Corner the market: NASCAR returns to NBC July 4th weekend

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NASCAR on NBC

In a short amount of time, NBC Sports has filled out its front row with the big three auto-racing leagues. NBCSN (then Versus) began its IndyCar coverage in 2009, then picked up Formula One rights starting in 2013. This month, NBC is back in the NASCAR game for the first time since 2006, effectively making its networks the top destinations for race fans and giving NASCAR a cross-promotional boost with NBC’s Sunday primetime NFL games.

As part of a 10-year, $4.4 billion deal, NBC Sports airs the last 20 Sprint Cup races each season, including all of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, through 2024. NBC will air the Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami, putting the race on over-the-air TV for the first time since 2009. The second half of the XFINITY Series season also goes to NBC/NBCSN. (Camping World Truck Series races remain a FOX Sports property.) The deal also includes online and mobile streaming rights and Spanish-language coverage on Telemundo and NBC Universo.

Veteran broadcasters have signed on to NBC’s NASCAR coverage, with race announcer Rick Allen joined by analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte. Krista Voda hosts prerace and postrace shows with analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Reporting from pit road are Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

July Auto Racing On NBC Sports

All Times Eastern.

July 4
XFINITY Subway Firecracker 250 (Daytona), NBCSN
July 5
F1 British Grand Prix, CNBC
Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 (Daytona), NBC
July 10
XFINITY Kentucky 300, NBCSN
July 11
Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 (Kentucky), NBCSN
July 12
IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, NBCSN
July 18
XFINITY Lakes Region 200 (New Hampshire), NBCSN
IndyCar Iowa Corn 300, NBCSN
July 19
Sprint Cup New Hampshire 301, NBCSN
July 25
XFINITY Lilly Diabetes 250 (Indianapolis), NBC
July 26
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix, CNBC
Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis), NBCSN

2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE ON NBC SPORTS
Date/Race/Track/TV Network/Race Start Time (ET)
July 5 Coke Zero 400/Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:45pm
July 11 Quaker State 400/Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30
July 19 Camping World RV Sales 301/New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 1:30pm
July 26 Brickyard 400/Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30pm
Aug. 2 Pennsylvania 400/Pocono Raceway NBCSN 1:30pm
Aug. 9 Cheez-It 355/Watkins Glen International NBCSN 2pm
Aug. 16 Pure Michigan 400/Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2:30pm
Aug. 22 Irwin Tools Night Race/Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30pm
Sept. 6 Bojangles’ Southern 500/Darlington Raceway NBC 7pm
Sept. 12 Federated Auto Parts 400/Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30pm
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Challenger Round
Sept. 20 MyAfibStory.com 400/Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3pm
Sept. 27 Sylvania 300/New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2pm
Oct. 4 AAA 400/Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2:30pm
Contender Round
Oct. 10 Bank of America 500/Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 7pm
Oct. 18 Hollywood Casino 400/Kansas Speedway NBC 2:15pm
Oct. 25 Geico 500/Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN 2:30pm
Eliminator Round
Nov. 1 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500/Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1:15pm
Nov. 8 AAA Texas 500/Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2pm
Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500/Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30pm
Championship Round
Nov. 22 Ford EcoBoost 400/Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 3pm

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE ON NBC SPORTS
Date/Race/Track/TV Network/Race Start Time (ET)

July 4 Subway Firecracker 250/Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30pm
July 10 Kentucky 300/Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30pm
July 18 Sta-Green 200/New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4pm
July 25 Lilly Diabetes 250/Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBC 3:30pm
Aug. 1 U.S. Cellular 250/Iowa Speedway NBCSN 8pm
Aug. 8 Zippo 200/Watkins Glen International NBCSN 3pm
Aug. 15 Mid-Ohio 200/Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBCSN 3:30pm
Aug. 21 Food City 300/Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30pm
Aug. 29 Road America 200/Road America NBCSN 3pm
Sept. 5 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200/Darlington Raceway NBC 3:30pm
Sept. 11 Virginia529 College Savings 250/Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30pm
Sept. 19 Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300/Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 6pm
Sept. 26 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300/Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8pm
Oct. 3 Dover 200/Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3:30pm
Oct. 9 Drive for the Cure 300/Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8pm
Oct. 17 Kansas Lottery 300/Kansas Speedway NBCSN 4pm
Nov. 7 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge/Texas Motor Speedway NBC 3:30pm
Nov. 14 Phoenix 200/Phoenix International Raceway NBCSN 4pm
Nov. 21 Ford EcoBoost 300/Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:45pm

Photo: Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images

2 Comments

  1. Yeah right, I am going to spend hours watching cars go round and round an oval track while I drink myself blind? Hey sounds like fun, I am in! Yeehaw!

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