ON TONIGHT’S INSIDE NASCAR:
“SPOTLIGHT” ON FOUR-TIME NASCAR SPRINT CUP CHAMPION JEFF GORDON; COLORFUL INTERVIEW WITH TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY PRESIDENT EDDIE GOSSAGE; ALL-ACCESS FOLLOWS FATHER-SON HAULER DUO
Plus The Panel dissects last weekend’s race in Phoenix
And what to expect this weekend in Texas
New Episodes Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 14, 2010) – This week Inside NASCAR premieres its newest weekly segment titled “SPOTLIGHT” featuring four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon. This original segment will profile one selected driver each week with an in-depth and revealing portrait of NASCAR’s hero athletes. Following Gordon, in the consecutive weeks to follow, SPOTLIGHT will feature Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (April 21), Jeff Burton (April 28), Tony Stewart (May 5), Mark Martin (May 12) and Martin Truex, Jr. (May 19) with many more to follow. Episode 8 premieres tonight, Wednesday, April 14, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
The panel is joined this week via satellite by Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage who is universally known as one of the wildest promoters in the sport. Hear what he has to say about his track and what to expect this weekend at the Samsung Mobile 500 in Fort Worth.
In this week’s All-Access segment, Paul and Jeff Icenhour take the Inside NASCAR cameras cross-country as they travel the lonesome highway to bring the #19 race team from their shop in Charlotte to the Phoenix International Raceway. This father-and-son duo is just one of many truck-drivers who bring the shop to the track every race week, making them one of the sport’s hidden heroes.
Did the best team win in Phoenix? The Inside NASCAR panel will discuss which teams made the right calls and which may have cost themselves the win with exclusive highlights from the Subway Fresh Fit 600.
Inside NASCAR is hosted by Chris Myers with analysts Brad Daugherty, Randy Pemberton and Michael Waltrip. Inside NASCAR is produced in conjunction with the NASCAR Media Group. New episodes will air on SHOWTIME Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for 38 weeks corresponding with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The co-executive producers are Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports and Jay Abraham, Chief Operating Officer, NASCAR Media Group. The executive in charge of production is Jim Jorden with Mike Wells acting as consulting director.
Episode 8 Quotes:
Discussing the excitement of the unpredictability of NASCAR race finishes
Waltrip: The Masters. I watched that golf tournament and it was pretty predictable for about six or seven holes where Phil Mickelson was gonna take home the green jacket. At Phoenix, I’m sitting there going, “What’s gonna happen if the caution flies?” And it flew! And it made everything crazy.
Daugherty: There’s going to be chaos whenever you have a restart. You have to be lucky and get yourself in position to take advantage of the chaos, whether it be someone spinning their tires in front of you or a crash or whatever.
Discussing the restart in Phoenix
Pemberton: So the point is with Jeff Gordon, he committed himself to the outside line. I think it was a mistake. If you commit yourself to the outside you better sail that thing in there (into turn1).
Waltrip: You would have seen an amazing finish if (Ryan) Newman couldn’t have cleared Jeff Gordon off turn 2.
Discussing the challenges of team hauler drivers who spend six days a week on the road
Waltrip: As we grow up through this world of racing we seem to be gone a lot. You know you’re on the road trying to race your car somewhere or another and you miss out on that family time. I love seeing families brought together by this great sport.
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