Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC
NASCAR Nationwide Series Live from Las Vegas on ABC
The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its first appearance of the season on ABC this weekend with a 300-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 5. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. ET, with flag-to-flag coverage of the race at 3 p.m.
Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Jarrett and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Schrader To Make First NASCAR Now Roundtable Appearance
NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader joins ESPN analyst Ricky Craven and ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee as panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program airing Tuesday, March 8, at midnight ET (late Monday night) on ESPN2. Allen Bestwick will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program. Schrader, who has 733 career NASCAR Sprint Cup starts, will be appearing on the program for the first time and will be on the panel numerous times this season.
Mike Massaro hosts half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now airing at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday of this week as well as NASCAR Now’s weekend edition Sunday at 11 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shannon Spake and Terry Blount will report from Las Vegas with analyst Dale Jarrett.
Tim Richmond 30 for 30 Film to Re-Air on ESPN Classic
The critically-acclaimed film on the life and career of former NASCAR star Tim Richmond, part of the ESPN 30 for 30 series from 2010, will re-air on Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic. Tim Richmond: To the Limit chronicles the rise and fall of Richmond, one of the top drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the 1980s, who died of AIDS in 1989.
Also this week, ESPN Classic re-airs Sportscentury: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
ESPN.com Offers RacingLive! During Las Vegas Race
NASCAR fans looking for an online gathering during ESPN’s telecasts of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now have a place to go on ESPN.com.
RacingLive! on ESPN.com is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with ESPN.com writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, March 6, RacingLive! Las Vegas will kick off to coincide with the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/.
ESPN.com senior motorsports writer Terry Blount will be on-site at Las Vegas to report on the weekend’s action and news.
ESPN Radio Raceday Airs Saturday, Sunday
Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6 a.m. ET with host Pat Patterson anchored from Daytona Beach, Fla. Patterson also originates the broadcast from several racetracks with key races during the season. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails.
Additionally, many of ESPN’s NASCAR reporters and analysts contribute each week as ESPN networks televise the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series and the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 10-race “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” championship. A list of ESPN Radio affiliates can be found at www.espnradio.com.