Saturday, October 18, 2008

Craftsman Truck Series on SPEED From Martinsville


Krista Voda kicks things off at 2:30PM with The Set-Up show on SPEED. This thirty minute pre-race show mixes pre-produced features with interviews and news items.

Rick Allen hosts the race coverage with Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons alongside. Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander are on pit road. This is a full field of 36 trucks.

Voda once again has a nice points race that is coming down to the final event in Homestead. This race is going to feature a wide variety of NCTS regulars, Sprint Cup drivers, one-time specials and some former Cup drivers who are looking for 2009 rides.

The trucks struggled to get teams to Las Vegas, but now are going to be alongside of the Cup Series down the stretch. That means Cup drivers crossing-over and racing in the NCTS. One big question is how many full-time NCTS teams are going to be able to tow to Phoenix in several weeks?

The pre-race will profile driver Timothy Peters and his low budget team that operates out of neighborhood garage. As TDP mentioned earlier, SPEED owes fans a clarification about why Johnny Benson's truck is without a primary sponsor this week.

Allen and his crew will have what has been one of the most action-packed short track events on the NCTS schedule to call. The final laps in the last truck race at Martsinville resulted in some bent sheet metal and some very hot tempers. They don't call this the "payback track" for nothing.

SPEED's NCTS coverage has been solid all season. This is once again the regular SPEED crew handling the production, so expect the focus on racing and the "old school" style of NASCAR TV. Parsons is the Dean of the truck series and his knowledge about the personalities involved from top-to-bottom is first rate.

It always works better for SPEED to have Waltrip in the booth when he is racing at the same track. He has a better perspective on what the track is doing and the issues that the NCTS teams are dealing with when he has experienced it first hand.

Martinsville is famous for a very tough pit road, so watch for early pit stops without changing tires and then a long run to the finish. Track position is everything and the beating-and-banging usually starts with less than fifty laps to go.

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44 comments:

David said...

Awesome piece on Timothy Peters!

Daly Planet Editor said...

It kind of makes the point about how many great Truck Series stories fans have missed because the series has no weekly TV show.

That was a great piece.

JD

Lou said...

just a note, I also enjoyed the Peters segment.

David said...

I think this is where NASCAR Now lacks. They are all about news and the "late breaking" stories. Totally NASCAR (R.I.P.) did a better job in its existence to talk about all 3 series and give each its due credit. NASCAR tried the Nationwide weekly recap show before (Inside NBS) and it was short lived. I imagine if you were to pitch a show it would have to be a half-hour type show much as NBS 24/7 used to be but hopefully would have better ratings and should alternate between Truck and Nationwide teams weekly to keep things fresh with a quick recap of both series's weekly ongoings.

Im with you JD...I'd love to see a show but I have trouble seeing SPEED (because I have ZERO faith in ESPN to do so) creating a show without any Cup Series aspect.

Gymmie said...

I also enjoyed the story on Timothy Peters :).

Vicky D said...

I agree with the segment on Peters. I missed most of the pre-race show did they say anything about Benson's sponsor?

3bud said...

I was cleaning the wood stove, don't know if they metioned the JB deal , looking forward to the race ,good short track racing. JD i'm with you on the weekly series,but at this point I'm keeping my fingers crossed there will be a series to report on .

Charlie said...

Why are they playing such wild guitar music in the back ground before the start?

Gymmie said...

Hermie! Hermie!

Anonymous said...

I posted this on the other page after this one appeared:

Who actually was sponsoring Benson (as in, what is "Toyota Certified Used Cars").

The Dodge sponsorship of what is now GEM came from a fund of the consortium of Dodge dealers, not from corporate. It seems possible that auto sales could be so sluggish the Toyota dealers could need to make cutbacks to stay afloat.

I was talking to a GM dealership owner not long ago who said he was just pulling the Cadillacs off the lot and bringing in more Chevys.

If, as I am guessing, the dealers are the actual sponsor, maybe ESPN could ask Dale Jarrett - he got dealerships out of that deal to drive for Michael if I recall.

David said...

I think Bill Davis said earlier in the year that they had a handful of races that they did not have a sponsor. Toyota Used Certified I imagine is still a sponsor of theirs, its just not one for this race.

My guess though.

Anonymous said...

Benson ran a few races last year with no sponsorship ...

Plus, he had on a TCUV firesuit ... IF they had lost that sponsorship, he would not have been wearing that firesuit ...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Um, this is not the Cup Series. That is the one the team has right now. I am still waiting on the email from BDR.

Keep you posted. Good coverage.

JD

Daly Planet Editor said...

I think old JB has something to prove.

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Sophia said...

about the wild OBNOXIOUS guitar music.

That is my MAIN GRIPE with the truck series. Can the canned underlayer of VERY DISTRACTING music so we can hear Rick and the boys talk...SPEED has problems with this on many shows...suits at SPEED trying to be hip I guess.

I missed the pre race and might not catch the end of this race but will put a tape in.

Guess mum is the word on 'mentioning' the struggle of this series from TPTB I guess?

But if the guitar music is the only gripe, that can be easily remedied by SPEED folks IF they want us to "hear" what is being said. :)

If only fixing ESPN issues were that easy.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Michael Waltrip has come a long way in his race commentary.

Anonymous said...

Sophia - The canned music is there because TPTB think they need to aim everything at their precious 18-34yo single male with disposable income demographic ...

TPTB forget that demographic doesn't exactly buy what the sponsors on the racecars / trucks are selling ...

They seriously need to look in the stands to see "what" the real target demographic is ... It's certainly NOT the 18-34yo male

jojaye said...

jo here had to make my name the same everywhere on the net.
I too loved the Timothy Peters segment, & Mikey has gotten way better as a broadcaster on the truck series ( so far) & I really wish for even a 1/2 hour show (other than just prerace) to re cap & let us know about CTS drivers and owners.

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Vicky D said...

That bumper music is so loud compared to the guys' voices but we have issues with Speed a lot of times with audio. Race broadcast is pretty good as things are happening fast.

jojaye said...

@Anon 429pm - you are so right about the demographics.

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Gymmie said...

Poor Grampa :( and now Happy :(

3bud said...

Well I wonder if we hear about Benson's sponsor now Man out of gas ARRGGG!!!

jojaye said...

Good for JB, nice job.
Can you believe them Harvick trucks running out of gas?

Newracefan said...

OK now there is an unsponsored truck in victory lane, guess someone whould have stepped up for this race. Way to go JB

Lou said...

WOW, 33 out of gas, go JB, a justified win. What timing. Does it get any better than that? Good racing.

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice job all around. JB is a class act. Great closing lap call by Rick Allen.

Anonymous said...

JD-

If anyone at ESPN will take any advice, get JB on the Monday roundtable.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Craven, Evernham and Said on Monday with Betwick....sorry!

jojaye said...

What class JB thanking all sponsors - even those not on today.
And Ray mentioning no sponsor on truck.

Its really odd to see a "bare " truck in VL.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mikey and Chad on TWIN.

Vicky D said...

JD - have their announced the broadcast team for the Memphis race next week yet?

Anonymous said...

Plus, he had on a TCUV firesuit ... IF they had lost that sponsorship, he would not have been wearing that firesuit ...

These NCTS guys don't have the money to replace their uniforms every five minutes.

The truck was NOT marked.

I wish he coulda worn a blank firesuit, rather than give a sponsor who dumped out on him any publiciuty at all.

stricklinfan82 said...

Krista Voda did a great job with the Setup show. The Timothy Peters piece was outstanding. The race coverage was great as usual. It's great to see vehicles racing under green on my TV instead of full-screen video packages. It's great to hear useful pit reports about the handling of vehicles and pit strategies and not an excessive amount of forced reports about comments a driver or team member had days or weeks before the event. It's great to have a play-by-play announcer that actually calls the action and is genuinely excited by side-by-side racing for the lead, as opposed to one that only reads stats or lays out completely when there is action going on. It's also great to see the whole field cross the finish line at the end of the race with a real-time vertical drop-down of the finishing results, as opposed to a badly delayed and quickly disappearing horizontal display of 5 spots at a time and last week's "focus on the wife" approach immediately after the Cup winner crossed the line.

Major thanks to all the men and women involved in these Truck Series broadcasts on Speed. You should be very proud of yourselves because week in and week out you continuously put your competition to shame.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Vicky,

Just off the top of my head I think it's Marty Reid with Randy LaJoie and Rusty Wallace.

I will check and update.

JD

penny said...

Great job SPEED ! Rick and Phil are great in the pxp action. The camera work is fantastic, you get to see just about everything that is going on. To me they are the best. better then CUP. they out shine their competition. Keep up the good work guys.

Daly Planet Editor said...

"Benson went low in Turn 3 and put his unsponsored Bill Davis Racing Toyota under Hornaday and into the lead on Lap 155." (truckseries.com)

"Sponsor Needed… The weekend’s 200-lap event will be the first time this season the No. 23 Toyota Tundra team will not have corporate sponsorship. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship-contending team will bring a blank red-and-black Toyota Tundra to the Virginia short track." (BillDavisRacing.com)

"Can you believe that the #2 guy in the Craftsman Truck Series, Johnny Benson (only 39 behind Ron Hornaday) will be driving an UNSPONSORED truck at Martinsville? Amazing." (Stock Car Gazzette)

ttc said...

JD: Although Mikey is improving, he still has that annoying habit of ending many of his comments with the word Phil, as in "Phil Parsons."

Mikey has to always remember that he is talking to the TV audience, not just his expert analyst sidekick.

David said...

I still think the blank truck is overblown.

Toyota certified is NOT gone. They were on the tailgate of that truck today.

I believe earlier in the year, ORP, Bill Davis said they needed to cover 2 or 3 races before the end of the season. I think at ORP going into that race they didn't have anyone on that truck either and someone stepped up at the last minute.

If Toyota was going to pull money, dont you think Skinner's truck would have been bare also?

Or if they were going to pull their sponsorship they would pull from the truck lower in the standings?

I know it doesnt present a good image to see the winning truck blank but thats 2 for 2 at M-ville. Setzer's truck was pretty bare earlier this year too.

Johnny wouldn't thank the sponsor if they were gone totally. Classy guy, but if your sponsor up and walks, you don't thank them.

David said...

All-in-all good broadcast. I missed the last couple laps so I didn't get to hear the call to the finish. Wild from the way it sounded. Happy to see they interviewed a good number of guys after the race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

david,

Maybe it would be overblown if there were not just a handful of races left in the season.

The reason I brought it up is to document the fact that the Truck Series is not getting from the NASCAR TV partners a fair shake.

If this is happening to Benson, how do the back of the pack teams get by?

JD