Saturday, July 23, 2011
The Nationwide Series returns to the regulars vs. the cross-overs this weekend as the Sprint Cup Series is off. Brad Keselowski topped the cross-overs to put his car on the pole in qualifying. Carl Edwards is also in the race.
ESPN has the small crew contingent in place for this stand-alone race. No Infield Studio and perhaps Mr. Brewer's expert analysis might be pre-recorded. Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree are the trio in the booth. Dr. Jerry Punch, Dave Burns and Vince Welch are on pit road.
Nashville is not expecting a very big crowd. ESPN should have single groove racetrack that changes from the heat of the day to finish under the lights. The racing is always tactical and sometimes comes down to calls on pit road to determine the winner.
No doubt the regulars will be ready to go. Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier lead a pretty strong group contending for the season driver points championship. That battle should be a strong part of the telecast.
Often, ESPN is torn between paying attention to the big Cup stars and keeping fans of the series up to date on all the teams. It should be interesting to watch and see what approach is taken during the pre-race and the actual event.
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