TV Schedule July 22-24

Carl Edwards "rocks out" after winning the spring Nationwide race at Kentucky.
Credit: Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR
The Sprint Cup Series is off this week before the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis next week, but don't worry: there's plenty of racing to follow this weekend as the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series head to Nashville Superspeedway. The track is hosting its second NASCAR race weekend of the year. Located in the heartland of country music, it's become tradition that the winner of each Nashville race receives a specially designed guitar by Sam Bass, which is a coveted trophy among drivers.

Nashville is one of three concrete tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The 1.333-mile D-shaped oval has 14-degree banking in the turns, 9 degrees on the frontstretch and 6 degrees on the backstretch. The track has hosted the Nationwide Series since 2001, when Greg Biffle won the inaugural event, and the Truck Series since 2002, with Scott Riggs taking the first checkered.

The Truck Series will race under the lights at Kentucky on Friday. As no Cup regulars are entered, whose time will it be to shine? The Nationwide Series will take its turn Saturday, with two Cup drivers in the field.

Recent winners at Nashville include:

Spring 2011: Carl Edwards
Fall 2010: Brad Keselowski

Spring 2011: Kyle Busch
Fall 2010: Todd Bodine

The following is the schedule of track events and TV coverage at Nashville. We're also trying something different: with Cup being on an off-week, we're including times for F1 events in Germany and IndyCar at Edmonton. Let us know if you like the expanded schedule. (All times in EST; events without a channel listed will not be televised):

Friday, July 22:
8 a.m. F1 Practice, SPEED
11 a.m. NCWTS Practice
12:30 p.m. NCWTS Practice
3:30 p.m. NNS Practice
5 p.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED (starts at 5:15 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. NASCAR Now ESPN2
6:30 p.m. The 10, SPEED
6:30 p.m. NNS Practice
7:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
8 p.m. NCWTS: Lucas Deep Clean 200, SPEED
10:30 p.m. The 10, SPEED
11 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
11:30 p.m. NCWTS: Lucas Deep Clean 200, SPEED

Saturday, July 23:
3:30 a.m. F1 Practice, SPEED
8 a.m. F1 Qualifying: German Grand Prix, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NNS Qualifying, ESPN2
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
6 p.m. IndyCar: Edmonton Indy qualifying
7 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
7:30 p.m. NNS: Federated Auto Parts 300, ESPN

Sunday, July 24:
2 a.m. F1 Practice, SPEED
3:30 a.m. F1 Qualifying: German Grand Prix, SPEED
3 a.m. NNS: Federated Auto Parts 300, ESPN2
4:30 a.m. NNS: Federated Auto Parts 300, ESPN Deportes
12 p.m. F1: German Grand Prix, Fox (tape-delayed from 8 a.m.)
1 p.m. Rolex Sports Car Series: New Jersey 250, SPEED
2 p.m. IndyCar: Edmonton Indy, Versus
TV Schedule July 22-24 TV Schedule July 22-24 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, July 22, 2011 Rating: 5