Roar from Thunder Valley

NASCAR heads to the hills of Bristol this weekend, racing and banging on the high-banked half mile.
ABC has coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. With three races remaining until the Chase for the Cup, 10 drivers can clinch their spot in the 12-member field. We’ll see how many cars survive the night on the short track.
The Nationwide drivers go under the lights Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The Indy Car circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Little League baseball crowns its champion this weekend. Mexico plays Panama Thursday at 4 p.m. on ESPN for a spot against Japan in the International final, and the second United States qualifier (either California or Texas) will claim a berth Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
ABC has the International final Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States final at 3:30 p.m. The champion will be crowned Sunday at 3 p.m., after ESPN shows the consolation contest at 11 a.m.
The Nationals visit Philadelphia on MASN this weekend, while the Orioles host Toronto on MASN2.
Two contenders for the National League wild-card berths battle when Atlanta heads to San Francisco Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Fox also offers Twins at Rangers and the Cardinals taking on the Reds. TBS has the Angels meeting Detroit Sunday at 1 p.m.
Week three of the NFL preseason starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the Ravens hosting Jacksonville on Comcast. ESPN offers the Cardinals at Tennessee at 8 p.m.
The Redskins take on the Colts Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast and NFL network. CBS has a pair of games this weekend – Bears vs. Giants Friday at 8 p.m. and Texans against the Saints Saturday at 8 p.m. Fox brings the 49ers taking on Denver Sunday at 4 p.m., with the Panthers meeting the Jets Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
High school football starts this week, and ESPN2 shows Good Counsel of Maryland against Bishop Gorman of Nevada Friday at 9 p.m. There’s three games Saturday on ESPN, starting at noon with a Florida battle between American Heritage and Cocoa. Missouri schools Staley and Lee’s Summit West play at 3:30 p.m., and South Carolina’s Byrnes plays Oscar Smith in Virginia at 7 p.m. ESPN2 heads west at 10 p.m. Saturday as Santa Margarita of California plays Arizona’s Brophy Prep.University School of Florida meets Ohio’s Trotwood-Madison Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 offers Alcoa against Maryville from Tennessee at noon.
The PGA tour’s Fed Ex Cup playoffs begin this weekend at the Barclays tournament. CBS has coverage of the top 125 golfers in this year’s points Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The road to the U.S. Open concludes with tournaments in New Haven and Winston-Salem. The women’s tournament coverage from New Haven starts on ESPN2 Thursday at 1 p.m. with a quarterfinal, then ESPN2 moves to Winston-Salem at 3 p.m. for a quarterfinal. Friday, there’s women’s semifinals at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2, with a men’s semifinal at 5 p.m. CBS airs the finale from Winston-Salem Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and ESPN2 crowns the champion from New Haven at 3 p.m.
CBS offers Arthur Ashe kids day Sunday at noon as the stars arrive for the tournament.
NBC Sports network shows the Real Salt Lake’s visit to Philadelphia Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Dallas takes on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. ESPN2 has Kansas City against the Red Bulls Sunday at 9 p.m.
Major League Lacrosse finishes with its championship weekend, as Long Island meets Denver in one semifinal at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. The championship contest will be Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Mystics host Atlanta Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while ESPN2 shows the Dream against the Lynx Saturday at 7 p.m.

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