NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Debuts This Sunday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 pm ET

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— New Weekly Sunday Night Program To Go In-Depth Into Sports Airing on NBC & NBCSN.

— Sunday’s Debut Episode To Recap NASCAR Pure Michigan 400, Premier League Opening Weekend, Latest NFL Headlines, and Start of 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

— Josh Elliott Interviews Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin

 

NBC Sports Group will debut NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a weekly one-hour program that will showcase the news and highlights of the sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, this Sunday, August 17 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Every Sunday night, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report will go in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, including NASCAR, IndyCar, the Olympics, NFL, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One and more.

This Sunday, host Liam McHugh will recap this week’s top events, including NASCAR’s Pure Michigan 400, the opening weekend of the Premier League season, the latest NFL headlines and the start of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. In addition, viewers will see a collector car auctioned off by Mecum Auctions.

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report originates from Studio 3 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

This week’s episode will feature live and taped remote reports from NBC Sports Group’s critically-acclaimed roster of on-air commentators, including:

* Analysis of the NASCAR Michigan 400 from NASCAR America analyst and former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty.

* A sit-down interview between NBC Sports Group’s Josh Elliott and four-time Olympic gold-medalist Missy Franklin.

* Premier League commentary from Premier League Live host Rebecca Lowe, and analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe.

* A look around the NFL pre-season with Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report will also stream live via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/liveextra.

The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; within Google Play for Android handset and tablet devices; at the Windows Phone Store for Windows Phone devices; and at the Windows Store for Windows devices.

Theriault clinches ARCA title before finale at Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) There is no long, convoluted story about how Austin Theriault came to Ken Schrader Racing, forging a team that so dominated the ARCA Series that it captured the title simply by showing up for the finale.

“We both wanted something to do,” the folksy Schrader said with a smile and shrug before Friday night’s race at Kansas Speedway. “He didn’t have a car to drive and I didn’t have a driver.”

So, they solved each other’s problem.

Theriault hopped into the seat and proceeded to win seven times over the first 19 races, building such a lead on his nearest challenger that he sewed up the title at Kentucky. And that made for a rather enjoyable weekend at Kansas, where all the pressure was off their team.

Along the way, Theriault became the first driver to win at a superspeedway, short track, dirt track and road event in the same season, and he swept the superspeedway and short-track challenges.

If there was something to win, he won it.

“I hoped we’d have a shot at it and it’s proved out this year that we’ve really exceeded anybody’s expectations,” Theriault said. “We had some things to work on early. We kind of dusted off a bit, went back to work. We had some time between Daytona and the mile-and-a-halfs that came up later in the season, and we realized where we were strong and where we had to work.

“But in the end it came back to pure dedication, I think,” he explained. “The amount of time it took behind the scenes to make this happen.”

The 23-year-old driver from Fort Kent, Maine, knows something about dedication. He appeared to be on racing’s fast track, scoring a Truck Series ride a few years ago for Brad Keselowski, when a terrifying crash at Las Vegas left him with a broken back and sitting on the sidelines.

The best ride he could find last year was in the K&N Pro Series.

It was at a trade show in Indianapolis last December that Theriault ran into Schrader, who was busy putting together a team for this season. They had dinner a couple nights later and, Schrader said, it was his wife Ann who came away impressed by the yes-sir, no-sir driver.

“My wife doesn’t go to all the races,” Schrader said. “After we talked she said, `I like that guy. How good is he?’ She doesn’t know. I knew he was racing well in Keselowski’s truck, had an unfortunate wreck, had to sit out a bit. I told her, `That’s somebody who could make us very happy next year.”‘

Theriault delivered on that promise.

They weren’t the only ones happy Friday, either. Zane Smith earned his second pole of the season, beating teammate Sheldon Creed to earn the top spot for the Kansas ARCA 150, while 20-year-old Natalie Decker announced a full-time ride with Venturini Motorsports next season.

“This is obviously a big step in my career,” said Decker, who made six starts as a rookie this season. “I’m confident and ready for this next move. After tonight my focus shifts to next season. We’ll be ready to go at Daytona.”