Wednesday, January 13, 2010
More changes from NASCAR
ESPN and ABC announced its TV broadcast schedule for 2010. Fourteen Sprint Cup Series races will be on ESPN and three, the Saturday night prime time races, will be on ABC.
“Last year’s performance showed us that ESPN provides the best home for NASCAR,” said John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president, content.
ESPN’s first race will be on July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 21 will be on ABC as will the race at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 11. Richmond is the last race of the regular season before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.
The only race in the Chase that will be on ABC is the Oct. 16 night race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana will be on ESPN on Oct. 10 and starts at noon.
“ESPN further strengthens NASCAR’s consistent start times message for the fans, and with the strong support of NASCAR across our multimedia platforms, we hope to build on that momentum in 2010,” Skipper said.
All 10 of the Chase races and the Richmond race were broadcast on ABC in the previous years.
Photo: Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Lowe's Motor Speedway. (Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)