Saturday, August 20, 2011
Live Blogging Nationwide Series from Montreal (ESPN - 2PM ET)
This road course race from Montreal is always interesting. First, it often rains although the weather today is clear. Secondly, there are a lot of Canadian road course ringers, so it kind of makes for a race within a race.
If the final laps of this are run under caution, it sometimes turns into an exercise in who can spin who on the final lap to win. Sometimes, it's just not pretty.
ESPN provided no coverage of practice or qualifying. The B-team of Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace and Ricky Craven will provide the coverage. Down on pit road will be Shannon Spake, Jim Nobile and Rick DeBruhl.
Road course coverage mandates that the director follow the leader and then jump backward to any incidents on the track. Hopefully, ESPN uses a lot of split-screen coverage today for things like green flag pitstops, soundbites and pit interviews.
It's hard to lose track of the leaders and then suddenly snap back to them on-camera. The only thing that helps to restore a sense of perspective is an aerial view. The scenery is beautiful and the crowd at the track is legendary for enjoying hardcore racing.
There are several NNS regulars running for the points championship who will have to be rather careful today. There are many drivers who appear in the NNS only on road courses and their only agenda is to win.
Danica Patrick is in the race, had told the media she will have no comment on her NASCAR future and will start 25th of 43 cars.
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