This weekend, NASCAR makes its second stop at Pocono Raceway as Monster Energy Cup drivers get another shot at The Tricky Triangle in the RV Gander 400. 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.
Gander RV 400
Time: 3 p.m. ET (Sunday)
Track: Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, Pa.)
TV: NBCSN, coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
This weekend is a split weekend in the world of NASCAR. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Gander Outdoors Truck series teams are at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series race took place Saturday at Iowa Speedway.
For Cup teams, Pocono will retain most of the "enhanced weekend" schedule from past years, but with no race-day qualifying. Practices were held on Saturday from 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Both sessions aired on NBCSN. Qualifying took place later that afternoon and also aired live on NBCSN.
There will be a shortened amount of pre-race programming because Sunday is the final day of the Tour de France. No NASCAR America Sunday this weekend. Coverage will start with NASCAR RaceDay on FS1 at 1:30 p.m. ET, then NBCSN coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. Race coverage will follow immediately afterward with the green flag scheduled for shortly after 3 p.m. There will also be a half-hour edition of NASCAR America Post-Race that will air at 6:30 p.m. No NASCAR Victory Lap this week.
This week's Cup broadcast will be the first of three "Radio Style" broadcasts that NBC Sports will present for viewers (the others will be Watkins Glen and Indianapolis). Rick Allen and Steve Letarte will be in the booth, while MRN Radio's Mike Bagley will be located in turn 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be situated in the Tunnel Turn, while Jeff Burton will be in turn 3. The move has been made to take advantage of Pocono's size to provide the most comprehensive coverage possible.
Given Pocono Raceway's independent nature, radio coverage of Sunday's race will be handled by MRN Radio. Their Sunday coverage is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with a pre-race show, followed by the race. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio coverage starts at Noon with Claire B. Lang and Brad Gillie before joining the MRN broadcast at 2 p.m. There is also a post-race show scheduled to run until 8:30 p.m.