Motorsports This Week on ESPN


Motorsports This Week on ESPN

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Watkins Glen on ESPN

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes road racing this weekend at historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and ESPN will have a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the race on Sunday, Aug. 8. The telecast is presented by The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show kicks off the day at noon ET with the race telecast at 1 p.m. The race’s green flag is at 1:18 p.m.

Also from Watkins Glen, coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying airs Saturday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 airs coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup “Happy Hour” practice on Friday, Aug. 6, at 4 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, Mike Massaro 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.

Following the race on Sunday, additional reports, analysis and interviews from Watkins Glen will air on ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter as will be the case for all 14 races airing on ESPN this season.

ESPN continues its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend as the series also races at Watkins Glen. The event airs on ESPN beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the race telecast at 2 p.m. and the green flag at 2:18 p.m.

NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying airs Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN2, while final practice airs Friday at 2 p.m., also on ESPN2.

Craven, Said, Blount on NASCAR Now Roundtable

NASCAR on ESPN analyst Ricky Craven, driver Boris Said and motorsports writer Terry Blount will be panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program airing Monday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Mike Massaro will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program.

Nicole Briscoe hosts half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now airing Tuesday through Thursday of this week at 5 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. following ESPN’s coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Happy Hour coverage from Watkins Glen International. Briscoe also hosts the one-hour weekend edition of NASCAR Now airing Sunday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, as well as the weekend wrap-up edition airing Sunday night at 11 p.m. Shannon Spake and Angelique Chengelis will report from Watkins Glen, while Craven will join Briscoe in the NASCAR Now studio.

NASCAR Now is hosted by Mike Massaro, Nicole Briscoe, Allen Bestwick and Shannon Spake and originates from ESPN’s high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include reporters Marty Smith and Angelique Chengelis, analysts Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, and Ricky Craven, reporters Ed Hinton, Terry Blount and David Newton and ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. The NASCAR on ESPN team event coverage team of Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Marty Reid, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, and Vince Welch also make frequent contributions to NASCAR Now.

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Andy Hall

I’m part of a team that handles PR/Communications for SportsCenter, including the SC Featured brand, the E60 program, and ESPN’s news platforms. In addition, I’m the PR contact for ESPN’s Formula 1 coverage and golf majors (the Masters and PGA Championship). I’m based in Daytona Beach, Fla., and have been with ESPN since 2006.
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