Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sprint Cup Series From Kansas On ABC Sports


All the ingredients are in place for NASCAR this Sunday. Nice weather, good storylines and many Chasers starting from the back of the pack. The challenge for the ESPN on ABC crew is to translate that into a dynamic TV presentation.

Setting the table at 1PM Eastern Time will be Allen Bestwick and the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show. Joined by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty, Bestwick will have plenty of good content for this hour.

Bestwick has made this pre-race show a solid program through the use of all four ESPN pit reporters and Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree upstairs in the booth. Last week, Bestwick welcomed drivers into the Infield Pit Studio and let Wallace and Daugherty interview them directly.

Wallace continues to voice his opinions on a regular basis. Love him or hate him, Wallace has added a spice to the program that it needed. Daugherty has been trying to escape his catch phrases and cheerleading, but it is a struggle. His opinions are solid when he allows himself to step outside the cheerleader role and offer his personal perspective as a fan.

During this pre-race show, watch for which pit reporters are paired with which drivers. As you may know from previous columns, pit reporters are assigned drivers in advance and stay with them all the way through the post-race show. Who has who should be interesting.

Bestwick will transition to Dr. Jerry Punch for the call of the race at 2PM. This is a great track for TV coverage with outstanding sound and pictures. Punch has the task of trying to keep viewers informed on two very distinct topics. The actual flow of the race vs. the location of The Chasers during the event.

Jarrett and Petree have not been shy about stepping-in and adding to the content of what is traditionally the play-by-play role. Both have contributed from their own driver and crew chief/owner perspectives to all of the Sprint Cup races since coverage shifted to the ESPN/ABC TV package.

Tim Brewer will be in the Tech Center with his own challenge. NASCAR fans have been watching the sport since February and do not need another introduction to terms like loose and tight and lug nuts. Since ESPN put Draft Track on the shelf, Brewer is going to be on-the-spot for adding information that TV viewers can use.

Between engine woes and on-track incidents, drivers who fall out of the race will not be in the best of moods where TV interviews are concerned. The challenge for the ESPN on ABC crew is to get these interviews and when a driver turns-down an opportunity, make sure to tell the TV viewers that fact.

When the race is in-progress, look for the triple splits on the pit stops, the double video boxes during Tech Center segments and how ESPN uses the team radio chatter. Drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. were outspoken on NASCAR Now earlier in the week about ESPN's use of team radios in a sensationalized manner.

This might be exactly the race that ESPN and NASCAR ordered. Good pictures, solid racing and lots of stories to finally get the fans involved in The Chase this season.

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bevo said...

HotPass announcers

KY BUSCH
Adam Alexander
Tony Rizutti

EARNHARDT JR
Rick Allen
Phil Parsons

J GORDON
Randy Pemberton
Hermie Sadler

HARVICK
Larry McReynolds
Wendy Venturini

Daly Planet Editor said...

Who is Tony Ruzutti? That is a new one on me.

Alex said...

Tony Rizutti is a co-host of Dale Earnhardt Jr's XM Radio show. Beyond that, I don't know much about him.

bevo said...

Sorry, bad fingers :)

bevo said...

He's done a few HP races this year, good insight.

Trying to do this on a BlackBerry right now

bevo said...

MRN reporting J Gordon is sick, Brad K on standby

HarpAmy/Amy in FL said...

Tony Rizutti is also a co-host of Michael Waltrip Outloud on XM Radio. He has done PR stuff as well as some media. You check him out at www.tonyrizutti.com. His bio is there.

Does that help, JD?

Anonymous said...

For those of you wanting "Stick with the Biff" t shirts seen on "Raceday" they are available at 3mracing.com or gregbiffle.com.

Anonymous said...

did anybody watch this lifelock show? i didn't know it was on. was it good?

Anonymous said...

6:00PM: ESPNEWS - Interviews with top three drivers, winning crew chief and owner. From the Infield Media Center in Kansas once the race is over.

I wish. This description isn't accurate, hasn't been accurate for quite some time, and I don't think your readers should be directed to something each week that isn't being shown.

We haven't gotten an explanation about why it isn't being shown, either.

Anonymous said...

im seeing puerto rican parade on wpvi 6 abc out of philly. no race :(

Bill H said...

Why is it, 12 minutes into the "countdown", they have to have the pit reporters waste 5 minutes doing promos about what they are going to be talking about later?

Bill H

Anonymous said...

Roush was a good get though huh!

Bill H said...

And also on these pit reporters. There is no "noise" on the tracks, can't they take off the big head phones while talking so they don't look like idiots. Jamie Little talking to Greg Biffle was a good example.

Bill H

Yes I know the producer tells them what to say in the head phones, but were smaller ones when there is no reason for the noise cancellation.

Bill H said...

Sound is awful from Brewer today, not that I listen mind you, but sounds like a bad mic or something.

Bill H

ri88girl said...

I wan't my 'Stick with the Biff' tee shirt! Not at GregBiffle.com or 3mraging.com as of now, so don't know where the anon got the info.

I keep thinking Tony Rizutti is Phil Riszzuto from the money store.

Vicky D said...

Bill H - yes I thought that was strange doing promos of upcoming spots. Jack's interview was great though but why isn't anyone saying what the pressure was in JPM's shocks? If they have I haven't heard it and poor TB stumbled over quite a few words and it's just the beginning of the day.

ri88girl said...

I don't care how many times I see that Tylenol commercial with Kevin; I bust out laughing when he says 'how bout tryin a new girlfriend?' SO Kevin Harvick

Dot said...

@ri88girl,

I thought that too. Thanks to the others for clearing that up.

Anonymous said...

ri88girl said...
I wan't my 'Stick with the Biff' tee shirt! Not at GregBiffle.com or 3mraging.com as of now, so don't know where the anon got the info.

watch it show up on SPEED, just like Digger on FOX

Vicky D said...

And thanks to Jack for mentioning Paul Newman and his fondness for racing. Allen was just talking about the casino addition that has been approved for the racetrack but it was just announced that Hard Rock Casino has filed for bankruptcy that would be interesting to delve into that story. They are replaying stories too that were run earlier in the day.

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alex said...

What's the Money Store? Phil Rizzuto played for the Yankees

Vicky D said...

Yes, Phil Rizzuto is a Hall Of Famer retired Yankees baseball player. I remember my grandfather talking about him!

lacboi said...

Wpvi in philly is not showing nascar countdown they have a parade on.

Vicky D said...

lacboi - are the mummers strutting their stuff? I don't like DJ's purple tie with the brown suit either.

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haus20 said...

Thanks JD, that ANON was a little too sensitive to Bill's legitimate opinion.

Daly Planet Editor said...

You can always tell when the season is winding down, tempers get tight all over the place.

So far, Rusty and Brad are having a very good time in the pre-race as is Allen.

Seems like even the drivers are kind of burned-out. Kyle Busch was a tad less than enthusiastic.

JD

lacboi said...

@ vicki d


Puerto Rican Day Parade

Daly Planet Editor said...

Well, we get a lot of TV guys on this page, so when you are offering an opinion on the TV stuff, just make it an opinion and everything will be just fine!

Daly Planet Editor said...

lacboi,

Let me know if the parade coverage goes past the top of the hour please. Thanks.

JD

Daly Planet Editor said...

anon 1:00PM,

I am purposefully leaving that up and promoting it to let ESPNEWS know that we are watching.

I have been trading emails with that bunch and they are in the same situation as the other ESPN networks...too much stuff for one channel.

I want to make sure that they know at 6PM there will be a NASCAR group turning to them for the live coverage they have been giving us all season long. Thanks for the comment.

JD

lacboi said...

@ Daly Planet Editor


Switched to race coverage @ 2pm

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks for dropping me the note, that would bave been big if they did not.

JD

Vicky D said...

JD, thanks for the deletion. Yes, as someone has said - the drivers seem tired or like poor Jeff Gordon, under the weather too. Anthem is too slow.

Jo said...

Well today should be interesting - hope its better than yesterday. Bad coverage usually gets us good coverage next time I hope the patten holds true. Who dresses the announcers? DJ 's tie w/brown suit?

Matt said...

Damn that's how you say the command haha.

Enjoyed the pre-race.. Allen makes the hour go by fast.

Anonymous said...

I am the anon who posted the stick with the biff info - that was what the graphic on Raceday said. I am sure by mid week they will be for sale.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Like I said in the column, this will be a great race to get things back on track and build momentum for Talladega.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 2:11PM,

No problem. I have an email into the RaceDay folks. When they tell me, I will post it.

JD

Newracefan said...

Just able to tune in between Computer issues (don't download Vista service pack1 if you want your McAfee to still work) and the Parade I'm having a great day so far. Hopefully it's all up from here

rich said...

Bevo, thanks for the heads up on announcers on Hotpass. I guess I get to listen to LarryMac today. Also I second the vote for the command. Clearly one of the top ten ever !!

stricklinfan82 said...

I loved Shannon's decision to point out that non-Chasers have won this race 3 of the last 4 years. I'm glad the production truck didn't veto that report :)

Anonymous said...

they've mentioned that stat all weekend in practice and qual i think.

rich said...

Bowyer passed before the Green. Duh

ri88girl said...

Annon 2:11 said

'I am the anon who posted the stick with the biff info - that was what the graphic on Raceday said. I am sure by mid week they will be for sale.'

Didn't mean to sound snappy, I'm just disappointed!

Anonymous said...

Oh, good, now Punch has memorized the drivers' names, so he can say, "Earnhardt, Gordon, Allmendinger" when they're on his monitor instead of just listing their car numbers!

Dot said...

@ Rich, I was wondering what happened to Clint. Had to freeze the race, roommate on an errand. I have to read what's going on and look @ NASCAR.com at the leaderboard. Here comes roommate now, yea!!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice pictures and good sound. Now the challenge is to tell the story.

Anonymous said...

Hey maybe we'll have a pass today for the lead. Here comes Kenseth on Johnson's bumper...

let's send it to commercial 13 laps into the race (about 8 minutes in) and we just won't show the pass for the lead.

rich said...

First 13 laps on Hotpass 798 with Larry Mac has been super. Bye Bye ESPU

Anonymous said...

I would rather they get the breaks out of the way now than with 25 laps to go. Imagine if they had gone to break last week during all that good racing!!!!

Anonymous said...

or they could be like any other sport and not go to beark in important situations at all

Sophia said...

Ok, just got in missed the drop of the green flag but should be here mostly, while doing some other stuff.

Rigirl, I SO agree about the Tylenol commercial..even though it's over done, it cracks me up with Happy's expression:)

I am going to read a lot here today as I do other things. I can't just FOCUS on the races these days between ESPN junk and "the girls".

Sexist sophia :)

rich said...

Larry Mac tries to cover the whole race not just his assigned driver (29). His knowledge of Sprint cup is phenomenal.

Anonymous said...

I would rather they get the breaks out of the way now than with 25 laps to go.

Sadly, they may well do that anyway!

NorCalFan said...

Just hearing the 18 car is blowing up.

Anonymous said...

Waltrip is passing Chase contenders like they're standing still, but I guess they won't mention that unless he wrecks one, huh?

rich said...

Shrub says the engine sounds sour

rich said...

Do you guys know that Hotpass has side by side race coverage during commercials? Neat

haus20 said...

on KB's HotPass channel right now...engine does not sound right as he accelerates

Dot said...

@ Rich, rub it in, lol.

Can I just say I love the way the infield grass is mowed. If I had a lawn, it would look like that.

Jessica said...

KB says "tell the guys if they wreck to take me with them"

stricklinfan82 said...

'Up to Speed' is only updating the Chase drivers. You've got to be kidding me with this.

Anonymous said...

Is this honestly an up-to-speed with JUST the chase drivers?

Anonymous said...

New drinking game: Take a shot every time Shannon starts a sentence with "Yeah..."

You won't last long!

Gymmie said...

@Alex--The Money Store *used* to be a mortgage company based in Sacramento, CA. We did sub-prime Home Improvement loans, we were bought out by First Union (now Wachovia) and after FU bought us, they decided to shut down the mortgage division and now TMS is HomEq doing servicing for the old TMS portfolio, Wachovia's and other companies. Phil Rizutto was our spokesman for years before Jim Palmer came onboard. TMS was family owned for over 30 years but they saw back in 98/99 that they needed a bigger "checkbook" to survive so sold it to FU which later was bought by Wachovia. I worked for them for about 8 years before moving on...I miss those bonuses :(.

@JD--Thanks for the clarification on why you keep listing the media center...very frustrating when you expect it and if they get to it, it's the same interview from VL we saw an hour ago :(

rich said...

maybe plug wire on 18

NorCalFan said...

KB has diagnosed his problem as possibly being down 2 cylinders. This info from Hotpass not ESPN.

Vicky D said...

Dot, I love the pattern of the infield grass too I meant to mention that earlier. And they aren't mentioning many non-chase drivers today either.

Anonymous said...

vickers up from 9th to 3rd. mears from 10-th to 6th. TRUEX takes the lead.

and barely any if not absolutely NO mentions of these drivers.

ahhhh keep it here with bestwick.

WHATS UP WITH THAT? is brad not paying attention?

Gymmie said...

oh sure! rub it in rich! :p

Anonymous said...

I guess ESPN still doesn't get it at all--people are NOT watching this race to see the Chase drivers unless they're already a fan of one of them.

I'd bet there are, in total, a lot more people watching non-chase drivers.

rich said...

18 just got lapped

Newracefan said...

Guess there are only 12 cars on the track oh yea and Truex

Anonymous said...

brad just saw kyle busch getting lapped and he said "what's up with that?"

not even paying attention until this part of the broadcast, eh?

red said...

stricklinfan82 said...
'Up to Speed' is only updating the Chase drivers. You've got to be kidding me with this."

i second that surprise. i just got in, turned on the race and thought i'd timed it well and would actually get a thru the field recap. instead, i get a chaser update. has there been a true thru the field yet today?

(and i just have to say this: way to go, phillies! woo hoo! ok, i'm finished now: back to the race . . .)

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the call if a non-Chase driver wins?

"And Matt Kenseth takes second at Kansas!"

Gymmie said...

I feel bad for Kylie...winning everything from the gate to not being able to catch a break

Newracefan said...

Red good thing you stopped watching Prerace, you would have gotten the Puerto Rican parade

3bud said...

Larry Mac on HotPass 798 is following the race not only Harvick,he,s giving alot of info about alot of drivers, and Brad Keselowski on 796 a good touch.What a difference between HotPass and most of the ESPN coverage IMO.

rich said...

24 doing pretty good for being "sick"

Matt said...

Kyle was shaking his car back and forth going INTO turn 3, which led to Brad's comment. Maybe there's a better way to put it, but I think "what's up with that" is justified.

Anonymous said...

vickers may pass kenseth and 1-2 will be truex and vickers. will espn even show the leaders the rest of the race if that stayed like that?

red said...

anonymous said...
Can you imagine the call if a non-Chase driver wins?

"And Matt Kenseth takes second at Kansas!"

now THAT'S funny right there! and oh so very close to being true, i fear.

haus20 said...

Rich said, "Do you guys know that Hotpass has side by side race coverage during commercials? Neat"

That is where I go during commercials...switch to in car audio and ignore the commercials

Anonymous said...

If Truex keeps leading, DJ's going to have to do one of his, "We haven't talked much about ___ today" reports about him!

Anonymous said...

Lucky they took that shot of pit road, or Doc wouldn't have had any idea there was a jam-up involving the 99 car.

Anonymous said...

love to see a replay of the 99 issue

Anonymous said...

I may fall out of my chair! They just showed MW's entire pit stop!

Did someone from this board commandeer the production truck?

Anonymous said...

Boy, those replays can really make you look bad if you don't know what's happening on the track eh?

Newracefan said...

Now that was something, OK now reset the field please

Anonymous said...

nice replays. love the low angle

Gymmie said...

YIKES! That could have been uglier with Cousin Carl & Brian

Newracefan said...

Anonymous said...
I may fall out of my chair! They just showed MW's entire pit stop!

Did someone from this board commandeer the production truck?


I was having the same thought

Gymmie said...

I don't like that MNF promo taking up half the screen :(

Vicky D said...

Good pitstops this race is moving along fast. Poor Carl, driver's spotters or crew chiefs not paying attention.

Matt said...

Thanks for the pit road penalties - I'm so mad the 21 was speeding, that's too bad.

NorCalFan said...

KBs HotPass channel reports that Kyle says everything is OK with the car now.

Newracefan said...

So instead of resetting the field or talking about vickers and dinger (6 & 7) we get Lagono who's lapped already. WTH

stricklinfan82 said...

Anonymous said...
Can you imagine the call if a non-Chase driver wins?

"And Matt Kenseth takes second at Kansas!"

September 28, 2008 2:46 PM


Perfectly said. So much promise after a decent Dover broadcast and two straight solid Nationwide broadcasts that didn't focus solely on the points contenders. Unfortunately we're seeing a New Hampshire repeat where only the Chasers matter.

haus20 said...

NASCAR 101 in the middle of the chase...just send them to Amazon and tell them to buy the book.

rich said...

Right on Haus20

red said...

ahhhh. now punch is told he has to explain how the chase points works. sure hope the theoretical "casual fan" appreciated that information.

i certainly would like to hear about THE RACE and not the minute by minute status of the chasers. only 2chaser are in the top 10 and we don't hear about the other 8 drivers . . .

and how about setting the ENTIER field?

Anonymous said...

Now, now, I'm sure that ABC will explain the rules of football during the MNF broadcast tomorrow.

rich said...

Red, sorry but that is not in the script

haus20 said...

"What do you need to do to win this race (or chase)?", is the most over asked question in motorsports

Daly Planet Editor said...

Let's see if the next through the field is just The Chase guys again.

That was a mind blower.

JD

red said...

boy, you'd think the #48 is leading the race today, not the #17.
and now we'er back to the #18 and we STILL haven't gone thru the field.

Anonymous said...

"Keep talking about the 18 until we can figure out what caused it!"

stricklinfan82 said...

Ha. Waiting for reset after green flag stops and all ESPN can muster is a NASCAR for Dummies explanation of why Greg Biffle isn't leading the points and this strange concept of "bonus points". ("Daddy, how many points is a touchdown worth?") Now pre-taped junk from Jimmie Johnson.

All NASCAR fans are in desperate need of an ESPN buyout right now.

Newracefan said...

78, 77, & 7 2 laps down does anyone know why. Now it's all about Kyle and there is a yellow for some reason?????

Sophia said...

This focus on the chase is just way too much.

ESPN does NOT get it..my screen keeps going black a couple seconds..back on now.

I think i am bored and I bet KB was faking us out..who knows.

WHy such a HUGE IN CAR CAM for KYLE???? OVER green flag..put hiim in the smaller box. ????????????????

Bobibnev said...

The wreck wasn't on the screen so they don't talk about it!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, that was Re; the caution.

Anonymous said...

My race feed keeps flashing to black! But the sound and ABC logo stay put. Whats going on??? Watching via KGTV HD in San Diego.

Anonymous said...

no need to actually show the caution or the racing, espn. just keep the cameras and analysis on kyle busch back in 34th and a lap down. real good coverage.

red said...

(and i apologize for the typos today: a bandaid on my index finger is throwing me off. a coupla more typos and i'm going to rip it off and hope i don't bleed on the keyboard too badly.)

Sophia said...

ALL KYLE all the time.

Who cares. I am so disappointed with this ENTIRE ESPN Booth guys.

Newracefan said...

Guess they'll tell us Clint is lucky dog but then prob the last one of the day inless it's KB. And Look pitstops and the field was never reset after the last round of green flag runs.

Anonymous said...

Three cars collide on pit road, but they haven't noticed yet..

Anonymous said...

mine flashed black also.

Anonymous said...

did the booth not even know there was caution?

Vicky D said...

Jamie, you should have said that it's a much needed caution to bunch up the field per Nascar's request!

Sophia said...

red
hope the finger is ok..funny how much fingers can hurt..especailly since the tip has so many nerve endings...it is a hindrance for typing.

Happy commercial :)

Anonymous said...

JD, I think there is some confusing. You keep expecting the "in the chase" segment, which is a form of "through the field" to include all driver. But the fact is, it is only a chase segment. I don't see how you can put non chase drivers in a chase driver segment. I mean, if you want a segment for non-chase drivers then say so, but again, I dont see why you should put these non-chase drivers in the chase segment. What way you?

Daly Planet Editor said...

We were talking about the challenge of picking which story to tell during the race.

That certainly has been the case today. All this hopping around has not really let any story be fully told.

Really need a full field recap after the restart.

JD

Anonymous said...

If they aren't looking out the window while they call the race, and I can see action on the screen that they don't, what the &^%$ are the guys in the booth watching?

Anonymous said...

confusion*

rich said...

17 missed a lugnut and had to come back in

Anonymous said...

Ah, someone told them about the pit-road contact. Good.

Anonymous said...

we would like to know how EVERY driver is doing! not just chase drivers. how do you pass the guys who are racing in the top 10 to show drivers 34th, a lap down, etc?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Pulling The Chase drivers out and just updating them is tough to take.

As one poster put it best, fans have not changed loyalty simply because their driver is not in The Chase.

Why eliminate the entire field except for 12 drivers when you recap? If you noticed, there has not been another recap of any kind.

The biggest issue for ESPN is handling the Chasers vs. describing the actual race.

JD

Anonymous said...

there is so much that espn has missed and this isn't a hard track to cover. cant wait for talladega!

Newracefan said...

Casey leading dissed by JP for an update on the 31, this is a mess today

Sophia said...

My God are the guys in the booth BLINDFOLDED!! Cripes, if it wasn't for the crappy OVER USE of bumper cams, gopher cams and in car cams, and LACK OF FIELD FINISHING, it "ALMOST" makes you miss FOX. least their crew would tell us what was GOING ON ON THE TRACK a little beter

Anonymous said...

Oksay, two sentences about Casey leading. Now, get back to talking about the 18 car!

Vicky D said...

Maybe the guys in the booth and pit reporters don't realize there's other cars out there besides the chasers.

red said...

anon 3:07: you raise a good question and i won't answer for jd but what I want is a true "thru the field": i want to know where all the drivers on the lead lap are and any RACING stories that might be involved. recappping the chasers is part of that bigger picture but we rarely, if ever, get a true "thru the field" after a caution. that used to be a standard practice and it's just not happening on espn's coverage.

(and oh yeah! the #5 is LEADING the race and we didn't really hear about it . . . we're back to talking about the #18 instead. sorry, mears, you are not in the script this week. please roll over for a chaser.)

Karen said...

Carl Edwdards must feel like a pingpong ball on pit road. Already 2 incidents.

Gymmie said...

@anon 2:51--Oh I know! I was in shock that they showed Mikey and his stop!

I hope your finger feels better red :(

stricklinfan82 said...

JD, is there a different production truck for ESPN's Nationwide coverage than there is for their Cup coverage all of a sudden?

ESPN's Cup practice coverage on Friday was junk but you said their Nationwide practice coverage the same day was great. The last two Nationwide races have done a very good job of focusing on non-points contenders and interviewing them when they fell out of the race. Today though only the Chasers matter, even in the 'Up to Speed' segment.

What gives?

Jessica said...

camera choices after this caution are nice.

Daly Planet Editor said...

different producer stricklinfan.

Anonymous said...

ABC only talking about Chasers ...

Only car a lap down that they seem to be able to see is Kylie ...

red said...

sophia and gymmie: i have great faith in the ability of my mac book to withstand some bleeding on the keys! thanks.

man, there was a gret toss to doc about how to help an ailing driver during a race and he gives us a racing cliche instead. even when they tap into his specific knowledge base, he gives us . . . nothing.

Anonymous said...

what was with punch emphasizing HENNNNNNDRICK motorsports before commercial. his famous 'how about casey mears' before break too.

Vicky D said...

Lots of non-chasers in the 10 - 15the spots but we won't see or hear about it! I don't like that 30 minute ab commercial either.

Anonymous said...

Who does ESPN think likes this coverage? Are they reading some board I've never heard of where fans actually enjoy this coverage?

Or is their attitude, "You just don't know what's best, and we do, so deal with it?"

haus20 said...
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Newracefan said...

AHHHH a little AB PXP even 3 minutes was fantastic

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed that Brad recognized the driveshaft piece on the track. Good call.

Vicky D said...

Maybe all the folks in Bristol, CT email ESPN with their appreciation of fine broadcasting of the Nascar races. Thanks Allen for telling us that the #18 car is back on the lead lap!!!!

Anonymous said...

Brad's taking what Rusty says and then tries to expand on it ... It doesn't work ...

Brad would NOT have know what that piece of metal was on pit road ...

Dot said...

Kyle Petty got the call to bring out the caution to benefit Weed.

Newracefan said...

Oh no Bootie a driveshaft, that's a problem, how did that happen.

Sophia said...

JD and others

WHY CAN"T they split the chase races? Run the 12 in one race and the others in a separate race?

Folks keep asking me that since ALL THEY hear about in the media is "the chase guys"

The other guys are being ignored anyway. Since so many HATE THE OVER FOCUS on the chase, I bet many fans would watch the OTHER!

Anonymous said...

Dot said...
Kyle Petty got the call to bring out the caution to benefit Weed.

September 28, 2008 3:20 PM

I cant believe you.

Anonymous said...

Dot said...
Kyle Petty got the call to bring out the caution to benefit Weed.

September 28, 2008 3:20 PM

I cant believe you.

rich said...

Jr. sure hasnt been on screen any

Anonymous said...

"I bet many fans would watch the OTHER!"

I doubt it. I sure wouldn't.

Anonymous said...

Sophia, that's not goigng to happen.

It's part of the deal of racing. NASCAR can't help it if the TV people are so short-sighted in their coverage.

Dot said...

@ Anon, it's a joke, son.

Newracefan said...

JD do you know why they would change the music for JJ's commercial. It's growing on me but the initial one was perfect.

Anonymous said...

"it's a joke"

I know. But im tired...lol

stricklinfan82 said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
different producer stricklinfan.

September 28, 2008 3:13 PM


Oh, wow. Maybe I'm the only person here that didn't know that but I thought the production trucks were the exact same for both series. I was ready to let them off the hook and assume the difference in coverage philosophy could be explained by some kind of edict from "above".

I won't blame you if you choose not to speculate on this subject, but do you suppose this huge difference between the coverage of the different series is as simple as this one man/woman alone or is there still a "bigger picture" involved here?

Anonymous said...

@ Anon, it's a joke, son.
Besides, when NASCAR wants a caution, they just find a gum wrapper on the track and call it "debris."

Anonymous said...

"or is there still a "bigger picture" involved here?"

It's never just one person with productions this big. There is a group of people that sits down around a table before the next race and ponders and decides what will go into the coverage.

Anonymous said...

I won't blame you if you choose not to speculate on this subject, but do you suppose this huge difference between the coverage of the different series is as simple as this one man/woman alone or is there still a "bigger picture" involved here?

I have experience in this field, and I'll call it "one man/one woman alone." It's the Executive Producer's vision, carried out by the show producer.

Dot said...

@ Anon 3:24, so true.

Anonymous said...

"they just find a gum wrapper on the track and call it "debris." "

....sigh

Vicky D said...

And do ya'll notice that Sliced Bread has not been mentioned yet?

red said...

that #2 car is scary loose -- just danced against the wall again. wonder how long before it goes "crash"?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wasn't Riggs running 12th when he had the problem that put him out?

I would think maybe that would be worth an interview.

stricklinfan, everything is the same including the truck and facilities. Just a different person producing. As one poster said, same management as well.

JD

Daly Planet Editor said...

Logano, Junior, Stewart....nothing.

Newracefan said...

Vicky D said...
And do ya'll notice that Sliced Bread has not been mentioned yet?


Yes he was and he was already lapped but he still got the mention instead of non chasers in the top 10

Newracefan said...

RESET THE FIELD PLEASE

Anonymous said...

"Reutimann having a good run...oops, got to go to a break. can't talk about him."

Daly Planet Editor said...

I sure do find it strange to be using bumper music to break when the track is hot under green flag racing.

Usually, we see this under caution. The music choices are also quite...interesting.

JD

Karen said...

I imagine it's humbling for Logano to be in the back for a change. If he's won everything he's been in, this should be a sobering experience.

Newracefan said...

Reut having a good run, JP are you paying attention he's 30th and trying very hard to keep himself from getting lapped AGAIN.

This is a mess today, even the chasers being talked about are so random. If they would just reset the field through at least 20th (although I would prefer all lead lap cars) and then the notables.

Anonymous said...

There we go..they finlly mentioned Logano. When he wrecked.

3bud said...

Sliced Bread is Toast again

stricklinfan82 said...

Thanks JD and you 'anons' with knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of a NASCAR production truck. I always appreciate having as much information at my disposal as possible when it comes to things I can't see with my own two eyes.

Anonymous said...

MW's spotter said, "Someone's gonna have to teach ol' Sliced Bread there some respect."

Vicky D said...

Good for Reut for staying on the lead lap. Let's see they are actually showing Casey Mears in the pits. WOW.

Dot said...

@ 3Bud,

Ditto from Dot.

Anonymous said...

JD do you know about Technical Directing? I have a question about that. What is the TD using to bring in and out those animated Lower thirds? Chyron or something else?

Anonymous said...

If Tony's car won't get out of your way in the pits, just kick it!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Do you think JP saw the guy kick the car in the door? Only DJ and Andy were laughing about it.

Try me on the TD question.

Newracefan said...

JP looking out the window, good for you

Anonymous said...

What is the TD using to bring in and out those animated Lower thirds? Chyron or something else?

Vicky D said...

Remember a couple of years ago when Brian Vickers was on This Week In Winston Cup (I think that was the name) Mikey was making fun of him running over a crew member. He's been in the way a couple of times today. Poor Matt.

haus20 said...

The Goodhands move of the race is absolutely a waste of time.

Gymmie said...

@karen--I've been thinking the same. After the poster mentioned the "issues" he had with Da Biff in a N'wide race where Toast was "upset" having to be with the "riff raff"...he's now getting a taste of it. All his life he's had his daddy pay the bills, access to the best of the best...now he's getting a taste of what it's like to bring up the rear week in and week out.

@anon 3:41--I know I had to *giggle* at that kicking the car! At least the teams didn't throw down!

red said...

newracefan said...
JP looking out the window, good for you

yep. that's half of the equation: getting it on camera real time would have been the whole package.

and can i just say that the #17 should have been the "good hands" awardee?

Anonymous said...

What is the TD using to bring in and out those animated Lower thirds?

A switcher! Hahaha.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Does anyone who is just watching the ESPN on ABC telecast know who is where?

Newracefan said...

Hey look the good hands award at lap 124 at least they listened about something anyway

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