TV Schedule: May 17-19

Jimmie Johnson won last year's All-Star Race. Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/HHP - Pool/Getty Images
All-Star Week kicks off in Charlotte, N.C., the heart of the sport. NASCAR stays close to home for the next two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 1.5-mile racetrack.

The Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Friday. Then on Saturday, the Sprint Cup drivers gear up for the highly anticipated Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race. With nothing on the line but bragging rights and a cool $1 million, drivers go all out to win the All-Star Race.

The Nationwide Series is off this week, but returns next week at Charlotte. The Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the race, will be held next Sunday, May 26.

The following is a handy guide to track events and TV coverage this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Friday, May 17:
10:30 a.m. NCWTS Final Practice, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Sprint Showdown Final Practice, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NSCS Sprint All-Star Final Practice, SPEED
3 p.m. Trackside, SPEED
4 p.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED
5 p.m. NSCS Sprint Showdown Qualifying, SPEED
6 p.m. NSCS Sprint All-Star Qualifying, SPEED
7:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
8 p.m. NCWTS: NC Education Lottery 200, SPEED. Green flag: 8:19 p.m.
11 p.m. NSCS Sprint Showdown Qualifying (re-air), SPEED

Saturday, May 18:
12 a.m. NSCS Sprint All-Star Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
9 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
4 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay - Special Edition, SPEED
5 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
7 p.m. NSCS Pre-Race Show, SPEED
7:30 p.m. Sprint All-Star Race, SPEED. Green flag: 7:46 p.m. Sprint Showdown to start at 7:46 p.m. All-Star Race to start around 9 p.m.
11 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED

Sunday, May 19:
12 a.m. Sprint All-Star Race (re-air), SPEED
2 p.m. ARCA Racing Series at Toledo, SPEED
TV Schedule: May 17-19 TV Schedule: May 17-19 Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Friday, May 17, 2013 Rating: 5