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Monday Lineup: ESPN’s NASCAR race coverage ends in fine fashion PLUS: 8 ESPN moments from the weekend

ESPN televised its 398th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup race yesterday at South Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway as Kevin Harvick became the 2014 series champion.

The network televised 262 races in NASCAR’s premier series from 1981-2000 and the remaining events under the current contract, which began in 2007. ESPN did not renew its contract to televise live races but will continue to cover the sport on SportsCenter and other platforms.

In the “Front & Center” podcast above, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, John Wildhack discusses the long history between ESPN and NASCAR, some proud moments from the 28-year relationship and what NASCAR has meant to ESPN. In addition, Wildhack talks about coverage of NASCAR on ESPN platforms going forward.

“The thing that stands out the most to me is the commitment of all our people who’ve worked on NASCAR,” Wildhack said. “It’s a year-round commitment that starts at Daytona in February and runs well into November and that commitment is extraordinary. This crew works as hard as any crew in our business.”

And now, some of what you might have missed from ESPN over the weekend:

1. ESPN’s NASCAR race coverage ended in thrilling fashion and with lots of emotion.


2. College GameDay heads to Cambridge, Mass. for Harvard-Yale.


3. Pittsburgh visits Tennessee tonight for Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m., ESPN).


4. “Breaking the Internet” could take on new meaning when Mike Golic pays off his “Mikes Bowl” wager to Mike Greenberg.


5. ESPN’s College basketball Tip-Off Marathon begins tonight.








David Scott and Sheldon Spencer contributed to this post

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