Monday, March 12, 2007

SPEED: Inside NEXTEL Cup - Las Vegas

The word has gone out to Michael Waltrip to clean-up his act. Here he was on the set clean and shaved, hair actually combed, no coffee cup in sight. Perhaps, the addition of Greg Biffle as a semi-permanent panel member helped Michael to understand that he might just not be irreplaceable. And make no mistake about it, this show has been pivotal to his entire NEXTEL Cup career.

Dave Despain is just back from Daytona Bike Week, and his trouble shifting to the world of NASCAR continues. He is about as interested in this sport as the man in the moon. His drool manner and low level of enthusiasm is just not right in this setting. The ghost of Alan Bestwick haunts this set.

Luckily, Biffle has proven to be just the medicine the panel needs to regain their form of several years ago, and make Brian Vickers just a bad memory. Greg has a solid mechanical understanding of racing like Kenny Schrader, and the are both solid foils for the hi-jinks of Waltrip. One has the feeling after watching the three drivers enjoy themselves for the first time this year, that this series is just one new host away from regaining its stride. Wendy Venturini anyone?