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Salisbury's Doug Rice and Kent Bernhardt lead Performance Racing Network on Sprint Cup Media Tour

PRN's Doug Rice interviewing NASCAR driver Danica Patrick PRN's Doug Rice interviewing NASCAR driver Danica Patrick
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Salisbury's own Doug Rice and Kent Bernhardt are having a very busy week working the Charlotte Motor Speedway annual Media Tour presented by Technocom.  

The tour is a way for journalists from across the country to talk with drivers, team owners, and NASCAR officials prior to the start of the 2015 Sprint Cup Season.

Rice and Bernhardt work with the Performance Racing Network, broadcasting races live during the season, but also producing significant web content and specials throughout the year.

Performance Racing Network is giving its fans unprecedented exclusivity looking ahead to the final two days of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. As it has already this week, PRN will provide a live online video stream, bringing NASCAR fans at home or work even closer to the action from their favorite drivers and teams.

The live stream can be found at GoPRN.com/shows/stream/ and will also be archived on the GoPRNLive YouTube channel after the event.

Wednesday and Thursday will be jam-packed with some of the biggest names in the sport, including drivers from Roush Fenway RacingTeam PenskeRichard Childress RacingHendrick Motorsports and many more. For a full list of drivers, fans can view the lineup here.

There wasn't much room to spare as NASCAR's most captivating team, Stewart-Haas Racing, made its way to the stage during the second day of the 33rd annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented byTechnocom, according to a press release provided to WBTV highlighting the day's events.

More than 200 credentialed print, radio and television media piled into the press conference room at theCharlotte Convention Center, as team co-owner/driver Tony Stewart, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin HarvickDanica Patrick and Kurt Busch sat side-by-side with co-owner Gene Haas. The 2014 season was both celebratory and demanding, as a myriad of on- and off-track issues put the SHR team in the spotlight for most of the year.

“I'm not happy about the last two years of my life,” said Stewart. “It's given me more drive and desire to get back to the old form that our fans and sponsors are used to seeing us in. This is probably the most prepared I've been in a while for a season.”

Should Stewart get back to championship form then it will likely be his championship teammate that he'll be chasing down. Coming off of the first Sprint Cup title of his career, Harvick is ready to build off his championship season and into a true perennial contender.

“There's a sense of responsibility for the sport, as the champion, to make sure that you represent the sport and do the things you need to in order to grow the sport,” said Harvick. “It is way more fun to win the championship than to lose it. That's motivation in itself (to try and win it again). You want to move forward and keep doing your job the best that you can.”

A similar mantra is coming out of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com camp. About to begin her third full season in the Cup Series, Patrick has a new crew chief in Daniel Knost, but she doesn't anticipate changing much about her approach to racing.

“Really to continue with the things that were happening and the improvements made in the areas that I was looking to improve,” said Patrick. “It's also to develop new relationships. With a new crew chief we need to get to know each other, so I'll be putting a lot of hard work into getting our communication going. After that, it's picking up where I left off (last year) with crew chief Tony Gibson.”

Gibson is now on top of the pit box for Busch. Put together for the final three races of 2014, the two had instant chemistry with Busch averaging an 8.7 finish with two top-10s over that stretch.

“We want to continue to build off the success we had from 2014, winning a race and making the Chase, but that's not what we're here to do,” said Busch. “We're here to shoot for a championship. We want to build on the team's chemistry, using those last three races with Tony; those are the types of races we know we are capable of putting together.”


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