Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sprint Cup begins on ESPN this weekend (also Nationwide & NHRA)

Most of the remaining NASCAR races will be on ESPN this year, with the exception of the Truck Series. Both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup classify ESPN as their home beginning this weekend. Here's the full breakdown of Motorsports as found on ESPN Media Zone. 

Motorsports This Week on ESPN

ESPN Begins NASCAR Sprint Cup Coverage at Indianapolis
ESPN begins its telecasts of the final 17 races of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28. NASCAR Countdown airs at noon ET with the race’s green flag at 1:19 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Golden Corral. Also from Indianapolis, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday, July 27, airs on ESPN at 2 p.m. and ESPN2 will air Sprint Cup practice Saturday at 9 a.m.
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ESPN also will have a live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis on Saturday. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4 p.m. with the green flag at 4:50 p.m. The race will be the last of four consecutive events that comprise the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash, a bonus program that will award an extra $100,000 to the highest-finishing of four eligible drivers in each of the four designated races.

All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The Indianapolis schedule:

Saturday, July 279 a.m.NASCAR Sprint Cup practiceESPN2, WatchESPN
 2 p.m.NASCAR Sprint Cup qual.ESPN, WatchESPN
 4 p.m.NASCAR CountdownESPN, WatchESPN
 4:30 p.m.NASCAR Nationwide Series raceESPN, WatchESPN
Sunday, July 28Noon.NASCAR Countdown ESPN, WatchESPN
 1 p.m.Brickyard 400, telecast pres. by Golden CorralESPN, WatchESPN

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup), Marty Reid (Nationwide Series); analysts Dale JarrettAndy Petree.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty WallaceBrad DaughertyRay Evernham(analysts).

NHRA Continues Western Swing at Sonoma  
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues its annual three-race Western Swing with the NHRA Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals this weekend and coverage will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. All NHRA programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:

Friday, July 269:15 p.m.Qualifying (live)ESPN3, WatchESPN
Saturday, July 277 p.m.QualifyingESPN, WatchESPN
Sunday, July 282 p.m.Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
 8 p.m.EliminationsESPN2, WatchESPN
Booth: Dave Rieff (anchor); Mike Dunn (analyst)
Pit reporters: Gary GerouldJamie Howe

NASCAR Now Schedule
ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the one-hour edition airing Sunday, July 28, at 9 a.m. ET. Studio host Mike Massaro will be joined in the studio by ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven with reporters Marty Smith and Shannon Spake at the track. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The week’s schedule:

Tue., July 231 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., July 242:30 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Thur., July 251 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., July 261 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., July 272 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., July 289 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN

Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms
ESPN.com — RacingLive! on ESPN.com is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with ESPN.com writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, July 28, RacingLive! Indianapolis will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/.
ESPN Radio — Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6 a.m. ET with host Pat Patterson anchored from the site of that weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails. RaceDay also features interviews with newsmakers from the IZOD IndyCar Series from correspondent Bruce Martin.
Click HERE for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedules on ESPN.
Click HERE for the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule on ESPN.
Media Contact: Andy Hall, 386-492-2246 or andy.hall@espn.com

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