Friday, August 24, 2012

TV Schedule: Aug. 24-26

The green flag waves on the Bristol Sprint Cup race in March.
Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images for NASCAR
The Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series return to Bristol Motor Speedway, aka Thunder Valley.

The Camping World Truck Series ran a rare midweek race at Bristol on Wednesday. Timothy Peters won the night race and padded his series points lead.

The truck race was the first on Bristol's altered surface. Following the spring race weekend, the track shaved the banking in the outer groove to try and bring back the bumping and banging that fans loved at the short track. So the big questions are: 1) How will the changes affect the racing? and 2) How will the Cup and Nationwide drivers fare?

Track facts
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
Length: 0.533-mile oval
Type: Short track
Banking: 36 degrees in the turns, 16 degrees in the straights

Fall 2011 winner: Brad Keselowski
Spring 2012 winner: Brad Keselowski

Fall 2011 winner: Kyle Busch
Spring 2012 winner: Elliott Sadler

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

Friday, Aug. 24:
10 a.m. NNS Final Practice, SPEED (one-hour tape delay)
12 noon NSCS Practice, SPEED
2 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
2:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NNS Qualifying, SPEED
5 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, ESPN2
6:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
6:30 p.m. Trackside, SPEED
7 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
7:30 p.m. NNS: Food City 250, ESPN
11 p.m. Trackside (re-air), SPEED
11:30 p.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), SPEED

Saturday, Aug. 25:
1:30 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
2 a.m. NSCS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
3 a.m. NNS: Food City 250 (re-air), ESPN2
11 a.m. Trackside, SPEED
12 noon NASCAR Now presented by 5-HOUR Energy, ESPN2
4 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
4:30 p.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
5 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
7 p.m. NSCS Countdown, ABC
7:30 p.m. NSCS: IRWIN Tools Night Race, ABC
11 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane Special Edition, SPEED

Saturday, Aug. 26:

5 a.m. NSCS: IRWIN Tools Night Race (re-air), ESPN2
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (re-airs at midnight)


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