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Commercial breakdown: 2021 Daytona 500


Who remembers being a child wanting to go somewhere really exciting, a place you had been dreaming of for months? On the way out the door, with your heart pounding, you rushed to the car… only to find that your parents had stopped to talk over-the-fence to the neighbors? It would feel like the conversation went on endlessly, and you would think to yourself, "Let’s just GO already!" After waiting for racing since Thanksgiving, NASCAR fans felt the same way Sunday, as bad weather rolled in and interrupted the Daytona 500 for hours. With the resumption of the race once the track was dry, the only thing left to be frustrated with was the commercials. Here is this week’s breakdown of how many there were, and more:

Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2021 Daytona 500

Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:46 PM
Stop time for weather: 3:41 PM
Restart: 8:57 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 12:17 AM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 255
Minutes of race broadcast: 206
Minutes of traditional commercials: 49
Minutes of side-by-side commercials: 9

Total number of commercials: 131
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 73
Total number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 109
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 67
Total number of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast (split-screen): 22
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 19
Number of times Fox utilized ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast: 4

Companies seen the most in commercials during this broadcast: Busch Beer (10 times); Geico (10 times); Coca-Cola (8 times); Xfinity (7 times); Wendy’s (5 times)

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