Kyle Busch‘s crew chief Adam Stevens joins the program to talk about the high spirits among the team and how he has full confidence heading to Miami because he can feel the Joe Gibbs Racing family fully backing them.
In a season that has featured a scuffle on pit road at ISM Raceway, drivers beating and banging after the All-Star Race and three Cup races going to overtime, including the Daytona 500, NBC Sports is ready to bring you the final 10 Cup races of the regular season and then the 10 playoff races.
The intensity is just picking up.
The excitement continued through the rest of the regular season and on to the playoffs where NBC Sports was there for the inaugural Cup race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval and the dramatic finish that saw Jimmie Johnson crash into leader Martin Truex Jr. in the final chicane and Ryan Blaney going from third to the victory.
NBC Sports’ Cup coverage last year ended with Joey Logano’s win in Miami to claim not only the race but the championship.
NBC Sports will be there to bring you all the action the rest of the season for the Cup and Xfinity Series, beginning this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway on NBCSN.
Earnhardt, Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton are back with Rick Allen in the booth. Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman will again be reporting from pit road. Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett and Nate Ryan will set the day’s activities each race weekend. And also at the track will be Rutledge Wood, who will tell some of the unique stories of the weekend.
Get ready to catch all the action on NBCSN and NBC.
Here is when you can see the rest of the Cup and Xfinity seasons:
(All times Eastern)
June 30 — Chicagoland (3 p.m., NBCSN)
July 6 — Daytona (7:30 p.m., NBC)
July 13 — Kentucky (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
July 21 — New Hampshire (3 p.m., NBCSN)
July 28 — Pocono (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Aug. 4 — Watkins Glen (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Aug. 11 — Michigan (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Aug. 17 — Bristol (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Sept. 1 — Darlington (6 p.m. NBCSN)
Sept. 8 — Indianapolis (2 p.m., NBC)
Sept. 15 — Las Vegas (7 p.m., NBCSN)
Sept. 21 — Richmond (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Sept. 29 — Charlotte Roval (2:30 p.m., NBC)
Oct. 6 — Dover (2:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Oct. 13 — Talladega (2 p.m., NBC)
Oct. 20 — Kansas (2:30 p.m., NBC)
Oct. 27 — Martinsville (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Nov. 3 — Texas (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Nov. 10 — Phoenix (2:30 p.m., NBC)
Nov. 17 — Miami (3 p.m., NBC)
(All times Eastern)
June 29 — Chicagoland (3:30 p.m., NBCSN)
July 5 — Daytona (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
July 12 — Kentucky (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
July 20 — New Hampshire (4 p.m., NBCSN)
July 27 — Iowa (5 p.m., NBCSN)
Aug. 3 — Watkins Glen (3 p.m., NBC)
Aug. 10 — Mid-Ohio (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Aug. 16 — Bristol (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Aug. 24 — Road America (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Aug. 31 — Darlington (4 p.m., NBC)
Sept. 7 — Indianapolis (4 p.m., NBCSN)
Sept. 14 — Las Vegas (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Sept. 20 — Richmond (7:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Sept. 28 — Charlotte Roval (3:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Oct. 5 — Dover (3 p.m., NBCSN)
Oct. 19 — Kansas (3 p.m., NBC)
Nov. 2 — Texas (8:30 p.m., NBCSN)
Nov. 9 — Phoenix (3:30 p.m., NBC)
Nov. 16 — Miami (3:30 p.m. NBCSN)
This week’s NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings were thrown into disarray.
The culprit? The first road course race of the year.
While Martin Truex Jr. is the unanimous leader of the power rankings after his fourth win of the year Sunday at Sonoma, there are six new drivers in the top 10 from the last Cup ranking after Michigan.
Another of the new additions is Ross Chastain, who earned his second Truck Series win at Gateway a week after an inspection failure took a win away in Iowa.
1. Martin Truex Jr. (40 points): Has matched his 2018 win total with four wins over the last eight races. The only driver with multiple wins in that stretch. Last time: 3rd
2. Kyle Busch (36 points): Scored his fourth consecutive top-five finish but couldn’t catch teammate Martin Truex Jr. at the end at Sonoma. Last time: Tie for 1st
3. Denny Hamlin (26 points): Has not finished worse than 11th in the last three races and scored the most points at Sonoma. Last time: Not ranked
4. Joey Logano (21 points): Despite an alternator issue and a 23rd-place finish at Sonoma, still has seven top 10s in the last nine races and leads the points. Last time: Tie for 1st
5. Kevin Harvick (20 points): Lacked winning Sonoma speed of past three years but at least put together a strong sixth-place finish. Last time: Not ranked (was in others receiving votes).
6. Ryan Blaney (15 points): Earned first top five since Bristol and his second straight top five on a road course. Last time: Not ranked
7. Matt DiBenedetto (12 points): As the whispers about his Cup future begin to swirl again, his first career top five was a statement. Last time: Not ranked
8. Ryan Newman (11 points): Seventh-place finish was his second top 10 in a row. He’s completed all but eight laps this season to rank third in most laps run (behind only Busch and Logano). Last time: Not ranked
(tie) 9. Tyler Reddick (9 points): Xfinity didn’t race last weekend but stays in the top 10 as numerous Cup drivers had off days at Sonoma. Last time: Tie for 6th
(tie) 9. Ross Chastain (9 points): His watermelon smash counted in Gateway when his winning truck passed inspection, giving him two wins this year. Previously: Unranked in normal Cup power rankings, but ranked 4th in Xfinity/Trucks ranking.
It has been a very, very long time since Jimmie Johnson visited Victory Lane in the Cup Series.
It’s been two seasons and three races since Johnson won at Dover International Speedway in June 2017.
But it’s been even longer since Johnson enjoyed a victory at Chicagoland Speedway. In fact, Johnson’s lone win on the 1.5-mile track came in its inaugural Xfinity race in 2001. It is his only win in the Xfinity Series.
Yes, Johnson, the seven-time champion and 83-time Cup winner has not won at Chicago in NASCAR’s premier series.
It is one of three active Cup tracks he has multiple starts at that he has yet to win on, including Watkins Glen and Kentucky.
But there’s multiple reasons being winless at Chicago probably rubs Johnson the wrong way and why ending his winless streak would be made sweeter.
For one, he’s pretty good there.
Johnson has made 17 Cup starts at Chicagoland since 2002. He has led a track-record 695 laps. The next highest total for a winless driver at Chicagoland is Kurt Busch with 124 laps led.
Johnson’s total is the eight highest among Cup drivers who have the most laps led at a track without a win. At least Johnson doesn’t have to worry about being winless at Martinsville after leading 1,986 laps, as is the case with Bobby Allison.
Johnson has been close to winning in Chicago. He has earned three runner-up results there with the most recent coming in 2012 after he led 172 laps from the pole.
His most recent solid outing there came in 2016 when he started eighth and led 118 laps before he finished 12th.
Should Johnson break through Sunday, it would mark the longest winless streak that was snapped in Chicago.
The longest snapped streak belongs to David Reutimann, who ended a 42-race winless streak in 2010.
Why should Johnson feel confident about his prospects this weekend?
While he’s finished 12th or worse in the last three races, he enters the weekend with the longest active streak of top 10s on 1.5-mile tracks with three. That’s one more than Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott and Chris Buescher.
He was sixth in the Coca-Cola 600 two weeks after he finished eighth at Kansas Speedway. The streak began at Texas Motor Speedway in March, where he started from the pole, led 60 laps and finished second in Stage 1 before eventually placing fifth.
NASCAR returns to the NBC family this weekend as all three national series travel to Chicagoland Speedway.
Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series teams are at the same track for the first time since Dover at the start of May.
Here are the preliminary entry lists for all three series.
Cup – Camping World 400 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)
There are 38 cars entered.
Garrett Smithley is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevrolet.
Quin Houff is entered in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet.
There are no drivers listed for Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 and No. 52 cars.
Xfinity – Camping World 300 (3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)
There are 41 cars entered. Three cars will not make the race.
Zane Smith is entered in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet.
Riley Herbst will make his fourth start in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota.
Jeffrey Earnhardt is entered in XCI Racing’s No. 81 Toyota.
Trucks – Camping World 225 (9 p.m. ET Friday on FS1)
There are 33 trucks entered. One truck will not make the race.
Dylan Lupton will make his season debut with DGR-Crosley in the No. 5 Toyota.
Tyler Ankrum is back in DGR-Crosley’s No. 17 Toyota.
Brandon Jones is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.
There is no driver listed with Reaume Brothers Racing’s No. 32 Toyota.