Wednesday, April 18, 2012

TV Schedule: April 20-22

Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports got their last win at Kansas in October 2011.
Will HMS get that elusive 200th win this weekend? Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
NASCAR heads to the Midwest as the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series get ready to race at Kansas Speedway.

The 1.5-mile track added a second NASCAR race weekend - a spring event - last year. In 2012, the race weekend was moved up from June to April to give the track more time to undergo a repave and reconfiguration.

This weekend marks the last time drivers will race on the original racing surface. After Sunday's STP 400, the Kansas City speedway, built in 2001, will repave the oval, add variable banking - about 18 to 20 degrees in the corners - and a road course in the infield. The progressive banking should help improve passing at the intermediate track.

Kansas is notorious for fuel-mileage races. Will the Sprint Cup race come down to fuel Sunday?

Track facts
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval
Type: Intermediate
Banking: 15 degrees in the turns, 10.4 degrees on the frontstretch, 5 degrees on the backstretch

STP 400 format:
400 miles, 267 laps

2011 winners:
Spring: Brad Keselowski
Fall: Jimmie Johnson

SFP 250 format:
250 miles, 167 laps

2011 winner:
Clint Bowyer

The Nationwide Series is off this week. The series returns April 27 at Richmond.

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

Friday, April 20:
12:20 p.m. NCWTS Practice
1:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
3 p.m. NASCAR Now presented by Troy-Bilt, ESPN2
3 p.m. NCWTS Final Practice, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
6 p.m. Trackside, SPEED. Guests: Johnny Sauter and Ryan Newman.
10:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED

Saturday, April 21:
2 a.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), SPEED
3:30 a.m. NSCS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
10:30 a.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED
11:30 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
2 p.m. NCWTS: SFP 250, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED

Sunday, April 22:
9 a.m. NASCAR Now presented by 5-HOUR Energy, ESPN2
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: STP 400, FOX
4 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
8 p.m. Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, SPEED
9 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (re-airs at midnight and 9 a.m. Monday)


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