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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to make NBC Sports debut with Super Bowl, Olympics coverage

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 15-time most popular driver, will make his debut as a member of the NBC family with the network’s coverage of next month’s Super Bowl and the winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Earnhardt, who just retired after 18 full-time seasons in the Cup Series, will be part of NBC’s pre-game coverage of the Feb. 4 Super Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While there, Earnhardt will take part in outdoor events and activities taking place in city leading up to kickoff.

Earnhardt will then travel to PyeongChang, where he will explore the culture, people, and traditions in South Korea and experience the Olympics first hand. Earnhardt will visit the speed skating venue at Gangneung Ice Arena, and through the lens of a racer will view the speed, close contact, and tight turns on the speed skating oval.

Following a recent invite on social media from the U.S. bobsled team, Earnhardt will also travel to the Alpensia Sliding Center where he will get to ride in an Olympic bobsled.

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games begin Feb. 8.

“I’m excited to get to work with my new NBC family,” Earnhardt said in a press release. “Beginning with two huge events like the Super Bowl and Olympics, right out of the gate, should be quite the introduction. I’m looking forward to raising the profile of NASCAR, and all that we’re going to be doing during the 2018 season.”

Earnhardt will be an analyst on NBC’s coverage of the NASCAR season. The NBC portion of the Cup schedule begins July 1 at Chicagoland Speedway on NBCSN.

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NBC video: Are NASCAR drivers athletes? Denny Hamlin explains why

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It’s one of the most asked questions in NASCAR: Are drivers really athletes?

Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and several others are featured in this NBC Sports digital short video.

“NASCAR drivers are all athletes,” Hamlin said emphatically.

He points out that with temperatures often over 100 degrees inside a car, drivers can lose up to 10 pounds of sweat during the course of a race, and drivers also maintain the same heart rate as marathon runners.

By the numbers: NBC’s return to NASCAR logged plenty of hours, miles

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It was a busy 20-plus weeks that marked NBC’s return to NASCAR coverage in 2015.

To mark Friday’s official end of the season – the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards banquet (to be televised at 9 pm ET from Las Vegas on NBCSN) – the NBC Sports Group on Monday put out a release that presented some rather interesting numbers of the season that was:

2: NASCAR champions crowned on NBC

19: NASCAR Xfinity Series races on NBC and NBCSN

20: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN

21: Consecutive weeks of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series race coverage

22: States visited while providing Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series race coverage

363: Total hours of live trackside coverage across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC

206: Total hours of non-trackside NASCAR coverage on NBCSN

569: Total hours of NASCAR programming in 2015

3,370: NASCAR Xfinity Series race laps covered on NBC and NBCSN

4,559.75: Total miles of NASCAR Xfinity Series races on NBC and NBCSN

5,696: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race laps covered on NBC and NBCSN

7,548.21: Total miles of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN

15,196: Miles traveled by NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR mobile production convoy covering races on NBC and NBCSN

84,000: Unique users who watched 2015 Sprint Cup Championship from Miami on NBC Sports Live Extra

12,400,000: Number of TV viewers watching as Kyle Busch captured the Ford EcoBoost 400 checkered flag and the 2015 Sprint Cup Championship on NBC

 

Watch Live: Tony Stewart press conference today at 1 pm ET

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If you’re a big Tony Stewart fan, or are just curious about what today’s 1 pm ET press conference will be about, you can catch it live on NBC Sports’ Livestream.

Click here to get access to the live stream.

 

Do what you want: NASCAR returns to NBC, NBCSN on July 4th weekend (Video)

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You can do whatever you want to celebrate the Fourth of July next month. Shoot fireworks, eat a hot dog or read a good book.

You can also watch the return of NASCAR racing to the NBC family of networks. It starts July 4th weekend when NASCAR returns to Daytona International Speedway. Kickoff the weekend with the Xfinity Series’ Subway Firecracker 250 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 4th on NBCSN.

Then the big show, the Sprint Cup Series’ Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, airs at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, July 5th on NBC.