Saturday, August 9, 2008
In-Progress At The Glen: Nationwide Series Qualifying (10AM ET ESPN2)
The weather forecast is looking good for Saturday. The chance of rain is now listed at only 20% and the temperature is rising. It is expected to reach 77 degrees by the afternoon.
The NASCAR TV day will begin at 10AM with Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree calling Nationwide Series qualifying. The Sprint Cup session was rained-out on Friday, so this is the first qualifying session of the weekend.
Handling the interviews on pit road and the garage area will be Mike Massaro, Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake. ESPN is still working on the TV presentation of qualifying and often seems to be more focused on doing interviews, features and promos than the action on the track.
In the ESPN format, Punch and company call these sessions alone. This eliminates Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty and Rusty Wallace on these telecasts. In this case, there will be 49 cars trying for 43 positions, so this session may be a long one. Currently, it is scheduled for two hours and the cars will be out on the track in a staggered format.
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