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Motorsports This Week on ESPN
The Chase Is On: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Kansas
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Oct. 3, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 400 miles at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and ESPN will have a live telecast. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show airs at noon ET on ESPN2 with the race telecast on ESPN at 1 p.m. The race’s green flag is at 1:16 p.m. ESPN2 will air same-day coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup final practice on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
ESPN2’s season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series continues at Kansas with a telecast of Saturday’s race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3 p.m. with the race telecast at 3:30 p.m. The green flag flies at 3:46 p.m.
Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion driver Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Craven, Evernham, Blount on NASCAR Now Roundtable
NASCAR on ESPN analysts Ray Evernham and Ricky Craven will join ESPN.com writer Terry Blount as panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program airing Monday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Mike Massaro will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program.
Massaro hosts half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now airing at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday of this week and Saturday at 1 a.m. (late Friday night). NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne will be an in-studio guest on the Tuesday edition of the program in addition to appearing on other ESPN platforms.
Massaro also hosts as NASCAR Now surrounds Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas with two episodes. The one-hour weekend edition of NASCAR Now presented by 5 Hour Energy airs at 9 a.m. with a preview of that day’s race, while the weekend wrap-up edition airs that night at 10 p.m. Shannon Spake and Blount will report from Kansas while Craven will join Massaro in the studio.
ESPN.com Offers RacingLive! During Kansas Race
NASCAR fans looking for an online gathering during ESPN’s telecasts of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now have a place to go on ESPN.com.
RacingLive! on ESPN.com is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with ESPN.com writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, Oct. 3, RacingLive! Kansas will kick off at 1 p.m. ET to coincide with ESPN’s telecast of the race at Kansas Speedway.
Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live athttp://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/.
ESPN Radio Raceday Airs Saturday, Sunday
Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6 a.m. ET with host Pat Patterson anchored from Daytona Beach, Fla. Patterson also originates the broadcast from several racetracks with key races during the season. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails.
Additionally, many of ESPN’s NASCAR reporters and analysts contribute each week as ESPN networks televise the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series and the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 10-race “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” championship. A list of ESPN Radio affiliates can be found atwww.espnradio.com.
NHRA Sportsman Action Airs Sunday
Fans of NHRA drag racing can watch action featuring the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series when highlights of the recent event in Dallas are televised Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
Texas Motorplex is one of three all-concrete dragstrips on the schedule (the first of its kind when it opened), which provide optimum traction and allow crew chiefs the opportunity to achieve national record performances. The event, which is the third chance for Countdown teams to earn points and is in 2010 celebrating its silver anniversary, takes place just a week after the Charlotte event, making for a long tow and a quick turnaround for the championship-hungry teams.