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TNT To Broadcast NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 7:20 PM, under , , ,

TNT better hope that Tiger is not locked into a dog fight this Sunday at the U.S. Open. Otherwise, the numbers for their coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California may suffer.

Then again, we may be talking about two entirely different audiences.

Here is the press release issued by TNT.

TNT’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing Continues with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Pre-race coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET; green flag drops at 5 p.m. ET

TNT continues its exclusive coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, June 21st live from Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The network will air the Toyota/Save Mart 350 beginning at 5 p.m. ET with play-by-play announcer Bill Weber calling the race alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach in the booth. In addition, analyst Larry McReynolds will make frequent contributions from the in-field as he breaks down crew strategy and analyzes car adjustments.

The network will rev up its pre-race coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR on TNT Live! with Marc Fein (host), Petty and McReynolds. No. 18 Kyle Busch will join TNT’s infield rig for an interview prior to the race.

TNT’s acclaimed Pride of NASCAR series will feature racing legend Dan Gurney who is the original road course ‘ringer’ and notably the first driver to win races in Formula One, NASCAR and Indy Car. Gurney also started the tradition of spraying champagne in the Winner’s Circle when he did so following a 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 1967.

In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, TNT will feature a father/son story of No. 6 David Ragan and his father, Ken, who sold his prized 1966 Corvette in order to fund Ragan’s early racing career. Last year, Ragan tracked down the same Corvette and gave it back to his father as a gift.

The show will be followed by Countdown to Green at 4:30 p.m. ET with Weber (host), Dallenbach (analyst) and Petty (analyst) with reports from pit reporters Marty Snider, Matt Yocum, Sheheen and Czarniak.

During Countdown to Green, Dallenbach will once again break down race strategy during Wally’s World, as he is superimposed into live race footage from last season’s race at Infinieon Raceway. He will virtually walk along the road course to discuss its nuances, with the ability to stop the race footage.

In addition, Yocum will detail how No. 47 Marcos Ambrose is helping teammate No. 00 David Reutimann conquer road course racing in an effort to make the Chase for Sprint Cup Championship.

Countdown to Green leads into coverage of Toyota/Save Mart 350 at 5 p.m. ET with Weber, Dallenbach and Petty calling the action with frequent interaction with McReynolds (analyst) who will man the TNT Offtrack Robotic Car.
Throughout this year’s NASCAR on TNT Summer Series, the network will join forces with NASCAR.COM, the official site of NASCAR, to provide TNT RaceBuddy a multiplatform experience for race fans which features live feeds from the racetrack including pit road and in-car cameras, as well as live chats and polls.

Posted on June 17, 2009

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