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Speed to Debut NASCAR Nation

1/28/2005 2:39 AM Eastern

Speed Channel's signature show will start its engines Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. (EST/PST).

NASCAR Nation will air Monday-Thursday throughout the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing season, concentrating heavily on features and all-access content, the network said.

On-air talent will include Ralph Sheheen and Courtney George in the lead-anchor positions; Krista Voda as senior correspondent; Connie LeGrand at the news desk; Michelle Fizer and John Willenborg as field reporters; and NASCAR.com's (www.nascar.com) Marty Smith on the business of NASCAR.

“Much of what Speed Channel has done with NASCAR since relaunching the network in 2002 has been about the racing and what's going on at the track,” Speed president Jim Liberatore said in a prepared statement.

“Speed Channel felt like 2005 was the appropriate time to step up and develop a signature NASCAR program,” he added. “NASCAR Nation will be that program.”

NASCAR Digital Entertainment managing director of broadcasting and new media Jeffrey Pollack added, “NASCAR Nation is the definitive all-access show for NASCAR fans. It's fun, fast-paced and takes viewers behind-the-scenes like never before.”

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