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NASCAR President says COVID-19 protocols working

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NASCAR President Steve Phelps said in an interview with NBC that he feels the sanctioning body’s COVID-19 protocols are working well, citing the limited number of positive tests in the sport.

Jimmie Johnson will not compete in Sunday’s Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after testing positive for COVID-19. His wife found out she had tested positive and Johnson then took a test.

Johnson said Saturday that he does not know how he and his wife contracted the coronavirus. Johnson, 44, has not experienced symptoms of COVID-19. When Johnson returns is uncertain. He must have two negative tests more than 24 hours apart and have a doctor’s release.

NBC’s Mike Tirico asked Phelps before Saturday’s Xfinity race about NASCAR’s protocols.

“I think the protocols have actually worked really, really well for us,” Phelps said.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate that Jimmie is going to be out of the car this weekend. Hopefully two negative tests next week and then get back in the car at Kentucky.

“I think the protocols have worked really well. It’s not perfect, but I think if you look at the procedures that we have in place and the policies that we have in place really to protect the drivers, the crews, our own officials and everyone that is working at the racetrack, the number of positive tests that we have had have been so few and far between. We’re really encouraged. We think the protocols are working as we had expected they would. Hopefully, Jimmie will be back soon and we won’t have any other drivers testing positive.”

Hendrick Motorsports stated Friday that as a precaution, it identified one member of the No. 48 traveling crew to self-quarantine due to close contact with Johnson.

Last month Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed that two employees had tested positive for coronavirus. Team Penske confirmed last month that one of its employees tested positive.

 

Martin Truex Jr. joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN

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Martin Truex Jr., who won Wednesday’s Cup race at Martinsville, will be on today’s “Lunch Talk Live” with host Mike Tirico. The show airs at Noon ET on NBCSN.

“Lunch Talk Live” focuses on the current state of the sports world, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

You can also watch the show online here.

Here’s the guests on today’s show:

  • 12:00 p.m – Mike Milbury, NHL on NBC
  • 12:10 p.m. – Matt Vasgersian, MLB Network
  • 12:20 p.m.- Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M football head coach
  • 12:30 p.m. – Paul Azinger, NBC/Golf Channel
  • 12:40 p.m. Martin Truex Jr.
  • 12:50 p.m. – Nick Luck, Horse Racing on NBC

Steve Letarte joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN

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NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte will be on today’s “Lunch Talk Live” with host Mike Tirico. The show airs at Noon ET on NBCSN.

“Lunch Talk Live” focuses on the current state of the sports world, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

You can also watch the show online here.

Today’s scheduled guests are:

  • 12:00 p.m. – Robbie Earle, Premier League on NBC
  • 12:15 p.m. – Steve Letarte, NASCAR on NBC
  • 12:30 p.m. – Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild defenseman
  • 12:40 p.m. – Kevin Na, PGA Tour & Charles Schwab defending champ
  • 12:50 p.m. – Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel NBC

Bubba Wallace joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN

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Bubba Wallace will be on today’s “Lunch Talk Live” with host Mike Tirico. The show airs at Noon ET on NBCSN.

“Lunch Talk Live” focuses on the current state of the sports world, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

You can also watch the show online here.

Wallace is also a guest on this week’s episode of the Dale Jr. Download, which airs at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Today’s scheduled guests are:

  • 12:00 p.m. – Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills head coach
  • 12:15 p.m. – Bubba Wallace
  • 12:30 p.m. – James Hinchcliffe, IndyCar driver
  • 12:40 p.m. –  Ken Niumatalolo, Navy football head coach
  • 12:50 p.m. – Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets captain

 

Kyle Petty joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN

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NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty will be on today’s “Lunch Talk Live” with host Mike Tirico as part of a series of important conversations. Also on today’s show is former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.

Today’s show airs at noon ET on NBCSN.

“Lunch Talk Live” focuses on the current state of the sports world, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

You can also watch the show online here.

Today’s scheduled guests are:

  • Noon – Dave Bing, Basketball Hall of Famer & former Detroit mayor
  • 12:15 p.m. – Ryan Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach
  • 12:30 p.m. – Dwane Casey, Detroit Pistons head coach
  • 12:40 p.m. – Pedro Martinez, MLB Hall of Famer, and wife Carolina
  • 12:50 p.m. – Kyle Petty, NASCAR on NBC