Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Qualifying on SPEED and ESPN2


Time for both SPEED and ESPN2 to handle the final qualifying sessions for both the Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck series.

First up is Dr. Jerry Punch and his NASCAR on ESPN team. Homestead qualifying should have some drama, but lots of other stories are dominating the sport. Once again, ESPN is going to have to mix the reality of what is happening on the track with what is actually happening to the sport.

Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett join Punch from the Infield Pit Studio. Shannon Spake, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns will handle the interviews. Qualifying coverage has been a tough struggle this season for the ESPN crew and this final session should be a challenge.

At 5PM it will be Rick Allen and Phil Parsons handling the Truck Series qualifying. Michael Waltrip will eventually make his way to the announce booth as well. Handling the interviews will be Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander.

Watching SPEED cover the Truck Series this year has been a blast and they have been rewarded with a tight championship race. Watching qualifying will tell the tale of how both Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday Jr. will set themselves up for the race.

Use this post to offer your comments on both qualifying sessions. There will be a new post up for the Craftsman Truck Series race later tonight. The rules for posting are located on the right side of the main page. Thank you for taking the time to stop by the main page.

24 comments:

Bill H said...

Heres your 1st comments, 5 minutes into the qualifying:

1. I am glad that 3rd to 12 place in the points don't have to race this weekend since they will finish the chase in the place they are in. Or at least the graphic that shows everyone from 3rd down is out of the chance and has no points says this.

2. Dr. Punch is so much better than his graphic department. Did you know Hornish was the fastest of the go or go homers in practice, 13th fastest overall (as long as you ignore that Allmendinger was shown on the graphic as being 11th fastest overall, fastest of the go or go homers).

Bill H

Andrew Glazier said...

A difference of 17 points is now a "solid" lead in the Top 35? Yikes.

I'm surprised that Texaco isn't sponsoring Montoya this weekend, as they're not going to be back in NASCAR next year. Bet they wish now they'd stayed with Yates all those years ago.

3 cars and we're going to commercial? Yikes.

Bill H said...

Andrew Glazier said...
A difference of 17 points is now a "solid" lead in the Top 35? Yikes.


17 points is a solid lead, but 141 points out of 1st is still a battle. At no point have they mentioned that JJ has to finish 37th or better to clinch today. I guess they wan't to hype the drama as long as possible.

Bill H

Anonymous said...

"Bet they wish now they'd stayed with Yates all those years ago."


because Yates is so much more successful than Ganassi? I don't think so...
I don't think Texaco left because of the team, I think they found better use for their marketing dollars...clearly they have enough $$ to put it wherever they want, they could have gone for any better team and been welcome. Somewhat annoying though, considering they *could* afford it and don't want to...more signs that NASCAR isn't working well for companies?

AMS fan said...

Well my .02 is about worth every penny.
I do have the tv on and it is on ESPN. No volume though.
Sirius NASCAR Radio for me. At least with the MRN crew I don't cringe every time they ask a question.
I see by the first 2 comments that ESPN is up to snuff as usual.
I do see a more casual ESPN crew today. That much I like. Much more personable.

Anonymous said...

was this scripted? or is carl that good? Watch out wwe.

2fast4U said...

What could TB possibly squeeze in this race? I bet he talks about shock absorbers.

Anonymous said...

I like Tim Brewer. He has a lot of insight for those who dont know the insides of the cars. Whats the temp there, mid 80s and super humid I assume?

2fast4U said...

"I like Tim Brewer. He has a lot of insight for those who dont know the insides of the cars. Whats the temp there, mid 80s and super humid I assume?"

Does anyone know what TB uses a face mic instead of a tie mic? It is very distracting.

2fast4U said...

Are they going to be able to fix the 25 for sunday?

Anonymous said...

The 25 is messed up pretty bad. Its going to be hard to fix it. Anyone out there know what it will take to get it back together?

Anonymous said...

The 25 is messed up pretty bad. Its going to be hard to fix it. Anyone out there know what it will take to get it back together?

Anonymous said...

Bill H..., Allmendinger was 11th fastest with a 31.828, 13th WAS Hornish with a 31.830. They had it right.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was a black mole on TB face. Thanks for the info.

David said...

Whoo! Reut career pole #1!!!

David said...

77, 96 and 13 go home

David said...

On the Texaco front, they had a driver they wanted to support in Jamie McMurray...that was their plan, also when they left it was after the 2002 season in which Ganassi Racing was competing for a championship until Sterling got hurt. Jamie won a race, can't blame Texaco for that move.

Yates had the writing on the wall, it was the right move at the time. Hindsight is 20/20

Steve L. said...

I hate that Schrader didn't make it. Too bad.

Nice going David Reutimann! The boss will be happy....

David said...

I was pulling for AJ to make it so i had to root against Kenny...hated to do it but I wanted to see AJ in.

=\

Hopefully Kenny gets him an ARCA championship next year

Steve L. said...

It seemed like DJ and AP did all the talking through the 'go or go home' drivers. They made it sound exciting. Punch didn't say much until it was all over.

Jojaye said...

Judging from the posts I erased the espn portion of this afternoons tapings. Just turned on the tv & got to see the new Camping World logo. Nice.

Gymmie said...

I hate that Schrader missed another Homestead race :(. I think he's only made 1 or 2 the last 6 years :(

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks for the comments, there is a new post up for the Craftsman Truck Series race on SPEED.

JD

David said...

JD, why are they making such a fuss about 35th in owners points.

The DEI/Ganassi merger kinda killed the excitement because they are going to have to dump 2 cars like they did when they bought Ginn last year and were forced to dump the 13.

Realistically 37th is what they are racing for...

Shocked no one has mentioned it.