Fans who watch ESPN telecasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races hear the voices of anchor Allen Bestwick and analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree as they call the action perched high above the start/finish line at racetracks across America.
But what fans don’t see is the sophisticated bank of high-tech equipment that the announcers use in the television booth.
Bestwick’s position has multiple screens, including a monitor showing what’s on the air, a screen aligned with NASCAR’s timing and scoring system, a touchscreen that allows him to access stats and information, a monitor for previewing upcoming video, a telestrator and a standard iPad showing local weather.
All the equipment in the booth travels from race to race with ESPN’s NASCAR production team and is installed — and then disassembeled — every week.
In this video for Front Row, Bestwick gives a tour of the booth, providing a behind the scenes look at ESPN’s NASCAR coverage.
Note: ESPN’s coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series continues Saturday, May 25, from the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the History 300, the first race of the season on ABC. NASCAR Countdown begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 3:02 p.m. ESPN2 will also televise qualifying earlier that day at 11 a.m.