NBC Sports travels to NASCAR’s fastest track this weekend with live coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumer Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., this Sunday, August 11, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. This weekend’s live NASCAR coverage also features Xfinity Series racing from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, this Saturday, August 10, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Entering Sunday’s Cup Series race at Michigan, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, leads the regular season standings with 851 points and 4 wins, followed by Joey Logano (838 points, 2 wins) and Kevin Harvick (777 points, 1 win). They will battle against Denny Hamlin (771 points, 3 wins), Martin Truex Jr. (753 points, 4 wins) and Michigan native Brad Keselowski (728 points, 3 wins). Harvick won last year’s August race at Michigan. Logano won the pole and took the checkered flag at this season’s first Michigan race in June.
Last weekend, Chase Elliott became just the fifth driver in NASCAR history to win back-to-back races at Watkins Glen. This was Elliott’s second win of the season and fifth career win.
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM MICHIGAN – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage begins Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET with the first practice on NBCSN, followed by qualifying at 5 p.m. ET and NASCAR America Fan Friday will return Friday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN live from Michigan International Speedway. The program will originate from the Peacock Pit Box amongst the fans at Michigan and will include numerous driver interviews.
Coverage continues Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET on CNBC with the second practice for the Cup Series and shifts to streaming coverage of the final practice at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Sunday’s race-day coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with NASCAR America live from the Peacock Pit Box on Pit Road followed by Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Live coverage of the Consumer Energy 400 begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Wrapping up race-day coverage, NBCSN will present a half-hour post-race show at 6 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR Victory Lap at 6:30 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ lead race announcer Rick Allen will call the action alongside 21-time Cup Series winner Jeff Burton. Daytona 500 winning crew chief Steve Letarte and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will provide commentary from a second booth.
NBC Sports’ NASCAR pre-race host Krista Voda, auto racing icon Kyle Petty, and NBC analyst and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett will host NASCAR America as well as all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, and Parker Kligerman will provide commentary and interviews from pit-road.
Host Danielle Trotta, NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan and motorsport analyst and current driver AJ Allmendinger will host Victory Lap, taking calls from fans and discussing the biggest stories of the race weekend.
XFINITY SERIES RACING MID OHIO – SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports’ Xfinity Series coverage from Mid-Ohio begins Friday with first practice at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 4 p.m. ET which will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Race day coverage kicks off Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET with qualifying, followed by live Xfinity Series racing at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Tyler Reddick (889 points, 3 wins), Christopher Bell (857 points, and 5 wins) and Cole Custer (790 points, 5 wins) are the top three drivers in the Xfinity Series. Austin Cindric earned his first career Xfinity Series win at Watkins Glen last weekend on NBC.
DAVE MARCIS FEATURED GUEST ON DALE JR. DOWNLOAD TODAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Today’s episode of the Dale Jr. Download at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature NASCAR legend Dave Marcis. Marcis’ career spanned five decades earning him five wins and 222 top ten finishes. They will discuss his land speed records, his on-track encounters with Dale Earnhardt Sr., and the influence he had on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career. Click here to watch a preview of today’s episode.
Produced on-site at Dirty Mo Media Studios in Mooresville, N.C., the Dale Jr. Download on NBCSN takes viewers couch-side for the taping of the motorsports icon’s weekly podcast, featuring unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and insight that fans have come to expect from Dale Jr.
NASCAR AMERICA MOTORMOUTHS AIRS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN; ARIC ALMIROLA JOINS WEDNESDAY’S SHOW
NBC Sports will present a pair of NASCAR America Motormouths programs this Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, highlighted by special guest Aric Almirola on Wednesday’s program. Coming off battling for points in Watkins Glen, tomorrow’s episode of NASCAR America Motormouths at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature special guest Aric Almirola. The winning Cup Series driver will join Rutledge Wood and Kyle Petty to answer fan questions and discuss current topics in NASCAR. Motormouths are all about the viewers, providing regular opportunities for fans to call in to NASCAR America and speak with hosts, analysts, and a rotation of current drivers live on NBCSN.
JACKPOT FOR “NASCAR PICK ‘EM” FREE-TO-PLAY GAME ON NBC SPORTS PREDICTOR APP AT $10,000 FOR MICHIGAN
NBC Sports has launched the free-to-play NASCAR Pick ’Em game, where fans can win upwards of $10,000 by making the right picks for each week’s NASCAR Cup Series race. Last week, a whopping 18 players recorded perfect scores and split the $20,000 jackpot. The jackpot now returns to $10,000 for this weekend’s race at Michigan.
- For each race stage, pick the driver that will have the best finish from a group of four drivers.
- Then, out of the entire field, pick which drivers will finish the race in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place – in exact order.
NBC SPORTS AND NASCAR #MYTRACKMYROOTS GRASSROOTS RACING TOUR
NBC Sports and NASCAR have partnered to launch the #MyTrackMyRoots Grassroots Racing Tour – a grassroots initiative which celebrates and promotes local tracks across America that have launched the dreams and careers of NASCAR drivers and continue to cultivate a passion for racing in their local communities.
Current and former drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Gander Outdoor Truck Series will join with NBC Sports and NASCAR to spearhead a nationwide initiative to visit and promote more than 500 local tracks across the country over the next four months. Click here for more details.
Following is this week’s NASCAR programming across NBC Sports:
|Tues., August 6||NASCAR America Dale Jr. Download||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed., August 7||NASCAR America Motormouths w/ Aric Almirola||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thur., August 8||NASCAR America Motormouths||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., August 9||NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Michigan||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice – Mid Ohio||1:30 p.m.||Streaming|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice – Mid Ohio||4 p.m.||Streaming|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Michigan||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America Fan Friday||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., August 10||NASCAR Cup Series Second Practice - Michigan||8:30 a.m.||CNBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Michigan||11:30 a.m.||Streaming|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – Mid Ohio||11:30 a.m.||Streaming|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – Mid Ohio||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-Race Show||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 21||NASCAR America Pre-Race||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Consumer Energy 400||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Victory Lap||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE
The official home of the NASCAR Playoffs, NBC Sports will present the final 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events in 2019. NBC Sports’ NASCAR programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show NASCAR America, coverage of NASCAR’s Awards Ceremonies, the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as well as original programming specials.
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