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FOX Sports Delivers Viewership Increase for First Half of 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season26 Jun 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Among 11 FOX Sports 2019 races directly comparable to 2018 events, six scored viewership increases. For the season, the Nielsen U.S. Household Rating was up +3% (2.44 vs. 2.37).
The top five markets for the first half of the season are Greensboro, N.C., Greenville, S.C., Richmond, Va., Charlotte and Indianapolis.
Sunday’s race from Sonoma Raceway delivered 2,478,000 viewers, up +6% from last year’s 2,334,000.
Digital and Social highlights from the first half of the season include:
- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series average minute audience per race for the 2019 season up +37% over 2018
- 2019 Daytona 500 was most-streamed FOX NASCAR event ever (53K AMA, +10% over 2018 Daytona)
- Two million fans streamed NASCAR programming on FOX Sports platforms in 2019, up +79% year-over-year
- 177 million video views of FOX NASCAR content across social platforms, up +51% year-over-year
Adding together streaming & social:
- 380 million digital consumption minutes for NASCAR content across FOX properties on streaming and social, up +80% year-over-year
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Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 Ruckus Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) venture to the Midwest for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. This weekend marks the second consecutive event and fourth time this season Ruckus will adorn the No. 41 machine.
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Suárez’s strong run in the top-five last Sunday in his third career start on the road course at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway was thwarted by a late-race pit stop penalty that dropped him from fifth to 25th before he finished 17th.
The Mexico native has two starts in the Cup Series at Chicagoland with finishes of 12th and 11th, respectively, completing all 534 possible laps with an average starting and finishing position of 11.5. Dating back to 2014, he’s made six starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Chicagoland with an average start of 6.0 and an average finish of 9.2. Additionally, he’s led 21 laps and earned two top-five finishes and four top-10s. The 27-year-old driver also made two starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series at Chicagoland. The efforts resulted in one top-five along with 46 laps led, and an average starting position of 4.5 and an average finish of 7.5. Finally, he’s made one start in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland, in which he started second before an engine issue ended his day.
In his last 10 starts at 1.5-mile tracks, Suárez has one top-five and three top-10s. He’s led 21 laps and completed 99.5 percent of all possible laps.
This weekend, fans will have the opportunity to view Suárez’s perspective from inside the Ruckus Mustang courtesy of Coca-Cola, which is sponsoring his in-car camera. Additionally, there will be 200 “Daniel’s Amigos” in the grandstands Sunday, supporting the Monterrey, Mexico driver. “Daniel’s Amigos” is a fan-focused movement to engage and celebrate with Latino NASCAR fans. “We had a big group of Daniel’s Amigos at Auto Club (Speedway in Fontana, California) and they all had a great time, especially the ones who were at my car for prerace,” Suárez said. “This is the second time this season we’re having a group out to the track and I hope they have a great time just like the group in California.”
Suárez is 13th in the Cup Series standings with 421 points to round out the four-car SHR contingent. The top 16 drivers after the 26 regular-season races will earn a spot in the NASCAR playoffs.
So far this season, Suárez has garnered two top-five finishes and six top-10s and has led 52 laps behind the wheel of the No. 41 Ford Mustang. Team co-owner Tony Stewart currently has SHR’s only Cup win at Chicagoland which he captured in 2011.
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Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) looks ahead to a 1.5-mile track that hosted his most laps led in a single race and his first stage win of his career.
Almirola raced the No. 10 Ford from sixth to the lead by lap 40 in the first stage at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. He started Stage 2 from third and regained the lead until he reported a vibration and was forced to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop putting him a lap down and in 25th when the checkered flag waved.
Although Almirola only has one top-10 at Chicagoland, the speed his SHR team found in 2018 is nothing to blink an eye at. This season, Almirola has scored four top-10s out of six races at 1.5-mile tracks and led 46 total laps.
“At about this time last year we really started to find speed and mesh as a team,” said Almirola. “Johnny and the Smithfield team were able to bring me a really fast Ford and we ran up front for a while and earned some stage points. I’m going into the weekend with no expectation like I do every weekend, but it feels good knowing we had success here last year. I have confidence that we’re going to kick it in full gear before and during the playoffs and be serious competitors for the championship.”
Sonoma marks the 14th weekend the iconic black-and-white Smithfield livery will adorn Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Mustang. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its eighth season with Almirola and its second with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.
Fans can now get VIP, behind-the-scenes access in following “Aric ‘Beyond the 10’” by subscribing to his YouTube channel and following episodes on Facebook. Episodes will showcase never-before-seen footage of Almirola at the racetrack, on family trips, and “A Day in the Life” during the week, as well as all that goes into a NASCAR Cup Series driver’s season. Click here to subscribe on YouTube and watch the latest episode.
The 35-year-old Ford driver has earned one pole award, one top-five, nine top-10s and has led 100 laps through 15 races this season. His qualifying efforts have also been strong with five front-row starts and eight top-five starts this season.
Almirola sits 11th in the driver standings with 460 points, 183 behind leader and fellow Ford driver Joey Logano.
Front Row Motorsports, Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children today announced their plans to honor and remember fellow Shriner David Pearson during the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway later this year during Labor Day weekend. David Ragan, a Shiner himself, helped unveil his car that will replicate the livery of the Holman-Moody Racing Ford Tornio Cobra that Pearson raced to his third and final NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1969; 50 years ago, and the same year that Pearson became a Shriner.
The scheme will honor the late Pearson and his life as a driver and a Shriner. The hood features a photo of Pearson during his Hall of Fame career and a photo of him in his Shriner fez. The remainder of the car will have the Shriners Hospitals for Children logos with the 1969 Holman-Moody blue and gold scheme. The car was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with members of the Pearson family, Shriners and patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children in attendance.
Ragan, Front Row Motorsports and the Shriners wanted to recognize Pearson at the track where he found so much success. Pearson is a 10-time winner at Darlington Raceway and won the Southern 500 three times. In 1969, Pearson raced the Holman-Moody gold and blue Ford Tornio Cobra to 11 wins, 14 poles and to his third championship over his rival, Richard Petty. Off the track, Pearson gave back to his community through the Shriners – a practice that Ragan carries on today.
“When you remember or read about David Pearson, it’s all about the success he had on the track, and his legendary and Hall of Fame career,” said Ragan. “On the 50th anniversary of his last championship, and in one of the most iconic cars in our sport, we wanted to honor David Pearson and keep his memory alive. But, we also want his sons and family to talk about David away from the track and what he enjoyed about being a Shriner. This is going to be a great platform to do all of that. I’m humbled that I’ll get to race this car in honor of David, the Shriners and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
“David Pearson was one of our own and now we have a tremendous opportunity to recognize his life accomplishments on a national stage,” said Jim Cain, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We want to thank David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports and the Pearson family for the opportunity to tell more people about the Shriners and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. We look forward to Labor Day weekend and seeing this car on the track.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children is the leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
They continue to support the on-track efforts of Front Row Motorsports and Ragan, who has an authentic relationship with the national children’s hospitals. Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. Ragan visits Shriners Hospitals throughout the race season and regularly invites patients to the track for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ragan also raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, personal service announcements, donations and activities.
The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, September 1. The race will be televised live on NBC Sports Network at 6:00 p.m. ET and broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SIRIUS/XM NASCAR radio.
Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the addition of DriveSmartWarranty.com who will sponsor the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team for two races beginning with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on July 6, 2019.
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Veteran driver J.J. Yeley will drive the team’s No. 52 DriveSmartWarranty.com Ford Mustang at the World Center of Racing. The New York-based company will return to the organization in the Cup Series Playoff race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Oct. 6, 2019.
“We here at DriveSmartWarranty.com are excited to be a multi race primary partner for the No. 52 Cup car with Rick Ware Racing,” offered CEO Daniel Rodd. “In my opinion, NASCAR fans are the most passionate and loyal across all major US sports.
“It’s a unique opportunity to help contribute to the overall race day experience for the team and fans alike. At the same time, this partnership gives us the ability to grow our brand and engage with our customers and NASCAR fans through the most powerful racing platform on earth.”
Rick Ware Racing team principal Rick Ware says his organization is proud to welcome another new partner to the pinnacle series of NASCAR with an experienced superspeedway driver such as Yeley.
"We are thrilled to make the announcement that DriveSmart is going to be the primary partner on our No. 52 Ford for the upcoming race at Daytona,” said Ware. “Everyone we have talked with at DriveSmart have been so excited and energetic about seeing their car on the track in one of the most anticipated races of the year.
“This year we have had some very impressive paint schemes that have received a lot of national exposure, we feel this car and scheme will also get a lot of attention too. Daytona is a very special place and our company has had some great finishes there in the past.
“We are hoping that J.J. (Yeley) can rise up to the occasion and give DriveSmart a great race on what we expect will be a great weekend of racing with our friends and guests.”
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Yeley, a native of Phoenix, Ariz. is poised to make his 15th career Cup start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. In his previous 14 outings, he has a career-best 10th place finish after starting 41st in 2013.
“I’m excited to have DriveSmart on our Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang starting at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in July,” offered Yeley. “DriveSmart offers protection plans on all types of vehicles and is the perfect fit to be a part of our NASCAR industry.
“Daytona in July is always an exciting race and to showcase a new sponsor like DriveSmartWarranty.com to our wonderful NASCAR fans will make it even more exciting.”
The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season continues with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sat., July 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.
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If anyone’s named his or her car or talked to it regularly – or even felt guilty driving another one – he or she is not alone. American car owners see their vehicles as family members, with 60 percent considering their cars to be part of the family, according to new research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Toco Warranty.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang for Stewart Haas Racing (SHR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, admits he hasn’t named many of his racecars since joining NASCAR, but he has a favorite dirt car from the 2003 season when he was racing around the Midwest.
“I once had a dirt car we called Brown Eyed Girl,” he said. “We named her that because we were dirt racing at the time and she won just about every race she entered that year. I haven’t named many of the racecars since then. But the old Brown Eyed Girl is the one that sticks in my memory.”
About 56 percent of American car owners go as far as naming their cars, according to the survey. With a bond so deep, what goes into the naming process? Results found that 42 percent of named cars get their names from a prominent feature, like color, the sound it makes, etc. Other name inspirations – 20 percent – come from movies, TV shows, and songs, and another 17 percent of names are triggered by famous cars or celebrities. The survey unveiled just how close people are to their cars. Two in five of the 2,000 motorists studied said they regularly talk to their vehicle.
Given that Americans speak to their cars approximately 13 times a week, with 18 percent of owners speaking to them every single trip, one might wonder what they talk about. For 63 percent of owners, car conversations are primarily encouraging the car to go faster or make it up a hill. What other quirky habits do Americans have with their cars? It should come as no surprise that many identify their cars with personality traits. In fact, half of American car owners describe their car as having a “trustworthy” personality. More than one in three say their car’s personality is fun, and 28 percent say their vehicle is adventurous. Twenty-two percent believe their car is charming.
Bowyer doesn’t care as much about his Mustang’s charm as he does its performance on the track.
“I just want my hot rod to be fast,” he said with a laugh. “If she’s fast, I’ll put up with anything.”
Bowyer will carry the Toco Warranty paint scheme on his No. 14 Ford Mustang at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Bowyer arrives at Chicago after finishing 11th on the road course at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway last weekend. He’s 12th in points with just 10 races remaining before the NASCAR playoffs begin Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Maybe if we win this weekend in Chicagoland, we’ll start naming all of our cars,” Bowyer said. “We’ll do anything if it helps us lock down a playoff spot.”
Sunday’s race in Chicagoland marks Toco Warranty’s third appearance as the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s No. 14 Mustang. In its first season as a partner at SHR, Toco has initiated several racing programs, including the Toco All-Star Sweepstakes in which one lucky winner and his or her guest will attend the season finales of both the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The winner will be hosted by Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) for the World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 8 to 9 at The Dirt Track near Charlotte, North Carolina, before jetting off to South Florida to see the NASCAR season finale Nov. 16 to 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). Toco Warranty will provide VIP access that includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a rental car and event tickets. Tony Stewart, the owner of TSR and the co-owner of SHR, will be at both events, where the winner will see the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in action as an owner, facilitating meet-and-greets with 10-time and reigning World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz at Charlotte and Bowyer in Homestead.
To register, fans simply need to go to www.TocoWarranty.com. A winner will be drawn by Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. EDT.
“Toco Warranty has long realized that Americans view their cars as four-wheeled family members. Whether you are driving to little league, on a road trip or heading out on your daily commute, we know that every mile counts,” said Nota Berger, CEO of Toco Warranty. “Keeping cars reliable and on the road is Toco’s mission. Straightforward coverage plans to help hard-working Americans keep their cars for longer is the Toco promise.”
David Ragan is preparing for an exciting and busy week and weekend with the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Ragan, Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and the Shriners Hospitals for Children will begin Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to unveil its NASCAR “Throwback Weekend” paint scheme. On Friday, Ragan and FRM will visit the patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago. Ragan will again reunite with popular patient ambassador, Alec before visiting with the other patients and staff.
Finally, Ragan and FRM will host Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago patient Drew Beutel at Chicagoland Raceway. Ragan returns to the track with the Shriners Hospitals colors on his No. 38 Ford Mustang.
Beutel, 12, from Naperville, Illinois suffers from transverse myelitis- a rare spinal cord injury disorder that can leave children partially paralyzed, with limited mobility and bladder and bowel problems. In 2010, the family brought Beutel to Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago, where a team of pediatric spinal cord injury specialists began a care plan for him. The hospital’s family-centered care and services reassured his parents during Drew’s treatment.
“Shriners Hospitals is unique in the way they care about the whole child and their family,” said Drew’s mother, Liz. “They make a hospital feel fun and social, rather than the typical sterile and cold environment you might expect. Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago is Drew’s favorite place!”
Beutel, now a seventh grader, can walk for short distances with leg braces and forearm crutches. He stays healthy and active by participating in wheelchair and adapted sports. Beutel is frequently found on the Chicago Shriners Hospital indoor wheelchair basketball court shooting hoops and making friends. In his spare time, he loves competing with a traveling wheelchair basketball team called Synergy Adaptive Athletics.
Beutel just completed two weeks of intensive outpatient rehabilitation at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago using some of the latest technology with physical, occupational and recreational therapists. Shriners Hospitals will continue to support Drew and his family as he rolls, walks and plays his way in a healthy, independent life.
Ragan has a day of activities planned for Beutel, including a tour of the garage, his hauler and joining him during all the pre-race activities before Sunday’s race. The family will stay and watch the race with special seating made possible by Camping World.
“I’m really excited about the next two weeks really,” said Ragan. “We kick things off tomorrow at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to unveil our Darlington car with the Shriners Hospitals for Children before heading to Chicagoland. I’m actually going to Nashville next week to participate in the Shriners International Imperial Session- a gathering of Shriners across the country. So, we have a big next two weeks.”
“But, it’s always an honor to host a patient and donors at the track,” added Ragan. “They all enjoy seeing the Shriners Hospitals for Children car, taking tours of the garage and hauler and just acting like a normal child at the races. Because of the great work the Shriners Hospitals do, these patients can do normal things.”
Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. He visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities. Earlier this year, Ragan auctioned off 2018 Shiners Hospitals for Children race car at the Barrett-Jackson auction. The winning bid, made by Rick Steele of Select Blinds, raised $300,000 for the Hospitals.
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
NBC Sports Revs Its Engines For Fifth Season of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Racing This Sunday, June, 30, at 3P.M. ET On NBCSN From Chicagoland Speedway25 Jun 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
NBC Sports launches its 2019 NASCAR season this weekend with nearly 20 hours of trackside coverage from Chicagoland Speedway, culminating with Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Pre-race coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Countdown to Green.
NBC Sports will super-serve fans with 18 total hours of NASCAR programming on NBCSN this weekend from Friday to Sunday, including Xfinity Series racing on Saturday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. All 2019 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series coverage that airs on NBC and NBCSN will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Entering NBC Sports’ portion of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, leads the regular season standings with 643 points and 2 wins, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch (642 points, 4 wins), Kevin Harvick (573, 0 wins), Brad Keselowski (569, 3 wins), and Martin Truex, Jr. (543, 4 wins).
Seven-time Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson enters this weekend 17th in the standings, one point below the Playoff cut line. Truex Jr. took the checkered flag this past weekend at Sonoma Raceway, securing his fourth win of the season and placing him in the top five ahead of this weekend’s action at Chicagoland Speedway. Last season’s race at Chicagoland on NBCSN featured one of the most exciting finishes of the 2018 Cup Series season, as Kyle Busch held off Kyle Larson on the final lap to take the checkered flag.
NASCAR RACING RETURNS TO NBC SPORTS - MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL WEDNESDAY AT 4:30 P.M. ET
NBC Sports’ NASCAR motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series winner Jeff Burton, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, as well as NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood, preview the 2019 NBC Sports NASCAR season on a media conference call this Wednesday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Dial 323-794-2597to participate and enter meeting ID 7200997. Click here for more information.
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM CHICAGOLAND – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports’ lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, and 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton begin their fifth season in the booth, alongside NASCAR racing legend and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Host Krista Voda, auto racing icon Kyle Petty, and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett will again serve as the primary on-site pre- and post-race team. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, and Parker Kligerman will report from pit road and the garages.
NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will contribute news reports throughout race weekend, and features reporter Rutledge Wood will bring viewers a collection of off-track stories during race coverage throughout the season.
NBCSN’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage from Joliet, Ill., kicks off Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. ET with the first practice. NASCAR America, hosted live from NBC Sports’ “Peacock Pit Box,” airs at 1 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR Cup Series qualifying wraps up the day at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group’s race day coverage begins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage of NBCSN’s first NASCAR Cup Series race of the 2019 season begins at 3 p.m. ET. After the checkered flag falls, post-race coverage continues on NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET.
NBCSN PRESENTS XFINITY SERIES RACING – SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s Xfinity Series race day coverage kicks off Saturday at 12 p.m. ET with qualifying, followed by Countdown to Green at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s first Xfinity Series race of 2019 begins at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by the post-race show at 6 p.m. ET.
Entering this weekend, Tyler Reddick is atop the regular season standings with 649 points (3 wins), followed by Christopher Bell (598 points, 4 wins) and Cole Custer (563 points, 3 wins). Michael Annett (1 win) is the only other Playoff-eligible driver with a win in the 2019 Xfinity season.
TOMORROW’S EPISODE OF NASCAR AMERICA MOTORMOUTHS TO FEATURE GUEST TY DILLON
Tomorrow’s episode of NASCAR America Motormouths at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature special guest Ty Dillon. Dillon, who registered a career-best sixth place finish in the Daytona 500 earlier this year, will join Marty Snider and Dale Jarrett on the NASCAR America set as fans call in to ask their pressing questions ahead of this weekend’s race at Chicagoland. Motormouths Wednesdays are all about the viewers, providing regular opportunities for fans to call in to NASCAR America and speak with hosts, analysts, and a rotation of current drivers live on NBCSN.
NBC SPORTS’ “ON HER TURF” PODCAST TO FEATURE NASCAR DRIVER HAILIE DEEGAN ON TOMORROW’S EPISODE
Tomorrow’s episode of the “On Her Turf” podcast will feature 17-year-old stockcar driver Hailie Deegan. Deegan grew up racing off-road and on dirt but transitioned to competing on asphalt in 2016 to pursue a career in stock car racing. She began her career in NASCAR in 2018 at the K&N Pro Series level and is the only female to have won races in the series, doing so in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Deegan will join host Kathryn Tappen to discuss where she draws her confidence from, growing up in a racing household, her goals moving forward, Kevin Harvick’s importance in her career, how she sees “frenemies” every day and keeps her priorities straight, and the one thing that scares her in a race car.
Following is this week’s NASCAR programming on NBCSN:
|Wednesday, June 26||NASCAR America Motormouths||5 p.m.|
|Thursday, June 27||NASCAR America Motorsports Hour||5 p.m.|
|K&N Pro West - Sonoma||6 p.m.|
|Friday, June 28||NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice – Chicago||4 p.m.|
|NASCAR America Fan Fridays||6 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice – Chicago||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 29||NASCAR Cup Series Practice – Chicago||11 a.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – Chicago||12 p.m.|
|NASCAR America||1 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Chicago||2 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green||3 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – Chicago||3:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-Race Show||6 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Chicago||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, June 30||NASCAR America||1 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||2:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Race – Chicago||3 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||6 p.m.|
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE
The official home of the NASCAR Playoffs, NBC Sports will present the final 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events in 2019. NBC Sports’ NASCAR programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show NASCAR America, coverage of NASCAR’s Awards Ceremonies, the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as well as original programming specials.
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Kevin Harvick finished sixth last week at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in what could be considered his home race as Sonoma is located in the same state in which Harvick grew up.
This week, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. And the speedway is located just 164 miles from Charleston, Illinois, where Jimmy John’s was founded in 1983 by Jimmy John Liautaud.
So, for Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang, this is an important weekend. Harvick and Jimmy John’s won the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland, but a Chicago Cup Series victory for Jimmy John’s would make for a happy sponsor and driver.
Harvick and his crew chief Rodney Childers have been successful in 2019 as they are third in the standings despite being without a victory thus far.
But Harvick has been victorious at Chicagoland several times before. He has two wins, 10 top-five finishes, 11 top-10s and has led a total of 471 laps in his 18 career NASCAR Cup Series starts there, with an average start of 15.3, an average finish of 11.2 and a lap-completion rate of 98.4 percent – 4,736 of the 4,812 laps available.
Since he joined SHR in 2014, Harvick has never started lower than 12th and he has three top-five finishes. Harvick also has three wins in 12 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Chicagoland to go with six top-fives and eight top-10s at the 1.5-mile oval.
He even has competed in one NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Chicagoland. On September 16, 2011, Harvick drove Truck No. 2 and started second and finished second in the Fast Five 225.
By the time Harvick won his second consecutive race at Chicagoland in 2002, Jimmy John’s had grown to 160 stores. If Harvick can win at Chicagoland this weekend, those 160 stores will celebrate as will more than 2,800 stores that are now open across 43 states.
It would be a great hometown victory for Jimmy John’s and for Harvick, Childers and the No. 4 team.
"We're excited to return to Front Row Motorsports," said Mike Campanile, Trident's senior marketing manager. "Like Louis Kemp, NASCAR has an extremely loyal fanbase and after we experienced that firsthand last year, it only made sense to align ourselves with the team again and Matt Tifft. His story of perseverance and finding success is something our brand can certainly relate to, and we're looking forward to carrying that message to both new and existing customers."
"I'm looking forward to having the Louis Kemp brand on our car this season," said Matt Tifft. "It's always a win for all parties when we see our partners expanding their involvement year after year. It's a testament to the platform that our team provides for partners, and I'm glad to be involved."
The No. 36 Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford Mustang will hit the track for the first time on Saturday, June 29 for practice and qualifying at Chicagoland Speedway. The "Camping World 400" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will air Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.