Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Your Turn: ESPN Monday Coverage From Watkins Glen

Time to let you discuss the Monday NASCAR TV coverage without my comments being first. This is the time of the season when tempers are tight and Monday makes the week even longer.

ESPN offers a smaller telecast team on a Monday race. The Infield Pit Studio and the Tech Garage are gone. There is no pre-race show and the coverage is focused on the racing.

It was Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree in the announce booth. Punch handled the play-by-play coverage with Jarrett and Petree combining on the analysis. Jarrett brings his veteran driver perspective, while Petree has been both a crew chief and owner.

On pit road was Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Dave Burns and Vince Welch. This group is making the transition from covering the Nationwide Series all season long to adding the Cup races to their assignments.

These days, NASCAR fans have several different sources of information about the live race in addition to the TV coverage. Online scoring, realtime NASCAR.com information, official NASCAR updates on Twitter and the live radio coverage are all available.

This puts fans in a position of comparing the TV coverage to the other information and content they are getting from these various forms of communication technology.

So, for this Monday road course event we are going to let the TDP readers offer comments first on their viewing experience watching the ESPN coverage. Please offer an overview of what technology you used to view the event and how you feel ESPN followed the action and kept you informed.

To add your opinion, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thank you for taking the time out of your Monday to read The Daly Planet.