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On Saturday, ESPN's broadcast of the Nationwide race at 3 p.m. ET (prerace at 2:30) will be impacted in various markets by college basketball and other sports telecasts. While this may send some devotees of NASCAR who simply must devour every instant of prerace coverage into fits, fear not: ESPN has released a list of the affected markets, along with ways to find the race on their digital tier (DT) stations. Everyone's going to get the race, don't worry. Herewith, the listing:

Des Moines, Iowa (WOI-TV) - due to Big 12 basketball game, pre-race show and race will air on the station's DT2 channel (RTV).

Rochester, NY (WHAM-TV) - due to coverage of a local telethon, pre-race show and race will air on the station's DT2 channel (CW).

Madison, WI (WKOW-TV) - due to coverage of WIAA state championships, pre-race show and race will air on DT2 (RTV).

LaCrosse, WI (WXOW-TV) -- due to coverage of WIAA state championships, pre-race show and race will air on DT2 (CW).

Wausau, WI (WAOW-TV) -- due to coverage of WIAA state championships, pre-race show and race will air on DT2 (CW).

Bowling Green, KY (WBKO-TV) - due to coverage of SEC basketball, pre-race show and race will air on WBKO-Fox DT2.

Columbia, SC (WOLO-TV) - due to coverage of ACC basketball, pre-race show and race will air on DT3.

Little Rock, AR (KATV-TV) -- due to coverage of SEC basketball, pre-race show and race will air on DT2.

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT-TV) -- due to coverage of SEC basketball, pre-race show and race will air on DT2.

Baltimore (WMAR-TV) - due to coverage of local lacrosse, pre-race show will air on DT2. Race will air on regular channel.

Louisville, KY (WHAS-TV) - due to coverage of Big East basketball, pre-race show will air on WBKI-TV. Race will air on regular channel.

Beckley-Oak Hill-Bluefield, WV (WOAY-TV) - due to coverage of West Virginia University basketball, pre-race show will be pre-empted. Race telecast will be joined in progress at 4 p.m. ET.

Beaumont, TX (KBMT-TV) - due to coverage of local basketball game and Big 12 game, pre-race show will be pre-empted and race will be joined in progress at 3 p.m. CT.

If you're in one of those areas and don't know what to do, don't panic; contact your local ABC affiliate and they'll set you straight. Don't call us; we'll be watchin' the race.

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