ESPN’S NASCAR Coverage Set to Take Green Flag at Daytona


ESPN’S NASCAR Coverage Set to Take Green Flag at Daytona

February 14, 2011

ESPN’S NASCAR Coverage Set to Take Green Flag at Daytona

ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 NASCAR season launches with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 19, on ESPN2. The telecast is presented by and begins at noon ET with NASCAR Countdown. The 300-mile race’s green flag flies at 1:34 p.m.

Thirty-three of the 34 races on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule this season will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. ESPN also will televise the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of the season, including all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Fourteen of the 17 races will air on ESPN, with three Saturday night races appearing on ABC. ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage begins July 31 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway while the Chase begins Sept. 18 at Chicagoland Speedway.

In addition to race coverage for both series, the networks also will televise practice and qualifying from select races, season preview and review programs and a special Chase preview. Each race includes a dedicated pre-race program and comprehensive coverage of NASCAR appears on ESPN2’s NASCAR news and information program, NASCAR Now.

ESPN’s team of announcers has four former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions returning to their analyst roles in 2011, including 1999 champion driver Dale Jarrett and 1989 champion Rusty Wallace. Two-time champion crew chiefs Tim Brewer and Andy Petree also will offer expert analysis during the season.

Lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid will join Jarrett and Petree in the booth for race telecasts, with pit reporters Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. From the newly-designed ESPN Pit Studio, Allen Bestwick will host NASCAR Countdown with analysts Wallace and Brad Daugherty. Brewer will report from the Emmy-winning ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage during race telecasts to help viewers better understand the technical and mechanical aspects of NASCAR racing. 

Bestwick and Burns will each step into the lap-by-lap announcer position as fill-ins for Reid for some NASCAR Nationwide Series telecasts while NASCAR Now co-host Nicole Briscoe will host NASCAR Countdown for several races. Wallace, Daugherty and NASCAR Now analyst Ricky Craven also will help call some races from the booth as fill-ins for Jarrett and Petree. NASCAR Now co-hosts Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake will work as pit reporters for selected races as will Rick DeBruhl, a pit reporter on ESPN’s coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series, and Jim Noble.

ESPN’s NASCAR race telecasts will be produced under the oversight of ESPN vice president, motorsports, Rich Feinberg and senior coordinating producer Jill Frederickson. NASCAR Sprint Cup races and selected Nationwide Series races will be produced by Jamie Shiftan while Jim Gaiero will produce other Nationwide Series races. Richie Basile will be director.

ESPN’s multimedia approach to coverage of NASCAR touches multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ABC, ABC HD,, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio, ESPN International, ESPN Mobile and

NASCAR race schedules for the ESPN Networks in 2011 are as follows:

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule on ESPN Networks

(All Times Eastern)

July 31 (Sun.) Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 7 (Sun.) Pocono Raceway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 14 (Sun.) Watkins Glen International ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 21 (Sun.) Michigan International Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 27 (Sat.) Bristol Motor Speedway ABC 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 4 (Sun.) Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 10 (Sat.) Richmond International Raceway ABC 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 18 (Sun.) Chicagoland Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Sep. 25 (Sun.) New Hampshire Motor Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Oct. 2 (Sun.) Dover International Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Oct. 9 (Sun.) Kansas Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Oct. 16 (Sat.) Charlotte Motor Speedway ABC 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 (Sun.) Talladega Superspeedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Oct. 30 (Sun.) Martinsville Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Nov. 6 (Sun.) Texas Motor Speedway ESPN 3 p.m.
Nov. 13 (Sun.) Phoenix International Raceway ESPN 3 p.m.
Nov. 20 (Sun.) Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN 3 p.m.

2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule on ESPN Networks


Feb. 19 (Sat.) Daytona International Speedway ESPN2 1:15 p.m.
Feb. 26 (Sat.) Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 5:30 p.m.
March 5 (Sat.) Las Vegas Motor Speedway ABC 3 p.m.
March 19 (Sat.) Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
March 26 (Sat.) Auto Club Speedway ESPN 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 8 (Fri.) Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 (Sat.) Talladega Superspeedway ESPN2 3 p.m.
Apr. 23 (Sat.) Nashville Superspeedway ESPN 2 p.m.
May 6 (Fri.) Darlington Raceway ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
May 14 (Sat.) Dover International Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
May 22 (Sun.) Iowa Speedway ABC 2 p.m.
May 28 (Sat.) Charlotte Motor Speedway ABC 2:30 p.m.
June 4 (Sat.) Chicagoland Superspeedway ESPN 8 p.m.
June 18 (Sat.) Michigan International Speedway ABC 3:30 p.m.
June 25 (Sat.) Road America ESPN 5:30 p.m.
July 1 (Fri.) Daytona International Speedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
July 8 (Fri.) Kentucky Speedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
July 16 (Sat.) New Hampshire Motor Speedway ESPN 3:30 p.m.
July 23 (Sat.) Nashville Superspeedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
July 30 (Sat.) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 6 (Sat.) Iowa Speedway ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 13 (Sat.) Watkins Glen International ESPN 2 p.m.
Aug. 20 (Sat.) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ESPN 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 26 (Fri.) Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 (Sat.) Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 (Fri.) Richmond International Raceway ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 (Sat.) Chicagoland Speedway ESPN2 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 (Sat.) Dover International Speedway ESPN2 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 (Sat.) Kansas Speedway ESPN2 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 (Fri.) Charlotte Motor Speedway ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 (Sat.) Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 12:55 p.m.
Nov. 12 (Sat.) Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 (Sat.) Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN2 4:30 p.m.


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ESPN produces comprehensive, multi-platform coverage featuring telecasts of the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 10-race “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Additionally, ESPN2 is the television home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. ESPN’s NASCAR coverage extends to, SportsCenter, ESPN the Magazine, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and ESPN International, among other ESPN platforms. ESPN aired 262 NASCAR Cup Races over a 20-year period starting in 1981 and returned to NASCAR coverage in 2007. The network’s award-winning, live flag-to-flag coverage on ESPN has been honored with 19 Sports Emmy Awards, as well as many industry honors. It is widely credited for helping to popularize the sport nationwide.


Contact:           Andy Hall at 386-492-2246 or [email protected]

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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