Saturday, March 1, 2008
"Trackside" On SPEED: Love It Or Hate It?
I am getting a lot of email about the Trackside program from last night featuring Kyle Busch. Readers either think this show is the best thing since sliced bread or believe that it shows-off everything that is wrong with the sport.
How do you feel? This one hour show takes place every race weekend on Friday night and features Steve Byrnes as the host. Darrell Waltrip is alongside for the Fox portion of the TV package, and is joined by both Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond.
Normally, there are one or two guests from the NASCAR world and the conversation is a mix of the serious and the hilarious. Friday night, a much more mature Kyle Busch was on-hand to talk with the panel and answer some good questions.
While this show is always walking the "NASCAR line," there have been some very good conversations with a lot of NASCAR personalities over the years. Byrnes has an upbeat style of hosting that ruffles some folks, but he makes it clear that he is not going to take racing too seriously.
Waltrip is always interesting, in his own way. Caught-up in all kinds of conflicts of interest, DW is almost always going to get himself into hot water one way or another. In this show, he has been fun and focused and interested in the guests. He has also been self-serving and sometimes way off-base with some comments.
McReynolds is the target of good-natured grief from Byrnes and Hammond all season long, and that does seem to wear thin after a while. No one is more focused on this sport and a better ambassador of all things NASCAR than McReynolds.
I have always enjoyed this program series, and took it as a fun SPEED show from the track that featured drivers and casual conversation. Other seem to believe that it serves to promote the NASCAR agenda, and even twists reality to what NASCAR wants fans to believe. That is a good conspiracy theory.
If you have some thoughts on Trackside, let us hear them. It might be interesting to get some samples of what NASCAR fans and casual viewers see when they watch this fast-paced hour of raucous conversation. To add your comment, just click on the COMMENTS button below, and thanks for taking the time to stop by.