Sunday, July 27, 2008

In-Progress At Indy: Sprint Cup Race On ESPN


After six months of rehearsing with the Nationwide Series, Sunday at 1PM brings the debut of ESPN's transition to the Sprint Cup.

Allen Bestwick will lead the panel of Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty and Ray Evernham from the Infield Pit Center through a one-hour version of NASCAR Countdown. This pre-race show is going to be talking about the critical Goodyear tire issue which will dominate this telecast.

This pressing issue is sure to change the scripted nature of what ESPN had planned for this hour and continues to change as showtime approaches. The pit reporters are going to be put to the test in this show.

It will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Mike Massaro who will be charged with keeping the viewers up to date from pit road, the garage area and the Infield Medical Center. Spake was a fill-in last season and is still coming up to speed with live TV, the other three are veterans from last season's coverage.

Upstairs will be Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Punch will be handling the play-by-play duties for this second season with the very bright spotlight shining on this high-profile position. He struggled last year on these longer races and often appeared to be very tired only halfway through the event.

The big new fish in the ESPN pond is Dale Jarrett. He has been the savior of ESPN this season with his calm demeanor and his strong knowledge of the sport. Coupled with Andy Petree, this duo has all the bases covered for ESPN and should be the strongest part of the Indy coverage.

ESPN has been challenged to abandon the "scripted" approach to these races that drove fans crazy last year, and the Indy tire problems may be just what the doctor ordered. The network is going to be forced to deal with the reality of this problem rather than stick with the stories it chose to highlight in the pre-race show.

Look for solid triple splits on the caution flag pit stops with ESPN trying to do everything possible to cover the most important part of this event, the race off pit road. It is entirely possible that the order leaving the pits will be the order finishing the race with all the COT issues.

Bestwick is very different from former infield host Suzy Kolber, so TV viewers should not be subjected to celebrity interviews and ESPN promos during green flag racing. The network also has to choose when to insert SportsCenter updates and other non-racing content.

The HD cameras at Indy are always outstanding, and this season the ESPN crew produced a memorable Indy 500 IRL telecast. Hopefully, the outstanding pictures and sound will continue with the ESPN TV crew on this broadcast. Look for moving boom and jig cameras in the telecast, especially on pit road.

The final laps of this race call for the big decision on the part of the Producer. Show the drama of the winner alone crossing the finish-line or keep the bigger perspective and show the lead-lap cars all racing to the stripe. It should be interesting to see what ESPN decides this season. In 2007, they chose to show only the winning car and no others cross the line.

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey folks, this should be a good one.

JD

bevo said...

I don't know JD, I see a possible beating from ESPN about the tires. We might end up knowing who every single rep from Goodyear is.

Newracefan said...

I was wondering how fast Hermie had to get off the bricks (Raceday ended with Hermie on the bricks) until I realized AB's intro was taped earlier, there's no way he got into the booth that fast.

alex said...

I hear there will be a competition caution at lap 10. Hopefully the tires make it that far.

Anonymous said...

Great explanation from Ray on the tire load between the old car and the COT.

Adam T. Martin said...

Wow.

So much tire talk, I think I'm watching a Unocal 76 commercial.

I missed the intro. Did they use any dumb music videos?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wonder how Rusty feels with Ray now being the star of the Infield?

alex said...

Why does ESPN play commercials for another sporting event on another channel, that airs during the race? I know ESPN and ABC are the same company, but it still seems strange to advertise something that would pull viewers from the race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Trying to make sense of ESPN promo placement will result in mental duress.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anybody having RaceBuddy withdrawl?

Newracefan said...

How many times have we seen that piece on kissing the bricks, this is where it belonged, I'm pretty sure it was first shown when we were suppose to see cars on the track.

The DJ JG interview was fun

Anonymous said...

Good start so far, Ray's explanation was very good.

I'm glad Brad was candid and said what I was thinking, that he hopes this race - one of the biggest of the year - isn't marred or overshadowed by tire wear. Sounded like from Allen's explanation that NASCAR is planning to throw competition cautions every 10 laps or so - not just the first 10 - until they feel the tire wear is under control. That would be a nightmare for ESPN in terms of casual viewers, who might get bored with a stop-and-start nature of that situation.

Lou, from NY said...

Hearing Ray speak in a normal tone of voice is pleasing and easy to listen to.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Notice that on the wideshot of the four panelists ESPN is slowly creeping the camera all the time.

Newracefan said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
Anybody having RaceBuddy withdrawl?

Count me as one, wouldn't it be great to be watching that camera as all the drivers started to go driver intros, I loved that part.

Daly Planet Editor said...

So should we start a pool? Who is Ray going to replace in 2009? Choices are Rusty or Andy.

Newracefan said...

Creeping the camera?

Daly Planet Editor said...

nrf,

The camera is on a track. It creeps slowly one direction or another when the wideshot is on TV.

It gives a panoramic feel and is something to watch for as we talk TV.

JD

Anonymous said...

I wonder why this race is on ESPN and the Arena Football game is on ABC? Seems like that should be reversed today. Even though it's the title game, I don't think Arena Football is all that popular.

Matt said...

They've done a really good job so far. Ray's explanation was great.

As far as RaceBuddy, it'd be really cool to see all the behind the scenes activity like driver intros and such that made you feel like you were at the track. I loved the souvenir camera they had..

Newracefan said...

Please let it NOT be Andy I really like his prespective during the race and needless to say Rusty's opinion is nolonger anything I wish to hear.

bevo said...

JD,

Hopefully Rusty. Don't know if Ray is too interested in added time commitments though.

alex said...

Anon 1:22,
Arena football isn't as popular as Nasacar, by a long shot. However, it's popularity has improved ten-fold in the last 2 or 3 years with their current TV contract on ESPN. Since this is their Super Bowl, they're trying to reach as wide of an audience as they can to help grow the sport further.

I would have watched the game, if it wasn't going head to head with one of Nascar's biggest races.

Daly Planet Editor said...

nrf,

If you Google Daly+Planet+pictures you will get some photos of the Infield Studio, including the camera track and anchor desk

Daly Planet Editor said...

bevo,

The rumor is Ray is out after this year and is going TV fulltime.

bevo said...

A lot of pointing on that panel :)

alex said...

Moving the camera back and forth on that track makes me feel like I had a few too many drinks before watching the race. It's not necessary, unless ESPN thinks that's what they have to do to keep things interesting.

Matt said...

Is he really going to replace someone? I wouldn't mind saying bye to Rusty.. it better not be Andy.

Newracefan said...

OK now I see it, I can't watch too close makes me dizzy. It's like that affect when you are stopped and the car next to you starts to drift slowly and you push your brakes harder because you think it's your car.

Daly Planet Editor said...

matt,

ESPN will never say. They didn't tell us anything this season until Feb. But Ray is not there for his health.

am19psu said...

Re: Arena Bowl

Also, you have to keep in mind the mouse owns half the league. That might have something to do with it being on ABC.

bevo said...

JD,

I didn't know that about Ray. He does a weekly segment on Sirius but I haven't listened the last few weeks.

As far as AFL game on ABC; they might loose more viewers from the race to NBC for women's beach volleyball :)

Matt said...

Hm should be interesting to see JD..

Anyone else feel like the commercial breaks are short so far?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Ooops, you have to Google Daly+Planet+tech+center+studio

Too many daggone pics on my site!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all for the explanations about Arena Football growth maybe being the reason they're on ABC instead of the Brickyard. Didn't know it was growing that fast. I could see ABC wanting an offseason football franchise if they could get one.

Jo said...

Please let it be cRusty that Ray replaces. I enjoy Andy.

kbaskins said...

Speaking of Rusty, I think it was kind of amusing that his good friend Roger Penske came out on Saturday and refuted Rusty's assertion that Ryan Newman was fired.

It's yet another example of how Rusty just can't let the past go, and how he really is unsuited to his role as a commentator. His credibility (or what little he had) has taken a big hit.

--KarenB

Lou, from NY said...

A speak from your heart w/Richard Childress. Very well done.

alex said...

Yes, Very well done.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should be interesting to see Shannon once the race is underway. The Cup pits are very different from the N'wide Series.

am19psu said...

JD,

Really? More hectic? More people? I imagine the storylines are similar, aren't they (well, except for the tire issue today)?

Jo said...

Nice shot by AB intro DJ as 2time winner & Rusty LOL

Newracefan said...

Shannon and pits are not a good mix, talks to fast and tells me nothing "made adjustments and down and away" useless. What changes and why forget that away stuff

bevo said...

Seeing that ticker at the bottom reminds me again why I love HotPass

Daly Planet Editor said...

am19,

It is night and day. Like the Durham Bulls and the NY Yankees.

Adam T. Martin said...

So far, I've enjoyed the Richard Childress and Jeff Gordon pieces. Simple, straight talk.

I think Rusty is looking uncomfortable today.

I'm one of the people that thinks this race should be on ABC. This is the Brickyard.

Daly Planet Editor said...

This should be an interesting transition between Bestwick and Jerry Punch about to happen.

bevo said...

What are the odds we'll have a LIVE SPORTSCENTER cut-in of Favre not at the front gate of training camp???

Daly Planet Editor said...

Adam, you better believe he is. He just needs to look around him.

Matt said...

I know we discussed this last year, but I agree that it just doesn't seem right that this race is on ESPN and not ABC. I wish they would change it for the upcoming years, but it might already be in the contract..?

alex said...

bevo - We'll probably have 2 or 3. At least the Yankees/Red Sox don't play until 8, so we won't have that update every 30 minutes.

All we need are wide shots and no ticker on the screen. Too much to ask?

Anonymous said...

Shannon has tried very hard, but she's another person who should be gone or moved to another role at the end of the season. Jamie Little has improved, Shannon has not.

In case anybody misses Lindsay Czarniak (who would be a great replacement for Shannon), she will be the host of Olympics coverage on the NBC-owned Oxygen channel when the Olympics starts in a couple of weeks. She's one of the eight hosts of Olympic coverage (which includes famous names like Jim Lampley and Mary Carillo), so good for her.

"Lindsay Czarniak will make her second Olympic appearance and her first as host of Oxygen's coverage and as a Sports Desk reporter for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She made her Olympic debut as a Sports Desk reporter during NBC's coverage of the 2006 Torino Games."

Daly Planet Editor said...

These are the new SC promos for the live SC shows. Over a thousand ESPN employees tried-out for the opportunity. Get used to him, you are going to be seeing him a lot.

JD

bevo said...

OK, that is the worst promo for SportsCenter ever

Lou, from NY said...

Yea Adam, I would be uncomfortable if Ray was sitting next to me also.

bevo said...

How I miss Keith and Dan...

alex said...

I wonder if Nicole Manske has any interest in being a pit reported. I think she would do a good job seeing how she has done well on Nascar Now this year.

alex said...

sorry, pit "reporter"... Too bad they couldn't dub in a mute for that moment of silence, since the profanities came through.

Jo said...

Nice choice for the anthem - no mute here

Daly Planet Editor said...

Now, that's the way to sing it.

Adam T. Martin said...

"OK, that is the worst promo for SportsCenter ever"

You said it. This maybe the new Dark Mane for ESPN.

Oh the insanity.

Nice national anthem.

Lou, from NY said...

Best performance of the anthem this season.

Matt said...

The anthem + camera shots gave me the chills.. I love it

Adam T. Martin said...

Again, the National Anthem was awesome.

Nice flyover.

Uh oh. Dark Mane is back.

Phew, back to the Brickyard.

Jo said...

Between SC promo dude & Darkmane
wow did espn waste $$$

Newracefan said...

Fantastic anthem, I usually hit the mute but no this time. I missed the end of the prerace after Brewers piece did I miss anything?

Bill H said...

Randy Pemberton HotPass just welcomed us to the AllStar 400 :)

BillWebz

SophiaZ123 said...

GREAT ANTHEM! I was out of room for part of it and missed the singer.

I missed the flyover...was it early? I stepped into the room too late...sigh.

KUDOS to the man singing!!

am19psu said...

What is with the green screen in the booth? Is "out the window" a bad shot or something?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Bill,

I guess Allstate did not buy any DirecTV ads huh?

Vicky D said...

Fabulous fabulous national anthem! Too bad flyover was late.

Daly Planet Editor said...

So, ten laps to chaos? Has Punch or Jarrett talked tires? Hmmm...

Adam T. Martin said...

Mari Hulman George knows how to deliver the command to start engines in my opinion.

Calm, but excited.

Bill H said...

Funny thing JD - after he said it they showed the Allstate 400 logo on the screen. Randy and Hermie always make mistakes on Hotpass - makes it fun.

BillWebz

Newracefan said...

LIstening to 48 scanner. Rick is looking for the 48's pit. The respect just oozes out from Chad as he answers him. Calls him Mr. Hendrick

Daly Planet Editor said...

bill,

Randy is a good guy. I hope SPEED lets him sub for John Roberts on some shows next year.

bevo said...

Larry Mc doing HotPass for Harvick

Adam T. Martin said...

I wish the announcers would go through the entire starting grid like they did in the past.

I can live without the in-race reporter but that is just me.

Renata said...

Count my vote as being for Ray to replace Rusty next season.

It should be an interesting broadcast/race. Here we go...

Newracefan said...

Oh RaceBuddy where are you.

Newracefan said...

I would also like to have them go thru the field showing each car (it might be the only time we see or hear about some cars) instead of the in-race reporter thing

Daly Planet Editor said...

Time to make the donuts. Let's keep our eyes on the pictures and our ears on Punch and company.

SophiaZ123 said...

I also miss RB! After poo pooing it when it was announced.

Here we go!!

alex said...

Nice camera work and absence of ticker so far!

Kyle said...

I missed the whole pre race, did Rusty open up his mouth about the Newman situation again?


Any over under bets on number of times we will see draft tracker? I go for 2, considering they used it at Bristol last year.....

red said...

hi all! should be . . . interesting today, huh?

jd: i already miss racebuddy in a BIG way! with these competition yellows, that pitstop screen would have been awesome.

stayed away from pre-race: with the exception of the squier piece, doesn't sound like i missed too much.

nice camera work so far: long shots from different angles, whole pack shots.

Matt said...

Beautiful shots.. please keep it up.

SophiaZ123 said...

Wah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mikey torn up.


Sniff, sniff

(sophia grabs an early tissue)

big sigh

red said...

so, lap 4 yellow. will that do away with the competition yellow or will they just keep the pits closed?

bevo said...

Very good replays on the 55

SophiaZ123 said...

Agree about the GREAT WIDE SHOTS!!!
Please keep it up.

Ugh..that horrible bumper music...geez..just like in the Indy series.

I would rather hear ambient noise.

WOW...commercials LOUD!! must be local...ouch.

Matt said...

They may postpone the comp yellow until lap 15 or however many laps this caution lasts..?

kbaskins said...

Pit road closed, according to Carl's spotter.

--KarenB

Adam T. Martin said...

Some decent camera work so far. The zooming in is a bit nagging but I like the camera work as of right now.

Replay was nice.

So far, so good.

Newracefan said...

TWIN will be interesting Mikey does well on flat tracks so I am sure he will be crushed. OOPS were's the remote Darkmane is back

Renata said...

That puts a damper on my race already.

Red, usually they'll let cars pit, but they can't fuel the car.

SophiaZ123 said...

Well, one thing about Mikey wrecking, will the ratings go up for backflip TWIN? :(

Anonymous said...

Raceview is awful. No audio - typical.

alex said...

Refreshing to hear DJ call it the Brickyard 400. I wish the others would "forget" the corporate name.

Kyle said...

Whats more disturbing.... The Bill Engvall daughters undies promo, or these weird guy in a mask X-Games promo??

Adam T. Martin said...

Bill Engvall is far more disturbing, but DarkMane is way more annoying.

A replay involving Carl Edwards Dale Jr.

I think the announcers should forget the corporate name.

Brickyard 400 for life.

SophiaZ123 said...

Wow...over 100 comments already.

JD, we may break a comment record.
Can't get used to the AFLAC colors...looks like something out of Florida.

kbaskins said...

Pit road open now, competition caution on lap 14.

--KarenB

kbaskins said...

Sophia, Carl's my favourite driver, and those colours make even me throw up in my mouth a little.

Next year's version has considerably more black.

--KarenB

Matt said...

Agree with the Aflac colors.. next year's scheme is much better.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Raceview audio is down totally right?

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or did ESPN take the FOX slide when two cars change positions? Guess it is better than last years abrupt change.

Newracefan said...

Pitcommand scanner for the 48 works

SophiaZ123 said...

I haven't been to Florida since the 70's but that car is colorful!

AWESOME wide angle shots of the cars COMING AT US on the front stretch. Keep up the great camera work Mr. Director!!


Really enhances the viewing to have great camera work..as long as they do NOT overuse in car, bumper cams or the Digger cam...I will be happy camper.

Gonna miss Rbuddy on the competition caution!!

SophiaZ123 said...

Kurt and Kevin hard crash.

hmmmm...tires raising their ugly issue?

Dmo said...

Nice replays of the Harvick/Kurt Busch wreck.
-DMO

bevo said...

Larry Mc noticed the steering is screwed up on Harvick, might be serious

Kyle said...

This is going to be a long long race. 8 green flag laps and we have our first blow.

bevo said...

Busch lost it and slid into Harvick

bevo said...

Harvick to the garage

Anonymous said...

Raceview audio is now working, but was not earlier.

red said...

i have to say: the picture quality seems especially crisp today. i don't have HD but the picture is cleaner and the colors brighter as well.

Vince said...

Is it my imagination or is Dr. Punch a half a step behind in his calls today? Andy and DJ are bailing him out already.

bevo said...

Doing a lot of work on the steering and suspension for Harvick. Larry Mc giving a lot of information.

SophiaZ123 said...

Red

Agreed about the picture and colors. i am watching on two old tv's as well.

Crap! Jr has tire going down...bad vibration.

bevo thanks for the info on Harvick!

bevo said...

Burton is replacing Harvick on HotPass

Anonymous said...

kudos to ESPN for cutting out of commerical to follow the Jr. story.
as a side note, why has nascar not told goodyear to fix their stuff or take a hike by now?

Dmo said...

Anyone on DirectTV in the NE having trouble with ESPN? My dad's ESPN is blacked-out - only channel in the line-up that way.
-D

kbaskins said...

Carl's starting to have a bit of a vibration. Tires are going quick...

--KarenB

Daly Planet Editor said...

Now, its official. This is going to be a tire mess. Should be interesting to see when Punch actually starts talking about what is really going on.

Daly Planet Editor said...

dmo,

Where does he live?

red said...

there is so much crap on the screen right now: 2 windows, ticker across the top w/race positions and time behind, espn logo, and 18/58 across the bottom.
we used to call it "visual clutter" and "eye poison."

tires: is this bringing lowe's to mind for anyone else?!?

Vince said...

This is gonna get ugly fast with the tire situation. Not good. Nice pics from ESPN today. Good camera work so far. Isn't it great to come back from commercial to AB and not Suzy?

Anonymous said...

am19psu said...
What is with the green screen in the booth? Is "out the window" a bad shot or something?

July 27, 2008 2:08 PM

There is no green screen in the booth. What you see is shot from the second floor of the Pagoda.......Green screens are for the Weather Channel, not here.....

Newracefan said...

tires: is this bringing lowe's to mind for anyone else?!?

Red please no that was a nightmare

Anonymous said...

The pit reporter "chick" said Harvick radioed that he blew a tire.

HUH????

What race is sha watching???

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice black frame on the triple split.

bevo said...

dmo-

SD DirecTV here in Texas no problem.

alex said...

Lowes 2005... Wasn't there 22 or 23 cautions?? At least this is only a 400 mile race.

Dmo said...

JD, he lives in N-W PA.
-D

am19psu said...

Anon 3:01,

I was a bit confused because it wasn't the normal shot that I am used to seeing from the announce booth.

I assumed it was a green screen because I know that Saturday Night College Football on ABC uses them. I figured that it was a similar idea.

Dmo said...

Dad just called - he has SportsCenter on the ESPN channel 206 right now. Some kind of regional switch-off gone awry?
-D

Anonymous said...

I'm in NYC and no ESPN blackout here.

Matt said...

I was at that 2005 Lowe's race with 22 cautions.. wow what a night. Even though it was like 5+ hours, it was so much fun haha

Renata said...

Alex~ Lowe's 2005: there were 22 & 15 cautions in those races

kbaskins said...

Carl's right rear tire down to the red cords (the second layer). This is not good. That means his tire had nearly met the end of its life.

This is gonna be awful.

--KarenB

Vince said...

I'm normally not a fan of in car interviews during the race, but DJ and Tony are doing a great job with it today.

I sure miss RaceBuddy.

Anonymous said...

Massaro just showed us a tire off the Gordon car who had a fairly comfortable lead and didn't appear to be pushing too hard.

And we have red cords!

bevo said...

dmo-

Are you sure he's not getting ESPNews 207?

alex said...

LMAO at Harvick in that commercial.

Newracefan said...

I like the new Team Tylenol commercial. Harvick's hilarous

Vince said...

Ok, somebody tell us why Jr. didn't get the Lucky Dog...........

Newracefan said...

Was there a lucky dog?

Matt said...

I saw them wave by Hornish.. I think he got the lucky dog. Must've been more drivers that pitted right when the caution came out.

Dmo said...

I'm heading out there around lap 80 (which should be post-tire excitement and pre-Brickyard boring) to see what the heck is going on. Sorry for the diversion. Thanks crew.
-D

red said...

vince said...
Ok, somebody tell us why Jr. didn't get the Lucky Dog...........

dunno: race control gave it to the #77. eury jr and earnhardt jr both vehemently "disagree" with that call!

Anonymous said...

I hope ESPN has tasked some junior-level statistician or production assistant with keeping a tally of tire issues

bevo said...

vince-

You don't get the Lucky Dog if you cause the caution

kbaskins said...

Carl's crew chief says they can get 16 laps on a set of tires. How many sets of tires do they have? I've lost track. NASCAR has changed their minds so many times.

--KarenB

Adam T. Martin said...

Well, the coverage is solid so far.

It is the competition yellows that hinder the race, but I guess for this tire issue it is a necessary evil.

I can also do without that in-car shot showing the driver.

Jo said...

What a tire mess !!
DJ & Andy are doing really well - another comp.caution on 46? Well we will find out who the real fans are.

JD if- no - when the race runs way over will espn stay with it?

Vicky D said...

This is going to be a long race if they call competition yellows every 20 laps or so.

Anonymous said...

am19psu said...
Anon 3:01,

I was a bit confused because it wasn't the normal shot that I am used to seeing from the announce booth.

I assumed it was a green screen because I know that Saturday Night College Football on ABC uses them. I figured that it was a similar idea.

July 27, 2008 3:03 PM

Understood, am19psu.
This booth isn't a normal set up. Usually the announcers are in front of their monitors, but here the view is better of the front stretch for the "on camera" position. Normally the booth is not this close to the ground. It will be back to normal in Pocono.

Dmo said...

Thank you DJ for backing-up and explaining the JR lap-down situation.

Vince said...

Bevo,

Jr didn't cause the caution and Punch and the boys said Jr was the first in line for the Lucky Dog before that caution.

Anonymous said...

Jo said . . .

JD if- no - when the race runs way over will espn stay with it?

--

Not JD, but the ESPN grid should be able to be cleared until 8 PM Eastern (Sportscenter and Baseball Tonight follow). By then, it'll be almost dark in Indy anyway

bevo said...

vince-

Sorry, I thought he brought out the caution

Daly Planet Editor said...

ESPN is going to stay with no problems for the duration. ESPNEWS will be live right after the race and the Sunday night NASCAR Now starts tonight at 10PM.

Somehow, I don't think the Jack Daniels post-race show is going to have a big crowd.

JD

red said...

kbaskins said...
Carl's crew chief says they can get 16 laps on a set of tires. How many sets of tires do they have? I've lost track. NASCAR has changed their minds so many times.

--KarenB

well, they start each race with 10 sets. i understand that nascar brought 400 pocono tires to indy this morning for the crews. i'm still unclear if it was 100 sets or some combination of full sets and extra right sides. don't know if that helps.

Newracefan said...

how about an update on those cars in the garage
??

Jo said...

Thanks Anon3:16

Anonymous said...

Anyone know why they actually need competition cautions now that they know the tires can only go 15 laps?

If the tires can only go 15 laps, then the teams could make green flag pitstops every 15 laps. It'd be just like when they had those small fuel cells at Daytona and Talladega

alex said...

Camera shot of #48, yet we're on board with Stewart???

Daly Planet Editor said...

Despite the limited racing action, ESPN is shooting things a lot wider and is not afraid to go back in the field to pick-up the two or three wide racing.

Vince said...

No problem Bevo.

We sure aren't hearing much from the pit reporters about those that have fallen out or those with tire problems that pitted. Nor are we hearing anything from Goodyear or Nascar about the tire problems.

Daly Planet Editor said...

How long before someone from NASCAR gets on-the-air? This has the makings of a disaster.

Jo said...

Wow Kennseths car is ripped up.
Good camera shots

SophiaZ123 said...

Does IMS have lights???!!!

I hope folks setting their DVR's set it for 6 hrs or more.

I agree on Tylenol commercial...Harvick is FUNNY!!

Ok...this tire issues is going to drive casual fans away in droves...and I am thinking about making a lemon cake with all the breaks.Course, there is a 19 inch tv in the kitchen! LOL.

How many competition cautions are there going to be??? Ugh.

Do they need to change to Pocono tires?

now, Matt K blew a tire...

Ok, this is starting to so not be fun...the poor drivers. :(

And fans there live.

red said...

newracefan said...
tires: is this bringing lowe's to mind for anyone else?!?

Red please no that was a nightmare

well, i'm seeing monsters under the bed here. any bogeymen in your area?!?

Matt said...

Wow #17 destroyed.

Hornish should get the lucky dog again.. I'm assuming that's what happened last caution too. He got out of the pits just ahead of Jr.

alex said...

This reminds me of the Formula 1 - Firestone fiasco at Indy from a few years ago. I would hate to be at the race, paying hundreds of dollars for a ticket to see the "racing".

Anonymous said...

Daly Planet Editor said...

How long before someone from NASCAR gets on-the-air? This has the makings of a disaster.


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JD -

Probably when Robin Pemberton calls for the Pocono tires to roll out

Anonymous said...

Think this should be renamed the Russian Roulette 400

Jo said...

Great explanation of the communications troubles on the backstretch with team radios. DJ & Andy are really doing good

red said...

daly planet editor said...
How long before someone from NASCAR gets on-the-air? This has the makings of a disaster.

i say helton comes on after the next competition caution.

this is unsettling at best.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't anybody challenging NASCAR in how they are changing the laps they are going to have competition cautions - after they've already announced it?

First NASCAR told the booth it would be lap 14, but the lap changed to 14 and no caution was called until Harvick/Busch crashed late in the lap.

Then NASCAR tells the booth next caution lap 32, but changes it to lap 30. Then they tell the booth lap 42, but change it again and Jerry announces it as they go to commercial as "six more laps" ?

What a joke - and ESPN should tell NASCAR they shouldn't have the booth announce the lap for the caution if they're going to change their minds.

bevo said...

18 right rear worn down to the belts, he lucked out there

Jo said...

Anonymous said...
Think this should be renamed the Russian Roulette 400

July 27, 2008 3:23 PM

Good one lol if NASCAr doesn't like that name how about "The Goodyear 15 laps to Caution 400"?

Renata said...

Looks like 14 laps might be the limit for tires right now.

I consider myself a dedicated fan, and I might not make it to the end of this race if this keeps up.

Charlie said...

When they did tire testing in April was the track re-ground at that time or was the grinding done after the tire test.

Vince said...

Drivers are going to be earning their money today. I feel for them. Like driving with a handgrenade under each fender and you don't know when it's gonna go off. Geez!

Newracefan said...

Red with Matt's mess I knew we were doomed. Chad's acting like everything is fine with everything but he has thrown non Lowes team people out of the pit area twice. Might be a little stressed don't you think.

Matt said...

Haha the Goodyear innovation ad coming back from commercial.. kinda ironic.

Jo said...

Charlie said...
When they did tire testing in April was the track re-ground at that time or was the grinding done after the tire test.

July 27, 2008 3:26 PM

Supposedly before the tests

PG_Harley said...

Thank the good Lord for DJ and Andy. Dr. Jerry is just not suited for the booth.

bevo said...

I think the problem is Goodyear tried to bring a faster tire after all the complaints of hard tires we've heard from the drivers.

Dwight said...

What a catastrophe. Got to feel sorry for ESPN and the race teams. This makes Michelin look smart.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Is it me, or has Punch still not really grasped the reality of the situation?

This thing is only a couple of tire runs from being red flagged and the tires changed to the Pocono rubber.

Amazing he has not referenced the F-1 race mess at the speedway.

JD

Anonymous said...

NRF is right on, Kenesth blowing out a tire should be all the evidence needed to make some drastic change.

Everyone in the paddock knows that Matt can be one of the most careful and consistent drivers out there.

Matt said...

I think John should take Johnson's advice on the Tylenol commercial.. he'll lose a ton of weight if he runs a lap every time the field pits.

red said...

newracefan said...
Red with Matt's mess I knew we were doomed. Chad's acting like everything is fine with everything but he has thrown non Lowes team people out of the pit area twice. Might be a little stressed don't you think.

uhh, yeppers, justa teeny bit stressed is mr. knaus and everyone else! on most race days, i tell myself i wouldn't want a crew chief's job for one million bucks. today? i would want to be as far away from this track as possible.

have never seen a c-post blown out like that by a tire blow. scary to have all that metal blwoing out of there behind the driver's head . . .

like letarte telling gordon "no complaining. we got what we got."

Vicky D said...

Well my fav has a big problem. This is going to go down as a joke race considering it's such an important race. Again Matt says it - it's very disappointing.

Anonymous said...

Chad Knaus said earlier today it's not entirely Goodyear's fault. He said the lack of downforce on the COTc ombined with the tires is the problem.

But of course NASCAR won't address that.

Anonymous said...

Seriously - still no references to the Formula One debacle?

I have another sports analogy for today, the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game - when the teams ran out of pitchers and Bud Selig was forced to declare a tie.

If this race fails to reach its scheduled distance because they run out of tires, this would be very similiar for Mike Helton.

Renata said...

To add on to Anon 3:31's point, Mark Martin - another careful and consistent driver - is also having multiple problems.

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