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NASCAR Nationwide Series at Talladega
The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes on NASCAR’s largest track, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, on Saturday, May 4, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will be a guest analyst in the ESPN booth during the telecast of the race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 2:30 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag is at 3:35 p.m., with the telecast airing on ESPN and WatchESPN. Also from Talladega on Friday, May 3, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at noon.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Carl Edwards, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty (analysts).

NHRA Atlanta Action on ESPN2, ESPN3
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be in action this weekend in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway and drag racing fans can watch qualifying and eliminations on ESPN2 and ESPN3. All NHRA programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:

Date Time Event Network
Friday, May 3 6:30 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Saturday, May 4 6 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday, May 5 11 a.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sunday, May 5 7 p.m. Lucas Oil Series ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday, May 5 8 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN

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

NASCAR Now Schedule
ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in the one-hour edition airing Sunday, May 5, at 9 a.m. ET. Host Allen Bestwick will be joined by ESPN NASCAR analyst Rusty Wallace in the studio with reporters Marty Smith and Jim Noble at the track. Bestwick and Wallace will review the race in the edition airing Tuesday, May 7, at 1:30 a.m. (late Monday night). NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards will be a guest on the program airing Wednesday, May 1, at 1 a.m. The week’s schedule:

Date Time Show Host Network
Tue., April 30 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., May 1 1 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thurs., May 2 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., May 3 1 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., May 5 9 a.m. NASCAR Now Allen Bestwick ESPN2, WatchESPN
Tue., May 7 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Allen Bestwick ESPN2, WatchESPN

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, May 5, RacingLive! Talladega will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. 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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