: “As a driver, you have to adjust all the way around the racetrack. You can’t drive turn one the same way you drive the tunnel. You can’t drive the tunnel the same way you drive turn three. So you have to make adjustments. It is very difficult for the drivers and the crew chiefs to get the cars to do what they need to do.”

Letarte on crew chief strategy going into Pocono: “You need to look at this track as an opportunity to compromise. When you come here you need to be good in all three corners. The strategy here today, at this large two and a half mile triangle, will be very difficult. Strategy may determine the winner more than the best handling race car.”

Letarte on fuel strategy and the 33-36 fuel window: “It is how far are they (drivers) willing to go. Who is willing to pit with 38 or 39 laps to go hoping their driver can save some fuel, and give themselves the upmost important track position.”

Letarte on Jeff Gordon’s 46th start at Pocono Raceway: “He has won ever different way here. He has won here with great cars, he has won here with great strategy, won here on restarts, lost here on restarts. Heck we won here in the rain one time back in 2007. He knows how to win in Pocono.”

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