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NBC Sports to debut ‘NBC Race Team Broadcast’ at New Hampshire

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As part of its way of reinventing how it presents NASCAR races to fans, NBC Sports will present an analyst-only broadcast for the July 22 Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Steve Letarte, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will call the race from the booth. Called from NASCAR on NBC’s traditional broadcast booth above the start-finish line, the “NBC Race Team Broadcast” will bring fans closer to their favorite drivers and teams as pre-playoff competition heats up at “The Magic Mile.”

Lead broadcaster Rick Allen will report from pit road to give fans a different view of the Cup race. Allen will call the Xfinity race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Saturday, July 21 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN alongside Earnhardt and Burton. Letarte will contribute from the Peacock Pit Box.

Allen will return to the broadcast booth for NBCSN’s broadcast of the Cup race at Pocono Raceway on July 29.

The broadcast lineup at New Hampshire is one of many NBC Sports has used and will use to broadcast Cup races this season. Already, NBC Sports has put its broadcasters in two separate booths and had Steve Letarte on the Peacock Pit Box. Additional variations are planned later this year.

“We have a multi-option offense, and are again excited to try a different booth setup for our NASCAR Cup Series race broadcast in New Hampshire,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer & President, Production, NBC & NBCSN. “We’re putting people in positions to make it fun for the audience, and the ‘NBC Race Team Broadcast’ will bring a unique and different perspective to the race.”

 

NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson is the Comeback Kid

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America loves a Comeback Kid.

When Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on lap 109 of the Coke Zero 400, the fans in the grandstand responded.

“I was really surprised,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “I was standing in the booth and Jimmie is battling here to take the lead. And when he did, visually the entire grandstand stood up, held their arms in the air and were cheering him on.”

He led a total of 10 laps before he was eliminated in a multi-car accident on lap 162 during the first overtime.

But it is just that type of hardship that is beginning to endear him to a fan base that turned on him when he was winning too often.

Fans are responding to him now “because he looks real,” Kyle Petty said. “Here is a human, who is failing at some of this stuff. … Not succeeding at the level he was.”

Johnson’s earlier success played against him, but America may see him as a fitting challenger to the Big 3 of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. who are dominating NASCAR.

“That’s America,” Petty continued. “You build them up and then as soon as you get them to the top, you cut their legs out from under them so you can cheer for them again. And that’s what they’re doing to Jimmie.”

For more, watch the video above.

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NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: Kentucky preview, Chase Elliott’s Darlington scheme

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continues to preview this weekend’s racing at Kentucky Speedway.

Rutledge Wood hosts with Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. from the Big Oak Table in Charlotte.

On today’s show:

  • It’s Wednesdays with Dale Jr. live from the Big Oak Table in Charlotte. We’ll discuss the upcoming weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Will anyone be able to challenge NASCAR’s Big Three of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr?
  • Chase Elliott revealed his throwback paint scheme for this year’s race at Darlington. We’ll find out why this year’s car has such a special meaning to Chase and the entire Elliott family.
  • Erik Jones scored an emotion-filled win Saturday night at Daytona, but will his victorious mullet make our list of most memorable hairdos in NASCAR history?
  • Plus, if you have a question for Dale Jr., please use #WednesDale on Twitter. Dale Jr. will answer them on today’s show.
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Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Hendrick Motorsports, PepsiCo/Mountain Dew extend relationship through 2020

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Mountain Dew will continue as a sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports and Chase Elliott through 2020, the team announced Wednesday.

The soft drink will be a primary sponsor of Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet in four races each of the next two seasons.

It has sponsored Elliott this year in The Clash at Daytona, at Bristol and Michigan and will return to the No. 9 on Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway. Elliott enters Saturday’s Cup race at Kentucky Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) 15th in the standings.

PepsiCo, which is behind Mountain Dew, has been a partner of Hendrick Motorsports since 1997 when it began sponsoring Jeff Gordon with Pepsi.

Before Elliott, Mountain Dew sponsored Dale Earnhardt Jr. from 2008-2017.

Dale Jr. Download: In praise of Ryan Joseph Newman

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The final lap of the Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway has been replayed, discussed, and dissected, but “let’s not lose focus of the true hero of this moment,” Mike Davis, co-host of the Dale Jr. Download podcast said on Thursday. “Because none of this happens without Ryan Joseph Newman being Ryan Joseph Newman.”

The question of how hard lapped cars are supposed the race the leader hasn’t been answered by a long shot. Drivers and experts have weighed in, but one thing is certain, if Newman is behind the wheel of the car the leaders are coming around to lap – the conversation is going to continue.

“I was trying to explain to people how Ryan races people really hard,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “He carries that as a badge of honor. Kyle Busch is pissed – I’m sure. Anybody would be. I would be pissed if Ryan Newman did that to me. But that’s Ryan. Immediately you’re like freakin’ mad and then like a lap later, you’re like ‘Well, that’s Ryan.’

“He’s there thinking, ‘these are all positions for me man. I don’t care that that’s the leader.’”

For more, watch the video above.

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