End of an era for Turner Network Television

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The green flag drops on Sunday’s race at New Hampshire. The race would be the final for TNT.



By Dominic Aragon
Editor
July 14, 2014
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At the conclusion of Sunday’s Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TNT broadcasted its final NASCAR event. The telecast ends a 32 year run for Turner Sports.

Ken Squier, who announced lap-by-lap action for the company for 18 years, talked on camera from the broadcast booth before the start of Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.

“It’s been a real honor to be a part of today’s broadcast, and I wish my colleagues the very best today on TNT as this amazing 32-year run comes to an end,” Squier said. “I hope you enjoy today’s race.”


During the closing laps when Brad Keselowski pulled away from his fellow competitors, Adam Alexander, TNT’s current lap-by-lap, thanked the men and women who help make the TNT broadcasts happen.


Alexander continued to thank various individuals during the final caution period.



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Morgan Shepherd tangles with Joey Logano in a controversial wreck. Shepherd is the only driver to run in Turner Sports' first and last broadcast, according to Kyle Petty.

“We’ve given each other a hard time, we have fun on-camera, but we have twice as much fun off-camera,” color commentator Wally Dallenbach Jr. said after the race.

“I come from a family organization, and this was family,” said Kyle Petty, who began his broadcast career with TNT in 2007. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

The three men in the booth, who have been partnered since 2010, continued to laugh and share their thoughts before the telecast was over.

“Thank you to the fans,” Alexander said. “In 32 years, you can’t do it without the people at home that watch each and every week.

“As we sign off today… it’s been our pleasure bringing NASCAR into your living room. We thank you for being with us every step of the way. One last time, so long from New Hampshire.”

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