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Bestwick, Briscoe to Expand Roles in ESPNís NASCAR Coverage
Allen Bestwick and Nicole Briscoe, two veterans of ESPNís NASCAR coverage team, will have expanded roles as ESPNís telecasts of the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of the season begin next week.
Bestwick, who has filled a variety of positions since ESPN returned to live NASCAR event coverage in 2007, will move into the booth as the lap-by-lap announcer for all ESPN NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts, including races, practices and qualifying. He will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree when ESPN starts its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 31.
Briscoe, who has been a host and reporter for ESPN2ís daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now since joining ESPN in 2008, and a fill-in host for the pre-race NASCAR Countdown show since 2010, will become the regular NASCAR Countdown host for all NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series telecasts on ESPN. Briscoe will work with analysts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN Pit Studio at racetracks. Bestwick has been in the NASCAR Countdown host role since midway through the 2007 season.
Marty Reid, who has been primary lap-by-lap announcer for ESPNís coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2009, and for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010, will continue to call NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecasts on ESPN as well as practice and qualifying telecasts. In addition, Reid also will continue as lap-by-lap announcer for ESPNís coverage of five races in the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, with the next event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Aug. 14.
"We are blessed with a talented and versatile group of NASCAR commentators," said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. "We believe this arrangement best plays to our individual and collective strengths.Ē
Since joining ESPN in 2007, Bestwick has worked as a pit reporter and host and has called some races in the lap-by-lap announcer position. In addition to his new duties in the booth, he will continue as the main host and moderator for the Monday roundtable discussion edition of NASCAR Now. The program features a panel of three racing experts who discuss and debate the latest NASCAR news in a one-hour format.
Bestwick has extensive experience in both radio and television, having started his NASCAR career in 1986 as a turn announcer for MRN Radio. He worked for MRN for nearly 15 years and was the lap-by-lap announcer from 1988-2000, as well as host of the networkís daily news program. He made his television debut in 1995 on the original NASCAR Today program on ESPN and joined SPEED in 1996 as the host of a weekly NASCAR show, a post he held for 10 years. He started pit reporting for TBS and TNT in 1997 and was part of NBC and TNTís NASCAR coverage from 2001-2006, both as a pit reporter and lap-by-lap announcer.
Before joining ESPN, Briscoe worked for two years as co-host of a motorsports news program on SPEED. Previously, she was a sports reporter at a TV station in Indianapolis, where she was first exposed to auto racing through covering the Indianapolis 500. She later worked as a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network on the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 as well as IZOD IndyCar Series race broadcasts before joining SPEED in 2006. She started her TV career as a general assignment reporter in Rockford, Ill., and also worked in TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., before moving to Indianapolis in 2004. With her new duties, she will continue as a NASCAR Now host on a limited basis.
Well, this is good news, I think. Reid wasn't bad, but he had a little bit of the Ken Squier syndrome: when the director changed the shot, if he didn't know what was going on he just made something up (so you'd get "and here's Earnhardt passing Hamlin" when anyone paying attention knew Hamlin had run Earnhardt down from 10 cars back, and the pass was happening in the opposite direction). Whats-is-name on the TNT broadcasts tends to have the same problem. Bestwick seems to be good at either knowing what's going on, or just not saying anything when he doesn't.
I'm happy enough to have Reid stay on the Indycar broadcasts, too. I think highly of Bob Jenkins, who does the coverage for Versus, but it seems to me he is slipping a little, perhaps due to age, so increasing his workload probably would backfire...so I won't suggest ESPN should try and hire him for their share of the IRL broadcasts.
Wow. Hell is going to freeze over. Someone at a network used common sense.
Allen Bestwick, in my opinion, has great track awareness and is able to supply the correct context (usually) for what we are seeing on the screen. That should really improve ESPN's Cup telecasts.
Great news! (of course, now I'm daydreaming about hearing Allen, Kyle and Wally calling the races...)
I've said for years that Bestwick is as good as there is save for Mike Joy. There never was any reason (other than political) to have taken him out of the booth in the first place so it's good that someone finally came to their senses and put him back in.
Yes!!! I am so happy to hear that Allen will be in the booth!! IMO Allen is the best of the Nascar broadcast bunch right now... he's professional and has vast knowledge of the sport!
Finally!!!! Someone with some common sense put Allen where it improves the show.
So, I see (changing the subject entirely) that Ryan Newman has been disqualified at Loudon, and the win has been given to Todd Szegedy (apoligies if I misspelled that).
Raises a whole bunch o' questions, that does.
Sanity reigns at ESPN! Nobody better than Bestwick...
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Feb 23 Daytona FOX 1pm
Mar 02 Phoenix FOX 3pm
Mar 09 Las Vegas FOX 3pm
Mar 16 Bristol FOX 1pm
Mar 24 Fontana FOX 3pm
Mar 30 Martinsvl FOX 1pm
Apr 06 Texas FOX 7:30pm
Apr 12 Darlington FOX 1pm
Apr 20 OFF (Easter)
Apr 26 Richmond FOX 7:30pm
May 04 Talladega FOX 1pm
May 10 Kansas FOX 7:00pm
May 17 All Star SPEED 7:30p
May 25 Charlotte FOX 6:00pm
Jun 01 Dover FOX 1pm
Jun 08 Pocono TNT 1pm
Jun 15 Michigan TNT 1pm
Jun 22 Sonoma TNT 3pm
Jun 28 Kentucky TNT 7:30pm
Jul 05 Daytona TNT 7:30pm
Jul 13 New Hampshr TNT 1pm
Jul 21 OFF
Jul 27 Indianapolis ESPN 1pm
Aug 03 Pocono ESPN 1pm
Aug 10 WatGlen ESPN 1pm
Aug 17 Michigan ESPN 1pm
Aug 23 Bristol ABC 7:30pm
Aug 31 Atlanta ESPN 7:30pm
Sep 06 Richmond ABC 7:30pm
The Challenger Round Sep 14 Chicago ESPN 2pm
Sep 21 New Hampshr ESPN 2pm
Sep 28 Dover ESPN 2pm
The Contender Round Oct 05 Kansas ESPN 2pm
Oct 11 Charlotte ABC 7:30pm
Oct 19 Talladega ESPN 2pm
The Eliminator Round Oct 26 Martinsvl ESPN 1:30pm
Nov 02 Texas ESPN 3pm
Nov 09 Phoenix ESPN 3pm
The Championship Nov 16 Homestead ESPN 3pm
When I was a little girl, growing up in Southern California, my grandma would come visit from Indiana for three months a year to get away from the Indiana winters. Oh, the stories I could tell and the memories I have of Grandma's annual visits. But one of my fondest memories is of Grandma's penchant for See's Candy. There are few stores outside of the west coast, so I remember going to the candy store to order something special with my mom, to be shipped to Indiana. Whether it was Mother's Day, Grandma's birthday, or if it had just been awhile, my mom would kindly send candy to her mother-in-law half way across the country.
When she came to visit, there'd be a box waiting for her in the top drawer of the dresser in the spare room where she'd stay, and very rarely, she'd share a piece with me. I think the rarity of the occasion made it all the more special.
It wasn't until I moved to Nebraska that I really missed seeing See's Candy stores. Nuts & Chews. That was the special mix we'd always get in the box. And the square lollypops? There's nothing like them anywhere else. Caramel and chocolate and vanilla. If you've never had See's Candy, you should try a box. I promise you'll be glad you did. I recommend the Nuts & Chews, of course, so that's the picture I've posted for you. Click it and you'll see more. Great for gifts, but even better to order your own box. And if you hide it in the top dresser drawer, I won't tell anyone where it is. -Carol