To celebrate the 75th-anniversary edition of NASCAR, the organization fielded an entry into the 2023 Rose Parade.
However many NASCAR fans were left dissatisfied as the National broadcast of the event missed the float completely.
NBC, who is one of NASCAR’s broadcasting partners, failed to feature the “Always Forward” float on National broadcast.
According to an statement from the Rose parade organizers declared that the Airtime assigned to them ran out after missing the schedule after a float toppled down in the middle.
Racing fans weren’t ready to buy these excuses as they indicated NBC didn’t even feature the float in their pre-parade reports.
Two-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds didn’t hold back, speaking up for disappointed NASCAR fans while calling out NBC and it’s lack of coverage for the “Always Forward” float.
“The parade is basically over and Tanya Tucker is singing right now in the middle of the street. And I realize there’s commercial breaks with 80-something floats.
But I’m watching NBC and NBC is a partner with NASCAR and we’re headed into the 75th anniversary of NASCAR and we did not see the NASCAR float on the NBC broadcast,” McReynolds said.
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“I guess I’m disappointed. I realize – I’ve been in TV for a long time. You’ve got commercials.
But it’s the NASCAR float, and you’re a NASCAR partner, and it’s the 75th anniversary, and you did not show the NASCAR float,” he added.
McReynolds was quick to expressed his feelings as he talked about it on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show shortly after.
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The two-hour national broadcast on NBC did not include any footage of the NASCAR float.