Saturday, November 1, 2008
In-Progress From Texas: Nationwide Series on ESPN2
The college football season rolls-on and the Nationwide Series has been taking it right in the teeth again this year.
This week's race is from Texas and the pre-race show is scheduled at 3PM after a college football game that began at Noon. Good luck.
It will be Allen Bestwick along with Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty that kicks things off with NASCAR Countdown. They will be assisted by the NASCAR on ESPN pit reporters Shannon Spake, Jamie Little, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro. Tim Brewer will also be along from the Tech Center.
Following the pre-race show, ESPN's team of Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree are up next for the race. Green flag is currently scheduled for 3:47PM.
The Nationwide Series has once again come down to a struggle between two Cup stars. Even the story of Nationwide "regular" Brad Keselowski has been tempered by the fact that JR Motorsports is lacking sponsorship for next season and things look bleak.
The good news is that this track has been working well in terms of keeping two grooves and the racing action should be exciting. ESPN has been having fun with this series and coverage is stripped-down and basic. In complete contrast to the Sprint Cup Series chaos, this TV package is normally about the race and not the hype.
Depending on what happens with college football, NASCAR fans should be ready to turn the dial to ESPN Classic if football runs long. Nationwide fans know that drill all too well.
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