ESPN will televise the 10 races that make up the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, beginning with the Sunday, Sept. 15, GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and ending Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, the 10 races will determine the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.
Nine of the 10 races will air on ESPN on Sunday afternoons, with the Saturday night, Oct. 12, race at Charlotte Motor Speedway airing in prime time on ABC. Elements of ESPN’s coverage of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup include:
NASCAR NonStop — ESPN’s telecasts of the 10 races in the Chase will have a different look with the return of NASCAR NonStop, a split-screen commercial format designed to bring more racing action to viewers. The format, which debuted in ESPN’s 2011 coverage of the Chase, will show the advertisement on the left side of the screen and a continuation of racing action on the right side. ESPN’s scoring ticker will continue to move across the top of the screen, allowing NASCAR fans to follow the running order of the race during the breaks. NASCAR NonStop will take effect at or near the halfway point of the race, with the first half of the race presented in the traditional commercial break format
SportsCenter – ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter will air immediately following the nine Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup events airing on ESPN with expanded post-race coverage, including exclusive interviews with the race winners. ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven will be in the SportsCenter studio for the post-race analysis and as he has done for the past three years, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards will join SportsCenter live from the track following each Chase race with additional analysis from the perspective of a driver who just competed in the event. In addition, ESPN lead NASCAR reporter Marty Smith and others will be on-site for all Chase events and will report from the tracks for SportsCenter each day during the events.
NASCAR Now — The weekend wrap-up edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now returns for the Chase and will air on Sunday nights after the nine Sunday afternoon races in the Chase. NASCAR fans should check their local listings for the time of the weekend program. In addition, ESPN2 will air a one-hour NASCAR Now Chase Preview at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, and ESPNEWS will air a NASCAR Now Chase Media Day special at noon that day.
- ESPN Mediazone News