Talladega’s Sprint Cup Race Cuts the Field of 12 Drivers Down to Eight
Steve Letarte Discusses the Essential Role of Spotters at “Dega” with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Spotter TJ Majors
Ken Squier Tells the Story of NASCAR’s Biggest and Baddest Track
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 21, 2015 – NBCSN presents the second elimination race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Playoffs this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Four Cup drivers will see their dreams of a 2015 Championship destroyed, as the field of 12 drivers is cut down to eight. With only five races left before the Championship in Miami, the weekend will inevitably present hard, fast and passionate racing from the track known for mammoth, multi-car crashes.
Before the green flag falls, Steve Letarte talks with his old teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and spotter TJ Majors. Because of its inevitable mass collisions, nowhere else are spotters more important than the 2.66-mile track. Majors sheds light on his methods and strategy going into, potentially, their most pivotal race of the year.
In addition, Rutledge Wood catches up with honorary pace car driver and multi-platinum selling artist, Eric Church before his lap around NASCAR’s longest oval. Nominated for five CMA awards, including Single of the Year for “Talladega,” Church will lead the drivers to the green flag on Sunday.
NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton joins Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett during NASCAR America Sunday to discuss the 2015 Playoffs and what lies ahead in the final five races of the season.
Programming also includes legendary NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier returning to voice a special feature on the 500 most dangerous miles on the NASCAR circuit. Known for its “Big One” crashes, Squier examines the biggest collisions in the track’s history and predicts what might transpire in Sunday’s pressure-filled race.
NBCSN PRESENTS ELIMINATION RACING FROM TALLADEGA SPEEDWAY
Rick Allen calls this weekend’s Sprint Cup action from NASCAR’s most competitive track alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton. Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett host NASCAR America trackside along with pre- and post- race coverage. Features reporter Rutledge Wood ventures around the nearly 2,000-acre site, adding color and perspective to the dynamic race environment.
NBCSN’s coverage from “The Heart of Dixie” kicks off this Friday with the first practice at 2 p.m. ET followed by final practice at 4:30 p.m. ET. NASCAR America wraps up the day at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying takes over Saturday’s coverage at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Race day Sunday begins at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a special hour and a half edition of NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings followed by Countdown to Green Served by Sonic pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. ET. Coverage includes Burton’s lap around “Dega” from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. The green flag falls on the final round of 12 race at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage wraps up with the post-race show at 6 p.m. ET followed by NASCAR Victory Lap at 6:30 p.m. ET.
|Thur., October 22||NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N – All American||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Whelen Series – Thompson||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., October 23||Formula 1 Practice – Austin||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N – All American||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Talladega||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Formula 1 Practice – Austin||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Talladega||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., October 24||Formula 1 Qualifying – Austin||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Talladega||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Talladega (Encore)||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., October 25||NASCAR America||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Race – Talladega||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|The Post Race Show||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Victory Lap||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Formula 1 – Austin||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES THE NASCAR PLAYOFFS WITH QUICKEN LOANS’ WEEKLY PLAYOFF GRID CHALLENGE
Fans still have a chance to win big throughout the NASCAR playoffs including a chance to have their mortgage paid for a year by Quicken Loans in the Weekly Playoff Grid Challenge. As the NASCAR playoff field narrows, fans can enter before each race who they think will be the top three finishers each week. By filling out their predictions, fans are entered to win weekly prizes including a Roku streaming player and NBC Sports prize packs. Each correct top three prediction earns an entrant a point, and at the end of the 10 races the fan with the most points will receive mortgage payments for an entire year from Quicken Loans.
MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
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