via press release:
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Continues at Dover
The third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be run at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2, and ESPN will a live telecast of the 400-lap race on the 1-mile track. The NASCAR Countdown presented by NAPA pre-race show airs at 1 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 2:15 p.m. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Friday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m.
Also from Dover, ESPN2 will air Saturday’s 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race, with NASCAR Countdown at 3 p.m. and the green flag at 3:45 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series practice from Dover airs Friday at 12:30 p.m. All of ESPN’s telecasts from Dover also will be available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.
Analysts Dale Jarrett, the 1999 driving champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth to call the action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, while Marty Reid will anchor the Nationwide Series telecasts. 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 Nicole Briscoe with analysis by 1989 champion driver Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the race telecasts.
Benson, Craven, Smith on NASCAR Now Roundtable
NASCAR driver Johnny Benson Jr., ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and NASCAR Now lead reporterMarty Smith will be panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program airing Monday, Oct. 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Allen Bestwick will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program as the analysts look back at the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Dover International Speedway.
NASCAR Now’s one-hour weekend edition hosted by Shannon Spake airs Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. with a preview of that day’s race at Dover and the weekend wrap-up edition airs that night at 10 p.m. Smith and Mike Massaro will report from the track while Craven will join Spake in the studio.
Spake also will host 30-minute editions of NASCAR Now airing Tuesday-Thursday of this week at 3 p.m. and Friday at 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Now episodes also can be seen on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.
Countdown Continues for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races this weekend in the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., and ESPN2 will air action from qualifying and eliminations. Qualifying airs on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Saturday night) and coverage of eliminations airs Sunday at 7 p.m. NHRA fans also can watch the full day of eliminations live on ESPN3, ESPN’s signature broadband sports network, starting Sunday at 11 a.m. And ESPN3 will have more than two bonus hours of coverage of Friday qualifying on Sept. 30 at 4:45 p.m.
The race was held in September in the late 1980s and early 1990s, then moved to August a few years ago, and now it takes a crucial October spot on the schedule as the third event of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Maple Grove Raceway has a long history of record performances, including the first side-by-side quarter-mile four-second and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, and if last year’s barnburner is any indication, the October climes will offer more of the same this year.
Paul Page anchors for ESPN with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould and Dave Rieffwill report from the pits. All NHRA telecasts also are available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.
Also this week, ESPN2 airs highlights from the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Dallas on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 11 p.m., followed at midnight by the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Modified Series from Charlotte.
American Le Mans Series Ends Season with Petit Le Mans
The 2011 season for the American Le Mans Series will close with the running of one of the world’s top sports car endurance races, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, on Saturday, Oct. 1. Fans can watch the 10-hour race live on ESPN3, ESPN’s signature broadband sports network beginning at 11:15 a.m. ET. Also from Road Atlanta, ESPN3 airs coverage of qualifying on Friday, Sept. 30, at 2:55 p.m. John Hindhaugh and Jeremy Shaw will call the action on the ESPN3 telecasts.
Highlights from the Petit Le Mans will air on ABC on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. Brian Till, Bill Adam and Johnny O’Connell will be in the TV booth with pit reporters Jamie Howe and Kelli Stavast.
ESPN.com Offers RacingLive! During Dover 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. 2, RacingLive! Dover will kick off to coincide with ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live athttp://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/.
ESPN.com motorsports writer David Newton will be on hand at Dover.
ESPN Radio Raceday Airs Saturday, Sunday
Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6 a.m. ET with host Pat Pattersonanchored from the site of the race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. 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.
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