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02/03/09
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NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series Return to ESPN Networks
Continuing a multimedia commitment to the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, the ESPN networks launch coverage of the 2009 season with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 14, at noon ET on ESPN2. ESPN2 will again be the television home for the series in 2009, with select races on ESPN and ABC.

ESPN and ABC also will have live coverage of the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on ABC. The Sept. 20 event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., again marks the beginning of ESPN’s coverage of the Chase to the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Richmond International Raceway event, run the week before the start of the Chase, is the first ABC event after six races on ESPN. The Richmond event determines the final seeding of the 12 drivers in the Chase. ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage begins July 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In addition to race coverage for both series, the networks also will televise practice and qualifying from select races, the season-ending banquets and season preview and review specials. Each race includes a dedicated pre-race program called NASCAR Countdown, and comprehensive coverage of NASCAR appears on ESPN2’s NASCAR news and information program, NASCAR Now. All NASCAR programming on the ESPN networks is produced fully in high definition.

NASCAR fans have become accustomed to ESPN’s on-air team, including play-by-play announcers Dr. Jerry Punch and Marty Reid, analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree, and pit reporters Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown is hosted by Allen Bestwick, with analysts Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty and Ray Evernham. Analyst Tim Brewer reports from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage.

ESPN’s multimedia approach to coverage of NASCAR touches multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ABC, ABC HD, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio, ESPN International, ESPN Mobile and Jayski.com.

NASCAR race schedules for the ESPN Networks in 2009 are as follows:

2009 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE on ESPN NETWORKS

Date Site Network Airtime (ET)
July 26 Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 2 Pocono Raceway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 9 Watkins Glen International ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 16 Michigan International Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 22 Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 Richmond International Raceway ABC 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway ABC 1 p.m.
Sept. 27 Dover International Speedway ABC 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 Kansas Speedway ABC 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 Auto Club Speedway ABC 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 Lowe’s Motor Speedway ABC 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 Martinsville Speedway ABC 1 p.m.
Nov. 1 Talladega Superspeedway ABC Noon
Nov. 8 Texas Motor Speedway ABC 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Phoenix International Raceway ABC 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 Homestead-Miami Speedway ABC 2:30 p.m.

2009 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SCHEDULE on ESPN NETWORKS

Date Site Network Airtime (ET)
Feb. 14 Daytona International Speedway ESPN2 Noon
Feb. 21 Auto Club Speedway ESPN2 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 Las Vegas Motor Speedway ESPN2 4 p.m.
March 21 Bristol Motor Speedway ABC 2 p.m.
April 4 Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 2:30 p.m.
April 11 Nashville Superspeedway ESPN 3 p.m.
April 17 Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 9 p.m.
April 25 Talladega Superspeedway ABC 2:30 p.m.
May 1 Richmond International Raceway ESPN2 7 p.m.
May 8 Darlington Raceway ESPN2 7 p.m.
May 23 Lowe’s Motor Speedway ESPN2 7 p.m.
May 30 Dover International Speedway ABC 2 p.m.
June 6 Nashville Superspeedway ESPN2 7 p.m.
June 13 Kentucky Speedway ESPN2 8 p.m.
June 20 Milwaukee Mile ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
June 27 New Hampshire Motor Speedway ABC 2:30 p.m.
July 3 Daytona International Speedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
July 10 Chicagoland Speedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
July 18 Gateway International Raceway ESPN2 9 p.m.
July 25 O’Reilly Raceway Park ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 1 Iowa Speedway ESPN 4 p.m.
Aug. 8 Watkins Glen International ESPN2 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 15 Michigan International Speedway ESPN2 3 p.m.
Aug. 21 Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ESPN2 2 p.m.
Sept. 5 Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN2 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 Richmond International Raceway ESPN2 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 Dover International Speedway ESPN2 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 Kansas Speedway ESPN2 3 p.m.
Oct. 10 Auto Club Speedway ESPN2 4 p.m.
Oct. 16 Lowe’s Motor Speedway ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 Memphis Motorsports Park ESPN2 3 p.m.
Nov. 7 Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 Noon
Nov. 14 Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 4 p.m.
Nov. 21 Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN2 4 p.m.

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