Friday, July 11, 2008

In-Progress From Chicagoland: "NASCAR Countdown" And Nationwide Series Race on ESPN

It will be big brother ESPN that hosts the Nationwide Series from Chicagoland on Saturday night. It will be NASCAR Countdown at 7:30 and race coverage at 8PM Eastern Time.

Allen Bestwick will be hosting the pre-race coverage from the Infield Pit Studio. He will be joined by Brad Daugherty and Rusty Wallace. This week there should be plenty to talk about between the three NASCAR series.

Wallace is going upstairs this Friday to call the action after finishing his pre-race duties. Dale Jarrett has the weekend off. Wallace will be joined by Dr. Jerry Punch calling the action and Andy Petree as the second analyst. This is the final race before ESPN adds the Sprint Cup Series to its coverage for the rest of the season.

On pit road will be Dave Burns, Shannon Spake and Jamie Little. Mike Massaro has the weekend off, however he will be joining Ray Evernham and Boris Said for the one hour edition of NASCAR Now on Monday. Also in Chicagoland, Tim Brewer will be reporting from the Tech Center.

The race should be exciting with a good group of cross-over drivers from the Cup series going against the Nationwide regulars. Viewers should watch the interaction between Jerry Punch and Allen Bestwick throughout the telecast. Punch has been having a tough time calling the action and this telecast without Dale Jarrett should be a tough test.

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