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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SPORTING EVENT MARRIAGE PROPOSAL FAIL

Let this video be a lesson to all of you would-be Sporting Event Romeos. Many women do not appreciate being proposed to in front of thousands of people. Hence, the reaction of "Blueshirt Bride" Melissa at this New York Rangers game. Happy Valentine's Day, dude.Oprah is an idiot (The Sporting Blog)The 30 hottest fictional cheerleaders (Bleacher Report)Who wants to be a Bellator Ring Girl? (Cage Potato) 5 not-so-inspirational Winter Olympic moments (Gunaxin)Brief history of pretty m ...

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CHECKER O’REILLY AUTO PARTS 500 TV AND START TIME

Checker O'Reilly 500 Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International RacewayChase race: No. 9Date: Sun., Nov. 15, 2009TV: 2:30 PM ET on ABCRace time: 3:30 PMFavorite: Jimmie JohnsonThe week in review:Dale Earnhardt Jr. stepped out at the Country Music AwardsThis awesome Man Cave happenedPatrick Reynolds gave five good reasons why the Sprint Cup needs a dirt raceCarl Edwards went on The Price is Right and gave away ... a new car!!!Our own Jay W. Pennell made some of the best young drivers in the country ...

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GET IT TOGETHER, ESPN

ESPN's coverage of the Sprint Cup on ABC is so lackluster, I imagine there are no unscathed walls left in Daly Planet editor John Daly's home. He has punched his fist through all of them. That's right. The normally reasonable NASCAR TV blogger's house is a maze of cottage cheese walls, kicked-in doors and broken dreams. The dog won't go near him on race day. The neighbors moved out after Bristol. The pizza delivery guy leaves his pies on the curb. Typical Daly in-race Tweet:"I will hammer-p ...

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CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400 RACE TIME AND TV

Chevy Rock 'N Roll 400 at Richmond International RacewayDate: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 TV: ABC at 7 pm ET Race time: 7:30 pm ET Favorite: Denny Hamlin Defending champ: Jimmie Johnson The week in review: Everyone is pregnant    Chris M. asked some famous bubbles which bubble boys would emerge this weekendA woman who was born as a hermaphrodite wants to race again Robby Gordon kept his strong hold on the FLOPPER awardMath stud Dale Watermill said B ...

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PEP BOYS AUTO 500 RACE TIME AND TV INFO

Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 TV: ESPN at 7 pm ET Race time: 7:45 pm ET Favorite: Jimmie Johnson Defending champ: Carl Edwards The week in review:Erin Crocker and Ray Evernham got hitchedSteven Wallace tried to wreck every car in Montreal's Nationwide raceWe launched this cool Richard Petty contest (you can still play!)Stats maven Dale Watermill taught NASCAR teams how to win a title in four easy steps Steve Wingate ranked the 10 best ...

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