Coverage of Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be affected by NFL preseason coverage on ABC in several markets. For most of the country, the race will air live on ABC. In other areas, live broadcasts of the race will be moved elsewhere, including ESPN.
ABC affiliates in seven markets will be airing NFL preseason games on Saturday night instead of the NASCAR race. In six of those markets, the race will air on ESPN, according to a press release from NASCAR.
For most of the country the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show will begin at 7 p.m. ET, with the green flag scheduled for 7:44 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here are the markets affected and the changes within those markets
Buffalo and Charlotte, N.C. — ABC affiliate WKBW-TV will join the NASCAR broadcast after the Buffalo-Washington game.
Columbus, Ohio — Pre-race coverage and race will air on local station WWHO-TV
Dayton, Ohio — race coverage will air on ESPN and Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate WKEF-TV
Nashville, Ten. — race coverage will air on ESPN
Philadelphia — race coverage will air on ESPN and Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate WPVI-TV
Phoenix — race coverage will air on ESPN and Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate KNXV-TV
Rochester, NY — pre-race on ABC affiliate WHAM-TV on its Digital Tier 2 channel and will join in-progress on its main channel after the Buffalo-Washington game
St. Joseph, Mo. — race coverage on ESPN
Weslaco, Texas — race coverage will air on ESPN and Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate KRGV-TV