Saturday, September 13, 2008

Craftsman Trucks On SPEED From Loudon


SPEED gets back to racing this Saturday with coverage of the NCTS race at 2:30PM ET. That is Ron Hornaday standing alongside of his Craftsman Truck pictured above.

Krista Voda will have The Set-Up pre-race show and then the race will follow at 3PM. This will be the first opportunity for fellow NCTS drivers to address the recent story from ESPN about Hornaday and his use of testosterone for health reasons.

Voda is a veteran TV host and she has not been shy about addressing controversial issues in the past where the NCTS is concerned. While the ESPN focus is always on the Sprint Cup Series, look for reaction today from the NCTS garage on this issue.

Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip will be the crew calling the action for the race. Down on pit road will be Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander.

Loudon is flat and tough and that should once agan prove to be a good showcase for the rough style of the NCTS. A good combination of drivers are entered, so the action will be fun to watch.

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49 comments:

Sophia said...

Glad to see SPEED and krista kick off the show with the story.

Too bad my old tv had Kevins' face HALF OFF THE SCREEN along with SPEED logo..their tv guys need to remember most of us have 4.3 tv;s and fix the WIDESCREEN issue and set up accordingly.

thanks

Jo said...

I posted in the other column first & am adding it here :)

Krista started the show with a fair even recap of the Ron Hornaday story.
Also repeated none of his championships were won during the period.

And then moved on. What a class report, not tabloid junk.

Good job Speed. The facts just the facts mam .

September 13, 2008 2:36 PM

Sophia said...

What a difference a letter makes.

Four letter network = bad

Five letter network = Good


Well, on weekends anyway ;-)

Sophia said...

Ron

A class act. No snarky under-the-breath comments about how things were written. Just moving on.

And as always so grateful for Kevin and Delana.

I love the Truck series...I hope it stays around a long time. :)

Sophia said...

Most popular segment was cute! :)

Johnny B!! Funny about the camera comment at the banguet!

PammH said...

sophia-I was also glad to see Speed tackle this situation right away. Also, if you email JD, he will give you my email addy & I can send you a link to listen to MRN on the computer. Covers truck, Busch & Cup!

Jo said...

I enjoy this 1/2 hour pre race way more than 2 hrs of 4 letters!
@sophia 4 letter bad... LOL

Sophia said...

Pammh

You are a DOLL!! Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I thought both gave the facts, just ESPN has such a broader reach than a NCTS pre-race show on SPEED with maybe 1000 people watching it.

Anonymous said...

That Bank of America 500 commercial was good!

Sophia said...

Jo

Well it's true about 4 letter words! :)

Daly Planet Editor said...

I think maybe Hornaday has a little something to prove today.

haus20 said...

What a difference! Coverage throughout the field, great excitement in the coverage of the action on the track, actual discussion about what is going on out on the track not just naming the driver or calling out the truck number seen on the monitor.

Jo said...

Isn't it nice to watch a race?
No techjunk, no sport min. just racin' ;)

Yup JD I think Grandpa has a point to grind on his ax.

Daly Planet Editor said...

It could be a very interesting Victory Lane interview if Ron wins.

Lisa Hogan said...

It's wonderful to be able to watch the actual race!

Thank you pit reporters for actually giving reports that are informative. Unlike others on that other network, who just talk from their notes made earlier in the weekend.

Thank you SPEED!

haus20 said...

looks like reut is doing the "triple" this week as well

ri88girl said...

I am so enjoying seeing a race and listening to some good PXP. Thanks SPEED.

Jo said...

ok caution, so I have time to thank SPEED. Thanks for good solid relevant pit reporting, showing pit road & good solid PXP, wide angle shots of racing. No pre-recorded junk, no fillers, no celebs, no techno, no TB, just racing. Ain't it grand?

Thanks SPEED

Gymmie said...

Ray's going to be busy with all those projects *giggle*

Jo said...

Ray & his red goggles.
Hope he got the room done LOL
Ya think the comm'l. crew helped him?

Sophia said...

THanks SPEED for a great truck race.

I love Mikey but sometimes he gets on my nerves when his voice gets high pitched...he has been FUN today...I loved his comment about the one wreck didn't look "sanitary" until they saw the replay, lol.

I hope this series stays around. It's the best racing on tv and best presentation.

Nice not to be hear complaining so much, too. :)

Gymmie said...

YAY! Grandpa!

Jo said...

Grandpa wins!!!!!Instant karma!

Gymmie said...

Oooooooo........a fight!

Anonymous said...

with all the contact and story line..why no in-car radios played back by SPEED....

Gymmie said...

The 4 letter network wouldn't of had all that coverage!

Big penalties coming! I see it now!

speedangel said...

Yay for Hornaday!

I'd call that a form of poetic justice.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff they got the altercation and that makes Ron's problems disappear - something else to talk about. Great win though Ron

Newracefan said...

To quote a friend Holy Sh... Batman. A lot a penalties this week, oh my. And more importantly Way to go Ron, spit in the eye of ESPN.

haus20 said...

Could you imagine the other guys calling this altercation? Neither could I because they would already be at commercial.

Lisa Hogan said...

Hornaday

Sweet!

Anonymous said...

The other lot would be too anxious to get to football or whatever else they feel necessary to rush off to like Sportscenter (yawn)

Anonymous said...

where's the interviews with Starr or David R. come on

Daly Planet Editor said...

I think it should be interesting to see if ESPN addresses the post-race discussion on their later shows.

The network purposefully deleted any reference to the NCTS event this weekend and replaced that space with the NHRA race in Charlotte.

Nice job by SPEED of handling the race and the post-event festivities.

JD

Anonymous said...

No SPEED runs off to off-road racing

Anonymous said...

Daly Planet Editor said:
"Nice job by SPEED of handling the race and the post-event festivities."

You really think they did good with post race interviews??? I just saw 2>

stricklinfan82 said...

Thank you again to Speed Channel for televising a race and not mirroring ESPN's "coverage" model of following a script.

You would think that if one competent "suit" at ESPN took two seconds to watch a Truck broadcast and compare it to the garbage their network produces that major changes would be made immediately. Unfortunately it's obvious that such a competent suit doesn't exist at ESPN. If Friday was any indication changes have indeed been made... but for the worse as ESPN has added EVEN MORE bells, whistles, and other distractions to their coverage.

I can only envision ESPN's handling of the Truck Race highlights tonight. My guess would be conveniently skipping mentioning a single word about Ron Hornaday's win and showing the post-race fight and only the post-race fight.

Good luck to those of you that are going to eventually tune in to ESPN's TAPE-DELAYED by several hours coverage of anything but Happy Hour whenever it finally reaches the airwaves. I however will not be bothering with ESPN's practice/qualifying JUNK any longer. That train officially left the station for this fan after watching ESPN do the impossible and make their practice coverage even worse on Friday.

Anonymous said...

The difference is SPEED was about 10 minutes over their alotted timeslot. The other network cut out with over five minutes left in the race timeslot.

haus20 said...

Anon, they went 10 minutes past the broadcast window. That is 15 minutes longer than ESPN would have gone.

haus20 said...

anon @ 545 - i guess great minds think alike

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that Hornaday won and showed the boys that someone with Graves Disease can still win in dominating fashion ... Graves is a tough road to hoe ...


Harvick is repaying his debt to the Hornadays ... and has told Ron that he's got a job as long as he wants one ...

Sophia said...

WOW! What an ending! LOL>

SO HAPPY FOR RON! Congratulations Ron..grace under pressure.

Bodine classy in interview after the crews went ballistic. And the state troopers line up at the hauler?A?A

The guys in the booth handled it all splendidly.

LOVED IT.

IF ONLY we could get rid of excess GRAPHIC/BOTTOM TICKER/SC UPdates/....we get no info from the booth/VIDEO over green flag racing crap On the four letter word station.

We saw what happened in the back of the pack, the middle while Hornaday held the lead.

GREAT production.
No need to watch the Cup race. Best racin' right here.

Kudos for the coverage AND GOING OVERTIME!!

Thanks, SPEED and love the guys in the booth.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 5:42 PM - SPEED only had the time slot booked til 5:30pm eastern for the Truck race ...

So, either they delayed the CORR race or cut out the pre-race stuff ...


And it's quite weird to hear the guys that would are on TNT during their 6 week run ... but with CORR, they're on SPEED ...

HarpAmy/Amy in FL said...

Did they ever answer the trivia question? Just wondering because I wanted to hear the answer.

Nice job, Hornaday. I thought that he looked tired and relieved and humble. He seemed to handle this week with class.

What did the opening of the show say about the Hornaday? I missed the first segment.

I loved how they were going to go to a commercial and then when Michael Annett (#22) wrecked, they just stayed and analized what happened.

Keep up the great work SPEED on your truck broadcasts. Of course, I love Mikey.

An interesting side note is that when I was at Daytona for the Duels this past Feb., my dad and I were just getting to the track when the truck stuff was over and I passed Rick Allen and Phil Parsons as they were heading to the tv compound. Phil is at least 8-10 inches shorter than Rick. I believe that Rick is 6'6" and Phil must be around 5'7" or so. I say that to say that when you see Rick, Phil, and Michael in the booth shots and they all appear the same height, that Phil must be standing on a box or a stool or something.

3bud said...

Nice to see Old Ron put a period on that non story!!!! Hornady and the Harvicks have more class and dignity then all E$PN combined.I've been reading most all of you since the begining of TDP. The Hornady deal just made me want to add my 2 Cents. Thanks JD

Sophia said...

3bud

Wasn't today's truck race priceless!!

The ending we all needed to a tough week, racing wise.

and to have it happen on SPEED where the sport is truly beloved by the guys who work in it and it shows.

I was counting down the last few laps and hoping "Karma" would make an appearance.

Nice to see a new name here moved to post.

When Ron thought the interview was over and bent over and pulled the cap over his face, I thought he was fighting back his emotions..then when the mic was still there for more questions, he did ok.

Never a smart aleck word one. Truly a class act. :)

I can't remember the last time I FELT SO GOOD after watching a NASCAR race!

(sigh(

Jo said...

sophia said
Never a smart aleck word one. Truly a class act. :)

I can't remember the last time I FELT SO GOOD after watching a NASCAR race!
-----
Amen to that it was so good to see the race end the way it did & the interview was awesome!

Anonymous said...

West Coast Diane said:

Ditto to all the positive comments about today's Truck race.

All I kept thinking while watching was this is how all racing should be telecast. Know some don't care for Mikey, but those 3 guys in the booth today have so much "natural" enthusiasm for the sport. It comes through on the telecast. The same for Fox and this year TNT. Why does it seem that everyone from ESPN is reading off a script. And doing a poor job...rarely any excitement and no insight into anything. Just same old info over and over.

And the screen...race cars and one ticker. Oh...and race cars in front, in the middle, in the back...racing. It's funny, but Speed probably doesn't have the budget for the flash and dash stuff and puts on a great show. ESPN...save money...cut the crap that we don't want to see anyway. Then maybe you won't need ED commercials to fund your production...LOL.

Thank you Speed for giving us race fans something to smile about. Not just trucks, but practice/qual when you have it. And of course F1 where people who aren't even at the race can inject so much excitement and fun into calling the race.

For the first time I will use HotPass as my primary viewing vehicle for the race tomorrow. Too depressing thinking about watching ESPN.