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TNT benches Weber after confrontation

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Sunday, Jun. 28, 2009

LOUDON, N.H. - TNT play-by-play announcer Bill Weber, a veteran of NASCAR broadcasts, has been suspended for Sunday’s race, the Observer and ThatsRacin.com have learned.

Sal Petruzzi, senior vice president of public relations for Turner Broadcasting, confirmed in a statement that Weber would not participate in Sunday’s broadcast at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"Bill Weber will not be part of TNT's NASCAR coverage of the Cup Series from New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend," Petruzzi said. "As this is a private issue, it's the policy of the company not to discuss personal matters involving our employees."

TNT officials confirmed Weber would be replaced in Sunday’s broadcast by Ralph Sheheen.

According to witnesses, Weber got into a loud, public confrontation over the weekend at his hotel in Manchester, N.H. He was at the track on Friday.

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