Saturday, October 11, 2008
Saturday Pre-Race TV Shows In-Progress Live Comments
Since things are a little bit different this week, we are going to try and keep a live post going as the Saturday afternoon pre-race TV shows crawl along.
NASCAR Now was great at 10AM with Ryan Burr and Ricky Craven. Nicole Manske and Marty Smith reported from LMS. The only bummer was Tim Cowlishaw, who for some reason appeared on this show. ESPN seems to have taken a liking to Craven.
A fun SPEED show is Tradin' Paint . This week, there was no "walk on" of the guests and Jeff Hammond and Kyle Petty were on the set to start the show.
Hammond and Petty disagreed about the Talladega finish. Hammmond sided with NASCAR as the yellow line being totally out of bounds. Petty said Smith should have spun Stewart and the current rule does not work.
Five minutes into the show and Petty and Hammond are already pointing the fingers at each other while Roberts quietly lets them talk.
The panel had a great discussion about racing tires. Both have a long history in the sport and Petty updated the Indy tire test. Hammond dumped on Hoosier while Petty said he has not run a Hoosier tire in fifteen years.
Carl Edwards needs to "mature up" said Hammond. The panel was talking about the growing unrest about Edwards in the garage. Petty asked why Edwards bumped a teammate in the corner during the race but not no the last lap? Thinking about the outcome is what Edwards has to consider before he acts said Hammond.
Jimmie Johnson is peaking at the right time of the season, says Petty. He compares Johnons's Chase experience to Michael Jordan in the play-offs, where a true champ steps-up his game. Hammond thinks Johnson is going to grind the other Chase contenders into the ground at LMS on Saturday night. This program turned-out to be fun, although some hot topics were avoided as usual.
Larry McReynolds, Chad Knaus and Bootie Barker were also talking tire troubles at Talladega on NASCAR Performance. The show featured some new products but was a bit lower-key than normal. NASCAR in a Hurry has less video to work with because of the Thursday rain-out. The show is going to back-up to Talladega to fill the gap.
RaceDay is on the air and making some noise from outside the track.
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