NBC SPORTS GROUP REVS UP NASCAR CONTENT AS LIVE RACING RETURNS TO THE PEACOCK

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STAMFORD, Conn. – June 28, 2016 – NBC Sports Group launches its NASCAR racing season this week with over 45 hours of NASCAR programing, highlighted by Saturday’s presentation of the Coke Zero 400 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Following up a successful 2015 campaign that fueled NBCSN to viewership milestones, NBC Sports Group shifts into high gear, super serving fans with 19 hours of trackside coverage from Daytona International Speedway, and 13 hours of NASCAR news, highlights and interviews with NASCAR America.

All of NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage is available to stream on NBCSports.com and via the NBC Sports app. The NBC Sports app is powered by Playmaker Media, and is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

NBC SPORTS COKE ZERO 400 RACE COVERAGE FROM DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Rick Allen calls this weekend’s action alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton. Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett host NASCAR America from the “The Sunshine State” along with all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns report and conduct interviews from pit road, the garages and throughout the infield. NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan handles breaking news and features reporter Rutledge Wood delivers the fan experience and stories surrounding Daytona’s mystique.

NBCSN’s Sprint Cup coverage from Daytona kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday with on-site NASCAR America coverage from Daytona International Speedway’s Fan Zone. Sprint Cup first practice begins at 3 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 5 p.m. ET, both presented on NBCSN. Friday’s Sprint Cup coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN with qualifying from the superspeedway.

NBC Sports’ Saturday race day coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America live from the front stretch of the 2.5-mile track. Pre-race coverage shifts over to NBC at 7 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green and race coverage begins at 7:45 p.m. ET. After the checkered flag falls, trackside coverage wraps up on NBCSN with the post-race show at 11 p.m. ET and an on-site addition of Victory Lap at 11:30 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’S XFINITY SERIES SUBWAY FIRECRACKER 250 COVERAGE FROM DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

XFINITY series coverage from Florida begins Thursday with first practice at 2 p.m. ET followed by final practice at 4 p.m. ET. Race day kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. ET with qualifying, prior to pre-race Countdown to Green coverage at 7 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s first XFINITY race of 2016 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the post-race show at 10 p.m. ET.

NASCAR RACING RETURNS TO NBC – MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW AT 2:30 P.M. ET

NBC Sports Group’s lead NASCAR broadcast team of race announcer Rick Allen and analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, pre- and post-race analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett, as well as Executive Producer Sam Flood, preview the 2016 launch of NASCAR on NBC over Independence Day weekend on a conference call tomorrow, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Join them for a discussion about NBC Sports’ upcoming broadcast plans and storylines heading into Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 and the remainder of the 2016 season. Dial 719-457-2697 to participate and enter meeting ID 7154619.

Click here for more information on tomorrow’s media conference call.

NBCSN PRESENTS #NASCARTHOWBACK TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET

NBCSN presents #NASCARThowback, the ultimate NASCAR viewing party tomorrow, June 29th at 8 p.m. ET. The first completely interactive on-air race, fans can tweet using #NASCARThrowback and potentially see their tweets, and those of their favorite drivers, featured on air. The tweets will be pulled into NBCSN’s broadcast live and featured alongside the race allowing viewers a glimpse into what drivers and other viewers were thinking as cars edged their way around the 2.5 mile tri-oval fifteen years ago.

Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s #NASCARThowback race.

BLAKE SHELTON PERFORMS NEW OPENING THEME FOR NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE

Country music superstar and coach of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series The Voice, Blake Shelton, returns to perform NBC Sports Group’s 2016 NASCAR on NBC opening theme song. This year’s Open includes an all-new look and presentation, including updated lyrics for Shelton’s hit “Bringing Back the Sunshine.” An advanced look at the Open, prior to its debut on NBC Saturday night, is available on NASCAR on NBC’s Facebook page and NBC Sports Group’s YouTube page.

Click here for more information on Blake Shelton’s new NASCAR on NBC Open.

UPCOMING NASCAR PROGRAMMING

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Tue. June 28 NASCAR America 6:00 PM NBCSN
Wed. June 29 NASCAR America (Encore) 7:00 AM NBCSN
  NASCAR America (Encore) 8:00 AM NBCSN
  NASCAR America 6:00 PM NBCSN
  #NASCARThrowback 8:00 PM NBCSN
  #NASCARThrowback (Encore) 10:00 PM NBCSN
Thur. June 30 NASCAR America (Encore) 7:00 AM NBCSN
  NASCAR America (Encore) 8:00 AM NBCSN
  NASCAR America (Encore) 12:00 PM NBCSN
  NASCAR America 1:00 PM NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Practice – Daytona 2:00 PM NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Practice – Daytona 3:00 PM NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Final Practice – Daytona 4:00 PM NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Daytona 5:00 PM NBCSN
  NASCAR America 6:00 PM NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Practice – Daytona (Encore) 8:00 PM NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Final Practice – Daytona (Encore) 9:00 PM NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Daytona (Encore) 10:00 PM NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Sonoma* 11:00 PM NBCSN
Fri. July 1 Scan All Special 2:30 AM NBCSN
  NASCAR America (Encore) 7:00 AM NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Final Practice – Daytona (Encore) 12:00 PM NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Daytona (Encore) 1:00 PM NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Qualifying – Daytona 2:00 PM NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Daytona 4:00 PM NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:00 PM NBCSN
  Subway Firecracker 250 7:30 PM NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Post-Race Show 10:00 PM NBCSN
  Building 43 (Encore) 10:30 PM NBCSN
Sat. July 1 Building 43 (Encore) 2:00 PM NBCSN
  NASCAR America Saturday 6:30 PM NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:00 PM NBC
  Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 7:45 PM NBC
  Sprint Cup Post Race Show 11:00 PM NBCSN
  Victory Lap 11:30 PM NBCSN
Sun. July 2 NASCAR: The List Greatest Finishes 2:30 AM NBCSN
  NASCAR 120 3:00 PM NBCSN

In 2016, NBC Sports Group presents 20 Sprint Cup, 19 XFINITY and 37 touring series races in addition to coverage of NASCAR’s Awards Ceremonies and the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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