TNN NASCAR Home Page
Mailing Address and Phone Number
Nashville TN 37214
Production company used for many TNN broadcasts:
World Sports Enterprises
Harrisburg, NC 28075
(704) 455-5886 FAX
See the TNN Motorsports Upcoming Schedule
TNN On-Air Personalities
Buddy's a NASCAR legend and former Daytona 500 champion who's well-liked by NASCAR fans everywhere. He's always good for "that car is a rocket ship" or an "I guarantee ya." He still does occasional testing for NASCAR teams.
Dick has a Ph.D. in Psychology, something that must come in handy working in the television industry. Dick knows a lot about all kinds of racing, and he is the editor of Speedway Illustrated magazine. In 1999, he was named the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year.
Mike is one of the nicest people to the fans in the sport. He uses the Internet a lot to see what fans are thinking and has been known on many occasions to answer e-mail from fans. Mike also does the Formula One races for Fox Sports. Can the NASCAR gig be his future with Fox too? He deserves it and gives them instant credibility. He's safe too, just like Alan Bestwick will be for NBC.
Ralph is another jack of all trades in the motorsports television industry. He seems at home covering NASCAR, ASA, World of Outlaws, or any other series.
TNN Production Staff and Management
Profile of Patti at NASCAR Online
Profile of Patti at American Woman Magazine
"Lives in the FastLane: Women in NASCAR" at Creative Loafing
"Dreams Become Reality for Wheeler's Daughter" (Augusta Chronicle)
"Wheeler's NASCAR background steered her toward TV" (Savannah Morning News)
"Wheeler finds niche with The Nashville Network" (Fayetteville Online)
Fred and Ken Squier are the founders of World Sports Enterprises.
ASA Production Team
Producer: Joel McKee
Associate Producer: Ana Fleming
Press Release about ASA TNN Coverage (hotlaps.com)
Past TNN News
TNN Promotes Dana Landry to Manager of Communications for TNN Sports
Dana Landry has been named the Manager of Communications for TNN Sports. Landry, who is based in Nashville, joined TNN as a Motorsports Publicist in 1999. He is responsible for developing national media campaigns for the cable network’s popular motorsports programs and for all public relations efforts for motorsports. Landry will report to Rosemary O’Brien, Director of Communications at TNN. An interesting note in the press release is that TNN is now billing itself as "an MTV Network."
TNN to Broadcast 18 World of Outlaws Events in 2001
The World of Outlaws TV debut was one telecast in 1995. In 2001, TNN will increase coverage to 18, three more than this year. "The audience for grassroots motorsports, like the World of Outlaws, is strong," says David Hall, President, TNN. "We are especially pleased to be able to increase the number of live World of Outlaws telecasts in 2001. The series continues to attract a large loyal audience, especially young male viewers." The schedule is on our World of Outlaws page. You can read the press release here.
"Realtree Outdoors" on TNN to Feature Earnhardt and Marcis
See Dale Earnhardt and Dave Marcis go hunting at Timmins Ranch in Texas on "Realtree Outdoors" on TNN at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6th. It will repeat on Tuesday morning, Aug. 8th, at 1:00 a.m.
TNN Airs New Hampshire Qualifying on Tape Delay Next Day
Good news, bad news. TNN showed qualifying from New Hampshire, but it wasn't be shown until 9:00 a.m. the next day, Saturday, July 8. This is also what they did for Pocono. What is TNN showing on Friday in that time slot instead of live qualifying? "The Real McCoys, "Alice," and "Cagney & Lacey." The "Alice" episode is especially compelling, where Mel helps his shy cousin date Vera, the final episode of the 80-81 season.
This is who you saw if you tuned in
to TNN to see New Hampshire
This is who you didn't see if you tuned in to
TNN to see New Hampshire qualifying live.
West Coast TNN Pocono Coverage
Some readers have written and complained that TNN on the West Coast did not show the race until 9:00 a.m. Pacific time, which is a two-hour tape delay. Some claim that TNN did not notify the cable providers. Not sure what's up there. UPDATE: Here's what TNN told MotorsportsTV.com: TNN is not carried until 9:00 a.m. in the Pacific time zone. TNN tried to get NASCAR to run the race at Noon Eastern Time so everyone across the country could see it live. However, NASCAR told TNN that an early start time was necessary because the teams need to start heading to Sears Point. So, TNN had no choice but to carry the race tape-delayed on the West Coast.
TNN Wins PROMAX Gold Award for Best Sports Promotion-TV Announcement
The specific spot garnering the award is the one where Michael Waltrip and his crew change a baby's diaper during a pit stop. See the complete release here. (6/20/00)
Mark Garrow on TNN
It didn't take PRN's Mark Garrow long to find work after losing the right to do "Winston Cup Today." Mark worked the recent Busch race from South Boston for TNN.
Pocono Qualifying on TV - But Not Live
The Pocono coverage on TNN included taped coverage of first round qualifying. Airtime was 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 17. So, the question remains why the "suits" at CBS decided not to show qualifying live on TNN at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday. Instead of live race qualifying, viewers were treated to two episodes each of "Alice" and "The Real McCoys." This scintillating TV include two "McCoy" episodes where "Little Luke drives the family out of the house while practicing the trumpet" and "Grandpa and George take part in a pig competition at the county fair." Both "Alice" episodes featured Mel as the featured character, with the second episode even including Robert Goulet. I think it's the NASCAR fans who want to tell the CBS/TNN braintrust, "Kiss my grits" on this one.
USA Today's Rudy Martzke Recognizes CBS/TNN for "Synergy"
Rudy, the sports TV critic for USA Today, is well-known for his lack of attention to NASCAR, but he did find a fraction of a column inch to congratulate CBS/TNN for corporate "synergy" when they moved the end of the Michigan race over to TNN (USA Today - 6/12). At least this is a start for Rudy, who often devotes much of his column to sports with ratings much lower than NASCAR. And the switch was good news for NASCAR fans, who did not receive the same courtesy when the Texas Busch race was rain-delayed and TNN declined to take the race.
Photo of Mike Joy on this page courtesy of Mike Joy.