NASCAR on NBC podcast, Episode XI: Jason Weigandt talks stock cars and Supercross

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Jason Weigandt, who straddles motocross and NASCAR as a reporter and announcer, discusses the myriad intersections of racing two wheels vs. four on the latest NASCAR on NBC podcast.

For the second consecutive year, NASCAR’s trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the season’s second race weekend coincided with Supercross’ annual event at the Georgia Dome.

On the night before the Sprint Cup race, many NASCAR drivers attended the Supercross event, which featured a riding exhibition between Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ty Dillon and Greg Biffle.

Weigandt, who is the editor of and the play-by-play announcer for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on NBCSN, said the warm reception from the NASCAR industry was noticed within the Supercross community.

“I think everyone (in Supercross) is used to, ‘We’re the minor leagues,’ and all of a sudden there was all this positive energy,” Weigandt said. “NASCAR didn’t have to say that. They could walk softly and carry a big stick. But for some reason, they were throwing a lot of love at Supercross, and I think it took people by surprise that, ‘Wait a minute. Maybe we have something here.’ I think what (Supercross has) is a portal into that young demographic that NASCAR is so desperate to get.”

While Supercross’ youthful audience is attractive to sponsors, its size still pales in comparison with NASCAR, which also claims a much broader swath of corporate sponsorship. Weigandt explains there are many lessons that each series could learn from each other.

“Anyone on the Supercross side such as myself who’s lived in it knows the sport you’re in is the stepchild and still is,” said Weigandt, who has been covering motorbike racing for more than a decade. “NASCAR is just monumentally larger. You can fudge some numbers, and I think you could argue there probably was a larger crowd at the Georgia Dome. But let’s look at almost any other metric, and NASCAR is massively bigger — starting with sponsorship dollars or TV ratings.

“I feel like NASCAR has done the best job being the least motorsports like of motorsports. They’ve done an excellent job of making it a battle of people and personalities.”

With its Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, NASCAR also has maintained tight championship battles – which are a perennial struggle for Supercross.

With three races remaining in the Supercross season (the Motocross season, which is contested on outdoor tracks, will begin at Sacramento, California, on May 21), three-time champion Ryan Dungey is on the verge of clinching his fourth title this Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Weigandt said the runaway points race has Supercross considering a move toward a Chase-style championship format in the future – at a time when NASCAR is moving toward motorbike racing in another way.

Heat races made their debut in the Xfinity Series last week at Bristol Motor Speedway and will return this weekend at Richmond International Raceway with an eye on possibly using the concept in Sprint Cup. It’s nothing new for Supercross and motocross events, which have employed a series of heats and shorter feature races since the major circuits’ inceptions 40 years ago.

Weigandt said the motorbike formats have become trendy just by remaining static.

“They haven’t changed any rules at all in about 30 years,” Weigandt said. “The fans are used to it being the most pure of motorsports. There are never technical changes to tighten the racing. They never change anything in Supercross.”

Among the other topics discussed by Weigandt, who also appears as a reporter on NASCAR America:

–How manufacturer involvement differs between NASCAR and Supercross;

–Which NASCAR driver might make the best Supercross rider;

–How coverage and interview styles differ between the series.

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Could Daytona International Speedway host NFL games?


The president of Daytona International Speedway says track officials plan to speak with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars about hosting the team’s games if Jacksonville’s stadium is renovated.

The Jaguars will need a temporary home site if plans go forward to renovate the team’s stadium. Daytona International Speedway has been mentioned as a possible candidate. The Jaguars released details Wednesday of what the stadium will look like after the renovation project.

Provided the project is approved by the city of Jacksonville, it is believed the Jaguars would need to find another home site for a couple of seasons while work is being done to its stadium. Daytona International Speedway is among possible sites for the Jaguars to play. More than 100,000 people saw Ricky Stenhouse Jr. win this year’s Daytona 500.

“Daytona International Speedway is a world-renowned sports and entertainment venue and hosts a full schedule of events each year,” said Frank Kelleher, president of Daytona International Speedway, in a statement. “As good neighbors in the Florida sports community, DIS will be speaking with the Jacksonville Jaguars to see if we can assist them with their potential upcoming facility needs around our scheduled events.”

Daytona International Speedway hosted Soccer Fest in July 2022. An announced crowd of 7,573 fans saw the Orlando Pride and Racing Louisville play in a National Women’s Soccer League game at Daytona.

NASCAR displays counterfeit part from Chase Briscoe car


SONOMA, Calif. — NASCAR displayed the counterfeit part from Chase Briscoe‘s car on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway, showing how the part did not correspond to what should have been in the car.

NASCAR found the issue at its R&D Center after last month’s Coca-Cola 600. The sanctioning body fined crew chief John Klausmeier $250,000 and suspended him for six races. NASCAR also docked Briscoe and the team 120 points and 25 playoff points for the L3 infraction.

“We want to be transparent on the penalties,” said Brad Moran, managing director of the Cup Series as he displayed the counterfeit part to media.

Moran displayed a a portion of the engine panel from Briscoe’s car. He noted the engine duct was counterfeit. He said the proper pieces are 3D printed at the R&D Center and Fiberworks Composites sells them and installs them for teams. Moran said the duct is “in the bottom of the car under the engine panel. It’s to help cool the driver. It was added prior to the first race. During testing … we realized we wanted to get heat out of the engine compartment, and that’s what this piece does.”

Moran noted that with the counterfeit part, “we can clearly see the textures are different (from the proper part).”

He displayed what officials call a gauge that determines if the duct fits the proper parameters. He showed it fitting a proper duct and not properly fitting in the counterfeit part.

“It was a part that was made, and it was made for whatever reason,” Moran said. “It was, I guess, put on by error, but it was on the vehicle. It is a piece that should not have been made in the first place, and it was spotted at our teardown at the R&D Center.”

Moran said the issue was found in a visual inspection of the part. NASCAR inspected it further and Moran said “there are certain little characteristics that are in (a proper piece)” that officials did not see in the one on Briscoe’s car. “The more we examined it, the more we realized that’s not a part they bought.”

Moran noted that while the penalties were severe, they could have been worse based on the rulebook.

“It was the low end of the L3,” Moran said. “It’s a real big hit for any team. If it continues, and we feel we are not where we need to be, unfortunately, it’s going to ramp up. We’re not going to stop.

“The deal with this car is it needs to be run without modifying. It costs teams a lot of money in development. All the owners agreed. We all agreed where we need to be to make this a successful program, and we’re not going to give up.”



Sunday Cup race at Sonoma Raceway: Start time, TV info, weather


The Cup Series heads to wine country to compete on the 1.99-mile road course at Sonoma Raceway. This race leads into the final off weekend of the season. After the break, the series races 20 consecutive weekends. NBC and USA will broadcast those races.

Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Sonoma Raceway

(All times Eastern)

START: Adam Devine will give the command to start engines at 3:38 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:50 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Drivers meeting is at 2:45 p.m. … Driver intros are at 3 p.m. … Earl Smith, pastor for the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers, will give the invocation at 3:30 p.m. … Tiffany Woys will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 110 laps (218.9 miles) on the 1.99-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 55.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying begins at 6 p.m. Saturday

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. … Coverage begins at 2 p.m. on FS1 and switches to Fox at 3 p.m. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and also will stream at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground — Partly cloudy with a high of 69 degrees and a 1% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Daniel Suarez won his first career Cup race last year at Sonoma. Chris Buescher finished second. Michael McDowell placed third.


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NASCAR Saturday schedule at Sonoma Raceway


Cup and Xfinity teams will be on track Saturday at Sonoma Raceway.

Cup teams will practice and qualify for Sunday’s race. Xfinity teams will qualify and race Saturday on the 1.99-mile road course in Northern California.

Sonoma Raceway


Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 75 degrees. Forecast is for mostly cloudy skies, a high of 71 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the Xfinity race.

Saturday, June 10

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.  — Cup Series
  • 1 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 3 – 4 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying (FS1)
  • 5 – 6 p.m. — Cup practice  (FS2)
  • 6 – 7 p.m. — Cup qualifying  (FS2)
  • 8 p.m. — Xfinity race (79 laps, 156.95 miles; FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)