Sunday, February 1, 2009
Anyone Watching "NASCAR 39/10?"
The big 2008 Sprint Cup Series recap show produced by The NASCAR Media Group is called NASCAR 39/10: Reviewing the 60th Season.
SPEED has been airing this program on Wednesday and Thursday of the past several weeks at noon Eastern Time. Did we mention noon?
Needless to say, for most of us the only option is to try and remember to record the ten shows. Since each show is three hours in length, the commitment to watch them all is sometimes a bit tough.
As it turns out, each program in the series has proven to be fun and very entertaining. Instead of just on-track COT highlights, the shows feature content from all the different NASCAR TV and radio partners.
Fans are just as likely to hear Dave Moody and the MRN gang or see Bill Weber and Kyle Petty from TNT as they are the infamous "voice-over announcer." The series producers also used lots of content from preview and review shows like RaceDay and Victory Lane.
Some of the moments from the SPEED Stage and infield studio shows are just as memorable as the actual racing or the crew chief and spotter footage. This blend turned-out to be just the right way to craft a very large TV review series of this kind.
Each program does have an on-camera host who appears several times, but the stars of the show are the voices and faces from last season. This is truly a memorable review of the ebb-and-flow of an interesting and sometimes confusing NASCAR year.
As we mentioned earlier, the only drawback to this TV series is that it does not re-air on SPEED. Catch it at noon on a weekday or it is gone. Unable to push aside PINKS, Wrecked and Unique Whips, SPEED could not give NASCAR even one night a week in primetime for this project.
Next week there will be the last three episodes of this series, which should be well worth recording and viewing. On Wednesday at noon the highlights of the September races at Richmond, Loudon, Dover and Kansas will be featured.
On Thursday there will be a doubleheader opening the monster overload of NASCAR programming on SPEED during Speedweeks. The noon episode will feature the October races in Talladega, Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta. The final episode at 3PM will round-out the year with a review of Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. That show will also offer a wrap-up of the 2008 season.
If you have been following this series, please let us now what you think about how it was presented. If you have not, please let us know the reasons why.
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