Motorsports This Week on ESPN


Motorsports This Week on ESPN

March 7, 2011

NHRA Moves to East Coast with Florida’s Gatornationals

As the National Hot Rod Association celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season races this weekend in the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. ESPN2 will air action from qualifying on Sunday, March 13, at midnight ET (late Saturday night), and coverage of eliminations airs at 6 p.m. NHRA fans also can watch the full day of eliminations live on starting at 11 a.m.

The traditional East Coast opener and the season’s first of 16 events for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders and first of 10 for NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series racers moves back to the second spot on the calendar. The event is one of the sport’s most revered with a rich tradition of history-making performances. This hallowed ground has entertained spring-break-loving fans for decades with such notable occasions as the first 260-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984 and the first 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, in 1986 and 1992, respectively. Its 675-foot ­concrete launchpad is one of the longest on the tour.

Paul Page anchors for ESPN with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould, and Dave Rieff report from the pits, joined by John Kernan.

Also this week, NHRA fans can watch highlights from the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Pomona, Calif., on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

NASCAR Now Schedule for the Week

ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now airs Tuesday, Wednesday and late Thursday this week as the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series have the approaching weekend off. Mike Massaro hosts half-hour episodes airing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Friday (late Thursday night).

There will be no roundtable discussion show on Monday, March 14, due to the off weekend. NASCAR Now will return Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m.

ESPN Classic Brings Back 1985 Bristol Race

To help NASCAR fans get ready for the March 19-20 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway, ESPN Classic will air highlights of the 1985 Busch 500 from Bristol on Tuesday, March 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

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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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