Racing beat

| February 01, 2007

Kernan has covered NASCAR racing since 1983, when he was a reporter for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va. In 1990 he began working for ESPN as a pit reporter and went on to host ESPN’s RPM 2Night, the nation’s first nightly motorsports news show. From 1998-2003 he hosted RPM Now on ESPN Radio. He is the co-host of PRN’s Sunday Drive and has won numerous awards from the National Motorsports Press Association, the Associated Press and UPI.

Sirius NASCAR Radio will be home to every live NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, plus exclusive original programming. Other shows on Sirius NASCAR Radio will include Tony Stewart Live (airs Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m. ET) and The Morning Drive (airs weekdays, 7-11 a.m. ET).

In addition to the live race broadcast, Sirius will devote up to 10 additional channels to driver-to-crew communications during NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races. Sirius will combine the race broadcast with the driver-to-crew chatter on these channels, allowing fans to follow the overall race call and the in-car audio of a driver on a single channel throughout the race.
Kristen Walters


Rookie Of The Year
In the modern era of NASCAR, it seems that the driver who wins rookie of the year honors is often on the fast track to success in the Cup Series.

If that trend holds true, Danny O’Quinn will be a driver to watch this season.

“It feels awesome,” O’Quinn says of his honor. “It was a fun year. It was a rookie team, I was a rookie driver and we were coming to a lot of these places for the first time. We stayed out of trouble when we weren’t having the best runs at the first of the year, and we worked really hard. My team never let down a bit even when we weren’t having such a good day. I really owe this to those guys.”

Jack Roush, who knows a thing or two about molding up-and-coming drivers, knows O’Quinn is the real deal.

“Danny has really been a treat to work with this year,” Roush says. “He’ll bend your heart. He’s a big teddy bear, and he’s also a fast racecar driver. We had Danny in our Driver X competition last fall, and he was very, very good.

“Danny and David Ragan and Erik Darnell (other Driver X candidates) were at a virtual tie, so we just had to try and find something for all three of them. But the difficulty was, as we put all these new teams together, we kept going further and further down the human resource pool. We were halfway through the year before Danny got a car that was built for Danny, and I’m sure some of them weren’t too comfortable, didn’t have as much room in them as he needed.”

The Driver X program is also known as “The Gong Show” – a competition in which Roush tests several drivers to see if they might fit into one of his Cup, Busch or Craftsman Truck Series teams.

“It just took a long time to get his program going because they were the third one in line, and they were all new,” Roush explains. “But Danny made a good accounting of himself. He had a number of great races. We sure enjoy having Danny be part of the program.

“We don’t have sponsorship for it next year, and this Raybestos Rookie championship will sure help him a lot.”

O’Quinn says the Driver X program has prepared him for bigger – and possibly better – opportunities down the road.

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