NNS Racing In Iowa This Weekend

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Courtesy: NASCAR/ESPN/ESPN2/ABC

The NASCAR Nationwide series makes a westward swing this weekend.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is in Iowa nthis weekend for the Get To Know Newton250 Presented by Sherwin Williams. Rookie driver Chase Elliot will look to extend his current points lead over Elliot Sadler and JR Motorsports team mate Regan Smith when drivers take the green flag. The 250-lap race on the 7/8th mile track will be broadcast live on ESPN.

NASCAR Countdown will precede the race at 1:30pm. The green flag is expected to drop at 2:14pm ET. Dave Burns will have the call from the booth. He will be joined by NASCAR Winston Cup Champion and ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett and former NASCAR crew chief Andy Petree.

More information on next week’s race in Iowa is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN To Air NASCAR SCS, NNS Finales This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN

And then there was one.  This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ 2013 series comes down to a winner take all race that will decide who takes the Sprint Cup Championship.  Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have been locked in a head to head battle since the start of the annual “Chase for the Championship.”  But Kenseth has fallen off track in recent weeks.  He trails Jimmie Johnson by almost thirty points as the series heads into its season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.  Allen Bestwick will anchor this weekend’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts and NASCAR veterans Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.  Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Vince Welch will have all the latest in-race news live from the pits.  ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown will be anchored by Mike Massaro.  He will be joined by NASCAR veteran Rusty Wallace, former crew chief and Evernham Racing head Ray Evernham, as well as team owner Brad Daughtery for analysis.

The Ford Econoboost 400 closes out the Sprint Cup Series’ 2013 season.  It will be broadcast live this Sunday beginning with a special two-hour edition of NASCAR Countdown beginning at 1pm ET.  The green flag is currently scheduled to drop at 3:15pm ET.  ESPN will have also air practice and qualifying live this Friday at 1:30pm and 6pm ET respectively.

Along with its broadcast of the Sprint Cup Series season finale, ESPN will also have full coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ finale Saturday afternoon.  Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish, Jr. will take it right down to the wire Saturday for the series’ championship in the Ford Econoboost 300.  Broadcast of the race begins with NASCAR Countdown live at 4pm.  The green flag is expected to drop at 4:46pm ET.

ESPN will build up to this weekend’s championship battle by embedding reporters Ryan McGee and Shannon Spake with Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth’s teams respectively today and tomorrow, November 12th and 13th.  They will bring reports from both camps on ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter.  NASCAR fans can also tune in to ESPNEWS this Thursday, November 14th for a special hour-long program that will come live from the NASCAR Championship Contenders news conference.  That broadcast will kick off live at 12pm ET from Miami.

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NNS Heads To The High Banks Of Talladega This Weekend

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Courtesy: NASCAR/ESPN/ESPN2

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will face the high banks and high speeds of Talladega Speedway this weekend in the Aarons 312.  Points leader Sam Hornish Jr. and second place driver Regan Smith will go wheel to wheel in the next round.  Hornish, who drives for Penske Racing, leads Smith by only a single point.  The pair is evenly matched on the track.  Hornish boasts a current record of six top tens, four top fives and one win.  Smith has five top tens and two top fives.  He doesn’t have any wins yet this season.  ESPN will have qualifying coverage Friday at 12pm EST. 

Coverage of the Aarons 312 kicks off Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm EST on ESPN2.  Nicole Briscoe will lead pre-race coverage on NASCAR Countdown, and will be joined by analysts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daughtery.  The green flag drops at 3:35pm EST.  Allen Bestwick will lead the lap-by-lap coverage alongside Andy Petree.  They will be joined by NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran Carl Edwards in the booth.  Edwards is currently second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, behind five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson.  Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Vince Welch will have all the action live from the pits throughout the race. 

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NASCAR Nationwide Series Heads Out West This Weekend

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Courtesy: NASCAR/ESPN/ESPN2

The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Phoenix this weekend.  Drivers will face off in the desert in the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 presented by Kawasaki.  Current series points leader Sam Hornish, Jr. and the rest of the field will look to rebound this week after this past weekend’s devastating wreck in the series’ season opening race at Daytona.  NASCAR Countdown host Nicole Briscoe will be joined by analysts and NASCAR veterans Rusty Wallace and Ricky Craven along with Brad Daugherty beginning at 4pm. 

Allen Bestwick will helm the race broadcast as he calls lap-by-lap action from the booth.  He will be joined by two more well known NASCAR veterans in Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree for in race analysis.  Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Vince Welch will have the call from the pits.  The green flag is currently expected to drop at 4:45pm EST/1:45 PST.  The race will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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ESPN Announces Daytona Coverage Schedule

The weather is still cold around most of the country.  But America’s premier racing series is warming up its engines.  NASCAR will return to the track this weekend.  And ESPN will be there with two full weeks of coverage culminating in a broadcast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener on Saturday, February 23rd.  The network’s coverage will span its family of networks, as well as its digital and print outlets.  As an added bonus, the winner of this year’s Daytona 500 will appear on a variety of ESPN telecasts the day after the Sprint Cup Series’ season opener.

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s coverage of the Nationwide Series begins with live coverage of Nationwide practice on Thursday, February 21st at 3pm EST and qualifying Friday, February 22nd at 3:30pm EST.  Its broadcast of the season opening 300-mile race live from Daytona International Speedway begins at 12pm EST on February 23rd with the race itself beginning at 1:15pm EST.  The race will be called from the booth by Allen Bestwick.  He will be joined by ESPN analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.  The pits will be covered by Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Vince Welch.  The countdown show will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe.  She will be joined by Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, and Brad Daughetry.

 

This week and next week will be front loaded with all the coverage that any member of the NASCAR Nation could want.  A complete schedule of coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available below.

ESPN’S 2013 DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS SCHEDULE

(all times Eastern)

 

Date Time Program Network
Tuesday, Feb. 12 12:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Wednesday, Feb. 13 12:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 14 2 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 14 Noon NASCAR Now: Media Day Special ESPNEWS
Friday, Feb. 15 Midnight SportsCentury: Dale Earnhardt ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 15 1 a.m. 1998 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 15 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Friday, Feb. 15 3 a.m. 3 Nation: The Life & Legacy of Dale Earnhardt ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 15 4 a.m. SportsCentury: Dale Earnhardt ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 15 5 a.m. 3 Nation: The Life & Legacy of Dale Earnhardt ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 15 7 a.m. 1998 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 15 9 a.m. SportsCentury: Dale Earnhardt ESPN Classic
Saturday, Feb. 16 6 a.m. RaceDay ESPN Radio
Sunday, Feb. 17 6 a.m. RaceDay ESPN Radio
Tuesday, Feb. 19 12:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Wednesday, Feb. 20 12:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Wednesday, Feb. 20 8:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Mario Andretti ESPN Classic
Wednesday, Feb. 20 9:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Tim Flock ESPN Clsssic
Wednesday, Feb. 20 10:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Jeff Gordon ESPN Classic
Wednesday, Feb. 20 11 a.m. 1993 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Wednesday, Feb. 20 1 p.m. 2007 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Wednesday, Feb. 20 3 p.m. 1997 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Wednesday, Feb. 20 5 p.m. 1999 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 2 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 21 2:30 a.m. 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Preview ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 21 8 a.m. Tim Richmond: To the Limit ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 9 a.m. 3 Nation: The Life & Legacy of Dale Earnhardt ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 10 a.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series practice ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 21 10 a.m. SportsCentury: Dale Earnhardt Jr. ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 11 a.m. SportsCentury: Dale Earnhardt ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 Noon 1976 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 1 p.m. 1981 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 3 p.m. 1983 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Thursday, Feb. 21 5 p.m. 1979 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Friday, Feb. 22 2 a.m. 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preview ESPN2
Friday, Feb. 22 7:30 a.m. 1998 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 9:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Tony Stewart ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 11 a.m. SportsCentury: Richard Petty ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 Noon 1973 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 1 p.m. 1978 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 2 p.m. 1988 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 3:30 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying ESPN2
Friday, Feb. 22 4 p.m. 1993 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Friday, Feb. 22 6 p.m. 1998 Daytona 500 ESPN Classic
Saturday, Feb. 23 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Saturday, Feb. 23 6 a.m. RaceDay ESPN Radio
Saturday, Feb. 23 Noon NASCAR Countdown ESPN
Saturday, Feb. 23 1:15 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series race, telecast presented by Royal Purple ESPN
Sunday, Feb. 24 2:30 a.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series race (re-air) ESPN2
Sunday, Feb. 24 4 a.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series race ESPN Deportes
Sunday, Feb. 24 6 a.m. RaceDay ESPN Radio
Sunday, Feb. 24 9 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
Monday, Feb. 25 Midnight NASCAR Now ESPN2
Monday, Feb. 25 TBA Daytona 500 winner at ESPN Various outlets

  

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