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NBC Sports: Behind the scenes NASCAR coverage

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Race weekend is officially underway! As thousands flock to Watkins Glen International for NASCAR, scores of people are there working to bring all that action to the viewers at home.

18 News was given a tour of the NBC Sports TV compound at WGI.

The I Love New York 355 at The Glen is expected to be the most watched sporting event in the Southern Tier.

It takes two hundred people to move the show from city to city and all that equipment.

"The preparations started for us back in January to get ready for July and when we get to Daytona, it's a train that keeps moving down the tracks until we get to Miami for the Championship," said Eric Thomas, tech manager for NBC NASCAR.

It takes fifteen giant tractor trailers that provide power, catering to all the production trucks, all the support trucks that brings all the equipment on the road.

Fiber optic cables man powers the NASCAR races stretching miles long, easily from Watkins Glen to Elmira, almost 30 miles.

The cables requires a lot of fiber and the fiber optic cable is made in Corning, close by WGI so the cable can bring all the signals from the cameras and microphones back.

About forty-eight cameras are around the tracks, some of them are in car cameras, mounted on the walls, hard cameras up on the roof so all the cameras come together to produce the race.

While the broadcast goes on outside the racetrack near Victory Lane, NBC Analyst and former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton will be reporting from the track.

"What we try to do on NBC is try to tell the stories about what's going on in the race and why things are going on," said Burton.

It's mission control over at the mobile control rooms as producers monitor the cameras on-site to bring you lap by lap coverage of the big race.

This is NBC Sports' third year for NASCAR and they're trying to do new things to enhance the product and show. 

One of the things you'll look out for is the new interview at the end of the race called the "Burnout Interview" - when the race is over they'll get on the track quickly and interview the driver right after they finish the race to capture all that excitement.


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