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NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Richmond
The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes under the lights on the action-packed Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, April 26, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will be a guest analyst in the ESPN booth during the telecast of the 250-lap race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag is at 7:44 p.m., with the telecast airing on ESPNEWS and WatchESPN. Also from Richmond on Friday, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 4 p.m.

Announcers:
Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Carl Edwards, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host)


NHRA Going “Live” on ESPN2 from Houston 
While drag racing on television has traditionally aired on a delayed basis, ESPN and the NHRA will experiment with live coverage of this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. The final session of qualifying will air live on Saturday, April 27, from 3-5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. On Sunday, April 28, ESPN2’s telecast begins at 2 p.m. and viewers will join live eliminations action beginning with semifinals in the professional categories. All NHRA programming on ESPN is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:

Date Time Event Network
Friday, April 26 6:45 p.m. Qualifying ESPN3, WatchESPN
Saturday, April 27 3 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday, April 28 Noon Eliminations ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sunday, April 1 p.m. Lucas Oil Series ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday, April 28 2 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN

Announcers:
Booth: Dave Rieff (anchor); Mike Dunn (analyst)
Pit reporters: Gary Gerould, Jamie Howe, John Kernan.


NASCAR Now Schedule
ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in the one-hour edition airing Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. ET. Studio host Mike Massaro will be joined from the track by ESPN NASCAR analyst Andy Petree and reporters Shannon Spake and Ryan McGee. The week’s schedule:

Date Time Show Host Network
Tue., April 23 1 a.m. NASCAR Now Nicole Briscoe ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., April 24 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Nicole Briscoe ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thurs., April 25 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., April 26 1 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., April 27 2 p.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN


Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms

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 Saturday night, April 27, RacingLive! Richmond will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/.

ESPN Radio -- Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6 a.m. ET with host Pat Patterson anchored from the site of that weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. 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. RaceDay also features interviews with newsmakers from the IZOD IndyCar Series from correspondent Bruce Martin.
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