In the debut of NBC Sports’ new NASCAR podcast, analyst Kyle Petty joins for a wide-ranging and freewheeling discussion of the major issues facing Sprint Cup entering the 2016 season.
With Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart‘s status uncertain because of a fractured back, Petty offered his view of the three-time champion’s recent stretch of misfortune. He also explained how drivers struggle to get over accidents involving death, noting his father, Richard, struggled with a 1965 drag-racing accident in which an 8-year-old fan was killed.
“He’d just leave the house for hours and walk through the woods and question whether what he was doing was what he should be doing,” Kyle Petty said.
Other topics covered in the podcast:
Does Stewart have a point that drivers need to be more outspoken to NASCAR chairman Brian France?
Who will fill the voids left by the departure of superstars Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart?
A comparison of Matt Kenseth to a wily veteran pitcher in Major League Baseball.
Why the discussion suddenly has thawed about team charters and bringing a de-facto system franchising to NASCAR.
Petty’s experience in running the day-to-day operations at Petty Enterprises … and why he might like to get back into team management.
A wonderful story about the time Lee Petty was chastised for spending too much money on a trip to New York.
A rundown of how he approaches his job on race weekends and during the week.
You can listen to the podcast by clicking below or download and subscribe to it on iTunes by clicking here.
Saturday is a busy day for NASCAR. The Cup and Craftsman Truck Series are at World Wide Technology Raceway. The Xfinity Series is at Portland International Raceway.
Cup teams will practice and qualify ahead of Saturday’s Truck race at WWT Raceway. The Xfinity Series has practice, qualifying and its race Saturday at Portland.
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Cup and Trucks)
Saturday: Sunny. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees for the start of Cup practice and climb to 89 degrees by the end of Cup qualifying. Forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 92 degrees around the start of the Truck race.
Saturday, June 3
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series
10:30 a.m. — Truck Series
10 – 10:45 a.m. — Cup practice (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Cup qualifying (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Portland International Raceway
(All times Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:38 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:46 p.m.
PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 10 a.m. … Practice begins at 11:30 a.m. … Qualifying begins at 12 p.m. … Driver introductions begin at 4:15 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Donnie Floyd of Motor Racing Outreach at 4:30 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed at 4:31 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 75 laps (147.75 miles) on the 1.97-mile road course.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 50.
STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying begins at 12 p.m. Saturday
TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 4:30 p.m. ... Coverage begins at 4 p.m. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 4 p.m. and can be heard on mrn.com. … SiriusXN NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.
FORECAST:Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 73 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: AJ Allmendinger won last year’s inaugural Xfinity race at Portland by 2.8 seconds. Myatt Snider finished second. Austin Hill placed third.