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Indianapolis 500 Bump Day Live Sunday on ABC, ESPN2

Some of the most dramatic moments in the history of the Indianapolis 500 have occurred on Bump Day, the final opportunity for drivers to 'bump' their way into the 33-car starting field for the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing.' ABC and ESPN2 will have live coverage Sunday, May 18. Bump Day presented by GoDaddy.com airs from 1-3 p.m. ET on ABC, and coverage shifts to ESPN2 from 5-6:30 p.m.

ESPN2 also will be live at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for coverage of the third day of Indianapolis 500 time trials Saturday, May 17, at 4 p.m. With the second day of qualifying rained out this past weekend, the 2.5-mile track will be busy Saturday as positions 12-33 in the field are filled. The Indianapolis 500 airs live on ABC Sunday, May 25, at noon.

Marty Reid anchors coverage, joined for analysis by former IndyCar Series star Scott Goodyear and 1998 Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever. Jack Arute, Brienne Pedigo and Vince Welch will report from the pits.


NASCAR Now Expands Monday for Roundtable Discussion of All-Star Weekend

The Monday, May 19, edition of NASCAR Now will expand to an hour and will include host Allen Bestwick leading a roundtable discussion with ESPN analysts and reporters of the weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway as well as other NASCAR news. The program airs at 5:30 p.m.

Half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now air Tuesday through Thursday of this week at 6 p.m., while the one-hour weekend edition airs Saturday at 10 a.m. with a preview of that night's All-Star race.

NASCAR Now is hosted by Ryan Burr, Nicole Manske and Bestwick and originates from ESPN's high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include NASCAR Insiders Marty Smith and Angelique Chengelis, analysts Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Boris Said and Tim Cowlishaw, ESPN.com reporters Terry Blount and David Newton and D.J. Copp, a member of Bobby Labonte's NASCAR team.

NASCAR Now viewers also benefit from frequent contributions by the NASCAR on ESPN team including Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake.


ESPN Classic Featuring Two Classic NASCAR Races, Jeff Gordon SportsCentury

Race fans will have the opportunity to watch two classic NASCAR Sprint Cup races this week on ESPN Classic.

The 1996 Tyson Holly Farms 400 from North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway airs Thursday, May 15, at 2 p.m. ET, while the 1992 Save Mart 300 at California's Infineon Raceway airs Friday, May 16, at 3 a.m. Both races originally aired live on ESPN.

Also airing on ESPN Classic this week is an episode of the award-winning ESPN program SportsCentury featuring NASCAR star Jeff Gordon. The show airs Thursday at 9 a.m.


NHRA Bristol Event on ESPN2 Saturday, Sunday

ESPN2 airs coverage of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series stop at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway weekend with action from the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Qualifying coverage airs Saturday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. ET, with eliminations and finals coverage airing Sunday at 6:30 p.m. A replay of finals airs Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPN Classic.

Bristol Dragway opened in 1965, and after the 1997 season, the facility was closed and underwent an $18 million renovation. The facility re-opened in 1999 and hosted the NHRA All-Star event in 1999 and 2000. The Thunder Valley Nationals event started in 2001.

Paul Page anchors ESPN2's coverage, with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould and Dave Rieff report from the pits. Rieff and Dunn also co-host NHRA RaceDay to set the stage for Sunday's finals action. The 30-minute program airs Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.


NHRA Fans Can Relive Events on ESPN Classic

Fans of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will have opportunities all week to relive some of the great events of the 2003 season as ESPN Classic opens the archives and brings the events back to life on TV. The programs air at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday through Friday.

On Tuesday, May 13, fans can watch the action of the 2003 Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals from Sonoma, Calif., while Wednesday's program features the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals from Brainerd, Minn. The Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals from Joliet, Ill., air Thursday with the O'Reilly Fall Nationals from Dallas airing Friday.

ESPN2 is the home for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.


ESPN Classic Airing Mothers Car Show Marathon Saturday

ESPN2 and ESPN Classic are the homes for lovers of automotive and classic car auction programs, and viewers will have the opportunity this week to see multiple hours of programming.

ESPN Classic airs 14 episodes of Mothers Car Show back-to-back Saturday, May 17, starting at 1 p.m. ET. The marathon continues until 8 p.m.

Episodes of Russo and Steele Classic Car Auction air Sunday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2, and then later that day at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN airs an episode of Autotrader.com DRIVE! In HD Sunday at 2 p.m.

An episode of RM Classic Car Auctions airs Tuesday, May 13, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic.


Two Episodes of Car Wars with Funkmaster Flex Airing This Week

A new season of the ESPN2 reality show Car Wars with Funkmaster Flex continues with two episodes this week.'

The show features popular New York TV and radio personality Funkmaster Flex, who opens each episode with 'music is my life but cars are my passion.' Flex oversees a competition involving amateur car customizers and the real-life drama associated with the contest. The contestants put everything on the line to win.

Back-to-back episodes air Saturday, May 17, beginning at 9 a.m.
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