Sunday, November 9, 2008

NASCAR's Sunday Pre-Race TV Shows

The familiar pattern of pre-race TV programming is about to repeat itself for the next-to-last time this Sunday.

ESPN2's NASCAR Now kicks things off at 10AM with an hour of news and highlights. The stories of the Sprint Cup Series should dominate, but there have been two races this weekend and fans should expect to see the highlights. The much improved Ryan Burr will be hosting with driver Boris Said.

Next on the list is Tradin' Paint on SPEED. Veteran journalist Mike Mulhern stops by for thirty minutes of conversation with host John Roberts and panelist Kyle Petty. Expect a major re-vamp of this show before next season.

Larry McReynolds continues to plug away with NASCAR Performance. This week starting at Noon, McReynolds along with Chad Knaus and Bootie Barker talk tech and answer a ton of viewer emails. This is SPEED's most interactive show and it really puts a spotlight on the lack of viewer input on SPEED's other NASCAR programming.

All season long, hosts Adam Alexander and Randy Pemberton have been working hard on the first season of NASCAR in a Hurry. This show uses all the video from Friday and Saturday to set the table for Sunday. It is a fast-paced review that has been finding its legs and taking shape as a show that can survive for next season. NASCAR in a Hurry comes along at 12:30PM.

Roberts rolls-out the franchise for SPEED as he hosts another two-hour edition of NASCAR RaceDay at 1PM. This show has grown into a monster and Roberts works very hard to keep the program flowing and the panelists under control. Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace continue to be crowd favorites with their own unique style and relationship.

This week, reporter Wendy Venturini interviews Carl Edwards for her Real Deal segment. Jimmie Johnson will also be interviewed live, and veteran owner Richard Childress will stop by to talk about his plans for 2009. This weekend at PIR, SPEED opened a new sports bar in cooperation with the track. Rutledge Wood will be reporting from the SPEED Cantina.

All these programs are designed to lead-up to ABC's NASCAR Countdown show and subsequent race coverage. Those programs will begin at 3PM.

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Newracefan said...

JD my Comcast guide actually lists a "post race show" for 30 minutes after the race. What have you heard?

Daly Planet Editor said...


It might be a local thing due to your time zone. ABC is gone to news after the race.

Let me know what shows up on your TV.


Lou said...

Not sure if I like John Roberts on the right on the set. Just a thought. But I still enjoy the show when I happen to catch it. I do not catch it every week.

I think I like it when JR is in the middle and Kyle and the guest are on the right and left. Gives a little separation I guess.

Look forward to next season with the changes for the program.

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bevo said...

Fort Worth-Dallas DirecTV guide has the race from 2:45 - 6:30 followed by America's Funniest Home Videos.

Lou said...

when I said "I look forward to the changes next season for the program." I wish they are for the benfit of the fan who enjoys the TV coverage of the sport.

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majorshouse said...

I do hope that they do some changes to not only the format of Trading Paint, but to the Countdown shows especially on ESPN. There is no reason that those shows need to be an hour long and look forward to seeing what next season will bring us too.

Newracefan said...

The 2 major reasons I want count down shows to be 30 minutes. 1 So Wendy can walk the grid on RaceDay. 2 An extra 30 minutes to get things done before I sit down to watch everything Nascar on Sunday (or Saturday)

Daly Planet Editor said...

Interesting idea by Kyle Petty to move all Cup testing to Mondays after a race so the tracks still have rubber down and the teams just have to extend a day and not travel.

Newracefan said...

I like DW's idea better testing the Thursday before the race, some fans are there early anyway, brings in crowds for the trucks and NW.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I heard that from DW, but Kyle's point was that without rubber on the track testing is fundamentally useless. Be interesting to see who is right on that one.

Newracefan said...

JD based on that all testing ever done including the extra stuff by individual teams is useless but yet they still do it so it must help something.

bevo said...

Kyle's idea is good, that's the way the NHRA does it.

red said...

hey! nascar in a hurry actually covered the trucks race! i admit, i haven't watched pre-race "stuff" for months so that may not be big news but i was happy to see it! thanks, speed!

Anonymous said...

West Coast Diane said:

Is it over yet?

Maybe it's post election fatigue, financial/economic crisis fatigue coupled with horrible ESPN coverage of NASCAR fatigue.

I used to be so excited for race day. Sad when the one thing you use as an escape from the everyday problems is as depressing!!!

I had NN now on this am, normally don't watch, but pretty tired after 9 1/2 drive from Vegas yesterday. Blah, blah, blah. I like Nicole...why is she there for a 2 minute report. Ryan Burr is ok, but Nicole should be the primary on NN during the week and Sunday.

I have an idea for ESPN. Given the economic problems, why don't they cut down the crew and save a ton of money. AB in booth with AP and DJ. They can do the pre show, 30 minutes only, since there are always set pieces and pit road interviews.

I like Ray E because he has good insight and offers different perspectives. Yes, I know some dislike him because of past indiscretions. But, I did somethings in my life that I am not too proud of. Let he who is without sin......

Get rid of TB in tech center. Maybe Ray can help with pre show and do tech center.

If they want to keep Shannon and Jaime send them to pit reporter school over the off season. Or better yet, tell them to watch Wendy Venturini tapes.

Speaking of, tell the booth to watch the truck races and SPEED/Fox for qualifying and practice.

Ok, off the soapbox. I just used to be sad when race season was over and now I'm not!

Daly Planet Editor said...


Weird feeling isn't it? I still have not figured out what changed.

Really the only thing is that The Chase came along.


Sophia said...

Diane I agree with your sentiments regarding the end of the season.

NASCAR better get their affairs in order about the COT issues, the CHASE (sick of it before it started due to over saturation) and THINK about travel plans, testing costs for all teams...and make things affordable for the fan base.

I am actually looking forward to WT tonight as Bill Weber is on! I know he hosts different racing but I enjoyed TNT this year....wish they had the money to get the contract away from PSPN. :-)

Anonymous said...

West Coast Diane Said:


Some of it is the COT/boring racing. But I don't recall not being excited with FOX or TNT. So, I put a lot of the blame on the ESPN coverage and personalities.

If you think about a great movie, TV show, sporting event or novel you have seen or read it is like nothing else exists for the time spent viewing/reading. It kind of transports you to another place.

We don't watch football anymore, but we do watch the Super Bowl when making the trek to Daytona. Some how we are able to get into it.

It is all about presentation and the enthusiasm of the presenters.

Hope this all gets fixed next year.

SonicAD said...

John, I think the post-race is part of the national broadcast, it's been part of the schedule for weeks, listed as a Post-Race show... 7-7:30PM on the East Coast, showing up for me here in Michigan. has it in their listings as well.

Daly Planet Editor said...


It could be that they sold a post-race show for more money and tacked it on.

Of course, the reality is that no one knows what will happen, but the telecast is on until 7:30PM.

By the way, there is a new post up for the Sprint Cup Series race from PIR for your comments.


Anonymous said...

Felt that the "Real Deal" was really flat today>

Newracefan said...

Is the Speed Cantina just at PIR or is it mobil like everything else? I'm liking those Dilner KaBOBs

Newracefan said...

OK who peed in Jimmy's M&M's he's just plain mean today.

Daly Planet Editor said...


It is the new name of an existing facility at PIR.

Newracefan said...

Thanks JD, that's what I though but I wasn't sure. Is Raceday off today or is it me (not in the greatest of moods so may not be the best judge)

PammH said...

nrf-no, I don't think it's you. It's not hitting on all 8 cylinders today. Not sure what's off tho.

bevo said...

Maybe there's a lot of whispers going around about cutbacks at Speed? Could account for things being off today.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I think it's hard to be all smiley and fun when most of the guys are just not feeling that way.

JJ is obviously tight and Carl is in full attack mode. Most everyone else just seems burnt out and toasty.

Junior really took Shannon Spake to task when she tried to interview him during practice and it was clear both he and Tony are way over the ESPN hype.

Might make for some fun this week in the media.


Daly Planet Editor said...

Nothing changing for SPEED or ESPN next season right now. The only wild card is Ray Evernham.

What he is doing once again on the infield set instead of hanging with his team with only one race left should be a clear indication of his future.


Anonymous said...

A minor correction if I may. The "sounds of NASCAR" are a result of the host network. In fact the "effects mix" used by SPEED for all their on track shows at these multi-network weekends, Trucks/Nationwide/Sprint are done in the host network truck and provided to the broadcast partner that is on the air. Both the ESPN and FOX audio teams have multiple Emmys for their efforts in this arena. And yes I too think they are the best in all of television.

Newracefan said...

I think I'm just tired of hearing about how JJ is going to lose and Carl has a good chance to win. I'm a JJ fan and it's giving me a headache. At this point I can't tell anymore if it's media hype or reality

Dot said...

Did anyone notice that there were more people at the Raceday stage than at the NW race yesterday?

Here in LV, there is paid programming after the race.