TV Schedule June 10-12

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The Sprint Cup Series gets into gear, literally, at Pocono Raceway while the Camping World Truck Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway.

Pocono is a flat track with the unique shape of a triangle. It has 14 degrees of banking in Turn 1, 18 degrees in Turn 2, 6 degrees in Turn 3 and 2 degrees on the straights, as well as the longest straightaway on the circuit.

A new gear rule brings shifting back to Pocono, making the comparison of the 2.5-mile superspeedway to a road course relevant again. But how will it affect the racing? The biggest difference is that it will allow for more passing, which is sure to please both fans and drivers. Some drivers, including Denny Hamlin, who has four wins at the Tricky Triangle, never raced at the track when the rule was in effect (prior to 2005). It'll be interesting to see if and how the change affects them. Also, keep an eye on the engines, as more stress will be placed on them.

The trucks will run under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile intermediate track has 24 degrees in the corners and 5 degrees in the straights.

Last year's winners:

Spring: Denny Hamlin
Fall: Greg Biffle

Spring: Todd Bodine
Fall: Kyle Busch

The Nationwide Series is off this week.

The following is a handy guide to track events and TV coverage this weekend at Pocono and Texas (all times are in Eastern Standard Time):

Friday, June 10:
12 noon NASCAR Live, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
5 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
6 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
6 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
7 p.m. Trackside at Pocono, SPEED. Guests: Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.
8:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
9 p.m. NCWTS: WinStar World Casino 400k, SPEED
11:30 p.m. Trackside at Pocono, SPEED

Saturday, June 11:
2 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
2 a.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
2:30 a.m. NCWTS: WinStar World Casino 400k, SPEED
11:30 a.m. NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying, SPEED (taped-delayed from 11:10 a.m.)
8 p.m. ARCA Racing Series: Pocono 200, SPEED (tape-delayed from 1:30 p.m.)

Sunday, June 12:
9 a.m. NASCAR Now presented by 5-Hour Energy, ESPN2
9:30 a.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
10 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Countdown to Green, TNT
1 p.m. NSCS: Pocono 500, TNT
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (reruns at 12 a..m. and 9 a.m. Monday)
TV Schedule June 10-12 TV Schedule June 10-12 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, June 10, 2011 Rating: 5