NBCSN hopes to cover a 2019 NASCAR Cup race that isn't marred by Mother Nature
The 2019 NASCAR race weekend at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled to come to an end Saturday night with the ninth running of the Quaker State 400. Unlike the last two weekends, there is a very low chance of rain for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But Mother Nature is still throwing teams and drivers a curveball; it’s going to be a hot one with an expected high temperature of 90 degrees.
Quaker State 400
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (Saturday)
Track: Kentucky Speedway (Sparta, Ky.)
TV: NBCSN, coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
Coverage of Saturday night's Quaker State 400 is due to start with NASCAR America Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. This pre-pre-race show is good to watch because you’ll get a fair amount of driver interviews. In particular, a weekly "Behind the Driver" feature will air to give you a closer look at racing mentors. So far this season, we've had Joey Logano talking about Mike McLaughlin from his days at Joe Gibbs Racing and Jimmie Johnson talking about mentor/former teammate Rick Johnson.
This week, Ryan Blaney talks about his mentor. Also, Ken Squier will voice a piece on grassroots racing as part of NASCAR and NBC Sports' new initiative to reestablish the connection between NASCAR's national series and local short tracks.
Countdown to Green is due to start at 7 p.m., also on NBCSN. This will contain additional driver interviews and pre-race analysis. Coverage of the race itself starts at 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN, with the green flag flying around 7:40.
Once the race ends, there is a half-hour of post-race coverage scheduled under the title of NASCAR America Post-Race starting at 11 p.m. on NBCSN. There, you'll get additional interviews that don’t make the main broadcast. This show will be live from victory lane at Kentucky Speedway. Expect whoever ends up winning to join Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett on set at some point.
For those who like to listen on the radio, Kentucky Speedway is a Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) track. As a result, the race will be on PRN Radio. Click here for a list of PRN affiliates. PRN Radio coverage from Kentucky is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. with the on-air team of Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini in the booth and run until 11 p.m.
For those of you with satellite radio, the race will air on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Channel 90. Coverage starts with the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Pre-Race Show co-hosted by the ubiquitous Claire B. Lang and Brad Gillie live from Kentucky Speedway starting at 4:30 p.m. The actual race broadcast will start at 6:30 p.m. Lang and Gillie will then return for the Post-Race Show, which will run from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Despite the FOX Sports portion of their broadcast season ending at Sonoma, they typically have an edition of NASCAR RaceDay to compete alongside NBC. However, that will not be the case this weekend due to baseball coverage.