Monday, July 9, 2007
Suzy Kolber Is Back In The ESPN Saddle Again
ESPN has just released their talent assignments for the upcoming NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. ABC Sports will carry the Busch Series race and the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show. ESPN2 will carry coverage of Busch Series practice and qualifying.
Dr. Jerry Punch will return as play-by-play announcer, with Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree alongside. They will call the race, as well as the practice and qualifying sessions.
In the Infield Studio will be Suzy Kolber. She will host the qualifying show, the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show, and continue to be the infield host for the race itself. Her partner on the infield set will be Brad Daugherty.
Kolber is an ESPN veteran, and perhaps best known for her role as the sideline reporter for Monday Night Football . She has hosted one early season edition of NASCAR Countdown, but has been absent from the NASCAR TV screens since then.
This race is the final big track "dress rehearsal" for the Brickyard 400, which marks the start of ESPN and ABC's coverage of NEXTEL Cup until the end of the season. The network has been doing the Busch Series races all year, but the transition to the longer and more high-profile Cup Series will be interesting.
Notes: There was no mention of Brent Musburger being involved in the telecast, either as the "show host" or on the infield studio set. Allen Bestwick has been confirmed as a pit reporter for the entire weekend.