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  • NEW YORKShannon Spake has covered NASCAR and college football and basketball for ESPN. She sees “ThePilot Flying J Battle at Bristol” college football game as one of the firstattempts tomeld the fan bases of the two hugely popular sports.The Sept. 10 showdown between Tenne see and Virginia Tech will be staged in the infield of the famous short track atBristol Motor Speedway. The border battle isexpected to draw up to 150,000 fansand obliteratethe single-game college football attendance record of 115,109 for Notre Dame at Michigan in 2013.MORE: Spake said there https://www.sharksjerseymall.com/tommy-wingels-jersey area lot of similarities between NASCAR and college football.Family plays a huge role, with rooting traditions and tickets pa sed down from generation to generation.Both fan bases like totailgate and partydays in advance of events. Both fan basesare intensely patriotic. Both sportsarepractically religions in the Southeastern United States.“This will be a great opportunity for NASCAR to get on the scene https://www.sharksjerseymall.com/joe-pavelski-jersey of the college football fan. For people who maybe are not aware of the sport, or havenever been tothe sport or never seen Bristol Motor Speedway,” Spake told Sporting News. "This game is going to be a great opportunity for folks to go, ‘Wow, that’s a track!’ And maybe, when the race goes back to Bristol Motor Speedway, have an opportunity to watch it, because they want to see what it looks like when the cars are on https://www.sharksjerseymall.com/ it."With the game le s than 100 days away,Spake was in New Yorkto moderate a “Battle at Bristol” pre s previewat the famous21 Club in midtown Manhattan.MORE: The event drew heavy hitters fromthe key stakeholdersinthe game, among them: ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who will call the prime-time game forbroadcast partner ABC (8 p.m. ET); Virginia Techathletic director Whit Babcock; Bristol general manager Jerry Caldwell; and JamesHaslam II, founderof title sponsor Pilot Flying J.Herbstreit said being able to call such a mammoth event is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” To put the150,000-fanfigure in perspective, attendance for the NFL’s Super Bowl 50was 71,088 at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7.The uniquesetting, andenormous crowd, will sorely test ESPN’s production skills, hesaid.BENDER: “There’s never been this many people to watch a college football game, or to watch any football game,” Herbstreitsaid,"so Ithink you’regoing to have to do a good job from a directing standpoint of trying togivedifferent angles to be able to maybe show how this is unique, and why this is unique, as opposed to doing yournormal game you would do on Saturday night."Bristol is going all-out to make it the https://www.sharksjerseymall.com/tomas-hertl-jersey kind ofbig event that will attract both NASCAR and college football fans.Country singer Kenny Chesney will headline a tailgate concert Friday night, https://www.sharksjerseymall.com/logan-couture-jersey Caldwell said. Eachschoolwill receive 40,000 tickets, headded. The rest arebeing sold to the public. The novelty of a college football game played ata famous NASCAR track guarantees a sellout.With attendance and TV ratings flattening,NASCAR could use a shot in the arm.Of course, the best thing for NASCAR would be for itsmost popular driver,Dale Earnhardt Jr.,towinthe season title like his father before him.“The world would spin on the opposite side of its axis (if Junior won the Sprint Cup), especially in Charlotte,” said Spake. “It wouldbe great.”



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