Sunday, February 17, 2008
In-Progress At Daytona: "NASCAR RaceDay" On SPEED
Here we go again with another season of one of SPEED's most popular shows. RaceDay is absolutely the "Super WalMart" of NASCAR. There is something for everyone. The Daytona show runs from 11AM to 2PM Eastern Time.
John Roberts returns to host this series with Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer alongside. The fact that Wallace made the Daytona 500 this year is going to be a fun dynamic to watch. Hermie Sadler has been a utility player for this show, reporting on the track conditions from the RaceDay set and also as the second pit reporter.
Wendy Venturini continues to define her role as the source for news and information from the garage area. Her personal relationships in the sport work well for access, but she has kept things on a very businesslike level on the air. Her weekly Real Deal features have worked well to provide an "away from the track" break during this multi-hour program.
RaceDay has changed from its casual and semi-organized past into a franchise program for the network that goes head-to-head with the pre-race shows of TNT and ESPN/ABC once the Fox coverage of the Sprint Cup is over.
It should be interesting to see if this series can continue to build the momentum of the past several seasons. The task of presenting a live multi-hour show every race weekend is big. SPEED has shown that they can not only handle the responsibility, but they can thrive in this environment.
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