Last weekend's Nextel Cup race at Pocono, broadcast on ESPN, received a 4.5 national rating, down 12 percent from last season's event, according to Nielsen Media Research. Last year's race received a 5.1 on TNT.
The Pocono race was the most watched sporting event of the weekend, edging out coverage on CBS of the PGA Bridgestone Invitational (3.3 rating).
The inaugural Busch Series event at Montreal, broadcast on ESPN2, received a 1.4 national rating, the same as the Busch at Indianapolis the week before.
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