TV Schedule: Sept. 21-23

New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts the second race of the Chase.
Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR
NASCAR splits it focus this week as the Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway while the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series converge on Kentucky Speedway.

New Hampshire hosts the second race of the Chase. Until last year, the Magic Mile hosted the Chase opener. The track offers a break from the intermediate tracks that dominate the 10-race playoffs. Along with the trophy, the race winner receives a 20-pound lobster. Who'll receive the prize catch in victory lane and bolster their chances for the championship on Sunday?

In the Nationwide Series, defending champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled ahead of Elliott Sadler in the points standings last week. With 9 points separating the two, how will the standings look after Kentucky?

In the Camping World Truck Series, Kentucky spring race winner James Buescher looks to sweep the 1.5-mile track and score his fourth win of the season.

Track facts
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Length: 1.058-mile oval
Type: Short oval
Banking: 9 degrees/7 degrees in the turns, 1 degree on the straightaways

Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
Length: 1.5-mile tri-oval
Type: Intermediate
Banking: 14 degrees in the turns, 8 degrees on the frontstretch, 4 degrees on the backstretch

SPRINT CUP - New Hampshire
Fall 2011 winner: Tony Stewart
Spring 2012: Kasey Kahne

2011 winner: Brad Keselowski
Spring 2012: Austin Dillon


Fall 2011: Ron Hornaday
Spring 2012: James Buescher

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

Friday, Sept. 21:
10 a.m. NCWTS Practice at Kentucky
11:30 a.m. NCWTS Final Practice at Kentucky
12 noon NSCS Practice at New Hampshire, SPEED   
1:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED   
3 p.m. NASCAR Now presented by John Deere, ESPN2
3 p.m. NNS Practice at Kentucky
3:40 p.m. NSCS Qualifying at New Hampshire
4:40 p.m. NCWTS Qualifying at Kentucky   
6 p.m. NNS Final Practice at Kentucky
7 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
7:30 p.m. NCWTS: Kentucky 201, SPEED. Green flag: 7:48 p.m.   
10 p.m. NSCS Qualifying    at New Hampshire (time-delayed), SPEED

Saturday, Sept. 22:
10:30 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED   
11 a.m. NSCS Final Practice at New Hampshire, SPEED   
12 noon NASCAR Whelen Modified Series at New Hampshire, SPEED
12:35 p.m. NNS Qualifying at Kentucky   
3:30 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
4 p.m. NNS: Kentucky 300, ESPN. Green flag: 4:15 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23:
2 a.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED   
2:30 a.m. NCWTS: Kentucky 201 (re-air), SPEED 4:30 a.m. NNS: Kentucky 300 (re-air), ESPN2
9 a.m. NASCAR Now presented by 5-HOUR Energy, ESPN2   
10 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED   
10:30 a.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
11 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED   
1 p.m. NSCS Countdown, ESPN
2 p.m. NSCS at New Hampshire: SYLVANIA 300, ESPN. Green flag: 2:15 p.m. Re-airs at 12:30 a.m. Monday on ESPN2.
5:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane Special Edition, SPEED
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
11:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
TV Schedule: Sept. 21-23 TV Schedule: Sept. 21-23 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, September 21, 2012 Rating: 5