It will be slow going for speed fans this weekend, since many of the top motorsports series are taking the next few days off. On the other hand, this does provide an opportunity to expand your horizons beyond the world of four-wheel racing and check out the MotoGP crew’s visit to Le Mans. As always, please remember that all times here are pegged to the U.S. Eastern time zone.
Sprint Cup Series
It’s all-star time for NASCAR’s premier racing series. The Sprint Showdown at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina will feature all the Sprint Cup winners from the past year, along with any past Sprint Cup champions and previous Showdown victors who care to compete, as well as one driver chosen by the fans. The no-points, all-cash top prize—which exceeded $1 million last year—will be up for grabs on Saturday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m., with live coverage on the SPEED Channel.
Joey Logano will attempt to win his third consecutive race, and fourth of the season overall, when he takes his Toyota Camry to the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the “Pioneer Hi-Bred 250.” The Nationwide Series racing kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, and will be shown live on ESPN.
Camping World Truck Series
Some of the country’s most powerful pickups also will be at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, when the Camping World Truck Series runs the “N.C. Education Lottery 200.” The SPEED Channel is covering this one, too, with the broadcast scheduled for Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.
This Weekend in Racing on TV: MotoGP
Sort of the two-wheeled version of Formula 1 racing, the MotoGP series likewise travels to some of the sports most challenging road courses, including, this weekend, Le Mans. The “Monster Energy Grand Prix de France” will run on Sunday, May 20, with coverage on the SPEED Channel starting at 8:00 a.m. (with a taped broadcast at 3:00 p.m. for those who aren't on French time).
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