TV Schedule: Sept. 7-9

Sprint Cup cars race at Richmond. Saturday night's race will determine the 2012
Chase for the Sprint Cup lineup. Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR
Short tracks, short tempers. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series converge on Richmond International Raceway for some short track racing under the lights.

In the Sprint Cup Series, Richmond is the final race before the 12-driver Chase lineup is set. At stake are the two wild card spots. While Kasey Kahne looks to have one sewn up, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon will battle it out for the other. Who'll clinch the final spot?

In Nationwide, the championship battle continues to heat up between points leader Sadler and defending champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. How will they fare after the close quarters of Richmond?

The Camping World Truck Series is off until Sept. 15 at Iowa.

Track facts
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Length: 0.75-mile oval
Type: Short track
Banking: 14 degrees in the turns, 8 degrees on frontstretch, 2 degrees on backstretch

Fall 2011 winner: Kevin Harvick
Spring 2012 winner: Kyle Busch

Fall 2011 winner: Kyle Busch
Spring 2012 winner: Kurt Busch

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

Friday, Sept. 7:
9 a.m. NNS Practice
12 noon NSCS Practice, ESPN2
2 p.m. NASCAR Specials: 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Preview, ESPN2   
2:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Now presented by John Deere, ESPN2
4 p.m. NNS Qualifying, ESPN2
5 p.m. NASCAR Now presented by John Deere, ESPN2
5:30 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, ESPN2
7 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
7:30 p.m. NNS: Virginia 529 College Savings 250, ESPN. Green flag: 7:44 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8:
5 a.m. NNS: Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (re-air), ESPN2
9 a.m. 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: Federated Auto Parts 400, ABC. Green flag: 7:44 p.m.
11 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane Special Edition, SPEED

Sunday, Sept. 9:
5:30 a.m. NSCS: Federated Auto Parts 400 (re-air), ESPN2
2:30 p.m. NASCAR Specials: Catching Speed Presented by John Deere, ESPN2   
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
TV Schedule: Sept. 7-9 TV Schedule: Sept. 7-9 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, September 07, 2012 Rating: 5