Today’s Special


NBC scores big in first NASCAR broadcast since 2006

Motorsport.com states: Talk about baptism under fire: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400, NBC’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup broadcast since 2006, finally signed off at 3:04 a.m., but any fan who made it to the last hour and turned off the TV missed a stunning finale.

Not just because of the wrenching finish-line crash that sent Austin Dillon into the catch fence, and one fan to the hospital due to injuries from flying debris, but because the final 25 laps were some of the best action we’ve seen this year.

The 200-mph chess game that is restrictor plate racing did not fail to serve up plenty of drama, even after a rain delay of more than three hours. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., was clearly the class of the field from the drop of the green flag, challenged only by Jimmie Johnson, and even that challenge seemed ineffective. Would Earnhardt prevail, or would challengers somehow mount a sufficient head of steam to pass him in the draft? No contest: Earnhardt’s car had so much power, and handled so well, that it was in the end one of the most dominating performances of his career, leaving hot drivers like Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. in the dust.

Read about production details further in the story at http://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/nbc-scores-big-in-first-nascar-broadcast-since-2006/