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« on: January 06, 2009, 07:42:28 PM »

I'm certainly glad to hear that ESPN has not caved into certain groups calling for the removal of Jerry Punch from the Cup broadcasts.  Glad to hear Allen will still be doing the Monday Roundtable on NASCAR Now.

From Jayski:

"Expanded Roles for Massaro, Reid, Welch on ESPN: Three veterans of ESPNís motorsports team, Mike Massaro, Marty Reid and Vince Welch, will have new NASCAR responsibilities on ESPN in 2009.
Massaro, who has been a NASCAR pit reporter the past two years, will join Nicole Manske and Allen Bestwick as host of NASCAR Now, ESPN2ís daily NASCAR news and information program. Massaro and Manske will share the primary host role on a rotating basis, while Bestwick will continue as host of the Monday roundtable discussion edition. Massaro will still work the pits for selected Nationwide Series telecasts.
Reid, who has been the lead announcer for ESPNís coverage of the IndyCar Series the past three years, as well as a play-by-play announcer for selected Nationwide Series telecasts the past two years, will see his NASCAR appearances increase. Reid will be the play-by-play announcer for ESPNís coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series for much of the second half of the season, after ESPN begins its 17-race coverage of the Sprint Cup Series. Dr. Jerry Punch will continue as play-by-play announcer for the Sprint Cup coverage and for the Nationwide Series in the first half of the season. Reid will be lead announcer for the Indianapolis 500 and ESPN on ABCís four other races on the IndyCar Series.
Welch will become one of ESPNís four primary NASCAR pit reporters for 2009 after having worked selected NASCAR races the past two years while serving as a fulltime pit reporter for ESPNís IndyCar Series coverage. He will work all of ESPNís Sprint Cup telecasts in the second half of the year along with multiple Nationwide Series races throughout the season. In addition, Welch will be a pit reporter for ESPN on ABCís five-race IndyCar Series coverage, including the Indianapolis 500.
The rest of ESPNís team of announcers, analysts and reporters for NASCAR will return in 2009. Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will be lead analysts for the race telecasts, joining Punch and Reid in the booth, while Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake will again be pit reporters. Tim Brewer will continue as analyst in the ESPN Tech Center.
Bestwick will continue to host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program from the ESPN Pit Studio, with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. Analyst Ray Evernham will join NASCAR Countdown for selected races and will continue his role as an analyst on NASCAR Now and other ESPN studio programs. Wallace and Evernham will work selected Nationwide Series telecasts as analysts in the booth, filling in for Jarrett and Petree.
NASCAR Now returns on Monday, Feb. 2, while ESPNís live NASCAR racing for 2009 begins with flag-to-flag coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 14, on ESPN2.(ESPN PR)(1-6-2009)"

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2009, 02:05:06 AM »

This is not the change I personally wanted - Allen Bestwick in the booth and Jerry Punch as studio host - but I am happy with it.

I love the Monday roundtable shows, and perhaps it works as well for Dr. Punch, because the decreased workload could lead to more enthusiasm during the Chase.
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