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The Chase Continues: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Phoenix
With only two races left, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Nov. 14, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the Kobalt Tools 500 at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR Countdown kicks off ESPN’s telecast at 2 p.m. ET with the race telecast at 3 p.m. The green flag is at 3:15 p.m.
Also from Phoenix, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will air on ESPN2 on Friday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. Practice sessions air Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2’s season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series continues at Phoenix with a telecast of Saturday’s 200-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4 p.m. with the race telecast presented by Dodge at 4:30 p.m. The green flag is at 4:45 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, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief Ray Evernham and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Craven, Wallace, Smith on NASCAR Now Roundtable
To kick off the final week of the NASCAR season, NASCAR driver Mike Wallace will join analyst Ricky Craven and NASCAR Now lead reporter Marty Smith as panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program, the final roundtable of the season, airing Monday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with host Mike Massaro.
Massaro hosts half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now airing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of this week and Wednesday at 6 p.m. Massaro also hosts as NASCAR Now surrounds Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway with two episodes. The one-hour weekend edition 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 Angelique Chengelis will report from Phoenix while Craven will join Massaro in the studio.
Season Finale for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season comes to a close this weekend in the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. ESPN2 will air highlights of qualifying on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10:30 p.m. ET, and coverage of eliminations airs Sunday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The historic racetrack typically enjoys seasonably cool temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships. Champions will be crowned in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Paul Page anchors ESPN2’s coverage with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould, John Kernan and Dave Rieff report from the pits. Rieff and Dunn host NHRA RaceDay presented by Lucas Oil on Sunday at 10 a.m. to set the stage for that day’s eliminations action. ESPN.com motorsports writer Terry Blount will be on hand at Pomona to report on the weekend’s news and action.
ESPN.com Offers RacingLive! During Phoenix 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, Nov. 7, RacingLive! Phoenix will kick off at 3 p.m. ET to coincide with ESPN’s telecast of the race at Phoenix International Raceway. Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/.
ESPN.com motorsports writer David Newton will be on-site at Phoenix to report on the weekend’s action and news.
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 at www.espnradio.com.
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