There were no yellow brick roads at Kansas Motor Speedway on Thursday evening, nor tornadoes to sweep anyone away. There were no Munchkins in the stands, as there were no people allowed, small or otherwise. At the end of the night, Denny Hamlin was the victor with his very brave heart. Throughout all of the racing excitement, there were commercials, the evil flying monkeys of any race broadcast. 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 Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 7:30 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 11:08 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 218
Minutes of race broadcast: 177
Minutes of traditional commercials: 41
Minutes of side-by-side commercials: 7
Total number of commercials: 111
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 50
Total number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 93
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 47
Total number of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast (split-screen): 18
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 16
Number of times NBCSN utilized ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast: 3
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