Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Your Weekend in MotorSports 10/18-20

Friday, October 18
10:30 AM- Camping World Truck Series: Talladega 250, Practice- FS1
2:30 PM- Sprint Cup: Camping World RV Sales 500, Practice- FS1
4 PM- Sprint Cup: Camping World RV Sales 500, Final Practice- FS1
5 PM- Camping World Truck Series: Talladega 250, Qualifying- FS2
7 PM- IndyCar: MAVTV 500, Qualifying- NBCSN

Saturday, October 19
9 AM- FIM Superbike World Championships, Superpole: Spain, Race 1- beIN
11 AM- American Le Mans: Alms Petit- FS2
Noon- Sprint Cup: Camping World RV Sales 500, Qualifying- FS2
2:30 PM- American Le Mans: Alms Petit- FS2
4 PM- Camping World Truck Series: Talladega 250- FS1
6:30 PM- American Le Mans Series: Alms Petit- FS1
8 PM- IndyCar: MAVTV 500- NBCSN
8 PM- American Le Mans: Alms Petit- FS2
9 PM- Monster Energy Cup: Las Vegas- FS2

Sunday, October 20
5:45 AM- FIM Superbikes World Championships 2013: Spain, Race 1 & 2- beIN
9 AM- Moto GP: Tissot Australian Grand Prix- FS1
2 PM- Sprint Cup: Camping World RV Sales 500- ESPN
4 PM- Pirelli World Challenge Auto Racing- NBCSN
8 PM- Australian V8 Supercars: Bathurst 1000- FS2

Motorsports This Week on ESPN

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It’s Talladega Time for NASCAR Sprint Cup
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend and the 2.66-mile track that often produces some of the most dramatic and exciting races in NASCAR will host a 500-mile event on Sunday, Oct. 20. ESPN will televise the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with NASCAR Countdown airing at 1 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag at 2:19 p.m. The telecast is presented by 5 Hour Energy. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets throughWatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale JarrettAndy Petree.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty WallaceRay EvernhamBrad Daugherty(analysts).

Matt Kenseth to Visit ESPN Thursday
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leader Matt Kenseth, winner of seven races this season, will visit ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Ct., on Thursday, Oct. 17, and will appear on a variety of ESPN programs and platforms. Kenseth’s appearance is in advance of the Oct. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kenseth will be at ESPN from 1-6:30 p.m. ET and is expected to be onSportsCenter and NASCAR Now and to conduct a live chat on among his appearances.

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NASCAR Now Weekend Wrap-up Show Airs Sunday night
ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will review the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in the episode airing Sunday night, Oct. 20, at 11 p.m. ET. Host Mike Massaro will be joined in the studio by ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven with reporter Marty Smith at the track. The week’s schedule:  

Tue., Oct. 152 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., Oct. 172:30 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., Oct. 181:30 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., Oct. 191:30 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., Oct. 2011 p.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN

Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms — RacingLive! on is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, Oct. 20, RacingLive! Talladega will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at
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.
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Dixon Leads Castroneves Heading Into Final Race  of 2013 Season at Fontana
“Castroneves has the pressure on him. He’s not getting much sleep this week.”
– NBCSN IndyCar Analyst Wally Dallenbach
Live Race Coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Championship Preview Special Airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 16, 2013 – Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) and Helio Castroneves (Penske) battle for the 2013 IndyCar Championship in the final race of the season, the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Dixon holds a 25-point advantage in the standings over Castroneves, the only driver who can overtake Dixon to win the 2013 championship, after registering first- and second-place finishes at the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. Dixon is a two-time IndyCar Series Champion (2003 & 2008); Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 13-year veteran of the IndyCar Series, hopes to clinch his first career season-series title.
NBCSN’s coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships begins on Friday with qualifying at 7 p.m. ET. Live race coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships begins on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of the Lefty’s Kids Club 100, part of IndyCar’s Indy Lights developmental series, will precede the IndyCar World Championships on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s IndyCar and Formula One play-by-play voice Leigh Diffeywill call the IndyCar World Championships at Fontana. Diffey will be joined in the booth this week by former drivers Townsend Bell and Wally Dallenbach. Reporters Jon BeekhuisKevin Lee,Marty Snider and Robin Miller will manage the pits. Mike KingDavey Hamilton and Jake Query will have the call of the Indy Lights Fontana race.
Following are quotes from Dallenbach on the final weekend of the IndyCar season:
Dallenbach on the 2013 IndyCar season: “This has been one of the best seasons in IndyCar that I can remember. It’s been great for IndyCar that these past few seasons have come down to the final race.”
Dallenbach on Castroneves feeling the pressure: “There’s no question, Castroneves has the pressure on him. He’s not getting much sleep this week. He may say he doesn’t feel it, but he does, because he’s never won a championship, and he wants it bad. It’s amazing he’s never won a championship in IndyCar, because he’s certainly good enough.”
Dallenbach on approaches for Castroneves and Dixon: “Helio has the advantage going into the weekend. He is strong on these types of race tracks, and I believe his Chevrolet has the edge on these race tracks. Dixon’s got one thing on his mind this weekend, and that’s to stay in front of Helio. His mission is pretty simple.”
In addition to NBCSN’s coverage, NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will present live coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships on Saturday night.
This week’s motorsports coverage begins with NBCSN’s IndyCar Championship Preview on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to episodes of TRANSLOGIC and Auctions America, NBCSN will also air a one-hour special featuring the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Series.
DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Thu., October 17IndyCar Championship PreviewNBCSN8 p.m.
Auctions AmericaNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Fri., October 18USF 2000NBCSN1:30 a.m.
IndyCar World Championships – QualifyingNBCSN7 p.m.
Sat., October 19Indy Lights – Lefty’s Kids Clup 100NBCSN7 p.m.
MAVTV 500 IndyCar World ChampionshipsNBCSN8 p.m.
INDYCAR ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live stream the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships on Saturday. Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Coverage airing on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
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