It is that time of the NASCAR calendar when TNT takes over for FOX for the next six Sprint Cup races starting Sunday at noon from Pocono Raceway. The “Countdown to Green” pre-race show will kick things off followed at 1 p.m. by the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target.
“Countdown to Green” will be hosted by NBC4 sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak, who has been working for TNT as a pit reporter and has now been promoted to the host of the pre-race show, where she will be joined by the entertaining and outspoken duo of Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds. I spoke to Czarniak about what to expect on the opening show.
Czarniak talking about her show » Well, on the first show I have a sit down interview with a very familiar face — none other than former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. We have a great conversation about his team, and as race fans know, there is a feud going on between his top two drivers, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. They also happen to be two of the best drivers in NASCAR. Coach Gibbs and I will talk about what he’s doing to keep the drivers, the team and all the media attention around their feud under control.
Czarniak on her new role » I am really honored to be hosting the pre-race show and I think that all my experience as a pit reporter will serve me well in my job. Then there is the chance to work with Larry Mac [McReynolds] and Kyle [Petty], who are never at a loss for observations and for opinions. There is no doubt that they will keep things entertaining. We will not only be doing the pre-race, but there will be times during the action that I will keep fans updated on the latest storylines, both on TV as well as at NASCAR.com, while “Larry Mac” will use our new TNT Off-Track Robotic Carwhich to provide a unique look inside the engine and allowing him to break down pit crew car strategies.
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