Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC

NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Bristol
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the half-mile Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend with both races airing in prime time. ABC will have a live telecast of the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night, Aug. 24. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 7:43 p.m. The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on ESPN on Friday night, Aug. 23, with Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green at 7:44 p.m. Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup); Marty Reid (Nationwide); analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.

Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace; Brad Daugherty, Ray Evernham (analysts).

NASCAR’s Kahne in SportsCenter “My Wish" Series
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne joins stars of other sports as participants in the eighth annual ESPN SportsCenter “My Wish" series. The summer series chronicles sports-themed wishes by Make-A-Wish® for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Kahne grants a wish on Sunday, Aug. 20, on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. Rylee Durham, a 12-year-old who suffers from Noonan’s syndrome, gets to meet her favorite driver at the famous Daytona International Speedway. Click HERE for a preview clip.

NASCAR Now Schedule
ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in the one-hour edition airing Saturday, Aug. 24, at noon ET. Host Mike Massaro will be joined in the studio by ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven with reporters Marty Smith and Jim Noble at the track. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The week’s schedule:

Date Time Show Host Network
Thur., Aug.22 1 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., Aug. 23 2 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., Aug. 24 Noon NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN

NHRA Lucas Oil Series Action Airs Sunday Night
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has the weekend off but fans can watch action featuring the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series on Sunday night, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The program will feature highlights from the recent event in Brainerd, Minn.

Immediately prior at 8:30 p.m., an episode of NHRA Thrills and Spills will air, also on ESPN2.

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 Saturday, Aug. 24, RacingLive! Bristol will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol 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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