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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME NASCAR?! DAYTONA 500 RIDES SUNDAY
Published February 16, 1996
During coverage of the Daytona 500 Sunday, CBS Sports Director Bob Fishman will have 60 different camera angles focusing on the race. In Chicago, Steve Nidetz notes "that's more shots than a director can use during" most other sports events, and it is a "big reason why stock-car racing has become a hit on television." To start their telecast, CBS will air a NASCAR-racing theme song, Tanya Tucker's "Let's Go Racing" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/16). Daytona is "expected to receive an 8-9 rating -- comparable to the Indy 500 and "about the highest non- basketball rating until the Baseball All-Star Game in July" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/16). In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers writes that Daytona's "story lines have never been stronger," from Ernie Irvan's comeback and Dale Earnhardt's attempt to finally win the race, and that Daytona may "finally become a 10 [rating] for CBS" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/16). In Minneapolis, Rachel Blount notes the appeal of NASCAR, adding "it could be argued that the NASCAR circuit remains the quintessential American sport. Salt- of-the-earth American folks drive salt-of-the-earth American cars in salt-of-the-earth American locations" (Minneapolis STAR- TRIBUNE, 2/16). CBS This Morning hosted Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon from Daytona this morning ("CBS This Morning," 2/16).