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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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Broadcast times for the 2009 NASCAR season have been announced, beginning with FOX’s broadcast of the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona at 8:10 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 7 at Daytona International Speedway. The full broadcast schedules, including TV start times, for all three national series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – are below. 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races will be seen on either FOX, TNT, ESPN or ABC. In addition, two non-points events – the Gatorade Duel at Daytona (2 p.m. ET on Feb. 12) and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (7:30 p.m. ET on May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway), will be broadcast by SPEED.

FOX will broadcast the first 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup points races, beginning with the 51st running of the Daytona 500 (Feb. 15, 2 p.m. TV start time; green flag 3:20 p.m. ET) and ending with the May 31 event at Dover International Speedway at 2 p.m. (ET).

TNT will broadcast the next six events, beginning with the Pocono 500 at 2 p.m. (ET) on June 7 at Pocono Raceway and ending with Chicagoland Speedway’s LifeLock.com 400, July 11 at 8 p.m. (ET).

ESPN and ABC will broadcast the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup events. ESPN will broadcast six, beginning with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at 2 p.m. (ET) on July 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ending with the Sept. 6 event at Atlanta Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET).

ABC completes the season with 11 broadcasts, beginning with race No. 26, the cutoff event for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). ABC also will air the entire 10-race Chase. The season ends with ABC’s broadcast of the Ford 400 on Nov. 22 at 3:15 p.m. (ET) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series season will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. ABC will broadcast four events, ESPN will broadcast five and ESPN2 will broadcast 26. ESPN2 opens the season with the Camping World 300 at 1:15 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 14 at Daytona. New to the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is a race at Iowa Speedway, held on Aug. 1 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN. ESPN2 also will broadcast the season-finale Ford 300 on Nov. 21 at Homestead-Miami (4:30 p.m. ET).

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with new title sponsor Camping World, returns to SPEED for a seventh consecutive season, beginning with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. (ET) at Daytona. The season-finale Ford 200 on Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami begins at 8 p.m. (ET). SPEED will broadcast 23 of the 25 races.

For the third consecutive season, FOX will broadcast two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. The first will be at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. (ET). The race is part of a NASCAR “double header” involving the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (The NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be televised on ESPN2 at 7:45 p.m. ET). FOX also will broadcast the NCWTS Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28 at 2 p.m. (ET).

2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule
(All times Eastern and subject to change)

Date – Site, Network, TV time, race start time
Feb. 7 - Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, Daytona International Speedway*, Fox, 8 p.m., 8:10 p.m.
Feb 12 – Daytona 500 qualifying races, Daytona International Speedway*, Speed, 2 p.m., 2 p.m.
Feb. 15 - Daytona International Speedway, Fox, 2 p.m., 3:20 p.m.
Feb. 22 - Auto Club Speedway, Fox, 5 p.m., 6 p.m.
March 1 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Fox, 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
March 8 - Atlanta Motor Speedway, Fox, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
March 22 - Bristol Motor Speedway, Fox, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
March 29 - Martinsville Speedway, Fox, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
April 5 - Texas Motor Speedway, Fox, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
April 18 - Phoenix International Raceway, Fox, 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
April 26 - Talladega Superspeedway, Fox, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
May 2 - Richmond International Raceway, Fox, 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
May 9 - Darlington Raceway, Fox, 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m.
May 16 - NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Lowe’s Motor Speedway*, Speed, 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
May 24 - Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Fox, 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m.
May 31 - Dover International Speedway, Fox, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
June 7 - Pocono Raceway, TNT, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
June 14 - Michigan International Speedway, TNT, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
June 21 - Infineon Raceway, TNT, 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.
June 28 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TNT, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
July 4 - Daytona International Speedway, TNT, 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
July 11 - Chicagoland Speedway, TNT, 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
July 26 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ESPN, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Aug. 2 - Pocono Raceway, ESPN, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Aug. 9 - Watkins Glen International, ESPN, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Aug. 16 - Michigan International Speedway, ESPN, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Aug. 22 - Bristol Motor Speedway, ESPN, 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 - Atlanta Motor Speedway, ESPN, 7 p.m., 7: 30 p.m.
Sept. 12 - Richmond International Raceway, ABC, 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway, ABC, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Sept. 27 - Dover International Speedway, ABC, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Oct. 4 - Kansas Speedway, ABC, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 - Auto Club Speedway, ABC, 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
Oct. 17 - Lowe’s Motor Speedway, ABC, 7 p.m., 7:25 p.m.
Oct. 25 - Martinsville Speedway, ABC, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 - Talladega Superspeedway, ABC, Noon, 1 p.m.
Nov. 8 -  Texas Motor Speedway, ABC, 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
Nov. 15 - Phoenix International Raceway, ABC, 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
Nov. 22 - Homestead-Miami Speedway, ABC, 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m.

*Non-points event

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