Sunday, September 7, 2008

Monday NASCAR TV Features New Twists

This Monday is the day for the two remaining NASCAR TV partners to use their weekly shows to preview The Chase. ESPN and SPEED will do just that.

First-up will be ESPN2 and the outstanding "roundtable" version of NASCAR Now. This show will be a special 90-minute expanded version to allow host Allen Bestwick to cover all the angles for the "NASCAR playoff" to come.

Bestwick will be joined by the former NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs now on the ESPN payroll. After a long Sunday, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Tim Brewer and Rusty Wallace will be heading up to Connecticut for this program. This group will be joined on the set by Ray Evernham, who is the NASCAR on ESPN rookie of the group.

This Monday program has featured a tremendously diverse line-up of personalities. Ranging from current drivers to veteran reporters, Bestwick has been presented with the challenge of molding a weekly program from a different cast of characters every week. There is little doubt that this show has risen to the occasion.

Over on SPEED, things are always interesting where This Week In NASCAR is concerned. Host Steve Byrnes has hung-in and crafted a very relaxed and informative show after a rough start to the season. This week regular panelists Greg Biffle and Chad Knaus are both unavailable for the show. So, Michael Waltrip will bring his young driver Michael McDowell along for this hour.

On one hand, it might have been nice to see a veteran like Kenny Schrader or a SPEED regular like Doug Richert on the show, but McDowell has proven to be well-spoken and interesting. Coming off a solid top twenty finish at Richmond, he should have some good stories to tell.

This episode is the first time that this re-vamped TV series will be previewing The Chase. Perhaps, SPEED and The NASCAR Media Group that produces the show will consider adding some additional personalities to the program for situations like this in the future.

After a long weekend in Richmond, Monday's NASCAR TV should be fun to watch. TDP will have columns up for your comments on these programs shortly after they conclude. Please feel free to add your comments about this post below.

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Anonymous said...

Back on Monday July 14th, Boris Said predicted that the THEN top 12 in the points would be the drivers who would make the Chase!NOT BAD Boris, you had 11 out of the 12 correct! The only one that was wrong was Kasey Kahne. Hibanx

Anonymous said...

If Evernham is on tonight, I hope he can explain -specifically - what's wrong with the Dodge program. They've got 90 minutes and should be able to address this subject.

Dodge finishes yesterday: 10th, 19th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th, 33rd, 37th, 38th, 42nd.

Not a single Dodge in the Chase - the only manufacturer not represented. That's just unacceptable. Toyota has been in Cup two years and has all three Gibbs drivers in the Chase in their second year.

Since Evernham brought Dodge back to the sport, he should be able to say what they need to do to improve. If they don't improve, Dodge might as well get out of the sport all together and let the owners move to another make of car.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Dodge has recently announced they are leaving the Craftsman Truck Series. While there will be some teams running Dodge, there will be no factory support.

The economic reality is slowly edging into NASCAR and the real question for Monday night is how far will it go?


Lou said...

annon 1034am. be carful what you wish for. JD is correct. Dodge is not providing factory support to the truck series.

Yes, it is easy to say to move on to another make of car. And guess what? the make the owner goes to also just says next year we will not provide support.

GM and Ford are going though tough times also. Just ask the retires of those companies. I do not think they care one bit about NASCAR just their health benifits and they should, they worked decades for those benifits that were promised in contracts.

The picture is bigger than I can imagine.

Yes, the economic reality is here. How far will it go it the question.

I did attend 2 or 3 races per season. Next year I will attend none. NCL and Disney CL will get my dollars.

Lou said...
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Lou said...

Typo How far it will go is the question.

Kenn Fong said...


I wonder if Allen will ask Ray Evernham about his lawsuit against Robby Gordon.

Left Coast Kenny
Alameda, California

Mary said...

I started to watch - saw Rusty was on and turned it off.

Newracefan said...

Not sure I like 2 different sets, get 3 more chairs for the garage for crying out loud

Matt said...

Only got to watch the last few minutes.. not sure about 2 sets, but wow I loved that set with Massaro, AP and Jarrett.

JD, do you know where that one was and why they can't use that every week? Is it from another show?

Vicky D said...

I thought the show went off well, except I thought Rusty & Tim didn't have to be there. Otherwise, good show focusing on the chasers.

Daly Planet Editor said...

There is a new post up about the Monday version of NASCAR Now on ESPN2. Thanks.