TV Schedule Aug. 5-7

Jeff Gordon got his historic 84th Cup win at Pocono
in June. Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images

The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series descend on Pocono Raceway while the Nationwide Series goes to Iowa Speedway.

At Pocono, drivers encounter the challenge of navigating the three distinct corners and its long straightaways. It's tricky for teams to find a setup that will work in all three corners. The June race saw the return of shifting at the "Tricky Triangle," adding another component of complexity to the Long Pond track. The shifting took its toll on the cars and engines. Are we in for more of the same Sunday?

Pocono will host its second annual Truck Series race. The inaugural event was a hit, with Elliott Sadler winning in the No. 2 truck for KHI (Sadler went on to drive for KHI this season in Nationwide. With Sadler not in the race this year, whose time will it be to shine?

Iowa is a young racetrack but has quickly become one of the most popular among drivers and fans, so much so the track earned its second date in Nationwide this season. Its compound banking allows for passing and thrilling racing.

Here are the most recent winners at Pocono and Iowa:

Spring 2011: Jeff Gordon
Fall 2010: Greg Biffle

2010: Elliott Sadler

Spring 2011: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2010: Kyle Busch

The following is a schedule of track events and TV coverage at Pocono and Iowa (all times are in EST. Events without a channel listed will not be televised):

Friday, Aug. 5:
12 noon NSCS Practice, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
2 p.m. NCWTS Final Practice, SPEED (tape delayed from 10 a.m.)
3 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
4 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
5:30 p.m. NNS Practice
5:30 p.m. Darrell Waltrip: Hometwon Hero presented by Diet Mountain Dew, SPEED
7 p.m. Trackside at Pocono, SPEED. Guest: Jeff Gordon.
7 p.m. NNS Practice
8:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
10 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
11:30 p.m. Trackside at Pocono, SPEED

Saturday, Aug. 6:
1:30 a.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
9:30 a.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED
10:30 a.m. NSCS Qualifying, ESPN2
12 noon NASCAR Live, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
1 p.m. NCWTS: Pocono Mountains 125, SPEED. Green flag: 1:21 p.m. *RAIN-SUSPENDED
3 p.m. ARCA Racing Series, SPEED*RAIN-DELAYED
4:35 p.m. NNS Qualifying
5 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, ESPN2
6:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
7 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN2
7:30 p.m. NNS: U.S. Cellular ® 250 Presented by the Enlist ™ Weed Control System, ESPN2. Green flag: 7:45 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 7:
3 a.m. NNS: U.S. Cellular ® 250 Presented by the Enlist ™ Weed Control System, ESPN2
8:30 NASCAR Performance, SPEED
9 a.m. NCWTS: Pocono Mountains 125, SPEED. To resume at lap 17 of 50.
9 a.m. NASCAR Now presented by 5-Hour Energy, ESPN2
Picks up after Truck race - NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12 p.m. NSCS Countdown, ESPN
1 p.m. NSCS: Pennsylvania 500, ESPN. Green flag: 1:19 p.m. (reruns at midnight on ESPN2)
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (reruns at 12 a.m. and 9 a.m.)
10 p.m. ARCA Series Racing at Pocono (tape-delayed from after Truck race)
TV Schedule Aug. 5-7 TV Schedule Aug. 5-7 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, August 05, 2011 Rating: 5