NASCAR DRIVERS INK TV DEALS

This week NASCAR traveled to Hollywood where several drivers took the opportunity to meet with network execs and sign deals for their own shows. In the face of declining ratings for races, NASCAR officials hope the cross-over appeal of NASCAR drivers in scripted TV will boost its appeal. NBC's attempt to infuse its fall lineup with NASCAR programming failed, but experts feel now is the time.Here's a closer look at some of the TV deals now in development.While driving from Daytona to Charlotte, K ...

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RACE HUB SNEAK PEEK ON SPEED TV

 SPEED has a new show called RACE HUB, which airs Monday through Thursday at 7pm ET/4pm PT. The reason I mention it is that SPEED has put some behind-the-scenes footage online, and this stuff is fun to watch, especially if you're into the unintentionally awkward comedy of Brad Keselowski.  The background: RACE HUB  is a nightly report that aims to bring viewers close to the inner workings of NASCAR. It is a source of NASCAR news and information, plus conversations with tho ...

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A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT ESPN’S LIVE NASCAR COVERAGE

By JOE DONATELLI and CHRIS M.FONTANA, Calif. _ Living in Los Angeles, we’ve spent a little time on the sets of television shows. You can always count on a few things at TV tapings, and one of them is the punishing heat of studio lights. Those lights are the reason why, when audience members attend their first taping of, say, The Late Show with David Letterman in New York, they are surprised at how cold the room is. The director keeps the temperature low because no one wants to watch actor ...

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NASCAR FANS VOTE REPUBLICAN, BUT YOU KNEW THAT ALREADY

 Sarah Palin’s next stop … The Masters? The National Journal reports that a new study gleaned from interviews with hundreds of thousands of Americans finds that NASCAR is the third-most popular sport among Republican TV viewers. The study examined the correlation between viewers' favorite sports and their voting habits. The PGA Tour finished first among Republican voters. That is not much of a shock. I thought for sure NASCAR would be at least No. 2, but no. College footba ...

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JAMIE MCMURRAY ON LETTERMAN

Jamie McMurray and David Letterman talk potholes on the Late Show following McMurray's Daytona 500 win. Good stuff from McMurray, who plays along well with Letterman. ...

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