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SOMEWHERE ABOVE THE CLOUDS – At a height higher than Mount Everest,Ricky Stenhouse jr.sits comfortably in a leather seat on a CE-680A charter plane, a giant Daytona 500 ring on his right hand, a Rolex watch given to the race winner on his left wrist, and his wife across the aisle.

It's a long way from the long nights on the road, traveling from track to track with his father and later alone as he tried to make a career of driving sprint cars.

In the hurricane 48 hours since his No. 17 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet crossedthe finish line to win the Daytona 500, Stenhouse had been on the way. Now that the plane is returning to Concord, North Carolina from Chicago, Stenhouse has time to reflect on his journey to victory in NASCAR's greatest race.

"When people climb Mount Everest, they get up there and take it in," Stenhouse told NBC Sports. "You can't be up there very long, but you're taking every moment you can. ... That is a great achievement. That's how I feel.”

After Stenhouse received his ring, watch and race winner's jacket and stuck his right foot and both hands in wet cement for permanent display among the Daytona 500 champions, Stenhouse traveled to Disney on Monday as part of the winner's promotional tour World.

He returned home that night, got about three hours of sleep, and flew to Chicago the next morning for a media tour and a chance to take a look at the street course NASCAR will race there July 1-2. Wednesday he was in the race shop. On Thursday he was in New York City for more performances and rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.

Stenhouse never imagined doing these things when he was trying to follow his father into racing. Among the memories that Stenhouse particularly highlights are the times between his father's races. One of Stenhouse's main duties was scraping mud off his father's car before the next event.

"I had the most important job," says Stenhouse, 35, smiling, thinking back to his younger self. “I kept the car so clean. At the end of the night I was dirty, I mean dirty from head to toe, but the car was clean.”

He thinks about all the nights he was out with his father, going to the next race or returning home. On many of these nocturnal journeys the boy slept. Still, traveling with dad to the next race was always special for Stenhouse.

When he first started racing, the goal was simply to drive sprint cars. As he became more successful, Stenhouse gained attention and was hired by Tony Stewart in 2007 to drive for his sprint car team.

"Moving to Indy, racing for Tony... that's where I really thought I was going to race sprint cars in Indiana, and I waslovingit,” says Stenhouse. “2007 was one of the funnest times I've had racing.

“Then suddenly there's an opportunity that you can't pass up and you end up in NASCAR, and here we fly to the circuits, appear on big TV shows and big press, and represent the largest motorsports entity in the country. ... It's wild how everything is developing."

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In 2008 he moved to the ARCA Menards Series. After a season in stock cars, Stenhouse drove seven Xfinity races for what was then Roush Fenway Racing. His 2010 rookie season was as well known for its struggles and wrecked cars as it was for any success, but he overcame that and won Xfinity titles in 2011 and 2012.

After Stenhouse returned home from Florida Monday night, he pulled out his two Xfinity championship rings to compare to his Daytona 500 ring.

"Man, I thought those were big," he said to himself, comparing how small the championship rings were to his Daytona 500 ring.

Still, it's a nice collection. His Daytona 500 ring will go well with the Harley J. Trophy he earned for winning that race. The original, which can be carried by four to six people, remains at Daytona International Speedway. Stenhouse receives a version of the trophy that comes in a case that you can wheel from place to place. It is located in the plane's rear cargo hold while Stenhouse enjoys its performance.

If it wasn't for his dirt racing buddies, he might not have seen all of these events this weekKyle LarsonAndChristoph Bell, both of whom later went to Victory Lane to congratulate their friend.

Larson pushed Stenhouse ahead on the backstretch just before the caution that set off the first of two overtime restarts.

"I was screaming in my helmet as I was helping him get him to the front," Larson said after the race. "I was hoping it would stay green. I or he would probably have won. I'm really happy for him and his team and (Crew Chief) Mike Kelley. I can't wait to get changed and give him a big hug because he's one of my awesome buddies."

On the final lap, Larson got a big run. He later said he wanted to remain committed to Stenhouse and move to the opposite stretch, but the run was so great that Larson went in the middle to bypass Stenhouse. Larson's run faltered. Bell pinned Stenhouse to the floorJoey Loganoled the outside line.

Bell's jab gave Stenhouse the lead before the warning for a multi-car crash behind him was issued.

The fact that it was friends he was riding with on those final laps meant even more to Stenhouse.

"I look at Christopher and Kyle and obviously, apart from the Daytona 500, they've accomplished more in the Cup Series than I have," Stenhouse told NBC Sports.

"I feel like I almost look at them like children. I remember being in the Nationwide Series and Cup Series and talking to Kyle and Christopher when they were racing dirt cars. I was sort of a parts owner in a dirt car when Christopher was fighting for a win. I went and spoke to him. He was super shy, hardly spoke. I said, 'Hey man, you're gonna get where I am. No problem.” Apparently he did.

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"Looking at that, I felt like Tony Stewart kind of did that for me. It was cool that we all fought for the win. Both played important roles, Kyle pushed me to the front, I lost half the lead on the last lap and Christopher pushed me back to the front.”

And helped Stenhouse complete this journey into the clouds.

2. End overtime?

Last Sunday's Daytona 500 marked the fifth time in the past six years that the race had gone into overtime.

Since 2020, eight out of 14 speedway-style races have been extended beyond the planned distance.

With the sport that has had a season that sawAlex BowmannAndKurt Buschsuspend race —Busch says he's still not ready to return to any form of racing- Due to injuries at other tracks, does it make sense to continue to work overtime at speedways in Daytona, Talladega and Atlanta?

Fortunately, no Cup driver has been injured at the Daytona 500 since thenRyan Newmannsuffered a head injury during an overtime race in 2020.

Since the#NascarThe overtime era began in 2004, there were only six "real" Daytona 500s.

There were 12 years when the distance of the Great American Race exceeded 500 miles.

The 2023 Daytona 500 set a record 530 miles and was the fifth overtime in six

– Nate Ryan (@nateryan)February 21, 2023

There's no doubt that it can be disappointing for fans to see a race finish under caution after the checkered flag has been set up, especially at a marquee event like the Daytona 500. But nobody seems to be upset these daysDale Earnhardt won his only Daytona 500 under caution in 1998.

It's time to examine whether overtime is justified in Daytona, Talladega and Atlanta because of the likelihood of accidents and the possibility of drivers being injured.

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Eleven of the 17 cars that failed to finish last weekend's Daytona 500 were eliminated through overtime accidents. Nineteen of the 40 cars in the race were involved in an accident past the scheduled race distance.

Nobody was hurt in these accidents, but it's easy to forget that there are people in these cars who have been hit.

Kyle Larson, who was eliminated in a last-lap crash last weekend, called his impact "a huge success."

Larson continued, "It was definitely one of the bigger [hits] I've ever had, but luckily the car held up and all my safety gear was fine and I'm fine."

Daytona 500 lengths since GWC policy was introduced in the Cup (July 2004):

2023: 530 miles
2022: 503
2021: 500
2020: 523
2019: 518
2018: 518
2017: 500
2016: 500
2015: 508
2014: 500
2013: 500
2012: 505
2011: 520
2010: 520
2009: 380 (Regen)
2008: 500
2007: 505
2006: 508
2005: 508

– Nate Ryan (@nateryan)February 21, 2023

For Larson to say this incident was among the bigger hits he's had is something considering his car flew into the fence at the end of the 2013 Xfinity race at Daytona.

Perhaps a compromise for those who enjoy overtime is to finish it at Daytona, Talladega and Atlanta and save it for the other races. It would not be unusual to have different rules for different tracks.

Until this yearDrivers were not allowed to choose which track to restart at Daytona and Talladega, while they could do so at other tracks. Also,NASCAR will not have stage breaks during cup road course raceswhile maintaining the breaks for all other events.

The bottom line is that NASCAR needs to consider the safety element. Sometimes it's better to finish a race as planned - even if it's cautious - than to extend it beyond the planned distance and risk injuring your competitors.

3. More data

Kyle Larson said he wore a mouthguard accelerometer at last weekend's Daytona 500, marking the first time he's worn the device in a cup race.

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While an on-vehicle accident recorder measures the impact of an accident on a car, a mouthguard accelerometer measures the impact of an accident on the driver.

Though other racing series use accelerometers located in a driver's ear, John Patalak, NASCAR vice president and safety engineer, says a mouthguard accelerometer provides better information because a person's palate is "extremely well coupled to their skull."

NASCAR is collaborating on driver's mouthguard accelerometerdr Joel Douglas Stitzel, Jr., professor of biomedical engineeringat Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His research interest is concussion in sport.

Riders don't have to use the device, but more are open to it as the mouthguard is compacted and there's less concern that it will interfere with a rider's speech while talking to the team over the radio.

"They look more comfortable now," Larson said of his decision to have them at Daytona. "I've never worn this before, but it didn't look that comfortable.

“I want to see the data and see how it matches the vehicle data. I also want to run it in my dirt wrecks to see how they compare to these wrecks.”

4. Study time

Among all the learnersAustin Dillondone this season, he also reads more at the suggestion of former driver Josh Wise, who coaches Chevrolet drivers mentally and physically.

Dillon said he read Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.

"Talent doesn't always equal success because it's all about how quickly you learn things," said Dillon. “Grit is sustained over a long period of time and people stick with things and hone things in and don't give up on a goal. That word grit is a keyword for me this year.”

Dillon finished third at the Clash at the Coliseum and ran forward late in the Daytona 500 before being caught in a crash. The series heads to Auto Club Speedway this weekend. Dillon finished second to Kyle Larson in last year's race there.

5. Stripes

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. became the 20th different cup winner of a points race since last year - when the next-generation car debuted.

Among them are those without gaining points in the new carBrad Keselowski(he won a qualifying race at Daytona last year),Martin Truex jr.(won this year's Clash exhibition race) andRyan Blaney(won All-Star Race last year)

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Stenhouse broke a seven-race streak with a driver who had previously won in the next-gen car. The last driver to win his first points race of the next-gen era wasChris Buescherat last year's Bristol night race.

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What time and channel does the Bristol race come on? ›

This year, the Bass Pro Shops Night Race airs live on the USA Network beginning at 7:30 PM on Saturday night, September 16, 2023 -- when the green flag goes down and the lights go on at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

What channel is Sunday's Cup race on? ›

In select markets, every NASCAR Cup Series race is available to stream live on FOX and FS1 with Sling Blue.

What time is the Nascar race at Saturday night at Bristol? ›

The 12-driver grid for the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will be established after Saturday night's 500-lap race (7:30 p.m ET, USA Network) at Bristol Motor Speedway. Sixteen drivers remain eligible for the series championship.

What channel is the Bristol Cup race on tonight? ›

USA Network, NBC Sports App |

What time is the race at Bristol on Sunday? ›

Green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:04 p.m. PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 3 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 6:30 p.m. …

What time is Sunday's Nascar race at Bristol? ›

SUNDAY, April 17, 2022 | 7:00 PM ET.

How can I watch the NASCAR race on Sunday? ›

Streaming LIVE on Peacock

Catch all things NASCAR, including our riveting Peacock Originals. Plus, get everything Peacock has to offer: hit movies and shows, live sports, and more.

Why is NASCAR not on NBC? ›

Most of the sports programming from NBC Sports Network shifted over to USA Network after NBC Sports Network ceased operations at the end of 2021, and that was true for NASCAR as well.

Is NASCAR on Fox or NBC? ›

NBC will air 10 Cup races in 2023, one more than this past season, NASCAR revealed in announcing the start times and TV networks for next season. NBC and Fox will air 21 races, including the Clash at the Coliseum, in 2023.

What channel is Nascar on Saturday and Sunday? ›

Sunday, June 11: Sonoma, FOX, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25: Nashville, NBC, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2: Chicago (street race), NBC, 5:30 p.m.

What time does Bristol Night race start 2022? ›

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th 2022 | 7:30 PM ET

The Bass Pro Shops Night Race marks the 124th Cup race hosted by Bristol Motor Speedway in the series' history.

What time is Bristol race 2022? ›

Saturday, April 16
4:30 p.m. ETQualifying (four heat races)Starting Lineup
6 p.m. ETQualifying (four heat races)Starting Lineup
8 p.m. ETPinty's Truck Race on DirtResults

How can I watch the Nascar Bristol race? ›

The championship race will be broadcast on NBC. If you don't have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the race with a live TV service. The good news for race fans is that NBC is available on each streaming service.

What channel is the Bristol race on 2022? ›

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 2022 across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov.

What network is the Bristol Nascar race on? ›

All NASCAR coverage from Bristol will be on USA Network and the NBC Sports app. Every time the drivers hit the track – including practice, qualifying and the race – you can watch it live on USA Network and the NBC Sports app, or online here.

Is NASCAR race on NBC Sports? ›

Take a look at the NASCAR schedule to get track information and find what time to watch each race on NBC, USA Network and the NBC Sports App.

How can I watch NASCAR without cable? ›

Get More NASCAR With ESPN+ on Hulu

With ESPN+ on Hulu*, you get access to these must-watch NASCAR specials. *ESPN+ add-on (or Disney Bundle) subscription required. Access ESPN+ content via Hulu and ESPN+; select content only available via ESPN app and

What channel is the Cup race on tomorrow? ›

Watch now on FS1. Tap for race details, viewing information and more! 🏁 Ambetter Health 40012:00 PM - 4:00 PM PSTNASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

What channel is NASCAR switching to? ›

USA Network enters its second season as NBC Sports' cable home for NASCAR and will present 25 NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2023.

How can I watch NASCAR without FOX? ›

Watch NASCAR on Peacock Premium

NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock is now offering a great selection of NASCAR live streams, as well as on-demand NASCAR content like Chase and Lost Speedways 2. Unlike a live TV streaming service, there are no regional restrictions, and Peacock is very affordable.

What channel did the NASCAR race get moved to? ›

NBC Sports will present a total of 39 races (20 Cup, 19 Xfinity) across NBC and USA Network in 2022. The final six races of the Cup playoffs will be shown on NBC, including the Nov. 6 championship race in Phoenix. USA Network debuts as NBC Sports' cable home of NASCAR with more than 25 Cup and Xfinity Races.

Where can I watch NASCAR on TV? ›

See how to watch, stream or listen to every race with the 2023 NASCAR TV schedule on Fox and NBC Sports, including all three major series (Cup, Xfinity and Truck).

Will NASCAR be on Fox? ›


In 2023, FOX NASCAR continues its long tradition of welcoming a NASCAR Cup Series driver to the booth for all NASCAR Xfinity Series race broadcasts, with a variety of active NASCAR Cup Series drivers joining play-by-announcer Alexander.

Why does NASCAR switch from Fox to NBC? ›

The NASCAR season is split between the networks and the various channels to avoid going head-to-head with NFL games, which siphon eyeballs from anything against them on TV schedules. Fox is one of the league's primary broadcasters while NBC has only “Sunday Night Football.”

What channel is the clash at the Coliseum? ›

How can I watch the Clash on TV? The race and the qualifying heats are being televised nationally on Fox. Radio broadcasts available on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

What time is the main race 2022? ›

How to watch F1 Brazilian GP 2022 in the US? F1 fans in the United States can watch the F1 Brazilian GP 2022 on ESPN and Deportes. The main race is slated to begin at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday.

What time does the race start 2022? ›

The Altra West Highland Way Race starts at Milngavie Railway Station (7 miles north of Glasgow) at 1am on Saturday 18th June 2022.

What is the starting lineup for the Bristol race? ›

Starting lineup for Bristol race
Starting pos.DriverTeam
1Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing
2Chase Briscoe (P)Stewart-Haas Racing
3Alex Bowman (P)Hendrick Motorsports
4Denny Hamlin (P)Joe Gibbs Racing
32 more rows
Sep 17, 2022

What is the Nascar schedule for Bristol? ›

  • 2023 Spring NASCAR.
  • Apr 9, 2023NASCAR Cup.
  • Weather Guard Truck Race On Dirt. Apr 8, 2023NASCAR Truck.
  • Bush's Beans Practice Day. Apr 7, 2023NASCAR Cup.
  • 2023 Fall NASCAR.
  • Bass Pro Shops Night Race. Sep 16, 2023NASCAR Cup.
  • Sep 15, 2023NASCAR Xfinity.
  • UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics and Bush's Beans 200. Sep 14, 2023.

What channel is the NASCAR race on Monday? ›

What channel will it be on? The race will be broadcast live on FOX and the FOX Sports App.

Is the Bristol Bash televised? ›

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series is headed to Bristol, Tennessee this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race, which will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway. The green flag will drop at 7:30 pm ET on Saturday, September 17, 2022, and the event will be telecast live on USA Network and PRN.

What network is Bristol race on? ›

USA Network

What time is the race on CBS tonight? ›

Races will air on six consecutive Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, ET on CBS Television Network and Paramount+ throughout the summer of 2022. Four new venues takes their place on the calendar for the series' second season.

Is the race at Bristol on TV tonight? ›

The race at Bristol is on FOX, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

What is the lineup for Bristol NASCAR race? ›

Starting lineup for Bristol race
Starting pos.DriverTeam
1Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing
2Chase Briscoe (P)Stewart-Haas Racing
3Alex Bowman (P)Hendrick Motorsports
4Denny Hamlin (P)Joe Gibbs Racing
32 more rows
Sep 17, 2022

How can I watch the NASCAR Bristol race? ›

The championship race will be broadcast on NBC. If you don't have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the race with a live TV service. The good news for race fans is that NBC is available on each streaming service.

What time does the NASCAR race start at Bristol? ›

Truck Series (Thursday, 9 p.m. ET) and Xfinity Series (Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET, USA Network) also are on the schedule at BMS. Saturday's Cup race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET (USA Network).

How can I watch CBS TV for free? ›

CBS – The CBS app allows you to watch select CBS shows, live news, sports, and events for free, with no login required. You also have the option to sign in with your cable provider to access full seasons & stream Live TV from your local CBS stations.

What time is the race on peacock? ›

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