Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC

Drag Racing’s Biggest Event, NASCAR Doubleheader at Atlanta

ESPN2 Airing 11 Hours of NHRA U.S. Nationals Coverage
The biggest event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will have 11 hours of coverage on ESPN2 this weekend with the running of the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Expanded qualifying and eliminations telecasts will culminate with six consecutive hours on Labor Day Monday, the final day of competition. In addition, ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen live sports network, will air live coverage of Friday qualifying as well as the full day of eliminations on Monday. All NHRA programming on is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:

Date Time Event Network
Friday, Aug. 30 6 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sunday, Sept. 1 1 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Monday, Sept. 2 1 p.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Monday, Sept. 2 Noon Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN

Booth: Dave Rieff (anchor); Mike Dunn, Gary Scelzi (analysts)
Pit reporters: Gary Gerould, Jamie Howe, John Kernan.
Essayist: Paul Page

NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Atlanta
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the 1.522-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend with both races airing in prime time. ESPN will have a live telecast of the 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday night, Sept. 1. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 7:46 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Pennzoil. The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on ESPN2 on Saturday night, Aug. 31, with Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green at 7:47 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace; Brad Daugherty (analysts).

NASCAR Now Schedule

Date Time Show Host Network
Tue., Aug. 27 2 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., Aug.28 2 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., Aug. 29 2 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., Aug. 30 2 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN

American Le Mans Series at Baltimore on ABC
The American Le Mans Series races on the Baltimore street circuit this weekend and ABC will have a one-day delayed telecast on Sunday, Sept. 1, at noon ET. ESPN3 will air the race live on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 3:30 p.m. as well as qualifying on Friday, Aug. 30, at 4:20 p.m. ESPN3 is accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and Apple TV.

Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms — RacingLive! on is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday night, Sept. 1, RacingLive! Atlanta will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at

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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