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Tonight’s SportsCenter Special: NASCAR Face to Face with Hannah Storm (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) is the fourth of its kind since January. The previous three — one focused on Tim Tebow, one with NFL stalwarts and the most recent with NBA stars — established the brand and delivered unique access to sport’s biggest names.
“This one,” says Storm, “might be the best one yet.”
Featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, the show, according to Storm, further establishes “a classic long-form interview format that has gone by the wayside in large measure throughout the years. Also, it really brings me back to my roots covering NASCAR during my first full-time television job as a sports reporter in Charlotte [N.C.].”
In the podcast above, Storm discusses the access to the athletes; her strategy for doing these type of interviews and her newfound joy of shooting paper rats. The gallery above includes photos from Storm’s Monday taping of the “open” and “close” for the show, shot by Front Row’s Hannah Worster at a Bristol, Conn. warehouse.
Be sure to catch Hannah Storm and SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi as they host SC from Ramstein Air Base in Germany as part of ESPN’s Salute to Our Veterans programming.