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Commercial breakdown: 2020 Pocono 350


If you ask a NASCAR fan their opinion on certain subjects, you will hear answers that span the spectrum. Certain things, though, are held in disdain by nearly all fans. Ask a group, "How do you feel about weather delays?," and you will surely hear how awful they are to bear. Fans generally don’t like commercials, either, despite their presence being essential for watching a race on television. Whether they are irritating interruptions, or chances for folks to run for more snacks, commercials are a reality for NASCAR fans on race day. For those who like to know precisely how many there were, and how much time they took during the broadcast, here is this week’s breakdown.

Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2020 Pocono 350

Start time to record race/commercial periods: 4:05 PM
Lightning Delay: 4:28 PM
Restart: 4:50 PM
Rain Delay: 5:05 pm
Restart: 6:14 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 8:43 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 187
Minutes of race broadcast: 164
Minutes of traditional commercials: 23
Minutes of side-by-side commercials: 8

Total number of commercials: 77
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 44
Total number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 59
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 40
Total number of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast (split-screen): 18
Total number of companies or entities advertised:15
Number of times FS1 utilized ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast: 3

Companies seen the most in commercials during this broadcast: Upcoming GMT Series race (5 times); Ford (4 times); Wendy’s (4 times); Toyota (4 times)

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