Here are this week’s Australian GP TV and stream times, on NBCSN and Live Extra

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This week kicks off the 2015 Formula 1 season, and NBC Sports Group is set for a wealth of coverage from Albert Park in Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

This week’s coverage of the F1 Australian Grand Prix begins Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Practice 1 on Live Extra, and will continue on Live Extra and NBCSN on Friday and Saturday (see grid below for full practice and qualifying air times). F1 Countdown kicks off race coverage Sunday at 12 a.m. ET, leading into the Australian Grand Prix at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. An encore presentation of the race will air Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s Formula One full announce booth returns for a third season, with lead race announcer Leigh Diffey providing live play-by-play commentary. Diffey is joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst Steve Matchett, a former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team. Rounding out the broadcast team is F1 insider Will Buxton, who will provide live reports on-site for all 20 races this season.

Note for FP1, it will air live on Live Extra at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night with the same-day delay occurring at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN Friday morning, leading into live coverage of FP2 at 1:30 a.m. ET.

The stream link is here: http://f1stream.nbcsports.com.

Following is the Australian GP schedule. NASCAR AMERICA will also run at 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Thursday this week. All times are ET:

Date Coverage Time Network
Mon.-Thurs. NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
Thurs., March 12 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 1 9:30 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Fri., March 13 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 1 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 2 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 3 11 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Sat., March 14 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 3 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying 2 a.m. NBCSN
Mercedes: Race to Repeat (Encore) 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., March 15 F1 Countdown 12 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 3 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix (Encore) 6 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix (Encore) 4 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN

Female racer makes history with record finishes in dirt national midget events

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Holly Shelton is riding high after setting a milestone for a female driver in a national midget series feature event on dirt this past weekend.

The Sacramento, California-area resident recorded the highest finish ever for a female dirt national midget series driver with a runner-up finish last Friday at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League double-header weekend at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri.

Shelton broke her own national record for top finish by a woman in a national dirt event – she finished third in a USAC race at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, last year.

One night after setting her new national record, Shelton and her Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota roared back Saturday to finish third (started on the outside pole) in the second half of the weekend double-header, making her the first female dirt driver ever on the national midget circuit to earn back-to-back podium finishes.

“It’s cool making history as a female, but my number one thing is I just want to win,” said Shelton, who will be graduating from Cal-State Sacramento with a B.A. in Criminal Justice this fall. “Truthfully, on the track I don’t even remember that I’m a girl. I’m just racing all the guys with the same goal they have – to win.”

Only one other woman has finished second in either a USAC or POWRi midget feature – Sarah McCune at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1999 – but that was on pavement, not dirt.

The record-setting weekend was great consolation for Shelton, who missed three races earlier this season due to surgery and then sat out three other races last month after suffering a race-related concussion.

“It felt good,” she said of her back-to-back podium finishes. “It builds up my confidence. The car is fast and we keep getting better and we want to build on it.”

Shelton was one of four women that competed in midget competition this weekend. The others were 19-year-old Maria Cofer and 16-year-olds Holley Hollan and Presley Truedson.

“It’s awesome seeing all the little girls come up to me excited to see me at the track,” Shelton said. “Hopefully, it encourages them to pursue their dreams as well and, as the years go on, more girls will get into it.”

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