Saturday, June 12, 2010
It's a full weekend of racing for NASCAR fans as all three series take to the track. The Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series head to Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series will run at Kentucky Speedway.
Michigan is home turf for the Big Three manufacturers - Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler - making a win at this 2-mile superspeedway even more special for the car that pulls into Victory Lane. Brian Vickers' Sprint Cup win last fall captured the spotlight for Toyota. Will it be another Toyota in the winner's circle on Sunday, or will one of the Big Three re-establish their claim?
The D-shaped track has 18-degree banking in the corners. With its long straightaways and wide turns, Michigan is one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Qualifying speeds can reach 190 mph and drivers can top 200 mph in the turns.
You can't talk about Michigan without mentioning fuel mileage. Last spring, Mark Martin tasted victory after Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle ran out of gas in the closing laps. In spring 2008, Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought home the win by conserving fuel. Will Sunday show us more of the same?
Kurt Busch will lead the field to green in Sunday's Sprint Cup race, the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.
The Truck Series takes to the track Saturday at Michigan for the VFW 200. Defending race winner is Colin Braun.
The Nationwide Series will run Saturday at Kentucky Speedway for the Meijer 300. Joey Logano is the defending race winner at the 1.5-mile track. This is the second in a three-race stretch where the Nationwide Series is not running at the same track as the Sprint Cup Series.
The following is a schedule of track events and television coverage of NASCAR events this weekend. All times are in Eastern Standard Time. (Note: Events with no TV channel listed will not be televised. Also, Saturday's Nationwide race will be broadcast live on ESPN and later rerun on ESPN2):
Saturday, June 12:
9:30 a.m. Truck Series qualifying at Michigan
11 a.m. Sprint Cup practice at Michigan
12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup final practice at Michigan, SPEED (at least a 10-minute tape-delay)
1:30 p.m. Truck Series SetUp, SPEED
2:00 p.m. Truck Series race at Michigan: VFW 200, SPEED. Green flag: 2:19 PM
4:00 p.m. Nationwide Qualifying at Kentucky, ESPN
7:30 p.m. Nationwide Countdown, ESPN
8:00 p.m. Nationwide race at Kentucky: Meijer 300 presented by Ritz, ESPN. Green flag: 8:15 p.m. (reruns at 5 a.m. on ESPN2)
Sunday, June 13:
8:30 a.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2 8:30 AM
9:30 a.m. NASCAR in a Hurry SPEED 9:30 AM
10:00 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay SPEED 10:00 a.m.
12 noon Countdown to Green TNT 12:00 PM
1:00 p.m. Sprint Cup race at Michigan: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, TNT. Green flag: 1:16 p.m.
8:00 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (reruns at 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday)
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