NBCSN celebrating 2016 season with special NASCAR America episodes

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NBC Sports will celebrate the 2016 season and their second year back covering NASCAR with 30-minute special editions of NASCAR America.

NBCSN will air seven episodes beginning Friday, December 16 with a look at the memorable wins, interviews, and storylines from this past season.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the upcoming episodes:

Champions of 2016 Features segments on record-tying seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, first time Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez and Camping World Truck series champion Johnny Sauter. Highlights also include a look at K&N Pro Series and Whelen All American Series winners and a Tony Stewart goodbye in true “Tony” fashion.

Behind the Wheel – Looks back at some of the most riveting interviews conducted by NASCAR on NBC’s production team throughout the season, including Steve Letarte’s conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. about his future in NASCAR.

Legend Tony Stewart – Celebrates Stewart’s career and tremendous impact on the sport of NASCAR. From Stewart’s final championship in 2011 to qualifying for this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR on NBC’s on-air team shares their favorite memories and moments from the three-time Champion’s storied career.

Memorable Wins of 2016 – Examines the most impressive victories of 2016. From Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating win in Charlotte to Kyle Larson’s first Sprint Cup victory in Michigan and Jimmie Johnson’s championship run in Miami. NBCSN relives the 2016 victories that took our breath away.

NASCAR Top Moments of 2016 – Counts down the most impressive moments of 2016, from Denny Hamlin’s incredible Daytona 500 win to Jimmie Johnson’s come-from-behind championship victory in Miami.

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition – Examines the radio scanner audio from the November 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup championship race in Miami.

NASCAR Best of Scan All – Highlights the best radio scanner moments of the 2016 season, including the wildest wrecks, the worst tempers, and the wackiest moments.

The TV schedule is as follows:

Fri., December 16

Stories of NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart

5:00 PM

Stories of NASCAR Memorable Wins of 2016

5:30 PM

Sat., December 17

Stories of NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart

2:00 AM

Stories of NASCAR Memorable Wins of 2016

2:30 AM

Tue., December 20

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition

5:00 PM

NASCAR Best of Scan All

5:30 PM

Stories of NASCAR Champions of 2016

6:00 PM

NASCAR Top Moments of 2016

6:30 PM

Wed., December 21

Stories of NASCAR Behind the Wheel

2:30 PM

Thur., January 5

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition

5:00 PM

NASCAR Best of Scan All

5:30 PM

Stories of NASCAR Champions of 2016

6:00 PM

Fri., January 6

Stories of NASCAR Behind the Wheel

5:00 PM

Stories of NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart

5:30 PM

Mon., January 9

Stories of NASCAR Memorable Wins of 2016

5:00 PM

NASCAR Top Moments of 2016

5:30 PM

Tue., January 10

Stories of NASCAR Champions of 2016

5:00 PM

Stories of NASCAR Behind the Wheel

5:30 PM

Wed., January 11

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition

5:00 PM

NASCAR Best of Scan All

5:30 PM

NASCAR America: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. talks Phoenix finish, racing roots

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. joins NASCAR America to go over his fourth-place finish at Phoenix Raceway.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver also shares his racing origins in Mississippi and the hobbies he and girlfriend Danica Patrick share with each other.

Stenhouse is in his fifth full-time year competing in the NASCAR Cup Series with Roush Fenway Racing.

NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: Alaska

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NASCAR America continues its journey through the United States with the second chapter in “50 States in 50 Shows.”

Following South Alabama Speedway, the show features Capitol Speedway and Alaska Raceway Park in Alaska.

Owned by Nancy and Wes Wallace, Capitol Speedway is a 3/8th-mile oval and features sprint car racing and demolition derbies.

 

Kevin Harvick crew chief fined, suspended one race for encumbered finish

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Kevin Harvick‘s crew chief, Rodney Childers, has been suspended for one NASCAR Cup Series race and fined $25,000 for an unapproved track bar slider assembly last weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

The penalty, a L1 infraction, results in an encumbered finish. Harvick placed sixth in the Camping World 500.

The No. 4 team has also been docked 10 driver and owner points. Harvick was seventh in the standings after four races. He trailed leader Kyle Larson by 61 points. The loss of points drops Harvick one spot to eighth behind Jamie McMurray.

Harvick has not won a race yet, which would qualify him for the playoffs.

MORE: Brad Keselowski closes crew chief for three races, team docked 35 driver points

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NASCAR docks Brad Keselowski, Team Penske 35 points; suspends crew chief Paul Wolfe

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NASCAR docked Brad Keselowski 35 points, suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races and fined Wolfe $65,000 because Keselowski’s car failed inspection after finishing fifth in last weekend’s race at Phoenix Raceway.

NASCAR also docked the team 35 owner points for the L1 infraction. NASCAR stated that Keselowski’s result is an encumbered finish.

NASCAR cited Keselowski’s car for failing weights and measurements on the laser platform. NASCAR stated in Wednesday’s penalty report that the team failed the rear wheel steer on the Laser Inspection Station. 

MORE: NASCAR suspends crew chief Rodney Childers one race

Team Penske issued a statement Wednesday:

“We have acknowledged the penalties levied against the No. 2 team following last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.  The race cars returned to the race shop today and we are in the process of evaluating the area in question. In the meantime, we have decided Brian Wilson will serve as Brad Keselowski’s crew chief at Auto Club Speedway while we evaluate our approach relative to today’s penalties.”

The penalty drops Keselowski from second in the standings to fourth heading into this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway.

The more significant issue is how this could impact Keselowski, who already has a win, in the playoffs.

The top 10 in points before the playoffs begin earn additional points. The points leader earns 15 playoff points. The driver second in the standings earns 10 playoff points, the driver third in the standings earns eight playoff points, the driver fourth in the standings earns seven playoff points. It goes down to the driver 10th in the standings earning one playoff point.

Those playoff points carry through the first three rounds, which is different from last year. Falling behind in the regular season – or losing points because of a penalty – could have ramifications in the playoffs. 

“I think it’s real important to explain why points matter this year,” Keselowski said on Fox Sports 1’s “Race Hub” on Wednesday night. “Last year, you got a win and you locked in and you got to the next round. This year with points, you still lock in with wins. The difference is there’s a huge points bonus for having the most points at the end of the season that carries all the way through the playoffs, and you only get that bonus if you’re one of the best cars and leading up front at the end of the regular season, which requires having a lot of points. Thirty-five points is a pretty big deal, and so is 10 points for Kevin (Harvick) and his team.”

 

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