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

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Courtesy: ESPN

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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Czarniak Tapped To Lead 2013 Indy 500 Broadcast

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ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak will host this year’s Indy 500.  The SportsCenter co-host’s appointment to the broadcast marks the first time ever that the race broadcast has ever been helmed by a female broadcaster.  Czarniak co-hosts ESPN’s SportsCenter alongside John Anderson.  Before taking on co-hosting duties with Anderson was a pit reporter and feature reporter for broadcasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on TNT and NBC.  She also hosted ESPN’s NASCAR Now previously. 

Lindsay got her start in broadcasting at WRC-TV (NBC 4) in Washington, D.C.  She worked at WRC-TV from 2005 – 2011.  During her time there, she covered the 2006 Winter and 2008 Summer Olympic Games as well as NASCAR broadcasts. 

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Courtesy: ESPN/ABC

The Indy 500 pre-race show is scheduled to run from 11am – 12pm on Sunday, May 26th.  Czarniak will head the pre-race broadcast from the IMS’ famed Pagoda.  She will also help contribute to the race broadcast itself.  Former Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever will also take part in calling the race.  He will serve as an in-race analyst in the broadcast booth for the race, and for the remaining five races that ABC will carry.

Cheever is a former Formula One racer who won the Indy 500 in 1998.  He made 132 starts in Formula One from 1978 to 1989.  That is the most by any American driver in the history of Formula One racing.  He returned to the U.S. and joined the former CART Series in 1990 and then the IndyCar Series in 1996.  He claimed five wins in his time in the IRL, including his win in 1998.  Cheever last raced in the IndyCar series in 2006.   He will be joined by lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid and fellow analyst Scott Goodyear to call all six Izod IndyCar Series races broadcast on ABC this season.  Also on hand for the broadcasts will be pit reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, and Vince Welch.  Dr. Jerry Punch will join the broadcast team in the pits for the Indy 500. 

The Indy 500 is the first of six races that will be broadcast on ABC this year.  Each race will be produced by ESPN and broadcast on ABC.  ABC’s other races include: a doubleheader from Detroit’s Belle Island on June 1st and 2nd, a primetime broadcast from Texas Motor Speedway on June 8th, the series’ race from Iowa Speedway on June 23rd, and its return to the hills of Pocono, PA on July 7th at Pocono Raceway. 

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NASCAR Now Returns This Friday

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ESPN2’s NASCAR Now returns this Friday.  The hit show will air its first new broadcast of the season live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.  This year marks the show’s seventh season on ESPN2.  The broadcast will air at 3pm EST.  It will broadcast live from the NHOF as part of the sport’s celebration of the latest class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall.  Among this year’s class of inductees is former driver and NASCAR Now analyst Rusty Wallace.  Also included in this year’s class are:  Leonard Wood, Cotton Owens, Buck Baker, and Herb Thomas.

The broadcast will be anchored by Allen Bestwick.  He will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Ray Evernham.  Both Wallace and Leonard Wood are expected to appear on the broadcast as special guests.  Regular broadcasts will resume Monday, February 11th.  For the first time, NASCAR Now will broadcast in West Coast prime time this year.  Viewers should check local listings for air times each day.  Also new for this season of NASCAR Now is the inclusion of special segments focusing on drivers Juan Montoya, Joey Logano and Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana.  Pastrana’s segments are expected to generally run during the show’s weekday editions while the segments featuring Logano and Montoya are expected to run on race-morning editions of NASCAR Now

The entire NASCAR Now staff will be back once again with some new additions this time around.  This season, ESPN SportsCenter anchors Lindsay Czarniak and Jonathan “The Coach” Coachman will also fill in occasionally.  The “NASCAR Nation” can tune in to ESPNNews on Valentine’s Day, for a very special three-hour edition of NASCAR Now beginning at 12pm EST.  The broadcast will be live as part of the Daytona 500 Media Day.  This broadcast and all NASCAR Now broadcasts are available both on TV and online on WatchESPN and on the WatchESPN app.

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