TV Schedule Oct. 13-15

Fans attend the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
in the spring. Credit:  Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR
NASCAR stays in its own backyard this weekend as the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway, situated in the heart of NASCAR country. The Camping World Truck Series returns from an off-weekend for the bright lights of Sin City at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Located in Concord, N.C, Charlotte Motor Speedway is near several team shops and not far from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. There is plenty for NASCAR fans to do and see.

The 1.5-mile quad-oval is the third of three intermediate tracks on the Chase schedule. The Bank of America 500 is the fifth race in the Chase, the half-way point of NASCAR's playoffs, and the only night race. The track has 24-degree banking in the turns and 5 degrees on the straightaways. Kevin Harvick won his third victory of the season here in the spring in the Coca-Cola 600; can he pull a sweep and take the points lead in the process? In the Nationwide Series, Elliott Sadler has just four races left to catch leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the points standings.

With five races remaining in the Camping World Truck Series season, it's time for the title contenders to make a move. Give the advantage here to Austin Dillon, defending Las Vegas winner who leads the standings by 3 points. But with the remaining top 5 drivers within 42 points of Dillon, who will Lady Luck smile on? Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile D-shaped track with 20-degree banking in the corners and 9 degrees on the straights.

Recent winners at Charlotte and Las Vegas:

SPRINT CUP - Charlotte
Fall 2010: Jamie McMurray
All-Star Race 2011: Carl Edwards
Spring 2011: Kevin Harvick

Fall 2010: Brad Keselowski
Sprint 2011: Matt Kenseth

Fall 2010: Austin Dillon

The following is a schedule of track events and television coverage at Charlotte and Las Vegas. All times are in Eastern Standard Time (events without a channel listed will not be televised).

Thursday, Oct. 13:
2 p.m. NNS Practice, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, ESPN2
6 p.m. NNS Final Practice, ESPN2
7 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, ESPN2
8:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2

Friday, Oct. 14:
11:30 a.m. NCWTS Practice
1:45 p.m. NCWTS Practice
2:30 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
2:30 p.m. The 10, SPEED
3 p.m. NNS Qualifying, ESPN2
4:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, ESPN2
5:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
6 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, ESPN2
7 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN2
7:30 p.m. NNS: Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage, ESPN2. In-race reporter: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7:30 p.m. NCWTS Qualifying
11 p.m. Trackside at Charlotte, SPEED. Guests: Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman.

Saturday, Oct. 15:
4 a.m. NNS: Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage (re-air), ESPN Deportes
5 a.m. NNS: Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage (re-air), ESPN2
10 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
11 a.m. Trackside at Charlotte, SPEED
12 noon The 10, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
2 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay Special Edition, SPEED
3 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NCWTS: Smith's 350, SPEED
6 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
7 p.m. NSCS Countdown, ABC
7:30 p.m. NSCS: Bank of America 500, ABC. In-race reporter: Brad Keselowski.

Sunday, Oct. 16:
2 a.m. NSCS: Bank of America 500 (re-air), ESPN2. (Also re-airs Monday at 4 a.m. on ESPN Deportes)
2 p.m. ARCA Racing Series at Toledo, SPEED
9 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (re-airs at midnight and 9 a.m. Monday)
TV Schedule Oct. 13-15 TV Schedule Oct. 13-15 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Thursday, October 13, 2011 Rating: 5