Thursday, March 29, 2012

TV Schedule: March 30-April 1

Last year's Martinsville winners, Tony Stewart, left, and Kevin Harvick, race each other
at the Virginia short track in the fall. Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
NASCAR heads to the shortest and oldest track on the circuit: Martinsville Speedway. The 0.526-mile short track opened in 1947 and hosted its first NASCAR race in 1948.

Known as the paperclip, Martinsville features long, flat straightaways and tight, narrow turns, forcing drivers to rely on their brakes. A short track means short tempers, and Martinsville offers the perfect setting. Prepare to see lots of beating and banging as drivers' tempers are put to the test.

The Camping World Truck Series returns from a long hiatus. The last time the series ran, Rookie of the Year contender John King pulled off a surprise victory at Daytona.

Who'll take home the grandfather clock this weekend? Tune in to find out.

The Nationwide Series is on a break until April 13 at Texas. All three series will on hiatus next week because of the Easter holiday.

Track facts
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Length: 0.526-mile oval
Type: Short track
Banking: 12 degrees in the turns, 0 degrees on the straightaways

SPRINT CUP
Goody's Fast Relief 500 format:
263 miles, 500 laps

2011 winners:
Spring: Kevin Harvick
Fall: Tony Stewart

TRUCK SERIES
Kroger 250 format:
131.5 miles, 250 laps

2011 winners:
Spring: Johnny Sauter
Fall: Denny Hamlin

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 30:
11 a.m. NCWTS Practice
12 noon NASCAR Live, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
2 p.m. NCWTS Final Practice, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
5 p.m. Trackside, SPEED. Guests: Regan Smith and Ty Dillon.
6 p.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), SPEED
7:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
8:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
11 p.m. Trackside (re-air), SPEED

Saturday, March 31:
10 a.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED
11 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
11:30 a.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
1 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NCWTS: Kroger 250, SPEED. Green flag: 1:46 p.m.
8 p.m. NSCS Qualifying (re-air), SPEED
9:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp (re-air), SPEED
10 p.m. NCWTS: Kroger 250 (re-air), SPEED

Sunday, April 1:
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: Goody's Fast Relief 500, FOX.
5 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
8 p.m. Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, SPEED
9 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (re-airs midnight and 9 a.m. Monday)

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