Friday, June 11, 2010
Nationwide Series Finally Gets Some Online Support
The little engine that could is still out there and this week the Nationwide Series teams head to Kentucky Speedway for a stand-alone show. The race will be telecast Saturday on ESPN, but the TV news is actually about the drivers' meeting.
NASCAR.com is going to televise the drivers' meeting live online using the Internet rights held by the Turner Sports folks. This could be the start of something big.
Here is the official info:
NASCAR.COM and Nationwide Insurance announced today the first live webcast of a drivers’ meeting will be available for free at NASCARnationwideseries.com on Saturday, June 12 at 6:45 p.m. ET.
NASCAR fans will be able to see their favorite NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers and listen to the important pre-race information and rules review NASCAR delivers to all teams prior to the start of this year’s Meijer 300 presented by Ritz, from Kentucky Speedway.
“Nationwide Insurance is proud to partner with Turner Sports and NASCAR to be the first to offer race fans a behind-the-scenes look at the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers’ meeting through a free webcast on the official website of the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said John Aman of Nationwide Insurance.
To take part in this historic event, visit NASCARnationwideseries.com on Saturday, June 12th and register for the free webcast.
We have talked many times about the lack of online support for the Nationwide and Camping Truck Series. Perhaps, this is the start of putting live timing and scoring for all the on-track sessions online along with team radio scanners.
As we know from the last several years, the Nationwide Series gets completely plowed under by ESPN come September when college football begins play on Saturdays. Combined with the fact that ESPN also televises the Sprint Cup Series races starting in late July, the poor old Nationwide Series gets shuffled to the back burner.
Adding any online live video streaming would be a plus, but focusing on the drivers' meeting on this stand-alone race day is a good first move. Hopefully, we will see the NASCARnationwideseries.com website begin to grow and develop into a dedicated place for fans to get live pre and post-race video and online highlights.
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