Bristol Nascar Race

This past weekend I took a mini Nascar vacation, travelling to Bristol Tennessee to watch the Sharpie 250 (Busch series) and Food City 500 (Nextel Cup series) stock car races. I’ve only seen Nascar in person at Sears Point (now Infineon Raceway) which is a road course. Seeing it on a short-track oval with such a huge crowd (over 160,000) was quite an event. Bristol is always rated as a top fan favorite and now I see why.

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SuperBowl Commercials

Looks like iFilm has all of the Super Bowl commercials available again this year. You can view them with Real, Windows Media Player, or QuickTime, although the highest resolution for Real requires a subscription. Personally, I liked the Bud commercials (especially Sleigh Ride) the best. Budweiser.com has this year's ads on their web site as well. Bud Light took top honors in the USA Today Ad Meter with their “Good Dog” spot.

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ESPN2 Turns 10

Watching TV this morning I saw that ESPN2 is 10 years old today — it launched on October 1, 1993. I'd point to something interesting on ESPN's web site, if they had anything. I can't find mention of it anywhere online. At least the TV Listings are up there, although not easy to find. At least their wireless PDA page is still up and running.

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2004 NASCAR Schedule

Updated 2003-12-04: Pointing to the correct schedule for 2004 NASCAR today released the final schedule for Nextel Cup racing in 2004. Time to start making plans! I'm going to miss the name “Winston Cup” — “Nextel Cup” just doesn't sound right. 2004 Schedule [Via Racing One]

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Racing Links

NASCAR race coverage is pretty thin on my usual sports stops (Yahoo and ESPN). Even Nascar.com is pretty light on content. Oftentimes all three sites run the same AP story with the results of a race. In search of more news sources, I ran across a few good ones: RacingOne.com That's Racin' The Charlotte Observer — some overlap with That's Racin' because they are both operated by RealCities/Ridder MotorsportsTV.com — great details on the TV coverage itself, including time devoted to commercials and other observations The next challenge would be to work with these sites to get RSS feeds available.

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