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Ryan Blaney to appear on NBC’s Taken tonight

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Ryan Blaney will guest star on the NBC show “Taken” at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

When a dangerous weapons dealer smuggles his wares into New York City, Bryan (Clive Standen) teams up with an FBI agent (Blaney) in a race to stop the weapons dealer before he reaches the safety of international waters.

“When I first read the script I didn’t know what to expect,” Blaney said. “But I was excited when I read it and then when we actually started to do the chase scene, it was really cool being behind the wheel of the car and working with Clive, who was in the passenger seat. To see his passion for all of this, and how much of a cool guy he is, he’s definitely a great actor and great to talk to as well. It’s been nice getting to know him.”

Blaney also said he appreciated what happened behind the scenes.

“Being out in the freezing weather in Toronto has been a humbling experience for sure,” he said. “I always like to see how other professions work, and honestly, the film and TV industry reminds me of the racing side, because a lot of people just see the finished product – they just see us going on the track, or they just see what’s on TV and they don’t realize how much work goes into making it. There’s a lot more work behind the scenes and it definitely opens your eyes as to how much work goes into just one scene, let alone a full episode.”

NBC Sports NASCAR America Fantasy League kicks off Monday

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Ready to challenge NBC analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton in NASCAR Fantasy?

You also can compete against NBC’s Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty, Parker Kligerman and many other broadcasters and writers who bring you NASCAR coverage on NASCAR America, at NASCAR Talk and the races on NBC and NBCSN.

Play in a special 10-week NASCAR Fantasy League with the NBC team. But hurry. Only 4,000 spaces are reserved to match wits with NBC’s team.

Fans can enter the league at nascar.com/nbcsportsfantasy, and see their names alongside NASCAR on NBC analysts and hosts Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr), Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett), Jeff Burton, (@JeffBurton), Kyle Petty (@KylePetty), Steve Letarte (@Steveletarte), Rick Allen (@Rickallenracing), Krista Voda (@Kristavoda), Marty Snider (@HeyMartySnider), Dave Burns (@TVDaveburns), Kelli Stavast (@KelliStavast), Parker Kligerman (@Pkligerman), Rutledge Wood (@RutledgeWood), Nate Ryan (@nateryan), Dustin Long (@dustinlong), Leigh Diffey (@Leighdiffey), Carolyn Manno (@Carolyn Manno), Landon Cassill (@landoncassill), Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin) and Dan Beaver (@FantasyRace).

The NBC Sports NASCAR America Fantasy League begins now. The first race is this weekend’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. The 10-week league goes through the June 24 race at Sonoma Raceway – the final race before NBC and NBCSN take over in broadcasting the rest of the Cup season.

The “NBC Sports NASCAR America” fantasy league results will also be featured weekly on NASCAR America. NBCSN’s daily motorsports show will include recurring segments each Monday and Thursday, breaking down each broadcaster’s picks for the weekend, analyzing results, top scorers and league standings. Fans who win the 10-week league will be announced live on NASCAR America, prior to NBC Sports Group’s return for its fourth season of NASCAR racing on Sunday, July 1, at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Star of NBC show ‘Taken’ to serve as pace car driver at Bristol

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Clive Standen, who plays covert operative Bryan Mills on the show “Taken” on NBC, will drive the pace car for the start of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway next month.

Standen, who also has appeared in the films “Everest” and “Hammer of the Gods,” will have the chance to reunite with Ryan Blaney at Bristol. Blaney will appear as an FBI agent in an episode of “Taken” at 9 p.m. EST on April 20.

“It is such an honor to be asked to drive the pace car at a NASCAR race that I am beyond excited,” Standen said in a statement. “I’m also pretty hyped up to see Ryan Blaney race, especially after witnessing his great performance on our upcoming episode of ‘Taken.’ It’s such a fun opportunity to get to be part of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and lead my co-star to the green flag!”

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Ryan Blaney to guest star on NBC’s ‘Taken’ next year

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Ryan Blaney has a particular set of skills; skills that he’s developed through years of professional auto racing.

The Team Penske driver will get to display those skills next year on NBC’s “Taken” TV Series.

The show serves as a prequel to the 2008 Liam Neeson film of the same name.

Blaney, 23, will guest start on the second season of the series, which premieres Jan. 12. He will appear in an episode titled “Imperium” as a special agent who knows his way around a car.

Here’s the plot synopsis for the episode.

“When a dangerous weapons dealer smuggles his wares into New York City, Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) teams up with the FBI in a race to stop him before he reaches the safety of international waters.”

This won’t be Blaney’s first time in front of a camera playing someone else. He had two movie cameos this year in Logan Lucky and Cars 3.

Blaney was filming his role in “Taken” on Tuesday in Ontario. See his tweets from the set below.

NASCAR America: Martin Truex Jr. visits Megyn Kelly TODAY show

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As the old saying goes, “To the victors go the spoils.”

And with 2017 NASCAR Cup champ Martin Truex Jr., the spoils means doing several high-profile post-championship TV appearances.

One of those appearances came Tuesday morning when Truex was a guest on Megyn Kelly TODAY on NBC.

Truex talked about starting out in go-karts, to telling Kelly the fastest he’s ever gone (220 mph), to some of the “oh crap” moments he’s had to endure, as a smiling Kelly put it.

“We do have some, ‘Oh, crap’ moments,” Truex quipped with a laugh.

But he quickly drew serious and once again talked about the adversity he and his team went through and also how strong longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex — who is going through a recurrence of ovarian cancer — has been and the inspiration she has been to him.

“She’s so strong and independent and knows how much racing means to me and my career and how much I love my job,” Truex said of Pollex. “She’s like, ‘You’ve got to go do this and I’ll be fine when you get back.'”

Check out some of the highlights from today’s show in the video above, or click here for the full interview.