Watkins Glen Hosting The NNS And NSCS This Weekend On ESPN, ABC

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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.

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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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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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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ESPN Offers Audiences Extensive Coverage Of NASCAR’s “Chase For The Sprint Cup Championship”

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ESPN is sure to have quite a lot of eyes this weekend as it steps up its coverage of NASCAR.  NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series enters the first round of its “second season” this weekend.  NASCAR’s legions of fans are sure to be watching especially after the controversy of last week’s race at Richmond International Raceway.  It was in that race that Clint Bowyer, driver of MWR’s #15 Toyota Camry was alleged to have intentionally spun out so as to help his team mate, Martin Truex, Jr. get into the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”  That wasn’t the only controversy of the night.  It was alleged also that Roush Racing driver Carl Edwards jumped the start with three laps to go coming off of a late caution, leading to his controversial win.

These storylines alone are sure to generate some interest as ESPN steps up its coverage beginning this weekend in the first of the Chase’s ten race “post season.”  Round One takes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the Geico 400.  Just as it did with its broadcasts of the Izod IndyCar Series, ESPN will carry the ten-race postseason with its “NASCAR Nonstop” format.  The side-by-side format will start up near the halfway point of each of the season’s final ten races, with the scoring ticker running along the top of the screen throughout commercial breaks.  It will allow audiences to keep watching the race without interruption whenever it’s time for a commercial break.

ESPN’s NASCAR coverage doesn’t end with coverage of the final ten races.  “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” will follow up each race with bonus post-race content on its flagship show, SportsCenter.  ESPN NASCAR analyst and former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven will be on hand for SportsCenter’s post-race coverage.  He will be joined by Carl Edwards live from each track following each race with the driver’s point of view.  And ESPN lead NASCAR reporter Marty Smith will be on-site all weekend along with others for full coverage of each round of the “Chase.”  Fans will also get extended coverage of each week’s race on ESPN’s weekend wrap-up show, NASCAR Now.  Broadcasts of NASCAR Now will air ach Sunday night after the first nine afternoon “Chase” races.  NASCAR Now will also offer NASCAR fans an hour-long “Chase” preview show on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm, along with coverage on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, and ESPN International.

Along with extended and bonus coverage of the “Chase” from ESPN and the ESPN family of networks, ESPN has also enlisted the aid of country superstar Gretchen Wilson for its broadcasts.  Wilson will make appearances in the opening broadcast of each of the “Chase’s” final ten races and narrate them.  Her music will be featured throughout each broadcast’s track specific opening tease, too.

The complete ten-race “Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship” is listed below.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule on ESPN Networks

(all times Eastern)

                                                                                                NASCAR                                 Green

Date                        Location                                                 Countdown            Flag        Network

Sept. 15 Chicagoland Speedway       1 p.m.    2:16 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway       1 p.m.    2:15 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 29 Dover International Speedway       1 p.m.    2:15 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 6 Kansas Speedway       1 p.m.    2:16 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 12 Charlotte Motor Speedway       7 p.m.    7:46 p.m. ABC
Oct. 20 Talladega Superspeedway       1 p.m.    2:19 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 27 Martinsville Speedway       1 p.m.    1:43 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 3 Texas Motor Speedway       2 p.m.    3:16 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 10 Phoenix International Raceway       2 p.m.    3:15 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 17 Homestead-Miami Speedway       2 p.m.    3:15 p.m. ESPN

 

More information on ESPN’s broadcast of the “Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship” is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://espn.go.com/racing.

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ESPN Takes Over NASCAR Broadcasts Beginning This Weekend

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NASCAR shifts gears again this weekend, literally.  Its top series, the Sprint Cup Series, will shift coverage of its races to ESPN beginning with coverage of the annual Brickyard 400 Sunday, July 28th.  Sunday’s telecast is sponsored by Golden Corral.  It all kicks off with the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at noon ET.  The pre-race show will broadcast live from the IMS’ legendary Pagoda.  It all leads up to the drop of the green flag, which is expected at 1:19pm ET.

Along with Sunday’s broadcast, ESPN will also handle coverage of Brickyard qualifying Saturday, July 27th at 2pm ET.  ESPN2 will carry Sprint Cup practice at 9am. 

ESPN also has live coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend beginning with pre-race coverage on NASCAR Countdown at 4p.m. ET.  The green flag for the Nationwide Series race is expected to drop at 4:50pm ET.  Sprint Cup Series driver and 5-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be in the broadcast booth for part of the Nationwide Series race.

ESPN will have a number of cameras covering what is one of the biggest of NASCAR’s biggest races each season.  It will have a camera mounted on a helicopter to get aerial shots.  There will also be eight in-car cameras that will give viewers at home an “inside” look at the race.  In all, ESPN will have a total of seventy-two high definition cameras position around Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend’s coverage of the Brickyard 400.  That number includes four Ultra Hi Motion cameras for replays and other unique shots.  Another will be mounted on pit wall near the “Yard of Bricks” at the track’s Start/Finish line.  And another robotic Ultra Hi Motion camera will be mounted to show a low shot in Turn One.  Turns two and four will also have cameras mounted. 

Recently enshrined NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and 1999 Winston Cup Champion Dale Jarrett will be joined by two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree and lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth during the race.  Marty Reid will take over calling lap-by-lap action for ESPN’s broadcasts of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  Nicole Briscoe will be joined by 1989 Winston Cup Series Champion and fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace, three-time champion crew chief Ray Evernham, and team owner Brad Daughtery for ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown pre-race broadcast.  Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Vince Welch will all be in the pits for all of the action trackside. 

During pre-race coverage, ESPN will take a look at a handful of notable drivers at this year’s Brickyard 400.  Those drivers are Juan Montoya, Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Tony Stewart.  Each driver will have a special feature that focuses specifically on them during ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown.

NASCAR fans can catch up on all of the latest on this weekend’s race online at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/

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NNS Heads To The High Banks Of Talladega This Weekend

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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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