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11/09/07
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More programming should tank NASCAR ratings further
With fans already disgusted with too much NASCAR programming on TV, below is more news of NASCAR oversaturating the airwaves and driving fans to switch off the TV in disgust.

NASCAR Leaders Johnson, Gordon to Appear on ESPN’s Monday Night Football

With the final race of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season in their windshields, drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon will appear during halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The game airs Monday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The Hendrick Motorsports teammates will battle for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup title in the Ford 400 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway, the last race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. The race airs Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. on ABC.

ESPN’s Stuart Scott will interview Johnson and Gordon via satellite. Johnson is the defending NASCAR champion while Gordon is attempting to win his fifth title.

NASCAR Now Expands Schedule for NASCAR Final Week

NASCAR Now, ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information program, will have an expanded schedule for the final week of the NASCAR season including seven one-hour shows the week of Nov. 12-18. ABC will have live coverage of the Ford 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event from Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m.

NASCAR Now airs on ESPN2 from 6-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, expanded from its normal 30-minute length, and a special edition airs Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. The Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series race airs that day at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. On the day of the Ford 400, NASCAR Now has its usual one-hour Sunday morning edition at 10 a.m. on ESPN2, and ESPN airs another hour-long episode that has been added for 10 p.m. that evening.

Erik Kuselias will host the programs (exception of Ryan Burr hosting Thursday’s edition). Many members of ESPN’s NASCAR event telecast team will contribute to the expanded programs, including analysts Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree, Tim Brewer and Brad Daugherty, host Suzy Kolber and reporters Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake.

In addition, the regular NASCAR Now team of analysts Stacy Compton and Boris Said and NASCAR insiders Terry Blount, Angelique Chengelis, Tim Cowlishaw, David Newton and Marty Smith will bring viewers the latest NASCAR news.

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