Saturday, July 5, 2008

Saturday At Daytona: TNT's "Wide Open" Sprint Cup Series Race (8:15 Start)


This is always one very interesting race to watch on TV as the TNT Network once again unveils their "wide open" coverage. The Saturday night Sprint Cup Series race from Daytona makes for a lot of discussion when it is over.

TNT debuted "wide open" coverage last season with good results. Essentially, the network moves the screen around to allow video of the race to continue in some form during the national commercial breaks. The only time commercials run for the viewers at home is when the local cable systems insert their breaks.

The way TNT sold this to sponsors was the opportunity for them to create custom-made video pieces that will convey their messages to the viewers in a different kind of way. TNT will also add logos and animation elements on the screen during the broadcast, but the big thing will be the lack of full-screen commercial breaks.

TNT's pre-race coverage starts with NASCAR Live On TNT! hosted by Marc Fein. He is joined by Larry McReynolds and Kyle Petty on this one hour show. It will be Matt Yocum hosting this week's edition of The Pride Of NASCAR, as Yocum sits down with legendary driver Marvin Panch.

The NASCAR Future Stars feature will focus on Colin Braun, a young driver who races in the Nationwide Series. Lindsay Czarniak's regular feature this week will focus on Ryan Newman's crew chief Roy McCulley, whose wife is battling cancer.

The pre-race coverage continues with the Allstate Countdown To Green with Bill Weber and Wally Dallenbach seated at the TNT cocktail table in the announce booth. They will explain the "wide open" coverage that will follow at 8PM and will kick-off with a video from Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray.

Even with the "wide open" coverage, TNT will still offer RaceBuddy for the entire event. This free online broadband service is available through NASCAR.com and features four camera angles and some interactive features.

This is the big moment for the TNT staff of this entire TV package. A lot of work and planning has gone into this telecast, which last season drew rave reviews. With Bill Weber and his announcers having a very good season-to-date, it will be interesting to see if the COT will provide the kind of racing that will create a memorable event.

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Hi everybody, should be a fun night.

JD

Daly Planet Editor said...

Sophia, check your email.

Anonymous said...

uh oh. JD emailing Sophia?

I agree. it should be fun tonight.

Anonymous said...

I gotta tell ya, no one can do the "Live from Daytona Beach, it's NASCAR on (NBC or TNT or whatever)" voice-over intro like Weber or Bestwick.

It takes a certain set of pies and attitude to do it right--that's why there's such a thing as professional voice artists.

We didn't get that today when TNT's coverage started. Marc Fein's boice is too thin.

A small detail, but details count.

Anonymous said...

"voice," not boice!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Just reminding her to stick with the decaf!

Anonymous said...

Wish we could edit posts!

"Set of pipes" is the phrase I meant!

SophiaZ123 said...

Thanks, Dad-er, JD..message recieved.

:-)

This should be a blast.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Weber worked for me for a while, he is a great writer and journalist.

Newracefan said...

Just ordered Pizza so even dinner is handled. This should be fun, side by side with commercials and Race Buddy, Doesn't get much better. Thankfully I'm home for this one, next week maybe not (how soon can you leave a wedding reception without looking rude anyway? LOL)

Daly Planet Editor said...

nrf,

Don't say wedding around bachelors, it makes us nervous!

SophiaZ123 said...

newracefan, work on having a virus the day of the wedding..then when you get to reception, give your apologies but you need to be home.

:)

oh, thanks for the start time on the title JD..that will be helpful to many.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I did not really know how many folks were not aware of what time the race actually started.

Mary said...

Weber might be a great journalist and writer but he still drives me nuts I scream at him every time he speaks LOL

Daly Planet Editor said...

mary,

I think of him like I think of Jerry Punch. Nice guy, wrong role.

Newracefan said...

Poor Matt, those firesuit look bad enough but now he really sicksout like a sore thumb. A nonfan was watching the NW race yesterday and asked why the reporter was wearing a driver uniform and I couldn't give him a good answer. Can you tell this is one of my pet peeves.

OBTW great piece Matt this was someone I never heard of way to go.

Mary said...

OK I'll believe you ;-)

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SophiaZ123 said...

I am REALLY enjoying these Pride of NASCAR pieces...second week in a row on a guy I never heard of but I enjoy and appreciate the history of this sport. Like seeing the older guys that are still around to share their stories.

Anonymous said...

I was told years ago that giving the reporters firesuits allows them to be in the pits during the action.

BTW,I didn't actually turn on the pre-race show to watch a musical act, TNT.

SophiaZ123 said...

I am really enjoying this TNT crew this year also. When JD posted TNT had had a meeting weeks ago and wanted to make things funner for the fans, I really did not believe it.

I take it all back. :)

ok. off to finish a cheesecake during the singing.back in a bit. Thankfully a tv in the kitchen.

Gymmie said...

@nrf I agree. I'd heard of Mr. Paunch but was not really aware of him. My friend Grant often creates a page on his website for the "Old School" racers so us "new fans" can learn about the men who helped NASCAR become what it is today.

I'm not sure how/why it started, but I *think* it might have to do with them being in the pits and if a fire or other danger broke out that extra protection?

I had heard that song before but didn't know who sang it :)

Anonymous said...

ok. off to finish a cheesecake during the singing.back in a bit. Thankfully a tv in the kitchen.

Sophia, please. We don't care if you're eatigng a cheesecake or feeding your cats.

Anonymous said...

JD, why was my post deleted?

Anonymous said...

Okay, we're seeing a RaceView animation of the track, instead of yet another Pocono replay.

TNT obviously does NOT have the car that Fox and ESPN have to do the "drive the track" segment.

Anonymous said...

I've decided that TNT didn't buy these races to sell the commercial spots for revenue like everyone else does.

They did it so they could promote their shows. There aren't many paid spots in the breaks--they're mostly promos.

The "Saving Grace" cutaway car?

Come on.

Anonymous said...

Every network allocates their budget differently. I'd rather have RB (the technology isn't free) than the car for the "drive the track."

Jo said...

Ok Why did I come home to a concert bit? Its a pre race show.
Honestly couldn't they find someone to talk to? How about an interview w/ Yates racers w/o sponsors? How about interviews with guys that don't usually get interviewed? this means we don't want to see the usual suspects.

Anonymous said...

"Why did I come home to a concert bit? "

The concert is a gift. just enjoy it. I mean come on! you got 3 and a half hours of pre-race programing today.

Jo said...

The "gift" was not accepted.

Daly Planet Editor said...

You did not read the comment, it was a joke and not serious. I will take care of handling the comments tonight.

The TNT promos are going to ramp-up for tonight and the next race which is the final event of this package. It was that way last season as well.

I have never watched any of the TNT shows they promoted.

JD

Anonymous said...

I can see music videos and concerts elsewhere.

It's not a 'gift' to show one during pre-race coverage.

Anonymous said...

JD I disagree. I know people who actually watched these promoted shows because they saw them in an ad during a race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Tony doing a promo, I wonder what he was doing there.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nothing to disagree with, just saying I have not seen them.

They certainly look interesting.

Gymmie said...

That was nice of Tony to bring the boyz an ice cold Coke Zero :).

Daly Planet Editor said...

ready to get wide open?

Newracefan said...

I like the Closer, on the Fence with Saving Grace. I actually liked the "concert " too but then I was just listening cause the pizza got here.

Anonymous said...

Does RaceBuddy have a TNT program feed now? is this permemnant?

Bill H said...

I wish for the pre-race they would just focus a camera on the stage and let us watch / hear the real pre-race that is at the track and not any canned pieces, inane banter or boring interviews.

BillWebz

PS. HotPass - tonight! Woot WOOT!

Jo said...

Is this the last TNT race ? I thought they had Chicago also. Will that be wide open or just tonight?

Ritchie said...

JD,

Was Larry Mac joking when he told Tony S. that the TNT crew wasn't part of the media?

I didn't quite know how to take that.

Bill H said...

What a cozy table they have Weber and Wally at. Couldn't they get a table by the kitchen?

BillWebz

Anonymous said...

This is NOT TNT's last race. They have Chicago too. Wide-open coverage is only for tonight.

Bill H said...

Ok - why do they have weber scrunched up on 1/2 the screen so we can have the other 1/2 taken up by a animated gear and allstate logo?

BillWebz

Jo said...

Anonymous said...
This is NOT TNT's last race. They have Chicago too. Wide-open coverage is only for tonight.

July 5, 2008 7:34 PM


Thanks atleast my memory isn't completely gone.

red said...

fyi: race buddy is loading quickly aand easily right now, if you're interested.

SophiaZ123 said...

It was nice to see Tony happy and in a good mood.

Curious guest..but he shared his cokes which was nice.

Everybody in fine spirits.

Daly Planet Editor said...

the TNT cocktail table is to allow a set for the pre-race show.

Anonymous said...

Was Larry Mac joking when he told Tony S. that the TNT crew wasn't part of the media?


I hope he was, but sometimes, people just won't admit it even when they are.

SophiaZ123 said...

thanks, Red. I got race buddy to load quickly as well. Sometimes I have needed the link some nice blogger has provided.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should be only one more set of ads before things change over.

Spring Rubber said...

What's this? Yet another "Wally's World" recorded at Pocono?

Newracefan said...

At least we are getting full disclosure about the Wally's World/Pocono but I wonder if they were really going to try and imply they were at each individual track.

Lou,Kingston,NY said...

Soph123,

That link is from Alex on a post from 22jun08 in another column. I saved the link also. You can load it sooner than using the launch from NASCAR.com. Thanks again Alex.

SophiaZ123 said...

Was it expense that made them do all the Wally's stuff at Pocono this year? I thought last year they did the individual tracks?

At least they are disclosing it...as if we couldn't tell by watching. :)

Anonymous said...

Recrding them all at Pocono was pointless. The idea behind the segment is to explain how THIS TRACK effects what the drivers do, not just show the same track over and over.

Vicky D said...

That "cocktail" table reminds me more of the restaurant tables at Las Vegas airport. Anyway, I can see where TNT can have a shorter pre-race show and less filler stories. Anon at 6:35 they need Ashton Smith - he's the one voice I can listen to all day. Have a safe race, guys!

SophiaZ123 said...

Lou

Thanks for the Alex reminder. Good memory you!

I found it most helpful and was going to be lost of nascar.com didn't load from the site. I am still impressed they have set up this system to work so well with a lot of viewers. With it being free, I would think many are taking advantage.

Is it me or does Jr seem distracted and in a somber/tired mood the last couple of days...I hope all is well with him and the family.

Newracefan said...

I also use the link and get RB early. Actually saw driver being golf carted to pit lane and driver intros

Bill H said...

That was interesting, Jamie asking Menard before they tossed to her his best qualifying at Daytona. Heard him say 21st at 500, then she said "Paul menard whos previous best was 21st at the daytona 500"

Don't they do some studying before theygo to these races or are they just talking heads?

BillWebz

AMS fan said...

JD,
I'm guessing you're really excited about "Wide open" tonight.
I'm the oddball here. Not really a fan of split screen. There is no time for a break, you MUST see the commercials, and for the few minutes you can see what happens, but no audio to understand what happened. After a commercial if they don't replay something that happened then you have to wonder for the rest of the race.
Oh my, they couldn't get the ride along cars to the different tracks, but they found a BOAT!
HAPPY RACIN' TO ALL

Jo said...

Jr has been somber and distracted this week. Praying all is ok.

At least the anthem doesn't need muted today. Nice job.

red said...

very nice job on the anthem!
a good start -- hgere's to a great race!

SophiaZ123 said...

RB was great to watch the flyover. Good camera work.

Newracefan said...

RE JR. It's Daytona perhaps going to this track brings back memories he would rather not have. He didn't seem distracted on RaceDay.

Daly Planet Editor said...

TV eventually has to change, it is a dinosaur among new technology. At least the wide open stuff is a step in the right direction.

The IRL has it right so far, but things are going to continue to change.

Here comes the intro...

Ritchie said...

Great National Anthem. Good choice by Daytona.

Newracefan said...

Hey it's DJ

Lou,Kingston,NY said...

nrf,
I also watched those things on RB. It was kind of a neat look behind the scene stuff.

bevo said...

Once again low audio on both the TNT and HotPass national feed channel. Except for the commercials!

Driver channels are fine.

TexasRaceLady said...

The only peeve I had with the TNT pre-race stuff was Mark Fein's constant comparison of NASCAR with stick/ball sport.

Other than that, not bad. The concert and music video was take it or leave it.

Vicky D said...

Finally a National Anthem we could actually listen to. Got RB up and running all set for the race!

red said...

THIS is gonna be interesting! that intro was good: explained what was going to happen and took advantage of driver personalities.

Matt said...

Wow I really need a Coke right now. I can't believe I didn't gear up for this race, haha.

I enjoyed the pre-race, and the anthem was pretty good.

Newracefan said...

The KP in the pace car was cool but it also creepy since the audio and video wasn't linked

red said...

too bad tony's not on the pole so he could "play tag" with kyle petty!

bevo said...

Look at all of those empty seats

Kyle said...

I hope when doing the wide open commercials, we get to see a few unique ones like we did last year.

The toyota one was real neat.

SophiaZ123 said...

yea I noticed Kyle audio was off..decades later and we still get the Godzilla effect.

bevo said...

RB is about 5 seconds ahead of TNT on DirecTV

red said...

wow! an entire lap with NO commenatry! what a gift to hear just the sounds of the cars! thanks!!

Newracefan said...

Looking to go three wide as per Weber but all we have is a car camera shot. This isn't good

Kyle said...

Whats up with Wally and Bills audio? Sounds like they are inside a tin can. Wally especially.

bevo said...

Not really interesting to look out the back of the car this early and often

Vicky D said...

Wow Bevo, lots and lots of empty seats.

bevo said...

JD-

Do we have a new Director tonight?

bevo said...

vicky-

I think a lot of folks didn't go on vacation for the 4th this year

red said...

sure wish tnt would change that back-graphic on the driver split screen.

bevo said...

The graphic on the bottom isn't bad on my standard tv. How does it look on widescreen?

Kyle said...

Did race buddy always have the add below the video steam? I can't remember if it did or not.

red said...

kyle said...
Did race buddy always have the add below the video steam? I can't remember if it did or not.

yeppers

Newracefan said...

I like the commercial in the pop up box you can still see alot of the race (at least on my larger but not hugh TV), much better then true split screen

bevo said...

kyle-

No ad for me - Firefox with Ad Block :)

Anonymous said...

"Do we have a new Director tonight?"

No we dont.

red said...

bevo: very interesting! i use safari instead of firefox. do you happen to know if safari has ad block as well?
regardless, the ads on racebuddy don't bother me.

SophiaZ123 said...

Kyle

I didn't notice the add on RB just now..I have too much multi tasking with the limited commercials, this place and RB..lol.

Bevo my old standard tv looks good but I wish the 30 inch screen was a 40. :)

I hope they did not change directors...the cars are spread out though...glad to hear Jon Wood is back on the track. Nice follow up Bill.

Jo said...

Updated John Wood not much about others lots about Jeff. #1 has picked way from back to 18

SophiaZ123 said...

I use firefox with adblocker plus...wonder if that helps with RB?

anon

thanks about the director info.

Vicky D said...

Hubby was complaining (before it started) but it looks fine and the commercials so far aren't messing up our viewing area. We have a 42 lcd flat sceen tv.

SophiaZ123 said...

Bummer...Dinger banged up.

Daly Planet Editor said...

The Director is Mike Wells, the old ESPN Director. TNT said I could use his name with no problems.

He is very experienced and the truck sounds very calm.

JD

bevo said...

red-

Sorry, I don't know anything about Safari.

Anonymous 8:32-
Thanks

red said...

based on what i'm seeing so far: many thanks, mike wells and team! nice overhead and wide shots for this fan.
oh! nice pitstop coverages!

PammH said...

umm-I have a 25 inch screen w/NO HD & the ads are waaay covering up alot of racing for me! I can't be the only one...:(

Newracefan said...

Camera angles got better after the first few laps, less bumper car shots.

Anyone having RB issues, freezing, then rapid fire video. I don't have anything more up then last week and it was fine then

bevo said...

Thanks JD. The camera shots at the start of the race just seemed different.

Nelson said...

WOW.....look at all the empty seats.
Why can't we have a race with no commercials every week?

Matt said...

I really liked the graphic setup for the pit stops. If they would use that overhead camera (the one they used when the cars were exiting) for the entire time, it would be perfect for me.

Ken-Michigan said...

Awesome pit stop split screens !!

Triple pits in upper 3rd was great !

Hi-Def looks sharp.

Good Job TNT !!

Stay on your toes !!

Jo said...

Audio on raceview is toast Don't know if its our storms here.
Great shots selections today. Poor AJ is he back out?
Truex was doing well then sunk like a stone. Maybe Tonys bad luck has moved on?

We are getting commercials here locals made it back for Sterling position announcement.

SophiaZ123 said...

OMG!!! Mike Wells? If he has been doing ALL the TNT races I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!

Some of the best camera work we have seen in years!!

Have a good evening...may things not get too maniacal in the booth...or truck..or wherever you and the boys are.

:)

Thanks, for the info JD.

red said...

nrf: yep. racebuddy is staggering for me as well.
(#84 behind the wall & the #88 lost spots b/c the driver pulled in too close to the wall . . . )

bevo said...

newracefan-

No problem with RB for me

Jo said...

The split screen is akward on my old tv but with the new HD even though its only 32 in. the wide open is awesome.

SophiaZ123 said...

dittos to the great triple pit screen at top of tv.

Ken-Michigan said...

Better have an ISO on # 18 ...

he'll be something to watch on the restarts.

Newracefan said...

Thanks Bevo, I'll try reloading it

red said...

nrf: are you on safari or firefox?

Jo said...

Beautiful shot of 1/2 the field coming off the turn!!!!!
Great stuff

bevo said...

Flipped over to Jr's channel, man his spotter is a chatty fella. Gives all of the car numbers around him, who's coming up to push him, who's teaming up with who, cheerleading.

red said...

hey bevo! #88's main spotter is tj majors and dale REALLY likes a ton of encouragement all race long. interestingly enough (for some of us): brad keselowski is his secondary spotter tonight!

Newracefan said...

Red neither would you believe internet explorer. I reloaded RB and working better but noticed my posting was also slow and now better must have been a local Comcast problem

Vicky D said...

Great angles so far but I guess since JPM is in the race - he's not running the cameras and messing up like last night. I also have live leaderboard up and running it gives a little more info than the scroll.

Tracy said...

The coverage so far is lovely. I almost feel as if I were there - which we usually are. Sigh.

RB is going great guns.

BTW- Saving Grace is the most unusual show in TV. Love it.

bevo said...

red-

Interesting. Guess it was both of them talking to him then. Man I'd have a killer headache by the end of the race if I was him

Matt said...

Anyone else think that Punch would be perfect for tonight's broadcast, tossing to each promo?

red said...

nrf: makes sense as we're both on comcast!

man, i LOVE racing under the lights! and many thanks again to the truck team for bringing it to us so smoothly!

Daly Planet Editor said...

This certainly has been a well produced race, and I love the box for commercials. Just the right size.

Anonymous said...

JD,
Someone is asking for you on TV monkeys....

Jo said...

Thank you TNT for the fast scroll in the lower left corner. Just position # & the car#. Just the info we need!! Good job guys!

Dustin said...

Nice miss on the lead change there. I heard the crowd before Weber said anything.

Kyle said...

heck they didn't even have to tell us JR passed him. We got to hear the crowd yell and stand up.
Great coverage so far today.


Not positive I like Webber announcing all the sponsors just randomly like that. All he said going to that one was "Coors Light frost brewed beer." Need some sort of preamble to that.

Spring Rubber said...

Anyone notice the portion of the race earlier that ran without sponsorship? Is that another harsh demonstration of our economy? Hopefully economic hardships won't bring an end to ventures like this in the future.

Ken-Michigan said...

I could really get used to this Wide Open coverage. Love it !!

Now I just need a porta-john next to my sofa . hahaha

red said...

jo said...
Thank you TNT for the fast scroll in the lower left corner. Just position # & the car#. Just the info we need!! Good job guys!

agreed! now if you would just lose that "going back to green pylon" thing, i'd be even more content!

Jo said...

Nice audible from Bill to the locals - guess Brighthouse here got us back late ( sisinlaw has direct) maybe we get back on time.

bevo said...

Someone is asking for you on TV monkeys

Our buddy from last year? :)

Jo said...

I'm really happy tonights coverage is reallly good.

Phathead said...

So by local break do they mean TNT/TBS break?

Lou,Kingston,NY said...

Like the 3 boxes on the pit stop and still can see others on pit road. I flipped over to it from Hot Pass they entered pit road.

Ken-Michigan said...

I agree RED ....

That Xmas Tree Restart pylon is useless.

Just give me some kind of GREEN STRIPE across the race track to depict the restart area.

Ken-Michigan said...

TNT -

the last 2 weeks I already turned you OFF 30 LAPS into the race.... I'm still with ya tonight... GREAT JOB !!

Anonymous said...

"So by local break do they mean TNT/TBS break?"

No. they usually mean its a break inserted by your local Cable co.

bevo said...

Great job by TNT so far, I've only watched HotPass for 15 minutes or so

SophiaZ123 said...

This race looks so good under the lights. These wide shots make me wish I had the stereo hooked up but that tv out in LR is smaller than back here.

Vicky D said...

Rick Allen & Phil Parsons are on Jr.'s Hotpass tonight too. We don't normally access that it's pretty good.

Daly Planet Editor said...

That commercial box is just about the right size. It works for me.

Spring Rubber said...

phathead, you can only get local ads if your provider is inserting something. On DirecTV's HD feed, for example, they just give us the raw TNT feed that you speak of, which consists of filler TNT/TBS ads.

Spring Rubber said...

I see we're getting the same Subway ad from last year.

Anonymous said...

Weber is awful, an excellent writer, but an awful play by play guy. Wally and Petty are very good, with Wally highly underated as a color guy. Love the wide open coverage.

Don P

Phathead said...

spring rubber - thanks for clarifying that for me. Much better coverage than last year so far

SophiaZ123 said...

This wide open does spoil a person. :)

Crockett said...

One of the things I like best about Race Buddy is that it holds a hot until the entire field goes by. My driver, a GOGHer, dropped to the back on purpose until some adjustment could be made under caution ... but I can actually see him on RB. Yay!

Crockett said...

that should be: holds a SHOT until the field goes by

red said...

crockett: i agree. racebuddy does give us the entire field all race long!
at this rate, i might be convinced to pay for racebuddy IF the cost is reasonable AND the quality stays this high!

Daly Planet Editor said...

I sure do like a single lower third ticker than an uppper third or a double whammy like ESPN2.

Ken-Michigan said...

Could be a good story with TRUEX in the # 1 tonight.

He's desperate for points with the upcoming points penalties coming this week.

He's on the move.

bevo said...

vicky-

Rick Allen is doing a great job. He would sound even better in the ESPN booth ;)

Gymmie said...

I'm not having problems with the ad size either..and I'm on a 20" TV.

Yes I noticed the Subway ad was the same from last year...

Jo said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
I sure do like a single lower third ticker than an uppper third or a double whammy like ESPN2.

July 5, 2008 9:15 PM

Can you believe how much better this is than last night?
I love just 1 section its easier to see.

SophiaZ123 said...

Interesting Jimmy and Chad chatter!!

Vicky D said...

We could have used RB for the NW race to find out where all our favorite NW drivers were running.

Anonymous said...

agree with the ticker placement JD. Regardless of what everyone thinks of TNT, the wide open race coverage is a snippet of what nascar coverage could be, at it's best!

Don P

Daly Planet Editor said...

The thing that grabs me is that I have never even thought about leaving during a commercial break. It just never occurs to me with the race still on the screen.

red said...

wow! what a shot of the field!

Charlie said...

This commercial thing is not working. 25 percent of what Weber says is commercial time.
It is taking away from the flow of the broadcast

Lucas Punkari said...

You should be thankfull you aren't watching this in Canada, they've totally butchered the race on TSN. Commercials all the time, 3 breaks in 5 minutes and also after the 3rd caution, only a lap and a 1/4 before they take go to another commercial, where we missed 4 laps and a lead change. Safe to say hate mail will be coming.

Daly Planet Editor said...

lucas,

They have to try and insert commercials. Wow, that must make for a nice looking race.

JD

SophiaZ123 said...

JD

This is so much better than ESPN's multiple crawls with differing speeds at the top and the bottom. (and I won't comment on the camera work) I feel like their races need to come with a "may cause motion sickness" disclaimer. :)

Tonight is terrific. And so much better than the side by side with IRL but that is a start at least..here the picture of the race is much better ratio.

I am not sure ESPN could pull this off with all their differing tickers in the way.

KUDOS to the guys at TNT!!

Ken-Michigan said...

Weber's lead in / liner into the commercials could be a bit tighter.... but its early....i have a feeling they'll get a better rhythm.

emeraldchickpea said...

First 'local' commercial, Nascar.com. 2nd local commercial, TNT. 3rd local, Comcast. 4th and final, a real local commercial.

Um.......what's wrong there? Last 90 second slot had the MICHIGAN RACE advertised and I'm in WV!

Kyle said...

Get ready for a bonanza of in race commercials..... there 10 minuets behind on the in race stuff....

Lucas Punkari said...

JD,

I understand that, but basically it's during the middle of the green flag racing and without warning.

Last year they did it quite well, but this year, I'm not really sure what they're thinking.

SophiaZ123 said...

Canadian Viewer

You have my sympathies for being so gypped out of a great presentation. :( Ouch.

Can you believe they screwed up a great Elvis song for this commercial?

Oh, the Biffle looks like a hard hit...JPM there but looks like a racing deal...hated to see that.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Even that was better than being in a full screen commercial as it happened.

red said...

charlie said...
This commercial thing is not working. 25 percent of what Weber says is commercial time.
It is taking away from the flow of the broadcast

interesting comment. i guess for me it works b/c i'm focusing on the visual, not the audio. so whatever is/isn't being said isn't getting in my way right now.

i'll trade hearing weber do the ads for almost uninterrupted coverage of the race.

red said...

holy crap! tony's coming out of the car!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should be interesting to see how TNT follows up on Tony.

emeraldchickpea said...

What's wrong with Tony? I missed it entirely.

SophiaZ123 said...

WOW! Tony is sick and getting out of the car. SUPER BUMMER.

he seemed to good on Pre race show..poor guy put on a good face. He must feel like total hello to be leaving the car.

Anonymous said...

Charlie, if Petra Nemcova showed up at the beach and sat next to you, would you complain about the color of her bikini?

Lou,Kingston,NY said...

Wow, the 20 switching drivers. good commentary on that

red said...

here's where race buddy in-car should be great!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Never seen a driver change on RaceBuddy before.

Jo said...

Tony had 2 IV bags before the prerace show.
He really must be sick as a dog to get out of his ride

Sean said...

That driver change looked awesome on RaceBuddy, those are rare

bevo said...

Tony's show Monday night will be interesting

Ken-Michigan said...

Have they talked about the damage on the right side of the 20 ???

How did it happen?

Anonymous said...

20 scrubbed the wall in the first few laps

SophiaZ123 said...

I meant "So" not too on my earlier Tony post. Poor guy..I knew about the IV's but if he was dehydrated to start with...poor guy.

Jo said...

Awesome driver change! Got to love RB - wish we had it all year. I'd pay if it was the same as Raceview or less.

red said...

sean said...
That driver change looked awesome on RaceBuddy, those are rare

ya' know, since we've had racebuddy, i've thought it's earned it's keep at least once each race. that driver change is the moment tonight!

Daly Planet Editor said...

If I was the ESPN guys watching this I would be thinking....oh boy, how do we follow that?

Kyle said...

Notice the distinct lack of bumper cams tonight. How outstanding is that copaired to the front hood fest that fox put on a dega this year.

Ken-Michigan said...

Half way home and they havent even mentioned TRUEX.

He will be a story tonight.

He wants it bad.

RPM said...

Jeez what a beating "wide open" coverage is. I think they are actually getting more commercials/promos on the air this way.

Thank goodness TNT can only screw things up for one more week.

cncspd said...

JD said..

The thing that grabs me is that I have never even thought about leaving during a commercial break. It just never occurs to me with the race still on the screen.

JD-
This is the first time I am watching the wide open coverage. Reminds me of watching the raw back haul feeds with audio. Wish I was at work watching the back haul, Too many promos on TNT.

Mike P.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Kyle,

What a good point. That was a mess last time. Even thinking about the N'wide race last night, isn't it nice to see a bunch of cars in the shot?

Phathead said...

I would like to see them start breaking away from those lil commercials when something big happens. Between Biffle's wreck and what just happened to Shrub, you'd think they'd be able to pull out of it

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