NASCAR’s Road To Homestead Begins This Weekend On ESPN, ESPN2

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This weekend is going to be a busy one for ESPN.

The schedule is jam packed this weekend for The Worldwide Leader in Sports and its family of networks. The biggest of this weekend’s events across the ESPN family of networks is the annual running of NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. ESPN takes over coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from TNT this weekend and carries it straight through to the series’ season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This weekend’s coverage of the Brickyard 400 events begins Saturday morning at 9am with the broadcast of Sprint Cup Series practice on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. This is the only coverage that will be carried on ESPN2. All other coverage throughout the weekend will be carried on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Qualifying for the Brickyard 400 will be broadcast at 2pm ET followed by ESPN’s weekly broadcast of NASCAR Countdown at 4pm ET and the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Lilly Diabetes 250 at 4:30pm ET. The green flag for that race is expected to drop at 4:49 pm ET.

Sunday’s coverage of the Brickyard 400 begins with NASCAR Countdown at high noon. The green flag for the Brickyard 400 is expected to fly at 1:19pm ET weather permitting. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will serve as in-race reporter for the Brickyard 400. He will discuss all of the latest in-race happenings with ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett during the race’s pace and caution laps.

More information on this weekend’s coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races is available online now 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.

NNS Going Night Racing At Kentucky Speedway Friday Night

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NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Brendan Gaughan scored a surprise win over the weekend as the Nationwide Series made its way to Road America. Gaughan, who drives for Richard Childress Racing in the Nationwide Series, currently sits in seventh place overall in the series’ driver standings after his win. And despite a thirteenth place finish in Saturday’s race, JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith still sits atop the Nationwide Series driver points standings. He leads JGR’s Elliot Sadler by ten points after leaving Road America. This Friday night, Gaughan will look to prove last week’s win was no fluke. And Smith will look to bounce back and open his lead even more over Sadler as the Nationwide Series hits the track at Kentucky Speedway.

Friday night’s race will be simulcast on ESPN and online via WatchESPN. Coverage of the 300-mile race starts at 7pm ET with ESPN’s weekly pre-race NASCAR Countdown broadcast. The green flag is expected to drop at 7:45pm ET. Allen Bestwick will anchor Friday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree in the booth.

More information on ESPN’s Nationwide Series coverage 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 reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NNS Racing In Iowa This Weekend

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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.

NNS Back Under The Lights This Weekend At RIR

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series is back under the lights again this weekend.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will hit the track Friday night at Richmond International for the Toyotacare 250. JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliot currently leads teammate Regan Smith by thirteen points. He will look to extend that lead when he and the rest of the field take the green flag at 7:14pm ET on ESPNNEWS. NASCAR Countdown opens the night’s broadcast at 6:30pm ET on ESPNNEWS.  ESPN2 will carry live qualifying for Friday night’s race at 3:30pm ET.

Nicole Briscoe will anchor Saturday evening’s broadcast of NASCAR Countdown. Allen Bestwick will have lap-by-lap coverage of the race. He will be joined by analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree for all of the action.

More information on the ESPN family of networks’ coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series 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.

NNS Takes On The Lady In Black Friday Night On ESPN2

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Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne spent the first five weeks of the NASCAR Nationwide Series battling for the series’ points lead. But the points picture is quite different after both drivers had a tough time Friday night. Regan Smith’s seventh place finish dropped him to second place , two points back from new points leader Chase Elliot. Bayne finished Friday’s race in twenty-third, dropping him to fifth overall in the points standings. Now, both drivers look to move back up the ladder this weekend when the Nationwide Series heads to Darlington Speedway this weekend.

The NASCAR Nationwide will take on “The Lady in Black” Friday night in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning with Nascar Countdown at 7:30pm ET. Nicole Briscoe will anchor the broadcast. She will be joined by NASCAR veterans and ESPN analysts Rusty Wallace and Ricky Craven for the pre-race broadcast. Allen Bestwick will call all of the flag-to-flag action from the booth. He will be joined by NASCAR legend and ESPN analyst Rusty Wallace and former NASCAR crew chief Andy Petree.

Pre-race ceremonies for Friday’s race are expected to begin at 8pm ET, with thegreen flag expected to drop at 8:16pm ET. More information on Friday’s broadcast and more on ESPN’s NASCAR coverage 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.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. To Serve As In-Race Reporter Tomorrow Night In O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads this week from NASCAR’s smallest track to one of its biggest.

Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith are now tied atop the NNS points standings as the NNS gears up for Round 6 of the series’ schedule. Round 6 brings the NNS to Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 live from. ESPN2 will have live flag-to-flag coverage of tomorrow night’s race beginning with the network’s weekly pre-race show, NASCAR Countdown at 8pm ET.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will make a rare appearance tomorrow night, driving the #88 Ragu Chevy Camaro. He will also serve as ESPN2’s in-race reporter. ESPN analyst Rusty Wallace will discuss the race with Earnhardt during the race’s pace laps and caution laps.

Pre-race coverage on ESPN2 is expected to begin at 8:30pm ET.

More information on tomorrow night’s coverage of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 and the rest of the 2014 NNS schedule 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.

Championship Battle Still Very Tight As NNS Heads West Again For Week Five

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads back out west this weekend for week five of the series’ schedule.

JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith will look to make a dent in his current single-point lead over Roush Racing driver Trevor Bayne this Saturday when the NNS takes to the track for the Treatmycot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Saturday’s telecast begins at 4:30pm ET on ESPN with ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.  The green flag is expected to drop at 5:17pm ET.

Allen Bestwick will call the race.  He will be joined in the booth by former NASCAR crew chief Andy Petree.  Rusty Wallace will sit in for former Winston Cup Champion and fellow ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett this week.  Nicole Briscoe will host NASCAR Countdown.  She will be joined by ESPN analysts Ricky Craven and Brad Daugherty.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series 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.

NASCAR’s Next Generation Tries Its Luck This Weekend In Vegas

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NASCAR  Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith looks to expand his lead over second place driver Trevor Bayne this weekend as the Nationwide series continues its western swing.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads from Phoenix to Las Vegas this weekend for the Boyd Gaming 300.  The green flag is expected to drop at 4:31pm ET.  Allen Bestwick will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by former Winston Cup champion and ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett and former crew chief Andy Petree.  Saturday’s broadcast will be preceded by NASCAR Countdown at 4pm ET.

More information on this weekend’s race and all of ESPN’s coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series 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.

NNS Series “Heats Up” This Weekend In Phoenix

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NASCAR’s next generation heads out west this weekend.  The second race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ 2014 season takes the series to Phoenix International Speedway for the Blue Jeans Go Green 200.  ABC will have all of the action beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 3:30pm.  The green flag is expected to drop at 4pm ET/1pm PT.

All eyes will be on the current NNS points leader Regan Smith when the NASCAR Nationwide Series takes to the track at Phoenix International Speedway this weekend.  Smith, who has been an underdog since his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at the 2007 Daytona 500, looks to keep his momentum going from last weekend’s huge win.  He currently sits atop the NNS points standings, six points ahead of Trevor Bayne, who won the 2011 Daytona 500.

Allen Bestwick will call all of the lap-by-lap action for Saturday’s broadcast.  He will be joined by former Winston Cup Champion and ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett and former crew chief Andy Petree.  More information on this weekend’s coverage is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar.

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ESPN To Air NASCAR SCS, NNS Finales This Weekend

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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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