Friday, August 15, 2008
Logano May Be "The Show" For ESPN
While names like Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will be on the track, the Nationwide Series race from MIS on Saturday may lead ESPN to focus on a relatively new name to the sport.
It was Friday morning when Tony Stewart made it all official. Ryan Newman would join Stewart to campaign a two-car team for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. This announcement helped to finally make it sink-in that there could very well be an eighteen year old kid in the Home Depot Toyota next season. His name is Joey Logano.
Saturday afternoon shortly after 3PM, Logano will be in his Toyota trying to win the Nationwide Series race. This may be exactly the storyline ESPN needs to breath some excitement into this series that has been struggling all season long.
It will be Allen Bestwick hosting the pre-race NASCAR Countdown show on ESPN2 with Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty joining Bestwick in the ESPN Infield Pit Studio. This thirty minute show should catch viewers up-to-date with the happenings of the weekend including the Stewart and Logano scenarios. Wallace should be in good spirits with brothers Mike and Kenny racing alongside Rusty's son Steven.
Upstairs in the broadcast booth will be Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. These three have been following this series all season long. Down on pit road will be Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake. In the Tech Center will be Tim Brewer.
After the success of Marcos Ambrose at Watkins Glen, it should be interesting to follow his progress on this superspeedway as his NASCAR learning curve continues. Also in the event with something to prove will be David Stremme and Dario Franchitti. Look for ESPN to track their progress as the race goes forward.
This telecast follows live tennis from the Washington DC area as the busy TV season on the ESPN family of networks begins to pick-up pace heading into mid-August. With college football on the horizon, the Nationwide Series will once again be the odd-man-out on Saturday afternoons. The Nationwide Series race is scheduled from 3:30PM to 6PM. It is followed by NHRA qualifying.
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