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NBCSN offers special Bubba Wallace programming Thursday


NBCSN has special block of programming Thursday to mark Bubba Wallace’s first Cup victory earlier this week at Talladega Superspeedway.

The block begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with the Racing Roots episode that looks at Wallace’s background and beginnings in racing.

At 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN airs the Dale Jr. Download with Wallace from 2019.

At 6 p.m. ET, NBCSN will air a one-hour version of Monday’s Talladega race that ended with Wallace becoming the first Black driver to win in NASCAR’s premier series since Wendell Scott in 1963.

NBCSN will re-air those programs late Thursday night. That schedule is:

10 p.m. ET – One-hour version of Monday’s Talladega race

11 p.m. ET – Dale Jr. Download with Wallace from 2019

12 a.m. ET – Racing Roots with Wallace.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride announces miniature ‘Revival’ based in Virginia for 2021

Kyle Petty Charity Ride
Kevin Kane Photography

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, which has been on hiatus for two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will return in 2021 with a one-off miniature edition this fall.

The Charity Ride Revival will be held Sept. 21-23 in Virginia, reuniting riders who have missed the camaraderie and fellowship of the event. Half the time and size of the annual cross-country event that typically covers at least a thousand miles, the Charity Ride Revival will be based at a single hotel (the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia) as the home base for jaunts around the Old Dominion.

In observing safety protocols, the CRR will include only past participants in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

“With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and restrictions being lifted, we wanted to do something to get our riders back together again in a safe way; thus, the Charity Ride Revival was created as a way to do just that,” NASCAR on NBC analyst and Ride founder Kyle Petty said in a release. “The word ‘revival’ means to bring something back to life, and in our case, it means to reactivate after being dormant for more than two years. And I, for one, am more than ready to get back out there, riding motorcycles with friends in a beautiful setting all for a great cause!”

Here is the itinerary:

  • Day 1, Tuesday, Sept. 21 – National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia
  • Day 2, Wednesday, Sept. 22 – Seneca Rocks in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
  • Day 3, Thursday, Sept. 23 – New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia

The Charity Ride Revival will continue raising funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a camp dedicated to providing life-changing experiences for children with chronic and serious medical illnesses. The Kyle Petty Charity Ride has raised more than $19 million for Victory Junction, which was established by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.

Visit www.kylepettycharityride.com for more information.

NASCAR on NBC hosts Folds of Honor scholarship winners for Atlanta immersion


A group of five Folds of Honor scholarship winners spent Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway as guests of NASCAR on NBC, getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the production of an Xfinity Series race.

Since 2007, Folds of Honor is a charity that has provided nearly 30,000 scholarships worth more than $145 million to the spouses and children of military members who have been disabled or killed as a result of their service.

After meeting with NASCAR on NBC announcers and pit reporters for lunch in the compound, the scholarship recipients visited the TV booths to chat with Rick Allen and Dale Earnhardt Jr. about calling the race and then headed to the infield, where Rutledge Wood was among those who guided them through the NASCAR garage.

For two hours during the Xfinity race coverage, the five students rotated between four stations in the TV compound to get a bird’s-eye view of the fast-paced and frenzied world of TV production.

The five students who took part in the tour were:

Preston Jones of Tucker, Georgia, who is a junior studying business management at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. Preston, who attended with his mom, Chrystal, is the son of Army Specialist Daniel Jones Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in January 2003 when Preston was 3. (Preston’s brother, Daniel III, also is a Folds of Honor scholarship recipient.)

Kayla Robinson of Ellenwood, Georgia, who recently graduated from North Carolina A&T with a degree in business marketing. Kayla attended with her father, Kim, a retired, disabled veteran who was an Army Chief Warrant Officer

–Gregory and Devyn Smith of Fayetteville, Georgia, who are the children of Gregory Smith, a retired, disabled veteran of 21 years as a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (who attended with their mother, Quilla). Gregory Jr. is a two-year scholarship recipient who is studying information systems as a junior at Georgia Gwinnett College. Devyn is studying animal science as a senior at Albany State University. 

Reilly Nichols of Owasso Oklahoma, who is studying elementary education as a senior at Oklahoma State University.

Nichols’ father is Air Force Col. (ret.) “Nick” Nichols, who is the executive vice president of operations and relationships for Folds of Honor.

As a gold-star kid himself, Nichols (an F-16 fighter pilot with seven combat tours who flew 103 combat sorties totaling more than 500 hours) has another connection to NASCAR: Corey LaJoie‘s No. 7 Chevrolet honored the memory of his father, Col. James R. Nichols, by carrying his name during the Coca-Cola 600.

Here are some photos of the Folds of Honor scholarship recipients’ day at the NASCAR race:

USA Network greenlights new NASCAR docuseries for 2022 premiere


USA Network announced today it has greenlit “Race for the Championship,” an exhilarating new eight-part docuseries about the elite drivers and teams competing in this year’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. It is set to premiere in 2022. 

With the backdrop and high stakes of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and Championship, “Race for the Championship” will take viewers inside the lives of NASCAR’s top drivers and teams on and off the track.

Across eight thrilling episodes, the all-access series will chronicle the sport’s best as they balance their personal lives with the passion, pressure and perils of racing, all for a chance to make history.

The 10-week NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs begin at Darlington Raceway on September 5, 2021 at 6pm ET on NBCSN. For playoffs results and schedule, click HERE.

“Race for the Championship” is produced by NASCAR Productions with NASCAR’s Tim Clark, Matt Summers and Amy Anderson serving as Executive Producers.

NBC to air NASCAR Cup, IndyCar races on July 4


NBC will host a celebration of speed July 4, broadcasting the NTT IndyCar Series and NASCAR Cup Series races.

The action on NBC starts at noon ET with the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 10th race of the season. The IndyCar Series has seen an infusion of youth this season. The points leader is 24-year-old Alex Palou, who is coming off a win at Road America on June 20. Second in the points is Pato O’Ward, the 22-year-old, who won the second half of the Detroit doubleheader on June 13.

After the IndyCar race, the action turns to the first NASCAR Cup race at Road America since 1956. Coverage on NBC is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET. Kyle Busch heads into the race as the most recent winner, taking the checkered flag last Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott has won five of the last seven Cup road course races and is the early odds favorite for this race.

Sunday’s action begins at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC with Cup qualifying to set the lineup for the race at Road America later that day.