Driver safety spotlighted in ‘Race for the Championship’ Episode 9

Editor’s note: Tune in live or set your DVRs for Episode 9 tonight at 10 ET on USA Network. The previous eight episodes are currently available for streaming on Peacock.

The ninth episode of USA Network’s unscripted series “Race for the Championship” airs tonight at 10 ET, and it provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the field throughout the three-race Round of 12 – including the ongoing discussions around driver safety as playoff driver Alex Bowman misses races due to concussion-like symptoms following a wreck at Texas Motor Speedway.

The driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 saw his postseason end when he missed races at both Talladega and Charlotte following a wreck at Texas with a hard rear-end impact – the impact of which saw several drivers speak candidly before an all-drivers meeting with NASCAR executive leadership at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR has been experimenting with new rear clip designs in order to reduce the impacts drivers take in crashes, and simulations of how those clips could improve impacts will be shown for the first time in tonight’s episode.

Meanwhile, defending champion Kyle Larson and his dirt-track racing efforts are also spotlighted. Larson, seeking to defend his 2021 championship, is one of the most prolific drivers on the NASCAR circuit and fans get a look at him and his family during a weekday race.

His plight at the Charlotte Roval also gets time on the big screen as he, along with Chase Elliott and Joey Logano, are profiled extensively in Episode 9.

NBC Universal previously announced that the entire season so far of Race for the Championship will be available on Peacock starting Oct. 7. Episodes 7-10 of Race for the Championship will still debut on USA Network before being available on Peacock the next day.

So after watching tonight’s Episode 9, be sure to stream previous episodes or any you may have missed on Peacock.

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