Friday, May 2, 2008

In-Progress At Richmond: Nationwide Race on ESPN Classic and SPEED

Here we go with another interesting moment in NASCAR TV history.

Tonight at 7PM, both ESPN Classic and SPEED will present their own versions of thirty minute pre-race programs for the same event.

Then, at 7:30PM Eastern Time, both ESPN Classic and SPEED will carry the Nationwide Series race from Richmond. The race will be produced with ESPN announcers, graphics and all of the other ESPN identifiers. SPEED will carry the ESPN production for the entire race.

It will be Allen Bestwick hosting NASCAR Countdown on ESPN Classic at 7PM. Joining him in the Infield Pit Studio will be Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. Over on SPEED, it will be John Roberts hosting their pre-race show which will be produced as NASCAR Live. Bob Dillner and Randy Pemberton will report for that program.

When the networks join together for the ESPN telecast of the race, it will be veteran Marty Reid hosting the program. Wallace will be the lead analyst, and joining them will be Andy Petree in the booth.

Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake and Jamie Little will be the pit reporters for the race. This track is very different from Talladega, so the struggles in the pit will be interesting to watch.

This site will host your comments for the Nationwide Series race from Richmond on both ESPN Classic and SPEED. To add your comments, simply click on the COMMENTS button below and follow the easy instructions. The rules for posting are on the right side of the main page. This should be an interesting night.