Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC

NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Bristol in Prime Time
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the high-banked and high-speed Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend with events on Friday and Saturday nights, Aug. 24-25. ABC will have a live telecast of Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag at 7:43 p.m. Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green flag at 7:43 p.m. Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at 5 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup); Marty Reid (Nationwide Series); analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown (Sunday): Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty, Ray Evernham (analysts).

NASCAR Now Schedule
ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in the one-hour weekend edition that airs Saturday, Aug. 25, at noon ET. Host Shannon Spake will be joined in the studio by ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and reporters Marty Smith and Jim Noble will check in from the track.


Time Show Host Network
Tue., Aug. 21 3 p.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., Aug. 23 1 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., Aug. 24 6:30 p.m. NASCAR Now Shannon Spake ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., Aug. 25 Noon NASCAR Now Shannon Spake ESPN2, WatchESPN
Tue., Aug. 28 1 a.m. NASCAR Now Marty Reid ESPN2, WatchESPN

NHRA Lucas Oil Series Action on ESPN2 Sunday
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has the weekend off but fans can still catch some drag racing action on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with highlights from the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Brainerd, Minn.

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. 25, 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 motorsports writer David Newton will report from BMS.

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.

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