At the world’s fastest half-mile

NASCAR spends an exciting weekend in Bristol, with thousands of fans converging on the high-banked half-mile track.
It’s the 50th anniversary of the small track just across the border from Virginia, which draws thousands to the area and packs all hotels within miles.
The Sprint Cup teams pack the infield for their race Saturday night on ABC. The Nationwide racers get their chance to bang around the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Across the country, the Indy Cars are in Sonoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on Versus.
Little League baseball crowns its champion this weekend. The International final will be set after Thursday’s 4 p.m. game on ESPN, then the local Pennsylvania team battles California at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
ABC has the International final Saturday at noon, followed by the United States final at 3 p.m. The consolation game will be Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN, with the title game on ABC at 3 p.m.
FOX offers the choice of four games Saturday afternoon, as the Tigers face the Twins along with three National League contests – Pirates at Cardinals, Braves-Mets and Rockies taking on the Dodgers.  ESPN has the Angels meeting the Rangers Sunday night.
Pending Irene’s path, the Orioles will meet the Yankees on TBS Sunday afternoon and MASN. Prior to that, they have a Thursday afternoon game at Minnesota on MASN and games Friday and Saturday on MASN. The Nationals take on Arizona Thursday on MASN, then head to Cincinnati for the weekend on MASN2.
The third week of the NFL preseason opens with the Redskins taking on the Ravens Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. CBS offers a pair of contests – Packers at Colts Friday and Patriots visiting Detroit Saturday – before NBC closes the weekend with the Saints taking on Oakland.
The PGA tour starts its playoff run this weekend at the Barclays. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
It’s almost time for the U.S. Open, and top players prepare at the New Haven Open and Winston-Salem Open. ESPN2 heads to New Haven Thursday at 3 p.m. and Friday at 2 p.m., with the final showing Saturday at 5 p.m. CBS has the final from Winston-Salem Saturday at 12:30 p.m., after ESPN2 goes with Friday’s play at 12:30 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Portland Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. The women’s soccer league holds its championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
In the WNBA, the Mystics host Phoenix Sunday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.



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