Monday, September 14, 2009
Mr. Excitement on SPEED, Craven on ESPN
Just a quick reminder that as we head down the stretch in the Sprint Cup Series, both ESPN and SPEED offer one hour Monday NASCAR programs.
First up is NASCAR Now on ESPN2. Allen Bestwick is back after a rough Monday for Nicole Manske last week. Bestwick has a great panel in Ricky Craven, Randy LaJoie and Ray Evernham.
This Monday show is the pride of the fleet for ESPN in terms of content and production. The network has spent a lot of money and made a lot of changes in the past three seasons. What you will see at 5PM ET on ESPN2 is the result.
Over on SPEED, the roller coaster ride that is This Week in NASCAR continues with yet another twist. With Michael Waltrip away on a trip to Italy it will be Mr. Excitement, Jimmy Spencer, filling-in on the panel.
Spencer will be joined by Chad Knaus and host Steve Byrnes. Spencer was an interesting choice for SPEED. Kenny Wallace has previous experience on this show, while both SPEED's Hermie Sadler and Phil Parsons are former drivers who now work in TV. Spencer was chosen for a reason and viewers will see how things work out at 8PM ET on SPEED.
Media Notes: Lots of email on Tony Eury Sr., who was involved in a car accident and spent the night in a local hospital. He is being released on Monday afternoon and expected to recover fully. Thanks to Mike Davis for the info.
This week's NASCAR TV schedule is being assembled on the right side of the main page. Put all plans for Saturday on hold, full day of action including the Whelen Modifieds and Camping World Trucks live on SPEED. The Mod race from New Hampshire may be the best of the weekend.
Looks like Fargo, ND was the only ABC market that cut-off the NASCAR pre and post-race for news. Seattle also had news scheduled, but made a change to NASCAR before air time. Outstanding cooperation this season from the ABC local stations.
This is the week that the Chase drivers go to NYC for a media tour. NASCAR Now will move to 5:30PM and run for an hour on Thursday. Mike Massaro will talk with the gang of 12 from the Hardrock Cafe.
No new updates on the possible daily motorsports TV show from SPEED for 2010. NASCAR Fan Council members were asked about a new show in a recent survey. SPEED says it is just exploring options. Let's hope those options include more motorsports and less towing.
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