Monday, November 3, 2008

A Great Idea At The Perfect Time

The Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday night from Texas contained a little surprise for viewers. The entire pre-race show was done with all the SPEED announcers completely in Halloween costumes. Needless to say, watching Dorothy and Glinda the Good Witch interview tough guys like Ron Hornaday Jr., Todd Bodine and Max Papis was one of the most hilarious moments on NASCAR TV this season. Here are some pics sent to us by the folks at SPEED. Click directly on the pic to see it full-size or right click to save it.

This is SPEED's Truck Series Producer, Keith D'Alessandro. Often called "the people's producer," D'Allessandro has been the heart and soul of these outstanding broadcasts for years. All I know is that it looks hot in that monkey costume.

Here is Keith producing the show in the TV truck. Enough said.

The Craftsman Truck Series on SPEED has been the most consistent and enjoyable TV package of the season. The attitude and professionalism of the announcers has been complimented by the hard work of the TV crew and the singular focus on the teams and drivers. Once again, it appears the championship will come down to the final race. Does it get any better than this?

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ri88girl said...

Thank you Keith, Thank you SPEED, Thank you JD. You all have made being a fan fun, not a job.

Tracy said...

ROFLOL! What great senses of humor.
LOVE the truck races. Never miss them. Best racing on TV.

Newracefan said...


Deborah said...

This morning on Sirius David Poole was criticizing Speed's decision to have their talent dress up in costume. I guess he thought it was unprofessional or something. I say I'd like to see more people in the garage area loosen up and have fun more often! Speed does an outstanding job with the broadcasts of the truck races, and when it came time to call the race, they were all business. Thanks Speed for doing such a great job with the Truck races!

batchief said...

Pay no attention to that man(David Poole) behind the curtain.
Thank you Speed and the truck series crew for something very special and entertaining.

Sophia said...

WOW! I am shocked somebody would be critical of such fun.

It's not like they dressed up in tasteless costumes. The Wizard of Oz is a Classic.

And everybody pulled it off with understated hilarity. I will never forget the look on Hornaday's face, nor Bodine's nor Papis'.

Thank you SPEED for the best racing and proving your gang has the most fun and it is shared with the viewers.

It was one of the most FUN POSTS JD had for us to comment on last week and I thank you JD for the photographs today. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you to Keith, Speed & every last one of you that has been burned from dvr to disk already! A great Halloween show!
A great treat from the trucks to us! You all made it a great truck or treat night.
We love Speeds 1/2 hour pre race & then the truck race. Never miss it - even if we watch it late. You all are the best!

Just noticed D Poole didn't like it - tough luck he needs to get a grip its racing not international diplomacy! Get a sense of humor.

And JD that has been added to my screen saver rotation also,with the wiring photo you had earlier from espn.

David said...

Poole must have lost a donut watching the SPEED broadcast then.

I didn't get to see the pre-race show but seeing the pictures and clips I certainly missed something special

Anonymous said...

Good Gravy! They were having fun! They were having fun before the race and the drivers had a blast with them! I'd say more but JD doesn't allow that talk here.

Thanks Keith for sharing the pictures and the SPEED gang for having fun and dressing up for us.

majorshouse said...

I went back and watched the pre-race show at noon today and I was in stiches the entire time. Thank you Speed for making us laugh and you need to do it more often.
The truck series in my opinion is the best series going and the coverage by the Speed crew is by far the best out there, keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I had fun watching people having enjoying themselves before the race race--which is the point of watching or going to a race.

The event coverage didn't suffer--they all got serious in time for the actual race.

Can't believe anyone would have a complaint about this. Geez, it isn't a newscast. This is racing! Racing's fun! Come on, David!

Renee said...

To David Poole, in the words of the great lion Michael Waltrip:

Put em up...... put em up

David Poole needs to pull the stick out. It was hilarious, and I was laughing so hard.

Speed did a great job of having a little fun. The truck gang showed they have an awesome sense of humor.

Lisa Hogan said...

Thanks for the pictures!
I got to laugh all over again!
Thanks again, SPEED crew, for a great Halloween!

Anonymous said...

Funny how I never have any trouble following the action on SPEED during truck races, even though I don't have an online component or a radio broadcast to "help" me.

People who deliver a solid product like that each race are welcome to have some pre-race fun in my book. I enjoyed the costumes and the reactions they got.

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Richard in N.C. said...

SPEED & JD, Thank you.

As a frequent reader of him, I believe the word for David Poole is Jealousy.

Charlie said...

Thank you SPEED for sending the pictures to TDP and JD.

Kyle said...

I am so glad SPEED has fun like this. Its a nice change for the expensive suit and ties that ESPN wears. I like a Network that not only covers the sport like Speed/Fox does, but has fun doing it.

Sometimes, it seems like a chore for the ESPN personalities, you don't get that with SPEED. And that is why so many fans love them.

3bud said...

Thank you SPEED! Keith it is nice to see the face of unseen people who help make The
Truck Series what it is. And thank you all at SPEED for race after giving the best production of the best racing.David Poole, well thats a horse of a different color. Please SPEED keep doing what you are doing with the Trucks.

Newracefan said...

If all we got was Dorothy and no true pre-race info it would have been a mistake but we got everything we needed and got to laugh along with the Speed crew, drivers, and teams it was a blast. DP get with it racing is suppose to be fun so laugh with us.

Dot said...

Great photos. Loved the flying monkey. I'm in agreement with the other commenters on this one.

Newracefan said...

Dot, Flying Monkey! That's what he was, Duh... I was always afraid of them when I watched the movie as a kid so I guess I was blocking it.

Anonymous said...

So funny. Hornaday and Papis being embarrassed was hilarious.

Yes other broadcasting should take notes. The truck series doesn't dumbdown the broadcast by re explaining the same things over and over each race. If the viewers don't get it yet they never will. I never miss a truck race. Always interesting. Sprint not so much.


Richard in N.C. said...

On 2nd thought, maybe David Poole's comments are really an endorsement of SPEED over ESPN since he never makes any comment about ESPN. Apparently David watches SPEED, but not ESPN.

Lou said...

Thank you SPEED for providing us a great season of race coverage. Yes, I did enjoy the pre race and race coverage Friday night. What a great example of thinking outside of the box. And thank you for providing the photos to TDP for others to see. LOL funny.