This weekend, all you need to know is “It’s Bristol, baby”. The historic half-mile oval is back in the spotlight this fall and better than ever.
It’s the NASCAR Truck, Xfinity and Cup Series championships and you need to change your nights starting Thursday with the Bush’s Beans/Sioux Chief Showdown 200 for ARCA drivers airing on FS1 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
The UNOH 200 for the Camping World Truck Series starts at 8:30 p.m. EDT on FS1.
The Xfinity series takes on Bristol’s High Banks on Friday for the US Network’s Food City 300 broadcast starting with the countdown to the race for green at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Saturday is the big day. Just after sunset, the anticipation mounts, and for 500 laps around the world’s fastest half-mile, that’s what makes up the Pro Bass Shops Night Race. The countdown to green begins at 6:30 p.m. EDT on the American network followed by all the action of the race.
It’s all about the playoffs and there’s a lot at stake. With Saturday’s event being a cut-off race, only 12 of the initial 16 playoff contenders will leave and advance further in the championship hunt.
The NHRA kicks off its first of six races in the Championship Playoff countdown at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pennsylvania. The Pep Boys National Championships should have great weather for a change, which means solid elapsed times and incredible speeds.
Now NHRA fans, the TV schedule is a variable that will show the race on FOX at 2:00 p.m. EDT followed by the final at 4:30 p.m. EDT depending on the FOX-affiliated NFL game in your area. Please check your local listings for start times for the Pep Boys National Championships.
Another notable event this weekend is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the Eddie Partridge 256 on FloRacing.com at Riverhead (NY) Raceway from 8:00 p.m. EDT Saturday.
IndyCar wrapped up its season last weekend and congratulations to Penske Racing’s Will Power on his second championship. Formula 1 resumes in two weeks at the Marina Bay Street circuit in Singapore.
Be sure to check Auto Racing Digest’s Motorsports TV schedule for exact times and locations. We don’t want you to miss a single event.
Be safe and I wish everyone a great race weekend.
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