NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE COVERAGE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE ON NBCSN

 “It’s incredible what he’s been able to do since his injury.” – Jeff Burton on race-winner Kyle Busch

 “Luckily, I got back to the lead lap before the yellow came out. That saved us right there.” – Race-winner Kyle Busch to Marty Snider in Victory Lane

“That move by Kyle Busch was huge…that un-lapped him, the caution comes out, and he’s the leader.” – Steve Letarte on the eventual race-winner with 51 laps left

LOUDON, N.H. – July 19, 2015 – NBCSN continued its NASCAR coverage with Sprint Cup Series Racing from New Hampshire, Presented by Pixels. Inside the 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. Patrolling pit road were NBCSN reporters Marty SniderKelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns. Kyle Busch won the race, his third win in eight races this season, and second victory in as many weekends.

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

Letarte on tire fire from Alex Bowman’s car: “That fire is what’s left of the flat tire on the right front brake rotor. These brake rotors are ridiculous warm. After you remove the old tire and put the new one on, if there are some strings or cords left on there, it’s like a wick to a candle and once it hits that hot rotor, you get big flames.”

Letarte on Landon Cassill and smaller teams: “This is such a strong run for a smaller team. These are not teams that you expect to come out and run with Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing.”

Burton on tough decision to pit at caution on Lap 118: “This is when I was always glad I was a driver, because I just got to do what my crew chief told me to do. To me, this is a difficult decision.”

Letarte to Burton: “I love when the drivers say that. When it’s a simple call, they always say, ‘Yeah, we’re coming!’ and when it’s a difficult decision, they say, ‘Woah, hey that’s your decision.’”

Letarte on importance of spotters: “They’re doing more than just clearing their driver through traffic. They’re watching and observing the race. Those eyes in the sky watch the whole track. If someone is moving around and finding grip, it’s very important to tell your drivers. A guy like Brad (Keselowski) is very good at searching around, but he may never think to run that crazy wide exit that Kevin Harvick is running.”

Pit road reporter Marty Snider on rumors that Martin Truex Jr.’s team owner, Barney Visser, is contemplating a manufacturer switch away from Chevrolet: “I asked Barney earlier today if that might happen and he said, ‘It’s a very real possibility. In fact, I would love to move manufacturers if we can get the deal done in the next month or two.’”

Lap 169; Letarte on pit road strategy: “Our field is split into three different groups right now. There’s a big group of cars that pitted in the mid 80s, another group that pitted around lap 105, and another group that pitted around 118. The mid-80s group – which includes leader Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch – they have to start thinking about pit road because their fuel window is coming up in the next four to five laps. When they do come in, it’s going to be very interesting to see what the other two groups of cars do.”

Letarte: “How did Brad Keselowski get behind Kevin Harvick? Kevin Harvick pitted three laps before Brad Keselowski. That means he had new tires for three extra laps, and at about a half second a lap, that leap-frogged (Keselowski) through the pit cycle.”

After a driver’s water bottle was determined to be the debris on track that triggered a caution flag at lap 192, Burton offered: “I believe every driver’s water bottle should be numbered, and if NASCAR finds someone’s water bottle on the track, there ought to be a penalty.”

Minutes later, former crew chief Ray Evernham tweeted: “Hey @JeffBurton we used to put your # on our water bottle Lol”

Letarte on Kyle Busch passing Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick to get on lead lap prior to caution with 51 laps to go: “That move by Kyle Busch was huge. This puts Kyle Busch back on the lead lap. When everyone else pits on this caution, I’ll give you one guess who the leader is going to be. That’s why he pushed the issue. His crew chief is telling him, ‘You have got to get by these guys.’ That un-lapped him, the caution comes out, and he’s the leader.”

Burton on Kyle Busch with 51 laps to go: “He’s in the best spot on the race track to win this race. It all started with that move.”

Letarte on Keselowski, who took two tires instead of four earlier in the race: “I liked the call for two tires…it wasn’t for the fortunate break the 18 had, the 2 would be the leader. Paul Wolfe has played the best strategy he can, but at some point you have to hope the balance of your race car matches the two tires when you put them on your car.”

Burton on Kyle Busch, leading late with six laps to go: “I’m telling you, from being in this spot…these six laps seem like they’ll just never end. You’re just hoping for no cautions…these laps take forever.”

Burton on Kyle Busch after the win: “It’s incredible what he’s been able to do since his injury. His team stayed together without him being there. Just an incredible job done by everybody involved, not just Kyle.”

Race-winner Kyle Busch to Marty Snider after his win: “Luckily, I got back to the lead lap before the yellow came out. That saved us right there. I just drove has hard as I could when I came off of pit road.”

NBCSN continues its NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series coverage with action from Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend, culminating with the Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE COVERAGE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE ON NBCSN

“Denny Hamlin was very aggressive yesterday. He got into people three different times, and one of those was to win the race. He certainly didn’t make any friends.” – Jeff Burton

“That was one of the hardest conversations I’ve ever had.” Kevin Harvick to Jeff Burton on leaving Richard Childress Racing

“What he could do with a car has always been amazing. Now his brain has caught up. He’s mature – a thinking driver.” – Kyle Petty on Harvick

LOUDON, N.H. – July 19, 2015 – NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from New Hampshire, Presented by Pixels, this afternoon from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage began with the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show hosted by Krista Voda, who worked alongside former driver Kyle Petty and crew chief Frank Stoddard.  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 prior to the green flag.

In addition, Sunday’s Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show included a pair of features:

  • Jeff Burton gave fans his view of New Hampshire Motor Speedway from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. Burton is NASCAR’s all-time winningest driver at NHMS, notching four consecutive Sprint Cup race victories at Loudon from 1997-2000, and boasts 15 top-10 finishes in 38 career starts at the track.

 

  • Burton conducted a “Driver-to-Driver” in-depth interview with 2014 Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick. In the interview, Harvick discussed his California roots and the sacrifices he made to break into NASCAR. He also opened up about his fiery, competitive side, and the efforts he took to control his emotions along the way to becoming a champion.

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

Stoddard on Carl Edwards: “The thing that helped Carl Edwards was stealing that win in Charlotte. That took a huge weight off of their shoulders…now they can work on fast race cars, and not worry because they’re already in the Chase.”

Burton in the NBC Sports Toyota Camry On Track Car, offering the following from behind the wheel: “On restarts, there is no grip, so cars are everywhere.  You’re going to see cars all the way down on the bottom, trying to make something happen.  And there’s no banking, so if there’s a hole, you have got to go for it. Restarts are so important here at New Hampshire, and if you don’t take a shot, you may not have a chance to win.”

Harvick to Burton on his fiery attitude and start of his Sprint Cup career: “As I grew up, it was always, ‘Why didn’t you do this, why didn’t you push harder?’ You’ve got to take what you want if you’re going to get it. When I first started Cup racing, that probably wasn’t the best way to approach it. It was just a messed up situation from the beginning. I wasn’t really around any of the people that I had built my XFINITY team with, that I planned on going Cup racing with. It was all about, ‘Well, Dale did it this way, Dale did it that way.’ You’re 25 years old, you have that fiery type attitude and you’re immediately defensive. ‘I don’t want to do it that way.’”

Harvick on leaving Richard Childress Racing: “Richard and I were fortunate to win a lot of races together. We won a couple of XFINITY championships together. But it just got to the point where it wasn’t fun anymore. DeLana and I wanted to start a family together. I wasn’t happy going to work, and that wasn’t going to be good to be the best parent I could be. I told Richard face-to-face, and that was one of the hardest conversations I’ve ever had. Today, I shake his hand every time I see him, and he does the same. I think there’s a respect there that we both have for each other, and the things we did for each other and the amount of success we had.”

Harvick on the impact of becoming a father: “It allows you to get your mind off of racing, and really have more in common with more people. It makes you think about things in a much different way, and not so much of a self-centered race car driver type of way – you can save that for the weekends.”

Petty on maturation of Harvick:  “Off the race track, we’re seeing a kinder, gentler Kevin Harvick. On the race rack, he’s the guy. No one has ever questioned his desire or ability. What we’re seeing in Kevin Harvick is the beginnings of a great champion…his ability on the race track and what he could do with a car has always been amazing. Now his brain has caught up. He’s mature – a thinking driver.”

Steve Letarte on strategy at NHMS: “It’s really easy to say that track position is important, but everybody knows that it is, so you have to get creative in order to find a way up front.”

Burton on Denny Hamlin’s aggressive driving style: “I don’t think we’ll see repayment, but we’re going to see a lot of aggressive action here. Denny Hamlin was very aggressive yesterday. He got into people three different times, and one of those was to win the race. He certainly didn’t make any friends.”

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM XFINITY SERIES PRE-RACE AND RACE COVERAGE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE ON NBCSN

“That’s two guys on a short track racing for a win.” – race-winner Denny Hamlin on his aggressive style

“We’ve got plenty of races left. It’ll happen. I’ll get into him.” – runner-up Austin Dillon on Hamlin’s tactics

“Drivers can race without running into each other. If you’re not good enough to pass a guy without running into him, try and find another way.” Jeff Burton on Hamlin’s contact with Dillon

“This is the story we’ve seen at short tracks for years in the past, and we’ll see it for years to come.” – Steve Letarte on contact at short tracks

Loudon, N.H. – July 18, 2015 – NBCSN presents two NASCAR races this weekend from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire, Presented by Castrol, began with the Countdown to Green pre-race show hosted by Krista Voda, who worked alongside former driver Kyle Petty and crew chief Frank Stoddard. When the engines fired and the green flag came out, coverage shifted to the booth where 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte joined race announcer Rick Allen to call the action. Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag for his second XFINITY Series win of the season, leading 145 of 200 laps en route to victory.

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

Stoddard on Brad Keselowski: “One word I’m going to give you about Brad Keselowski – methodical. This man really thinks about every race track he goes to. He’s well-prepared, his crew chief is there to help him, but Brad is a huge help to his crew chief, and that makes him different than a lot of drivers. A lot of guys just show up and drive, but Brad thinks about all aspects.”

Burton on importance of restarts at New Hampshire: “You want to try and do as much as you can on restarts. That’s the chance to pass more than one car. You’ll see today when these restarts happen, the opportunity is there to get a couple cars. And then, when you get to somebody, you’ve got to finish the pass. You can’t wait around, even if you’ve got to move them up the race track a little bit, you’ve got to get the pass done.”

Mike Massaro on Keselowski: “Using pure New England vernacular, there’s only one way to describe Brad Keselowski at this race track – wicked fast.”

Letarte on Lap 28 restart: “We’re going to see lines on this restart that we’ve never seen before. Kyle Busch is not going to worry about being in the racing groove. He’s going to be where the cars aren’t. And Denny Hamlin, one row behind him on the restart, is going to be where Busch isn’t or follow him through on the restart. This is going to be a heck of a restart and a great show early in this race.”

Burton on racing at Loudon:  “From a driver’s standpoint, it actually feels like the tires are bouncing up and down as you’re turning the car. When the rear tires are chattering, there’s no rear grip.”

Letarte on Brian Scott, running in second for much of the race before his engine blew: “I continue to watch his timing and scoring, and he’s done a great job running in second to Denny Hamlin…very consistent and very smooth. This is a guy we’ve talked about trying to get his first win. He just needs to continue doing what he’s doing, and he’ll end up in victory lane.”

Discussion of Pit Stop Miscommunication Affecting Kyle Busch’s Finish

Letarte: “I completely disagree with the 54 coming to pit road and only taking right-side tires. The 54 is the second car on pit road, and the bigger key is that there’s only one car in frame behind him. Look at how far back it is to the other cars coming on pit road. That’s eight or 10 seconds on pit lane. If you’re going to come in with that much of a gap behind you, you need to take four tires…I know they probably had a hand signal, but if I was the crew chief, I’d be screaming on the radio at some point.”

Burton: “The reason for the signal is to keep things quiet… They saw the signal and they went with it. The crew chief should have just said, ‘You know what, we’ve got to have four here. I’m going over your head, we’re doing four.’”

Kyle Busch’s crew chief, Chris Gayle, to Marty Snider: “We just had our communication mixed up with signals that we had talked about before the race. It was backwards, so we just missed that.”

Dillon on Hamlin contacting him on Lap 179: “I hadn’t raced him all day. He was nervous or something. He got around me and just moved me up the track. He never wanted to race side-by-side with anybody. He wrecked his teammate in the beginning in the race. It’s all good. We’ve got plenty of races left. It’ll happen. I’ll get into him.”

Hamlin on contact with Dillon: “I was a fender ahead, and he went in there knowing that he was going to have to hold me low. I just washed up into him, but that’s two guys on a short track racing for a win.”

Burton: “Drivers can race without running into each other. If you’re not good enough to pass a guy without running into him, try and find another way. (Hamlin) got the win, he got the trophy, but if you’re Austin Dillon, you don’t feel good about it, and those things have a way of coming back around…there’s no rule against running into each other. It’s more of a driver code – what is your code? Just because I had a code doesn’t mean it’s right. I had way I wanted to race, and I wanted people to race me that way.”

Letarte on contact at short tracks: “This is the story we’ve seen at short tracks for years in the past, and we’ll see it for years to come.”

Petty: “With 21 laps to go, you’ve got to make something happen. I’m going to give Denny the benefit of the doubt here.”

Stoddard: “He also did that to his teammate twice earlier in the race. Because of that, you’re going to say, ‘Don’t you know enough to not do that?’ I’ll say this – if Austin had been in that same position on the inside, he would have driven it down there, might have gotten loose and knocked Denny out.”

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NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues tomorrow afternoon with Sprint Cup Series racing from New Hampshire Presented by Pixels. Pre-race coverage gets underway tomorrow with Countdown to Green at 1 p.m. ET, followed by live race coverage at 1:30 p.m. ET from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH JULY 17, 2015 – JULY 19, 2015

(All times ET)

The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team.

For live streaming information on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Golf Channel Live Extraclick here.

 

Friday, July 17

3 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR XFINITY Series – New Hampshire – Final Practice

4 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour Barbasol Championship Second Round

4:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – New Hampshire – Qualifying

6 p.m. on NBCSN – American Century Championship

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – Live From St. Andrews

8 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France: Stage 13

11 p.m. on NBCSN – World of Adventure Sports

 

Saturday, July 18

8 a.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France: Stage 14

11 a.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR XFINITY Series – New Hampshire – Qualifying

12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – New Hampshire – Final Practice

1:30 p.m. on NBCSN – The States of NASCAR

2 p.m. on NBC – Tour de France: Stage 14

2 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour Marathon Classic Third Round

2 p.m. on NBCSN – The States of NASCAR

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Racing: K&N Pro Series West – Stateline

3 p.m. on NBC – American Century Championship

3:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Countdown to Green

4 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Castrol

4 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour Barbasol Championship Third Round

6:45 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar: Iowa Corn Indy 300 – Qualifying

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – Live From St. Andrews

8 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar: Iowa Corn Indy 300

11 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Spring Creek National

 

Sunday, July 19

8 a.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France: Stage 15

12 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Countdown to Green

1:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Pixels

1:30 p.m. on NBC – AVP Volleyball

1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – Live From St. Andrews

2 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour Marathon Classic Final Round

3 p.m. on NBC – American Century Championship

4 p.m. on Golf Channel – 2015 PGA Tour Barbasol Championship Final Round

5 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Post Race

5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Special: Chasing 43

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR the List

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – Live From St. Andrews

7 p.m. on NBCSN – The States of NASCAR

8 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France: Stage 15

11 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Victory Lap

 

 

NASCAR

NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series this weekend on NBCSN from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

Weekend coverage of NASCAR begins today on NBCSN with XFINITY Series Final Practice at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the Sprint Cup Series Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s coverage is highlighted by the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of NASCAR begins on Saturday with the XFINITY Series Qualifying at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage continues on Saturday with the Sprint Cup Series Final Practice at 12:30 p.m. ET, the XFINITY Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show at 3:30 p.m. ET, leading into NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Castrol at 4 p.m. ET.

Coverage continues Sunday on NBCSN, highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at 1:30 p.m. ET. Sunday’s coverage begins with NASCAR America at noon ET, followed by the Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show at 1 p.m. ET, leading into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Pixels at 1:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s lead race announcer Rick Allen calls Saturday and Sunday’s races, joined in the booth by Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton. Krista Voda hosts NBCSN’s pre-race coverage alongside analyst Kyle Petty. Contributing to pre-race coverage and then patrolling pit road during Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing on NBCSN are reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro.

 

INDYCAR

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this weekend with live coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 300. Coverage beings Saturday at 6:40 p.m. ET with qualifying, immediately following NASCAR XFINITY Series coverage from New Hampshire, leading into the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the action from Iowa Speedway, joined by analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties.

 

TOUR DE FRANCE

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Tour de France continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Tour Primetime. Coverage continues Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with an encore presentation at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sunday’s coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN, and continues at 8 p.m. ET with Tour Primetime.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race action, joined by reporters Steve Schlanger, Jenna Corrado, and Steve Porino.

 

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

NBCSN’s coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Spring Creek National begins this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt calls the action from Spring Creek National in Millville, Minn. Joining Weigandt is analyst Grant Langston and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay.

 

VOLLEYBALL

NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour this weekend at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Calling the action from the AVP Open in New York City is Dain Blanton (reporter), Kevin Wong (analyst), and Chris Marlowe (play-by-play).

 

GOLF

NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the American Century Championship from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe begins this weekend today at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage continues Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Golf Channel presents live analysis of The Open Championship with Live From St. Andrews throughout the weekend. Live From St. Andrews airs tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, followed by post-round coverage airing Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.

Golf Channel provides coverage of the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship this weekend, beginning with second round coverage today at 4 p.m. ET. Golf Channel will air third round coverage at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, followed by final round coverage Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

This weekend’s coverage on Golf Channel includes the LPGA Tour Marathon Classic. Live coverage of rounds three and four airs on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “TOUR PASS” – JULY 17

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 17, 2015 – “Tour Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick, daily overview of Tour de France coverage, plus information and highlights. It will be published weekdays to preview the nightly Tour Primetime show, featuring a look at the day’s most compelling action with analysis, interviews, and updates. On Fridays, a weekend “Tour Pass” edition will be posted.

Coverage of the Tour de France will be presented on NBC and NBCSN. For more information

on NBC Sports Group’s overall Tour de France coverage, click here.

Tonight’s Tour Primetime will feature coverage of Stage 13 from Muret to Rodez.

Live coverage continues this weekend on NBCSN: Saturday, July 18, at 8 a.m. ET with Stage 14 from Rodez to Mendez, and Sunday, July 19, at 8 a.m. ET with Stage 15 from Mende to Valence.

Date Time Coverage Network
Fri., July 17 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Stage 13: Muret to Rodez (Tour Primetime) NBCSN
Sat., July 18 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Stage 14: Rodez to Mendez (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 18 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Stage 14: Rodez to Mendez NBC
Sun., July 19 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 15: Mende to Valence (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 19 8 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Stage 15: Mende to Valence (Tour Primetime) NBCSN

 

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve SchlangerJenna Corrado, and Steve Porino (‘inside-the-race’). Todd Harris hosts nightly studio coverage with analyst Bob Roll, and former professional cyclists and analysts Christian Vande Velde and Jens Voigt, who makes his Tour de France debut for NBC Sports Group.

TOUR PRIMETIME ON NBCSN

 Tour Primetime will air on NBCSN throughout the Tour. The show will take a look at the day’s stage with comprehensive analysis, insights and the most compelling storylines. Highlighting Tour Primetime will be a full replay of the day’s exciting race action complemented by fresh, post-race interviews with riders, telestrator analysis, and strategy segments.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “TOUR PASS” – JULY 16

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “TOUR PASS” – JULY 16

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 16, 2015 – “Tour Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick, daily overview of Tour de France coverage, plus information and highlights. It will be published weekdays to preview the nightly Tour Primetime show on NBCSN, featuring a look at the day’s most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, and updates. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.

Coverage of the Tour de France will be presented on NBC and NBCSN. For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall Tour de France coverage, click here.

Tonight’s Tour Primetime will feature coverage of Stage 12, Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille, and an exclusive interview with overall race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). In addition, coverage will include a preview of Stage 13 from Muret to Rodez, along with a new episode of ‘Ask Bobke,’ as analyst Bob Roll answers questions submitted by fans on Facebook.

Live coverage continues tomorrow, Friday, July 17, at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 13 from Muret to Rodez.

Date Time Coverage Network
Thurs., July 16 8 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Stage 12: Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille (Tour Primetime) NBCSN
Fri., July 17 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Stage 13: Muret to Rodez (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 17 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 13: Muret to Rodez (Tour Primetime) NBCSN

 

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger, Jenna Corrado, and Steve Porino (‘inside-the-race’). Todd Harris hosts nightly studio coverage with analyst Bob Roll, and former professional cyclists and analysts Christian Vande Velde and Jens Voigt, who makes his Tour de France debut for NBC Sports Group.

TOUR PRIMETIME ON NBCSN

 Tour Primetime will air nightly on NBCSN throughout the Tour. The show will take a look at the day’s stage with comprehensive analysis, insights and the most compelling storylines. Highlighting Tour Primetime will be a full replay of the day’s exciting race action complemented by fresh, post-race interviews with riders, telestrator analysis, and strategy segments.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBCSN PRESENTS VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES IN PRIMETIME THIS SATURDAY WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF IOWA CORN INDY 300 AT 8 P.M. ET

NBCSN Presents More Than 40 Hours of Motorsports Coverage This Weekend, Including 14 Consecutive Hours Spanning Five Auto Racing Series on Saturday

IndyCar Qualifying Airs Saturday at 6:45 p.m. ET Following NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire

Pre-Race IndyCar Coverage Includes Segment with Analyst Paul Tracy and Milwaukee Winner and Former Rival Sebastien Bourdais

NBCSN Posts Most-Watched IndyCar Telecast in 4 Years from Milwaukee Mile

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra Present Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Spring Creek National

NBCSN’s NASCAR Coverage Continues This Weekend with Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series Races from New Hampshire

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 15, 2015 – NBCSN continues its presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Saturday night with live coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 in primetime at 8 p.m. ET, part of more than 40 hours of motorsports coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra this weekend. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. ET with qualifying, immediately following NASCAR XFINITY Series race coverage from New Hampshire, leading into live IndyCar action from Iowa Speedway.

Saturday night’s live primetime IndyCar coverage is part of 14 consecutive hours of motorsports coverage on Saturday spanning five auto racing series (NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and K&N Pro Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship).

Last week, Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) earned his second win of the season and second win of his career at the Milwaukee Mile in the IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250. Bourdais’ victory at Milwaukee marked the 34th win of his North American open-wheel career, tying Al Unser Jr. for seventh all-time. Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske) still leads the driver standings with 439 points, ahead of Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing; 385 points) and Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; 370 points), whose back-to-back podium finishes have propelled the American into third.

Andretti Autosport drivers have won the last five IndyCar races at Iowa, including Marco Andretti, who sits in seventh in the standings (332 points). He is the only driver this season to complete every lap of all 12 races, and has notched four top five finishes in the last six races.

Saturday night’s pre-race coverage will feature a segment with NBCSN IndyCar analyst Paul Tracy and former rival and last week’s winner Sebastien Bourdais. The two will cruise the country back roads of Iowa in a custom Chevy Corvette, discuss how they’ve formed a unique friendship and relive some memories from their bitter rivalry on and off the track from a decade ago.

In addition to race coverage in primetime on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 on Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m. ET, and will air coverage of the Indy Lights series from Iowa on Monday at 11 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Iowa Corn Indy 300, alongside analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties. Kevin Lee, (play-by-play), Anders Krohn (analyst) and Katie Hargitt (reporter) will handle coverage of the Indy Lights race.


NBCSN POSTS MOST-WATCHED INDYCAR TELECAST IN 4 YEARS FROM MILWAUKEE MILE

NBCSN’s Sunday afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series telecast from Milwaukee averaged 532,000 viewers, making it the network’s most-watched IndyCar race since Sept. 4, 2011 (591,000, Baltimore). It was also up 66% vs. last year’s Milwaukee race (320,000 viewers). This was the second consecutive telecast in which NBCSN posted its best IndyCar viewership since the 2011 Baltimore race (Fontana, June 27, 512,000 viewers).


LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SPRING CREEK NATIONAL – SATURDAY AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will present six hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship coverage this weekend from Spring Creek National in Maryland, in the eighth round of the 12-race championship series. Justin Barcia earned his second consecutive win of the season in the 450 Class two weeks ago at RedBud National, while Jeremy Martin swept both motos in the 250 Class to re-take the lead in points standings.

Coverage begins on NBC Sports Live Extra with practice at 11:30 a.m. ET, followed by pre-race coverage on Live Extra at 1 p.m. ET. Moto 1 coverage begins on MAVTV at 2 p.m. ET, followed by Moto 2 coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra at 4 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present Moto 2 coverage at 11 p.m. ET, following live coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 300.

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 from Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minn.
NBCSN’S NASCAR COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS WEEK WITH SPRINT CUP AND XFINITY SERIES RACES FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE

As released earlier today, NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series this weekend from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with live coverage of Saturday’s XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Castrol GTX Magnatec at 4 p.m. ET, followed by Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Pixels at 1:30 p.m. ET. Click here for more information about this week’s NASCAR coverage on NBCSN.

Following is this week’s Motorsports schedule on NBCSN:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., July 16 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** 6 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** (Encore) 11 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., July 17 Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Practice – New Hampshire 1 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** (Encore) 2 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – New Hampshire 3 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – New Hampshire 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 18 Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire 10 a.m. CNBC
XFINITY Series Qualifying – New Hampshire 11:15 a.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Practice 11:30 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Pre-Show 1 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 1s 2 p.m. MAVTV
XFINITY Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Race – New Hampshire 4 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 2s 4 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 – Qualifying* 6:45 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 8 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 2s* 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., July 19 NASCAR America Sunday Noon NBCSN
Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 1 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Race – New Hampshire 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Post-Race – New Hampshire 5 p.m. NBCSN
Chasing 43 – Richard Petty (Encore) 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., July 20 NASCAR 120 – New Hampshire 3 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 (Encore) 6 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights – Iowa 11 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay
**NASCAR K&N Series Race from Stateline took place on July 11th

MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s motorsports coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.


MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

MotorSportsTalk’s IndyCar content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

 

  • Tony DiZinno, who has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazineand provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.

 

To explore the site, please visit MotorSportsTalk.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

 

@INDYCARONNBCSN: @IndyCaronNBCSN provides up-to-the-minute IndyCar news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

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NBCSN’S NASCAR SPRINT CUP AND XFINITY SERIES RACING ROLLS INTO NEW HAMPSHIRE THIS WEEKEND

Race Coverage From New Hampshire Begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with XFINITY Series Race, Followed by Sprint Cup Series Action Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET

Analyst Jeff Burton Conducts First “Driver-to-Driver” Interview with 2014 Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick in Pre-Race Show

Crew Chief Frank Stoddard and Driver Parker Kligerman Join New Hampshire Broadcast Team and 2015 NASCAR America Roster

Coverage from Kentucky Yields 224% Weekend Viewership Increase for NBCSN vs. 2014, and Most-Watched IndyCar Race in Four Years

NBCSN’s IndyCar Coverage Continues Saturday in Primetime from Iowa Speedway

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 15, 2015 – With a thrilling weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway in the rear-view mirror, NBCSN’s coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing heads to New England for a full slate of weekend action from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The green flag drops on this weekend’s main events with Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at 4 p.m. ET, followed by Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Festivities get underway Friday on NBCSN with consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series practice sessions beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET., followed by XFINITY Series final practice and Sprint Cup qualifying at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET, respectively.

On Saturday, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying is presented on CNBC at 10 a.m. ET, before coverage shifts back to NBCSN for XFINITY Series qualifying (11 a.m. ET) and Sprint Cup final practice (12:30 p.m. ET). At 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents the XFINITY Series Countdown to Green prerace show prior to live coverage of NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Castrol GTX Magnatec at 4 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, the lead-up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s main event of the weekend begins with a 60-minute edition of NASCAR America Sunday at noon ET, followed by the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show at 1 p.m. ET. At 1:30 p.m. ET, coverage shifts from the pre-race set along pit road to the broadcast booth as NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Pixels.

NBCSN’s Krista Voda hosts NBCSN’s pre-race coverage for both NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series events, alongside analyst Kyle Petty on Saturday and Sunday from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. They welcome crew chief Frank Stoddard to NBC Sports’ new open-air, pre-race set overlooking pit road. Stoddard will also contribute to NBCSN’s Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series practice coverage on Friday and Saturday from the broadcast booth.

In addition to setting the stage for the upcoming race, Sunday’s Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show will include an in-depth interview with 2014 Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, conducted “Driver-to-Driver” by NBCSN NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton. In the interview, Harvick discusses his California roots and the sacrifices he made to break into NASCAR. He also opens up about his fiery, competitive side, and the efforts he took to control his emotions along the way to becoming a champion.

Sunday’s pre-race show will also include Burton’s view of New Hampshire Motor Speedway from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. Burton is NASCAR’s all-time winningest driver at NHMS, notching four consecutive Sprint Cup race victories at Loudon from 1997-2000, and boasts 15 top-10 finishes in 38 career starts at the track. Pre-race coverage will also feature input from analyst Steve Letarte, who grew up in nearby Cornish, Maine, and believes that this race arrives at an important juncture in the season:

“The race to the Chase is in full effect as we visit the only Chase track left on the 2015 schedule before the start of the playoffs,” said Letarte earlier today. “It will be very interesting to see which drivers earn the remaining spots, and I’m curious to see how those teams who are already in the Chase use this trip to the Magic Mile to prepare for the next visit in late September when the stakes are even higher.”

Contributing to pre-race coverage and then patrolling pit road during Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing on NBCSN are reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro. Joining the NBC Sports New Hampshire broadcast team this week is driver Parker Kligerman who will contribute to XFINITY practices and qualifying.

When engines start and the green flag is set to wave, NBCSN’s coverage shifts to the booth, where Daytona 500-winning crew chief Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Burton join race announcer Rick Allen for the call of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.

 


FRANK STODDARD AND PARKER KLIGERMAN JOIN NEW HAMPSHIRE BROADCAST TEAM AND 2015 NASCAR AMERICA ROSTER

NBCSN has reached agreements with crew chief Frank Stoddard and driver Parker Kligerman, both of whom will be contributing to coverage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, and joining NASCAR America as regular analysts.

Stoddard will contribute to NASCAR America from NBC Sports’ studio locations in Stamford and Charlotte, and brings more than 17 years of experience as a Sprint Cup crew chief into his analyst role. He enjoyed a very successful driver-crew chief partnership with fellow NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton, during which they reached the winner’s circle 14 times over the course of a four-year run (1998-2001).

Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year (2011), Kligerman has experience behind the wheel in all three of NASCAR’s elite national series.  He captured his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series checkered flag at the famed Talladega Superspeedway in 2012 and competed in the Sprint Cup Series as recently as the 2014 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

 


FIRST NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE ON NBCSN LEADS NETWORK TO 224% WEEKEND INCREASE VS. 2014 

NBCSN’s first-ever live NASCAR Sprint Cup race led the network to several milestones this past weekend, including a total day average of 428,000 viewers, marking a 224% increase over the same weekend last year on NBCSN.  Saturday’s prime time presentation of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Kentucky ranked as the most-watched cable sports program of the week and highlighted a triple-header weekend of racing that also included the most watched IndyCar telecast in four years, as well a thrilling Friday Night NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Click here for more information.

 

NBCSN’S INDYCAR COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME FROM IOWA SPEEDWAY

NBCSN continues its presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Saturday night with live coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 in primetime at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. ET with qualifying, immediately following NASCAR XFINITY Series race coverage from New Hampshire, leading into live IndyCar action from Iowa Speedway. NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Iowa Corn Indy 300, alongside analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties. A more detailed press release surrounding IndyCar coverage on NBCSN will be distributed later today.

 

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., July 16 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** 6 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** (Encore) 11 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., July 17 Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Practice – New Hampshire 1 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** (Encore) 2 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Final Practice – New Hampshire 3 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – New Hampshire 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 18 Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire 10 a.m. CNBC
  XFINITY Series Qualifying – New Hampshire 11:15 a.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Practice 11:30 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
  Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Pre-Show 1 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 1s 2 p.m. MAVTV
  XFINITY Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Race – New Hampshire 4 p.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 2s 4 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
  IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 – Qualifying* 6:45 p.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 8 p.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 2s* 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., July 19 NASCAR America Sunday Noon NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 1 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Race – New Hampshire 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Post-Race – New Hampshire 5 p.m. NBCSN
  Chasing 43 – Richard Petty (Encore) 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., July 20 NASCAR 120 – New Hampshire 3 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 (Encore) 6 p.m. NBCSN
  Indy Lights – Iowa 11 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay
**NASCAR K&N Series Race from Stateline took place on July 11th


MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s NASCAR and IndyCar coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.


NASCAR COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.com and NASCARTALK

NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information.  The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of NASCAR, including contributions from on-air commentators.

To explore the site, please visit NBCSports.com/NASCAR and NASCARTalk.NBCSports.com/

@NBCSportsPR@NBCSportsPR  Publicity group Twitter account for NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regionals, NBC Sports Radio & all NBC Sports digital properties.
@NASCARonNBC: @NASCARonNBC  The official Twitter account of NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN provides exclusive access to drivers, NBC Sports NASCAR experts and behind-the-scenes content, as well up-to-the-minute news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

 

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “TOUR PASS” – JULY 15

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 15, 2015 – “Tour Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick, daily overview of Tour de France coverage, plus information and highlights. It will be published weekdays to preview the nightly Tour Primetime show on NBCSN, featuring a look at the day’s most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, and updates. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.

Coverage of the Tour de France will be presented on NBC and NBCSN. For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall Tour de France coverage, click here.

Tonight’s Tour Primetime will feature coverage of Stage 11, Pau to Cauterets, and interviews with overall race leader Chris Froome, stage winner Rafal Majka and fellow cyclists Teejay van Garderen and Andrew Talansky. In addition, Trek Factory Racing cyclist and cancer survivor Rafal Majka will be on set, along with a new episode of ‘Ask Bobke,’ as analyst Bob Roll answers questions submitted by fans on Facebook.

Live coverage continues tomorrow, Thursday, July 16, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 12 from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille.

Date Time Coverage Network
Wed., July 15 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Stage 11: Pau to Cauterets (Tour Primetime) NBCSN
Thurs., July 16 6 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 12: Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 16 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 12: Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille (Tour Primetime) NBCSN

 

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger, Jenna Corrado, and Steve Porino (‘inside-the-race’). Todd Harris hosts nightly studio coverage with analyst Bob Roll, and former professional cyclists and analysts Christian Vande Velde and Jens Voigt, who makes his Tour de France debut for NBC Sports Group.

TOUR PRIMETIME ON NBCSN

 Tour Primetime will air nightly on NBCSN throughout the Tour. The show will take a look at the day’s stage with comprehensive analysis, insights and the most compelling storylines. Highlighting Tour Primetime will be a full replay of the day’s exciting race action complemented by fresh, post-race interviews with riders, telestrator analysis, and strategy segments.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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FIRST NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE ON NBCSN LEADS NETWORK TO 224% WEEKEND INCREASE VS. 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race from Kentucky Ranks as Most-Watched Cable Sports Event of the Week with 3.2 Million Viewers

NBCSN Posts Most-Watched IndyCar Telecast in 4 Years from Milwaukee Mile

NBCSN’s NASCAR America Registers its Most-Watched Episode and Week Ever

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 15, 2015 – NBCSN’s first-ever live NASCAR Sprint Cup race led the network to several milestones this past weekend, including a total day average of 428,000 viewers, marking a 224% increase over the same weekend last year on NBCSN.

Saturday’s prime time presentation of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Kentucky ranked as the most-watched cable sports program of the week and highlighted a triple-header weekend of racing that also included the most watched IndyCar telecast in four years, as well a thrilling Friday Night NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

NBCSN’s daily show NASCAR America also raced to a couple of series highs last week, registering the most-watched episode and week in the history of the program.

 

NBCSN motorsports viewership highlights include:

 

  • NBCSN registered a total day average of 428,000 viewers this past weekend (July 11-12), up 224% from the same weekend last year (July 13-14, 2014).

 

  • NBCSN’s primetime Saturday presentation of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race averaged 3.2 million viewers – ranking as the most-watched cable sporting event of the week and topping all Saturday sports programming (broadcast or cable). NBCSN’s viewership for the telecast topped Saturday’s second-most watched sporting event by 10% (regionalized MLB coverage – including Yankees vs. Red Sox – on Fox, 2.9 million viewers).

 

  • Viewership for Saturday’s NASCAR telecast peaked at 3.7 million viewers from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET as Kyle Busch took control of the race in dramatic fashion.

 

  • NBCSN’s Friday night NASCAR XFINITY Series race averaged 1.1 million viewers – ranking as Friday’s most-watched cable sports program.

 

  • NBCSN’s Sunday afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series telecast from Milwaukee averaged 532,000 viewers, making it the network’s most-watched IndyCar race since Sept. 4, 2011 (591,000, Baltimore). It was also up 66% vs. last year’s Milwaukee race (320,000 viewers). This was the second consecutive telecast in which NBCSN posted its best IndyCar viewership since the 2011 Baltimore race (Fontana, June 27, 512,000 viewers).

 

  • NBCSN’s NASCAR America 5:00 p.m. ET studio program averaged 164,000 viewers last week, making it the most-watched week in the history of the studio program.

 

  • Monday’s NASCAR America telecast tallied 279,000 average viewers and was the most watched live NASCAR America telecast to date.

 

  • Fans streamed 2.1 million minutes of live NASCAR racing last weekend via NBC Sports Live Extra.

 

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