NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge and Camping World Truck Series race leads into All-Star Weekend on SPEED.
“This is an event that not only is highlighted on all NASCAR fans’ calendars, but on the SPEED calendar as well,” said SPEED President Scott Ackerson. “It’s our biggest event of the year, it’s being held in our own backyard and we plan to cover the week better than we have ever done before … it simply doesn’t get any bigger than that.”
Throughout the week leading up to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, SPEED’s regular lineup of NASCAR programming including NASCAR Race Hub, Trackside, NASCAR Live! and SPEED Center will deliver on the All-Star theme.
Fans will not want to miss events leading up the the All-Star weekend including, the exciting Pit Crew Challenge on Thursday and the Camping World Truck Series returning to the track on Friday night.
On Thursday, May 17 at 8pm ET, coverage begins with the popular NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge from Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown Charlotte. Pit Crews from all of the teams eligible for the All-Star Race compete for bragging rights and the No. 1 pit stall selection for Saturday’s race. Fans can learn more about the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge at their website.
|Pit Crew Challenge in action
Photo – Susanne Bowyer
Fans can also check out Susanne Bowyer’s Pit Crew Challenge Preview at Fan4Racing. This is a great guide for those attending for the first time, giving viewers some ideas of what to look for along with a little history of the event.
Also, Jason Schultz’s Showdown and All-Star race Previews will be posted this week on Fan4Racing. So be sure to check it out too.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes to the track on Friday, May 18 with live coverage of practice at 10:30am ET, qualifying at 4pm ET, pre-race with Krista Voda and NCWTS Setup at 7:30pm ET. The green flag is expected to wave at 8pm ET. Coming off its most-watched season ever, Nielsen ratings for the Truck series broadcasts are up again in 2012, with Rick Allen, Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons calling the action from the booth and Hermie Sadler and Ray Dunlap covering the pits.
Television coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 19th will begin at 3:30pm ET with a special All-Star edition of SPEED Center.
All-Star pre-race begins at 4pm ET with a three-hour edition of NASCAR RaceDay Fueled by Sunoco, as hosts John Roberts, Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds build anticipation for the evening with a wide variety of guests and look at the 20th anniversary of “One Hot Night” and 25th anniversary of the famed “Pass in the Grass.” Live racing begins at 7pm with the Sprint Showdown, the final opportunity for drivers to race their way into the main event.
Hosted by Krista Voda, Jeff Hammond and McReynolds, coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race begins at 9pm ET, with Mike Joy, NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and McReynolds calling the action, Voda, Hammond and Michael Waltrip in the “Hollywood Hotel” and Dr. Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum and Steve Byrnes working the pits.
|The Social Garage|
The Social Garage returns as the network sets up shop just outside the Cup garage, offering a location for members of the NASCAR family – including drivers, crew chiefs, crew members, NASCAR officials, celebrities and on-air personalities – a comfortable setting to communicate with fans through multiple social media outlets, including Twitter and the hash tag #SprintAllStar. Fans can visit the SPEED Social Garage website for more information.
Fans also can enter for the chance to win $10,000 on the NASCAR on SPEED Facebook page, with special codes offered during coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race for more chances to win.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Week on SPEED – All times ET and subject to change
Thursday, May 17
- NASCAR Race Hub 6pm – 7pm
- SPEED Center 7pm – 8pm
- NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge 8pm – 10:30pm
- Emmy-award winning Inside the Headsets replay 10:30pm – 11pm
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice 10:30am – Noon
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ShowDown practice Noon – 1:30pm
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star practice 1:30pm -3pm
- Trackside 3pm – 4pm
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying 4pm – 5pm
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star qualifying 6pm – 7:30pm
- NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda 7:30pm to 8pm
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race 8pm – 10:30pm
- SPEED Center 10:30pm – 11pm
- NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge replay Noon – 2:30pm
- Emmy-award winning Inside the Headsets replay 2:30pm – 3pm
- NASCAR Performance 3pm – 3:30pm
- SPEED Center 3:30pm – 4pm
- NASCAR RaceDay Fueled by Sunoco 4pm – 7pm
- NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race 7pm – 11pm
- NASCAR Victory Lane 11:30pm – Midnight