TV Schedule Sept. 4-5

Kurt Busch celebrates in victory lane at Atlanta in the
spring. (Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The Sprint Cup and Nationwide series will spend Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After hosting two Cup dates for the last 50 years, the 1.54-mile track, a favorite of drivers and fans, will drop down to one date in 2011. The track will retain its Labor Day weekend events next year, hoping to start a new tradition.

With that in mind, this will be the last year a driver can sweep both Cup races at Atlanta. Spring winner Kurt Busch was overshadowed by Carl Edwards' retaliation against Brad Keselowski. The No. 2 team has stumbled this summer, but Atlanta has been a good track for Busch, who has three Cup wins here. Can he get back on track Sunday night and become the track's last back-to-back winner? Kasey Kahne, searching for his first points win this season, won last year's event.

Kyle Busch enters the Nationwide race tonight hoping to put last night's Camping World Truck Series race behind him. At Kentucky Speedway, Todd Bodine ended the younger Busch's chances of winning his fifth consecutive national series event and criticized Busch after the race. The two then had some words in victory lane. But tonight at Atlanta, Busch has the opportunity to score his 11th win this year, breaking the record of most wins in a single season in the Nationwide Series. Busch had no problem making history two weeks ago at Bristol - will he do it again at Atlanta? Defending race winner is Kevin Harvick.

The following is a schedule of track events and TV coverage Saturday and Sunday at Atlanta (I apologize for not getting this up in time for Friday's events). All times are in Eastern Standard Time. Events without a TV channel listed will not be televised:

Saturday, Sept. 4:
9:30 a.m. NNS Final Practice
11 a.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
1 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
2:30 p.m. NNS Qualifying, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
6:30 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN2
7 p.m. NNS race: Great Clips 300, ESPN2. Green flag: 7:16 p.m. (reruns at 4 a.m.)
3 a.m. Changing Lanes (episode #1), BET

Saturday, Sept. 5:
9 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
4 p.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NASCAR in A Hurry, SPEED
5 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
7:30 p.m. NSCS race: Emory Healthcare 500, ESPN. Green flag: 7:46 p.m. (reruns at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN2)
11 p.m. NASCAR Whelen Modified Race (taped Aug. 28), VS
11:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
12 a.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (reruns at 2 and 9 a.m.)
TV Schedule Sept. 4-5 TV Schedule Sept. 4-5 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Saturday, September 04, 2010 Rating: 5