Broadcast News: @RickyCarmichael to join @NASCARonNBC this weekend at @TooToughToTame. No news on what his role will be yet as of 9/3/21.
9/3/21 5:28pm ET Update:
NBC Sports Press Release:
NASCAR CUP SERIES PLAYOFFS BEGIN THIS SUNDAY FROM DARLINGTON RACEWAY ON NBCSNNASCAR Cup Series Hour-Long Pre-Race Coverage Begins at 5 p.m. ET Sunday Leading into Race Coverage at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Petty, and Dale Jarrett to Call Stage 2 of Sunday’s Race
Ricky Carmichael to Be Part of NBC Sports’ NASCAR Commentary Team This Weekend in Darlington
NASCAR Xfinity Series Coverage Gets Underway Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 2, 2021 – NBC Sports presents the first race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs from Darlington Raceway this Sunday, Sept. 5, with Countdown to Green pre-race coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, leading into the start of the Cook Out Southern 500 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NASCAR coverage from Darlington will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green on NBCSN, leading into Xfinity Series racing at 3:30 p.m. ET. Three races remain in the 2021 Xfinity Series regular season.
NBC Sports’ lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen will call Stage 1 and 3 of Sunday’s Cup Series race with Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, and NASCAR Hall of Fame selection Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stage 2 will feature three of the most famous last names in NASCAR together in the booth, with Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett calling the action.
Saturday’s Xfinity Series broadcast will feature Allen, Letarte, Burton and NBC Sports lead Supercross analyst and five-time Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, who raced in the NASCAR Xfinity, Truck and ARCA Series from 2008-2010. Carmichael will be a part of Sunday’s pre-race coverage, including driving the NBC Toyota car around Darlington Raceway to give viewers an idea of The Track Too Tough to Tame.
Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Parker Kligerman will contribute coverage from pit road on Saturday and Sunday.
Pre- and post-race coverage from Darlington will be anchored by Kelli Stavast alongside Kyle Petty and Brad Daugherty from the Peacock Pit Box on pit road Saturday and Sunday. Pre-race coverage will feature a docu-follow episode of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from last weekend’s race at Daytona International Speedway. Click here to watch.
Last week at Daytona, Ryan Blaney won his third Cup Series race of the year, while Justin Haley won the Xfinity Series race.
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 2021, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 6-7. Click here for more information on NBC Sports’ 2021 NASCAR coverage.
NASCAR Pick ‘Em: NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, NASCAR Pick ‘Em, features a weekly contest for each NASCAR Cup Series race. 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) and at nbcsports.com/predictor.
Sat., Sept. 4Countdown to Green – NASCAR Xfinity SeriesNBCSN3 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Racing at Darlington RacewayNBCSN3:30 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Post RaceNBCSN5:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 5Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup SeriesNBCSN5 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Racing at Darlington RacewayNBCSN6 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Post RaceNBCSN10 p.m.