NBC NASCAR - Conference Call Notes (UPDATE: Transcript Added)


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STAMFORD, Conn.June 21, 2022 – NBC Sports kicks into gear its portion of the 2022 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. Over three days, NBC Sports will present nearly 15 hours of practice, qualifying and race coverage for the Cup and Xfinity Series across NBC, Peacock and USA Network.


NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green pre-race coverage will get underway in Nashville Sunday at 4 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock leading into Ally 400 race coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. Peacock will present post-race coverage immediately following the checkered flag at 9 p.m. ET.


Countdown to Green ahead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 gets underway Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network, leading into race coverage at 3:30 p.m. ET. Post-race coverage will begin at 6 p.m. ET on USA Network.


Live coverage from Nashville begins on Friday with a pair of hour-long practice sessions, getting underway with the Xfinity Series at 5:30 p.m. ET and Cup Series at 6:30 p.m. ET on USA Network. Xfinity Series qualifying is presented on Saturday at noon ET, followed by Cup Series qualifying at 1 p.m. ET on USA Network.


Two-time Daytona 500 Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will serve as analysts for both the Cup and Xfinity Series races this weekend from Nashville Superspeedway with lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen. Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman will serve as pit reporters.


NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett, auto racing icon Kyle Petty and JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Brad Daugherty will anchor studio coverage with Snider from the Peacock Pit Box during pre- and post-race coverage on Saturday and Sunday.

NBC Sports’ Rutledge Wood will serve as a “CityView” reporter and share stories from Nashville’s famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge to highlight the atmosphere and excitement around the race on Broadway in Music City. Last week, NBC Sports announced its NASCAR commentary team ahead of the season.


Peacock will present coverage of three NASCAR Cup Series (Nashville, Daytona, Phoenix) and four NASCAR Xfinity Series races (Indianapolis, Charlotte ROVAL, Las Vegas, Martinsville) throughout the season in addition to pre- and post-race coverage. Click here for more details.


The official home of the NASCAR Championship and Playoffs, NBC Sports will once again present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races and 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2022 across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 5-6. Click here for more information on NBC Sports’ 2022 NASCAR coverage.



BROADCAST NOTES

  • Keith Urban: Throughout the past month, four-time GRAMMY© Award winner Keith Urban helped kick off NBC Sports’ NASCAR promotional campaign featuring music inspired by his hit single Wild Hearts filmed at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Click here for more details.

  • NASCAR Pick ‘Em: NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, NASCAR Pick ‘Em, features a weekly contest for each NASCAR Cup Series race throughout the season. NASCAR Pick ‘Em is available for download now on the NBC Sports Predictor app powered by PointsBet (available in the App Store and Google Play Store).


BROADCAST TEAM

  • Analysts: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Play by Play: Rick Allen

  • Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman

  • “CityView” Reporter: Rutledge Wood


STUDIO COVERAGE TEAM

  • Host: Marty Snider

  • Analysts: Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty, Brad Daugherty


HOW TO WATCH

  • TV – NBC, USA Network

  • Streaming – Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app



TRANSCRIPT – NBC SPORTS 2022 NASCAR CONFERENCE CALL


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Jeff Burton

Steve Letarte

Dale Jarrett

Sam Flood

THE MODERATOR: Thank you so much, everyone, for joining us today. In just a moment, we’re going to be joined by NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood, and our NASCAR analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, and Dale Jarrett.


NBC Sports takes over the second half of the NASCAR season this weekend and returns to Nashville. Coverage of the Cup Series begins at 5 p.m. Eastern Sunday on NBC and Peacock.

Let’s get our call started right now. We’ll take opening remarks, beginning with Sam Flood.


SAM FLOOD: Thanks everyone for joining us.

We are really excited to get going with our half of the NASCAR season. It was fun to watch the Fox team put on the first half of the season, including having Junior join their group for Talladega. Great to see the audiences.


I went out to the race in Los Angeles before our Super Bowl and really loved the scene there and the idea of bringing NASCAR out to the fans in new ways, which is one of the things we’re going to be doing this year. We’re going to be really reaching into the fans.

Rutledge has a new CityView camera where he’s going to be able to go around to new places. For this race he’ll be down on Broadway in Nashville telling stories and getting a different view of the race world and welcoming the audience to the various cities and locations in and around the tracks that makes NASCAR so special.


We’re glad we have the playoffs. We’re glad we’ve got the race to the playoffs. Excited about that.


Going to have some more fun with drones and Bat Cam. We’re going to have a new robotic camera on the pace car that’s going to be a part of every Cup race where we’ve got a new home on USA, and can’t wait to be a part of the USA/NBC world.


A lot of excitement and energy coming to USA, and they’ve already rolled out some shoulder programming, which we’re thrilled that they’re doing.


It’s part of making USA the home of NASCAR for the second half of the season with a great plan and a great partnership there.


I think most of you want to hear from the next guy up on this call, who’s just back from his wild European adventure. So Mr. World Traveler, Dale Jr., take it away.


DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Thanks. Definitely excited to be on our way back to the racetrack. We’ve seen a pretty incredible season play out so far. This first half of the year has been, I think, some of the most compelling story lines and some really positive momentum with the Next Gen car.


It’s been a lot to absorb for everyone, and I feel like we’ve got a great understanding of what kind of product that Fox is handing off to us as we begin our part of the season.


I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth and talking about racing. It’s a very, very fun job. I’ve certainly missed it. So getting to do that one off with Fox earlier this year was a great experience. I think there’s a lot to understand about the Next Gen car across the board for everybody in the industry, and to be able to actually go