MOBSTEEL BIOS

Adam Genei – The Boss

Born and Raised in Detroit, Adam developed his love of cars from his grandfather’s Lincoln dealership. After years of working different jobs he decided to make a split and turn his hobby of fixing up cars into a business. He sold the first Mobsteel Lincoln Continental for $13,000 in eight hours. From there the business exploded. Soon he was modifying cars for athletes, movie stars and even Ford. Along the way, Adam never wavered from the cars he wanted to make, and he’s not afraid to let anyone know it.

 

Pam Genei – The “Real Boss”

Mobsteel started when Adam and Pam invested their entire savings into a $1,500 hoist and they haven’t looked back since. But Pam is more than just Adam’s wife – she’s the one who keeps the shop together and running. The guys in the shop have chased out more employees than anyone can keep track of, but Pam has held her own and more than dished it back out. Over the years, she’s developed the thick skin needed to survive in the shop, but more importantly a razor-sharp glare that can shut any of them down with just one look.

 

Steve-O – The Right Hand Man

Born in the boonies of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and home schooled, Steve is an unexpected fit for Mobsteel. With all that talent comes a big mouth to match. He’s had more than a couple blowups with Adam and the rest of the crew, but through it all, Adam and Steve have been inseparable and don’t have any plans of stopping anytime soon.

 

Doug “Wheatbread” – The Builder

All it took was one t-shirt and a penchant for health foods to get stuck with the nickname “Wheatbread.” Doug is the newest member of Mobsteel, but has years of experience at some of Detroit’s best motorcycle shops. This pint sized fabricator can build just about anything and has taken on some of the shop’s biggest projects, including the FedEx truck. Those building skills don’t save him from the insults when he tries a bit of “fuzzy math” though.

 

Ron – The Painter

He may look like he just finished a three-day bender and acts like someone escaped from the insane asylum, but behind all that is one of the best painters in the world. Ron has been painting cars since he was 18 and worked on a who’s who of the world’s best automotive creations. With a giant Marvin the Martian tattoo, completely twisted sense of humor, and wild-man lifestyle, he’s the strangest member of the team, but also Adam’s secret weapon for making the perfect ride.

PACED BY NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE, NBCSN DOUBLES VIEWERSHIP VS. 2014 FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEKEND

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race from New Hampshire Ranks as Most-Watched Cable Telecast of Weekend with 3.7 Million Viewers

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Posts NBCSN’s Best Non-Olympic Rating Ever

IndyCar Averages 500,000+ Viewers for 3 Consecutive Races for First Time on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 21, 2015 – Paced by its second live NASCAR Sprint Cup race, NBCSN more than doubled its total-day viewership vs. last year for the second consecutive weekend. NBCSN will televise a live NASCAR Sprint Cup race on each of the next five weekends.

NBCSN posted a total day average of 593,000 viewers this past weekend – up 186% from the same weekend last year.

Sunday’s presentation of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from New Hampshire ranked as the most-watched cable program of the weekend and highlighted NBCSN’s triple-header weekend of racing. NBCSN kicked off its live racing with a Saturday matinee NASCAR XFINITY Series race leading into a primetime IndyCar telecast, which set another viewership milestone for the network.

NBCSN motorsports viewership highlights include:

  • NBCSN registered a total-day average of 593,000 viewers this past weekend (July 18-19), up 186% from the same weekend last year (July 19-20, 2014) and marking the second consecutive weekend – both featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races – that the network doubled average total-day viewership vs. 2014.
  • NBCSN’s Sunday afternoon presentation of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race averaged 3.7 million viewers – ranking as the most-watched cable telecast of the weekend. In addition, the race earned the highest non-Olympic HH rating in NBCSN history (2.37).
  • Viewership for Sunday’s NASCAR telecast peaked at 4.4 million viewers from 4:15-4:30 p.m. ET as Kyle Busch won his third Sprint Cup race in four weekends.
  • NBCSN’s Saturday afternoon NASCAR XFINITY Series race averaged 1.3 million viewers.
  • Fans streamed 1.9 million minutes of live NASCAR racing last weekend via NBC Sports Live Extra.
  • NBCSN’s Saturday night Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 telecast averaged 541,000 viewers, marking the first time since NBC Sports Group acquired IndyCar cable exclusivity in 2008 that three consecutive IndyCar races on the cable network eclipsed 500,000 viewers. Saturday’s primetime telecast produced a 0.29 HH rating, while viewership was up 29% vs. last year’s race at Iowa (444,000), and surpassed NBCSN’s IndyCar presentation from Milwaukee on July 12 (532,000 viewers) as the network’s most-watched IndyCar race in four years (Sept. 4, 2011, 591,000, Baltimore).

 

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “TOUR PASS” – JULY 21

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 21, 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 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.

NBCSN presents rest day coverage tonight, Tuesday July 21, at 8 p.m. ET with highlights and updates from stages 10-16.

Live coverage continues tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 17 from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup.

Date Time Coverage Network
Tues., July 21 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN
Wed., July 22 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 22 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup (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’S TOUR DE FRANCE COVERAGE POSTS BEST VIEWERSHIP SINCE 2010 AS RACE HEADS INTO FINAL FIVE STAGES

“The race now enters the Alps having lost none of the pre-race favorites, and all is possible for a surprise over the very difficult remaining four days in the mountains.” – NBCSN Race Announcer Phil Liggett

Adult 18-49 Demo Up 18%; San Francisco & San Diego Top Local Market Ratings

38 Million Live Streaming Minutes on NBC Sports Live Extra – Up 42%; More Than 1.9 Million VOD Highlights Streamed on NBCSports.com

All Remaining Stages Live on NBCSN plus Nightly Tour Primetime Show

Exclusive Features Available on NBC Sports Tour de France Live App

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 21, 2015 – With only five stages remaining in the world’s most prestigious and grueling cycling race, NBC Sports Group’s exclusive, live coverage of the 102nd Tour de France has garnered large viewership increases across all platforms.

Through Stage 15 this past Sunday, NBCSN has posted the best viewership for its live morning telecasts since 2010 (the last year Lance Armstrong rode in the Tour de France), averaging 336,000 viewers – up 18% compared to the same time frame last year (284,000). In the Adult 18-49 demographic, NBCSN’s live morning viewership is up 18% from last year (105,000 vs. 89,000). San Francisco leads local market ratings for the Tour de France on NBCSN (top 15 markets below).

Through the first 15 stages, cycling fans have streamed more than 38 million minutes of live Tour de France action on NBC Sports Live Extra, an increase of 42% from 2014. A total of 129,000 unique users have streamed live race action — up 61% from last year.  In addition, more than 1.9 million video highlights of the 2015 Tour have been watched. NBC Sports Tour de France Live, which includes two premium-subscription products – one for desktop and one for mobile and tablet – has grown 21% in subscribers year-over-year.

The road to Sunday’s final stage finish on Champs Élysées in Paris, continues tomorrow, July 22, at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN and the NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile app with Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup.

Coverage continues each night with the Tour Primetime show featuring a look at the day’s most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, and updates. Coverage culminates with the final stage this Sunday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) is in third place – three minutes, 32 seconds behind leader and 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) of the U.K. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) is in second place (three minutes, 10 seconds behind Froome).

PHIL LIGGETT ON THE 102ND TOUR DE FRANCE

NBCSN race announcer Phil Liggett on the first 16 stages of the Tour: “This has been a very exciting Tour de France and very unpredictable, except perhaps for the domination of Chris Froome and his Sky team. Never before has a Tour lost two leaders in the first week, when both Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin retired from their injuries. The achievements of the first African registered team, MTM-Qhubeka, has been a fairy tale since the start.”

Liggett on what to expect for the remainder of the Tour: “The race now enters the Alps having lost none of the pre-race favorites, and all is possible for a surprise over the very difficult remaining four days in the mountains. Froome must go out as a favorite, but the challenge will certainly come from Nairo Quintana. Alberto Contador is perhaps a little too far behind to achieve the double of the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the same year, but he will fight for a podium in Paris along with Aspen’s Tejay van Garderen.”

TOP LOCAL MARKETS FOR 2015 TOUR DE FRANCE (through Stage 16)

1. San Francisco  
2. San Diego  
3. Albuquerque  
4. Dayton  
5. Denver  
5. Indianapolis  
7. Seattle  
8. Fort Myers  
8. Charlotte  
8. Sacramento  
11. Boston  
11. Detroit  
11. Kansas City  
14. West Palm Beach  
15. Milwaukee  

COMMENTATORS

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, in his Tour de France debut for NBC Sports Group. Voigt, who won the Critérium International a record-tying five times and has two Tour de France stage wins, broke the sport’s hour-record (51.115km in 60 minutes) last year before announcing his retirement from professional cycling.

PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

For the first time, NBC Sports Group’s coverage includes real time speeds of both the leaders and the peloton, daily clips from cameras mounted to competitors’ bikes to take the viewer ‘Inside the Peloton,’ and additional maps that show more detailed versions of the finishes and each mountain climb. “I Was There” videos, which tell behind-the-scenes stories from a fan’s perspective, are also incorporated into the Tour telecasts.

NBCSN is utilizing several production enhancements, including a pointer feature which easily identifies and focuses on one rider in the peloton; exclusive, in-depth profiles and features on teams and riders; and an onscreen predicted time for the peloton riders who are trying to catch the leading riders. ‘Inside-the-Race’ correspondent Porino reports from aboard a motorcycle on the course, and offer updates on race situations.

DIGITAL COVERAGE

NBC SPORTS TOUR DE FRANCE LIVE: NBC Sports Group surrounds its linear coverage with extensive digital coverage, including two premium-subscription products, one for desktops, and one for mobile devices and tablets.

On NBCSports.com, NBC Sports Tour de France Live for desktops offers live streaming video with a multi-camera option of every stage online in full HD, with the ability to pause, rewind and slow-mo the video. While watching live coverage, viewers also have access to a live GPS tracking map to follow the riders’ progress and to see an enhanced interactive map for each stage. Also, subscribers can personalize their Tour experience by choosing their favorite riders and teams to track throughout the Tour.

To experience the Tour de France on-the-go, fans can also purchase the NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile and tablet app, which is available for iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices. All features of the NBC Sports Tour de France Live online experience for desktops will be mirrored in the NBC Sports Tour de France Live app, including live video of every stage. The app is sold separately from the online product.

Additional elements available to cycling fans at NBCSports.com and through the app, are listed below:

  • Live streaming video with multi-camera options
  • Full stage video replays including highlights, stage recaps, and rider interviews
  • Route and stage previews, course and stage maps, elevation profiles, and stage descriptions
  • GPS Race Tracking displayed on interactive maps and rider profiles
  • Live stage results and detailed standings
  • Rider profiles by country and team
  • Real time commentary feeds from media covering the Tour
  • Display of every rider group and time gap on the road
  • Live time trial results for every split and finish line
  • Rider biometric information and analysis
  • A Tour de France Twitter stream that will feature tweets from top race officials, riders, analysts, and fans

A desktop subscription to NBC Sports Group’s enhanced digital coverage of the Tour de France is available for $19.99, and a mobile subscription is available for $9.99.  The app is available to purchase at http://tourdefrance.nbcsports.com/, and on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Daily stage passes are available for $4.99.

BROKEN SPOKES – BEHIND THE TOUR WITH STEVE SCHLANGER: Throughout the Tour, NBCSports.com features daily, online-only, video features entitled Broken Spokes: Behind the Tour with Steve Schlanger. Tour de France reporter Schlanger takes viewers behind-the-scenes of what it takes to cover the grueling, 21-stage race including the beauty of the French countryside, the passionate fans, and the knee-deep mountain mud.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Tour de France coverage on NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans can keep up with the Tour de France through NBC Sports Group’s social media platforms throughout the race, including exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, video clips, up-to-date news reports and stories from around the cycling world through the NBC Sports Cycling Facebook page and @NBCSNCycling on Twitter.

Telecast Schedule (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Time (ET) Coverage Network
Wed., July 22 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 22 8 – 11 p.m. Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup NBCSN
Thurs., July 23 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 18: Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 23 8 – 11 p.m. Stage 18: Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne NBCSN
Fri., July 24 7 a.m. – Noon Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 24 8 – 11 p.m. Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire NBCSN
Sat., July 25 7 – 11:30 a.m. Stage 20: Modane to Alpe d’Huez (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 26 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stage 21: Sèvres to Paris (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 26 3 – 4:30 p.m. Stage 21: Sèvres to Paris NBC
Sun., July 26 8 – 11 p.m. Stage 21: Sèvres to Paris NBCSN

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

KENNY ALBERT MAKES NETWORK TV BOXING DEBUT ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS SHOW LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS IN PRIMETIME THIS SAT., JULY 25, AT 9 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports Group Boxing Analyst B.J. Flores Makes In-Ring PBC Debut vs. Beibut Shumenov in Cruiserweight Bout

Coverage Begins with Jordan Shimmell vs. Isiah Thomas

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 21, 2015 – Premier Boxing Champions returns in primetime this Saturday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a cruiserweight bout between former world titleholder Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) and B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs), a boxing analyst for NBC Sports Group.

Coverage begins with a cruiserweight bout between undefeated rising contenders Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) and Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).

Kenny Albert makes his network TV boxing debut as blow-by-blow announcer, joined by analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Steve Cunningham, with Kenny Rice reporting from ring-side.

“I am really looking forward to my maiden voyage with PBC this Saturday. It will be a thrill to work with a pair of world champions in Sugar Ray Leonard and Steve Cunningham,” said Albert, who currently handles play-by-play for four sports on national TV (NFL, NHL, MLB and boxing). “Fortunately, I will be ringside – and not inside the ring – with Ray and Steve.”

Former world titleholder Cunningham, currently 28-7 with 13 KOs, makes his debut as a network TV analyst during the telecast.

A LOOK AT THE MATCHUPS

A native of Kazakhstan fighting out of Las Vegas, Beibut Shumenov looks to make his mark in the cruiserweight division against B.J. Flores after winning a world title in the light heavyweight division by defeating Gabriel Campillo in 2010. The 2004 Olympian for Kazakhstan went on to defend his title five times, and will look for another win in the city he now calls home.

Twice a U.S. National Champion as an amateur, Flores has been ranked among the top 15 cruiserweights in the world since July 2007. Born in San Francisco but fighting out of Chandler, Arizona, Flores comes into the bout on a seven-fight winning streak, including his most recent effort, a third round TKO over Kevin Engel in Oct. 2014.

26-year-old Jordan Shimmell is a former amateur standout who became the first heavyweight to win four Michigan Golden Gloves titles. Undefeated as a pro, the Hudsonville, Mich., native has ended his last seven bouts inside of the distance including his most recent victory, an April stoppage of Carlos Reyes.

A product of Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym in Detroit, Isiah Thomas was trained by the late famed trainer throughout an amateur career that included two Junior Olympic titles and a gold medal at the World Cadet Championships. Since turning pro in 2008, the 26-year-old is undefeated, including a recent victory over Brad Austin in February.

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NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in 2015, including cards on NBC and NBCSN, and NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF 2015 SPARTAN RACE SEASON DEBUTS TOMORROW WITH MONTANA BEAST FROM BIGFORK, MONTANA AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Amelia Boone Returns To Competition For First Time Since 2014 Season-Ending ACL Injury

Boone and Rose Wetzel Battle for Top Spot in Women’s Elite Category

NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra to Present Six Reebok Spartan Races in 2015

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 20, 2015 – NBC Sports Group kicks off its coverage of the 2015 Reebok Spartan Race season tomorrow at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the Montana Beast from Bigfork, Montana. Widely recognized as one of the most challenging courses of the year, more than 3,500 athletes from around the world participated in the race, which traversed 5.2 miles and 24 obstacles across the hills of northwest Montana.

Highlights include a neck-and-neck battle between 20-time Spartan Race winner Rose Wetzel and 2013 Spartan Race women’s world champion Amelia Boone, as Boone returns to competition for the first time since suffering a season-ending ACL injury last year. In addition, the show features a compelling contest between men’s elite competitors John Yatsko, Matt Novakovich and Glenn Racz.

Click here for a preview: http://www.nbcsports.com/spartan-race-season-returns-montana-beast.

Veteran host and play-by-play announcer Sal Masekela will call the action for all 2015 Spartan Race broadcasts on NBC and NBCSN. Masekela will be joined by field reporter Christmas Abbott.

NBC and NBCSN will telecast five additional Reebok Spartan Races during the 2015 season. Following the success of its debut season, the Spartan Race Series returns with new obstacles, new race locations, and more of the world’s best athletes competing for $500,000 in cash and prizes, and the title of 2015 Reebok Spartan Race World Champion. During each telecast, viewers will be provided a front-row seat to competitors tackling a gauntlet of obstacles, including fire jumps, aerial traverses over water, challenging rope climbs and barbed wire crawls.

REEBOK SPARTAN RACE TELEVISION SCHEDULE

DATE RACE LOCATION NETWORK TIME (ET)
Tues., July 21 Kalispell, MT NBCSN 11 p.m.
Tues., August 18 Breckenridge, CO NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., September 15 Palmerton, PA NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., October 13 Washougal, WA NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., November 17 Vernon, NJ NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., December 20 Lake Tahoe, CA NBC 3 p.m.

 

All races shown on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. For more info, click here: http://stream.nbcsports.com/liveextra/

Encore presentations of Reebok Spartan Races will be available on NBCSN, NBC Sports Regional Sports Networks, and Universal Sports Network.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “TOUR PASS” – JULY 20

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 20, 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 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 16 Bourg-de-Péage to Gap, and interviews with overall race leader Chris Froome, and stage runner up and green jersey wearer Peter Sagan. In addition, coverage will include a new ‘Ask Bobke’ segment as analyst Bob Roll answers questions submitted by fans on Facebook.

NBCSN presents rest day coverage tomorrow, Tuesday July 21, at 8 p.m. ET with highlights from stages 10-16.

Live coverage continues Wednesday, July 22, at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 17 from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup.

Date Time Coverage Network
Mon., July 20 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Stage 16: Bourg-de-Péage to Gap (Tour Primetime) NBCSN
Tues., July 21 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN
Wed., July 22 8:00 a.m. – Noon Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup (LIVE) 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.

— NBC Sports Group —

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.”

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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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