Hello, race fans, and welcome to Talking NASCAR TV, where race telecast dissection is the name of the game. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series returned from their week off to race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, the American Le Mans Series presented by Patron Tequila (ALMS) held their season opener on Saturday morning at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.
However, before we start, Versus announced their new on-air broadcast team for Izod IndyCar Series broadcasts on Monday. There are some returning members, but plenty of changes, one of which could impact the NASCAR on-air teams later this year. Most notably, Robbie Buhl is out of the broadcast booth, replaced by Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Dallenbach has never driven a race in what is now the Izod IndyCar Series, but he did drive in four CART races prior to his time in the Cup Series. Dallenbach will join Bob Jenkins and Jon Beekhuis in the booth. It is unclear whether Dallenbach will continue with TNT’s Summer Series for the 2011 season, as three Versus race weekends conflict with the Summer Series.