For over three hours on Sunday, NASCAR fans held their breaths and tried their best to send good vibes for the driver they wanted to win the race, and/or win the Championship. While three competitors came up short, it was Kyle Larson who stood under the confetti in the end. Fans who watched the TV broadcast experienced a higher-than-usual number of side-by-side commercials, a nice way to shine a light on the sponsors, yet keep the race on the screen. For those who like to know precisely how many regular commercials and side-by-sides there were, and how much time they took during the broadcast, here is this week’s breakdown. Look for the annual round-up of all the commercial stats for the season coming your way soon.
Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 3:18 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:47 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 209
Minutes of race broadcast: 178
Minutes of traditional commercials: 31
Minutes of side-by-side commercials: 15
Total number of commercials: 108
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 48
Total number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 67
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 42
Total number of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast (split-screen): 41
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 18
Number of times NBC utilized ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during the broadcast: 7
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