Friday, July 18, 2008

In-Progress On Friday: Practice Sessions And "NASCAR Now"

This is the week of transition for NASCAR fans as the reality of the second half of the season begins. This weekend on TV there is no Jimmy Spencer or Rutledge Wood. Memories of Bill Weber and Wally Dallenbach have begun to fade.

With the Sprint Cup Series parked, it will be the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series working hard to get the attention of the fans on Saturday night. The warm-up for the big show will be coverage of practice sessions for both series on Friday.

A thirty minute version of NASCAR Now will begin the coverage at 6PM on ESPN2. Look for previews of both races and updates on the on-going NASCAR news stories. Coverage of the NCTS practice from Kentucky is up next at 6:30PM on SPEED with ESPN2 following closely at 7PM with the Nationwide Series from Gateway.

ESPN's broadcast team will be Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Allen Beswick, Brad Daugherty and Tim Brewer have the weekend off. DJ Copp will be filling-in for Brewer, Punch will handle the pre-race show. SPEED puts Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip in the booth for the Trucks.

Just a reminder that live ARCA action is on-tap at 8PM on SPEED to end the night.

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