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After a full season of racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship will be decided in the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 16. ESPN will have a live telecast of the final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with a special two-hour edition of NASCAR Countdown presented by 5-Hour energy at 1 p.m. ET to set up the championship race and the race’s green flag at 3:15 p.m. While the normal 43 cars will compete in the race, only four drivers – Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano – are eligible for the championship and the highest finisher of the four will win the title.

ESPN SportsCenter will have reporters embedded with the four final teams with live reports during daytime editions Monday and Tuesday and additional coverage later in the week. Extended post-race will air on SportsCenter with analyst Ricky Craven in the studio. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. The new NASCAR Sprint Cup champion will visit ESPN on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and will appear on a variety of ESPN programs and platforms.

The track also will hold the Ford Ecoboost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Nov. 15, and the race will air live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m., with the green flag at 4:45 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.

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Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.

Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.

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


NHRA Championships to be Determined in Pomona Finale 

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will come to a thundering close with the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., Nov. 14-16. The renewal of one of the sport’s marquee events will determine championships in all four professional racing classes of the NHRA and qualifying and eliminations 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:


Date Time Event Network
Friday, Nov. 14 5:45 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sunday, Nov. 16 3 a.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
2 p.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
3 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
6 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN



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

Pit reporters: Gary Gerould, John 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, Nov. 16, RacingLive! Miami will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at

Marty & McGee Podcast – is the home for the weekly “Marty & McGee” podcast, hosted by ESPN lead NASCAR reporter Marty Smith and ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. Smith and McGee discuss NASCAR and other topics with a wide variety of guests ranging from NASCAR drivers to country music artists to stars from other sports. The podcast is usually available by midweek.


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