Saturday, April 19, 2008
In-Progress In Mexico City: Nationwide Series on ESPN
Coverage of the weekend's NASCAR activity switches over to ESPN for the Nationwide Series race from Mexico City on Sunday afternoon.
Allen Bestwick and the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show will be on-the-air at 1:30PM Eastern Time to lead into the race coverage. Since this is a special event, we will see if Bestwick has guests in the studio.
Jerry Punch is anchoring the race telecast, and this time is joined by ESPN rookie Ray Evernham and current ESPN Infield analyst Rusty Wallace. Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree are off this week. Since this is a new combination in the broadcast booth, it should be interesting to see how things work during the race. This trio has worked a practice session on Friday and also qualifying on Saturday with no problems.
On pit road will be Vince Welch, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns. Since this is a road course, there will be different kinds of stories to tell and strategies to explain. The race will be a mix of Nationwide regulars, road course "ringers," and Hispanic drivers. Working pit road will be just a bit more of a challenge during this telecast.
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