NASCAR Announces Touring Series TV Plans For This Season
Camping World East and West Races, and a Pair of Mod Tour Shows, Will Be on Air
Millions tuned in Sunday for the Daytona 500 to watch drivers like Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and David Gilliland – all of whom used the NASCAR Camping World Series to help launch their careers. NASCAR fans will get the opportunity to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars of tomorrow throughout the 2008 season thanks to a comprehensive television broadcast schedule announced today by NASCAR for its developmental series.
The 2008 schedule features television coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Series live on HDNet and enhanced replays on SPEED.
“This year all the thrills and excitement of the NASCAR Camping World Series will be available to NASCAR fans across the countrty,” said NASCAR Managing Director of Racing Operations George Silbermann. “They will be able to catch all the action as the NASCAR stars of tomorrow battle it out from coast to coast.”
The television schedule allows fans across the country to see some of the top future talent in NASCAR. The NASCAR Camping World Series races on a variety of top short tracks, speedways and road courses across the country, and features a championship schedule on both the East and West Coast.
High definition pioneer HDNet will broadcast 16 races, continuing a partnership with NASCAR that began five years ago and provided the NASCAR Camping World Series with its first live television package. HDNet coverage will begin March 29 with the NASCAR Camping World Series opener at All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. It includes the first eight races of the NASCAR Camping World Series West season, as well as the season-finale Oct. 18 at the new Kern County track in Bakersfield, Calif. The NASCAR Camping World Series East broadcast schedule on HDNet will pick up with the July 19 race at Music City Motorplex in Nashville and run through the final seven races of the season, culminating with the live broadcast at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway Sept. 28.
HDNet’s broadcast schedule will also include the mid-season combination race between the East and the West at Iowa Speedway May 18. Last year, viewers watched then 16-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Joey Logano out-race 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick in a thrilling back-and-forth, race-long duel.
"HDNet is proud to continue this successful partnership with the NASCAR Camping World Series," said Mark Cuban, president and co-founder of HDNet. "NASCAR's stars of tomorrow have given us some great action over the years and we can't wait to offer race fans more of the same on HDNet this season!"
In addition, SPEED’s enhanced replays will carry 24 races as part of its Racing Across America series, re-airing all 16 of HDNet’s live events while originally producing eight others.
The NASCAR Camping World East and West tours will both be on TV this year - along with a pair of NASCAR Whelen Modified events (Bottom - Rick Ibsen Photo)
SPEED will provide coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Series East opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C. on April 19. SPEED will also broadcast the NASCAR Camping World Series East races from South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as well as the NASCAR Camping World Series West second race at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.
SPEED’s schedule also includes live coverage of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. A date and site for the prestigious event, which has grown into the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing’ in just five short years, will be announced at a later date.
“Being able to show 24 races from the NASCAR Camping World Series, including the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, gives SPEED the opportunity to offer NASCAR fans a look into the future,” said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Production & Network Operations. “Saturday night short tracks are the heart of all forms of racing. This is where tomorrow’s NASCAR stars get their start.”
In addition to coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Series, SPEED will air enhanced replays of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire International Speedway on June 28 and the combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sept. 21.