Bahrain Grand Prix at night highlights NBCSN’s weekend TV coverage

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NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Formula One™ season continues “under the lights” this weekend with live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with an encore presentation at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The action begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with practice on NBCSN, followed by a live edition of F1 Countdown at 12:30 p.m. ET. Qualifying will air live at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC on Saturday, with a re-air on NBCSN at 12:30 p.m. ETF1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s post-race Formula One studio show, will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Sunday’s race marks the first time the Bahrain Grand Prix has been run at nighttime, also commemorating the race’s 10th anniversary following its inception in 2004. The Bahrain Grand Prix joins the Singapore Grand Prix as the only two Formula One night races.

Last week, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) led the Malaysian Grand Prix wire-to-wire to earn his first victory of the 2014 F1 season, while teammate Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), who won the Australian Grand Prix on March 16, earned a second-place finish. Reigning F1 champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), who has won four consecutive F1 World Championships and won last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, landed his first podium of the season in Malaysia with a third-place finish.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Bahrain Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.

In addition to its F1 coverage, NBCSN will begin its 2014 IndyCar coverage with the St. Petersburg 100, the first race in the 2014 Indy Lights schedule, on Friday at 4 p.m. ET. Indy Lights is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR AMERICA, NBCSN’s 30-minute weekday show highlighting the latest news in stock car racing, airs at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesdayand Thursday this week. Host Rick Allen will be joined in-studio by analyst and current driver Jeff Burton on Wednesday, and motorsports analyst Wally Dallenbach Jr. on Thursday.

Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:

Date Program Network Time (ET)
Wed., April 2 NASCAR AMERICA NBCSN 5 p.m.
Thu., April 3 NASCAR AMERICA NBCSN 5 p.m.
Fri., April 4 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice NBCSN 11 a.m.
F1 Countdown NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Indy Lights – St. Petersburg 100 NBCSN 4 p.m.
F1 Countdown (Encore) NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sat., April 5 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 11 a.m.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 6 Bahrain Grand Prix NBCSN 10:30 a.m.
F1 Extra NBCSN 1 p.m.
Bahrain Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
F1 Extra NBCSN 5 p.m.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.