Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sprint Cup Series on ABC from Loudon
The track is wet, there are no lights and ABC wants NASCAR off the air by 6PM Eastern Time. Welcome to the first race in The Chase for 2008.
It will be Allen Bestwick and his Infield Studio crew of Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty who will be setting the table for viewers. NASCAR Countdown will be on-the-air at 1PM. Certainly, the weather and The Chase should dominate this program.
Coverage is scheduled to shift to the race at 2PM, but if weather is going to delay the program ESPN may choose to simply continue with Bestwick hosting the telecast from the Infield. Bestwick is a veteran who has hosted multi-hour rain fill programming on ESPN with great success. He opens a lot of topics up for discussion and invites many drivers and personalities to the Infield Studio for interviews.
If and when the race begins, it will be Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree calling the action. This team has been together all season calling the Nationwide Series races for ESPN and the seven months of experience has hopefully prepared them for the high-profile pressure of The Chase.
Down on pit road will be Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro. Tim Brewer will be along in the Tech Center. It should be interesting to see if ABC has SportsCenter updates on other sports inserted into the race.
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