This weekend, NASCAR returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for their only visit of the year to the one-mile oval. Phil Allaway, TV Critic and author of the weekly Couch Potato Tuesday column at Frontstretch, is here to show you what to look for in NASCAR TV coverage for Sunday's race.
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Time: 3 p.m. ET (Sunday)
Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon, N.H.)
TV: NBCSN, coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
For the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, coverage this weekend prior to Sunday is exactly the same as last year. Saturday's second practice will air Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC. Happy Hour will move back to the sports network, NBCSN, at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday is where some major changes pop up for the 2019 broadcast of this race. Pre-race coverage technically starts with NASCAR RaceDay on FOX Sports 1 at noon ET, over three hours before the green flag drops. It's the lone NASCAR TV presence FOX has this weekend with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series taking a week off.
NBCSN coverage starts with NASCAR America Sunday at 1:30 p.m. This week’s "Behind The Driver" feature is on Ryan Preece. Fans of Modified racing will likely be intrigued; Preece made 23 career starts here in that series but never won.
In addition, Ken Squier will be back with another essay on grassroots racing in New England. This time, he's focused on the Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont. Note that Squier founded Thunder Road back in 1960 and co-owned it until 2017. Expect footage from Thursday night’s Vermont Governor’s Cup (complete with Vermont Governor Phil Scott racing in the event itself).
Countdown to Green will follow at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN, followed by the race coverage itself at 3 p.m. The green flag will fall around 3:15. NBCSN coverage starts 90 minutes later than last year and the race is scheduled to start an hour later.
Post-race coverage is scheduled to begin with NASCAR America Post-Race for a half-hour starting at 6:30 p.m. That is followed by the season premiere of NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN’s post-post-race show based in Stamford, Connecticut.