ESPN Invasion
Race fans spotted some familiar faces in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pits today as 11 ESPN announcers and executives spent the Bank of America 500 as embedded members of race team pit crews. ESPN and NASCAR worked together with race teams to provide the opportunity for the ESPN employees to experience NASCAR racing up close. While in Charlotte, the group also drove eight laps in Richard Petty Driving Experience cars, toured Hendrick Motorsports (and performed pit stops in the team’s practice area) and dined with NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports Inc. executives. The group also visited the NASCAR Research & Development Center to watch the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage from NASCAR race control.

Among the ESPN personalities working with race teams were SportsCenter anchors John Anderson (with Kevin Harvick’s team), Stan Verrett (Clint Bowyer) and Sage Steele (Kyle Busch); SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle (Dale Earnhardt Jr.); and First Take co-host Jay Crawford (Juan Pablo Montoya). ESPN on ABC President George Bodenheimer also attended Saturday’s race, along with additional production and news executives.

Monday Test Open To Public
Twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will participate in an Electronic Fuel Injection test Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The test will be free and open to the public. Gates will be open for the duration of the test, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fans should enter through gate 5A and watch from the frontstretch grandstands.

Teams expected to test are Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Nemco Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Richard Childress Racing.