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.
- Play by Play: Rick Allen
- Analysts: Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Ricky Carmichael (Saturday), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Sunday), Kyle Petty (Sunday), Dale Jarrett (Sunday)
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Marty Snider Parker Kligerman
STUDIO COVERAGE TEAM
- Host: Kelli Stavast
- Analysts: Kyle Petty, Brad Daugherty
HOW TO WATCH
- TV – NBCSN
- Streaming – NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
|Sat., Sept. 4||Countdown to Green – NASCAR Xfinity Series||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Racing at Darlington Raceway||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Post Race||NBCSN||5:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 5||Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup Series||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Racing at Darlington Raceway||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post Race||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
LUCAS OIL MOTOCROSS: FOX RACEWAY II NATIONAL
- Play by Play: Jason Weigandt
- Analyst: Jeff Emig
- Reporter: Ashley Reynard
With only two races left in the 2021 season, the championship race heats up at the Fox Raceway II National from Pala, Calif., Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Dylan Ferrandis leads the 450 Class standings and can clinch the championship if he ties or finishes ahead of Ken Roczen. In the 250 Class standings, Jett Lawrence leads after a victory last weekend and is narrowly trailed by Justin Cooper. Live streaming coverage of all races and qualifying will be available on Peacock. For more information about Motocross on Peacock, click here.
DALE JR. DOWNLOAD
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver, Jordan Taylor, who was a part of the 2019 and 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona winning team, is this week’s guest on the Dale Jr. Download episode that airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Produced on-site at Dirty Mo Media Studios in Mooresville, N.C., the Dale Jr. Download on NBCSN takes viewers couch-side for the taping of the motorsports icon’s weekly podcast, featuring unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and insight that fans have come to expect from Dale Jr.
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE
NBC Sports is the official home of the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs, covering the race for the NASCAR Cup Series & NASCAR Xfinity Series championships. NBC Sports’ NASCAR programming also includes races from NASCAR’s regional touring series; annual events such as the NASCAR Awards and NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony; and original programming across NBC Sports platforms.