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Make a date with your television this week, as NASCAR begins it's 2014 season

The is no love as sincere as the love of food, but auto racing comes in a close second. If you don't have a date for Valentine’s Day this year, or if you're among the lucky ones and you and your significant other share a passion for NASCAR, this is your lucky week.

Spend a sweetheart of an evening with your favorite racers as "NASCAR Night on FOX Sports 1" delivers a three-and-a-half-hour block of primetime NASCAR programming.
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With the 2014 NASCAR season getting underway this week at Daytona International Speedway, ESPN’s NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will have a special three-hour program with coverage of NASCAR Media Day at Daytona on Thursday, Feb. 13, beginning at noon ET on ESPNEWS. Host Mike Massaro and analyst Ricky Craven will be in the studio with reporter Nicole Briscoe on-site in Daytona. The program will include interviews with many of the sport’s top drivers as well as news and analysis.

On Valentine’s Day evening, you can spend a sweetheart of a night with your favorite racers as "NASCAR Night on FOX Sports 1" delivers a three-and-a-half-hour block of primetime NASCAR programming right after the network’s live on-track coverage of the opening day of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway.

The night of fun on FOX Sports 1 begins with FOX SPORTS 1-on-1: JIMMIE JOHNSON (7:30-8:00 PM ET), followed by THE DAY: DAYTONA PRIMETIME (8:00-8-9:00 PM ET), then RETURN OF THE 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET) and finally an encore presentation of THE DAY: REMEMBERING DALE EARNHARDT (10:00-11:00 PM ET).

"Daytona Speedweeks is the most anticipated two weeks on every NASCAR fan’s calendar each year, and with the return of the No. 3 and various competition and championship format changes, interest is at an all-time high," said FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2 General Manager & COO David Nathanson. "Daytona has produced some of the sport’s most memorable, historic and tragic moments throughout the decades, and on Valentine’s Day, FOX Sports 1 and NASCAR Productions shine a spotlight on what makes NASCAR so beloved by millions of race fans."

The action continues all weekend long. On Saturday night, Feb. 15, RacingLive! Daytona will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Sprint Unlimited” race at Daytona International Speedway, where fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live.

On Sunday, NASCAR Hall of Fame members Tim Flock and Richard Petty, two of the sport’s greatest all-time drivers, will be showcased by ESPN Classic in airings of the network’s signature program SportsCentury. Flock, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year, is featured in SportsCentury program airing at 9 a.m. Petty, a member of the inaugural class of inductees, is featured at 11 a.m.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has the weekend off but drag racing fans can still see some racing action on Sunday, Feb. 16, at noon ET on ESPN2 with highlights of the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Pomona, Calif. Anchor Dave Rieff and analyst Alan Reinhart will call the racing.

Next week in advance of the Daytona 500 and the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, ESPN Classic will air highlights from numerous past editions of the Great American Race. The programming starts Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opens with the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 23. The race will be televised live on FOX at 1 p.m. ET. The cars will also be on track throughout the "SpeedWeeks" leading up to the "Great American Race," including the Budweiser Duels qualifying races, which will be televised live on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

Over the next couple weeks, this column will strive to provide full coverage of the events leading up to the Great American Race at the end of February, including an interview with pit crew members and competitors, as well as other interesting and exciting motorsports news.

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