Tony Stewart made headlines in Talladega last year for two reasons.
In April, his legendary snark and wiseacre nature came to the forefront when he said, “We didn’t crash enough cars” and suggested the race should be run on a “Figure 8” course. See the above video for more.
In October, he single-handedly attempted to rectify those sarcastic comments when he made contact with Michael Waltrip, and started the traditional “Big One” that took out more than a dozen cars.
As this is the first Gen-6 race at Talladega, and after a mild Daytona 500 but one where Stewart was involved with an accident, it will be interesting to see what headlines the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will generate this time around.
Ideally, he’ll be hoping it will be for surviving the inevitable carnage. Stewart is off to a slow start in 2013, ranking only 22nd in the points standings with one top-10 finish in the first nine races.
Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN
If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.
The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.
Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.
Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.
This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.
AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.
“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.
“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”