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'NASCAR Live' gets new format

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Apr. 04, 2013

Since 1984, fans have had weekly visits with the biggest names and brightest stars of stock car racing thanks to Motor Racing Network’s “NASCAR Live.”

Host Eli Gold’s new format will include discussion and opinions from NASCAR insiders on the issues of the day, and in-depth interviews with the top drivers.

“We did not have to reinvent the wheel,” said Gold, who has hosted the show since it hit the airwaves Jan. 10, 1984. “We just needed to freshen it up.”

NASCAR vs. NHRA: Drivers from NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association will battle in a charity slow-pitch softball game April 17 at CMC-Northeast Stadium in Kannapolis. Also, country recording artist Darrell Harwood will sing the national anthem and give a postgame concert.

Proceeds will go to charities. NASCAR drivers selected The Armed Forces Foundation, and the NHRA team has designated Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission, and are on sale by calling 704-932-3267.

STP 500

What: 500 laps or 263 miles

Where: Martinsville Speedway, a .526-mile paved, flat oval in Martinsville, Va.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Ryan Newman

Also this week: Kroger 250, Truck Series, Martinsville Speedway, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Speed.

Worth mentioning: Chase Elliott, the 17-year-old son of former NASCAR Cup champion Bill Elliott, is scheduled to make his debut in the Truck Series this weekend, taking advantage of a rule change this season which allows drivers at least 16 years old to compete on tracks less than a mile in length. Jim Utter

Utter: 704-358-5113; Twitter: @jim_utter
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