Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sunday/Monday TV Updates

TDP will live blog the Sprint Cup Series race from Auto Club Speedway beginning at 5PM Eastern Time and continuing through the post-race TV coverage. Please join us.

NASCAR Performance, Smarts and In A Hurry: (2:00 to 3:30PM - SPEED) Larry McReynolds and Chad Knaus talk racing in California from a crew chief perspective. Kyle Petty and Rutledge Wood play a game show with fans. Adam Alexander shows the video clips from Friday and Saturday.

RaceDay: (3:30PM - SPEED) Live guests include Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers. Features include a review of Roush-Fenway Racing’s dominance of Auto Club Speedway and a review of how NASCAR’s new testing policies have impacted teams. Wendy Venturini's Real Deal features a ride-along with Matt Kenseth as he goes on a whirlwind tour of New York City after winning the Daytona 500.

Sprint Cup Series: (5:00PM - Fox) Darrell Waltrip interviews Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the pre-race show which overlaps with RaceDay on SPEED. Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond join Waltrip on the pre-race. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Waltrip call the race which starts at 6PM.

The SPEED Report: (7PM - SPEED) Studio hosts this week are Bob Varsha and Ralph Sheheen. Bob Dillner is the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series field reporter while Adam Alexander will handle the Camping World Trucks.

For the 2AM Eastern, 11PM Pacific airing, The SPEED Report will have full race Sprint Cup Series highlights, post race reaction and late breaking news from Sunday’s race.

Wind Tunnel: (9PM - SPEED) SPEED Formula 1 reporter, Peter Windsor, will co-host. In addition to preparing for SPEED’s coverage of the 2009 season, Windsor is also preparing to become a F1 team owner in 2010. NASCAR highlights from California.

Victory Lane: (10PM - SPEED) John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace host the winning driver, crew chief and owner. Bob Dillner reports from pit road.

Monday's NASCAR Now: (5PM - ESPN2) Allen Bestwick will host with Ricky Craven, Randy LaJoie and Mike Wallace as his "expert panel."

Monday's TWIN: (8PM - SPEED) Michael Waltrip and special guest Aric Almirola join Steve Byrnes to recap the California Sprint Cup race, the Nationwide event and the Camping World Truck Series race from Saturday afternoon. Scanner chatter will be a feature as well as a preview of the Las Vegas Sprint Cup race including a look back at some of the hardest wrecks at the 1 ½ mile track. The trio will also answer viewer email.

There is no Sunday night edition of NASCAR Now until ESPN begins televising the Sprint Cup Series races in July. However, ESPNEWS will have Mike Wallace and provide a post-race wrap-up with live coverage of the winner's news conference after the race.

That's a preview of the upcoming shows, please feel free to add your TV-related comments. This is a family-friendly website, so foul language or hateful speech will cause your comment to be deleted.

Thanks again and happy posting.


Sophia said...

Great balls of fire! there is another live in race blog that is most confusing! You try to read it and some stupid sound effects shuffles the posts to the bottom..impossible to read or am I missing something? I got vertigo and a headache.

JD I AM SO GLAD this place is back for races. If I could, I would email you some chocolate chip cookies with walnuts,oatmeal and unsweetened coconut I made! And I would share with the 'rest of the class'. They go well with milk and or coffee. :-)

Anyway, getting off of here and will return at 5pm.

Thanks again to all who give such great info here.

SonicAD said...

O sweet Tradin' Paint, how I miss thee...

though NASCAR Smarts was actually almost halfway amusing today, they're at least trying to improve it.

Vicky D said...

Actually, there was a 60 minute Nascar Now on this AM that was very good. Mike Massaro & Randy LaJoie were the only ones there and worked very well together. Lots of special stories I especially enjoyed the one about Jeremy Mayfield.

Nan S said...

I've been analyzing why I have been so dissatisfied with the Truck and Nationwide races this weekend and here it is:

I watch Cup races to see the best of the best in the top flight series. I watch the other series to see up and coming guys & gals. I want to see people developing as they climb the stock car ladder, or how drivers adapt who come from other series.

I never used to watch Trucks or Bush but I started because I had seen Ambrose in Aussie V8s and wanted to see how he did. Then I started to follow people like McDowell, Braun, Speed, Dinger, etc. to see them race. I also enjoy watching the skill of Benson, Skinner, etc.

I recorded the Truck race at Fontana because I wanted to see how Ricky Carmichael did as well as Braun and Papis. But I ended up fast-fast forwarding through the entire race because Kyle Busch stunk up the race. Kyle is a top, top racer and his skill level is way higher than his developing Truck competitors. If I went to a regional tennis tournament and Roger Federer showed up and slaughtered everyone, it wouldn't be enjoyable to watch and wouldn't prove anything about Roger's skill level.

After looking at the entry list I didn't even bother to record the Nationwide race. The Nationwide guys don't stand a chance of winning, maybe they can compete to see if they finish in the top ten of a race.

I know this isn't a broadcast problem, but a Nascar problem. But, if viewers are like me, they will tune in less and less and it will become a broadcast ratings issue.

I watch many types of 2 wheel and 4 wheel racing and you just don't see the very top guys playing down in the "minor leagues" except in Nascar.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anyone watching RaceDay? Things are kind of a mess...

Anonymous said...

Wow, Jimmy's language is unbelievable. I usually don't get to watch much of Raceday, now I see that is for the best. My 8 year old son is learning some words I would rather him not use.

Anonymous said...

@Vicky D--yes it was a very nice segment on Jeremy :).

@Nan S--unfortunately you didn't miss a thing by FF the Kylie Show. They mentioned Ricky a few times and the only time they mentioned Mad Max was at the end to announce he had a top 10 finish :(.

@JD--yes I does seem a bit odd. It's battle of the those without a dual tuner or TV in another room recording, leave NRD or head over to Fox now?