Friday, June 25, 2010
NASCAR leaves wine country for New England this weekend as the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series head to the "The Magic Mile," New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
The 1.058-mile oval has variable banking, from 2 degrees to 7 degrees, in the turns. The flat track is considered by many drivers to be one of the most difficult ovals in all of motorsports and has even been described as "Martinsville on steroids." A good racecar at Loudon is one that has enough grip upon exit in the turns.
The Nationwide Series gets on track Saturday for the New England 200. Danica Patrick makes her return to NASCAR after having last raced in the series at Las Vegas. Since the race is at the same track at the Sprint Cup event, expect to see some Cup regulars back in the mix, including Kyle Busch, who swept both races at the track last year.
The Sprint Cup Series will roll out Sunday for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. The event is the first race in the Race to the Chase, the last 10 races leading up to the Chase for the Championship. That means "go" time for several drivers on the bubble of making the top 12. Last year Joey Logano won the rain-shortened event. Mark Martin was the fall race winner.
The following is a schedule of track events and TV coverage this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (all times in Eastern Standard Time):
Friday, June 25:
10 a.m. Nationwide practice, SPEED
11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup practice, SPEED
1:00 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
1:30 p.m. Nationwide final practice, SPEED
3:00 p.m. Sprint Cup qualifying, SPEED (rerun at midnight)
11:00 p.m. Trackside at New Hampshire, SPEED. Guests: Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards.
12 midnight NASCAR Now, ESPN2
Saturday, June 26:
10:30 a.m. Nationwide qualifying, SPEED
11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup final practice, SPEED
2:30 p.m. Nationwide Countdown, ESPN
3:30 p.m. Nationwide race: New England 200, ESPN. Green flag: 3:46 p.m. (reruns at 1 a.m.)
Sunday, June 27:
8:30 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
8:30 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
9:00 a.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
9:30 a.m. NASCAR In A Hurry, SPEED
10:00 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12 noon Countdown to Green, TNT
1:00 p.m. Sprint Cup race: LENOX Industrial Tools 301, TNT. Green flag: 1:15 p.m.
8:00 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (rerun at 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday)
PHOTO FROM NASCAR MEDIA