Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Thursday At Daytona: It's Just Practice!
As our friend Mr. Iverson would say, "it's just practice!"
There is a very different kind of schedule at Daytona, so both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will be on the track Thursday, but only for practice.
There will be no TV for the early Nationwide Series practice at 2:30PM Eastern Time. There are no additional details available to us about which network owns the TV rights or why this session is not being televised.
Next-up at 4PM will be the first Sprint Cup Series practice session on SPEED. Steve Byrnes will host the coverage with Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds alongside. Patrolling the garage as reporters will be Lindsay Czarniak and Ralph Shaheen.
At 5:30PM it will be the final practice for the Nationwide gang and this session will be carried live on ESPN2. Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will be in the announce booth with Mike Massaro, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Dave Burns covering the garage and pits. There will be no early edition of NASCAR Now because of this coverage, it will air at Midnight Eastern/9PM Pacific Time.
Back we go to SPEED at 6:30PM for the final Cup practice. Byrnes, Hammond and McReynolds will this time be joined from the garage by Matt Yocum and Marty Snider.
Just a reminder, the Rolex Sports Cars take to the road-course in Daytona for a three hour race beginning live on SPEED at 8PM. It should be fun to watch the culture clash between the NASCAR fans and the sports car bunch, but most of all the noise will make for some grumpy Sprint Cup drivers on Friday morning.
ESPN2 covers Friday Nationwide qualifying at 1PM, SPEED takes Sprint Cup qualifying at 4PM and the Nationwide race hits the air with a special one hour NASCAR Countdown show at 7PM. Trackside airs on SPEED at 11PM.
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