NBCSN celebrating 2016 season with special NASCAR America episodes

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NBC Sports will celebrate the 2016 season and their second year back covering NASCAR with 30-minute special editions of NASCAR America.

NBCSN will air seven episodes beginning Friday, December 16 with a look at the memorable wins, interviews, and storylines from this past season.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the upcoming episodes:

Champions of 2016 Features segments on record-tying seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, first time Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez and Camping World Truck series champion Johnny Sauter. Highlights also include a look at K&N Pro Series and Whelen All American Series winners and a Tony Stewart goodbye in true “Tony” fashion.

Behind the Wheel – Looks back at some of the most riveting interviews conducted by NASCAR on NBC’s production team throughout the season, including Steve Letarte’s conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. about his future in NASCAR.

Legend Tony Stewart – Celebrates Stewart’s career and tremendous impact on the sport of NASCAR. From Stewart’s final championship in 2011 to qualifying for this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR on NBC’s on-air team shares their favorite memories and moments from the three-time Champion’s storied career.

Memorable Wins of 2016 – Examines the most impressive victories of 2016. From Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating win in Charlotte to Kyle Larson’s first Sprint Cup victory in Michigan and Jimmie Johnson’s championship run in Miami. NBCSN relives the 2016 victories that took our breath away.

NASCAR Top Moments of 2016 – Counts down the most impressive moments of 2016, from Denny Hamlin’s incredible Daytona 500 win to Jimmie Johnson’s come-from-behind championship victory in Miami.

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition – Examines the radio scanner audio from the November 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup championship race in Miami.

NASCAR Best of Scan All – Highlights the best radio scanner moments of the 2016 season, including the wildest wrecks, the worst tempers, and the wackiest moments.

The TV schedule is as follows:

Fri., December 16

Stories of NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart

5:00 PM

Stories of NASCAR Memorable Wins of 2016

5:30 PM

Sat., December 17

Stories of NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart

2:00 AM

Stories of NASCAR Memorable Wins of 2016

2:30 AM

Tue., December 20

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition

5:00 PM

NASCAR Best of Scan All

5:30 PM

Stories of NASCAR Champions of 2016

6:00 PM

NASCAR Top Moments of 2016

6:30 PM

Wed., December 21

Stories of NASCAR Behind the Wheel

2:30 PM

Thur., January 5

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition

5:00 PM

NASCAR Best of Scan All

5:30 PM

Stories of NASCAR Champions of 2016

6:00 PM

Fri., January 6

Stories of NASCAR Behind the Wheel

5:00 PM

Stories of NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart

5:30 PM

Mon., January 9

Stories of NASCAR Memorable Wins of 2016

5:00 PM

NASCAR Top Moments of 2016

5:30 PM

Tue., January 10

Stories of NASCAR Champions of 2016

5:00 PM

Stories of NASCAR Behind the Wheel

5:30 PM

Wed., January 11

NASCAR Scan All Special Championship Edition

5:00 PM

NASCAR Best of Scan All

5:30 PM

Goodyear tire info for Martinsville Speedway

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NASCAR Cup and Truck teams continue their respective playoffs this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The Cup Series begins its Round of 8, while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series will contest its middle race of the Round of 6.

Cup and Truck teams will run the same tire setup at Martinsville, the same tires both series have run at the .526-mile bullring since 2017.

It’s getting later in the fall and we are likely to have cloudy conditions and temperatures in the 60-degree range at Martinsville this week, so track temps will be low, making it more difficult for the track to take rubber,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Because of the time of year we run at Martinsville, we’ve worked hard over the past several years to come up with a tread compound that will lay rubber in the concrete corners, even in cool temperatures.

Generally, Martinsville has produced some of the best racing on the circuit and that only seems to have been enhanced by the track consistently taking rubber and having multiple racing lines. We continue to work on keeping up with Martinsville and making adjustments where needed, holding a test there this past summer and looking ahead to 2020 when we will have a full fledged night race at the track.”

According to wunderground.com, the forecast calls for a temperature of 58 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain at the scheduled 1:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday’s Truck race, and a temperature of 66 degrees with a 19 percent chance of green flag at the 3 p.m. ET scheduled start time for Sunday’s Cup race.

Here is the tire information for this weekend’s races at Martinsville:

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

Set limits: Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 9 sets for race (8 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice); Truck: 5 sets for the event.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4588; Right-side – D-4722

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,221 mm (87.44 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 10 psi; Left Rear — 10 psi; Right Front — 23 psi; Right Rear — 22 psi

As on most NASCAR ovals 1 mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

NASCAR penalty report after Kansas

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NASCAR issued one penalty from this past weekend’s racing action at Kansas Speedway.

Chris Gayle, crew chief for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Cup Toyota driven by Erik Jones, has been fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed following Sunday’s race.

There were no penalties assessed to the teams of Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick stemming from the altercation following Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

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Ron Hornaday Jr., Bobby Labonte to take part in Martinsville Truck race activities

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Martinsville Speedway will honor one NASCAR Hall of Famer and one inductee before Saturday’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 Truck Series race.

Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. will serve as grand marshal for the race, while Bobby Labonte, who will be inducted into the Hall in January, will serve as the honorary starter.

Bobby Labonte. Photo: Getty Images.

We are honored to have 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ron Hornaday Jr. as Grand Marshal and 2020 inductee Bobby Labonte as Honorary Starter at the first NASCAR Hall of Fame 200,” NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director Winston Kelly said in a statement. “Ron is the series’ only four-time champion. As the 2000 premier series champion and 1992 Xfinity champion, Bobby is one of only 31 drivers who has won races in all three NASCAR national series with his lone truck series win coming at Martinsville.”

Said Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway: “We appreciate the NASCAR Hall of Fame making it possible to have two great NASCAR champions available to meet our fans Saturday morning before the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200. Having Ron and Bobby be a part of our race weekend is special for everyone at Martinsville Speedway.”

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NASCAR entry lists for Martinsville

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Eight drivers remain in the playoffs for Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

In addition to the Cup Series, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series is also in action this weekend at Martinsville, on Saturday. The Xfinity Series is off this weekend.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for both series:

Cup – First Data 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered.

Two cars do not have drivers listed yet on the entry list:

* The No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet.

* The No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

JJ Yeley is in the No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Joey Logano won this race last fall. Denny Hamlin finished second and Martin Truex Jr. was third.

In this year’s spring race, Brad Keselowski won, followed by Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

There are 32 Trucks entered in the middle race of the Round of 6 of the Truck playoffs.

One Truck does not have a driver listed yet: The No. 0 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Chevrolet.

Tanner Gray, who won the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock championship, makes his Truck Series debut in the No. 15 DGR-Crosley Toyota.

Sam Mayer makes his second start of the season in the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

Danny Bohn makes his first career Truck Series start in the No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota.

Carson Ware makes his first career Truck Series start in the No. 33 Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet.

Dawson Cram makes his first Truck Series start of the season and fourth of his career in the No. 34 Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota.

Jeb Burton makes his second Truck Series start of the season in the No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet.

Also, one week after clinching the ARCA championship, Christian Eckes will make his seventh Truck start of the season, once again piloting the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Johnny Sauter won this race last fall. Brett Moffitt was second and Myatt Snider was third.

Kyle Busch won this year’s spring race, followed by Ben Rhodes and Brett Moffitt.

Click here for the entry list.

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