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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