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Xfinity to serve as founding partner for Chicago Street Race


NASCAR has named Xfinity as a founding partner of its inaugural Chicago Street Race weekend, which will be held July 1-2 in Grant Park on NBC.

As a founding partner, Xfinity will have official presenting, marketing, and promotional rights for the Chicago Street Race event including the Cup Series’ Grant Park 220 and Xfinity Series’ The Loop 121 races. Xfinity joins McDonald’s and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois as the founding partners of NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race Weekend.

The Xfinity 10G Network will be featured prominently and integrated on the course with significant branding in Turn 10, which will be called the Xfinity 10G Turn. The Xfinity brand will have visibility throughout the Chicago Street Race weekend with additional on-course branding in a dedicated founding partner section as well as the historic start-finish line near Buckingham Fountain, fan entrances, concert stage, wayfinding signage, and other locations throughout the event’s footprint.

Grant Park will play host to Chicago’s NASCAR street race. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“The Chicago Street Race is an incredible moment in NASCAR history, and we can’t think of a better platform to showcase the Xfinity 10G Network and Xfinity Mobile with the iconic Chicago skyline as a backdrop,” said Matt Lederer, vice president, Xfinity Brand Partnerships.

Xfinity is in its fourth season as a Premier Partner of NASCAR and ninth season as entitlement partner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Xfinity also entitles the Xfinity 500, the Championship 4 elimination race of the Cup Series Playoffs at Martinsville Speedway.

 “Whenever we want to do something bold to advance the sport and the fan experience, Xfinity has always been there to help us move NASCAR forward,” said Julie Giese, Chicago Street Race president. “The Founding Partner model is really unique to the Chicago Street Race, and we can’t think of a better organization to add to this incredible list of partners for our first-ever street race.”

Kyle Petty Charity Ride raises more than $1.7 million on recent trip


The 27th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raised more than $1.7 million, the organization announced Tuesday. Funds raised directly benefit Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman, North Carolina, that services children with chronic medical illnesses.

The Ride took place April 29 – May 5. Petty led more than 125 motorcycles on a seven-day trip, covering more than 1,500 miles in Nevada and Utah. The ride started and ended in Salt Lake City.

“We had a phenomenal Ride! But I knew all along that Nevada and Utah would not disappoint,” said Petty, also an analyst for NBC Sports. “These are two of the most beautiful states to ride motorcycles in. Everywhere we stopped, we were greeted with open arms from fans near and far. And we also had a handful of Victory Junction campers come out to see us along our route.

“Seeing their excitement and gratitude for our riders is incredible. It really puts into perspective what and who we are riding for. All of our miles lead to all of their smiles!”

Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam. The Ride, which began in 1995, has raised more than $21 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities. That funding has allowed Victory Junction to mobilize resources to provide more than 115,000 camp experiences for children of all levels of abilities who are living with complex medical conditions at no cost to their families.

“We could not do what we do each year on the Ride without the generosity of our sponsors,” Petty said. “Some of our sponsors have been a part of the Ride since the very beginning. They do so much more than just make contributions to support our cause. From providing gifts to our riders to funding meals, fuel and/or activities, they have a genuine passion for making the Ride a memorable experience for everyone involved.”

The 2023 Ride is made possible by presenting sponsor Cox Automotive, as well as Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Dodge Law, Racing Electronics, WinCraft Racing, FLUIDYNE Racing Products, Petty Family Foundation, Headbands of Hope, Piedmont Moving Systems, Wiley X, Blue Emu, Goody’s and Fuel Me.

This year’s Ride also featured several celebrity riders, including NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Richard Petty; former NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace; former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker; and NBC Sports NASCAR broadcaster Rick Allen.

Later this week, Petty will join Coca-Cola Racing Family legends Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte as grand marshals for the Coca-Cola 600. They will give the command to start engines before Sunday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR 75: Looking back on iconic moments in NASCAR’s history for 75th anniversary


75 years on the track is something worth celebrating. All season long, NBC will be recognizing NASCAR’s 75th anniversary and counting down some of the most iconic moments in the sport’s history.

Since 1948, the roar of engines and thrill of high speeds has captivated those around the world. Now, many years later, the excitement remains as the next generation sets another electrifying season in motion.

Whether it’s the first NASCAR Championship victory from Red Byron in 1949 or Ross Chastain’s unforgettable “video game move” in 2022, there are countless memories to relive from the track that will stand the test of time.

We’ll take a look at some of the most incredible moments  in NASCAR history, updating regularly throughout the season. Stay tuned to NBC Sports for memories and moments from over seven decades of competition.

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Atlanta 2001: Kevin Harvick wins after replacing Dale Earnhardt

NASCAR was changed forever on Feb. 18, 2001 when Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Richard Childress, Earnhardt’s car owner and his best friend, considered leaving the sport in the aftermath of Earnhardt’s death but remembered a conversation in which Earnhardt had told him to carry on if anything happened to him. Childress promoted Xfinity Series driver Kevin Harvick to Cup, changing the number of the car from Earnhardt’s iconic 3 to 29.

Harvick finished 14th at North Carolina Speedway in his Cup debut, then scored an eighth at Las Vegas.

The tour moved on to Atlanta Motor Speedway, which would see one of the sport’s magical finishes. Jeff Gordon and Harvick wrestled for the win on the final lap, Harvick edging Gordon by inches at the start-finish line.

The RCR crew celebrated wildly on pit road, and Harvick’s breakthrough win contributed to the healing process as NASCAR recovered from the loss of Earnhardt.

Bristol 1995/1999: The Dale Earnhardt/Terry Labonte Show

Bristol Motor Speedway in the 1990s will be remembered mostly for two races that matched Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte, two of the sport’s giants, on the high ground.

In the track’s 1995 night race, Earnhardt recovered from a long line of issues — an early-race encounter with Rusty Wallace, a spinout and a damaged oil cooler — to challenge Labonte for the win in the closing laps. On the last lap, Earnhardt sent Labonte crashing into the wall, but Labonte held on to win the race, his crippled race car finding its way to Victory Lane. Earnhardt finished second.

Four years later, the same pair was in the late-night spotlight at Bristol. They swapped the lead before Earnhardt hit Labonte on the final lap, causing the Texas driver to lose control. Earnhardt swept past him to win the race.

After the race, Earnhardt said he didn’t mean to crash Labonte. “I meant to rattle his cage,” Earnhardt said. Labonte, a hunting buddy of Earnhardt’s, said Earnhardt “never has any intention of taking anybody out. It just happens that way.”

Charlotte 2002: Jamie McMurray wins in second Cup start

It’s safe to say that Jamie McMurray’s arrival in Cup Series racing was more spectacular than most.

McMurray won in only his second Cup race, outrunning a raft of top drivers to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 13, 2002.

Chip Ganassi Racing called on McMurray to fill the seat in its No. 40 cars after Sterling Marlin suffered a serious injury in a race accident and missed the final weeks of the season. McMurray made his first start in the No. 40 at Talladega Superspeedway, finishing 26th.

The 500-mile fall race at Charlotte was next on the schedule, and the event would mark McMurray’s first Cup run on a 1.5-mile track.

McMurray took the lead after late-race pit stops and outran Bobby Labonte by .350 of a second to win. Following McMurray and Labonte was a group of talent-rich drivers: Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Jimmie Johnson.

McMurray, 26, scored seven Cup wins before he retired.

Talladega 2004: Jeff Gordon edges Dale Earnhardt Jr. in controversial finish

The Earnhardt name is magic at Talladega Superspeedway, where Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. enjoyed success after success. But it was Jeff Gordon who rode to victory in a controversial finish at the 2.66-mile track in 2004.

Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. were battling for the lead with five laps to go when Brian Vickers crashed, causing a caution flag. Green-white-checkered overtime rules had not gone into effect at that time, and NASCAR decided the winner — in this case Gordon — based on which driver was in front at the time of the flag. Gordon appeared to be about a half-car-length in front, and he took the caution and checkered flags for the win.

The ruling did not go over well with many in the Talladega grandstands. Drink cans, seat cushions and other debris — some hitting Gordon’s car — were thrown onto the track by fans as Gordon took a victory lap.

Gordon led the race’s final six laps, including the last four under caution.

2013 Daytona 500: Danica Patrick scores first pole win by woman

Danica Patrick’s decision to leave IndyCar racing for NASCAR brought a wave of publicity to stock car racing’s top level, and she rode the crest to headlines in qualifying for the 2013 Daytona 500 at the start of her first full season in Cup racing.

Patrick, driving for Stewart Haas Racing, ran a lap at 196.434 mph to win the 500 pole, becoming the first woman to do so. Jeff Gordon qualified second. Patrick finished eighth in the race.

Patrick’s hopes to have a successful career in NASCAR faded. She didn’t win another pole after the Daytona run in 2013, and she never won a race.

In five-plus seasons in Cup, she had no top-five finishes and seven finishes in the top 10.

2020 The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington: Back to racing

The NASCAR Cup Series had run its first four races of the 2020 season before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States in early March.

It would be more than two months before drivers and teams hit the track again. The start of a dramatically reconfigured 2020 Cup schedule took place May 17 at Darlington Raceway.

With strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place, the Real Heroes 400 ran behind closed doors. Only essential personnel were present at Darlington for the race, which was among the first major professional sporting events in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic.

Kevin Harvick reached a milestone with his 50th career Cup Series win and celebrated by doing donuts at the start/finish line. When he climbed out of his Ford, he was only met with silence.

“The weirdest part of the day for me was getting out of the car and not hearing anybody cheering,” Harvick said.

It was a day unlike any other in NASCAR history. But the sport’s mission had been accomplished. Racing was back.

1959 Daytona 500: Photo finish determines inaugural winner

For years, cars raced on the Daytona Beach, Florida, shores, but Bill France Sr. had another idea — building a high-banked 2.5-mile speedway a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

NASCAR’s first race there was 1959. Johnny Beauchamp was declared the winner, crossing the finish line three-wide with Lee Petty and the lapped car of Joe Weatherly.

Petty claimed he won the race, but it wasn’t until three days later that photographic evidence was found that showed Petty beating Beauchamp to the finish line. The photo was taken by T. Taylor Warrne, who was selected as the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence and honored at the 2023 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The father of Richard Petty went on to win his third series title, going with crowns in 1954 and ’58.

2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega: NASCAR stands united for Bubba Wallace

During the June 2020 race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, a member of Bubba Wallace’s team reported to NASCAR that a noose had been placed in Wallace’s garage stall.

On the day of the race, drivers and crew members pushed Wallace’s car to the front of pit road in a show of solidarity. Wallace went on to finish 14th in the race.

An FBI investigation later ruled that there was no hate crime because the garage rope had been like that since the previous October and there was no way to know Wallace’s team would have that garage several months later.

After the FBI’s findings were revealed, Wallace said he was “relieved” that he had not been specifically targeted, but also frustrated over the ensuing reaction – which saw some on social media question his integrity and accuse him of perpetrating a hoax.

Since the incident, Wallace has gone on to become a winning driver at the Cup Series level.

In October 2021, he claimed his first career Cup Series win at Talladega, becoming the first Black driver to win a race in NASCAR’s premier division in nearly 58 years.

A second Cup win followed in September 2022 at Kansas Speedway.

2011 Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne adds to Daytona’s legacy of surprise winners

The Daytona 500 is not only NASCAR’s biggest race, but also one of its most unpredictable.

Nine drivers have earned their first NASCAR Cup Series win in the Daytona 500. In fact, it happened in both 2021 and 2022 (Austin Cindric – 2022, Michael McDowell – 2021).

Before then, the most recent driver to pull this feat off was Trevor Bayne.

The Tennessee native captured the 2011 Daytona 500 driving for Wood Brothers Racing, a team that’s competed in NASCAR since 1950 but was running only part-time in 2011 (the team returned to full-time status in 2016).

Making this an even bigger upset: Bayne won in just his second career Cup Series start, which matched a standing Cup record set by Jamie McMurray during the 2002 season.

As Bayne took the checkered flag in overtime, his yell over the No. 21 team’s radio summed it all up not just for himself, but everybody watching: “Are you kidding me?!? What?!?”

1993 Daytona 500: ‘The Dale and Dale Show’

The 1993 Daytona 500 was winding down, and a mother and father could only wonder what fate had in store for their son.

As Dale Jarrett raced for the win, his mother, Martha, watched from a van inside the track, while his father, Ned, helped cover the race for CBS Sports.

The final laps came, and Dale Jarrett had a chance. But could he beat the dominant Dale Earnhardt?

Opportunity presented itself coming to the white flag, and Dale Jarrett made his move. He eventually cleared Earnhardt for first place.

CBS producer Bob Stenner then had lead announcer Ken Squier go silent – and told Ned Jarrett to “call your son home and be a Daddy.”

Ned’s ensuing call has echoed through NASCAR history ever since:

“…It’s the “Dale and Dale Show” as we come off Turn 4! You know who I’m pulling for, it’s Dale Jarrett. Bring her to the inside, Dale! Don’t let him get down there! He’s gonna make it! Dale Jarrett’s gonna win the Daytona 500!”

Moments after Dale Jarrett had won, CBS cameras cut to an awestruck Martha Jarrett in the van.

After a moment, she closed her eyes and clasped her hands together in prayer.

Visit NASCAR on NBC for for more memorable moments and historic tracks all season long, and stay tuned to NBC, USA and Peacock for coverage of the 2023 season.

NASCAR America MotorMouths, Dale Jr. Download back for another season


On the heels of the 65th Daytona 500, NASCAR America Motormouths — NBC Sports’ fan-favorite NASCAR program — has returned for another season across NBC Sports digital platforms and the first episode of The Dale Jr. Download’s new season hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be presented today, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.

A rotating cast of NBC Sports’ NASCAR analysts and reporters including 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, two-time Daytona 500 champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett, racing icon Kyle Petty, JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Brad Daugherty, Marty Snider, Kim Coon, Parker Kligerman, Nate Ryan, and Dustin Long will all regularly contribute to NASCAR America Motormouths and be joined by current and past drivers from the motorsports industry each Monday and Thursday. All episodes will be presented on NBC Sports digital platforms and be available on demand on Peacock, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and the NBC Sports Motorsports YouTube channel.

NASCAR America launched in 2014 as a 30-minute news and information program and has expanded and evolved over the years. Monday’s episode detailing Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s first career Daytona 500 victory for JTG Daugherty Racing hosted by Letarte, Burton, and Daugherty can be viewed here.

The Dale Jr. Download will be presented each Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on Peacock and today’s 2023 premiere episode features former NASCAR Cup Series driver and two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin. Weekly and on-demand episodes of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s podcast will stream exclusively on the platform, taking viewers table-side for unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and insight from Dale Jr.

The NASCAR on NBC podcast also returns this year with weekly episodes featuring NBC Sports NASCAR personalities discussing the latest news from across the sport. The NASCAR on NBC podcast is available for download on all major podcast platforms, including: NBCSports.com/podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and iHeart.

NBC Sports’ 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season begins on Sunday, June 25, at 7 p.m. ET from Nashville Superspeedway on NBC.

Peacock’s expansive programming features live sports coverage including NASCAR, NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Premier League, MLB Sunday Leadoff, Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, golf, Olympic sports, and much more. To learn more about how to watch motorsports on Peacock and how to sign up, click here.

Grassroots NASCAR, ARCA events to air on CNBC


NASCAR and NBC Sports announced today broadcast coverage for the 2023 slate of grassroots races on CNBC, including events in the ARCA Menards Series East and West, and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

CNBC will air tape-delayed coverage of every race from the ARCA Menards Series East and West – except those that are combined events.

CNBC will also broadcast tape-delayed coverage of 15-of-19 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races. The four races not on CNBC can be seen live, exclusively on FloRacing.

In total, CNBC will air tape-delayed coverage of 30 NASCAR grassroots races.

All televised coverage on CNBC will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

All races from the ARCA Menards Series East and West (when not combined with ARCA Menards Series events), and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will air live on FloRacing.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

The season kicked off with the New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200 at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 11. CNBC begins its grassroots coverage witha tape-delayed broadcast of the event on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. ET.

ARCA Menards Series East

The 2022 campaign starts at Five Flags Speedway on Saturday, March 25 (8 p.m. ET on FloRacing). CNBC will provide tape-delayed coverage of the event on Sunday, April 2 at 9 a.m. ET.

ARCA Menards Series West

A 150-lap race at Irwindale Speedway marks the first CNBC event of the season for the ARCA Menards Series West. It will air live on FloRacing on Saturday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET before CNBC provides tape-delayed coverage on Sunday, April 23 at 12 p.m. ET.

Complete event/air dates and times for all three series on CNBC are below. All times eastern and schedule subject to change.


2023 ARCA Menards Series East Schedule

Date Location FloRacing Coverage CNBC Coverage Time
Sat. March 25 Five Flags Speedway Live – 8:00 PM Sun. April 2 9:00 AM
Fri. April 28 Dover Motor Speedway Live – 5:30 PM Sun. May 7 12:00 PM
Sat. May 13 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Live – 9:30 PM Sun. May 21 12:30 PM
Sat. May 20 Flat Rock Speedway Live – 7:30 PM Sat. May 27 11:00 AM


2023 ARCA Menards Series West Schedule

Date Location FloRacing Coverage CNBC Coverage Time
Sat. April 1 Irwindale Speedway Live – 10:00 PM Sun. April 23 12:00 PM
Sat. April 22 Kern County Raceway Park Live – 11:15 PM Sun. April 30 11:00 AM
Sat. June 2 Portland International Raceway Live – 8:00 PM Sun. June 11 12:30 PM
Fri. June 9 Sonoma Raceway Live – 6:30 PM Sun. June 18 11:30 AM
Sat. July 1 Irwindale Speedway Live – 10:00 PM Sun. July 9 12:30 PM
Sat. Jul 29 Shasta Speedway Live – 11:30 PM Sat. Aug. 12 2:00 PM
Sat. Aug. 19 Evergreen Speedway Live – 9:30 PM Sat. Sept. 2 9:00 AM
Sat. Sept. 30 All-American Speedway Live – 10:45 PM Sun. Oct. 8 10:30 AM
Sat. Oct. 13 The Bullring at LVMS Live – 11:10 PM Sat. Oct. 28 10:00 AM
Sat. Oct. 21 Madera Speedway Live – 11:00 PM Sat. Oct. 28 11:00 AM
Fri. Nov. 3 Phoenix Raceway Live – 2:30 PM Sat. Nov. 11 2:00 PM


2023 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Date Location FloRacing Coverage CNBC Coverage Time
Sat. Feb. 11 New Smyrna Speedway Live – 7:30 PM Sun. Feb. 19 10:00 AM
Fri. March 31 Richmond Raceway Live – 6:30 PM Sat. April 8 3:00 PM
Sat. May 6 Monadnock Speedway Live – 5:00 PM Fri. May 12 9:00 AM
Sat. May 20 Riverhead Raceway Live – 8:00 PM N/A
Sat. May 27 Lee USA Speedway Live – 7:45 PM N/A
Sat. June 10 Seekonk Speedway Live – 8:30 PM Sat. June 18 12:30 PM
Sat. June 24 Riverhead Raceway Live – 8:00 PM N/A
Sat. July 8 Wall Stadium Live – 8:00 PM Sat. July 15 11:00 AM
Sat. July 15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Live – 6:00 PM Sat. July 22 10:00 AM
Fri. July 29 Claremont Motorsports Park Live – 8:30 PM Sat. Aug. 5 9:00 AM
Sat. Aug. 5 Lancaster Motorplex Live – 8:00 PM Sun. Aug. 20 9:00 AM
Wed. Aug. 16 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Live – 8:00 PM Sat. Aug. 26 12:00 PM
Sat. Aug. 26 Langley Speedway Live – 8:00 PM Sat. Sept. 16 2:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 2 Oswego Speedway Live – 7:30 PM Sun. Sept. 17 2:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 9 Monadnock Speedway Live – 8:30 PM N/A
Sat. Sept. 16 Riverhead Raceway Live – 8:00 PM Sun. Oct. 1 8:30 AM
Sat. Sept. 30 North Wilkesboro Speedway TBD Sun. Oct 8 9:30 AM
Sun. Oct. 8 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park TBD Sat. Oct. 14 10:00 AM
Thu. Oct. 26 Martinsville Speedway Live – 8:00 PM Sun. Nov. 5 11:00 AM