Motorsports This Week on ESPN
NASCAR Goes North of the Border for Montreal Event
The only international event on NASCAR’s calendar happens this weekend as ESPN2 continues its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the road course race at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. NASCAR Countdown begins ESPN2’s coverage on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. ET, and the race’s green flag is at 2:48 p.m. ESPN2 is the home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series all season, with selected races on ESPN and ABC.
Marty Reid will be lap-by-lap announcer with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace and two-time NASCAR champion crew chief Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake.
ESPN2 airs same-day coverage of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying from Montreal on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9 p.m.
NASCAR Now Airs Tuesday-Friday This Week
NASCAR Now, ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program, will air Tuesday through Friday of this week with 30-minute episodes hosted by Mike Massaro. The program airs at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and at 6:30 p.m. Friday following live LPGA golf coverage on ESPN2.
The weekly Monday roundtable edition of the program will not air on Monday, Aug. 31, due to ESPN2’s live coverage of U.S. Open tennis. The roundtable will return the following Monday with discussion of the Labor Day weekend NASCAR events at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Now is hosted by Massaro, Allen Bestwick and Nicole Manske 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, Ricky Craven and Randy LaJoie, and ESPN.com reporters Ed Hinton, Terry Blount and David Newton. The NASCAR on ESPN team event coverage team of Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Spake and Vince Welch also make frequent contributions to NASCAR Now.
NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Action Airs Sunday
Although the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has the weekend off, drag racing fans can watch action from the NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Series on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. The program includes highlights from the recent event in Reading, Pa.
ESPN2 will air more than 10 hours of coverage of drag racing’s biggest event, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, over Labor Day weekend.