2017 Daytona 500 Winner Kurt Busch Joins Tonight's NASCAR America

NASCAR America returns tonight at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN to recap yesterday's down to the wire Daytona 500, which saw all but five cars involved in accidents. Kurt Busch prevailed and secured his first Daytona 500 victory, passing Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott in the final laps of Sunday's race. NASCAR AMERICA breaks down the first race under NASCAR's new stage-based race format, and analyzes the intense competition as drivers jockeyed to garner points before the checkered flag.

On tonight's edition of NASCAR America, host Krista Voda will interview Busch about the last-lap pass that secured his Daytona 500 victory. Hall of Famer and 3-time Daytona 500 Champion Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett) joins Voda in-studio, while auto racing icon Kyle Petty (@KylePetty) and "The Mayor" of NASCAR Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) contributes from Burton's Garage in Huntersville, N.C. Tonight's show will also feature NASCAR on NBC reporter Marty Snider's (@HeyMartySnider) emotional post-race interviews from victory lane with Busch, and his crew chief Tony Gibson, immediately after winning NASCAR's "Great American Race."

During Tuesday's show, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) goes "Crew Chief to Crew Chief" with Gibson, from Stewart-Haas Racing's headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C. The two discuss the Daytona Beach native's winning strategy and how Sunday's Daytona 500 win is one of the greatest accomplishments of Gibson's career. Tuesday's show also includes a special "Pit Crew Review" feature which includes interviews with Kurt Busch's winning No. 41 team.

Veteran NASCAR driver Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) will make his reoccurring guest analyst debut on NASCAR AMERICA this week. During Wednesday and Thursday's show Biffle will weigh in on relevant news and offer driver insights as teams prepare for the second race of the 2017 season.

In addition, Dave Burns (@TVDaveBurns) will report throughout the week from various race shops in Charlotte as teams ready for this upcoming weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

MONDAY MORNING DONUTS - NBC SPORTS' NEW WEEKLY NASCAR PODCAST - DEBUTS TODAY

Monday Morning Donuts, NBC Sports' new weekly NASCAR podcast hosted by Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) and Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman), debuts today. In an episode entitled "Demolition at Daytona," Manno and Kligerman break down the major incidents that eliminated more than half of the field Sunday and discuss Kurt Busch's dramatic victory.

Monday Morning Donuts joins NBC Sports' existing NASCAR on NBC motorsports podcast with Nate Ryan (@nateryan). Three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and television analyst, Darrell Waltrip, joins Nate Ryan on this week's NASCAR on NBC podcast.

Monday Morning Donuts is available on iTunes and Stitcher. For more info click here. The NASCAR on NBC podcast is available each Wednesday on NASCAR Talk, iTunes, AudioBoom, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and podcasting apps. For more info click here.

THIS WEEK'S NASCAR AMERICA SCHEDULE ON NBCSN

Date Time (ET) Network
Monday, Feb. 27 6:00 p.m. NBCSN
Tuesday, Feb. 28 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, March 1 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday, March 2 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR ON NBC

In 2017, NBC Sports Group will present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events.

NBC Sports Group's 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. NBC Sports Group concluded the 2016 NASCAR season presenting more hours of trackside coverage and programming than ever before.

In 2016, NBC Sports Group continued to innovate and entertain race fans with 630 hours of NASCAR programming including interactive watch parties, documentary specials and new shoulder programming, in addition to its 366 live trackside hours from 22 different states. In 2016 overall consumption of NASCAR content on NBC Sports' Digital properties was up 50% vs. 2015 and NASCAR on NBC's social platforms generated a triple-digit increase in video views, as well as double-digit increase in fan base and impressions compared to the 2015 season.



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