TV Schedule April 9-11

Phoenix race

NASCAR will be racing in the desert this weekend as the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series head to Phoenix International Raceway.

The 1-mile track has a unique tri-oval shape. Phoenix is a flat but fast track, with a banking of 11 degrees in Turns 1 and 2 and 9-degree banking in Turns 3 and 4.

The Nationwide Series will take to track Friday and the Sprint Cup Series will run Saturday. If Saturday's race feels a little longer, it's not your imagination. Because of a push for standard start times, the race will begin an hour earlier than normal, at 7:30 p.m. ET. As a result, the spring race was extended from 312 laps to 375 laps, an additional 100 miles, ensuring the race will end under the lights.

Here's a handy guide of track events and TV coverage at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend (all times in Eastern Standard Time):

Friday, April 9:
11:00 a.m. Nationwide final practice, ESPN2
1:00 p.m. Sprint Cup practice, SPEED
3:00 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
3:30 p.m. Sprint Cup final practice, SPEED
5:00 p.m. Nationwide qualifying, ESPN2
6:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
7:00 p.m. Sprint Cup qualifying, SPEED (rerun at 1 a.m.)
9:00 p.m. Nationwide Countdown presented by Hellmann's, ESPN2
9:30 p.m. Nationwide race: Bashas' Supermarkets 200, ESPN2. Green Flag: 9:45 p.m. (reruns at 2 a.m.)
12:00 a.m Trackside, SPEED. Guests: AJ Allmendinger and David Reutimann (reruns 11:30 a.m. Saturday)

Saturday, April 10:
10:00 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
12:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
1:00 p.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
4:30 p.m.NASCAR in a Hurry, SPEED
5:00 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
7:00 p.m. Sprint Cup pre-race show, FOX
7:30 p.m. Sprint Cup: SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600, FOX. Green flag: 7:44 p.m.

Sunday, April 11:

8:00 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED

TV Schedule April 9-11 TV Schedule April 9-11 Reviewed by Admin on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 Rating: 5