Friday, November 30, 2007

In-Progress in NYC: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Banquet


Friday night at 9PM Eastern Time, ESPN Classic plays host to the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Banquet from New York City.

At 8:30PM, also on Classic, the Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon will have highlights shown from the Thursday function that awards the Rookie of the Year and other sponsor-driven awards.

This Banquet has changed networks as the NASCAR TV contracts have changed, and this will be the first year on ESPN Classic. The program will re-air at Midnight Eastern, 9PM Pacific for the West Coast.

The evening will be hosted by Dr. Jerry Punch, with Kelly Clarkson as the musical guest and David Spade as the comic entertainment.

This function has changed from a rather informal and often entertaining end-of-season blow-out to a fully charged high-dollar sponsor-driven TV show. In the past several years, the drivers have read their acceptance speeches from a TV style Teleprompter.

This page will serve to host your comments about the Banquet on ESPN, and you may add your TV-related opinion before, during, or after the program. Please read the rules on the right side of the main page about posting, and then feel free to add your opinion to this on-going Internet discussion at The Daly Planet.

116 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Banquet I watched the last two years was a staged affair consisting of the following speech by every single driver:

blah, blah, blah, SPONSOR, SPONSOR, SPONSOR.
blah, blah, blah, TEAM, TEAM, TEAM.
blah, blah, blah, HONEY I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU.
blah, blah, blah, SPONSOR, SPONSOR, SPONSOR.

Daly Planet Editor said...

UPDATE: SPEED told me earlier this week that there was no TV programming surrounding the NEXTEL Cup Banquet on their network.

I mentioned in an earlier article that there would be no Melissa Rivers and Michael Waltrip return, and no behind-the-scenes programming.

Once again, NASCAR Images is the company that provides the NASCAR content to SPEED and produces INC and all the SPEED Stage shows.

I will ask them on Monday if they plan to provide broader network coverage and programming surrounding the function, but as we can see from the program airing on ESPN Classic, the value of this night has slipped to its lowest point.

JD

Anonymous said...

I,m confused.
Seems like the same misdirected ESPN. I think i'm listening to the banquet by MRN on Sirius Satellite Radio, but it's not on TV. The banquet has already been shoved to ESPN Classic so why isn't it more important than a classic American Gladiators show? One last snub to the Nascar fan this year. This is so so bad. There are not enough words to express the frustration.
Glenn in GA

Daly Planet Editor said...

Don't we love our time-shift technology?

Anonymous said...

UPDATE: SPEED told me earlier this week that there was no TV programming surrounding the NEXTEL Cup Banquet on their network.

I think we all were confused because on the website programming guide on SPEED.com, they listed a Behind the Scenes at Championship Week program listed for today. Then this morning the schedule was changed.

All advertisements for the banquet keep saying LIVE on ESPN Classic. According to the above poster, that is not true. More misinformation from ESPN.

Duncan said...

Well as typical of this year, Mediacom Cable doesn't have ESPN Classic so I can't make a comment on something I can't watch. It is getting harde and harder to be a Nascar fan.

Daly Planet Editor said...

The Marketing Award to ESPN...wow

Anonymous said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
The Marketing Award to ESPN...wow

Yep I about choked.

Glenn

Anonymous said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
The Marketing Award to ESPN...wow

November 30, 2007 8:35 PM

doesn't that award have to do with commercials and promos? If it is, I think they deserve such an award.

SophiaZ123 said...

I gotta say, I was really depressed about the season and ESPN's 'treatment' of NASCAR.

But now that I have read the MANY STATEMENTS of the hallucinatory thoughts of Narcissistic Brian France, I have NO HOPE for next season to improve. Now one whit.

According to all the fans, NASCAR coverage is the WORST since it was 30 minutes a week on WW of Sports. FANS loathe, detest and despise the manufactured CHASE, the COT (the drivers do not like it's HANDLING but are NOT ALLOWED to state so publicly) Fans hate the Top 35

Fans HATE being GYPPED out of NASCAR QUALIFYING and PRACTICE (ESPN TALKS OVER EVERYTHING and rarely shows the cars on the track. When they DO show the cars, there is so much CRAP and graphics on screen, it's useless.)


But according to the OUT OF TOUCH BFrance, HE BELIEVES that all is WELL...ratings are down EVERYWHERE..not just NASCAR, says he.


They are selling MORE SEATS in Texas, Phoenix. blah, blah, blah

We fans at home see more empty seats everywhere but are WRONG to think something is amiss with the sport.

Brian France is needs to step down but is too busy kissing up to celebrities.

:(

EDIT: The Award to NASCAR made me almost spit out my coffee when I read it on Jayski earlier today.

This is why we are FOOLING ourselves into thinking things will improve next season.

Enough to make a grown woman weep.

SophiaZ123 said...

I wish the Banquet awards for the drivers would move along at such a good pace as the lunch awards.

:-)

It would be over in about 60 minutes.

Matt said...

Didn't half these awards used to be given out during the banquet? If all these were given out yesterday, what the heck is going to take up THREE HOURS tonight??

Anonymous said...

I see no reason for a sports ticker on the Classic channel.

Glenn

SophiaZ123 said...

Matt

Lots and lots of sponsor "bologna" and canned speeches.

I have to say this bloody crawl at the bottom is irritating as ALL GET OUT.

ESPN constantly promoting something and they get the marketing award.

They would sell their own saliva and promote it if somebody would buy it.

Wow...is that Brian France's mom???? she looks so young.

Richierich said...

ESPN couldn't even be bothered to broadcast the banquet live.... Through my job, I have access to a fiber feed... prior to air time they were showing Harvick giving his speech. How is it that a network could spend so much money and do such a crappy job with its coverage.

SophiaZ123 said...

who is this woman with the WORLDS most annoying TRYING TO SOUND COOL voice

Sophia asks w/o a catty bone in her body? :-)

Chandra looks lovely as always...i wish they would not call her Channy...her name is as elegant as she is...Jimmy looks nice, too.


EDIT: Easy Richierich

They do it CONSTANTLY in covering NASCAR races !!!

Richierich said...

If your gonna tape delay the show... can you edit out the unfunny guy LOL

Matt said...

Does anyone else find David Spade as UN-funny as I do? Why doesn't NASCAR get a Blue Collar Comedian to do this show?

Anonymous said...

Enough of David.
Time to move on.
I think he bombed

Glenn

at least we can critic here

Daly Planet Editor said...

You think that with a show on TNT, Bill Engvall might be a good choice.

wickedj said...

what was wrong with letting Jay Mohr do it?

didnt Jeff Foxworthy give the command earlier this year? oh wait hes got a TV show on FOX..cant have that on ESPN

Anonymous said...

I know a lot of people weren't crazy about Jay Mohr, but I'd take him anyday over David Spade. This is painful.

Anonymous said...

Can you believe Spade is doing a monologue about planes and flying with the Hendrick team and Lisa France wysitting there!

Makiki

wickedj said...

anyone know who Jeff Dunham is? let him do this w/ his Bubba J puppet

Anonymous said...

Tony's speech sounds heartfelt. And he got a few laughs.

Glenn

SophiaZ123 said...

TONY's SPEECH?

PUHLEASE...no spoilers here please.

We do not all have access to whatever you have access too.

Anonymous said...

Matt said...
Does anyone else find David Spade as UN-funny as I do? Why doesn't NASCAR get a Blue Collar Comedian to do this show?
---------------------------
Because it would be seen as too Southern, and to NASCAR, Southern = Redneck. I bet they'll reconsider after tonight.

Longtime NASCAR fan David Spade? Yeah right. He doesn't seem very prepared.

Anonymous said...

I think this thread has
to have spoilers, Sophia, this is a live comments for the live banquet, not the rerun. I think people here want to comment on whatever interesting things they see.

A Dale Jr. board is doing the same thing.

wickedj said...

Anon - she means for those of you who have the grace to hear this show live..

not 2 hours delayed on espn

Anonymous said...

I see. Thanks wickedj, sorry Sophia.

SophiaZ123 said...

Tony has YET to speak on MY tv on the 9pm...that's what I meant....Tom Brokaw is speaking on my tv...somebody said they were halfway thru the show when the 9PM telecast started.

SophiaZ123 said...

i was not talking about the repeat at midnight...I meant somebody commented earlier they had some fiber optic feed that NONE of us on TV at home have access too.

Brokaw gave a nice speech.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Guys,

We are talking about the TV show, not the radio broadcast.

Please let the TV things unfold for us, although we appreciate the fact some folks have the info earlier...OK?

JD

Richierich said...

Sophia, I think anonymous is listening on Sirius... They are airing it live. The fiber that I am watching is what you are seeing... during the commercials, while you see the commercial I see them switching around and getting the next segment ready. No worries... no spoilers from me if I get em. Now if I could just use some of this to place bets LOL

Rick said...

Good to see Barney Hall get an award. I always liked it when he was on the broadcasts

SophiaZ123 said...

Barney kept it short and sweet.

GREAT to see the face I enjoy on my MRN affiliate during the races.

EDIT: OK, I am all confused...I missed the SIRIUS was ahead of the TV LIVE...I get it..some are listening LIVE and some of us are listening on "MEMOREX".

How confusing..and idiotic of ESPN.

Thanks for clarifying..
:-)

Richierich said...

Barney Hall is a true living legend... With him leading the brodcast, MRN could make even time trials seems like a life and death struggle.

SophiaZ123 said...

r rich

What do you mean you can see them between the commercials..are you there live back stage so to speak?

I am starting to feel my IQ points drop like bowling pins.

I can't get over how short Barney kept his speech but I could tell the award touched him. Great guy.

Kevin in Indy said...

Tom Blowchow made me change the channel, sorry. He's as exciting as Kenseth in Victory Lane.

Anonymous said...

Who is keeping track of the sponsor mentions?

PammH said...

ummm-don't fault the 4 letter channel for that...same thing happened last yr. I listened on XM radio to the LIVE banquet..but taped TNT's broadcast later. btw, I ALWAYS pay attention to what the guys where!! I've personally had some satellite problems tonite, so can't comment on Spade, but saw the lovely tribute to Bill France & the others we've lost.

NASCAR_IRL fan said...

A very nice speech from Tom Brokaw. A nice short speech from Barney Hall.

I can't get over this ticker on the screen. How awful.

I admit I'm watching mostly to see what everyone's wearing.

Richierich said...

No, ESPN is a client of the company I work for. They are sending us the broadcast via fiber for us to pass along to their international interests. I see the show minus commercials. While you are seeing the commercials, the broadcast truck is getting the next segement on the "tape" ready to go. I also see them switch occasionaly to the feed directly from the stage live. When they come back from commercial, I see the same thing as you.

JD, you are quite familiar with the compnay I work for in Stamford ;-)

Newracefan said...

Just wanted to say hello, I won't have a real comment til much later, I have to wait till the ESPN2 replay (taping can't stay up til 3am) since ESPN Classic is MIA for me.

Kevin in Indy said...

Kevin Harvick is one lucky man...

Matt said...

Who is that extremely annoying woman doing the voice-overs? She's more annoying than Brent or Rusty.

SophiaZ123 said...

thanks richie rich for the 'splanation.

Yes, the ticker is MOST IRRITATING, ain't it? But so far, the show is going on at a much better clip than last year course I know there is a singer coming up (Ugh) and more David Spade (who's comments about big people on planes did make me laugh as I know many who travel and have had their seat taken over by such people)

But Spade always takes something too far to make his previous funny comment, unfunny.

I did enjoy him on JUST SHOOT ME...but after a couple of snide comments he was out of the picture.

The video they are showing before each driver is nice tonight, too.

Now if they would LOSE the ticker, I would not feel so 'seasick' from trying to ignore it.
:-)

P.S. Matt I asked the same question about the annoying WOMAN voice..good grief she is HORRIBLE.

Kevin in Indy said...

The annoncer lady that's doing the driver intros is ANNOYING!!!!!!

SophiaZ123 said...

The 20 inch tv at the end of our kitchen has this neat button where you can stretch the tv ratio a bit and if you hit this one button, it puts the bottom ticker OFF the bottom so you can't see it.

But that tv does NOT get CLASSIC.

It's ludicrous to have a ticker on the CLASSIC station ..and another reason to loathe ESPU.

Kevin in Indy said...

That announcer babe, she needs to go back to her previous life in porno!!!!!!!! Kidding, only kidding. She got fired before her first film.

Daly Planet Editor said...

rich,

Toooo funny. Nice to hear from you!

Anonymous said...

I sent ESPN Classic an e-mail to lose the ticker now. I knew it was hopeless, but, it made me feel better.

Makiki

SophiaZ123 said...

I would say that lady voice over sounds like, um..she is trying to audition for one of those.....900 numbers.

Sorry that's what she sounds like...those commercials that used to run late at night.


EDIT:Kevin I had this written before I saw your post, I swear...but this woman SCREAMS LOW CLASS. SIGH

Kevin in Indy said...

Kurrrrrt Busch......it would have been a nice speech if he wasn't so phony. Once a dork always a dork.

Kevin in Indy said...

Memo to Kelly Clarkson:
There is no law that says you have to SUPER-Size your order......

Kevin in Indy said...

Anybody else notice that you could fit 3 Chandra Johnson's into 1 Kelly Clarkson? Sorry, that was below the belt.

Rick said...

Kelly Clarkson????

i thought the musical guest was supposed to be Aerosmith!!!

excuse me while I run off ducking and hiding ;)

tivouser07 said...

Ticker needs to go...Kelly looks..."real" and is quite attractive. Seemed more than a little nervous when she was speaking.
You could not pay me enough to perform in front of that crowd!

I like Tony, but...he looks kinda greasy!

PammH said...

Glad you owned up Kev, cuz some of us ladies out here watching this are a NORMAL or bigger size ~waving hand~ and think ALOT of the model wives are a "bit" thin!! And the songs had NOTHING to do w/Nascar..

NASCAR_IRL fan said...

I felt so sorry for Kelly Clarkson. The crowd looked so uninterested and restless at their tables, though Jimmie Johnson tried to look enthused for her.

Her voice sounded good, though the mix was off. I saw earlier today a comment in the other Banquet article those songs she sang don't have anything to do with NASCAR. That's true. Maybe the crowd is silently protesting the music choices by their disinterest.

The interviews with the wives before the awards was new, at least I've never seen it before. A little odd, but not bad. They're trying something different.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Let's summarize to this point:

Voice-over announcer sounds like a porn star...scripted speeches as lame as usual...Tony Stewart only breath of fresh air as usual...and who did Jerry Punch's hair?

Anybody got anything else?

SophiaZ123 said...

Well, chandra is a rail..but thinking of weight...remember when Tony started losing weight and looking better???And he had the personal cook traveling with him?


WHA' Happened?

Tony...is a handsome guy but too young to be resembling Elvis the later years...Rotund in his jumpsuit.
(And I say that as a former chubby woman, not some snotty born rail thin type that used to make me SCREAM ;-) )

Tony seems to enjoy speaking and is at ease...but if Brylcream came back in vogue, I missed that...I wish I could afford Sirius...it would be fun to hear his show and the others...

NOT TO MENTION FULL TIME MRN for the races!! instead of Peespn.

:-)

Great SPEECH TONY!! Glad somebody sent me one of your HOME DEPOT jackets last week. I LOVE wearing it..

Nice to see him mention Ricky Rudd and DJ, too. It was a heartfelt speech.

SophiaZ123 said...

JD

LMAO at your summary. Works for me.

I wasn't going to comment on Doc's hair but goodness ! !

JD You gotta find out who this voice lady is....Wow...and we all thought RUSTY was annoying&^%$#@~

YIKES! Make her STOP!!!!!!!!

Matt said...

Oh boy...Spade is back....

Anonymous said...

My main complaint about David Spade is that his jokes have nothing to do with NASCAR. Jay Mohr always razzed the drivers and made jokes about them and the sport. Spade is just rambling about anything.

Kevin in Indy said...

Hopefully Kyle will get his girlfriend's name right this year.

PammH said...

I'm back!! But soooo out after this-Spade is on & he is NOT doing comedy about our guys at ALL! Last sad comment from me-at least Jay made it about the drivers & didn't do an unrelated stand-up routine. What did I expect??? Life goes on...

SophiaZ123 said...

Spade did have me laughing out loud at his Hefner and WEEKEND at BERNIE's comment.

But when he started the Britney jokes...I was afraid WHERE he was going with the shaving her head comment...and the look on Helton's face...he might have been nervous too.

SPADE seems to always act like he's too inside which is part of his smart aleck charm for some I guess. Did Jimmie pick him or are they really friends?

Anyway..he went on about his mom too much...again it was funny the first message from mom..but he ran into the ground.

Kyle's dogs are adorable! I love these taped bits. Was that the Busch's father? I always heard the boys got their personalities from him...interesting to see him finally.

Is it just me or does Rick Hendrick look "NOT THRILLED" in any close up tonight?

Anonymous said...

JD.
Could we add Spade's tasteless comments?
Flying, homeless, hookers, gays, Hollywood.....
What room does he think he's working?
Certainly not a NASCAR crowd.

Makiki

Anonymous said...

Kyle broke up with girlfriend Erica a few months back--about the same time his good friend and new teammate Denny Hamlin broke up with his long-time girlfriend. Go figure!

SophiaZ123 said...

If Mr. Hendrick is enjoying himself this evening, he needs to notify his face. He did not look comfortable from the git go.

Kevin in Indy said...

I almost got my rear end chewed out. My wife was upstairs watching a chick-flick and she heard some strange vocalizations coming from the TV. She thought I was watching an X rated movie but it was the announcer lady. Oh, goody, Kenseth is on. Nap tiiiiiimmme............

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen any of the owners break a smile - Roush, Childress, Penske, or Hendrick. I haven't seen Gibbs yet.

Kevin in Indy said...

CLINT BOWYER RACED A CHEVETTE?!?!?!
That's like racing an AMC Pacer! Clint is Da Man!

NASCAR_IRL fan said...

From what I know, Jimmie Johnson doesn't get to pick the host or musical guest - that's all NASCAR.

Some folks last year blamed him for the singer Jewel being on they said he picked her as the champion selection, but it wasn't true. She was the NASCAR designated singer for the year, like Kelly Clarkson was for 2007.

One other thing Jay Mohr did that David Spade isn't is talk to the drivers after they made their speeches. Tonight they just pick up their trophies and walk off the stage. That was part of the fun after Kyle made his mistake last year, Mohr came up with a nice joke about it while Kyle was still standing there.

Bronkster said...

What is up with Suzy Kolbers voice? She sounds like a telephone sex operator!

Anonymous said...

The banquet has an hour left and there's only two drivers left to make speeches. It was only two hours on TNT and one hour replay on NBC.

Three hours is too much. Change it back next year.

tivouser07 said...

Yeah...that was cool! Good, sincere speech, Jeff.

Sandie said...

Yes I was confused about the scheduled highlight show as well. I checked my recordings this AM and all was there but then I saw that other stuff recorded. I didn't notice until the 6 pm CST reair so I had wondered what was going on.

@richierich--I don't think it's ever been aired live. What I've understood is that everything starts at 7 eastern but it doesn't get on air until 8 (well 9 now) eastern.

SophiaZ123 said...

Wow, Jeff is still so grateful after all these years..and being a father has obviously truly changed his life...nice to see him so moved about his life this year. Good speech.

I STILL want to know what the deal is with Hendrick. He won this year, dominated this year but looks most unhappy. I wonder what is going on behind the scenes with him tonight.

SophiaZ123 said...

I am liking the little glimpses of the family before everybody spoke tonight.

I enjoyed Clint with his parents..and I thought he did well with his speech.

I take it we have to sit thru the music some more.

Last year, didn't Jay Mohr have HOSTING DUTIES as opposed to Spade who just 'appears for a short act' and then leaves?

Sandie said...

@rich--maybe I was wrong. I just looked at JDs column from Thursday and he said it was live last year.

Anonymous said...

Bill Weber hosted the banquet last time around. Jay Mohr was the guest.

TNT always delayed the banquet an hour. It starts at 7, they would start broadcasting at 8 Eastern Time.

Anonymous said...

Jay Mohr did serve mainly as a co-host - he talked to each driver after their speech and did numerous bits throughout the ceremony.

Anonymous said...

They ended the banquet telecast 15 minutes early. SportsCentury with Jeff Gordon is on now.

elena said...

I have ESPN2 and they are showing recaps of the Knick's game.

Frustrating. Did they forget NASCAR? It's 5 minutes after the hour!

Matt said...

This was the first banquet I actually watched all the way through, and I thought they did a nice job with it.. here are some of my random thoughts.

Jerry Punch was a great host, much better than Webber.

Some of Spade's jokes were funny.

The ticker was a little annoying but I got over it.

Kyle's comment about last year's speech mistake was funny, and Jimmie's UGS comment was hilarious.

Tony's speech was pretty funny.

I liked the taped segments shown before each driver was introduced.

Nice tribute to Bill France Jr, and it was nice to hear Benny, Bobby, and others mentioned, as well as Ricky and DJ retiring.

Overall I thought it was great.. *ducks away from those that think differently*

Patrick said...

they probably think they can play with the 1st 15 minutes, since the banquet was 2 hours, 45 minutes. so, i would expect them to attempt to finish on time, in stead of start on time.

elena said...

The Fresno game must have lasted longer than scheduled and so they are showing SportCenter without interuption. What's annoying is that they will show it again on ESPN in an hour.

haus20 said...

Well since I didn't get to see the banquet live, I was looking forward to at least check out the replay on the Deuce, but evidently 8 replays of Sportcenter just aren't enought so they have to put Sportscenter on the Deuce due to the basketball game. That is a little odd since usually SportsCenter is moved to ESPN News in situations like this.

Anonymous said...

Hey, where's the banquet? I'm in California, it's 9:10 pm and ESPN2 is broadcasting Sportscenter. ESPN doesn't give a damn about NASCAR fans. I'm sick and tired of chasing NASCAR programs over all of ESPN's channels only to find out they aren't broadcasting the show at all.

Patrick said...

Patrick said...

they probably think they can play with the 1st 15 minutes, since the banquet was 2 hours, 45 minutes. so, i would expect them to attempt to finish on time, in stead of start on time.
December 1, 2007 12:11 AM

or,.....maybe not. jeez, how does berman's 2-minutes turn into 5+? why is this even necessary when it wasn't scheduled to begin with? good lawd. this is reeedickulus.

haus20 said...

this is a full SportsCenter...

Patrick said...

they're showing highlights of the event they're supposed to be broadcasting? why not edit that and get to the replay sooner?
i thought some of the complaints about the bottom line were a little ridiculous since espnclassic/espn2 has it ALL the time, but now i find myself complaining about every little slap in the face to the nascar fans.

THEY'RE JUST GETTING FIRED UP WITH SPORTSCENTER? WHAT ABOUT WHAT IS SCHEDULED.
Hey, ESPN!!! Get your head out of your <...end transmission>

Anonymous said...

I just checked ESPN's website for their TV schedule. Now it shows the CUP banquet will be shown on ESPN2 at 1 am Eastern, 10 pm Pacific time. ESPN must be the acronym for Every Sports Persons Nightmare!

Patrick said...

ESPN = Erroneous Scheduling Programming Network

Anonymous said...

They usually don't cut Sportscenter short. So if you want, check ESPN2 at the bottom of the hour. The banquet should be coming on then (the football game from earlier went over schedule by about 30 minutes, which would push their whole schedule back by that amount of time).

Alex said...

The sportscenter just ended and the banquet started. I wonder if they'll shave off another 15 minutes or run it till 3:15.

Anonymous said...

The banquet is on ESPN2 now for those of you who want to see it.

Anonymous said...

I have always found the banquet lame, too staged and well a waste of money. So I tuned in anyhow. I am fed up with ESPN and their rescheduling. Please ship the programs that ESPN doesn't care about over to a network who will like SPEED.

haus20 said...

Ok...someone should have put the teleprompter on the camera or at least moved the camera closer to the teleprompter...it looks terrible to see the good Doctor looking off camera the entire time to read his script.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say the banquet was bad...the word I would use is subdued. Everyone seemed so...quiet. There was nothing I'm going to remember a week from now. I missed SPEED's yellow carpet show where I could see their personalities a little more beforehand (at least when Wendy interviewed them - Melissa Rivers wasn't good).

Overall, I thought Jeff Gordon's speech was the best and most heartfelt. I liked Matt Kenseth jokingly complaining that he didn't get to do a taped interview with his wife like the other married drivers and saying he has the cutest wife out there. I went "AWWW" like the audience did.

There weren't many laughs tonight. Last year everybody joked about Kyle in the speeches that followed his and that was a good way to inject some humor.

Kyle and Tony joked a little bit this evening. I too thought Jimmie thanking "Uggs" (as in the boots) instead of spelling out UGS the company and then realizing his error, was funny. I bet Chandra has 20 pairs of Uggs, that why she was laughing so hard.

Everyone looked fantastic all dressed up, even if they change or move the banquet, I hope they stay dressed up.

Sandie said...

@anon 11:38--that's what I thought then I saw JDs other post and got all confuzzled!

@elena--that's why I told everyone who needed to record on the deuce to set longer time. They had a live football game on and then Sportscenter was scheduled to come on after. And I doubted they'd "shorten" SC to make up for any overages.

haus20 said...

Well, once again, they have re-used video...some of the videos used in the driver introductions is from the different behind the scenes driver shows.

Karen said...

That annoying female voice sounds very familiar to me. Seems she's done this awards banquet many times from my memory.

Anonymous said...

Lets face it, Kelly Clarkson bites. Why continue to think the garage band types from Idol have actual talent beyond a .99 phone call voting system. It kills me when NASCAR throws one of these events, it shows how redneck we all are, and what we will accept. And OMG is that Susie trying to sound like that guy that does movie trailers?

elena said...

So far I'm enjoying the banquest. David Spade is okay. I liked Jay better. I think David linked his jokes about flying by saying he knew how much drivers have to travel. Of course they have their own jets, unlike him. I don't think people should have to avoid taking about planes. We all have to move on with our lives, and it was not overdone.

Did not care for Kelly or the voice.

Tom Brokaw gave a nice tribute.

I enjoyed the wives in the short videos. I did not know Jeff Burton had dated his wife since he was 15. I liked that he gave a nice tribute to DJ and Ricky Rudd.

Patrick said...

I think the female voice-over sounds like Suzy Kolber on Joe Namath bender.

Patrick said...

...and i like suzy. she makes me feel tingly in my ....
but,...obnoxious is as obnoxious does.

elena said...

Tony was pretty good. It was funny when he said Zippy had filled in for his wife. He also gave tribute to DJ and Ricky. The only one so far to congratulate Juan Pablo. Kinda joked with him, but the ESPN camera did not show him (JP).

David Spade is back. His jokes about his mother calling him in California were funny. I lived in CA and every time there was an earthquake, my family would call to see if I was okay. Some quakes were 500 miles from my house!

elena said...

Kyle was funny. Really grown up too. Gave kudos to all of HMS. He joked about making a mistake last year. Was also funny when he said that one of his goals was not to be called to the trailer to see M Helton.

Jeff looked great. His hair looked cool, unlike poor Tony. Jeff showed what a really happy guy he is. It even looked as though Ingrid's eyes were welling up with tears. Boy, Stevie's wife is cute!

elena said...

Well, it's over for another year. I liked the banquet. The music was not terrific, but anyone can sit through a couple of songs.

All the drivers looked happy to be there.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? What was with interviewing all the wives? They start out with the 10th place finisher and interview Kevin...er..Delana Harvick!! Nothing against the wives or anything but I don't think Delana held off Mark Martin to win the Daytona 500. I tune in to hear what the drivers say not their wives. Like we need another shot of Kim Burton. Didn't we see enough of her on ESPN this year? David Spade was bland at best. I can't wait to read your blog on the banquet. Just like all the races ESPN/ABC covered a complete MESS!

Newracefan said...

I watch the bannquet this morning or at least most of it. I taped the espn2 reply and got cut off mid sentence of JJ's speech, I foolishly assumed it would end on time but evidently espn had other ideas and they put in a sports center first and ran over. I did see the speech on Nascar.com so hopefully I didn't missed anything after that. Yes it was kind of boring but I watched every speech Tony and Kyle were pretty funny and Kevin's acceptance of the special moment (what ever it really is called) was funny and I am assuming it was unrehearsed. JJ's oops with Uggs vs UGS was hysterical, some guys would just have kept going pretending that nothing happened but he stopped, fixed it and commented on the big oops and made me enjoy it more. JG's speech showed so much class, how can you not respect him. Hopefully Nascar will work on better coverage for next year this midnight replay was pathetic and it looks like the post show is actully avail on Nascar.com. Although I don't know if it includes the wives/GF which I was interested in seeing too. I agree with the other posts about the voiceover women and lose the comedian if he can't make Nascar related jokes (when was the last time these drivers/families/crewchiefs flew coach next to the fat lady) and Kelly Clarkson????

Richard in N.C. said...

JD- I thought this year's Banquet was a big improvement over last year - especially format. I thought it did not drag like it did in 2006 and I thought almost all the drivers seemed more relaxed and, if they were reading, more accomplished at doing so. I thought Jerry P. was a big improvement over Weber, even though JP seemed a little stiff. I could have missed him, but I did not see or hear Rusty, which I thouhgt was curious.

I did not get to hear the intro for Tom Brokaw so I am not clear why he was there, but I think it was significant that he was - especially in light of his profile with the media in NYC.

In a somewhat related vein, it seems curious that ESPN uses Big and Rich for the lead-in for its COLLEGE GAMEDAY show and Aerosmith for NASCAR. Do you think NASCAR would have vetoed Big and Rich for ESPN NASCAR broadcasts? I personally found the Big and Rich clip this AM far superior to the noxious Aerosmith clip.

Anonymous said...

I finally got to watch my recording of the Banquet. It wasn't terrible. As others have said, the format changes were an improvement, and could've worked except for a few things.

One of which, I think you can probably count the David Spade and Kelly Clarkson experiments as failures. Why do they need a comic anyway? I can see the desire for a musical guest, but maybe return to the practice of letting the champion have a say in the entertainment.

Also, the voiceover did get annoying towards the end. I don't believe the woman doing the voiceover was Suzy Kolber, however. It was probably someone who makes their living being a voiceover artist.

I noticed the repurposed video footage as well. But I liked that touch of doing some kind of retrospective before the driver gives their speech.

Overall, it could've been better, but it's an awards show so what can you expect?