This weekend, NASCAR descends upon Watkins Glen International for the 34th consecutive year for some high-speed road racing with Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen. It should be interesting to watch, no matter how much Kyle Busch demoralizes everyone. 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.
Go Bowling At The Glen
Time: 3 p.m. ET (Sunday)
Track: Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, N.Y.)
TV: NBCSN, coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
The on-track action for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is a relic of the "enhanced schedules" that NASCAR introduced last year. It is effectively a two-day show for Cup teams. Practice sessions were held at 10:35 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both aired live on NBCSN. Qualifying took place later Saturday night after the Xfinity race.
Pre-race coverage is scheduled to start Sunday with NASCAR RaceDay on FS1 at 12 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s coverage starts with NASCAR America Sunday at 1 p.m. Here, you’ll get plenty of interviews and features. "Behind The Driver" returns with Martin Truex Jr., but there's also a bonus interview; Jeff Burton spends some time with Matt DiBenedetto. Countdown to Green starts at 2:30 p.m. and gets you prepared for the race, which is scheduled to start shortly after 3 p.m.
Once again this weekend, NBCSN will have a Radio-Style race broadcast. SIRIUS XM's Mike Bagley will be in the Esses while Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be in turn 9 and Jeff Burton in turn 10. Also, watch for Dillon Welch (son of Vince Welch) in the pits. Sunday will be his first Cup Series race as a pit reporter.
NBCSN has a half-hour of post-race coverage scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday. You’ll get additional driver interviews and post-race analysis there.
Radio coverage will air on MRN Radio starting at 2 p.m. with pre-race coverage. Race coverage will start at 3 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will start pre-race coverage at Noon with Claire B. Lang and Brad Gillie before joining MRN’s coverage at 2 p.m. They will also air a post-race show starting at 6:30 p.m. that will run to 8:30.