Saturday, September 20, 2008
Trucks In Vegas Need A Very Good Show
Suddenly, the Craftsman Truck Series is the target of all kinds of rumors. The sponsor is gone, Dodge factory support is gone and the field at Vegas (33) is the shortest field in over a decade.
One thing has been a constant during all the turmoil over the past several years. The NCTS has the best TV coverage in NASCAR. Rick Allen and Phil Parsons are easy to understand and Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander on pit road treat everyone equally.
SPEED produces this coverage and there are no gimmicks, no hype and no fancy sets. No Tech Center, Infield Studio or Hollywood Hotel is on-site. When it comes to the Trucks, SPEED kicks it "old school" and the results have been solid.
This week in Vegas, Krista Voda will once again host The Set-Up pre-race show from the head of the starting grid. Beginning at 9PM, Voda will offer a recap of the wild action last week in Loudon both during and after the race. Driver Colin Braun and his parents will be the subject of one feature, and Voda will take the Truck Series' most popular driver Johnny Benson to an indoor skydiving center. That might be worth the price of admission alone.
Parsons and Allen are up next at 9:30PM with the call of the race. This short field needs to have a good race to get some national attention on a Saturday night in prime-time. The NCTS is at a crossroads, and some work needs to be done to get the series back into the NASCAR limelight.
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