Saturday, November 3, 2007
In-Progress At Texas: Busch Series On ESPN2
Saturday afternoon ESPN2 will once again live a bit dangerously and present the Busch Series race from the Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Countdown, the thirty minute pre-race show will begin at 3PM Eastern Time. This program will be hosted by Allen Bestwick, who will have Dale Jarrett alongside as an analyst for both the pre-race and the event. Brad Daugherty, "the voice of the fans," will also be with Bestwick and Jarrett for the duration.
Race coverage will begin at 3:30PM Eastern Time, and Dr. Jerry Punch will handle the play-by-play alongside of analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. With Bestwick hosting from the infield, Shannon Spake will join the pit reporting crew of Jamie Little, Dave Burns, and Mike Massaro. Tim Brewer will be in the Tech Center.
Brent Musburger is doing college football, and will return for the Cup event on Sunday.
Once again, the Busch Series is following a live Iowa Hawkeye college football game three hours after it begins. As we know, most college football games run three and one half hours without any extended play. ESPN Classic Network is playing back re-runs of The Contender boxing series, so look for NASCAR Countdown to start on ESPN Classic if the football game runs long.
Fans may want to program into their DVR or TiVo ESPN Classic from 3PM to 5PM Eastern Time just to make sure and get the pre-race show and the event start. ESPN and ESPNU are in live college football games at that time.
Following the race at 6PM is one hour of NEXTEL Cup Happy Hour, and then one hour of NHRA Finals qualifying. There should be no problem with the race running long unless it goes until 8PM. As we know from the Craftsman Truck Series night race on Friday the track has excellent lighting for TV. The 8PM Eastern Time mark is the "hard off" for this event, as ESPN2 has primetime college football. That should be interesting.
Saturday Program Note: SPEED's Tradin' Paint is at 7PM and the media guest is Richard Durrett of the Dallas Morning News. Set those DVR's.
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