Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Two NASCAR TV Specials On Thursday
The official festivities and the first on-track action both get underway from the South Florida area on Thursday.
NASCAR is hosting a luncheon and informal press conference with past and present champions at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables at 1PM Eastern Time. Steve Byrnes will be there live on SPEED for a full hour of interviews. That is a composite picture of some of those attending above.
Past champions include Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Rex White. More current stars include Kurt Busch, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace. NASCAR on Fox's Darrell Waltrip will also be on hand, so Byrnes better be prepared. Waltrip has been off the air for months now.
Ryan Burr and the NASCAR Now gang have another one hour Championship Week show at 5PM. They are going to continue to follow the breaking stories about historic mergers in the sport as they happen and the resulting changes in team personnel. There seems to be breaking news almost every day this week.
Then, SPEED will present Craftsman Truck practice at 7PM with Rick Allen and Phil Parsons for an hour from the Homestead Miami Speedway.
The second special of the day will be an 8PM Thursday edition of This Week In NASCAR. Once again Mr. Byrnes will be the host with Chad Knaus and Michael Waltrip as his panelists. This time, the show will actually have live guests.
It should be interesting as SPEED has all kinds of Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series championship contenders on the list to stop by. Perhaps, this should have been a two hour show. It might be nice for veteran fans to see Johnny Benson on this program one last time.
All of the Thursday NASCAR TV shows bear watching or at least recording. SPEED gets credit for stepping-up to televise the media event in the afternoon and for originating a special to promote the championships. It will also be nice to see the first wheels turned on the Homestead track.
NASCAR Now has Marty Smith in Florida and he has been chasing both the merger news and the championship contenders. Wednesday he had a good interview with Jimmy Johnson and repeated a wonderful video profile of this young Californian. The biggest news of the week is that ESPN let Smith on the air without a tie on Tuesday. That experiment was over by Wednesday. Some things never change.
This post will serve to host your comments about the Thursday NASCAR TV shows.
Thanks to Racingone.com and Getty Images for the picture at the top of the story.
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