Friday, August 17, 2012

TV Schedule: Aug. 17-19

Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped his winless streak at Michigan in June.
Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR
NASCAR makes it return trip to the Irish Hills of Michigan. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series converge on Michigan International Speedway, one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Meanwhile the Nationwide Series goes international at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

MIS is located near the Big 3 automobile manufacturers - Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge (Chrysler) - so a win here also brings bragging rights. Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke his long winless streak here in June. Will NASCAR's most popular driver pull off a sweep?

The Camping World Truck Series is back on track after a two-week break. With just an 8-point lead, Can Timothy Peters hold onto his points lead?

The Nationwide Series gets ready for its last of three road course races this season, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The track is incredibly popular among fans - raise your hand if you'd like to see the Cup Series race here. Expect a thrilling finish we'll be talking about into next week.

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

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

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Length: 2.71 miles
Type: Road course
Turns: 14

SPRINT CUP - Michigan
Fall 2011 winner: Kyle Busch
Spring 2012 winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NATIONWIDE - Montreal
2011 winner: Marcos Ambrose

TRUCK SERIES - Michigan
2011 winner: Kevin Harvick

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

Friday, Aug. 17:
12 noon NASCAR Performance, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NSCS Practice at Michigan, SPEED   
2 p.m. NCWTS Final Practice at Michigan, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
4 p.m. NSCS Qualifying at Michigan, SPEED
5:05 p.m. NNS Qualifying at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
5:30 p.m. Trackside, SPEED
7 p.m. NSCS Practice at Michigan (re-air), SPEED
8:30 p.m. NCWTS Final Practice at Michigan (re-air), SPEED
10 p.m. NSCS Qualifying at Michigan (re-air), SPEED
11:30 p.m. Trackside (re-air), SPEED

Saturday, Aug. 18:
1 a.m. NSCS Practice at Michigan (re-air), SPEED
2:30 a.m. NSCS Qualifying at Michigan (re-air), SPEED
4 a.m. NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Iowa, SPEED
8:30 a.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
9:30 a.m. NCWTS Qualifying at Michigan, SPEED
11 a.m. NSCS Final Practice at Michigan, SPEED
12 noon    NCWTS SetUp, SPEED   
12:30 p.m. NCWTS at Michigan: VFW 200, SPEED. Green flag: 12:49 p.m.
2 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
2:30 p.m. NNS at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge, ESPN. Green flag: 2:49 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19:
4 a.m. NNS at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge, ESPN. Re-airs on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
9 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED   
9:30 a.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED   
10 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED   
12 noon NSCS Countdown, ESPN   
1 p.m. NSCS at Michigan: Pure Michigan 400, ESPN. Green flag: 1:16 p.m. Reruns at 2 a.m. on ESPN2.
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane Special Edition, SPEED
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED   
11 p.m. NCWTS: VFW 200 (re-air), SPEED

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