NASCAR: GMS set for full Trucks season with Brandon Jones, Dillon brothers

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GMS Racing will run the full 23-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, it was announced Monday.

Brandon Jones, who will run a handful of NASCAR Xfinity Series races with Richard Childress Racing this year in the No. 33 Chevrolet, will be the primary driver of the same number truck this year.

Jones is slated to drive 17 of 23 races, with brothers Ty and Austin Dillon each running three races apiece. Spencer Gallagher will drive the team truck, the No. 23 Chevrolet, for the full season.

Neither of the Dillon brothers’ schedules was released in the formal release. However, per Catchfence.com’s Chris Knight, Daytona, Atlanta, Charlotte and Eldora were pegged for Ty (one of those will now need to be dropped) and Austin is scheduled for Pocono, Michigan and New Hampshire.

“I’m really excited for the 2015 season with GMS Racing,” Shane Huffman, crew chief of the No. 33 entry, said in a release. “We have a great driver lineup planned with Brandon, Ty and Austin. They have a lot of talent to bring to the table, and I know we’ll be able to run up front every weekend with these guys behind the wheel of our No. 33 Chevrolet.”

Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick team up again on NBC’s Indy 500 coverage

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Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick will return to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500, which will be broadcast Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC (green flag at 2:30 p.m.).

Tirico and Patrick, who both joined NBC Sports for its inaugural coverage of the event last year, will reprise their roles as host and studio analyst.

One of the most versatile voices in sports, Tirico also hosts NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage, Football Night in America and many other premier events, including hosting on-site at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year for the first-ever IndyCar-NASCAR crossover weekend.

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He again will be joined during prerace, in-race, and postrace coverage by Patrick, who became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005 and also was the first female pole-sitter in NASCAR driver.

They will make their debut together duing practice coverage on Aug. 21, on NBCSN.

“My first Indy 500 last year exceeded my very high expectations in every way,” Tirico said in a release. “Although this year’s race will take place under unprecedented circumstances, I can’t wait to get back to Indy. I’m confident that our team at the Brickyard will provide viewers with as exciting a viewing experience as possible. I am also thrilled that Danica Patrick is along for the ride again this year. We had such a great time last May and look forward to bringing Indy home for the viewers again.”

Said Patrick: “The Indianapolis 500 is an event that transcends mainstream and motorsports which is why it’s so special. We are living during a time that if we can bring people together, we should. Even if it’s not physically. I am honored to be back with the NBC Sports team and Mike Tirico. The memories I have from 15 years at IMS hold such a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to make more this year in the booth, or however we are positioned in 2020!”

This will mark NBC Sports’ second season as the exclusive home of the NTT IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, which will take place in August for the first time ever because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.