Saturday, March 22, 2008
In-Progress At Nashville: ESPN's Friday/Saturday Coverage
The email has been running pretty heavy about the Nashville weekend of Nationwide Series action on ESPN and ESPN2.
Since this is a stand-alone Nationwide Series weekend, we will use this one post for discussion of the practice sessions, NASCAR Countdown, the race, and NASCAR Now.
Friday practice contained some interesting soundbites and interviews on a wide variety of subjects. The Friday edition of NASCAR Now, hosted by Nicole Manske, feature an extended segment from Nashville that saw ESPN pick-up on the trend of having TV anchors stand while speaking.
Saturday will feature practice and the race broadcast. Marty Reid will be calling the action while Jerry Punch is on vacation. He will be teamed with Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree in the booth.
Allen Bestwick will host from the Infield Pit Studio (shown above) and be joined by Brad Daugherty on the set and Tim Brewer in the Tech Center. Wallace will also be on the infield set for the pre-race show, which will be one hour in length. Perhaps, this will be to review the qualifying action and then preview the race.
On pit road will be Vince Welch, Mike Massaro, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake. Dave Burns is on vacation this weekend. Welch is an open-wheel veteran pit reporter and worked last season on ESPN's NASCAR coverage in the same vacation relief role.
We welcome your comments about the ESPN efforts this weekend. Please note that the pre-race show and race itself are on ESPN. If you would like to comment, just click on the COMMENTS button below. The rules for posting are on the right side of the main page.
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