Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rain-Out At LMS While Harvick and Edwards Scuffle In The Garage Area


Update #3 - This whole Harvick and Edwards scuffle is still sorting itself out. NASCAR Now reported it with Marty Smith. It was mentioned at the head of the 6PM coverage as well, but not the 7PM scheduled qualifying show. If you have comments on the TV coverage of this story, post them below.

Click here for the link to the ESPN story on this subject.

Update #2 - Total Rain-out at LMS. Hopefully, things clear up for Friday

Update: Legendary NASCAR photographer T. Taylor Warren has passed away at the age of 83. Click here for the story. Warren was featured on an edition of NASCAR Confidential while he worked the Daytona 500 weekend. Expect the NASCAR TV shows to pay their respects.

Things are a bit different this week with the Lowe's Motor Speedway races happening on Friday and Saturday night. Practice and qualifying sessions on Thursday will be split between SPEED and ESPN2.

It was a last minute move to add live TV coverage of the Sprint Cup Series that brought SPEED to the action on Thursday. It will be 3PM when Steve Byrnes leads the team of Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond on the air. Reporting for SPEED from the garage area will be Wendy Venturini and Bob Dillner. Coverage will consist of ninety minutes of live Sprint Cup Series practice.

Next-up is NASCAR Now on ESPN2 at 5:30PM hosted by Ryan Burr. Nicole Manske will be reporting from the track on all the news of the day.

At 6PM coverage on ESPN2 shifts back to the track for Nationwide Series practice. Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will call the action.

The featured event of the evening will be Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 7PM also on ESPN2. Shannon Spake, Jamie Little, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro will be handling the interviews and reporting from the garage area. Tim Brewer will be in the Tech Center.

This post will serve to host your comments about the Thursday TV coverage on ESPN2 and SPEED. To add your TV-related opinion, just click on the COMMENTS button below and follow the easy instructions. Thanks for taking the time to stop by The Daly Planet.

35 comments:

Jo said...

JD
I'm posting this here also because it fits well.
I never cease to be amazed. Even espns own reporters/talking heads don't watch preseasonBB. They make fun of it as if its NASCAR!

LMS weekend? espn has right now a PRE SEASON basketball game on!?!

Why did they bid for broadcast rights for NA$CAR? PreSeason BB???

WOW That should tell us Louder & Clearer than anything what TPTB think of NA$CAR as a sport & its fans. We get ignored for PreSeasonBB. Amazing.

Thanks Speed for adding NASCAR for us fans. This shows who cares more about the fans. Thanks again.

And thanks JD for all your work for keeping us up to date with this blog.

Gymmie said...

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Warren, I'm glad we were able to "meet" him on the first NC. He definitely has a lot of stories to tell :)

Martin said...

"The featured event of the evening will be Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 7PM also on ESPN2."

According to http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm , the Sprint Cup qualifying session apparently is on ESPN Classic, not ESPN2.

Regardless, here in Canada, even now that TSN had added a second full-time sports channel (TSN2), we still don't get to see Sprint Cup qualifying! :-(

Brian said...

Don't worry, everything will be rained out like normal. My thoughts and prayers go our to Mr. Warren's family.

R.I.P

Sophia said...

As a fellow photography buff, I LOVED the stories and Interviews about Mr. Warren. What a sweet man he seemed to be. And an amazing career.

Condolences to all his family and friends.

Gymmie said...

hmmmmmmmmm.........that's interesting Martin. If true, there are going to be a lot of PISSED OFF race fans in a couple of hours (provided it's not raining). There's no replay of Quals (surprise, surprise, surprise) and a lot of folks won't be home or barely getting home. The West Coast folks are still at work, here in the Central time folks are just getting home from work.

Karen said...

JD,

Can you please explain to me why they can't fit Cup Quals in a two-hour space tomorrow if it continues to rain? I hate it for the Dinger and others at their home track to not even have a chance to race. Early Friday morning, for example?

TexasRaceLady said...

I so enjoyed "meeting" Mr. Warren and his camera earlier this year. He was delightful. RIP, Mr. Warren, you've earned it -- and you and your faithfull camera will be missed.

Rain, rain, and more rain. At least SPEED is making a rainy day interesting.

Charlie said...

Marin I don't believe that web site is up to date.
Looking at the same web site you referred to earlier, they say the October 25th Nationwide race will be telecast at 11 pm on ESPN2.

JD says it will be a simulcast on ESPN Classic and Speed at 3:30 pm.

I am glad we have a web site like The Daly Planet to keep us updated and informed.

Penny said...

That's aBIG THANKS to SPEED for trying to bring us the Cup qualifying, shame the weather wouldn't help you out. Thanks anyway for a informative and good rain-out show.
SPEED has the crew to get it done. Sure wish we could have them for all Practice and Qualifying.
Thanks Speed for trying.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, should have said practice instead of qualifying.

Anonymous said...

@Karen- The Dinger will race if qualifying is cancelled. Those that miss are Speed, Keselowski, and Clauson, all attempting their 1st start, and Derrick Cope.

Great job by the SPEED crew to fill up the rained-out practice session.

Gymmie said...

@charlie--I think the announcement may have just come earlier today or possibly the last day or so. JDs probably the first to "break" the news so I'm sure the person who runs it once they learn of it will update :).

@karen--I know...I hate it as well. I remember back in 2K2 one of the more entertaining Qualifying shows, they were gosh about 3-4 cars short of finishing when the rains came down and ended up wiping out Quals. Jerry Nadeau in the Army car was on the pole still at that point and it was so heart breaking especially considering we could have lost him the following May :(.

I say it was entertaining because the Pit Boyz had the night off and BP and the crew along with the Fox boyz combined (foreign concept for ESPU 'cept for when their back is up against the wall) to bring us Quals. Allen was on Pit Road and he was fun :). The Fox Boyz (DW, Hammond, Larry Mac) were in the Booth.

While they were hanging out to see if they'd get Quals in, that night was Jr.'s actual birthday so Mikey sang him a song. And later on, the Pit Boyz showed up with a feast for BP...lobster, wine, the works. So they had a nice meal on Pit Road and Mikey digging into the grub, was talking (yes I know, when isn't he talking!) and spitting food all over poor BP!

Martin said...

"I don't believe that web site is up to date."

Thanks for the update, usually George is pretty good at keeping Racefan TV accurate. He must not have gotten the update on these changes.

Still won't get to see it in Canada,... if they qualify at all.

Karen said...

Anonymous said...

@Karen- The Dinger will race if qualifying is cancelled. Those that miss are Speed, Keselowski, and Clauson, all attempting their 1st start, and Derrick Cope.

Sorry. I was having a moment, not sure what kind.

SonicAD said...

NASCAR Now is on 8 minutes early. A basketball game ran long, and College Football Live ran over, so rather than showing what they planned to show at 5PM, they've gone straight to NASCAR Now. Thanks for the bonus 8 minutes ESPN!

SonicAD said...

I'll also note that the scheduled 5PM show was 1st and 10. I guess they decided they didn't want to try to collapse it to 8 minutes, so just brought the NASCAR coverage in early.

Anonymous said...

Qualifying cancelled, Flipper flips out on Harvick....lots of news. Did that tall skinny guy in the suit for ESPN say he saw the fight?

Karen said...

Anon said ...

Qualifying cancelled, Flipper flips out on Harvick....lots of news. Did that tall skinny guy in the suit for ESPN say he saw the fight?

Marty Smith said he saw the dent in the hood where Happy knocked Carl on his butt. Brad was not on NN tonight. Don't think any news types saw the actual fight.

Daly Planet Editor said...

karen,

NASCAR may change that for next season, but they will not change the procedure in the middle of this one.

George's website is just a bit behind. My info is from ESPN.

ESPN worked hard to get that solved.

Tough night, but at least ESPN is hanging live.

JD

Anonymous said...

OK, I saw here the comments about Harvick and Edwards and turned on ESPN2 at 6:30 to hear about it. Instead I heard them chitchat about a bunch of nothing for half an hour! (Really; they could have used a guest badly right then.) Couldn't they at least have repeated what happened at the end of the show before they signed off? It IS what people are going to want to know about and plenty of people probably just heard about it, and weren't home or watching the beginning of practice. It was scrolling at the bottom of ESPNews.

Good thing I was switching to Sportscenter just when Marty Smith was on with a live report explaining everything. I only missed a few seconds, I think. He did a very good job, didn't sensationalize it, and there were a couple of clips from Carl saying 'no comment' and NASCAR's reaction comment. Why didn't I see that on the actual Nationwide coverage, since it happened in the Nationwide garage? Why did I have to see it on SportsCenter?

Weird.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 7:07PM,

Great comment. I was looking this up and realized that NASCAR was trying to sweep it aside and that is what Jerry and the gang did.

Certainly a very different approach then the NASCAR Now gang and Marty took just 30 minutes earlier.

Isn't TV fun?

JD

Anonymous said...

Why in the world do you not mention a fight between drivers?

You can pretend it didn't happen, but you look pretty dumb when every other media source describes it...and if there's an on-track retaliation later, you look even worse.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I guess they did at 6PM in the Nationwide show, but not at 7PM in the Cup Series qualifying coverage.

JD

PammH said...

They started the early show w/the report, then at 5:30, when NN was supposed to start, they repeated it.

PammH said...

btw, they did address the altercation during the LIVE coverage, with Marty Smith reporting. It was near the beginning of the coverage.

Anonymous said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
I guess they did at 6PM in the Nationwide show, but not at 7PM in the Cup Series qualifying coverage.

JD

October 9, 2008 7:34 PM
PammH said...
btw, they did address the altercation during the LIVE coverage, with Marty Smith reporting. It was near the beginning of the coverage.

October 9, 2008 8:13 PM

From what I saw, there wasn't any Cup coverage. ESPN2 substituted Dale Jr Shifting Gears, which was supposed to air after qualifying.

I'm one of those who wasn't home at 5 CST but got home about 5:25 CST and started watching the Nationwide coverage. I only knew about the "altercation" because of the ESPN2 ticker. Jerry Andy and DJ didn't tell me about it. I agree they should have said something about it AGAIN before leaving the air. It wouldn't have hurt them to talk about it again at the bottom of the hour if they talked about it at the top of the hour. They were in rain delay so they had time.

Karen said...

NN addressed it at 5:30 and then the beginning of Nationwide practice, he did another report with essentially the same words. I didn't hang around for Cup qual'ing since it was cancelled.

SonicAD said...

Since I see a couple of you asked, Cup qualifying WAS originally scheduled for ESPN Classic, because ESPN2 would be showing Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Since the Shock swept it in 3 games, the qualifying coverage could be moved back up to ESPN2.

Vicky D said...

Jr. Nation fans should be happy tonight with him on several hours instead of live qualifying.

Anonymous said...

I find this part of Jenna Fryer's story interesting...
Although photographers from CIA Stock Photography and Lowe’s Motor Speedway caught the moment, both refused to show the photos to The Associated Press and said they had no plans to publish the pictures.

That's seems very unusual for today's sports arena, and I can't figure out if it's good or bad. Probably good in a way, but the fact remains that these two and the motorcoach driver who had Edwards in the headlock were doing this in a public workplace, the garage. Not the motorhome lot; not the airport (didn't Jeff Gordon punch somebody, Mike Bliss? at the airport a few years ago?); not inside a hauler. This took place at the athletic arena with many witnesses, so to speak. So I think it's a bit strange they aren't releasing the pictures. Then again, I believe those are photo agencies contracting directly with NASCAR, the track and/or the drivers, and are not news photo agencies.

But that's IMO only that I think it's strange they won't release them. I guess it will die down quicker if they don't since ESPN and other networks can't put the still pictures on their shows. Carl's probably glad there was no video - he won't become the hottest property on YouTube for the second year in a row!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 9:21PM,

That part was amazing. The fact that they walked away with no video and no still pics is almost incredible given that there was nothing else going on at the time.

JD

glenc1 said...

'You'll never work in this town again'...that must be from an old movie or something, but I'm guessing it's the NASCAR threat rearing its ugly head with the press teams. Mustn't make a NASCAR golden boy look bad....and I like Carl, I just think once in a blue moon he acts like a 12 year old...with Rick Ren proudly pointing to the dent Carl made in the car (after being pushed into it by Kevin) it's pretty obvious what happened....so why no coverage; isn't this the 'rivalry' thing NASCAR works so hard to produce?

Daly Planet Editor said...

There is a new post up about the weekend TV from Lowe's Motor Speedway.

JD

Anonymous said...

Which driver makes the better Philo Beddoe, Harvick or Edwards?