The Chase Begins at Chicagoland Speedway
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s playoffs, begins this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway with the GEICO 400. ESPN will have a live telecast on Sunday, Sept. 15, with NASCAR Countdown at 1 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag at 2:16 p.m. The NASCAR Nationwide Series also competes at the 1.5-mile track on Saturday, Sept. 14, and ESPN2 will air the race at 3:30 p.m., with the green at 3:47 p.m. Also from Chicagoland, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup); Marty Reid (Nationwide Series); analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace; Ray Evernham, Brad Daugherty (analysts).
ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will help NASCAR fans get ready for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a pair of special programs on Thursday, Sept. 12. ESPNEWS will air coverage from Chase Media Day at Navy Pier in Chicago from noon until 2:30 p.m. ET, with host Mike Massaro, analyst Ricky Craven and reporter Marty Smith speaking with the Chase drivers and other NASCAR news makers. Massaro, Craven and Smith will be back with a one-hour NASCAR Now Chase Preview at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. NASCAR Now’s weekend wrap-up show returns to the air Sunday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 p.m. This week’s schedule:
Date Time Show Host Network
Wed., Sept. 11 2:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2
Thu., Sept. 12 3:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2
Noon NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPNEWS
7 p.m NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2
Sun., Sept. 15 11:30 p.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2