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NASCAR America to Celebrate Countdown to 'The Great American Race'

NASCAR America celebrates the countdown to the Daytona 500 and NASCAR's season-opening weekend with robust preview coverage highlighted by three new episodes and numerous on-site interviews with the sport's top drivers. "The Mayor" of NASCAR Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton), as well as NASCAR on NBC reporter Marty Snider (@HeyMartySnider), will report live on-site from Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla., throughout the week. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join Snider on Wednesday to discuss his return to NASCAR action for the first time since July 2016, and his expectations for "The Great American Race."

Carolyn Manno (@Carolynmanno) hosts NASCAR AMERICA this week from Stamford, Conn. alongside auto racing icon Kyle Petty (@KylePetty) and analyst Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman). Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett) and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) will contribute from NBC Sports Group's NASCAR AMERICA studio in Charlotte N.C. and Burton's Garage in Huntersville, N.C.

Veteran NASCAR driver Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) joins NBC Sports Group this season as a recurring guest analyst on NASCAR America. Biffle owns 19 victories in the NASCAR Cup Series, as well as Championships in both the XFINITY Series (2002) and Camping World Truck Series (2000). Biffle will add his expertise to NBCSN's daily motorsports show on a regular basis, and will report from NBC Sports Group's studios in Charlotte, N.C.

2016 Daytona 500 Champion and driver of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 11, Denny Hamlin joins Nate Ryan (@nateryan) on this week's NASCAR on NBC podcast. Hamlin discusses his photo finish last year at Daytona, and how the early success spring boarded him into a fruitful season.

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. 20 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Tuesday, Feb. 21 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, Feb. 22 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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