No. 325 for Speed’s Inside Nextel Cup

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Next month, Speed Channel’s National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing highlight recap and talk show will rev up its 325th episode.

Inside Nextel Cup will celebrate that lap around the circuit at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. The weekly one-hour gabfest is hosted by Allen Bestwick and NASCAR drivers Michael Waltrip, Johnny Benson and Ken Schrader, with racers Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace occasionally stepping in.

According to Speed officials, the show’s audience has been building steadily this season, and it is now averaging 500,000 viewers on a cumulative basis, with 300,000 tuning in the premiere installments -- a 30% jump from the show’s 2003 performance.

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