NASCAR on ESPN

NASCAR on ESPN
StarringJerry Punch
Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
Country of originUSA
Production
Running time4 hours
Broadcast
Original channelESPN, ABC (2007-)
NASCAR on ESPN is a series of NASCAR races that were broadcasted by the ESPN Broadcast (formerly ABC) and Cable networks from the early 1960s until 2000. ESPN resumed coverage of NASCAR with the Busch Series race at Daytona in February 2007.

History

ABC's involvement with NASCAR began in the days of ABC's Wide World of Sports, in which it presented some of the biggest races in stock car racing. One of its events was the Daytona 500. ABC showed the last half of the race, except in 1976 when it showed the first 30 laps and then came back for the wild finish, in which David Pearson edged out Richard Petty with both cars sliding sideways across the track. The race TV rights went to CBS Sports in 1979.

ESPN began showing NASCAR races in 1981, with the first event being at North Carolina Speedway. The last of its 265 telecasts (that number includes some on ABC Sports) was the 2000 Atlanta fall race (now the Pep Boys Auto 500).

2007 Coverage

Schedule

29 Busch Series races will air on ESPN2, the other six races will air on ABC. ESPN2 started its coverage with the Orbitz 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2007. ABC's first Busch race was the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas on March 10. The first NEXTEL Cup race telecast was the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 29 on ESPN. The next 5 races will air on ESPN and the Richmond race and the final 10 races (which are called the Chase for the Nextel Cup) will air on ABC.

Each race telecast will begin with NASCAR Countdown. Brent Musburger will host, with Brad Daugherty and Tim Brewer providing commentary and Shannon Spake filing reports.

In addition to the races, ESPN2 will air a daily show called NASCAR Now, which is similar to Baseball Tonight and NFL Primetime. It will air Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET, with Erik Kuselias hosting. The show premiered on February 5, 2007.

It had earlier been reported that Rusty Wallace was not allowed to cover the Busch Series races due to a conflict of interest rule, as he also owns the #66 team in that series. However, as listed below, Wallace is one of the main analysts, but for only 25 of the 35 races. Dale Jarrett is on hand for the other 10 races; the first of those was the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14.

Production

All races are presented in high-definition, and all cameras, including those in the race cars, are capable of sending out HD pictures.

At the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 20, NASCAR on ESPN unveiled a new feature, "Full Throttle". In this feature, which takes part at the start of the race and on many restarts, the audio is provided by various team communications between drivers, crew chiefs, and spotters. Typically, this lasts for about one lap.

Miscellany

At both the Phoenix and Talladega races, the entire broadcast booth (Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Jarrett) consisted of graduates of Newton-Conover High School in North Carolina. On April 20, they wore orange and maroon ribbons to honor the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre the previous Monday.

Missing end to Food City 250

On August 24, 2007, the final five laps of the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway were not televised by ESPN2. The reason was that a satellite uplink path was somehow eliminated, preventing the master control at the network headquarters (ironically in Bristol, Connecticut; the track is in Bristol, Tennessee) from re-transmitting the event to cable and satellite providers. Instead, viewers saw a blank screen, then the ESPN2 logo "screensaver," then some commercials. By the time the problem was rectified, the race was over, with Kasey Kahne as the winner. Jerry Punch, the lap-by-lap announcer, apologized for the error immediately and the final two laps were shown on replay unedited. In addition, the first rebroadcast showed the same laps as they were intended to be broadcast - with on-screen ticker and GEICO sponsorship bug - just after 4:30 a.m. ET the next morning. An ESPN spokesman blamed a "human error" of an unspecified nature.[1]
See also: Heidi Game

Ultimate NASCAR

In addition to race coverage, ESPN has aired a series of programs called Ultimate NASCAR. The series began in April 2007, when the network began to air a series of 100 one-minute vignettes highlighting NASCAR's most important moments as selected by a panel of experts. The vignettes aired every day until July 29. These moments are also recounted in a companion book published by the network.[2]

In July 2007, ESPN aired a series of related documentaries. Three of them were countdown shows, ranking the greatest drivers, races, and rivalries in the sport's history. The other shows were "The Explosion" (a general overview), "The Dirt" (the origins of NASCAR), "The Cars" (the evolution of the NASCAR race car), and "The Families" (an in-depth look at the Allison, Earnhardt and Petty families).

Entertainment

On November 2, 2006, it was announced that Aerosmith would be collaborating with NASCAR on ESPN on its 2007 coverage. The band recorded a special live version of its song "Back In The Saddle", as "an integral part of the network's NASCAR telecasts in 2007." [1] The song is typically played on the telecast between the national anthem and the command to start the engines, and is also on a video package on NASCAR Now on Monday evenings.

Two celebrities have so far appeared as part of race coverage, mimicking a weekly feature of Monday Night Football: actor James Denton of Desperate Housewives at Indianapolis, and legendary recording artist Stevie Wonder at the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway.

As part of coverage of the 2007 Pennsylvania 500, Rihanna sang "Shut Up and Drive" over a themed music video.

First-half Lineup variations

In order to reduce the workload of announcers during the first half of the season, ESPN constantly changes the lineup of those who cover the activities on the race track. Since the season-opener at Daytona in February, ESPN has used three different lap-by-lap announcers (Punch, Marty Reid, and Allen Bestwick), four different color commentators (Wallace, Petree, Jarrett, and Randy Lajoie), eight different pit reporters (Bestwick, Dave Burns, Gary Gerould, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Marty Smith, Spake, and Vince Welch), six infield studio hosts (Musburger, Bestwick, Massaro, Chris Fowler, Erik Kuselias, and Suzy Kolber), and at least four infield studio analysts (Daugherty, Brewer, Wallace, and Ray Evernham). Three times during the season, the network did not use an infield studio for NASCAR Countdown, during the split races (where Nextel Cup and Busch Series are in different venues during the same weekend). Also, none of the talent has been at every race. Daugherty had the longest streak, being at every race until the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway on June 16.

The main booth will remain the same for all Nextel Cup races.

The exact team to be used at each race is listed in an ESPN press release on this page.

See below for a more detailed list of announcers and their roles.

Announcers (starting in 2007)

Studio

Hosts Analysts Reporters Correspondents

Race Coverage

Booth Commentary All Nextel Cup Races Selected Busch Series races, mostly first half of season
  • Dale Jarrett: (analyst, 2007-present) 10 Busch Series races, Cup races where he DNQ's
  • Marty Reid: (lap-by-lap, 2007-present) 6 Busch Series races
  • Allen Bestwick: (lap-by-lap, 2007-present) Select Busch Series races
  • Randy LaJoie: (analyst, 2007-present) Busch Series non-companion events
Regular Pit Reporters Fill In Pit Reporters
  • Vince Welch: (pit reporter, 2007-present) Select Busch Series races
  • Shannon Spake: (pit reporter, 2007-present) Select Busch/Cup races
  • Jack Arute: (pit reporter, Busch Series at ORP only)
  • Marty Smith: (pit reporter, Busch Series at Montreal only)
  • Gary Gerould: (pit reporter, Busch Series at Montreal only)

See also

References

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Jerry Punch, M.D. (born August 20, 1953) is an auto racing and college football commentator on ESPN. Dr. Punch also does local radio spots in Knoxville.

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Russell William "Rusty" Wallace (born August 14, 1956 in Fenton, Missouri) is a former NASCAR champion, NASCAR Busch Series car owner, and television broadcaster with ESPN and ESPN on ABC. Wallace had his first live broadcast of the Indy 500 on May 28, 2006.
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Andy Petree (born August 15, 1958 in Hickory, North Carolina), is a long-time fixture in NASCAR. After racing for years at local short track(most notably Hickory Motor Speedway), Andy became part owner of the #32 Busch Series car for Dale Jarrett.
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Motto
"In God We Trust"   (since 1956)
"E Pluribus Unum"   ("From Many, One"; Latin, traditional)
Anthem
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ESPN

Type Cable Television Network
Country  United States
Availability    National ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network
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ESPN on ABC is the brand used for sports programming on the ABC television network. On September 2, 2006, the former ABC Sports division was fully integrated into ESPN, which, like ABC, is controlled by The Walt Disney Company.
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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ESPN

Type Cable Television Network
Country  United States
Availability    National ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network
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ABC's Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. As the title suggests, it aired on the ABC Television Network.

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Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing found mainly in the United States and Great Britain held largely on oval rings of between approximately a quarter-mile and 2.66 miles (about 0.4 to 4.2 kilometres) in length, but also raced occasionally on road courses.
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Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is one of four restrictor plate races on the Cup schedule. In 2008, the race will celebrate its 50th running.
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David Pearson (born December 22, 1934 in Whitney, South Carolina) is a former American NASCAR racecar champion.

Known as the "Silver Fox", he debuted on the Grand National racing circuit in 1960 and earned Rookie of the Year honors that same season.
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Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver. "The King," as he is nicknamed, is most well-known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt is the only other driver to accomplish this feat),winning a record 200 races
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CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States.

CBS Sports broadcasts programs like NFL on CBS, The NFL Today, Southeastern Conference football, NCAA basketball, PGA golf, and professional tennis.
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North Carolina Speedway is a racetrack located in Rockingham, North Carolina. It is affectionately known as "The Rock" and hosted NASCAR events from 1965 to 2004, and has proposed hosting Automobile Racing Club of America series races starting in 2008.
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ESPN on ABC is the brand used for sports programming on the ABC television network. On September 2, 2006, the former ABC Sports division was fully integrated into ESPN, which, like ABC, is controlled by The Walt Disney Company.
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The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 13 and ended on Sunday November 20. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Bobby Labonte was crowned champion at season's end.

2000 Team Chart

List of full time teams after race 5 of 2000.
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Atlanta Motor Speedway (formerly Atlanta International Raceway) is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, twenty miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. It is a 1.54-mile (2.48 km) quad-oval track with a seating capacity of over 125,000. It opened in 1960 as a 1.5 mile standard oval.
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The Pep Boys Auto 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia.

From 1987 until 2001, the race was scheduled as the final race of the NASCAR season, and typically the event in which the champion was decided.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1981
No. of teams 25
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States
 Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR.
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ESPN2

Type Cable Television Network
Country United States
Availability    National
Owner ESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company)
Launch date October 1, 1993
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The Camping World 300 presented by Chevrolet is the first race of the NASCAR Busch Series season, held at Daytona International Speedway. It is held the day before the Daytona 500, and is considered the most prestigious event on the Busch Series calendar.
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Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is a 2.5 mile (4 km) tri-oval race track facility with a seating capacity of 168,000 spectators.
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February 17 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

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The Sam's Town 300 is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Since the race's inception the race has been on Cable with the last six years on FX. This year's race moved to network television with ABC showing the race.
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March 10 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, formerly known from 1994 to 2004 as the Brickyard 400, is an annual 400-mile (644 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup points race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
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July 29 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

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NASCAR Countdown is a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series prerace show that debuted on February 17, 2007. It is a live on-site pre-race show for all NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.
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