Friday, May 8, 2009

Mike Joy Tripleheader Highlights Friday in Darlington

SPEED has another dynamite Friday lined-up for NASCAR fans, this time from Darlington. Beginning at 11AM ET, SPEED will be on the air right up until the start of the Nationwide Series coverage at 7PM on ESPN2.

Mike Joy will be doing ironman duty for SPEED as he calls Sprint Cup Series practice, Nationwide Series qualifying and then wraps the day up with Sprint Cup qualifying. The "big boys" will qualify beginning at 5PM.

Once again Joy will be joined by his NASCAR on Fox booth-mates for the Sprint Cup action, while Hermie Sadler and Jeff Hammond will handle the Nationwide duties.

Don't forget, Fox Sports CEO David Hill will be on the chat page answering your NASCAR TV questions from 3-4PM ET. Questions can be submitted in advance, with the email address listed on the website chat page.

SPEED does a great job with both qualifying and practice coverage. Once again, the ESPN TV team just covers the Nationwide Series race and is then long gone. ESPN2 does manage to sneak-in NASCAR Now at 4:30PM between live sessions.

This post will serve to host your comments on the daytime coverage on SPEED. There will be a new post up to live blog the Nationwide Series race coverage scheduled for 7PM.

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by The Daly Planet.


Labbie said...

I'm really looking forward to the SPEED shows today. My Dishnetwork program guide actually shows SPEED in HD...FINALLY!!!

Mike said...

It's supposed to be around 90 degrees there today, based on the forecasts I'm seeing. That could be a storyline.....they'll be practicing in that heat for a race that will be run when it's much cooler tomorrow evening.

Julian said...

Same here Labbie....Im Finally seeing NASCAR on SPEED in HD. Thank you Dish Network!!!!! Now i cant wait for today and the all star race!!!

Jack from PA said...

Dish has SPEED in HD now??? Hooray! I'm going over my girlfriend's later so that will be a welcomed sight! I'm trying to talk my dad into getting Dish over the DirecTV we have now (I think it's too slow and it loses reception way too much), but the only thing holding me back was the fact that SPEED was not in HD. This changes things.

Lots of Darlington stripes today. Seems like a little more than usual, or maybe it's that it has been a year since we've gone to Darlington.

Richard in N.C. said...

I happened to catch part of practice earlier and either Mike J or Larry Mc commented that David Gillihan's team had to do a start-and-park last week or the week before so they could afford to come to Darlington.

I know some will disagree, but I enjoyed the shots of who was in the garage - David Pearson, Richard P., Waddell Wilson, and Morgan Shepherd.

Jack from PA said...

So far I've seen David Pearson (wearing a Redd Foxx shirt) in the garage area, and Morgan Shepherd visiting with Tony Stewart. Good coverage as usual.

Anonymous said...

<3 the Silver Fox hisself!

Anonymous said...

Trackside is on now! David Pearson then Clint Bowyer.

Mary said...

And still we have the DW obsession with KB....

Karen said...

Nationwide quals cancelled. Glad they'll be able to get Cup quals in.

Anonymous said...

Great Trackside! I love when they have the Legends come by for a chat. Although I wish the full time could have been with the Silver Fox :).

Jimbacca said...

So far for filling its been pretty good. Great interview with Pearson.
Regan Smith had an excellent shot at S&P.
Random Thought... Instead of race attempts how about go by laps run. That way you know who is truly S&P and who is actually trying.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, it's me Dot cheating at work.

@ Jimbacca, I like that idea. The S&P issue really needs to be reviewed by NASCAR. One look at the pit stall would give it away.

I'll be late again. See you about 5:30 PDT.

Anonymous said...

There is debate over the Nationwide series lineup. Jayski has it based on the top 30, then attempts. and Speed had it based on owner points. Either Paul Menard or Mike Harmon will race (Harmon wrecked in practice & unsure if he has a backup car = S&P)

Karen said...

Hey, Dot. You might not miss much since Cup quals are just starting and they had set aside two hours for that. Maybe ESPN Countdown will be a long version and they'll start the race later than 7:30, 7:45.

Daly Planet Editor said...

There is a new post up for the Nationwide Series race from Darlington on ESPN2 at 7PM.


darbar said...

I have a question. Is the qualifying tape delayed to a certain extent? The reason I'm asking is, I have the qualifying on Speed on my computer via my Slingbox, and I also have on Pit Command from the website. They are at least 5 or six drivers behind on the telecast vs Pit Command.

Anonymous said...


absolutely, if you're watching the simultaneous "live" speed cup quals and ESPN nationwide coverage, you'll notice the LIVE ESPN coverage has the stand and safety vehincles on the front straight, while Speed has cars on the track, quite a contradiction for simulatenous LIVE events, ah JD, ain't TV fun?

Jack from PA said...

Did they mention this was delayed? I can't stand when they delay stuff and don't tell the fans, assuming we're dumb and won't notice.

Unknown said...

Mike Joy & co. addressed the situation in Talladega where the comment was made that "no debris went in to the stands." Mike went back and clarified his remarks and his reasons behind the original words. Very classy of him :)

Jack from PA said...

I'm not surprised about that. Mike Joy has always been classy and while I was disappointed in his comments after the accident, I knew what he meant and that it wouldn't take long to get an explanation.

Anonymous said...

SPEED almost always utilizes the Tivo style qualifying where they record every car so you don't have to miss anyone for commercial breaks. I like it.

Sophia said...


I misssed Mike Joy's comments darn it. Went out to get dinner from kitchen I guess.

He is a classy guy and I wondered when he would say something about Dega...wished I would've heard it though...he seems like a real stand up guy. Always liked him..and the others in the booth..except when DW gets on a case. :-)

Sophia said...

That's a bummer, an incident when they just got started.

Anonymous said...

He must have said it when I stepped out, what did he say Alex?

I do agree he is a classy man :)

Sophia said...

Well Twitter is useless tonight...their maintenance downtime appears to have caused MORE SLOWNESS and headaches. Hope they get it fixed soon.

Takes forever to load a page. You could bake brownies while waiting.

I hope the rains stays away.

Sophia said...

ANother crash? Cripes...gonna be a long night..hope not.

@Gymmie. Was gonna tweet you earlier about Grubb? Did you see the update? Self inflicted gunshot. :( How sad.

This track is not going to be kind tonight.

Anonymous said...

Did they mention this was delayed? I can't stand when they delay stuff and don't tell the fans, assuming we're dumb and won't notice.

I don't get this sudden groundswell against something race fans have asked for--the ability to see ALL drivers qualify, not miss the ones that run during a commercial break.

Plus they're done it for quite some time, now.

Jack from PA said...

@ Anon,

I've been a fan for about 16 years now, and I had not known this until now. I had no idea they delayed the qualifying sessions for TV. I go to the sessions at Pocono and it always seemed that they would take 2 or 3 minutes which I thought was for a commercial break. I was terribly mistaken.

I'm all for all of the drivers getting shown on TV, however.

Daly Planet Editor said...


It's called "time shifting" and SPEED has done it for years now.


Jack from PA said...

Thanks for the explanation, JD. I really feel like an idiot having not known that for all these years.

Daly Planet Editor said...

No problem, NASCAR does not hold qualifying for TV and never has. That would be unfair to the teams.

The cars run in order and TV used to just miss cars in the old days.

SPEED schedules additional time on the end to allow each driver's run to be shown. Adding in the commercial breaks slowly pushes that time back until the TV show ends sometimes 20-30 minutes later than the live qualifying.

As a TV viewer, you would never know or really never need to. You missed nothing and no one lied.

ESPN uses the old school approach of just leaving and missing cars, but they do not start getting involved in qualifying actively until July.

Then, you will hear the screams of NASCAR fans used to seeing all the runs and now missing about every fifth one.

Always fun in TV land.


Sophia said...

I wish SPEED Channel was on normal cable and carried ALL QUals/practice.

Heck all the races as far as that goes.

HA. Like that will happen. Like the peeps on that network. Feel like they like the drivers as opposed to gotcha stories.

My NASCAR interest is dwindling and once SPEED loses access in a couple weeks, it will be MAJOR SHARK JUMP.

The only thing I will watch regularly will be SPEED REPORT, WT and TWIN.

And VL if it's not the same ol drivers I am weary of.

I miss Mike, Larry and even DW the last half of the season.

stricklinfan82 said...

Major thank you to the TV crew for hanging in there through the rain and still providing the Tivo style qualifying format despite the overrun into ESPN's Nationwide pre-race show.

I also appreciate the TV folks opening up on the "dirty little secret" of the start-and-park in recent weeks. Openly discussing this practice on the air can serve two positive purposes from where I sit:

1.) Continuing to mention situations like Joe Nemechek's on the air could actually help attract a sponsor to a team like that who would legitimately like to run the entire distance if they had a little financial help.

2.) Allowing more drivers like Friday's qualifying rainout-fearing Regan Smith to drop soundbites like 'We'd really like to be in the race since we actually plan on racing.' on national TV on a consistent basis might force NASCAR to re-evaluate the potential long-term negative effects of allowing more and more legitimate racers to be sent home in favor of start-and-park cars.

I sure would love to see a Fox microphone put in front of Scott Speed, Jeremy Mayfield, or their sponsors before Saturday night's Cup race so they could be given a chance to discuss their opinions about this practice.