TV Schedule: June 15-17

Michigan native Brad Keselowski tries out Michigan's new
pavement Thursday. Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR
Another week, another newly paved racetrack. NASCAR leaves the Poconos of Pennsylvania to converge on the Irish Hills of Michigan. Like Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway was recently repaved and will present new challenges for the drivers. An extra day of testing was added Thursday to give teams more time to adjust to the new asphalt.

The 2-mile track is one of the fastest on the circuit - even moreso now following its repave, with three drivers breaking the 201 mph barrier in Thursday's afternoon test session.

Michigan International Speedway is located near the Big 3 automobile manufacturers - Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge (Chrysler) - so a win here also brings bragging rights. Which manufacturer will end up in victory lane?

The Sprint Cup and Nationwide series hit the track running this weekend at Michigan. The Camping World Truck Series is off until June 28 at Kentucky.

Track facts
Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Length: 2-mile D-shaped oval
Type: Superspeedway
Banking: 18 degrees in the turns, 12 degrees on the frontstretch, 5 degrees on the backstretch

2011 winners:
Spring: Denny Hamlin
Fall: Kyle Busch


2011 winner:
Carl Edwards

The following is a schedule of track events and TV coverage this weekend at Michigan. All times are in Eastern Standard Time:

Friday, June 15:
11 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
11:30 a.m. NNS Practice, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
2 p.m. NNS Final Practice, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
7 p.m. Trackside, SPEED. Guests:
8:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
11:30 p.m NASCAR Performance, SPEED

Saturday, June 16:

1 a.m. Trackside (re-air), SPEED
11 a.m. NNS Qualifying, ESPN2
1 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NNS Countdown, ABC
3:45 p.m. NNS: Alliance Truck Parts 250, ABC
6-7:15 p.m. NSCS Additional Practice (new left side tires), SPEED

Sunday, June 17:
4 a.m. NNS:  Alliance Truck Parts 250 (re-air), ESPN deportes
6 a.m. NNS: Alliance Truck Parts 250 (re-air), ESPN2
9 a.m. NASCAR Now presented by 5-HOUR Energy, ESPN2
9:30 a.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
10 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Countdown to Green, TNT
1 p.m. NSCS: Michigan 400, TNT
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (re-airs at midnight and 9 a.m. Monday)
TV Schedule: June 15-17 TV Schedule: June 15-17 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, June 15, 2012 Rating: 5