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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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


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