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Nextel Cup returns to ESPN
ESPN will provide extensive multimedia coverage of the final 17 races of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, beginning with the July 29 running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The telecast, which begins at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, July 29, will be in high definition on ESPN. Dr. Jerry Punch will call the race with analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree and pit reporters Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Mike Massaro. Brent Musburger will host the telecast, and Suzy Kolber will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown show with analyst Brad Daugherty. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN DISH Tech Center.

Of the 17 races, the first six will be televised on ESPN, with the final 11 televised by ESPN on ABC. All races in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup will be on ABC, marking the first time since NASCAR instituted the Chase format that all 10 races will be on the same network. Practice and qualifying from 13 of the races will be televised on ESPN2.

ESPN, which has televised more NASCAR Cup races than any other network, is covering NASCAR Cup racing for the first time since 2000. In addition, ESPN2 is the home of the NASCAR Busch Series all season. All race telecasts include a dedicated NASCAR Countdown pre-race show and all are presented in high definition, including the first-ever use of high definition in-car cameras.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup coverage will be available on 17 ESPN platforms, including ABC, ABC HD, ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNDeportes.com, ESPN International, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile Properties and ESPN The Magazine. Coverage highlights:

  • ABC, ABC HD – 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races, the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Countdown, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship Preview.
  • ESPN, ESPN HD – six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races, NASCAR Countdown, ESPN Ultimate NASCAR. Coverage/segments/interviews on all news and information programming, including SportsCenter.
  • ESPN2, ESPN2 HD – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice and qualifying, NASCAR Now (daily), NASCAR Busch Series races, NASCAR Countdown, NASCAR: Chasing Glory. Coverage/segments/interviews on all news and information programming, including ESPN First Take and Mike and Mike in the Morning.
  • ESPN.com -- award-winning reporters/writers Terry Blount and David Newton anchor motorsports news reporting and feature writing. ESPN.com RaceCast, an enhanced, live race day application features an in-race animated graphic display, track information, lap leaders, race leaders, multimedia, driver information and live in-race chat with ESPN NASCAR contributor Tim Cowlishaw. Rusty Nails It weekly column from ESPN racing analyst Rusty Wallace gives fans his powerful, distinctive and no-holds-barred perspective on the racing scene. Within the ESPN Insider premium content section, Blount and Newton regularly update blogs with their insights and more. Regular contributions from ESPN’s NASCAR television team, including Marty Smith and Angelique Chengelis. ESPN.com’s exclusive collaboration with Jayski.com means that racing fans get unique insights from one of NASCAR’s true insiders, and perhaps the Web’s top NASCAR blogger, integrated with ESPN.com’s award-winning editorial team. Extensive video highlights from every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series race, with the top moments of each race. Additional video from each race, including insider features, practice and qualifying footage, interviews with drivers, pit teams, extensions to ESPN studio programming (including exclusive online segments from ESPN’s signature program, NASCAR Now) and video blogs covering major news and events. ESPN.com RACEDAY, ESPN’s definitive NASCAR podcast, is originally produced multiple times weekly, and ESPN also produces a weekly Jayski Podcast. Both will cover the latest news and developments and will feature interviews with NASCAR personalities. Both podcasts are available via the ESPN PodCenter and Apple's iTunes Store. Sportsnation, ESPN.com’s online sports community hub, features regular NASCAR chats throughout the season, polls and surveys, fan-driven power rankings and more. In addition, ESPN.com NASCAR message boards are enhanced with increased controls and features. Extensive fantasy elements.
  • ESPN Radio – ESPN NASCAR coverage discussed on various programs including Mike and Mike in the Morning and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “NASCAR Minute” each night on GameNight includes insight from ESPN NASCAR analysts Rusty Wallace and Mike Massaro. Interview with Brickyard winner Sunday night after race. RaceDay live at 7 a.m. ET Saturday and 6 a.m. ET Sunday from the Brickyard. Saturday Race Day hosted by Pat Patterson at 7 a.m. ET previews that weekend’s NASCAR races and analyzes the previous week’s news and results. Includes profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails. Sunday Race Day at 6 a.m. ET covers the entire motorsports world.
  • ESPN Classic – memorable NASCAR races from the 1980s and 1990s. During week of Indianapolis race, airings of SportsCentury programs featuring NASCAR drivers at 5 p.m. ET daily. Lineup includes Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Monday, July 23), Jeff Gordon (Tuesday), Tony Stewart (Wednesday), Richard Petty (Thursday) and Dale Earnhardt (Friday). Also airing of complete ESPN Ultimate NASCAR series beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28, and continuing until noon July 29.
  • ESPNEWS – daily coverage with highlights, interviews, analysis and previews throughout the NASCAR season on all ESPNEWS shows/segments. In-progress race highlights, extensive post-race coverage and NASCAR news conferences. NASCAR related guests on HotList and The Pulse throughout the week.
  • ESPN Deportes ESPN's Spanish-language television network in the U.S. will offer exclusive coverage of all 17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races, with commentary from Andres Agulla and Alex Pombo. The six ESPN races will be live, while the network will present all 11 ABC races, including the 10 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races, on a 24-hour delay. Spanish-language news and information coverage will be provided via SportsCenter and RPM Semanal, the network’s motorsports news and information program aired Thursdays.
  • ESPN Deportes Radio the Spanish-language Home of MRN Radio, the Voice of NASCAR will offer up-to-the minute NASCAR coverage, highlighted with news and information updates of NASCAR’s three largest racing series – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
  • ESPNDeportes.comthe leading Spanish-language sports Web site in the U.S. will provide additional coverage highlighted by extensive online video, live chats, in-race updates, driver information, and columns from ESPN Deportes motorsports announcers Andres Agulla and Alex Pombo.
  • ESPN International in Canada, ESPN’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races will air on TSN (English) and RDS (French). Races also will air in the United Kingdom and Ireland on NASN2-UK/Ireland. ESPN International represents the syndication rights to all NASCAR events outside North America through a partnership with NASCAR.
  • ESPN360.com – live simulcasts of all six ESPN NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races and all ESPN2 NASCAR Busch Series races, including NASCAR Countdown. Extensive video highlights from every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series race. Exclusive driver-specific video capsules as well as season-to-date highlights, interviews, news and all other driver-related video.
  • ESPN Mobile Properties – Mobile ESPN on Verizon Wireless features live simulcasts of all six ESPN NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races and all ESPN2 NASCAR Busch Series races, including NASCAR Countdown. Race highlights from NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races as well as the latest news and information, ESPN.com columnists, a leaderboard, updates and alerts, a customized “favorite drivers” personalization feature and more. In addition, fans can find ESPN.com coverage of NASCAR on the ESPN WAP site, among the most popular sites on the wireless Web with 8 million unique users per month.
  • ESPN The Magazine – NASCAR content in every issue, including regular motorsports page, feature stories and previews.
  • ESPN Racing ICONS -- ESPN’s “Racing ICONS” content categories provide an innovative approach to help NASCAR fans find and consume the content they want most on ESPN’s media assets. Covering all aspects of the racing experience, the five icons represent fields of relevant content related to a single category, and are "tagged" on content across ESPN's television, online and print media. The five ICON categories are Auto Tech, Communications, Safety, Tech Center and Know How. Each ICON category organizes an array of in-depth ESPN content and enables fans to pursue more in-depth information and entertainment. Additionally, the unique fan navigation device delivers "surround" engagement across ESPN's media platforms and allows advertisers to have a complete brand-aligned content topic within ESPN's comprehensive coverage of NASCAR.



Date Site Network TV Start (ET)
July 29 Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 5 Pocono Raceway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 12 Watkins Glen International ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 19 Michigan International Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 25 Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 California Speedway ESPN 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 Richmond International Raceway ESPN on ABC 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 New Hampshire International Speedway ESPN on ABC 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 Dover International Speedway ESPN on ABC 1 p.m.
Sept. 30 Kansas Speedway ESPN on ABC 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 Talladega Superspeedway ESPN on ABC 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 Lowe’s Motor Speedway ESPN on ABC 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 Martinsville Speedway ESPN on ABC 1 p.m.
Oct. 28 Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN on ABC 1 p.m.
Nov. 4 Texas Motor Speedway ESPN on ABC 3 p.m.
Nov. 11 Phoenix International Raceway ESPN on ABC 3 p.m.
Nov. 18 Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN on ABC 3 p.m.
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