Friday, October 1, 2010

TV Schedule Oct. 1-3

Tony Stewart wins the 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas
Speedway. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The Sprint Cup Series heads to the Midwest for Chase race #3 at Kansas Speedway. The 1.5-mile track in Kansas City has hosted one Cup event every year since 2001, but that will change next year when the speedway hosts spring and fall dates.

The track's unusual characteristics - it is half-flat and half-banked - makes Kansas quite tricky to set up for. The D-shaped oval has a banking of 15 degrees in the turns, 10.4 degrees on the frontstretch and 5 degrees on the backstretch. Kansas has also seen its fair share of fuel mileage victories, so don't be surprised if fuel mileage factors into Sunday's Price Chopper 400.

Defending Sprint Cup race winner is Tony Stewart. Can Stewart rebound from disappointing finishes in the first two Chase races to put himself back in contention for the championship?

The Nationwide Series also makes its annual stop at Kansas. Joey Logano will try to defend his 2009 victory. Can he outrun history-making teammate Kyle Busch? Or will points leader Brad Keselowski make up for last week's 17th place finish at Dover with a trip to Victory Lane?

The Camping World Truck Series is on hiatus until Oct. 23, when it returns to the short-track action of Martinsville.

The following is a handy guide to track events and TV coverage this weekend at Kansas. All times are in Eastern Standard Time (events without a channel listed will not be televised):

Friday, Oct. 1:
1 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED (reruns at 8 p.m.)
2:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
3 p.m. NNS Practice, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED (reruns at 9:30 p.m. and 2 a.m.)
6 p.m. NNS Final Practice, SPEED (reruns at 3:30 a.m.)
7 p.m. Trackside at Kansas, SPEED. Guests: Jimmie Johnson and AJ Allmendinger. (reruns at 11 p.m.)
1 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2

Saturday, Oct. 2:
10 a.m. NNS Qualifying
12:30 NSCS Practice
3 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. NNS: Kansas Lottery 300, ESPN2. Green flag: 3:46 p.m. (reruns at 3 a.m.)
6:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, ESPN2 (tape-delayed - recorded at 1:50 p.m.)
11 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
11:30 p.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED

Sunday, Oct. 3:
8:30 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
9 a.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
9 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
9:30 a.m. NASCAR in A Hurry, SPEED
10 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Countdown, ESPN2
1 p.m. NSCS: Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, ESPN. Green flag: 1:16 p.m. (reruns at 2 a.m. on ESPN2)
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (reruns at 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday)
10 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
11 p.m. NASCAR Whelen Modified Race (taped Sept. 25), VS

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