Saturday, May 16, 2009

Live Blogging RaceDay And The All-Star Race On SPEED


Here we go with eight hours of live NASCAR on SPEED. RaceDay is first at 4PM for three hours. The All-Star races are next at 7PM and then Victory Lane wraps it all up at 11PM ET.

This post will serve to host your comments as we watch SPEED deal with both the weather and a live Sprint Cup Series non-points race.

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Anonymous said...

Geez, stupid intro. "Only track deemed worthy of hosting the all star race" The hometown track for all the teams is more like it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Not perhaps the best of starts...but three hours to go.

Sophia said...

man, the hype is too much already. I thought that opening would neva end! :) THREE HOURS? Once my hair is dry, a quick errand is in order.

Now sure what to think of the weather either. Could be a long night or non existant race.

Newracefan said...

Well I'm still catching up from earlier. That plus being on call I may never catch up that said Raceday usually has so many commercials and those fluff pieces it may not be a problem.

bevo said...

Rain in Concord - check
Rain in Indy - check
Rain in Arlington (Rangers) - check
Rain in San Antonio (golf) - check

This is shaping up to be a not so great sports day

Daly Planet Editor said...

I just have a hard time with Kenny doing all this yelling.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Marty Smith says the rain fell hard, then the sun came out and there is more rain on the way for later. Could get interesting.

Paul said...

Radar looks like another small blast on the way.

bevo said...

@Paul- I think you're just picking up Kenny on the radar

Anonymous said...

Has anyone on SPEED mentioned the rain yet?

haus20 said...

If you look at the radar from a regional view, it looks like it could rain on and off all night long.

Anonymous said...

Let it get it out of it's system this weekend. I'll be at the race next weekend and don't want to see any rain for the 600!

Steve L.

Karen said...

Rain in Concord - check
Rain in Indy - check
Rain in Arlington (Rangers) - check
Rain in San Antonio (golf) - check

Bevo, looks great in Baltimore at the Preakness.

Charlie said...

Looks like rain to me to for this evening. Rain all day tomorrow. I am guessing this race will be run on Monday.
But you never know.

bevo said...

Thanks Karen, the race totally slipped my mind :)

Amanda said...

SPEED Alert... Kenny just mentioned the Mayfield suspension, he said he was "kicked out of the sport" and basically said he was caught on illegal drugs...good reporting kenny..tow that Nascar line. Kenny where did YOU get your info from, since no one else has it yet.... I just want to know the truth here.

Sophia said...

Dang! Was in the laundry room and only partially heard the quick Kenny blurb on Jeremy. Not sure what to think

Also, yes, Kenny take a deep breath and please stop YELLING. Mercy. he is going to be worn out before VL!

glenc1 said...

and why does he go on like that about Montoya? Is there some inside joke I don't know?...it's not like he was anywhere close to Schumacher in F1.

Karen said...

Anyone know when the burnout thing is going to happen?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Bob Pockrass on Twitter:

"A plane flying above track says Free Jeremy!"

OK, who hired the plane?

PammH said...

Welp, that's an interesting little tidbit..a plane?? Wow..
And did Kenny screw up & misspeak or what? Yikes!

TWITY said...

New's from the track somejust twittered that there is a Plane flying over track with a banner that say's FREE JEREMY!!!!!
COOL....

haus20 said...

If the showdown qualifying is rained out next year, maybe then can use practice times to determine the starting order instead of the qualifying order.

Those guys who are in the back have very little chance to pass 20 or 30 cars in the 40 laps that are going to be run. Especially since caution laps count. At least if they used the best practice laps there would be some sense of the fastest cars getting the best starting spots.

Mike said...

I'm not sure they're prepared for doing a 3-hour show. They're doing quite a bit of fluff material.

Charlie said...

Just for info. when they show the track wide shot where you can see the press box to the left the camera is looking North. The bad weather is coming from the West, Southwest.

Gymmie said...

@Karen--I believe it starts about 6:20

Paul said...

Burnout deal is suppose to be on this long prerace segment.

Gymmie said...

@haus20--that would be a great idea! They always say "so and so 'won' practice" why not line 'em up that way :)

Love it! FREE JEREMY! FREE JEREMY! That's got to be great.

Anonymous said...

I agree haus20. Or they could have qualified this morning. It really stinks for guys like Vickers who had an excellent chance at transferring and now are stuck in the back of the pack for a shootout.

Daly Planet Editor said...

This is kind of like it was last season. Lots of talking heads and very little content.

Mike said...

They're definitely doing their best to keep the cameras pointed down towards the ground, and not towards the sky.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, that Ask.com ad creeps me out!

Anonymous said...

Nothing says love like a marriage proposal on NASCAR Raceday!

haus20 said...

If any one is interested, weather.com has a great radar that you can put into motion as well as see the actual track and surrounding area in relation to where the rain is located. The last shower looked as if it broke up just west of the concord area. Don't worry, there are plenty more on the way.

Erik said...

I hope my cell phone battery doesn't die during the middle of the drivers meeting. Streaming video really eats up my battery life.

Amanda said...

Karen...Marty Smith just tweeted burnout in 30 mnutes

Karen said...

Is the track in Charlotte or Concord?

haus20 said...
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haus20 said...

the track is in Concord

Vicky D said...

And raining in Houston, but we only have the strawberry festival and that will still go on today.

haus20 said...

wow, JD, u r running a tight ship today.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Seems like JR, Kenny and Jimmy are kind of running out of gas.

bevo said...

One of my favorite moments was that guy proposing at a basketball game and the girl turning and running out of the arena :)

Daly Planet Editor said...

haus,

Live and let live my friend. They could have been MIT grads from Mass. who like NASCAR.

Ya feeling me?

Vicky D said...

If anyone is interested Stanton Barrett is practicing now for the Indy 500. John Andretti is looking good and they just showed Jason Leffler on pitroad.

Vicky D said...

I should just add to my previous post, Jason Leffler was walking around pit road. He's not going to drive.

Amanda said...

I think Jimmy Spenser needs a beer run fast.. he is fading.....

Daly Planet Editor said...

I recently got VS in HD. The Lingner Group guys are doing a great job with the IRL.

Should be interesting to see how the ESPN crew does with Indy.

I understand they have Brent M. coming back.

haus20 said...

David Poole would not be happy with Tony showing off his "manfeet"

Daly Planet Editor said...

Got to give Rutledge the nod on the KC interview. Nice job.

Erik said...

Does Miss Sprint Cup's hair look different?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Erik,

Did you listen to the drivers meeting?

Anonymous said...

this show is struggling a bit. they have the artist on and he's mic'd up ready to talk and all he does is stand there and we see the painting for 10 secs and off they go. ??????????

Erik said...

Its ongoing, going over the specifics of the race format, now.

Karen said...

John Andretti q'd 29th just now. How many are going to be in the field?

Erik said...

both races can be rain shortened after halfway

Anonymous said...

JD,
regarding Brent M. at Indy for ABC, thank goodness ESPN/ABC doesn't have the Daytona 500, that would be ugly

Karen said...

JD said...

I understand they have Brent M. coming back.


What a buzzkill you are.

Mike said...

Looking at the radar, the areas of precipitation appear to be filling in. Be interesting to see what it looks like in another 90 minutes, right before green flag for the showdown.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Each "slice" of the TV contract has one feature element.

Fox paid for the Daytona 500 and got the rest of the races. TNT gets the summer Daytona night race and has to deal with the other 5 summer events.

ESPN/ABC paid top dollar for the Chase and got the Nationwide Series and a daily NASCAR news show in the deal.

ESPN also handles the international TV distribution of NASCAR races.

ESPN changed a lot of things, but poor Jerry Punch trapped in that play by play role is still tough to watch. Such a nice guy.

Anonymous said...

at least if there is one thing we can count on it would be wendy's feature being good. she seems always so comfortable with the drivers and they with her. funny stewart's flipflops

Anonymous said...

sprinkling on raceday now

Anonymous said...

LOL Wendy " a little drizzle here but I think the rains' behind us" as we hear thunder/increasing winds in the background...

Daly Planet Editor said...

About to get interesting on live TV.

Anonymous said...

Not too much more info in the drivers meeting, than what you can get from Jayski. They have the invocation, and anthems down to the minute.

Also, going over the differences. You can work on cars under the red flag. Double-file restarts, the 2nd place car can not jump the leader at a restart...

haus20 said...

Is the Victory challenge live? Marty said it was coming up in 30 minutes and that was over an hour ago.

David said...

33 make the race at indy.

Whats the scheduled green flag for the Open? (I know, its the "showdown" but its always been/will be the Open to me lol)

Mike said...

Should be able to tell by the cloud cover if it's tape-delayed or not. After this gets finished, I wouldn't doubt they'll struggle to wind up the show.

Mike said...

Green flag for the Open is at 7:30p.m. Eastern.

Karen said...

Stanton Barrett just miss Q'g by a hair. Has to do it again tomorrow on Bump Day.

Gymmie said...

Whoooooooooo

David said...

JD: Raceday today should only be 2 hours, and the window between the top of the hour and the green flag should not be 30 minutes. 2 hours of pre-race is long enough. It is NO shock these guys are running out of gas, 3.5 hours of content PLUS what you have to do between the open and the race is just alot to ask from anyone without some sense of repetition

Daly Planet Editor said...

David,

Expanding the franchise has never been a good idea. This is an example of that.

bevo said...

@Karen- I imagine that brought a smile to Tony Stewart's face :)

Mike said...

This challenge doesn't seem to be too organized. LOL

Daly Planet Editor said...

David, SportsCenter might be the best example of that. Unwatchable these days.

David said...

Ive never minded a 3 hour raceday but quite honestly when you get that PLUS a separate "pre-race" with more of the same it just gets annoying too fast. I liked what ESPN used to do when they had NASCAR2Day which was the pre-race then it went straight into opening ceremonies

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mike, last year it was equally as um.....organized.

David said...

Burnout contest = horrible.

Gymmie said...

Poor DW only got 39

Yes I remember last year being a mess too JD :(

David said...

Biff will win, or Harvick

Mike said...

The judges even look clueless as to what they're supposed to do.

David said...

HAHA Harvick is great

Gymmie said...

They really do Mike!

David said...

yeah the judges are lost. you'd think for the months they had to prepare that this wouldn't look totally thrown together like it does.

at least we had a legends race or something like that to see last year lol

Anonymous said...

Radar actually looks pretty decent, any big storms are well off to the south or west

bevo said...

Rachel Alexandra wins the Preakness first filly to win it in 84 years. Mine That Bird comes in 2nd.

Gymmie said...

Kylie's breaking the track!

Charlie said...

The fans, its all about the fans.

Getting tired of hearing that.

haus20 said...

Is there a list anywhere showing the names of the celebrity riders?

Karen said...

Bevo said ...

"Rachel Alexandra wins the Preakness first filly to win it in 84 years. Mine That Bird comes in 2nd."

Super Filly indeed. Although if it had been a quarter mile longer, Mine That Bird might have pulled it off.

haus20 said...

just turned the dvr on for race day - switched to NBC to see the repaly

haus20 said...

mine that bird was still impressive

Bill H said...

Just seen on nascar.com race buddy is back for the all star. Their link doesnt work but here it is fixed:

http://www.nascar.com/multimedia/webcast/allstar/index.html?sc_cid=asbuddy15

Bill H

Vicky D said...

I was switching back and forth from Indy qualifying to Speed but when that burnout competition started I couldn't watch - it was too painful. Missed the Preakness as storm washed out the satellite.

Grover said...

David said...

Burnout contest = horrible.

Or rather unwatchable.
Not the stupidest thing I have ever seen on TV, but dang near.

Anonymous said...

That was thirty minutes of my life I will not get back and that seemed like an eternity, what a waste. And Speed did an awful job with that, I am sure there was a list somewhere that said who the passengers were. that was "One Hot Mess" at the track known for "One Hot Night"

Anonymous said...

burnout thing. no good. speed people probably thought it was great. might be ok live. but structure not there for tv. judges did look clueless.

Karen said...

Bill H, thanks for the link.

Lou said...

just signed on as the burnout started. the coverage was good and kevin did well. tv did ok covering it. liked what the biff had to say. but the hype was not all as built up to be

Anonymous said...

What time does the showdown actually go green? Three hours of RaceDay.....please don't tell me SPEED has another 30 minutes of pre-race from 7-7:30?

Paul said...

Is Rick Flair on drugs? Love the guy and WHOOOOOOOOO!, but he seemed detatched from the whole deal.

Mike said...

Showdown takes the green at 7:30p.m. Eastern.

bevo said...

JD,

Interesting situation on Fox today. Angels-Rangers game started 1 and 1/2 hours late. It was the late national game along with Mets-Giants. When the Rangers game started the markets that were to get it besides DFW and LA stayed with the other game. Fox says they don't want to mess up their prime time schedule. Needless to say there are some upset viewers in the Texas area and Southern Cal.

Glad this isn't a Fox race tonight :)

Anonymous said...

So another 30 minutes of pre-race....This thing is so drawnnnnnn out.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Think SPEED can make us just as crazy about Wrecked as they did last year?

Mike said...

When I say 7:30, that's the earliest the green flag will fly for the Showdown....might be later if there's any opening ceremonies involved.

Vicky D said...

According to JR, the racing might have gotten better for tonight but the pre-race is way too long.

haus20 said...

How does Speed mispell one of the competitors names? Kasey Kahen???

c'mon guys

David said...

S&P starting 2nd in the showdown, this will be rather interesting

Karen said...

Shelmerdine and Long to the back. How smart are they?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Three hours down, five to go.

Dot said...

@ Karen, how funny would it be if they both transfer?

Lou said...

JD,

Just another reason I do not watch prereace very often. Just too long.

for me one down and five to go. maybe.

Daly Planet Editor said...

That's what I would like the Hollywood Hotel to look like next season on Fox.

Anonymous said...

hmm, start moved up to weather, radar looks good


JD, how long till krista replaces myers on FOX?

Anonymous said...

wow nice timing there JD lol

Daly Planet Editor said...

You know my idea, Voda in the Hotel and Wendy to pit road.

Nothing against Chris, it is just time for him to move on.

Newracefan said...

JD your blog to Fox's ears

Lou said...

ditto on the krista / chris. what a difference

Anonymous said...

Why can't FOX move Krista into the infield studio permanently? The lame jokes and idiotic acts are gone. Wendy Venturini could take over for Krista on pitroad & problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Krista does a very good job and is extremely comfortable on camera, but she has NO fashion sense. Last night it was a Star Trek outfit and tonight it looks like she is wearing a Snuggie!

Vicky D said...

Anon at 7:08 that's the same thing I thought. I liked her outfit last night tho.

David said...

Karen, they had to due to a wrecked car and engine change. It wasnt their choice.

Im referring to the 66 tho starting 2nd.

bevo said...

Yall know what the Fox response to that idea would be don't you?

TOUGH

David said...

VOTE FOR DINGER!!!!

Anonymous said...

well I like having Krista on, couldn't help but notice the math gaffe (3,6,9) powers of 3, uh, wouldn't that be multiples of 3? powers would be 3, 9, 27, etc...

sorry this math major will shut up now :p

stricklinfan82 said...

It's just a shame that despite the Showdown being an exhibition race with double-file restarts, a competition caution at halfway, work allowed on the cars under a red flag, and a starting lineup made by a random drawing that they're still applying the 'normal rules' sending Kirk and Carl to the back for the start. It sure would have been to see them get a chance to be in the spotlight, even if it would only be for a lap or two.

It should also be interesting to see what the normal start-and-park group has in store tonight. Can't exactly use the 'can't afford tires' defense in a 40-lap race.

As for the burnout contest, I agree with the thoughts of many others that it might be time to come up with a different type of skills contest next year.

Anonymous said...

Ugh....leave it to SPEED to take two commercial breaks within the first 10 minutes. Can we just get to the race!?

Daly Planet Editor said...

That would be as opposed to middle aged white guys in long sleeved oxfords?

The entire on-air fashion look on SPEED from the white winter jackets to the horrible disco shirts is a mess.

It is even made worse when the drivers are all in their snazzy polo shirts alongside the on-air talent.

They really need to get a clue in this area.

Karen said...

Montoya not in the top five? He better race his way in then.

Anonymous said...

Sign of the times? Clothing affecting viewers?

Anonymous said...

...sending Kirk and Carl to the back for the start, that is EXACTLY what Nascar wants to have happen. They cannot have those two headline the front row.

Mike said...

I think they're advancing the commercial breaks in pre-race to get the Showdown started as early as possible.

red said...

hey gang! just checking in -- will join up once we actually get racing!

@jd and bill h in re: race buddy: using the link provided and i get the home page but nothing else. is there a preview feature i'm not seeing?

@nrf: hoping you'll make it tonight: i found out this morning that ursinus WAS having graduation today as well as GMC. lonnnggggg day for this camper!

Daly Planet Editor said...

I just got a revised green flag time emailed to me of 7:45PM. Could that be true?

Anonymous said...

Kirk actually admitted he was worried about starting on tthe front row. It is no secret he and Carl are underfunded and alot slower than most teams. They would have been moving road blocks on the track.

red said...

ok, i have to get this snarky comment in and then it's off to dinner:
in re: God bless america -- he ain't no kate smith.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Could I be the national anthem picker guy for next season please?

Mike said...

I'm thinking we'll be getting the Showdown green flag right at 7:30

Daly Planet Editor said...

OK, I rest my case on the shirts!

David said...

Showdown green flag will be at the bottom of the hour. not a doubt in my mind. 7:35 at the latest.

Wow, just be able to start the race?! Really lowering the standards for being an all-star aren't we?

David said...

Still cool seeing Kirk and Carl on the front row though.

haus20 said...

those blue shirts are bright!

Anonymous said...

Carl Edwards is the "suprise" pit reporter? Wasn't he the special pit reporter last year too? It's not really much of a suprise.

Newracefan said...

Yes, there is only one Kate Smith, was a hugh Flyers fan back then, cut school for those parades. Thanks for the concern Red I missed the traffic

Mike said...

Anymore I think the Showdown race is more exciting than the main event is. If there's a group that let's it all hang out, it's these Showdown cars.

David said...

Mike, what do you think of the break before the final 10 lap segment? I think thats a mistake. It should be after segment 2 because I'd love to see strategy be a factor in the final 10 since with this car, on this track, clean air means so much we may only see action on the restart in the big show and it be a dull finish...

Newracefan said...

I also think Carl did this before. I like the blue shirts but then my Speed isn't in HD so that might be the difference

Karen said...

David, I think it probably scared the bejesus out of them.

haus20 said...

Anonymous said...
Carl Edwards is the "suprise" pit reporter? Wasn't he the special pit reporter last year too? It's not really much of a suprise.
Especially when Wendy interviewed him and talked about it on Race Day

darbar said...

Does anyone else have a buzzing noise on their TV's from the audio on Speed? I'm getting a buzzing sound when the mics from the announcers are on the air, but not any time else. When they just went to the command to start your engines, the buzzing stopped.

Nan S said...

The Showdown will be the exciting race. These guys will have to go like a bat out of hell.

Newracefan said...

Finally live but had to blow off the last 25 minutes of Raceday. Oh well

Vicky D said...

The rained stopped awhile ago, but no we have a thunder/lightening storm coming through and it's fading our satellite again. Hope it doesn't wait for the green flag to completely go off!

bevo said...

@darbar- Yep I'm getting it too. DirecTV SD

Gymmie said...

@JD--there's a very SHORT list of who should be allowed to sing it and if they're going to keep it instrumental the Horny Frogs and Military should do it.

darbar said...

Thanks Bevo. At least I know I'm not blowing out my surround sound

red said...

haus20 said...
those blue shirts are bright!

and, may i add, tight?

Anonymous said...

NWS just updated- charlotte for T-storms mainly after midnight, we may successfully dodge weather for the third weak in a row

Gymmie said...

YAY we get to chat with Marcos!

darbar said...

Wouldn't it be a kick in the pants if JJ won the race?

haus20 said...

Best pre-race show ever. No Myers and very short!

haus20 said...

BTW, no Digger cartoon!!!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Everything working OK for those of you watching the All-Star Buddy?

PammH said...

Why are there 2 different groups of cars??

darbar said...

JD I just went to Race Buddy and it says it doesn't start until 9pm

Vicky D said...

Dot's going to be happy!!!!

bevo said...

Anybody getting anything on Buddy? Box says 7 ET but the pop-up says 9 ET

Anonymous said...

It really doesn't seem fair when SPEED helps certain drivers campaign for votes. Just like they did with Kenny Wallace a couple of years ago.

haus20 said...

JD, from what I can tell, AB is only going to be used during the big show.

Charlie said...

I believe all star buddy starts at 9pm.

Newracefan said...

Bevo I'm getting the same even with the link that was posted earlier.

red said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
Everything working OK for those of you watching the All-Star Buddy?

just logged on using bill h's link: what i have is the home page w/the 4 drivers and mosaic options but nothing else. can't click anything open right now. what am i not doing? am using safari as always.

Vicky D said...

JD I think RB will only be on the All Star Race as they only have 4 choices TS, KB, JG & Jr and a mosiac for all four.

red said...

ok, never mind. the 9pm start of race buddy makes sense -- thought maybe i was missing something that said 7 or 7:30 pm.

Mike said...

Blaney will probably race like crazy in this Showdown so he can S&P in the main event and collect a check.

Lou said...

rb not working. just as red says.

Daly Planet Editor said...

So, it starts at 9PM? Thanks, I wish the Turner guys had told me that.

Charlie said...

PammH there are two groups of cars going around the track because the pace cars goes the speed that is set for pit road and if they had one group just going around the cars near the end of the pack would not get a good reading on the speed, so they break it up into two groups.
If you notice next time this is done at every track and race.

Vicky D said...

Yeah I wonder if we'll have any S&P'ers.

kbaskins said...

For those of you with TrackPass, has anyone else noticed that the "Launch" buttons are grayed out on the TrackPass page? I had to enter PitCommand and Scanner from the NASCAR.com front page. Is it just my browsers?

--KarenB

Daly Planet Editor said...

Jenna Fryer on Twitter:

"Shana Mayfield is at the track. She was at the car. Took a few questions, but only related to the team."

bevo said...

It doesn't help when one part of the site says 7pm and the other says 9pm

Gymmie said...

Where is Dot?

Yup it looks like the RB thingie starts with the main event

Anonymous said...

Carl long fist S&P

Newracefan said...

Karen I have been using the front page of Nascar.com all season, I remember having problems earlier in the year and never went back once I found that link

darbar said...

Silly comments by Cousin Carl

kbaskins said...

This is the first time I've had a problem. Thanks, NRF.

--KarenB

Karen said...

nrf, I also go to the link provided for TNT's Race Buddy. I think it was Gina24 that provided that for us. Not sure.

Anonymous said...

Full screen replay. uurrgghhhh.....

kbaskins said...

Poor Vickers.

And I'm gonna hurl if an admitted start-and-park car makes it to the big show.

--KarenB

bevo said...

JD,

Guess it's safe to assume that this isn't the Speed Truck production crew but the Fox Cup gang behind the scenes?

David said...

really disjointed coverage so far

Newracefan said...

They need to red flag this or more than half the race will be under yellow.

haus20 said...

Is that Tony or Joey in the 20?

kbaskins said...

I agree, NRF. It's not fair to the guys with decent cars way at the back who have to work their way through the field due to the weird starting line-up.

--KarenB

darbar said...

Joey. Tony drives the 14

Daly Planet Editor said...

bevo,

It's a hybrid. Hence the mess.

Karen said...

Where is hotaru-raganbaby, Ragan's No. 1 fan?

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