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Despain Leads All-Star Broadcast Team For Daytona Bike Week TV Coverage PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Dave Despain will host Speed Channel's coverage of the 61st running of the Daytona 200 by Arai and the season opener of the 2002 AMA Progressive ...

Despain Leads All-Star Broadcast Team For Daytona Bike Week TV Coverage

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Dave Despain will host Speed Channel's coverage of the 61st running of the Daytona 200 by Arai and the season opener of the 2002 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship, both from Daytona Beach, Fla. Despain heads up a talented crew of broadcasters that includes AMA racing greats and TV regulars David Sadowski and Steve Morehead. Speed Channel will bring racing fans unprecedented coverage of 2002 Bike Week, including coverage of AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbikes, AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track and AMA EA Sports Supercross, all being produced by Chet Burks Productions out of Marietta, Ga.

Despain will provide play-by-play of the 2002 AMA Grand National season opener from Daytona's Municipal Stadium. Chris Carr is hoping to defend his title in the series and, along with veteran Terry Poovey, is looking for his third win at the Daytona Short Track. Joining Despain will be pit announcer J.B. Norris, one of the most knowledgeable experts in the series, and expert color will be provided by AMA Pro Racing's own Steve Morehead. Morehead was a 27-year veteran of the AMA Grand National Series and will bring an insider's perspective to racing fans.

Speed Channel's Daytona Short Track coverage will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Once again it will be Despain hosting a half-hour Daytona 200 by Arai pre-race show on Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. Despain will then hand off the broadcast of the race to play-by-play man Brian Drebber and 1990 Daytona 200 winner Sadowski. Covering the busy pit action for the 200 will be Greg White and Larry Maiers. That will be the same team for the broadcast of the MBNA 250 Grand Prix, Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock and the Pro Honda Oils Supersport races.

Defending AMA Superbike champ Mat Mladin is shooting to be the first rider in the history of the prestigious Daytona 200 to win three-straight times. The Suzuki rider from Australia is also opening his campaign to become the first four-time champion in AMA Superbike history. <pre> Here's a rundown of Speed Channel's coverage of Daytona Bike Week 2002:

2002 Bike Week Speed Channel Broadcast Schedule All times are Eastern

AIR DATE                CLASS                                                   START TIME        END TIME
Sunday, March 10        Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship Pre-race       12:30 p.m.         1:00 p.m. LIVE
Saturday, March 23      Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship Pre-race        8:00 p.m.         8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23      Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship Pre-race       12:00 a.m.        12:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 24        Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship Pre-race       12:00 p.m.        12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10        Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship                12:30 p.m.         3:30 p.m. LIVE
Saturday, March 23      Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship                 8:30 p.m.         9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23      Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship                12:30 a.m.         1:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 24        Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship                12:30 p.m.         1:30 p.m.
Friday, March 8         Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series             2:00 p.m.         3:00 p.m. LIVE
Tuesday, March 12       Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series            12:00 p.m.         1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24        Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series             3:00 p.m.         4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8         Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport Championship              4:00 p.m.         5:00 p.m. LIVE
Tuesday, March 12       Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport Championship              1:00 p.m.         2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9       AMA EA Sports Supercross (125/250)                       1:00 p.m.         4:00 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, March 17        AMA EA Sports Supercross (125/250)                       1:00 p.m.         4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10        MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series                              10:30 a.m.        11:30 a.m. LIVE
Tuesday, March 12       MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series                               2:00 p.m.         3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 16      MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series                              12:00 a.m.         1:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 19       MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series                              10:00 p.m.        11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19       MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series                               3:00 a.m.         4:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 26       MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series                               2:00 p.m.         3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19       AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track                8:00 p.m.         9:00 p.m.

Check your local listings for broadcast times or go to SpeedTV.com for additional information.

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Drivers David Sadowski , Greg White , Chris Carr
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