TV Schedule July 9-11

All three series are back in action this as the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series head to Chicagoland Speedway and the Camping World Truck Series goes to Iowa.

Chicagoland is a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, with 18-degree banking in the turns. The track is unique because it is one continuous curve - its backstretch has a bend in it. Both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races will run under the lights, which means changing track conditions will be a top concern in determining setups.

The 400 will roll out Saturday night. Mark Martin is defending race winner. The Dollar General 300 takes to the track tonight with last year's winner Joey Logano in tow.

The Camping World Truck Series returns after a monthlong break. Can't remember who won the last race? I couldn't either, so I looked it up: Aric Almirola. Will Almirola continue his ascent and get his third win of the season tonight at Iowa? Stay tuned. The Lucas Oil 200 will hit the track Sunday. Defending race winner is Mike Skinner.

The following is a schedule of track events and television coverage this weekend at Chicagoland and Iowa (all times in Eastern Standard Time. Note: Events without a TV channel listed will not be televised):

Friday, July 9:
11:00 a.m. Nationwide final practice, SPEED
12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup practice, SPEED
2:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
3:00 p.m. Sprint Cup final practice, SPEED
4:00 p.m. Nationwide qualifying, SPEED
6:00 p.m. Sprint Cup qualifying, SPEED
7:30 p.m. Nationwide Countdown, ESPN
8:00 p.m. Nationwide race: Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola, ESPN. Green flag: 8:16 p.m. (rerun at 3 a.m. on ESPN2)
11:00 p.m. Trackside at Daytona, SPEED. Guests: Kevin Conway and 2011 Hall of Fame nominee Dale Inman.

Saturday, July 10:
10:00 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
12:45 p.m. Truck Series practice
3:00 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
3:00 p.m. Truck Series final practice
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
4:00 p.m. NASCAR in A Hurry, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
6:30 p.m. Countdown to Green, TNT
7:30 p.m. Sprint Cup race: 400, TNT. Green flag: 7:46 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Truck Series qualifying

Sunday, July 11:
1:30 p.m. Truck Series Setup
2:00 p.m. Truck Series race: Lucas Oil 200 presented by SPEED on Mediacom 200, SPEED. Green flag: 2:17 p.m.
8:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (reruns at 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday)

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
TV Schedule July 9-11 TV Schedule July 9-11 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, July 09, 2010 Rating: 5