STAMFORD, Conn. — September 4, 2014 — As the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season races to a dramatic finish this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA is gearing up for an expanded set of 60-minute Monday shows that begins on Monday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET, and will continue each week through the 2014 playoffs. In addition, NBCSN will present a 60-minute NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase special on Thursday, September 11. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, VP of NASCAR Production for the NBC Sports Group.
“The new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, which expanded the field and introduced three shoot-out style postseason elimination rounds, has greatly increased the number of storylines and overall intrigue,” said Behnke. “We’re excited to give fans an expanded and in-depth examination of all the turning points, strategies and personalities in play each Monday throughout the remainder of the season.”
NASCAR AMERICA premiered in February, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona 500 victory and NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The weekday 30-minute news and highlights program is hosted primarily by NASCAR on NBC lead race announcer Rick Allen and features regular appearances by NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton, reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Nate Ryan, as well as guest analysts such as Kyle Petty, Bobby Labonte, Wally Dallenbach and Frank Stoddard.
Upcoming expanded episodes of NASCAR AMERICA can be found on NBCSN at the following dates and times (All times ET):
Monday, Sept. 8 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 15 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 13 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 27 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov 17 4:30-5:30 p.m.
NASCAR on NBC
On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.
With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season. The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.
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