NBC Sports Presents Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 Elimination
NBC Sports Group's robust coverage of the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs continues this weekend with more than 17 hours of trackside coverage from Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Race coverage from "The Sunflower State" begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, with XFINITY Series racing, and is highlighted by Sunday's pivotal Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 elimination race at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Going into Sunday's Cup Series elimination race, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski have both secured spots in the Round of 8, by virtue of a win. Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Jimmy Johnson occupy the final six transfer spots for the Round of 8, but have yet to officially lock in a position. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray currently stand below the cut line, and face elimination from the playoffs.
In addition to live television coverage on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of this weekend's NASCAR action.
NASCAR ON NBC DEBUTS XFINITY SERIES "ON THE BOX" COVERAGE - SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET
Saturday's XFINITY Series playoffs race broadcast from Kansas Speedway will feature the debut of NASCAR on NBC's new "On The Box" coverage. Daytona 500 winning crew chief and analyst Steve Letarte will contribute from a position atop JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 47 pit box on pit road, while lead race announcer Rick Allen and The Mayor" of NASCAR Jeff Burton call the race from NBC's traditional broadcast booth above the start-finish line.
Similar to NBC Sports' "Inside The Glass" coverage during NHL telecasts, "On The Box" will take viewers trackside to experience a crew chief's perspective firsthand. Leaning on his nine-year career atop the box, Letarte will offer real-time commentary and insight throughout the race.
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM KANSAS SPEEDWAY - SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN kicks off its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage from Kansas Speedway this Friday at 12:45 p.m. ET with NASCAR America, followed by first practice beginning at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Qualifying wraps up the day at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Saturday's coverage begins with second practice at 11 a.m. ET, available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. In addition, local coverage will be available on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Boston. NBCSN presents a special 30-minute edition of NASCAR AMERICA at 1 p.m. ET. Final practice wraps up the day at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Sunday's race day coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. ET. Driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, will join NASCAR AMERICA live on-set to discuss his quest for a record eighth NASCAR Cup Championship. During Sunday's race, 31-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Denny Hamlin will don NASCAR on NBC's helmet visor camera, and provide viewers with live in-car coverage.
NASCAR Cup Series racing begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and is followed by a live on-site post-race show. NBCSN wraps up coverage at 7 p.m. ET, with Victory Lap, NBC Sports Group's NASCAR post-race show originating from Stamford, Conn.