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Preseason Thunder at Daytona to Air Live on SPEED Channel

December 23rd, 2012 at 10:48 AM
By Mark Eddinger

The short off season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is almost over already, if there really even is an off season especially this time around with the introduction of the new Generation Six car. Earlier in December, 16 teams hit the track for testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the new car. Next up is the annual Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway which will be held from January 10-12. SPEED Channel and SPEED.com will have all of the coverage for NASCAR fans in its entirety.

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Preseason Thunder will take on an even more important role than it normally does in 2013 because teams need to learn about the Gen 6 car. Usually this preseason event is just a tune up to get everything in line for the Superbowl-like Daytona 500 to start the new NASCAR season. But this time around there will be more to learn, even things that could help at tracks other than just Daytona.   

The morning testing sessions which will be run from 9 a.m. to noon ET each day and will be covered live on SPEED.com by John Roberts, Jeff Hammond and Matt Clark in SPEED's studio above pit road. Steve Byrnes will have the play-by-play calls with analysts Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace. Hermie Sadler and Wendy Venturini will report from pit road and the garage. During the afternoon sessions each day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. coverage will be live on SPEED Channel. Rick Allen will have the play-by-play duties for the afternoon sessions with the crew of Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds as analysts. Bob Dillner and Matt Yocum will report from pit road and the garage.

Tags: Bob Dillner, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Hermie Sadler, Jeff Hammond, Kyle Petty, Larry McReynolds, Matt Yocum, Motorsports, NASCAR, Rick Allen, Speed Channel, Sprint Cup Series, Steve Byrnes, Wendy Venturini

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