Sunday, April 5, 2009

Live Blogging The Sprint Cup Series Race From Texas On Fox


There is an unexpected twist that has been thrown into the mix for the live Sprint Cup race today. The Texas wind has kicked-up and gusts of 40 mph have been blowing everything around at the speedway.

This should affect the race in several ways. First, the COT's at speed are bothered by cross-winds. Secondly, the big bump on the track where the tunnel is located should now upset the cars even more with the wind blowing. Finally, the trash from the fans will be blowing onto the track and the COT is notorious for overheating when the grill is blocked.

Fox is going to have to adapt from the scripted opening to deal with these issues. All the other stories concerning Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and the potential closure of the 8 team have already been discussed on NASCAR Now and Raceday.

Speaking of NASCAR Now on ESPN2, who from NASCAR is going to make the phone call to get things straightened out for the rest of the season? This Sunday morning, once again NASCAR Now refused to promote the start time and TV network of the very race they were on the air to promote. Instead, the network again promoted the NHRA races...simply because they were on ESPN2.

Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond start the day at 1:30PM from the Hollywood Hotel. Darrell Waltrip will appear on the show and then move upstairs for the 2:16PM green flag to call the race. Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds will once again be alongside Waltrip.

Down on pit road will be the best group of reporters in the business. Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda will hopefully be used a lot more often to recap the field and follow the stories of the day.

This race features a tough pit road entrance, a dogleg on the frontstretch and a big bump over the tunnel. The challenge for the production team is to track the progress of the teams as pit strategy and gas mileage scenarios play out. Accidents at this track take a while to clean-up, so expect to see the Hollywood Hotel during extended cautions.

This post will serve to host your comments about the TV coverage of the Sprint Cup Series race from Texas on Fox. To add your opinion, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting.

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bryan said...

In Canada, TSN has the race listed for 3:00 Eastern, following a World Men's Curling game between France and Canada. I haven't seen anything telling whether it's to be joined-in-progress or time-delayed ( if the race goes long it bumps into basketball, though, so I expect JIP ). My cable company (Cogeco) doesn't have Fox on basic tier, although it is available.

Bill H said...

I dont think NASCAR cares if ESPN or any other network pushes their races. It seems they got their check, now they just need to put on as little of a show. I watched all of 1 minute of yesterdays practices and the nationwide race. And that was when I was rebooting my computer so I switch the tv from pc to directv to see who was leading, saw it was Ky bush and turned it off. Instead I spent all yesterday watching old kitchen nightmare episodes on hulu. Maybe gordon ramsey can help nascar.

I'll watch todays race, only cause I watched all the kitchen nightmares that was on hulu yesterday, though I did watch a movie on netflix this morning while raceday was on.

Do you detect a pattern here nascar? Improve the product please, make us wanna watch it.

Bill H

bevo said...

The wind is out of the northwest so the grandstand should block most of the wind over the tunnel. The big big problem will be coming out of turn two and down the backstretch. Most of the wrecks on a normal day are in turn two so it might be a demolition derby today.

As for that outfit that Hammond has on... let's just say there are a few bars he could walk into dressed like that but...

Newracefan said...

Thanks Bevo ROTFL

kbaskins said...

@bryan

It must be joined-in-progress, because my Shaw guide says the race ends at 3:00 Pacific time on both FOX and TSN. That sucks that you won't be able to watch the entire race.

And they're showing the Indycar race on TSN2, so they couldn't move it there. TSN has the same problem as ESPN, where they have way too many programming commitments and not enough bandwidth. TSN3, anyone?

I hate TSN.

--KarenB

Dot said...

@ Bevo, JJ agrees with you.

Dot said...

If there is one good thing to say about FOX, they schedule paid programming after the race.

bevo said...

@nrf & Dot-

Thanks :)

Pretty stupid of the IRL to go head-to-head with NASCAR today. NHRA has eliminations on ESPN2 too.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hi everybody, Hammond is going to get some grief today.

Dot said...

Jeff's getting it from everyone. Will he change his clothes?

Newracefan said...

I'm ok with the hat but... I wonder how many people got the Charles Nelson Reily comment

Mary said...

uh oh Digger's back..........

Dot said...

@ Nrf, I did.

PammH said...

nrf-only old folks like me! And we've been warned ahead about the rodent...ugh,

bevo said...

JD-

Wild Bill Hickock was a noted natty dresser BUT he had the fastest gun in the west

Newracefan said...

I knew it, it's because Digger and friends can only live in an unpaved infield. Martinsville and Bristol are all asphalt and buildings. Hopeffly it's only the prerasce but I am not hopeful

kbaskins said...

@NRF

I'm just barely old enough to get the Charles Nelson Riley comparison. Barely. :-)

@bevo

I'm still laughing about your first comment. I didn't see Hammond earlier, so when I first saw him a couple of minutes ago, I immediately thought the same as you.

--KarenB

red said...

hey gang. can't decide whether to watch the race or do the ever-beckoning yard work while listening to it on the radio. (truth be told, i'm leaning toward being outdoors b/c it's an incredible day here in the philly area.) is this a prn race?

Daly Planet Editor said...

red,

Yup, it is a PRN race. It is a Bruton Smith track.

bevo said...

@nrf-

That's not how you wear a cowboy hat :)

The Track Girl said...

Make the song STOP!!!!!

nooooooo.

Newracefan said...

Red Yardwork, thats for next week, DVR the NW race and go outside, that's my plan

The J said...

gopher show....

allisong said...

Speaking of network cross-promoting, I noticed during Monday's TWIN that Steve said that there was "no racing" on the weekend after Texas. He said this while explaining that there would be no SPEED shows, but in reality there certainly will be racing - there is a Nationwide race. But that's on ESPN2, so I guess it works both ways.

Newracefan said...

Bevo, I remember a James Garner Sally Field movie that talked about different ways to wear a CB hat and what attitude it implied, I don't remember Jeff's as being one of the choices

kbaskins said...

"NASCAR fans love animated characters...". That was a pathetic segue to a Digger cartoon.

Everyone who's a racing fan hates Digger. They. Just. Don't. Get. It.

Please, make it stop.

--KarenB

The J said...

that was just sad....

Dot said...

I watched Digger. Self torture. All I have to say is, Huh?

allisong said...

About the upcoming "Driver Rant" from DW...if it's the same thing he, Hammond, and Larry Mac were going on about on Trackside, let me say I could not disagree more strongly.

bevo said...

@red-

If your alternative is listening to PRN I would suggest watching the IRL race.

The guys on PRN are more concerned with making lame jokes and inside references than they are with calling the actual race.

Newracefan said...

Bevo can you get a hold of your friends and find out how crowded the DIgger trailer is. I read on Nascar Insiders that it's been backed the past few races

Dot said...

BF has sucked the passion out of the drivers with fines and penalties. You'd think DW would know this.

red said...

jd: thanks. i simply can't keep that factoid in my head (who owns which track and how that impacts the station -- altho' i think my local station carries both prn and mrn so who knows.)

nrf: no dvr for this technological luddite. does comcast offer a reasonable price on it yet? and with the weather threatening rain thru out the week, i'd sure like to get some of the yard cleaned off. but . . . it is texas and that's always interesting to watch.

track girl: thankfully, i don't watch pre-race so not sure which song has become an earwig for you but the ice cream truck just keeps circling the block and now i have THAT little ditty trapped in my brain!

The Track Girl said...

well. Gopher or not, I have to agree with DW and his rant.

David said...

Yay politically correct America!!

Newracefan said...

Red Comcost reasonable your kidding right. I'm waiting for FIOS TV to get here and then I can get Speed HD too.

I liked the DW rant

bevo said...

nrf-

I'll try but cell phone service always overloads up there on raceday

allisong said...

What this sport needs is better RACING, not WWE-style antics from the drivers. If given the choice between Denny's post-Martinsville attitude and Kyle's toddler-tantrums, I'll take Denny's maturity and professionalism every time.

bevo said...

Please, please, please have a better anthem than yesterday

Newracefan said...

A piano now that's different

David said...

DW has a great rant but its selective.

If someone gets into Mikey or another DW favorite he will call for their head.

Its just a shame there's so much clear bias on the telecast now.

PRN has the radio coverage, should be an interesting broadcast. Hope we get some looks through the field because its probably going to be a long green FAST start to this race and we'll probably only have 20 cars on the lead lap by lap 100.

Ragan is a sleeper today

Gymmie said...

@Bill H--LOL! Could you imagine Gordon yelling...SHUT IT DOWN!

@bevo--LOL! about Hammond's Get Up

@nrf--I got the CNR reference...I remember him from the Match Game :). oooooo...hadn't thought about that re: Digger and Bristol/M'ville. interesting

interesting piano anthem :)

Dot said...

No flyover? That was the fastest anthem I've ever heard.

David said...

2nd straight SMI race without a flyover...

Bill H said...

Piano?/ comeone nascar - my teen aughter just said she could do that.

Its not as if nascar has a race every day, cant they get someone to sing that we know and isnt promoting a tv show?

Probably have digger and friends do the antham next week.

Bill H

The Track Girl said...

I must be cranky today. That kid is obviously a great piano player, but he seems to have misplaced the National Anthem.

bevo said...

Well they'll have a B1 flyover at the Rangers opener tomorrow - does that count?

bevo said...

The best anthem that Gossage ever had here was the TCU marching band

Gymmie said...

I'd rather have a simple instrumental anthem than someone who really can't sing or someone taking "liberties" with the anthem

Dot said...

Bands and kids are the only ones who should do anthems.

Anonymous said...

12 year old kid on the piano was GREAT doing the anthem!

Gymmie said...

@bevo--agreed! I wish Mr. Gossage would get the Horned Frogs to do it EVERY time! They're great! And Pokeynose needs to get that nice trooper back every year too

bevo said...

JD-

Are the Versus guys on the IRL races (Jenkins, Arute) still with ESPN too?

Dot said...

Good crowd. Or, is it an illusion?

Bill H said...

Looks like the just drapped that jacket over larry - darrell - how bout a jr win?

Bill H said...

also - whoe made decision to show the starting order backwards???

David said...

They have all season Bill. The radio actually presents the grid the same way

bevo said...

@Dot-

Frontstretch grandstand holds 150,000 so it's probably about 180,000 today. BTW I was way off on my estimate for yesterday there - it was only 90,000.

My pick is Ragan with Montoya as a dark horse

Dot said...

@ Bill H, it's the only time they'll show the Odd Wads. They even spoke about them too.

Daly Planet Editor said...

No flyover because of the wind I was emailed. Take it for what is it...

Jenkins and Arute are working for the IRL package on Versus. My understanding right now is that Jenkins is not on the ESPN Indy package.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Well, its all leaders all the time right now...

The Track Girl said...

Gee DW, maybe if we could see the whole field instead of just one car at a time...
Or if the camera people had any kind of reaction time.

PammH said...

anthem-awful...waaay too much messin' w/the tune. Bill H-that's how they do it on the radio also.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that the FOX team could save a lot of money by having Mike Joy pre-record the line "Robby Gordon, spinning out in turn 2" - that way they could just press a button when it happens every race

bevo said...

JD-

Thanks. So Marty Reid again for Indy I assume. It was great watching Jenkins during qualifying, I'm Tivoing the IRL race today.

Dot said...

I predict lapped traffic by lap 50. A lot of it.

Vicky D said...

Why does Jeff Hammond wear that bad outfit? It's very windy here in Houston today too, but sunny. I hope they don't have big issues at the track that wind can be treacherous. Hubby rewound tivo so we are a little behind.

Daly Planet Editor said...

My Comcast system changed Versus to a pay tier and wants me to pay for IRL races and hunting shows.

Not gonna happen. No more IRL in this house.

Gymmie said...

thanks JD for the update re: flyover

Newracefan said...

Pit command still has the Martinsville track up so the cars appear to be driving in the stands it's a little disconcerting.

bevo said...

@VickyD-

25 mph sustained out of the northwest with 40 mph gusts

David said...

refresh it nrf...dunno if u have or not

Vicky D said...

Bevo are you at the track?

Daly Planet Editor said...

nrf, that is too funny!

Vicky, Hammond always dresses up cowboy style at this event. Been doing it for years. One year he wore chaps and never heard the end of it.

Pretty boring affair, time to start telling the stories.

bevo said...

JD-

Live streaming on indycar.com

David said...

like I said, 20 cars will be lapped by lap 100 at least.

Harvick dropping like a rock too.

Speak of the devil PRN just mentioned Harvick among Bowyer and Newman falling back. Reminding track will change throughout the race

Dot said...

Think they'll mention Blaney? He's laps down.

Vicky D said...

JD, I know Hammond dresses western at the track but he looks so kooky doing it. Even here in Houston we hardly see anyone wearing westernwear even hubby who is a native Houstonian doesn't do it.

Gymmie said...

@JD--that's a shame :( I wonder if a lot of folks are going to say 'no' an how that will affect IRL overall. Will be interesting to see over the next few months.

bevo said...

@VickyD-

Was there Friday and yesterday. Gave my tickets to some friends so they could see their first NASCAR race today. To cool and windy for me today :) I can grill on my patio out of the wind here!

David said...

Harvick is BAD loose. You can see it.

Glad they showed him though

Anonymous said...

Hammond should be told not to wear that outfit if he visits San Francisco.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

David said...

I think FOX is doing well at finding the battles for once

Vicky D said...

Bevo yes it's easier watching from our family room instead of driving up there and back.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Vicky,

I wore tassled loafers, khaki pants with a cuff and a pink polo shirt to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. They are still talking about me!

That was a fun day...

Gymmie said...

@nrf--LOL! I didn't realize the winds were *that* strong! That's funny! Talk about being able to be up close to the action

red said...

hmmm, prn seems to be seeing some great racing, especially from ambrose. there appears to be some fairly fun beatin' and bangin' back there. wonder what fox is seeing?
oh yeah, the top 5 or so plus the "usual suspects."

and folks wonder why tv ratings are down for nascar this year? if the tv broadcasts could show what the radio guys are describing, it'd be exciting.

(and hoots just radioed down to "tell the #13 --max papis --to pick a lane . . . ")

Dot said...

@ JD, thanks for the laugh.

David said...

I think on radio though its easier to find action because you aren't having to tell what the camera is showing. You can just pick a battle and talk about it. Now it used to be that the tv guys would do the same and the camera would find it, but it just looks like between the booth and the production truck the communication, for lack of a better term, sucks.

Bliss just went behind the wall per PRN

red said...

Dot said...
@ JD, thanks for the laugh

and, given the mental image it evoked, may i send the psychiatrist's bill to you directly?!? i think i've been scarred for life.

bevo said...

Texas World Speedway - saw my first NASCAR race there. Twin of Talladega

PammH said...

what an incredible shot we've seen about 3 times so far in 40 laps...of the FLAGSTAND! ~sacasm~

red said...

prn: bliss headed to the garage and now a full field (name and position) rundown in progress.

Vicky D said...

We also went to Texas World Speedway and saw DW beat Sr. & Kenny Schrader and others by a lap. It had rained the day before and had to slosh thru a lot of mud but it was a pretty good race. That track is massive.

Gymmie said...

@red--yes for some reason MRN/PRN seem to be at different tracks than TV :( must be that manufacturing action Kyle was going on about last year

Sophia said...

ESPN had bad IRL ratings and went to versus??????????? Lame station. Even Robin Miller did not understand this but the tv schedule is what STINKS. IRL should look at NASCAR and time races AROUND that or on different days.

Re: Cowboy hat, I thought it was Burt Reynolds telling Sally Field about what the hat means way back in "Smokey and the Bandit"

FOR THE RECORD:

THe Fox affiliate in CIncy is carrying race in 4:3, FULL screen. Further proof TPTB that emailed me last week did not have a clue about technology.

I dread the total digital changeover. :( Local stations don't know how to cut and crop pics to fit 4:3 and small percentage has the 16;9 compared to the old style.

They gotta figure out to keep tv pictures good for EVERYBODY.

Dot said...

Woo Hoo, they're taking about my boy.

Daly Planet Editor said...

50 lap recap?

red said...

kenseth takes the lead but fox hasn't mentioned it, have they?

Dot said...

@ red, Isn't Kenseth 16th?

red said...

Dot said...
@ red, Isn't Kenseth 16th?

when i posted (around lap 48 or so) he had taken the lead. that was a coupla laps before the green flag pit stops started. i was watching fox with the mute on, reading the closed captioning and listening to prn.

Dot said...

@ red, there it is. I didn't know they were pitting. I'm a little behind.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Smelling a lot like a COT gas mileage race early on...

Newracefan said...

Soph I think it was called Murphys Law. Dot he's 1st 16th was in the middle of pit stops.

Vicky D said...

I wonder if the cars will use my fuel because of the wind direction. I didn't really pay attention to that information and whether it was head wind or tail wind.

red said...

jd: in re: mileage race: didn't i catch something somewhere this week about a different tire compound today and how that might impact the traditional fuel mileage race scenario at texas?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Bliss and Blaney in the garage. Guess they could not afford the gas. Wait, isn't it free?

Anonymous said...

You really gotta give Tony Stewart credit. Last year the car he is driving had all the Hendrick advantages they do this year, but it couldn't crack the Top 25. I love Smoke but I didn't think in his first year he would be able to improve the car into a car that runs up front. Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised, but I am both shocked and delighted to see the 14 running so well.

Dot said...

Now that everyone has pitted, it's time for a debris caution.

David said...

Annon. To me it IS another Hendrick car.

Newman too.

red said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
"Bliss and Blaney in the garage. Guess they could not afford the gas. Wait, isn't it free?"

and with that, jd moves into the headliner role of TDP comedy tour!

anon@2:50: i agree. we all wanted to believe he could do it in his first year as owner and are all (sheepishly) somewhat surprised.

there's another thru the field by mrn . .

Vicky D said...

Dot, you have to watch the field summary and when Jr. is getting ready to be lapped, that's when Nascar will throw a debris caution. Who's Mr. Clean?

Anonymous said...

okay, that is creepy - I think larry mcreynolds just basically read my blog comment above about tony stewart on the air.

Sophia said...

NWFan

Ok. I remember that movie Murphys Law..but also the 'hat' discussion was mentioned in Smokey...I think that the only time Burt took the hat off was for certain recreational activities,or something like that.

Wreck at beginning of IRL race (no spoilers or names for those taping) MERCY the camera work makes me get vertigo on road courses! Need seasick med. back to Texas which is boring on mute on second tv in LRoom. :)

Weather warnings over ticker...73 now, storms tonight and HIGH tomorrow mid 30's! Yikes. Cincy Reds opening day going to be freezing.

Dot said...

@ VickyD, I check Racetrax. JR is 11th so there's some time to go.

Wow, they just cut off DW.

Newracefan said...

I predict a caution soon, Robby about to be lapped and he usually doesn't cooperate

Daly Planet Editor said...

I posted a comment here on the Nationwide Series race and ESPN emailed me in about 5 min.

Wouldn't it be easier if the PR guys would just log in and comment themselves?

Geez...

Vicky D said...

Dot, I'm just a conspiracy theorist.

Bill H said...

How many cars are racing in this race, I think I counted 10 so far

Bill H

Dot said...

@ VickyD, me too. Mostly as a joke.

Mike said...

I'd like to see some sort of follow-up on the Bliss & Blaney situation....are these teams even bringing a pit crew, and if they are, are they a legit pit crew? Those teams have no intentions whatsoever of completing all 500 miles. I'd almost like to see them implement a rule where a team has to complete at least 1 pit stop in order to get their share of the purse....unless it's a case of a blown engine or transmission.

red said...

ok, i concede defeat. i'm hearing a much better race from prn than i'm seeing on fox. so, as much as i enjoy being here with everyone, i'm headed outside for a long while.
catch you all on the flip side!

David said...

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PammH said...

Hoem Depot must pay big bucks to Fox for all this airtime. Horrible coverage..

bevo said...

Just an aside - IRL still doing split-screen for commercials on Versus

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey! Actually hopped to the back to update the champ! Nice move.

PammH said...

Home Depot too! ;)

Dot said...

@ Mike, especially since they out qualified sponsored cars. This is what needs to be looked at. It seems anyone can qual, but not last a third of the race.

bevo said...

@David-

Brilliant!

Daly Planet Editor said...

David,

I can hardly wait for Racebuddy to return. The Turner guys told me they were going to offer it to Fox and ESPN but the NASCAR.com deal killed their good intentions.

Fans need alternatives and right now, only the radio is available.

David said...

As JD has said with the NW series. The elephant is in the room, we KNOW who all the start and park drivers are...lets just talk about it already!

Newracefan said...

A list of some of the lap cars well I guess that's something

Gymmie said...

LOL! David! Where do I order!

David said...

JD...isnt TNT turner, and doesnt Turner run NASCAR.com?

Seems kinds odd they would shoot down their own offer if you follow what Im saying...

Lapped cars get together in front of the 17, Tony closes even more. Battle for the lead!

David said...

@ gymmie

lol wish I knew!

David said...

Tony goes 3 wide with a lapped car and Matt and takes the lead!

David said...

I must have the script today...

Dot said...

I know it's early but, I hope whoever wins doesn't take Hammond's hat wearing advice.

@ VickyD, JR down to 16th........

Daly Planet Editor said...

David,

Does the word $$$$ mean anything?

I was begging to have Racebuddy on every Sprint Cup event this season for the good of the sport, but just like the side-by-side commercials, too many cooks in the kitchen.

Imagine a sport like NASCAR with no online video? Somewhere, the MLB and NFL guys are laughing.

Dot said...

How many on the lead lap? Racetrax is confusing.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I called it! Hotdog wrapper mystery caution.

Dot said...

There I go, asking again.

David said...

Lap 98, 18 cars a lap down...long green run...

2 points for me!!!

JD, yeah it makes sense now.

Its a shame, a major shame. Honestly this would be a non-issue if the broadcast group would get their heads out of their you know whats.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Artie is back and so is the quad-split. Hilarious.

Dot said...

@ JD, just like yesterday. Invisible wrappers. Nice of the track to go green with their concessions.

David said...

LONG stop for kyle busch

David said...

Lug hung in the socket on the RR on kyle busch. Bummer.

David said...

HAHAHA they just talked about Mikey and his pit assignment cheat sheet. Well, he overshot his pit, backed up, then STILL had the car in reverse after the stop. Guess when its not your day, its not your day.

Newracefan said...

David, thanks I couldn't figure out how he backed up so far, Sounds like a TWIN highlight to me

Dot said...

@ David, hope they play his radio.

Anonymous said...

3D graphic instead of the cars? Stoopid.

Kenn Fong said...

All,

Does anyone know of a site which shows pit stop information for each (or most) teams?

West Coast Kenny
Alameda, California

bevo said...

I'm really surprised that there haven't been any wrecks in turn two today

David said...

I believe jayski has a breakdown of where everyone is pitting but in terms of a recap of what everyone does each stop and adjustments and such, dont believe anyone has that information anywhere

Daly Planet Editor said...

It still has the gas mileage smell right now.

bevo said...

@Kenn-

F1 :) But no not for NASCAR that I know of.

Dot said...

Now the race will be worth watching.

Kenn Fong said...

Re: 18

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

West Coast Kenny
Alameda, California

Dot said...

More pit road drama. That could be exciting than the race.

David said...

18 team radio:

Kyle--"give me the driver's name Jeff"
spotter--"what?"
Kyle--"give...me...the...driver's...name!"
spotter--"it was andretti"
Kyle--"thats what I thought"

Battle for the lead

Daly Planet Editor said...

The Biff could be the man today.

David said...

Time to go through the field

The J said...

ok im back did i miss anything?

David said...

Kyle Busch and Andretti got together, cut Kyle's LR down, Tail end of going 2 laps down. Driving mad.

Biffle leads

Daly Planet Editor said...

The racebreak with Myers and Hammond did nothing to help us understand who was where outside the top fifteen or so.

Need a big reset and some pit reporters to tell us what is going on.

JD

Sophia said...

Why is Kyle B down to 37th and is he mad at Andretti.

IRL is a mess.

I am ready for a nap.

David said...

14 closing on the 17. hopefully we'll have a battle after the break

Vicky D said...

Hubby is switching back and forth between both races so it's hard to keep up with either of them. Missed KB's problem.

Dot said...

Are they saying "State Farms sticks it to you?"

David said...

sophia, look up 2 comments =)

David said...

from yours i mean. lol

Daly Planet Editor said...

Dot, I sure think they do. I switched to Geico!

David said...

Geico.com, so easy a blogger can do it!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Junior found himself the high line and he is slicing and dicing his way through the field right now.

Nothing from Fox.

Dot said...

@ JD, big SF mess in FL.

David said...

Kyle closing in on Mr. Andretti

Glenn said...

Kinda hard to keep up today, the wife and daughter are here. They're pretty loud. :(
The large black bars at the top and bottom of my tv are back. It doesn't make sense to me. Last week as soon as the race coverage went off things went back to full screen. Everything on Fox and Speed has been fine this week. I'm losing at least 7 inches of screen.

NRF- my pit command has the right track.

It's a shame ESPN doesn't mention Fox and Speed. Speed told the time and channel of the Nationwide race 4,5,or more times. They even showed it on their lineup at the beginning of their shows.

I liked DW's rant. I disagree that that the drivers are worried about NASCAR. The "system" has broken them from spouting off. In my short time NASCAR has only penalized when dirty words were said on TV. The "Press" and "Fans" are the ones who beat the crap out of a driver when they speak their mind. Or in the case of Kyle Busch when he doesn't speak he gets trashed. IMHO

Well the daughter left so I might get to pay attention. :)

The Track Girl said...

JD-
I know. Junior is driving like mad. I think he's trying to catch up to the 42.
How they can miss every story every time is beyond me.

David said...

windsurfing?

added NOTHING to the report. in fact she may as well told us nothing

Dot said...

What's wrong w/Marcos. Out of top ten, out of site.

bevo said...

@Dot-

That's what I thought a couple of weeks ago. Just ask the folks on the Texas and Louisiana coast about State Farm sticking it to you

Daly Planet Editor said...

Did they just skip over Junior??

David said...

18 busted for speeding

Dot said...

@ David, heartbreaking isn't it?

Here we go....

David said...

well it might not be as bad as it could have been for them. It is for me! Im rooting for him! lol

Dot said...

Now they're forced to us where everyone is.

Dot said...

"tell"

Newracefan said...

Reut long time on pit road now lapped

David said...

got a 1 lap penalty for pitting over the front line

Vicky D said...

And Danica in a big wreck but she's ok.

Daly Planet Editor said...

This is the first time in a long time that the Fox booth sounds like the old ESPN booth. Boredom and silence are the order of the day.

What does that say about the racing?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Halfway...no recap.

The Track Girl said...

Haven't we already heard about the Atlanta/Not Atlanta car for the 2? There must be something happening on the track that they can talk about

Daly Planet Editor said...

Sponsors and boredom do not make for great TV.

bevo said...

Seems to me in previous years we got a lot more information from the pit reporters on Fox

David said...

what old ESPN are we talking about? pre-2001 or pre-2009

bevo said...

That was an abrupt cut going to commercial

Daly Planet Editor said...

Here are the most recent Twitters from Fox:

Myers here: Talking to Jeff about how #5 is the perfect driver to give info to his crew chief. He started 23rd & is now 9th.

Hammond here: Just got in from outside & the heavy wind gusts are really creating headaches for all the cars. Watch out for what happens...

OK, whatever!

The Track Girl said...

The 48 just overtook the 88- who has been haunting the top ten for most of the race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

David,

2007 and 2008.

JD

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