Friday, March 14, 2008
The Nationwide Series moves over to ABC on Saturday for their live race from the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Allen Bestwick will host the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show from the Infield Pit Studio. Rusty Wallace returns from some time off and joins Bestwick and Brad Daugherty to make up the infield panel. The pre-race show begins at 2PM Eastern Time on ABC Sports.
Jerry Punch will call the Nationwide Series action as the play-by-play announcer as race coverage begins at 2:30PM Eastern Time. Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will be alongside of Punch in the announce booth. Down on pit road will be Shannon Spake, Vince Welch, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro. Jamie Little has the weekend off.
The race broadcast is scheduled to end at 5:30PM with a college basketball March Madness program that leads East Coast ABC affiliates into the local evening news. The ABC primetime programming begins at 8PM. Rain may be a factor in this coverage.
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With the weather delays of Friday, the available track time on Saturday before the Nationwide Series race will be used for practice. This situation will be fluid with the weather issues, so fans should be aware of schedule changes being very possible.
Bristol Motor Speedway will put the Nationwide Series cars on the track for practice. This session will be televised on SPEED at noon. The TV announcers are TBD as the weather situation continues to change.
Then, the Sprint Cup cars take to the track for their final practice session. This will be televised on SPEED at 1PM, but should be the NASCAR on Fox crew calling the action.
SPEED will then transition into live coverage of the 12 Hours of Sebring sports car race. NASCAR programming on SPEED resumes with NASCAR Performance at 10:30PM. This show will be followed by Tradin' Paint at 11PM.
This is an interesting time of the year for motorsports, as the sports cars and the Formula 1 circuits both get back to racing. The weather situation should be the deciding factor as to what viewers get to see on SPEED in the early afternoon.
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Once again, SPEED will carry the majority of the Friday NASCAR action. This week, the network will host practice and qualifying from the Bristol Motor Speedway.
SPEED kicks things off at Noon Eastern Time with Sprint Cup practice. This session is scheduled for approximately ninety minutes.
At 1:30PM, the Nationwide Series takes to the track for their practice session. This live program will last until 3PM, at which time SPEED will present the Go or Go Home show reviewing the teams outside the Top 35 who have to make the race on time.
At 3:30PM, Mike Joy and the NASCAR on Fox crew begin coverage of live Sprint Cup qualifying. This show will continue until all cars have run, and then the Nationwide Series will once again take to the track for their final practice session.
SPEED has a flexible NASCAR Live show that is designed to bring the network to 7PM and the featured program of the night, Trackside. Steve Byrnes, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip should have a big crowd on-hand for this live show.
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