Kyle Busch Leads in NASCAR TV Exposure

Through One-Third of the NASCAR Season, Kyle Busch is the Most-Mentioned Driver and Tops in Sponsor Exposure

ANN ARBOR, MI, June 14, 2011 — Even before his most recent dustup, Kyle Busch had been the center of attention during this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series broadcasts.  Interviewed longer and mentioned more frequently than any other driver on the circuit during the first 12 event telecasts of 2011, Busch parlayed the spotlight into $28.4 million of exposure value for his sponsors—some $6.5 million more than the next most sponsor-potent driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

According to research conducted by Joyce Julius & Associates, Inc. — which has monitored every NASCAR race telecast over the last 27 seasons — Busch’s sponsors, with logos appearing on his car, uniform and pit crew, etc., were monitored for eight hours, 30 minutes, 39 seconds (8:30:39) during live and replayed coverage of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 through last month’s Coca-Cola 600.  Additionally, Busch and the FOX TV crew verbally mentioned his sponsors on 95 occasions.

Joyce Julius calculates television exposure value by comparing the in-broadcast visual and verbal exposure to the estimated cost of a national commercial during the telecast and applying Joyce Julius Recognition Grading — which takes into account such factors as size and placement of the image on screen, as well as brand clutter and integration of the brand into the activity.

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Earnhardt Jr.’s cumulative exposure value ranked him second among all drivers with $21.8 million, based on 5.5 hours of on-screen time for his sponsors and 18 brand mentions.  The popular driver was third in interview durations (0:13:07), but interestingly, Earnhardt Jr. sat just seventh in total driver mentions (1,140).

Meanwhile, Trevor Bayne, despite starting only eight of the first 12 points races this year, rode the wave of his Daytona 500 win to earn $12.3 million of exposure value for his sponsors, the seventh-most among the drivers.  Bayne placed 20th in terms of cumulative sponsor on-camera time and 22nd in driver mentions.  

Driver                     Sponsor Exp.           Verbal             RG Exp.            Driver          Interview            Driver                                             Time      Mentions                 Value     Interviews          Durations      Mentions 1)  Ky. Busch  8:30:39  95  $28,447,545  16  0:21:17  2,107   2)  D. Earnhardt Jr.  5:36:54  18  $21,835,475  8  0:13:07  1,140   3)  J. Johnson  8:09:27  41  $20,332,440  11  0:09:40  1,526   4)  K. Harvick  5:25:07  120  $17,256,695  16  0:12:37  1,143   5)  J. Gordon  5:26:12  31  $16,439,475  9  0:09:39  1,295   6)  C. Edwards  5:32:30  72  $15,229,945  17  0:15:42  1,558   7)  T. Bayne  2:16:48  23  $12,312,365  9  0:08:46  439   8)  T. Stewart  4:39:04  8  $12,128,595  5  0:02:24  1,065   9)  M. Kenseth  4:03:45  37  $11,314,500  10  0:07:51  1,152   10) C. Bowyer  4:28:44  39  $11,293,260  9  0:06:52  998  

About Joyce Julius & Associates, Inc.:

Joyce Julius & Associates, Inc. is the sports and entertainment industry leader in accurate measurement and evaluation of sponsorships and promotional programs.  Joyce Julius’ fully customizable, third party research is highlighted by in-broadcast television exposure monitoring, full media measurements, and fan/consumer perception analyses.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based firmhas been measuring the impact of corporate sponsorships across all forms of media since 1985.  These forms of media include national and regional event television broadcasts, television highlight and news programming, event radio, print media, Internet articles, along with exposure stemming from promotions and advertising, as well as event on-site elements.

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