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SPEEDTV Notes UPDATE A reminder that a special edition of This Week in NASCAR featuring the upcoming opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be aired tonight, Monday, March 16 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET on SPEED.

03/12/09 SPEED will air a special edition of This Week in NASCAR on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. The one-hour special, hosted by Steve Byrnes, will focus on the upcoming opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Joining Byrnes will be NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelly, who will give viewers a construction update and talk about exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays going into the Hall of Fame.  In addition, Kelly will provide an update on the NASCAR Plaza/office tower, the NASCAR Hall of Fame brick program, as well as explaining the criteria for gaining induction to the Hall and introducing the panel members who will choose the class each year.

SPEED personalities Dave Despain and Mike Joy, as well as longtime Associated Press motor sports writer Mike Harris are set to participate and debate the possible candidates for the inaugural class.

A FEW EXTRA MINUTES WITH DAVE:  Following each Sunday evening episode of Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, the popular host now hangs around an extra 30 minutes on SPEEDtv.com to interact with fans of the show by discussing additional call-in questions and e-mails.

For more information, please visit the Wind Tunnel page on SPEEDtv.com:

BEST MONTH EVER:  Highlighted by strong Nielsen Ratings from NASCAR’s Daytona Speedweeks, the launch of new SPEED prime time original episodes of Bullrun, Drag Race High and the Pimp My Ride Super Bowl day marathon, February was the highest rated month in network history.

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’:  The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broadcast from Atlanta Motor Speedway scored a Nielsen Household Rating of 1.29 (943,000 households), peaking at 1.63 (1,197,000 households). The Nielsen Rating is a 23-percent increase over last year’s 1.05 (753,000 households) and a 61-percent increase over the 2007 Atlanta race (.80).

After 19 of 22 NCWTS races on SPEED saw ratings growth, 15 in double digits, the numbers continue to climb in 2009 as Daytona enjoyed a 21-percent increase to open the season.

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