Motorsports This Week on ESPN

Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Moves to Kansas

Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS., will host Race No. 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s 10-race version of the playoffs, on Sunday, Oct. 5, and ESPN will have a live telecast of the 400-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 2:16 p.m. All Chase races feature NASCAR NonStop, a split-screen commercial format, during the second half of the race telecast. The race will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Oct. 6 at 5 a.m. Extended post-race will air on ESPN SportsCenter with analyst Ricky Craven in the studio and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards providing additional analysis from the track. ESPN2 also will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Kansas on Friday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. The track also will hold a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Oct. 4, and the race will air live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m., with the green flag at 3:46 p.m. ESPN Deportes will air the race at 4 a.m. on Oct. 5. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Friday at 4 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.



Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale JarrettAndy Petree.

Pit reporters: Dave BurnsJamie LittleDr. Jerry PunchVince Welch.

NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace; Brad Daugherty (analysts). 


NHRA Countdown Continues at Reading 

The Countdown to the Championship for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Oct. 3-5 at one of the series’ traditional venues, Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Qualifying and eliminations for the NHRA Nationals action will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3. All NHRA programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The schedule:






Friday, Oct. 3

4:15 p.m.

Qualifying (live)


Sunday, Oct. 5

3:30 a.m.




11 a.m.

Eliminations (live)



4:30 p.m.




8 p.m.




11 p.m.

Lucas Oil Series (Dallas)




Booth: Dave Rieff (anchor); Mike Dunn (analyst)

Pit reporters: Gary GerouldJohn Kernan. 


Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms — RacingLive! on is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, Oct. 5, RacingLive! Kansas will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at



Adam Sinclair