Thursday, May 21, 2009

SPEED Handles Thursday Live From Lowe's


The SPEED team is handling the Thursday coverage from Lowe's Motor Speedway of a full day of on-track activity.

On the air at noon, the coverage begins with a one hour version of NASCAR Live hosted by John Roberts. The day ends with Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 7PM featuring the NASCAR on Fox announce team.

SPEED is very comfortable at LMS, which is right down the road from the new SPEED TV headquarters and studios. Almost all the SPEED crew is at the track for this day of coverage.

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28 comments:

Petty_Fan said...
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Anonymous said...

Will Speed bring up the Carl Long penalties? I hope so, the fines are not fair at all, way to severe and could end Carl's NASCAR team.

Anonymous said...

Its about time SPEED cares to do some Thursday coverage. This gets pushed to the side on alot of tracks like Texas that have plenty of activity on Thursday, but SPEED apparently doesn't feel they need to cover it.

stricklinfan82 said...

Wow, that was certainly interesting TV to see Randy Pemberton have the courage to ask Terry Cook how much time he would be spending in race trim during final Nationwide practice. It's certainly a fair question to ask, and I do hope Terry wasn't trying to intentionally dance around the start-and-park issue with his answer and that team is actually there to race this weekend.

IF this is another planned start-and-park for them though I just have to wonder:

a.) if NASCAR openly endorses this practice as a completely acceptable part of the sport why are people still trying to cover it up and hide from it?

and

b.) why not take that tremendous opportunity for TV time to explain your situation on the air, point out your team's potential, and make a pitch for a sponsor that could let them run all day?

Gymmie said...

@anon 3:01--they mentioned it during the NA$CAR Live show when I was on lunch. I've had to have the laptop on mute since we have to be in a quiet environment so I don't know if they mentioned it again on the later shows.

cvt said...

I would like to have the Trackside crew interview Steve Hallam from MWR. That team has shown improvement this year and I would be interested what he has done to set them on the right path.

I'd also be curious of his impression of working in NASCAR after so many years at McLaren in F1.

David said...

Stricklinfan, Ive been saying that right along side with you for MONTHS. Missed the interview but sounds interesting.

They wont race, I guarantee it. Just another S&P for the #90 and #91

Dot said...

The shiny shirts are back in the booth.

Karen said...

I almost hate to bring up a ticker at the top, but I can't keep track of who's where after Q'g without it.

Paul said...

TrackPass is about 5 cars ahead of TV. Truex just qualified, 12th car out and I'm watching Newman...20th car!

Dot said...

@ Karen, I was thinking the same thing.

Is it a technical difficulty. or what?

Anonymous said...

YESS!!! Newman knocks the #24 off the pole!

Paul said...

Meant to say 8 cars.

Paul said...

No, I think it's just so they can still have commercials....stretch it out and show all qualifyers.

Dot said...

@ Paul, they always show all the cars qualifying. Unlike others who tell you about them after the commls.

Anonymous said...

Makes it impossible to use the live scoring to follow qualifying. I'd rather be able to look up exactly what times have been run rather than wait for the ticker to go across the screen.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, poor DW, Kyle didn't make the pole.

David said...

It appears MWR supplied the #66 with a sponosr and a race car...Aarons is on it this weekend so Im guessing they will run the full race

Brian said...

I was trying to figure out the delay as well. I'm getting tweets about only 4 more locked in cars to go and there were like 12 more to go on TV. JD can you confirm if the delay is because they show all qualifiers and still get commercials? I'll have to start watching to see if I can tell that information as well.

David said...

Brian SPEED has always shown every car to go out to qualify. In real time there are only 4 cars left but several to go on tv. Been that way for about 3 years now that I can recall.

Basically, qualifying is never live when it comes to tv. You can get it live online or on MRN, thats about it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice explanation David.

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David said...

Anon, they werent making that many races before Jeremy got suspended.

Dunno if thats totally called for just yet

Anonymous said...

I like JJ Yeley. I'm sorry he did not make it, not for Mayfield's sake. If JJ runs, it's like an audition for him. Maybe he could get a better ride.

Karen said...

Who knew? Mike, Larry Mac and DW are American Idol fans!!!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks folks, there will be a new column up shortly.

Please join us Sunday as we blog both the Indy 500 on ABC Sports and the Coca-Cola 600 on Fox.

Thanks again for stopping by!

JD

stricklinfan82 said...

It sure was good to see sponsors on the 66, 71, and 87 cars during the qualifying broadcast today. Major kudos to Mike Joy and the production crew for making the extra effort to give those sponsors extra on-air mentions and TV exposure today.

darbar said...

stricklinfan82, I would guess that Nascar does endorse the start and park cars. Why? Because if they didn't, I would guess the races would be run with far less than 43 cars. At least with the start and parks, Nascar can brag that they have full fields, despite the fact that a number of them drop out in less than 10 laps.

BTW, in case anyone is interested, there's a great front page article on the state of Nascar, including the huge ratings drop. Take a look to read more on the head in the sand comments by King Brian France.