March 14, 2011
The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its first appearance of the season on ESPN this weekend with a 300-lap race at the half-mile Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 19. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 1 p.m. ET, with flag-to-flag coverage of the race at 2 p.m.
Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Rusty Wallace, the 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and a nine-time winner at Bristol, 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 Wallace and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Wallace, Petree, Smith on NASCAR Now Roundtable
NASCAR on ESPN analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree join NASCAR Now lead reporter Marty Smith as panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program airing Monday, March 21, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Allen Bestwick will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program.
Nicole Briscoe hosts half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now airing at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday of this week and Friday at 6 p.m. as well as NASCAR Now’s weekend edition Sunday at 9 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mike Massaro and Smith will report from Bristol with Dr. Jerry Punch.
Sebring 12 Hour Event Live on ESPN3.com
One of America’s classic and historic races, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, runs for the 59th time on Saturday, March 19, and sports car racing fans will be able to watch live, flag-to-flag coverage of all 12 hours of the event on ESPN3.com beginning at 10:15 a.m. ET. John Hindhaugh and Jeremy Shaw will call the action from Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, with pit reporters Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Howe and Kelli Stavast. Qualifying action also airs live on ESPN3.com on Friday, March 18, at 2:55 p.m.
A 90-minute condensed version of the race will air on ABC at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Brian Till will anchor the telecast with analysts Bill Adam and Johnny O’Connell. As part of ESPN’s new relationship with the American Le Mans Series, all nine races in the series will be televised live on ESPN3.com with highlights to air on either ABC or ESPN2 on a delayed basis.
Six Hours of Classic NASCAR Tuesday on ESPN Classic
NASCAR fans can go back 25 years on Tuesday with six hours of classic NASCAR racing from both Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway airing consecutively.
The day starts at 1 p.m. ET with two hours of highlights from the 1985 Valleydale 500 at Bristol, followed at 3 p.m. by the 1986 Atlanta Journal 500. The afternoon closes starting at 5 p.m. with the 1996 Purolator 500 at Atlanta.
NHRA Lucas Oil, Pro Modified Series Air Saturday
Fans of NHRA drag racing can watch action with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series from the recent Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, March 19, at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Following one hour of Lucas Oil Series racing, the scene switches to the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Modified Series for 30 minutes of racing from Gainesville at midnight.
ESPN.com Offers RacingLive! During Bristol 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, March 20, RacingLive! Bristol will kick off to coincide with the race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/.
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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