Sunday, May 31, 2009

Live Blogging The Sprint Cup Series From Dover On Fox


This final Sprint Cup Series race on Fox has suddenly emerged as one with multiple storylines underway. There has to be a mix of apprehension and excitement at the TV crew prepares for four hours at Dover.

NASCAR's Ramsey Poston announced that the decision had already been made to stop the race at lap 30 and check the tires. Saturday, the CWTS event turned into a disaster for Goodyear and NASCAR with right side tires blowing before a full fuel run was complete. Added to that problem were the current rules of choosing either fuel or tires on each pit stop in the truck series.

There was another major rainstorm on Saturday night at the track was scrubbed clean of the small amount of rubber put down by the Nationwide and CWTS events. Dover is a concrete track and the fear is that the COT will scrub the rubber off the right side tire very quickly on this abrasive surface.

Added to this mix is the continuing Dale Earnhart Jr. story. Lance McGrew was supposed to be starting in his role next week, but since Brad Keselowski did not make the Cup race, McGrew will be on Junior's pit box this Sunday along with multiple Hendrick Racing veterans.

Kyle Busch dominated both the Nationwide and CWTS races on Saturday and didn't win either one. Fox continues to focus on Busch and it should be interesting to see how DW handles this issue on the final race for the network of the season.

Dover makes good pictures, especially from the low level speed shots. Those are the cameras that do not move and let the cars fly by with great audio. Remember, Dover has two bridges over the track at each end of the backstretch. One mandatory TV element is to eliminate these two structures from the telecast.

The only times that the two bridges will be seen are from the aerial shot and also when a driver's in-car camera is being used. Look carefully on the shots from the roof, out the front window and out of the rear of the car to see the bridges fly by.

Digger's last day should be interesting. Recently, the animated character has been pulled back a bit after fans made it clear they had reached the breaking point. That is perhaps the biggest issue, how to judge just how much of something like this is enough. Look for the final cartoon, the animation over restarts and the still shot of Digger on the low-level cameras.

This TV team is the most experienced of all the NASCAR TV partners. Chris Myers will lead Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond onto the air from the Hollywood Hotel at 1:30PM for the pre-race show. This should set the tone for how Fox is going to approach the race today.

Larry McReynolds posted on Twitter that the theme of the race today for the NASCAR on Fox team was going to be having fun. That may be tough with tire problems, Junior stories and Kyle Busch on a rampage. Add to that a couple of hard crashes and Dover may become exactly what is almost always is, a big grind for all concerned.

Mike Joy, McReynolds and Waltrip should be on the air around 2PM and the green flag flies fifteen minutes later. Krista Voda, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Dick Berggren will handle pit road. This is the cream of the crop where TV pit reporters are concerned and this race will certainly keep them busy.

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David said...

Andrew, thats been the MO on Tony all year. They don't say a word all race as he slowly moves up through the field, but with about 50-60 to go when he is in the top 5 they act surprised.

Martin Vincent said...

Nemechek's back out again, playing leapfrog with Blaney for 38th spot.

David said...

LOL the S&P race might be the most interesting one out there...

Vicky D said...

And is Vickers really a lap down already?

Dot said...

JD, why do the cameras dodge the bridges? We could still see cars racing.

Erik said...

My view of start and park owners are no different than oil speculators. They may not be doing anything against the rules, but they can screw over everyone else.

red said...

ya know what would interesting, jd? getting some feedback from marty smith about watching a race at home on the tv. heck, there's still what? 300 laps? get him on TDP with us! bet he's learning a ton about why nascar ratings are down . . .

Sophia said...

I was going to turn on MRN, apparently today station is coming in ok..but now lawn is getting cut and I need close captioning on tv.

I see myself tuning into the IRL soon on the second tv (besides the NASCAR race) and note the better broadcast. But it is ABC today also known for ONE CAR FINISH ...so Fox musta learned that from them.

I hate when a big track looks like Bristol due to excess in car/bumper cam/driver cam.

bevo said...

66 out transmission
87 out drive shaft

Officials channel

red said...

ok, suggestion for fox for next season: ALL pit stops should feature 3 windows and stay with an entire stop. pick your choices carefully and intelligently.

also, live action should always take a larger box than a replay.

Sophia said...

red

Good idea about Marty joining us here.

red said...

Sophia said...
red

Good idea about Marty joining us here.

hmmmm. wonder if we know anyone who could tweet him about that idea? hmmmmmm.

stricklinfan82 said...

And now the 87 came back on track to run a couple laps and pass the 66 back, and then went right back to the garage.

TV could really make a mockery of this situation if they wanted to and instantly raise the level of public outcry against this ridiculous start-and-park dance, and probably force NASCAR to get rid of it altogether.

If you believe the behind-the-scenes talk, the TV networks stand to gain financially if the start-and-park was done away with and fields occasionally ended up a car or two short of 43, so I wonder why they don't choose to speak up against it.

Martin Vincent said...

@bevo - I wonder if NASCAR told the 66 and 87 to stop trying to outdo one another by a lap. We know the reason they're out is bogus anyway.

Andrew said...

Debris. DURING green flag stops. You have got to be kidding me.

David said...

Front Row Motorsports car #2

This outta really make it interesting now!

Dot said...

Did we see John A hit the wall before the replay? I was in the kitchen.

red said...

again, as someone noted yesterday: at dover, debris *tends* to silde down the banking pretty fast. usually, what hangs around up top is rubber but debris really heads down to that bottom line.

David said...

wow. great call by letarte

Sophia said...

I for one am glad they are not fanning the flames of the Jr cc change. Leave the boy alone to catch is breath. This is a huge change for him.

Wow Letarte wound up.

Sophia said...

oh ok..changed the game plan. i understand better. see, give us more info and it helps

red said...

GREAT audible by letarte! that's why he's one of the best.
@dot: no, i don't believe we did see andretti smack the wall.

bevo said...

Officials trying to get the 33 behind the 77 before they will open pit road

stricklinfan82 said...

I commend NASCAR for throwing that debris caution flag in the middle of green flag stops. Yes it really screws up the standings, BUT if we are to believe NASCAR only throws debris cautions when there is an immediate threat to driver safety than there should be no wiggle room to wait until after the round of stops is finished to throw the yellow. If debris isn't dangerous enough to bring out the yellow at an inconvenient time than it should never bring out a yellow at any time, period.

PammH said...

Do we have any idea why pit rd was closed sooo long?

red said...

@pammmmmm: i noticed that at the race yesterday as well. alli can add is that the trucks made a complete round of the track each time a yellow came out, regardless of where the debris was spotted or where an incident occured.

Martin Vincent said...

Could be up to 9 cars at the tail end of the lead lap on that restart.

9, 16, 00, 2, 1, 26 probably will be ahead of the leader.

Andrew said...

@strick - I agree with you, but I don't think we ever saw that debris. I could be wrong.

@PammH - Apparently someone didn't want to get back in line.

David said...

Yellow in pit sequence = scoring nightmare. Trying to get cars in the right order before opening up pit road.

Dot said...

JR 7th???

TexasRaceLady said...

Sorry I'm late fellow Planeteers.
Fell asleep just before Digger came on -- major disappoint there--NOT.

And, I'm nursing a sick doggie.

Good to see that the cars aren't popping tires as badly as the trucks did.

red said...

Dot said...
JR 7th???

shhhhh. we're trying to maintain a low profile and give the guy a break. in fact, mike davis just tweeted:
"Hesitant to type this for fear of prematurely raising people's hopes, but we were faster than Jimmie on that last run. He's the leader."

stricklinfan82 said...

Cue the chaos that ensues when NASCAR allows a bunch of tail end of the lead lap cars to restart in front of the leader.

I don't agree with DW's wave around desire, because every lapped car would stay out on every caution and steal laps. I just wish this rule would change to move those cars to the inside line and allow the leader to always be the first car on the outside line.

If you're on the tail end of one lap down between the pace car and the leader you have to restart on the inside. Just make the tail end of the lead lap cars do the same thing.

Sophia said...

mulhern saying several drivers have RF tire issues on Twitter

Joey had blister and Zippy talking with officials

Andrew said...

Joey had a huge blister on his tire. http://twitpic.com/6coot

Dot said...

I think SDDD is purposely not leading laps....yet. Trying a new strategy.

David said...

we need to see tires from pit road

red said...

mike joy tries to hold young mr busch's feet to the fire for not talking to the media and ole dw jumps to his defense.
really, dw: back 'er down, son. back 'er down.

David said...

thats camber on joey

Sophia said...

I don't WANT interview over GF. we just had a caution. Home Depot gets the time. Horrible sound effect on that one, too.goodness

Andrew said...

@Dot - SDDD?

Odd that we still don't have any discussion of the tires on pit road, with several sources on Twitter noting there's problems.

Anonymous said...

kudos to mike joy for giving SDDD a hard time, we all know he certainly deserves it!

bevo said...

@TRL- give them time :) Good thoughts for your k9 buddy

Martin Vincent said...

Tires and weather are taboo on Fox!

David said...

Ive defended Kyle walking away alot, but im with Mike Joy today. Yesterday, we deserved an explanation from Kyle Busch on what happened. Prior races we knew the story as it unfolded, yesterday was an odd circumstance where he may have had a problem, or may not have. Needed driver insight there.

red said...

and now we're asking krista to explain young mr busch and she tells us that even his crew chief was hesitant to talk to him after the race.

all i can say is: it'll be interesting to see how the other networks handle young mr busch for the balance of the season.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Tried to give Marty some grief today, but no response. I bet he is overwhemed.

Martin Vincent said...

Just wait 'til Jamie Little starts hounding Kyle for a sound bite! :)

Sophia said...

for those who don't have MRN or get too dizzy with too much media noise from radio/tv whatever, Twitter is really good back up for info if you follow a couple of guys. Joe gibbs racing, Mikemulhern, bobpockrass among others

NASCAR on Fox not helpful at all! (surprise I know)

Dot said...

@ MV, too funny.

red said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
Tried to give Marty some grief today, but no response. I bet he is overwhemed.

what? you don't have his cell and/or home phone? i'm shocked!

maybe all the planeteers who are twitter-literate need to tweet marty en masse and have him get his butt over here!

PammH said...

@red-and that's why Joey looked like he was scared to DEATH after the race. He was about ready to cry, I think.
Scott Speed is off the track, per MRN.

Anonymous said...

Mike Joy is out of line on Kyle Busch today--his job is to call the play by play of today's race...not do commentary----he is supposed to set up the analysts/pit reporters for stories---not be the "conscience: of Cup racing drivers...and I like Mike's work---but he is "getting his shots in---cause it's my last race call of the year"

Anonymous said...

I'm tellin' ya, Shrub is trying to cultivate a Bad Boy image.

It isn't working, though, because he's acting.

But he desperately wants a "persona" like the WWE guys.

David said...

Deft. on my list of tracks to go to!

That statue is quite impressive since its a full sized COT

Andrew said...

Still no interview with Scott Speed...or any other driver who's off the track.

Sophia said...

TRL good thoughts from me too for your doggy. I have cats but they play fetch (when THEY want to) and come when I call by name. Well unless it's major nap time. :)

Has Fox mentioned the tires yet? hard to keep up when the lawn mower was yelling out the window. Now I have IRL muted on second tv with cc.

i am too old for all this multitasking. ;-0

bevo said...

Don't imagine ESPN would be too thrilled having one of their guys on here ;)

red said...

@david: miles is certainly imtimidating holding that car in his right paw.
even more impressive is the monument base from which he rises. the panels note winners at dover over the years with some biography panels mixed in. i spent a lot of time friday, walking the monument base, reading the names and dates and thinking about those men and our sport. it's a great tribute.

red said...

"the fox cup"?!?! did we ever hear about this latest bogus "award" before now?
really? the fox cup?
give me freakin' strength!

bevo said...

Race isn't even half way done yet DW

David said...

Red, do you have any pictures posted anywhere?

Ive always loved Dover as a track to see a race at. Hate racing on it online lol.

Dot said...

@ red, There was an article last year about the construction of Miles. Lucky you, you got to see him in person.

Vicky D said...

Red, Krista mentioned the Fox cup this morning.

Tracy said...

Been reading comments here. Turned on race and the Digger insanity made me hit the "record" button and go do something else. I'm back, fast-forwarding, and does it seem to anyone else this is just another commercial-fest with a few seconds of racing so they can call it a broadcast?

I may not last much longer.

bevo said...

Montoya brings out the yellow

Andrew said...

Caution on the track - blown tire on the frontstretch.

TexasRaceLady said...

@David --

Most definitely this track is one you MUST see. The way the cars literally fall into the corners just takes your breath away.

Well, guess it's poptire time.

red said...

@david: sorry, no photos. the plaques are high-gloss black with the information etched on them directly. not conducive to photos. but if you go to dover's website, they have a piece on it under "the track", then "monster monument". it's well done.

doverspeedway.com is the site.

Andrew said...

FOX was ever so gracious in giving us 90 seconds of coverage in the middle of the commercials!

red said...

@vickyd: thanks. once again i missed some tidbit by choosing to ignore pre-race. ah well.

Dot said...

What was with that pit road shot on the right? Like looking in the wrong end of binoculars.

bozo said...

ok, we should be seeing some pictures of tires coming off these cars at this point..

JD could nascar have told fox not to play it up? Have to believe fox should have a little more integrity on this.

stricklinfan82 said...

This approach to yellow flag pit stop coverage is tough to watch. I just don't see the logic behind saying "Why let the viewers see 3 pit stops in their entirety when we can show them small pieces of each of them, one after another, instead?"

This approach clearly lets the viewers see less than the other NASCAR production trucks do, so this is not a positive innovation.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Exactly the same thing SPEED did with the trucks yesterday.

Daly Planet Editor said...

stricklinfan, does "I am not going to do it because ESPN does" sound familiar?

red said...

wow! those stands are NOT close to full today! lots and lots of empty seats on the frontstretch.

Andrew said...

#82 is officially out of the race with a blown engine.

bevo said...

82 out engine

Officials channel

David said...

Or FOX could check the ego at the door.

Thats like not showing the extra point after a touchdown because CBS does it.

Ummm, anyone getting tired of DW BEGGING for double file restarts?

bozo said...

did they say how many laps montoya had on those tires? After the races yesterday and the impact of the blown tires, they have to know we have a good chance of that happening later today

isn't this why you have pit reporters?

Vicky D said...

Red, but it was this tacky looking "silver" cup. Nothing really fancy.

Anonymous said...

I am sorta getting the idea that this may be Fox's last race of the year.

Anonymous said...

@red--yes I was thinking 'incredible' when Mike was throwing SDDD under the bus and DW was doing his "leave SDDD alone!" routine

re: twitter--it depends on his settings. Looks like he does all his postings from the web (twitter homepage). But he can still get tweets on his phone and set to have all his tweets go there or just selected folks. So he wouldn't see anything until he refreshed. But from what I understand if someone isn't following you back, they won't get the tweet.

Vicky D said...

Anon at 3:49 - this is Fox's last race of the year?????????

red said...

dw's speaking thru his hat there: lance has been pumping dale all race long.
dw: just 'cause YOU'RE not hearing it doesn't mean it isn't happening.

Tracy said...

@Vicky D - ROFLOL

Daly Planet Editor said...

Dover is the final race of the Fox TV package in the new contract.

TNT is next for six events and then the World Wide Leader for the rest of the season.

stricklinfan82 said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
stricklinfan, does "I am not going to do it because ESPN does" sound familiar?

May 31, 2009 3:47 PM


Not just ESPN, but how about Speed and TNT as well JD? Shouldn't a production truck's goal be to give the viewers the best coverage possible? I'm all for innovations that give the viewers more, like this same truck's green flag pit stop / on-track leader split screen. But why do something worse than everyone else, in a manner that gives the viewers less, just to be different... as you are speculating is the reasoning? It just doesn't make sense to me.

Tracy said...

Why bother with these stupid bumpers? They're majorly annoying.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Seeing those IRL side-by-side commercials has twice the impace then the NASCAR race is being blocked by another ad.

Anonymous said...

I know, Vicky--can't believe they didn't tell us...!

Daly Planet Editor said...

"twice the impact when"

Did I mention I hate my laptop?

TexasRaceLady said...

How many times have we heard the story about the nursery for the new Kenseth?

Don't get me wrong, I love babies, but, geez..........

Sophia said...

WOW they have faith in their decorator the Kenseths' do. fun story, but being artistic myself, I would have to do my own decorating. :) But if they are the type clueless to decorating, I can see the point.

I would want to paint snoopy and woodstock pics on the walls and stuff. :-) and horses, and well, other stuff.

Wow, I love that new version old Michael Jackson song..back when he looked like a normal human...such a cute kid.

Anonymous said...

JD--urn off your sarcasm filter!

We're commenting on how Fox will not let us forget that they're done.

Sophia said...

TRL

I had not heard that story on the nursery, lol.

Tracy said...

JD- my laptop hates me. It's just starting going black - total shut-down - with no warning. Not good and I'm not happy, because it's not that old.

Anonymous said...

think jd missed the sarcasm of the comments of being the last race by fox

David said...

Regan Smith, Casey Mears, and Reed Sorenson having great days but lets not mention those at all...

Daly Planet Editor said...

I have got to start paying attention. Men should just not multi-task.

TexasRaceLady said...

Sophia, at least 3 times so far this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Larry Mac....maybe you can stay home with Katie & watch Oprah together-----spare me those "up close & persoanl stories....makes me long for Suzy Kolber (not.....)

red said...

hey, maybe gluck is right: with young mister busch, it's never him -- it's the equipment.
still, i thought the fox booth had determined that young mr busch could drive any vehicle into which he strapped. hmmmm.

Sophia said...

ok..let's not start the Jr hype yes..it's not the last 5 laps?????

and I say that as a Jr fan...mention him but stop the hype..and the overdose of in car cams. lather rinse repeat

bryanh said...

After the Nationwide race, and Joey looked like he was going to cry because of the incident with KB, it was reported somewhere that by phone, or text that KB told Joey, no problem, he had a tire going down. I can't remember where I saw it, or read it, but with all communications now its hard to beleive that Fox, or ESPN did not acknowledge there was not an issue. By the way I, am not a KB fan.

Tracy said...

Poor Tony Jr. With Dale Jr. running in the top five, everyone will say it's all Tony Jr's fault for sure now. I don't believe it for a second. Hammond sounds as if he made the call to reassign Eury Jr. personally.

bevo said...

Officials called for a medic to 10th pit stall, don't know what it's all about

Daly Planet Editor said...

I am told Kyle is losing his mind on the radio. Wonder what we will hear of that...

Tracy said...

Okay, I take it back. At least someone's saying it's not all Tony's fault.

bozo said...

didn't JR benefit from the debris caution, that's how he jumped up there since he had stopped earlier

Andrew said...

Apparently Kyle's gone crazy on the radio.

From Twitter: @jeff_gluck: WOW!! Kyle just went off in a way that I'm not sure I've EVER heard him. He is just completely livid. Can't repeat it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

A Suzy Kolber mention! She had her baby and is back at work....and not on NASCAR.

Anonymous said...

Jamie Little did interview Kyle today on NN.

An easy fix for start and park.Base their payout on laps run. Like 40th pays $65,000 and the race is scheduled for 400 laps. The team has no pit crew or tires and goes out early gets paid according to laps run. He's out at 50 laps he gets 1/8th pay. Show a blown motor or crash you get paid in full.

Frank in Sebring.

Dot said...

What if the picture of Kenseth's baby is wrong? They are kind of grainy.

Hey, a Digger shot w/o Digger.

Anonymous said...

anyone think they could/should update the situation w/ J. Gordon??

back issues? car?

red said...

bevo said...
Officials called for a medic to 10th pit stall, don't know what it's all about

please let us know if you hear an update? thanks.

Sophia said...

jeff_gluck on twitter says Jeff Gordon not too happy at all with his car.

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stricklinfan82 said...

Yeah JD, I'm with you on the side-by-side commercials. Why would sponsors think paying to completely cover up the race we are tuning in to see is going to get in our good graces and make us want to buy their product?

It has quite the opposite effect for me. These are the companies are taking something very important away from me, so why would I want to thank them for that and pay for their product?

Dot said...

Frank in Sebring. Brilliant.

Andrew said...

@joegibbsracing says FOX is at the 18 stall for a pit report. THIS should be good.

Anonymous said...

From what jeff_gluck *has* tweeted SDDD definitely is not a happy camper. Just switched to his radio from Jr....lets see if he says anything good the rest of the race. And by good I mean bad :p

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wow, JG two laps down.

Andrew said...

@joegibbsracing also says that Kyle wants to change a shock. Steve is looking at other options.

Dot said...

Dan said Gordon and JR switched cars.

Boy, do we need a caution.

red said...

ok, i have a question that i should probably know the answer to already.
what is that hissing sound on the booth audio? it modulates, isn't a constant tone but it's there all race long. i used to think it was background noise but now i don't know.
anyone?

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Charlie said...

Long green flag runs seems to make the Dover track boring. Fox seems to have a hard time making this race interesting.

Sophia said...

bevo

no clue if it's injury or heart situation? yes, let us know

Twitter

instead of Fail Whale geting the page load error a lot since last night while network negotiating a connection? rats, during a car race where we get more info. Wah

Anonymous said...

That sound is from the cars passing microphones.

David said...

i have the same question Red does.

WHOA! A Regan Smith report!

Took 224 laps

red said...

and this is why drivers shouild NEVER be crew chiefs:

"jeff_gluckKyle wants a new shock, the same one Denny has. But Addington said, "We can't change the shock! It's got bolts in it."

David said...

Ive listened to races for a long time, and I hear the cars go by, but this hissing sound is like wind is blowing into the mics or something. Its fairly new and seems to be exclusive to FOX...

Dot said...

@red. I'm hearing different volume levels. No hiss.

David said...

LOL @ Shrubby.

thats great. How I felt last night in my race. =(

red said...

Anonymous said...
That sound is from the cars passing microphones.

i'm still perplexed: which mics? the announcers? sorry: i'm usually faster on the up-take!

Anonymous said...

@red - could the sound we hear be the air coming out of Digger? or egos? LOL

Daly Planet Editor said...

wow....kyle lapped!!

bevo said...

Triple pits on IRL :)

Sophia said...

Hey if Kyle wants new shocks, I say give them to him...will only take several laps :)

what a maroon.

poor widdle baby is having a rough car..welcome to the real world for many drivers!

Karma we hardly knew ye.

Maybe you are making a return?

David said...

Does he still want Denny's shock?

Dot said...

@ Jo, too funny.

Here's our caution.

David said...

Denny has the WORST luck with blown tires

Charlie said...

Will they now show other tires coming off other cars?

Tracy said...

Darn, the 11 is smashed but good. Can we hear something about the plan for it from the pit box?

Anonymous said...

What was left somewhat unsaid, but seemed to run under that report on Smith and the #78 - was that the alternative to only showing up when you are ready to race is to "start and park."

The 78 car gets engines from Hendrick motorsports, so they conceivably could qualify on time whenever they pleased and collect the check following a "handling" failure.

red said...

@jojaye:nahhhh. if that were the case, it's be a whole lot louder!

david described it well: it sounds like wind passing over/thru a mic somewhere and i always hear it on the fox broadcast of the race.

bevo said...

11 to the garage

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey, Fox has all the tools in place. ESPN makes changes every two years as a rule and changes the entire network logo every five.

Couple of changes and Fox will be fine. I think those changes might be happening for 2010.

You all know my opinion, Krista in the Hollywood Hotel and Wendy on pit road would change the broadcasts.

Anonymous said...

Why does Fox this year hate wide shots that show more than 1 or 2 cars? Dover is great place for wide shots esp. coming out from bridge area?

Sophia said...

via Twitter Jeff_gluck says Kyle is thirsty after all that yelling. POWERADE.

I say give it to him in a baby bottle.

LMAO.

MEOW HISS!!!!!!!!

Tracy said...

Sophia, I think it's "moron," unless you called KB a red color? Now that I think about it, his face probably is pretty maroon by now.

Anonymous said...

You can hear the hissing on everyone's broadcasts if you listen for it. Not exclusive to Fox.

red said...

David said...
Does he still want Denny's shock?

i was thinking the same thing: " . . . 'cause it's available now!"

bevo said...

18 free pass

David said...

Annon: They got Hendrick engines in that 25 and they sure didnt time in...

Actually the only race the 78 car was junk at was Texas when they added that race late to their schedule. Im believing NASCAR felt they would have a short field and convinced them to go.

Proud of that group this year though.

Red, your not alone...I hear it and its ANNOYING. you watching in SD too?

Dot said...

@ Anon 4:15, Regan is 24th one lap down. Not bad for an S&P.

TexasRaceLady said...

David said...
Does he still want Denny's shock?

May 31, 2009 4:14 PM

*********

You owe me a new monitor.
ROTFLMAO

Anonymous said...

@red - you are sooo right - I stand corrected

red said...

tracy, you are CLEARLY not a bugs bunny fan! one of his biggest insults is "what a maroon!"

Dmo said...

Tracy said...
Sophia, I think it's "moron,"
Useage of "maroon" comes from a famous Bugs Bunny cartoon.
-D

Tracy said...

The 21 and 78 cars are doing the right thing, racing the tracks where they feel they can be competitive. The S&P cars become more and more depressing every week.

stricklinfan82 said...

Anonymous said...
What was left somewhat unsaid, but seemed to run under that report on Smith and the #78 - was that the alternative to only showing up when you are ready to race is to "start and park."

The 78 car gets engines from Hendrick motorsports, so they conceivably could qualify on time whenever they pleased and collect the check following a "handling" failure.

May 31, 2009 4:15 PM


Does the name James Finch ring a bell. Not the Hendrick part, but certainly the "race when you're prepared and start-and-park when you're not". I kinda hoped that would change after the huge Talladega win but obviously that wasn't meant to be.

David said...

I can just picture that communication now:

"What the hell is this Steve?!"

"you said you wanted the shock Denny had...well...thats it. Strap that baby in and dig!"

Sophia said...

Blogger Jojaye said...

Why does Fox this year hate wide shots that show more than 1 or 2 cars? Dover is great place for wide shots esp. coming out from bridge area?

~~~

been my main gripe all freaking season. Think FOX will answer on Twitter? not bloody likely

Internet is slow and I am getting lots of "negotiating the connection" messages on Twitter.

Guess the FAIL WHALE sign is used up?

red said...

@david: no HD for this luddite. so that can't be the solution . . .

Tracy said...

So right, Bugs Bunny and I are not acquainted. Grew up overseas, didn't have TV.

Anonymous said...

I dunno, DW, looks to me like the 78 is holding up TWO cars.

Sophia said...

See we saw Digger when they said Martin was UP HIGH on the race track. Thanks for paying attention Mr. Joy.

Digger time to take a permanent nap.

David said...

Well im with ya red...so im wondering if its just part of the SD package. Dont know any people with HD complaining of it.

I dont notice it on ESPN...but ill listen more closely next week for it.

Anonymous said...

KB really does pay way to much attention to Jr. When he had his meltdown he sounded like he had taken lessons. Now to add insult to his injured ego - he got the lucky dog!

Dot said...

@ dear Sophia, red & dmo, Our ages are showing. I know what a maroon means.

red said...

@tracy: you must be kidding! bugs is classic cartoon sarcasm. you absolutely MUST get your hands on a dvd of anything you can. i guarnatee you'll enjoy it!

Martin Vincent said...

John Andretti is back out, must be trying to protect that guaranteed starting position even though Scott Speed is closest to him and out of the race.

Anonymous said...

The swooshing has been in the audio for years. I've heard it. It is nothing new.

Sophia said...

Thanks folks for the clarification on "Maroon" vs moron.

I do know the difference and can spell. :-0

I can hear Bug's voice in my mind. Appreciate the explanation trouble accessing twitter to get info

red said...

attention fox production truck: i am a fan of the 88 team but please: duct tape the booth's collective mouth right now! i do not want to hear anymore about this team and all the new -- and equalyy unrealistic! -- expectations of this team.
zip it, pinheads!

Dot said...

Good point by Joy about the first date for JR and Lance. Time will tell.

stricklinfan82 said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
Hey, Fox has all the tools in place. ESPN makes changes every two years as a rule and changes the entire network logo every five.

Couple of changes and Fox will be fine. I think those changes might be happening for 2010.

You all know my opinion, Krista in the Hollywood Hotel and Wendy on pit road would change the broadcasts.

May 31, 2009 4:16 PM


JD, I think the on-air personnel is fine in its current structure, though I agree Wendy Venturini should be added to the mix. In my opinion they just need behind-the-scenes leadership to take the shackles off Chris Myers and let him act serious, use Digger like Cletus the Fox NFL robot and not be an invasive part of the coverage, and get rid of these ineffective production truck innovations that give the viewers less instead of more (namely the yellow flag pit stop coverage and the finish line blur cam).

Dmo said...

My kingdom for a wide shot of some racing...
-D

Dot said...

Good FOX, show JJ all by himself while interviewing Hamlin.

That engine problem for Mikey better be just him.

bozo said...

with JR they are missing the point that in the past he was starting ok, but loss ground as the race went on, hence why everyone thought tony jr. had to go, he couldn't keep up with the track during a race.

red said...

Anonymous said...
The swooshing has been in the audio for years. I've heard it. It is nothing new.

agreed but i still don't know where it's coming from. just curiosity on my part today.

Anonymous said...

@Dmo do not bother - Fox will not comply w/fans wishes.

Daly Planet Editor said...

stricklinfan, the only problem with that is Myers is not a NASCAR fan and Voda knows everyone.

Dot said...

How come FOX can show a TNT racing comml, but not BSPNs?

Andrew said...

Waltrip is out with a blown engine.

bevo said...

55 out engine - leaking oil on floor

Dot said...

Biff's truck ride would have been perfect for RD.

Tracy said...

@Red, my cultural references often have huge holes, LOL. And every now and then, I simply don't know an English word for something I want to say. Don't get me started on my problems with idioms. I mangle them constantly, and I've been back in the States for ages now.

I turned the sound on the TV off. What's up with the 55 engine?

Tracy said...

Ah I see, blown engines. Thanks.

red said...

tracy said (in part):
"I turned the sound on the TV off. What's up with the 55 engine?"

it's junk. ironically enough, we could hear it on the tv! he blew a hole in the engine and is leaking oil on the floor of the garage.

Dot said...

All that booth excitement for debris? I thought there was a big wreck.

Sophia said...

Tracy

Remind me not to use any references from "Green Acres"(Monroe brothers, Mr. Haney truck) or "Beverly Hillbillies" (Elly May Clampett or Jethro Bodine comments) in your direction!

You are at a severe disadvantage ;-0

How about Seinfeld? Not that there's anything wrong with it.

ok, just asked room mate to tape the IRl. I can't do it today. two tvs, blogging and twitter.

somethings gotta give (a movie and a Seinfeld line...a twofer)

bevo said...

How about this for telemetry?
On IRL Race Control Danica Patrick is doing 234,777 mph.

As they used to say on SportsCenter "that would be a record" :)

Karen said...

Love that Bud commercial no matter how many times I see it.

Anonymous said...

No offense Tracy but where in the world could you have grown up and not had TV or have heard of Bugs Bunny?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wonder if MW will step aside and get Truex in that seat next season?

Been a very tough year for that car.

Dot said...

@ bevo, and she wants to leave the IRL?

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