I haven't posted here in weeks, but I had to comment on Cheryl's mention of race recaps.
As I understand it, the "race breaks" are supposed to be the equivalent of the halftime or intermission report in the stick-and-ball sports, with Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond of course playing the role of studio hosts. But in NASCAR racing, the nature of the event does not lend to an exact comparison.
It's especially absurd if the "breaks" are during green-flag racing, as may have been the case at Bristol a few weeks back, which is what this thread is about.
UPDATE: Last Monday night at the Daytona 500, it got worse. The race had a full-fledged, sponsored "midrace report" that involved all the talent on site. Even Mike Joy, who was supposed to call the action, participated with his back turned to the race.
Oh, and that wasn't all. This year, Hammond has been given a computer model of a car to explain problems that drivers are having. The demonstration took place with about 60 laps to go, on a full screen. That means there was no split screen to show the action or even a ticker on the screen!
At least ESPN does both during Tim Brewer's demonstrations with a real car.