TV Schedule: March 16-18

We're going to Bristol, baby! Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Welcome to Bristol Motor Speedway, where close quarters means short tempers. The Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series head to one of the most popular tracks on the NASCAR circuit. At Bristol, rubbin' really is racin', with some bump-and-runs thrown in for good measure.

The Camping World Truck Series is on hiatus until March 31 at Martinsville.

Track facts
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
Length: 0.533-mile oval
Type: Short track
Banking: 26-30 degrees in the turns, 6-10 degrees on the straightaways

Food City 500 format:
266.5 miles, 500 laps

2011 winners:
Spring: Kyle Busch
Fall: Brad Keselowski

Ford Ecoboost 300 format:
160 miles, 300 laps

2011 winners:
Spring: Kyle Busch
Fall: Kyle Busch

The following is a schedule of track events and TV coverage this weekend. All times are in Eastern Time. Events without a channel listed will not be televised.

Friday, March 16:
10:30 a.m. NNS Practice, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Practice, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
2 p.m. NNS Final Practice, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
5 p.m. Trackside, SPEED
6 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup practice (re-air), SPEED
8 p.m. NSCS Qualifying (re-air), SPEED
9:30 p.m. NNS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
11 p.m. Trackside (re-air), SPEED

Saturday, March 17:
9:30 a.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
10:30 a.m. NNS Qualifying, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
1 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
2 p.m. NNS: Ford Ecoboost 300, ESPN. Green flag: 2:13 p.m.
6:15 p.m. K&N Series East: the Widow Wax 125

Sunday, March 18:
4 a.m. NNS: St. Patrick's Day 300 (re-air), ESPN2
9 a.m. NASCAR Now presented by 5-HOUR Energy, ESPN2
9:30 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
10 a.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
10:30 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NSCS Pre-Race Show, FOX
1 p.m. NSCS: Food City 500, FOX. Green flag: 1:13 p.m.
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
9 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (also re-airs at midnight and 9 a.m. Monday)
TV Schedule: March 16-18 TV Schedule: March 16-18 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Rating: 5