ABC Moves End of NASCAR Race to ESPN2 for America’s Funniest Home Videos

Yes, you read that title correctly.  Penultimate race of the season, in Phoenix, was scheduled to end at 7:30pm EST.  At one point earlyish on the race was red flagged due to rain, and when it was going to run past 7:30 ABC pulled their coverage into the garage and moved it to ESPN2 in the eastern and central time zones so that an episode of AFHV would air unhindered.  I am just flabbergasted by that one.  This is NASCAR Nextel Cup 2nd to last race of the season, and its not like it was 2 hours from ending.  It ended before 8pm.  They could’ve stuck with it to the end and had their evening lineup backed up no worse than CBS, who routinely aggravates their viewers with the quixotic notion that they can show the doubleheader NFL game starting at 4:15 and be at 60 Minutes at 7pm.  And it wasn’t even for a good show; it was for America’s Funniest Home Videos, which must be at least 15 years past its prime at this point.  Frankly, if I were the head honchos at NASCAR, I wouldn’t let another one of my races air on that network again, better coverage from the folks at SportsCenter be damned.  That was bush league on ABC’s part.

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