NASCAR Race Hub
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|NASCAR Race Hub|
Steve Byrnes (co-host)
Danielle Trotta (co-host)
Jimmy Spencer (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Elliott Sadler (Mondays)
Larry McReynolds (Mondays)
Bob Dillner (Tuesdays)
Jeff Hammond (Wednesdays)Matt Clarke (Thursdays)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Speed Channel|
|Original run||2010 – Present|
NASCAR Race Hub is a NASCAR race-themed show on Speed Channel. It essentially is a replacement for NASCAR Nation and This Week in NASCAR (formerly NASCAR Inside Nextel Cup) (both former NASCAR on SPEED–related shows). The show gets its name in part since it is broadcast from Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the 'hub' of most NASCAR teams. It initially was a half-hour show, but eventually became the hour-long show it is today. It currently airs at 6 pm Monday through Thursday. During the NASCAR offseason, it airs Monday-Friday for a half-hour at 6 pm during the month of December. Usually after Christmas, Race Hub takes a hiatus until after Daytona Preseason Thunder, when it returns.
At first the show was hosted by a rotating group which included NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane host John Roberts, Camping World Truck Series Setup show host and occasional NASCAR Trackside host Krista Voda and Byrnes, but in August 2010 Byrnes was announced as the permanent host of the show and has been in that capacity ever since, though it does not affect his duties as a pit reporter during the NASCAR on FOX races of a given Sprint Cup Series season.
The show breaks down the previous weekend's race and looks forward to the upcoming one, providing analysis and interviews along the way. Jimmy Spencer has a segment on the Tuesday and Thursday editions of the show where he provides commentary (Tuesday) and answers viewer emails/tweets (Thursday). His segments have become popular for the various 'awards' he gives drivers and teams such as the crying towel, cigars, strait jackets. Also on Mondays, former Miss Sprint Cup, now SPEED Social Media Ambassador, Monica Palumbo along with Danielle Trotta, presents the tweets of the week from NASCAR Drivers and Crewmen. Trotta also contributes segments to the show and does interviews with drivers, crew chiefs and car owners as well as acting as a fill-in host in Byrnes' absence. Starting in 2013 Trotta became co-host. The show also moved from its own studio to share the SPEED Center studio. When SPEED becomes Fox Sports One on August 17 the show will move to a midday start time.