Monday night marked the debut of classic NASCAR races on NBCSN and it wasn’t a good night for Bill Elliott, who lost on the final lap of the 2003 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Don’t worry, tonight will be better for Elliott with the airing of the 2002 Brickyard 400 – a race he won – followed by the 2005 Brickyard 400, won by Tony Stewart.
NBCSN is showing memorable Sprint Cup races that aired on NBC from 2001-2004 in anticipation of NASCAR’s return to NBC this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
Races will be shown from 7-9 p.m. ET and 9-11 p.m. ET. It’s part of NBCSN’s NASCAR block. Each night from 5 p.m. to midnight ET, NBCSN will air various NASCAR programming, including NASCAR America.
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It all leads to Saturday night’s Xfinity race on NBCSN and Sunday night’s Sprint Cup race on NBC.
Here’s the list of classic races airing this week on NBCSN:
7 – 9 p.m. – 2002 Brickyard 400 – Bill Elliott wins a race highlighted by the feud between Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer.
9 – 11 p.m. – 2005 Brickyard 400 – Tony Stewart wins for the first time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and says afterward: “If I die tomorrow or die right now, my life is complete.”
7 – 9 p.m. – 2005 Martinsville – Jeff Gordon scores an emotional victory a year after the Hendrick plane clash claimed 10 lives.
9- 11 p.m. – 2004 Brickyard 400 – Jeff Gordon joins an elite class of drivers with his fourth career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
7 – 9 p.m. – 2001 Daytona July race – Dale Earnhardt Jr. scores an emotional win in NASCAR’s first race at Daytona International Speedway since Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death there in February.
9 – 11 p.m. – 2004 Daytona 500 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins this race for the first time, coming six years to the day after his father’s lone victory in this event.