Saturday, September 5, 2009

Live Blogging The Camping World Truck Series From Iowa


The very familiar SPEED TV team has a new addition this week. Johnny Benson joins the group as the third man in the booth as Michael Waltrip is attending to Sprint Cup duties in Atlanta.

Krista Voda starts things off with The Setup. Then, Rick Allen comes along with Phil Parsons and Benson.

Iowa is a good location for a featured night time race. It should be interesting to see how the crowd is at the speedway on a college football Saturday.

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David said...

best race of the weekend perhaps?

red said...

david, the trucks generally are the best race of the week for me! the team is strong, well-informed and we usually get strong camera work.
i'm looking forward to seeing and hearing JB! sure do miss him this season.

Andrew said...

Quite possibly. Atlanta's just not been very exciting lately, either in NW or in Cup.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I enjoy it because the TV package is easy to watch. Even Michael has gotten better, it should be interesting to see how JB does tonight.

JD

Sally said...

The track at Iowa should help make the race exciting. Definitely a great track!

Sally said...

Wow! COOL trophy. Their answer to the grandfather clock?

bevo said...

Howdy y'all. Listened to the NW race on the radio at the dog park but now I'm home ready for the Trucks.

Okies might burn down the town here tonight if things don't improve for them :)

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Every time I see Krista Voda host this show, I wonder how she would do in the Hollywood Hotel.

bevo said...

OK that was weird - has there been a problem with Blogger tonight?

Dot said...

@ Sally, ditto.

Good thing Weed isn't there tonight.

TexasRaceLady said...

Krista's mike seems to be "off".

kbaskins said...

Dang, I could hardly hear Krista with all that crap music playing in the background. Why do they do that?

--KarenB

TexasRaceLady said...

Oh, how wonderful to see that black 3 back on track.

Charlie said...

sound for the voice is off. low at times.

David said...

Eerie with that #3 back...

red said...

is it just nme or is the sound just . . . off tonight?

kinda nice to see that iconic "3" back on a track. bittersweet and a bit sad but still nice.

Gymmie said...

Yup! The Pick 'em Ups rarely disappoint

@Sally--yes I thought the trophy was neat!

@JD--also hoping Johnny B. does great!

@bevo--haven't had a problem tonight but did have a hiccup yesterday where it gave me an error message and my post posted twice and

Sally said...

I agree about seeing that #3 back on the track. especially cool that RC's grandson is driving it. seems appropriate.

Mike said...

Audio is very low on D*...Anyone else?

Andrew said...

Anyone else having audio mix issues? I can barely hear anyone who's not in the booth.

Sophia said...

B
ok you mean conflicting edits? YES

I am having TROUBLE with sound levels on SPEED? Is anybody else? Had to turn off stereo and make sure it was on mono as the over head announcer was TOO LOUD.

I just have an old 4:3 tv but made sure stereo option OFF

Dot said...

Let's hope that Austin has a good run.

Andrew said...

We're 2/2 on the anthems this weekend. (Or at least in my book. :p) Hope tomorrow is just as good.

Sophia said...

Ok others are having sound issues...Speed has slipped up this year with tech glitches..happened earlier on quals ...lost camera on person being interview and showed a roof cam from building onto the track.

Sophia said...

Whenever I hear Iowa...I hear Heywood Banks song about Interstate 80 :) Used to be on youtube.

kbaskins said...

Why do the singers keep treating the anthem as if it's a dirge?

At least he's (mostly) singing it without frills.

JD, I think we should set up an "Anthem Idol" competition. Dibs on the Simon Cowell curmudgeonly role!

--KarenB

glenc1 said...

excellent anthem,Luke something...just sing it.

NorCalFan said...

No problem hearing the background music but the audio from the microphones sounds muted.

glenc1 said...

okay, I give up...what was wrong with that anthem? short & sweet, I thought. In tune, etc.

Daly Planet Editor said...

SPEED is having problems with the audio mix. Hope to have it fixed shortly.

Lots of folks there for a college football Saturday in Iowa.

Dot said...

@ kbaskins, the anthem is based on a drinking song if I'm not mistaken. Never heard the original.

Dang, look at the stands!!

kbaskins said...

@ glen

The anthem was fine, in fact better than usual, just too slow. It's. Not. A. Freakin'. Love. Song.

--KarenB

glenc1 said...

yes, the tune is an old English drinking song. Words from Francis Scott Key, lol. Hard to sing....but if you do it simple, it's fine.

bevo said...

@Gymmie & Sophia- thanks, Blogger has had a couple of hiccups for me.

As far as audio it seems like Speed has had that problem all year since they went HD on my SD DirecTV. At least we aren't having the video format problems like they have with F1

red said...

well, THAT was an uninspiring command!

to close, krista says "if you've spent the day watching football . . ." umm, krista? some of us might have spent the day watching racing, not football! man, this speed/espn feud is annoying.

bevo said...

Oh no - Okies fixin' to riot :)

David said...

red, bad day?

Liking this so far, audio issues yeah, but hopefully its fixed now.

Promoted the Cup race, imagine that.

Hope this isn't a Hornaday runaway.

Daly Planet Editor said...

could be a Harvick double header.

Walter said...

missed hearing JB, glad to have him back ...a good booth partner ...miss Jack Sprague, but always enjoy Hornaday and Skinner ...trucks put on NASCAR's best show ...for me a reminder of 'rubbin is racin' days

David said...

You bite your tongue JD!

glenc1 said...

I didn't spend the day watching football, but most of my friends probably did. Can't really complain on that score.

Dot said...

@ JD, from your lips......

Anonymous said...

Adam Alexander - Dillon's father is Richard Childress? Nooooo sorry

Anonymous said...

Adam Alexander - Dillon's father is Richard Childress? Nooooo sorry

Andrew said...

I really hope that this is not how the whole race is going to go. :D

David said...

Jackson went for a ride...

Dot said...

Who the heck is John Jackson?

MikeC said...

Does it sound like they need to turn Benson's mic up a smidge?

Gymmie said...

No clue Dot he's new to me

David said...

Start, and park.

Daly Planet Editor said...

They are still working on the audio balance for sure.

At least now the truck sounds do not overpower the announcers.

MikeC said...

Oh my....will we have a lap of green flag racing tonight?

Andrew said...

Caution #2 - 08 spins.

@David - You'd better not have jinxed this thing.

David said...

-sigh- Not a Todd fan. But maybe I'm still mad about Todd taking out Terry at Richmond in 2002...

Dot said...

Jamie Dick?

Did they add a couple of Odd Wads to complete the field?

MikeC said...

That was an awkward transition to commercial....are these guys having a hard time hearing themselves and the production truck?

red said...

i think this track just may be becoming one of my favorites! nice to see full stands with excited fans for the trucks!

rusty wallace may make me crazy when he's in the booth but this is one terrific facility: props to him.

Dot said...

@ red, ditto.

David said...

Rich-mond.

build more like it. Ask Tony Stewart, this type of track WORKS.

There are some odd wads in this, Jackson in a 3rd Gosslin truck, Dick doing a 1 off for SS-Greenlight. Both should be early exiters though.

David said...

Did not know that about Iowa. Cool deal.

Mike said...

Hmmmm....My Dobly light just came on.....And the sound is better I think. Good thing VickyD isn't here, or I'd be hearing about this.

Mike said...

Duhhh...that would be Dolby

Dot said...

Several out already.

David said...

Benning, the hazard continues...

kbaskins said...

@ Mike

I thought you were channelling the girlfriend of David St. Hubbins from Spinal Tap.

--KarenB

Newracefan said...

Sound still not fixed here I can hardly hear JB, they have got to fix this

bevo said...

Cameras showing the corners look blurry or almost grainy but in-car looks sharp like normal. Anyone else seeing this?

Mike said...

@KB...lol...maybe i should buy some stock in Dobly Labs.

Charlie said...

Doesn't this race track have cameras embedded in the track that can be used for Tv.

Gymmie said...

DIGGER :D

bevo said...

@Mike and Karen - turn it up to 11 and see if it's any better :)

Charlie said...

Thanks Speed, you answered that.

Martin Vincent said...

@Charlie - That's just freaky! Are you psychic?

brad said...

I like the ambient sounds of the track but I can't hear anything for the engines if my tv is in stereo. sounds right if i switch to mono.

red said...

"tread cam"? well, that was a great shot so as long as it's not overused, all will be well. but is it really necessary to name cameras?

Dot said...

@ Charlie, got any Keno numbers for me?

Wow, 26 newbies this season.

Mike said...

my 720p HD on D* looks consistent on all the cams. I have on occasion seen what appears to be non-hd in car(truck)cams. It stretches the view and the cars seem to be much wider and flatter than when in real HD. Up-conversion is I believe the term?

Charlie said...

Benson is good.

Daly Planet Editor said...

There are not a lot of dollars for the SPEED telecasts, that is why they cannot afford to have Krista as a third pit reporter even though she is already on site.

I have a feeling the TV production truck is not a top of the line deal.

Almost every big TV truck is off doing college football.

red said...

@jd: "Almost every big TV truck is off doing college football.' does that explain the sound issues? or is there something else at play tonight?

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David said...

Denny Hamlin being interviewed during the Alabama/Virginia Tech game

bevo said...

@Mike- this tv is SD DirecTV. My HD is for over the air for too many reasons to go into now. Haven't had this problem before.

re: Viagra commercial- now I know where my remote is :)

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brad said...

Denny Hamlin at the Bama VT football game talking on tv about raceing and football being similar in that sometimes you have to pick up the rest of your team

Daly Planet Editor said...

red, sounds like they are trying to do a lot with a little.

No stereo and the HD is a tad questionable....

Daly Planet Editor said...

OK, who left the door open?

Sophia said...

Door open? Not me.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wasn't Denny the one who gave Brent and Lisa their rides around Atlanta? I forgot...

Patrick said...

Don't look at me. Just because I'm the last one in.

red said...

@jd in re: hamlin: yeppers! there was a photo of musburger in the car w/hamlin.

kbaskins said...

@ bevo

We need to turn the announcers up to 11. I can barely hear them at times. And how much louder would it be? Well, it's one louder, isn't it.

Hello Iowa!

--KarenB

Dot said...

@ JD, yes it was.

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bevo said...

Think I'll head up I-35 next year for a race at Iowa

Mike said...

@JD...I currently am getting full 5.1 DOLBY stereo on D*

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks, I try to block all things Brent.

Patrick said...

JD,

Yes, Denny gave Brent the ride along. And Denny gave Beamer a uniform and Beamer tried to squeeze into it.

red said...

well, that's gonna screw up the gas mileage calculation for skinner.

Dot said...

Is there a penalty for spilling that much gas? Or, is that only for the pit crew challenge?

brad said...

how bout the end of that game Patrick? sorry JD worng sport. wish underdogs could do that in Nascar now and again.

David said...

might not red. didn't really run enough laps to get that far into a fuel run. probably will come for tires before fuel is an issue i think.

Daly Planet Editor said...

The Eastern Iowa News crap you keep seeing is the reason why we all have to keep the word veri on all the time.

That is a robot that just continually feeds content to sites like this one when the door is open.

Ruining the Internet...or what is left of it.

David said...

no penalty dot. only in the pit crew challenge

Patrick said...

brad,
big difference with and without sam.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mike, does it sound like a mono mix being sent to two channels or like a full stereo mix to you?

Dot said...

@ David, thanks.

David said...

ah.

bevo said...

Funny that with the audio problems the guy with the least "tv voice" is the only one coming through loud and clear :) (Adam Alexander)

Mike said...

JD...it's full 5.1...different content from the rear speakers.

David said...

wow!

Patrick said...

any contact? couldn't see through the smoke

Dot said...

A real time spin. Poor Austin. Close call with the wall.

brad said...

how did that stay a 1 truck wreck?

Mike said...

Even Ray's usual shouting is low.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks Mike, so they are getting it fixed.

David said...

no contact, heck of a save from wadding it up!

good job speed sticking with that.

my audio is good here

red said...

patrick:didn't see contact between them but the #3 juuusssttt grazed the wall. kid has some good racing genes.

Patrick said...

I wanted to say ESPN would've wanted to switch away because they only know how to show wrecks on replay, but I didn't. That would've been too harsh if I actually said that.

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brad said...

Brent just read a promo for the Cup race with more excitement than he had when he was at the track. Proves that he is where he belongs. Not on Nascar telecast!!

red said...

@patrick: trouble w/that "inside voice" is that it sometimes come out!

hey, anyone know the temperature in iowa tonight?

red said...

nice!: long shot held to show entire field! sweet.

Mike said...

JD...Can't you just block that spambot domain?

brad said...

Red
68 at green flag

bevo said...

@brad- as a college football fan also I can say with great confidence that Brent doesn't belong there either. Nothing beats me down more than turning on a game and hearing his voice.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mike, I am having that conversation right now.

I think they got the message.

red said...

thanks, brad. just curious because fans looked as if they're wearing coats and sweatshirts. must be a chilly 68 in that cornfield!

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brad said...

Bevo
True! But Herbstreet does a decent job of glossing over his short comings.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Glad they dropped the blinking lights on those backgrounds.

Mike said...

Uh oh...Time to turn the Captcha on

Daly Planet Editor said...

What would a day on the Internet be without some good quality harrassment?

brad said...

JD
Do they still have all the temp seating from the NW race? Any word on making it permanent?

David said...

a perfect day?

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Brad, I don't think so. Rusty is on a long term plan to get a Cup race.

He might just get it down the road.

Mike said...

Really...try running a forum....arrgggg.....

bevo said...

@brad- shame that this is Ron Franklin's last season and Brent just keeps going and going.

Mike said...

Durnit...Starr in the wall....VickyD won't be happy about THAT!!!!!

bevo said...

They've got to dump this stupid pit stop rule next season

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Dot said...

@ bevo, ditto.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Harrassed from Iowa, that is different.

Don't they know I am a citizen journalist?

brad said...

@Bevo
few weeks back on one of the sirius shows there was talk of going back to the half time break. I think it was Ray Dunlap they were talking to.

Mike said...

I just gave that guy @ EIN a piece of my mind for ya JD. It wasn't pretty either.

red said...

jd: they might know IF you'd been given the citizen blogger super secret badge and password!

bevo said...

After some of the productions we've had from Speed the past couple of months for the Trucks it sure is nice to see them back on the ball again even with the audio issues and my grainy picture from a couple of the cameras.

David said...

JD, your life is now complete. Someone from Iowa has harassed you.

Wonder what Krista would think if you told her about that...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wait, citizen hobbyist...I forgot.

Yep, that did not get me an invite to the White House so what good is it?

bevo said...

@JD- I say we form a posse and show those eastern Iowans some frontier justice! :)

Dot said...

I'm liking JB in the booth.

Daly Planet Editor said...

If my CJ t-shirt was clean I would put it on right now!

Charlie said...

It is 64° in Newton, Iowa with winds at 5 mph out of the East.

Daly Planet Editor said...

bevo,

It looks like some guy trying to drive a sophisticated chat machine and he attached himself to my Twitter account which feeds my blog which let him...yada yada yada....

Little lonely in Eastern Iowa apparently...

David said...

Least everyone has a sense of humor tonight

Daly Planet Editor said...

64 degrees? I have lived in Fla for so long I would be wearing a parka and gloves.

Charlie said...

cold enough to keep the bugs off.

brad said...

When are they not lonely in Eastern Iowa. Not exactly a vast metropolis.

red said...

hey jd? wanna take a field trip to buffalo right before thanksgiving? i'll guarantee you'll get rid of that thin, warm florida blood -- and replace it with snow and blood so thick it plops like ketchup!

bevo said...

@JD- so much for that stereotype of polite Midwesterners :)

Mike said...

Jeez...it's stil 82 here.

brad said...

@bevo
Though it was Southern hospitality.

Daly Planet Editor said...

buffalo? That is up near Orlando right? That is what I consider up North!

When I went to NMG in Charlotte and talked to the production group I did it in the summertime.

I used to live in Clearwater, where a lot of freelance TV folks live, and I thought that was cold in the winter.

Watching this race on SPEED is so easy, I wonder if ESPN will get it right tomorrow?

red said...

ya know, aside from the sound issues, this is one great broadcast! i'm acually paying attention to the tv and have minimized the usual 6 windows i have open during a race!

consistent camera work, interesting analysis and pit road information, good booth dynamic. all around, a very NICE broadast!

Mike said...

North of I-10 is a Yankee to me

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Patrick said...

Oh yea, well I'm from Texas and everywhere else is foreign to me.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I think JB was a nice addition and he worked well with Rick and Phil.

brad said...

Denny is gonna be worn out tomorrow from the emotions of this game. Just gave the top 5 finishers from NW race and a cup promo during the game on ABC.

Mike said...

Didn't JB do some truck races a while back?

David said...

Hey, I am 5 miles north of I-10 here in Phoenix, NOT a yankee. In fact you insult me sir!

lol.

red said...

jd, you make me laugh! you are SUCH a floridian! (florida-ite? florida-er?)

red said...

that's OK, patrick: texas is mostly foreign territory to the rest of us!

Sophia said...

What the heck happened to Ken Schrader? He USED to show up sometimes on SReport and with Despain.

MISS his presence on my tv.

Mike said...

@Patrick...Yea...I'm in Houston.....SOUTH of I-10!

David said...

Amazing concept, the front is a bit of a run away so what does SPEED do? They FIND a battle!

Marvelous concept!

Daly Planet Editor said...

We call it the White Foot tribe. We always wear shorts and quarter socks, so we have great tans and white feet, just like golfers.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mike, I lived in the Galleria area off Westheimer for five years. Fun city.

red said...

no david poole man-feet then, eh, jd?

bevo said...

Agree Red. Great job so far by everyone at Speed. For those who say all we do is bitch and moan about broadcasts and we have no idea what we are talking about when it comes to tv read all of these comments.

Mike said...

I miss Special-K a LOT...He's hilarious!

Dot said...

I guess Rusty has some sewing to do on that seam.

brad said...

Maybe just a little too long living near the salt water in south FL

Daly Planet Editor said...

No man-feet. Poole was hilarious with that.

When the snowbirds come south in a month or so, you should see the fashion statements...outstanding.

You know what this race needs? JB in the field racing!

kbaskins said...

JD, I'll never get that white foot tribe visual out of my head. I think you owe me some money for pain and suffering.

I'm liking Johnny B. in the booth a lot. He's bringing the driver's perspective without mentioning a sponsor relationship even once. And yes, I'm aware that he doesn't currently have a sponsor. It's a welcome and refreshing change from Waltrip.

--KarenB

Mike said...

@JD...VickyD and
I live in Spring Branch...yep....Fun city...lots of gang activity right now though.

Patrick said...

Galleria area, huh? Ever Ice Skate. I agree, its a fun city (to visit). Grew up there (further southwest than where you were), but don't want to live there again. Visit Sugarland every 3-4 weeks, but prefer the Central Texas Hill Country a lot more.

brad said...

Brent talking about he and Lisa at the track with Denny. Never heard so much nascar talk during a football game. I think I like it.

Patrick said...

Wife is watching the VaTech game and she says they are promoting the shifterknob out of NASCAR on ABC.

Walter said...

not that faults or failings of a production team are pointed out, just that standards set by SPEED are simply not being met by ESPN ...tonight's NW race was an exception for the four-letter group this year and a better broadcast ...lacking PXP, of course

bevo said...

You know if I was a marketing guy for the Atlanta track I might have got together with Alabama and Va Tech and the folks at the Georgia Dome for a combo ticket package for tonights game and tomorrows race...

brad said...

Harvick and Skinner basically have had the fields covered today. Wonder what tomorrow has in store?

red said...

as much as i'm enjoying JB in the booth, i completely agree the man needs to be on the track. it was great to see him w/o the sling at the start of the broadcast and knowing he's healing is terrificbnut i seriously miss him behind the wheel.

and i know i said it before but i'm glad almirola has found a home in the trucks!

Patrick said...

The dropdown of the speed across the start/finish line was nice, but unreadable MPH for my SD TV.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nah, lots of partying back then on Richmond and Post Oak. No Anna Nicole jokes please!

My old company moved to The Woodlands and its now called Fox Sports Net.

That is way up north.

Patrick said...

So, JD, how many times you eat at Ragin Cajun?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Walter,

It is going to be a huge question tomorrow if we get the usual ESPN slop and over-kill for the Chase or if today was a turn a round for them as far as the sport goes.

I am fascinated that the directing was completely different from the previous race.

I have a feeling your comments might have gotten the attention of the right folks.

We...shall...see...

bevo said...

@Patrick- check out the Speed F1 forum if you want to read about unreadable graphics on SD sets with them broadcasting in HD :)

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