TNT, Start Your NASCAR

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TNT will fire up the engines on the second-half television schedule for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing’s Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series with action from Chicagoland Speedway Saturday at 4 p.m. (EST) and Sunday at 3 p.m., respectively.

The network will air eight Nextel Cup races and 14 Busch series events as part of its partnership with NBC.

Besides Sunday’s Nextel Cup action, TNT will air races fromNew Hampshire (July 16 and Sept. 17),Pocono (July 23),Michigan (Aug. 20),Bristol (Aug. 26),Dover (Sept. 24) andRichmond (Sept. 9), with the latter representing the final race to determine which drivers will qualify for the “Chase for the Nextel Cup.”

As far as the Busch Series, after Saturday’s event, the network will air action fromNew Hampshire (July 15),St. Louis (July 29),Indianapolis (Aug. 5),Michigan (Aug. 19),Bristol (Aug. 25),California (Sept. 2),Richmond (Sept. 8),Dover (Sept. 23),Kansas (Sept. 30),Charlotte (Oct. 13),Texas (Nov. 4) andHomestead-Miami (Nov. 18), the final race of the 2006 Busch Series season.

“It’s an important week for Turner Sports to confirm with our friends at NASCAR our long-term commitment, through Turner Sports New Media, to be the home of NASCAR.com [www.multichannel.com/article/CA6349703.html?display=Breaking+News] and to officially start the second half of NASCAR’s TV schedule on TNT,” Turner Sports president David Levy said in a prepared statement.

“NASCAR has been an important part of Turner Sports’ programming lineup for over 20 years,” he added. “We see this year as a great opportunity to continue to put our foot on the gas and explore new-media platforms and extend the NASCAR on TNT brand into the next decade.”

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