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NASCAR now logo.jpg
Starring Nicole Manske
Mike Massaro
Allen Bestwick
Country of origin USA
Running time 30 minutes (regularly)
1 hour (Sunday morning and Monday)
Original channel ESPN2 (2007-present)
Original run February 5, 2007 – Present

NASCAR Now is a NASCAR news and analysis show that debuted on February 5, 2007. It airs Monday through Friday (year round) as a thirty minute show at 5:00pm ET on ESPN2. It is part of ESPN's new television package with NASCAR, which gives them the opportunity to produce and air a daily show about the sanctioning body.

Previously, Speed Channel had the exclusive rights to produce daily NASCAR magazine shows. NASCAR Now is broadcast in HD from Bristol, Connecticut. NASCAR Now also has a daily segment on SportsCenter.

ESPN2 also airs editions of the show on the day of all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, starting with the Daytona 500. A race preview show airs at 10 A.M. ET on race day, with a post-race edition running on ESPN2 on the evening following the event.

Unlike its predecessor, RPM 2Night, NASCAR Now covers only NASCAR news and information and there are no highlight restrictions on the program; both video and still photos are available for its use.

On April 29, 2008, the show hosted a special one-hour edition of NASCAR Now to commemorate Dale Earnhardt Day.



The lead host of the show is former Speed Channel anchor Nicole Manske. Ryan Burr is another regular host, and Allen Bestwick hosts a special "roundtable" edition of the show on Mondays as well as regular editions of the show on other days. In 2008, Marty Smith was named lead reporter for the program after being a "NASCAR Insider" for the show in 2007. NASCAR Insiders for the program include award-winning journalists Tim Cowlishaw, Angelique Chengelis, Terry Blount and David Newton. The program also includes current drivers Stacy Compton and Boris Said.

Here is a list of all of the past and present personalities on NASCAR Now.






  • Terry Blount: (reporter, 2007-present)
  • Angelique Chengelis: (reporter, 2007-present)
  • Tim Cowlishaw: (lead reporter/analyst, 2007-present)
  • David Newton: (reporter, 2007-present)
  • Marty Smith: (reporter/correspondent, 2007-present)



Special Co-Hosts

  • Ricky Craven: (co-host on post/pre-race shows, 2008-present)


NASCAR Now features numerous segments that appear both during the show and also during evening editions of SportsCenter. Some of the segments are listed below.

  • Pit Pass: This segment mostly appears during SportsCenter, when they run through the top stories in NASCAR with news, analysis and debate.
  • Starting Grid: This is the opening segment of the program when they run through the top stories at the hour in the world of NASCAR.
  • Under the Hood: This segment appears before every commercial break when the host runs through everything coming up on the show.
  • Over the Wall: This segment appears every week when D.J. Copp goes what to watch out for during pit on Sunday.

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