CBS SETS LIVE BROADCAST FOR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL 200
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- National attention will be focused on Watkins Glen on June 25. CBS Sports announced live flag-to-flag coverage of the NASCAR Busch Grand National 200, opening the event to a potential audience of over 90 million television sets.
The event at Watkins Glen International will be the 400th race in the history of the Busch Grand National Series, and also the first live major network broadcast of the series, which dates back to 1982.
"I feel the CBS broadcast will have a very positive impact on the event," said Ken Squier, who will co-anchor the broadcast with Ned Jarrett. "It will make the race into another major, major weekend. Watkins Glen is such a beautiful area and a great vacation spot, and this event is certainly a unique opportunity to see Busch Grand National racing, which has taken on its own life this year.
"The growth of the Busch Grand National Series is certainly not a secret, but it's not as well known as it should be," Squier continued. "We hope to change that -- as we did in Winston Cup, with the first live broadcast of the Daytona 500 (in 1979)."
"We are very pleased to team up with CBS Sports for live coverage of the Busch Grand National 200," said John Saunders. "It's well known that the CBS coverage of the Daytona 500 was a major step in gaining national recognition for both NASCAR and the event. Live network coverage of our race will showcase both the Busch Grand National Series, our track, and the Watkins Glen region."
Chad Little and Johnny Benson have dominated 1995 Busch Grand National competition, joined by Mike McLaughlin, Phil Parsons, Jeff and David Green, Patty Moise, Elton Sawyer, Larry Pearson, Jason Keller, Curtis Markham and Tim Fedewa. They will be joined at the Glen by selected Winston Cup drivers -- including defending winner Terry Labonte and Jimmy Spencer -- and top drivers from the Busch North Grand National Series, including Mike Stefanik, Kelly Moore, Dale Shaw, Andy Santerre, Eric Bodine and Butch Leitzinger.
The Busch Grand National 200 is one of five races during the June 23-25 weekend. The IMSA Exxon World Sports Car and Exxon GT series are featured in the 12th annual Glen Continental on Saturday, joined by the new Ferrari Challenge. Sunday's schedule opens with the IMSA Street Stock Endurance Championship with a three-hour race at 8:30 a.m., followed by the SCCA Barber Dodge Pro Series and the USAC/SCCA U.S. Formula Ford 2000 National Championship. The Busch Grand National 200 is set for a 1:30 p.m. start.
For ticket information for the Busch Grand National 200 weekend, call the Watkins Glen International ticket office at (607) 535-2481.
J.J. O'Malley, WGI Director of Communications