Friday, October 14, 2011
Live Blogging Nationwide Series From Charlotte (ESPN2 - 7PM ET)
It has been a long couple of days for Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. ESPN has put the team front and center this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now, after a four hour stint on the air the trio is about to call the Nationwide Series race. It might be time for some 5 Hour Energy drink to be delivered to the TV booth.
In two days of practice and qualifying, the Charlotte track has proven to be lightning fast. Tonight, temperatures are supposed to sink into the upper 50's by the middle portions of the race. It's a recipe for good racing.
Mike Massaro, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty are in the Infield Pit Studio for the thirty minute pre-race show. With Jamie Little and Vince Welch in Las Vegas for the final IndyCar race, Shannon Spake will join Dr. Jerry Punch and Dave Burns as pit reporters for the race.
This has been a rough year for the Nationwide Series that is getting rougher. Reed Sorenson was third in driver points when he was fired from Turner Motorsports and replaced in tonight's race by Brian Vickers. Kevin Harvick is closing his KHI operation and Carl Edwards is leaving the series to move to the Nationwide Series TV team next year.
In a familiar scenario, many expect current Sprint Cup Series drivers to dominate tonight. The scourge of the series is that on TV it often appears to be two very different groups of cars racing on the same track. The "haves" and the "have nots" are easy to pick-out.
ESPN produced the best Nationwide Series telecast since 2007 last weekend in Kansas. It should be interesting to see how the TV team follows that up in Charlotte. The potential is certainly there for an outstanding night of live NASCAR racing.
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