Saturday, August 30, 2008

Saturday On SPEED: Fontana Practice And Qualifying


Fans of programs like NASCAR Live and Victory Lane get a treat this Saturday as veteran host John Roberts goes "upstairs" and into the broadcast booth to call the action during Nationwide Series Qualifying at 5:30PM ET.

Roberts will be joined by Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds for analysis. Down on pit road and handling the interviews will be Randy Pemberton and Hermie Sadler. This session should run a little bit over an hour.

Next up on SPEED will be Sprint Cup Series practice at 7PM. Steve Byrnes will join Hammond and McReynolds while down in the garage area it will be Wendy Venturini joining Pemberton.

The same broadcast team will stay right where they are for Happy Hour that starts at 8PM NASCAR Time. That is the polite way of saying things sometimes get a little backed-up due to circumstances. NASCAR builds in a little extra time, so this broadcast will actually end at 9:30PM.

Controversial journalist Mike Mulhern makes a rare appearance on Tradin' Paint at 9:30PM. This TV series is trying to get back on track after a tough stretch and Mulhern is just the right guy to do it. If the Producer selects topics that interest the race fans and offer a diversity of opinion, this episode should be fun.

ESPN starts coverage at 9:45PM and there will be a new post for the NASCAR Countdown show and the Nationwide Series race. Remember, live college football precedes these telecasts on ESPN2 so keep up to the minute with The Daly Planet on this issue.

This post will serve to host your comments about the Saturday coverage of NASCAR from Fontana, CA on SPEED. To add your TV-related comment, just click on the COMMENTS button below and follow the easy instructions. The rules for posting are located on the right side of the main page. Thanks again for stopping by The Daly Planet.

31 comments:

Sean said...

So I guess it's tape delayed? Looking at Fox Trax, I already see driver's times posted

majorshouse said...

It very well could be since the ALMS race from Detroit just ended. It will definitely be interesting seeing John Roberts actually in the broadcast booth.

Gymmie said...

Good afternoon all :)

Happy to see Johnny TV in a different position :)...I don't recall him being in the booth before

I didn't think about the ALMS possibly putting this on delay...my DVR shows practice & HH as "Live" but not this...hmmmmmmmmm..........

Newracefan said...

Tape delay due to a race is better than nothing so I'm happy

Gymmie said...

no complaints at all :)

Geez said...

I think they are doing the Tivo thing so we don't miss cars during commercials.

Gymmie said...

I wish the same for Mr. Morgan :(

Phathead said...

Yeah, Speed made a commitment to show every single car during the telecast, thus why they are behind Fox Trax.

I love listening to these guys. They sound like a couple of buddies sittin on the couch, drinkin a beer and calling qualifying.

Anonymous said...

I wish they would've talked about Kevin Hamlin (the racecar driver from Snohomish, WA) ... He was right after Bowyer, but they skipped him ... I guess they just couldn't pronounce "Snohomish" and didn't want to embarrass themselves ...

They're too busy kissing up to the JGR cars & drivers ...

Ugh!!!!


I thought the toyotas were supposed to be slower at the BIG tracks like MIS & Fontana ... What the heck happened ??

Sophia said...

No NASCAR Performance this weekend?

What happened to that show. I can't find it on my digital guide?

I love that show.

Newracefan said...

Soph NP on Sunday twice in case you miss the first one 1030a 400p

ri88girl said...

I didn't get the chance to post yesterday, so wanted to say I had a great day watching the guys on SPEED. Solid, fun and interesting all day. Bob Dillner needs a little more practice in the booth, but not too bad. Randy did a fantastic job on pit road and I like his attitude towards asking less than brillent questions but still came up with good 'nuggets'.

They really set up the race for me, and spent a good amount of time discussing and educating me on some of the unsponsored teams and drivers; the soul of NASCAR GO Morgan. I think Randy must have borrowed his roller skates yesterday he was so all over pit road. So if ESPN fails to show me the race tomorrow, I am much more primed to manage alone and wait for VL and TWIN to fill in the blanks.

As for today, JR is ok, but Steve Byrnes needs to clone himself.

Newracefan said...

Anonymous said...
I wish they would've talked about Kevin Hamlin (the racecar driver from Snohomish, WA) ... He was right after Bowyer, but they skipped him ... I guess they just couldn't pronounce "Snohomish" and didn't want to embarrass themselves ...

They talked about him on both practice shows.

Gymmie said...

@anon 6:40--agreed especially since the boyz brought him up during practice yesterday :(...saying how DJ Kennsington let him drive since DJ was in Canada

Gymmie said...

@phathead---agreed! That's why I love the SPEED/FOX guys! They all speak as if they're with us just chillin' on the couch and chatting about what's going on :)

@ri88girl--LOL! Yes Randy has been busy! That would be great if Steve could clone himself! That way he can get some rest while we still have our Steve :)

Anonymous said...

newracefan - Yes, I know they talked about Kevin Hamlin yesterday ... esp during the Happy Hour practice ... But they sure could've shown him today ...

Some of us like drivers that don't get the airtime that the JGR / Roush / RCR drivers get ...


The oversaturation of JGR coverage is beyond annoying and nauseating ... No wonder teams are having an extremely HARD time finding sponsorship ...

Plus, the more they show Logano, the more I can't stand him ...



C'mon tv crews ... Show ALL of the drivers ... Not just the "Chosen Ones" ...

Phathead said...

Anonymous said...

I wish they would've talked about Kevin Hamlin (the racecar driver from Snohomish, WA) ... He was right after Bowyer, but they skipped him ... I guess they just couldn't pronounce "Snohomish" and didn't want to embarrass themselves ...

I know Kevin and I don't even know how to pronounce that lol

Anonymous said...

phathead - Snohomish = "Snow - hoe - mish" ...

Good thing they didn't try to pronounce Tayler Malsam's hometown of "Sammamish" on the Truck at Bristol ...

Anonymous said...

Wow Sammy!!

Twice in two days ... Keeping it off the wall ... That was some good driving and it's great that Fontana is wide ...

Richard in N.C. said...

Objectivity is not Mulhern's strong suit.

Daly Planet Editor said...

but richard, he does make it interesting....

Richard in N.C. said...

JD- So might Mother Goose.

Daly Planet Editor said...

There is a new post up for the Nationwide Series race on ESPN2.

JD

Vicky D said...

Randy Pemberton did a fine job on pit road and so did Hermie. Randy asks just the right questions and enjoy Dillner in the booth. So far today, it's a good day. The California race is so late for us here but at least we don't have to evacuate. Hoping and praying for Louisiana residents with Gustav on the way.

Sophia said...

Thanks for the info on NP Nrf!

Got it set on the digtal tv reminder...provided I have the tv on at the time! lol

Karen said...

Anonymous said...

phathead - Snohomish = "Snow - hoe - mish" ...


Thanks, Anon. I was killin' it.

PammH said...

Wow!! Speed had a celeb that was going to wave the green flag & we heard the whold interview, but still saw CARS ON TRACK!! What a concept...pay attention, 4 letter network!!

Anonymous said...

The argument on "Tradin' Paint" that GEM is going after the Army sponsorship & that's why they signed Reed ... but couldn't go for the sponsorship with Patrick Carpentier is BOGUS ...


In the IRL, the United States Army National Guard sponsorship is on a car that's driven by a guy from BRAZIL ...

Rockin Rich said...

Re — Mulhern's commenst on GEM & Army sponsorship:

I made it a point to watch a show that wasn't actual cars-on-track for a change. I have followed Mulhern off & on for some years now, and wanted to see him. I was surprised at his "machine gun" pace and style of speech. I was disappointed that he sounded like one of the shouting heads over on ESPN.

However, what really caught my attention was the Army sponsorship remark. It made me angry that Carpentier could be getting the boot for a reason like that.

I wasn't aware of the NHRA Army sponsorship of a Brazilian driven car. As counter intuitive as this sounds, that "nugget" makes me believe even more that Mulhern may be right. It certainly would, in my opinion, fit the management style of Evernham/GEM,(yeah I know that Evernham's name is part of the GEM acronym, but that delineates the operation before & after the buyout; which is to say no difference), in how he/they treat their employees. I can easily believe that they made a pre-emptive move in order to try to get the sponsorship, rather than being told to do so by the sponsor.

I guess I see conspiracies too easily.

Anonymous said...

anon 9:51 and rich...I really like Patrick, but if this is true, to be honest I can see where the Army is coming from. NASCAR is primarily *American* (we're talking 'perception' here), and if I was the Army (just trying to be objective) I do think I would want an 'all-American' face on my product. It's a *recruitment* tool, and I just think that's what you'd want. Ray's learned to be a business man. I don't love the guy, but you gotta do what you gotta do, otherwise, you've become Morgan McClure or the Wood Bros...sad as I am to say that...

Richard in N.C. said...

Actually Mulhern was a little bit calmer on Paint than when he's on PRN's weekly reporter show. His Sunday commentary, coincidentally, is about Petty Enterprises. I found his remark about the cost of hotel rooms interesting since he has missed several races this year- I presume due to increased travel costs and reduced newspaper circulation and ad sales. I did not expect him to be at Fontana since he was not at the Glen or, I believe, Long Pond.