Watkins Glen International plays host to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be on track at Watkins Glen this weekend for the Zippo 200 At The Glen. JR Motorsports drivers Chase Elliot and Regan Smith currently sit 1-2 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standings coming into this weekend’s race. The race will air live this Saturday, August 9th on ABC with the green flag expected to fly at 2:33pm ET. Fans can catch qualifying live at 9:30am ET the same day with qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series following at 11:30am ET.
The countdown to the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase for the Cup inches closer as the Sprint Cup Series hits the track Sunday afternoon for the Cheez-It 355 AT The Glen. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. currently leads the standings in the “Race for the Chase” thanks to his win last weekend at Pocono. Earnhardt’s win coupled with Jimmy Johnson’s troubles and Brad Kesilowski’s 23rd place finish following the race’s fourteen-car pileup helped catapult “Little E” into the top spot in the standings as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series inches closer to its “second season.” Sunday’s race will be preceded by its weekly NASCAR Countdown broadcast hosted by Nicole Briscoe. NASCAR Countdown will air live at noon eastern time. She will be joined by NASCAR legend and ESPN analyst Rusty Wallace and team owner/ESPN analyst Brad Daugherty.
Allen Bestwick will have the call for this weekend’s races. He will be joined in the booth by fellow NASCAR legends and ESPN analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Dave Burns will be in the pits this weekend along with Dr. Jerry Punch, Mike Massaro, and Vince Welch. More information 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.
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.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular and Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Khane ruined the party for the Nationwide regulars last weekend at Daytona when he won the Firecracker 250 presented by Coca-Cola. Nationwide Series regular and JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith reclaimed the NNS points lead thanks to a second place finish in the race. Elliot Sadler and Chase Elliot both had a rough weekend in Daytona, dropping each one position in the standings. This week, Sadler and Elliot look to rebound whil Smith looks to keep his lead as the NASCAR Nationwide Series comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sta-Green 200.
The 200-lap race will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 3pm ET. The green flag is expected to fly at 3:46pm ET. Nicole Briscoe will anchor NASCAR Countdown. She will be joined at the desk by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. Allen Bestwick will have the call from the booth. He will be joined by ESPN analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.
Joe Gibbs Racing has been the center of attention in recent weeks. The reason being that Roush Fenway driver Carl Edwards has been rumored to be heading over there next season. But after last weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway, JGR is the center of attention for another reason. That reason being that JGR driver Elliot Sadler now leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series points thanks to a 10th place finish in the John R. Elliot Hero Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Chase Elliot, who came into last weekend’s race as the series’ points leader finished two positions behind Sadler in 12th, knocking him down to second overall in the points standings. This weekend, Elliot will look to bounce back and retake the points lead as the NASCAR Nationwide Series races under the lights at Daytona.
The Subway Firecracker 250 will be run at Daytona International Speedway Friday night live on ESPN2. It all begins with ESPN2’s weekly pre-race NASCAR Countdown broadcast at 7pm ET. The green flag is expected to fly at 7:49pm ET. Allen Bestwick will anchor Friday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by ESPN analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree in the booth. Nicole Briscoe will anchor NASCAR Countdown. She will be joined by her regular co-hosts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty.
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.
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.
The Verizon Indycar Series raced on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course for the first time last week. Now, America’s premiere open-wheel racing series will be back on the track this weekend qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
This weekend’s qualifying, which will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and ABC, will determine the 33-car field for this year’s race. Saturday’s broadcast is the traditional bump day. It will be broadcast live online via ESPN3 from 11am ET – 3pm ET and on ABC from 4pm ET to 6pm ET.
Sunday’s second qualifying session on Sunday, May 18th, will split that initial field into two groups. The first group, those from Saturday’s top nine, will take part in the “Fast Nine Shootout.” The “Fast Nine Shootout” will determine the final starting position for the top nine drivers for the Indy 500. The top nine fastest drivers in the “Fast Nine Shootout” will run in order from slowest to fastest in order to determine the first three rows. Drivers in positions 10 – 33 will requalify for position beginning at 10:15am ET.
ESPN3 will broadcast Sunday’s second qualifying sessions live from 10am – noon ET. ABC will run the double qualifying session from 1pm ET to 3pm ET.