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NBC SPORTS HEADS TO TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR A COLOSSAL WEEKEND OF NASCAR ACTION

NASCAR Sprint Cup Playoff Racing Sun. at 2 p.m. ET on NBC – XFINITY Series Racing Sat. at 3:30pm ET on NBC

Jeff Gordon Shares One of the Highlights of His Career with Marty Snider Days After His Emotional 93rd Victory

Big Moments, Big Paybacks and Big Controversies – Pre Race Coverage Breaks Down The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup

Ken Squier Voices a Special Essay on Texas’ Great American Speedway

Sunday Marks the First of Three Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Races on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 4, 2015 –NBC Sports presents a much anticipated weekend of racing from Texas Motor Speedway. On the heels of last weekend’s dramatic events in Martinsville, NASCAR Sprint Cup racing returns to NBC Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. After a two-week hiatus the NASCAR XFINITY Series kicks back into action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Before Sunday’s green flag falls, Jeff Gordon shares his emotions with Marty Snider following his exciting win in Martinsville and memorable post-race celebration. After having a few days to recover and process the win, Gordon discusses what it means to be one of the final four racers moving on to Miami with a shot at the Championship. Coverage also showcases a special pre-race ceremony in which 24 skydivers descend into Texas Motor Speedway to honor Gordon’s final showdown in “The Lone Star State.”

Sunday’s pre-race coverage takes an in-depth look at two of the most memorable confrontations that have transpired since the new Chase format was enacted. From last year’s altercation between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski in Texas to the recent collision between Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth in Martinsville, coverage examines how the added pressure of the Chase is upping the aggression.

Ken Squier returns to voice a special essay on Texas’ “Great American Speedway.” Because everything is bigger in Texas, Squire examines the big moments, big paybacks and big controversies that have occurred at the1.5-mile speedway over the years.

Features reporter Rutledge Wood takes viewers across town to AT&T Stadium, where this week’s Sunday Night Football showdown takes place between the Eagles and Cowboys.

NBC SPORTS PRESENTS NASCAR SPRINT CUP PLAYOFF RACE FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Rick Allen calls the action from the 1.5 mile oval track alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton. Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett host NASCAR America along with pre- and post-race coverage from Fort Worth, Texas. Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns contribute reports from pit road. NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan contributes to on-site NASCAR America coverage.

NBC Sports’ Sprint Cup coverage from “Cowtown” begins Friday with first practice at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN followed by a 30-minute on-site NASCAR America at 6 p.m. ET. Qualifying kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Saturday’s coverage begins on CNBC with Sprint Cup Series second practice at 11 a.m. ET. NASCAR America begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and flows into Sprint Cup final practice at 2 p.m. ET.

Race day Sunday begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings. Coverage moves over to NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET with the Countdown to Green Served by Sonic pre-race show. Sprint Cup Racing from Texas Presented by Nexium begins at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage from Texas Motor Speedway wraps up with the Post Race Show at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NASCAR Victory Lap at 6:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING RETURNS

Race announcer Rick Allen calls the XFINITY action alongside Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton. Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett host pre- and post-race coverage from “The Lone Star State.”

NBCSN’s XFINITY coverage from Texas begins Friday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the final Series practice. Saturday’s day of XFINITY racing begins at 12:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by NASCAR America at 1:30 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts over to NBC at 3 p.m. ET with XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show. XFINITY Series Racing from Texas Presented by Honda Powersports begins at 3:30 p.m. ET.

DateProgramTime (ET)Network
Wed., November 4NASCAR America5 p.m.NBCSN
Thur., November 5NASCAR America5 p.m.NBCSN
Fri., November 6Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Texas12:30 p.m.NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – Texas2 p.m.NBCSN
NASCAR America6 p.m.NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Texas6:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sat., November 7Sprint Cup Series Second Practice – Texas11 a.m.CNBC
XFINITY Series Qualifying – Texas12:15 p.m.NBCSN
NASCAR America1:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Texas2 p.m.NBCSN
XFINITY Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show3 p.m.NBC
XFINITY Series Race - Texas3:30 p.m.NBC
Sun., November 8NASCAR America Sunday1 p.m.NBCSN
Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show1:30 p.m.NBC
Sprint Cup Series Race – Texas2 p.m.NBC
The Post Race Show6 p.m.NBCSN
Victory Lap6:30 p.m.NBCSN

NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES THE NASCAR PLAYOFFS WITH QUICKEN LOANS’ WEEKLY PLAYOFF GRID CHALLENGE

Fans still have a chance to win big throughout the NASCAR playoffs including a chance to have their mortgage paid for a year by Quicken Loans in the Weekly Playoff Grid Challenge. As the NASCAR playoff field narrows, fans can enter before each race who they think will be the top three finishers each week. By filling out their predictions, fans are entered to win weekly prizes including a Roku streaming player and NBC Sports prize packs. Each correct top three prediction earns an entrant a point, and at the end of the 10 races the fan with the most points will receive mortgage payments for an entire year from Quicken Loans.

MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s NASCAR and IndyCar coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.

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