The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has reached the halfway point in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. It’s still a very close points race and the champion could be decided on the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

But let’s get to racing this weekend.

The NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series head to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile tri-oval track track that was built in 2001 and currently hosts two annual NASCAR weekends. This will be the first race since the track reconfiguration after the July race. The speedway was repaved and reconfiguration to the oval that featured up to 20 degrees of variable banking in the turns; the previous banking was 15 degrees uniform banking in the turns. Throw the Kansas Speedway book out of the window. This is a new type of ballgame since July.

Last year, Jimmie Johnson destroyed the field by leading 197 of 272 laps. The win at Kansas was Johnson’s first Chase victory of the 2011 season. With the win, Johnson left Kansas tied with Rusty Wallace for eighth on the all-time Cup list.

This is another weekend that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off, but they will return next weekend at Martinsville.

Friday, October 19, 2012:

12:00pm NASCAR Live SPEED
12:30pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice SPEED
2:00pm NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice ESPN 2
3:00pm NASCAR Countdown ESPN
3:30pm NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Practice ESPN 2
5:00pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying ESPN2
7:00pm Trackside SPEED

NASCAR Nationwide Series:
2011 Pole Winner: 
Carl Edwards
2011 Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Laps: 200
Distance: 300 Miles

Saturday, October 20, 2012:

11:00am NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Happy Hour ESPN 2
12:00pm NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying SPEED
1:30pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Final Practice SPEED
3:30pm NASCAR Nationwide Series Race ESPN
(Kansas Lottery 300. Joey Logano in race reporter)
6:30pm NASCAR Performance SPEED
8:30pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Final Pratice (Re-Air) SPEED

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
2011 Pole Winner: 
Greg Biffle
2011 Race Winner:  Jimmie Johnson
Laps: 267
Distance: 400.5 Miles

Sunday, October 21, 2012:

9:00am Pre-Race NASCAR Now ESPN 2
10:00am NASCAR Performance SPEED
10:30am SPEED Center NASCAR Edition SPEED
11:00am NASCAR RaceDay SPEED
1:00pm NASCAR Countdown ESPN
2:00pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race ESPN
(Hollywood Casino 400. Clint Bowyer, from Emporia Kansas, is the ESPN in-race reporter)
5:30pm NASCAR Victory Lane – Special Edition SPEED
7:00pm SPEED Center SPEED
8:00pm NASCAR Victory Lane SPEED
10:30pm NASCAR Post-Race Countdown ESPN 2

All Times Above are Eastern Standard Time.

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