2015 NASCAR touring series TV schedule on NBCSN

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A total of 39 NASCAR touring series events – featuring both divisions of the K&N Pro Series, the Whelen Modified Tour, and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour – will be broadcast on NBCSN this season.

NBCSN’s touring series TV schedule will begin Feb. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET with the broadcast of the Feb. 15 K&N East season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

The event will mark the official series debut for sprint car sensation Rico Abreu, who will run the full K&N East season as part of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks.

Four dates – June 4, July 2, July 23, and Oct. 22 – will have multiple race broadcasts. July 23 features three events from New Hampshire Motor Speedway: An All-Star event for the Whelen Modified Tour, a points race for that same series, and a K&N East race.

In addition to broadcasting events from several familiar Sprint Cup settings, NBCSN will also take you to some of the most revered short tracks in the country like Greenville Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, Thompson (Conn.) Speedway, Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, South Boston (Va.) Speedway, and the “Madhouse” itself – Bowman-Gray (N.C.) Stadium.

Broadcast times for some dates in April and May have yet to be determined due to NBCSN’s coverage of the National Hockey League post-season. When those times are settled, we will pass them along to you.

2015 NBC Sports NASCAR Touring Series
Television Schedule

Thurs., Feb. 19 – K&N East at New Smyrna, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m. ET
Fri., Apr. 3 – K&N West at Kern County, NBCSN, 6:30 p.m. ET
Tues., Apr. 7 – K&N East at Greenville Pickens, 6:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Apr. 16 – K&N West at Irwindale, NBCSN, Time TBD
Sun., Apr. 17 – Whelen Modifieds at Thompson, NBCSN, Time TBD
Thurs., Apr. 23 – K&N East at Bristol, NBCSN, Time TBD
Thurs., May 7 – K&N West at Tucson, NBCSN, Time TBD
Thurs., May 21 – K&N East/West at Iowa, NBCSN, Time TBD
Thurs., June 4 – K&N East at Bowman-Gray, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET; K&N West at Shasta, 8 p.m. ET
Thurs., June 18 – Whelen Modifieds at Thompson, NBCSN, 6 p.m. ET
Thurs., June 25 – K&N East at Langley, NBCSN, 6 p.m. ET
Thurs., July 2 – K&N West at Sonoma, NBCSN, 6 p.m. ET; Whelen Modifieds at Riverhead, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Fri., July 10 – K&N East at Columbus, NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Thurs., July 16 – K&N West at Stateline, NBCSN, 6 p.m. ET
Thurs., July 23 – Whelen Modified All-Star at New Hampshire, NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET; Whelen Modifieds at New Hampshire, NBCSN, 6 p.m. ET; K&N East at New Hampshire, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET.
Thurs., July 30 – Whelen Modifieds at Monadnock, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Aug. 6 – K&N East/West at Iowa, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Fri., Aug. 7 – Whelen Southern Modifieds at Bowman-Gray, NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Thurs., Aug. 13 – K&N East at Watkins Glen, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Aug. 20 – K&N East at Motordrome, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Fri., Aug. 21 – K&N West at Evergreen, NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Thurs., Aug. 27 – K&N West at Colorado, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Fri., Aug. 28 – Modifieds/Southern Modifieds at Bristol, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Sept. 3 – K&N East at Virginia, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Sept. 10 – K&N West at Meridian, NBCSN, 7:30 p.m. ET
Fri., Sept. 11 – Whelen Southern Modifieds at Langley, NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Wed., Sept. 16 – K&N East at Richmond, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Sept. 24 – Whelen Southern Modifieds at South Boston, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Oct. 1 – Whelen Modifieds at New Hampshire, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Tues., Oct. 6 – K&N East at Dover, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 10 – Whelen Modifieds at Stafford, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Oct. 15 – Whelen Southern Modifieds at Charlotte, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Oct. 22 – K&N West at All American, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET; Whelen Modifieds at Thompson, NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET
Thurs., Nov. 19 – K&N West at Phoenix, NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET

After eating just one chip, NHRA drag racer says: ‘I seriously thought I was going to die’

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Editor’s note: Due to rain, Sunday’s final eliminations of the NHRA Carolina Nationals have been postponed to Monday morning at 10 a.m. ET. In the meantime, check out this rather unusual tale:

Remember the old Lays Potato Chips commercial from back in the 1980s that bragged “No one can eat just one”?

Well, ask NHRA Pro Stock driver Alex Laughlin and a few members of his team, and they’ll tell you they learned a very valuable lesson that there indeed IS a chip that you can only eat one of.

According to NHRA’s National Dragster, Laughlin and Elite Motorsports crew members Chase Freeman, Kelly Murphy and Brian Cunningham took part Friday night in the Paqui One Chip Challenge.

If you haven’t heard of the Challenge, Paqui Chips has produced a tortilla chip that the company boldly claims is the hottest chip ever made anywhere in the world. The secret is the “Carolina Reaper” pepper, considered the hottest chili pepper in the world, with a rating of 1.9 million Scoville units, according to PuckerButt Pepper Company.

How hot is 1.9 million Scoville units? Let’s put it this way: the Devil might even have a hard time taking this kind of heat. By comparison, a Jalapeno pepper only reaches 10,000 units on the Scoville rating. 

So while they were enjoying some downtime Friday night after the first two rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina (suburban Charlotte), Laughlin and Co. paid $30 for one chip – you read that right, $30 for one chip, it’s THAT hot – and thought they could take the heat.

They thought wrong.

“This is the hottest chip in the world,” Laughlin said on an Instagram post that documented the entire experience, adding a warning, “What to expect: Mouth on fire, short-term loss of speech, impaired vision from tears, extreme profanity — or death.”

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Never. Ever. Again.

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Laughlin’s post also includes several reader comments that Laughlin and his crew should have had milk on hand instead of water to try and cool things down because milk has a natural antidote to cool your mouth down after eating hot food.

Sunday morning, with his mouth and throat still a bit sore, Laughlin recalled the red-hot episode to National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna:

Never again. Never. Ever. Ever,” Laughlin told McKenna. “It was definitely not the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

One of our guys showed me a You Tube video and it looked like it wasn’t going to be too bad. I like spicy food and it’s usually never a problem. I’ve been to those places with hot wings where you have to sign a waiver before you eat them and that’s never been a problem.

But this? This is on a whole different level. I thought it might last ten minutes. Fourteen hours later, I was still in bad shape. I woke up at 3 a.m. and Googled “internal bleeding.” I seriously thought I was going to die. We all did.”

So if the heat from the chip was off the hotness Richter scale, where did the stunt rank on Laughlin’s own personal Richter scale?

I’ve done some dumb things, but this is right up there.

Well, I really didn’t think it would be that bad,” Laughlin told McKenna with a shrug. “I mean, it’s just one tortilla chip. Like I said, I can usually eat stuff that other people won’t eat, but I had no idea what I was in for.

“I’ve done some dumb things, but this is right up there.”

If you’re up for another challenge in the future that involves eating hot food, Alex, here’s a suggestion: Even though it’s a few years old now, maybe you should try the Ice Bucket Challenge (but fill it with milk) to cool down quick. Just a thought.

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