Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kicking Off ESPN's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IJuly 15, 2009

The next time the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the track will not only mark the 20th race on the schedule, but it will kick off ESPN's coverage.

The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 26 and all events leading up to it will be covered by the "World Wide Leader in Sports," which is now the network where race fans can catch all the action, along with ABC, until the season-ending event in Homestead, Miami.

To get the ball rolling and promote the upcoming event at the Brickyard in two weeks, ESPN has started releasing commercials to inform race fans that they are now covering the Series and not TNT, which held the reins the past six weeks. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. stars in the 30-second spot during which he talks about his struggles this season.

ESPN is the network that covers the entire Nationwide Series schedule and the crew will now be working both NASCAR schedules for the next 17 weeks. 

Pit reporters Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Dave Burns, and Vince Welch will have all the action and interviews from pit road.

1996 and 1999 Brickyard winner Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, and Dr. Jerry Punch will be in the broadcast booth with help from Tim Brewer in the Craftsman Tech garage and his notorious cut-away car. 

And not to be left out, Rusty Wallace, Alan Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, and Ray Evernham, who is a past Brickyard winner as both a crew chief and an owner, will have all the pre-race coverage starting at 12:30 pm ET on July 26.

The first chance race fans get to catch ESPN's coverage will be Friday, July 24 at 2:00 pm ET when the Sprint Cup stars get their first chance to turn laps during practice. 

Be on the lookout for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and ESPN as your reminder for the upcoming Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. 


Note: For those of you who don't know, if you click where it says "30-second spot" that is the link to see the commercial.