This coming weekend is going to be a very big one for racing fans. NASCAR Nation has Sunday night’s Atlanta race to look forward to. Fans of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series have reason to be excited, too. That’s because this weekend, the NHRA will hold its biggest event of the season in the annual Chevrolet U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. ESPN will have eleven hours of coverage of the event, and even more coverage online. ESPN will have extended coverage of qualifying and eliminations. It all culminates with six hours of coverage on Monday, September 2nd, the final day of eliminations on ESPN2. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen live sports network, will have live qualifying coverage this Friday, August 30th and full coverage of Monday’s final eliminations.
Dave Rieff will anchor the weekend’s broadcasts. He will be joined by analyst Mike Dunn and special guest analyst, four-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi. Gary Gerould, Jamie Howe, and John Kernan will have all of the latest news from the pits for this weekend’s broaddcast. Paul Page will be on hand to provide a historical essay on the U.S. Nationals through the years. Rieff shared his thoughts on the importance of the U.S. Nationals in an interview about the upcoming NHRA major. “It’s The Big Go, the one race you just want to be a part of,” he said. “It’s one of those deals where you’re just part of something special.” He expanded on this thought, adding “It’s the one that if you can’t win the championship, you want to say you’ve won Indy. “Simply by winning the U.S. Nationals, that makes you a part of drag racing history immediately.”
Along with the weekend’s extensive racing coverage, NHRA fans will also get to hear NHRA veterans Alan Johnson, John Force, and Tony Schumacher discuss their success at Indy and how they feel about this weekend’s events. Along with this, Ron Capps and Antron Brown will both be on hand to discuss racing at Indy from two different angles. Capps has never won at Indy, while Brown is the only driver to take wins at Lucas Oil Speedway both in Pro Stock and Nitro class. So viewers will get to find out what these two drivers think about racing at Indy, and what a win would mean to them this weekend. And for all the movie buffs out there, ESPN will offer viewers a sneak peek at the upcoming movie Snake and Mongoose as part of its extended coverage over the weekend.
All coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN3 will also be available online on WatchESPN through all mobile outlets as well as Xbox and Apple TV for those that get their video subscription from an affiliate provider including: Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter Communications and AT&T U-verse (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers).
The weekend’s full schedule is available below.
|Friday, Aug. 30||6 p.m.||Qualifying||ESPN3, WatchESPN|
|Sunday, Sept. 1||1 p.m.||Qualifying||ESPN2, WatchESPN|
|Monday, Sept. 2||11 a.m.||Eliminations||ESPN3, WatchESPN|
|Monday, Sept. 2||Noon||Eliminations||ESPN2, WatchESPN|
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