Sunday, September 6, 2009

Live Blogging The Sprint Cup Series From Atlanta (ESPN - 7PM ET)


This is a huge race for ESPN. The first night race at Atlanta for the Sprint Cup Series is going to be key determining the line-up for this season's Chase for the Championship.

ESPN made a radical change on Saturday night with coverage of the Nationwide Series race. Gone were the endless in-car cameras and extremely tight close-ups of single cars. Gone were the bumper-cam shots that made no sense and the singular focus on the leaders of the race. The ESPN Director who provided the pictures changed the entire feel of the telecast for the home viewer. It was great.

Now, the question is will that return to the focus on racing continue or end? These seventeen Sprint Cup races are the only ones on ESPN and the pressure is tremendous on the entire ESPN production team.

In the past, this week has meant an endless pounding on the TV viewers about the Chase for the Championship. "Points right now" are words that ESPN's NASCAR viewers have learned to hate. Who cares? NASCAR fans understand the racing, they know the drivers and have been watching this series for seven months. They have a clue.

Saturday's Nationwide Series telecast also confirmed Allen Bestwick as the true leader of this TV team. Bestwick again controlled the "Backseat Drivers" and showed fans again that his ability to direct traffic on the air is just what ESPN needs to right this NASCAR ship.

Atlanta has a new tire from Goodyear and the race may well be dominated by tire strategy. ESPN's pit reporters are going to have to keep up with these stories all night long.

The starting line-up for tonight is Allen Bestwick in the Infield Pit Studio as the show host. Joining Bestwick will be Brad Daugherty, Ray Evernham and Rusty Wallace as his expert panel. Tim Brewer will be in the Tech Garage.

Up in the broadcast booth will be Jerry Punch along with Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Punch will be calling on Shannon Spake, Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Dave Burns to cover the action on pit road.

This post will serve to host your comments on the TV coverage of this race on ESPN. To add your TV-related opinion, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thanks for taking some time out of your holiday weekend to join us.

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Dot said...

Tonight's featured stories.

Weed, Vickers and the Chase.
Chase drivers positions.
Last but not least, Carl's foot.

Martin Vincent said...

I'll get a head start on my S&P report. With Bobby Labonte in the #71 and the #08 and #13 in the race, that leaves just the #09, the #66 and most likely the #87 as S&P teams for tonight.

David said...

71 has taxslayers on the car so they will run all day.

terry will run unless they have a major issue or lose several laps.

out till the end of the race guys, hope its a good broadcast and a great race

Tom said...

23 minutes until ESPN is supposed to hit the air for Countdown...Mississippi-Memphis still has 6 1/2 minutes left in the fourth and they're throwing the ball a lot.
Any guesses on if they'll come on the air on time??

Tom

Andrew said...

@Tom - I think we'll just barely make it. *knocks on wood*

Martin Vincent said...

@David - I get a feeling that TRG will not be a start and park team in any race that they have Bobby Labonte in the car. I think Bobby wants to do more than just start races and he might help attract new sponsors for the races he has coming up in the #71.

Tom said...

Someone figure the math for me on this...it's now 10 minutes later, and the game has lopped off exactly 1 minute, 10 seconds. 5:15 left, Ole Miss up BIG.
Losing faith in how ESPN will join Countdown and how quickly they'll do it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Now you guys know how I made my living at ESPN. Managing the live on-air operations.

Tums and coffee...this one is going to be interesting.

What is on ESPN Classic right now folks?

Andrew said...

Classic is showing the Pat Tillman episode of SportsCentury.

Tom said...

JD,
Classic has a Sports Century show as part of the "NFL Kickoff Marathon."

David said...

MV, dont forget TRG gets help from RCR whom Bobby was rumored to have gone to this past season...

No way they S&P.

Later, for real now

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks a lot. Hey, is Bobby Labonte a start and park tonight or are they going to race?

Walter said...

ESPN's production team stepped up on last night's telecast (minus a strong PXP, of course) ...let's see if this part of the show will maintain the standard set Saturday ...as for JP, "Hey, Doc ...crank it up" ...you're so toned down you seem more ready for elbalming rather than PXP on one of the world's top racing series ...JD, I saw the blimp at ORP today, will there be aerial coverage at AMS?

Martin Vincent said...

The "Race Day" theme song is just about as bad as "Let's Go Racing Boys"!

Daly Planet Editor said...

I hear it both ways, that is why I am asking...

Richard in N.C. said...

JD- Is it possible that some tech personnel was off doing football Sat. and might be back today to operate bumper cams and other tech toys?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Walter, we will find out shortly if it's in the budget. As the first night race in Atlanta, I would certainly hope something with a live cam would be up.

Andrew said...

@Richard - Let's hope not.

Andrew said...

The football fan in me would like to point out that the SEC is 11-1 this week.

The NASCAR fan in me would like Ole Miss to just hurry and up and end this thing.

Tom said...

Good news...
Looks like they'll get out on time! Just six seconds left in game!

Yay...there is hope!

Walter said...

what a culture clash ...Wendy just excused herself to step past Jeff Gordon to interview Logano and Reutiman ...who woulda thunk it? oh, that's right this isn't ESPN, is it

Daly Planet Editor said...

Rich, nope. They also feed the International and other sources.

NASCAR Media Group runs the TV compounds at the Sprint Cup weekends.

Tom said...

Hooray!
Game is done, and Countdown is right on time!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wow, they started early so everyone who tunes in at 7PM missed the open?

Wonder why they did not do a quick game recap and send it to NASCAR on time?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Walter, that was a good Junior interview with Wendy.

Tom said...

My guess...direct orders from truck.

Maybe they didn't think a 60-second recap was worth much. I thought they might have had a commercial set to lead in, but no dice.

Andrew said...

@JD - I was wondering that. Maybe to annoy those fans coming over from RaceDay? Kinda like the 1 minute extra on prime-time shows these days?

50 yr. fan said...

Reference the earlier comments from
today, I just checked my DirecTV
and my classic has changed tiers
also. Guess ESPN must have wanted
too much money for all those reruns.

JD, whats happened to your Jayski
link?

Martin Vincent said...

Has ESPN forgotten to change the logos in the infield studio or is Degree V12 sponsoring the broadcast of the Pep Boys Auto 500?

real tv crew guy said...

Same camera ops, all the time. Noone worked football and is coming here. Same director tonite as last also.

Sally said...

Okay, I'm already officially sick and tired of hearing any and all scenarios about getting/staying in the chase. I can't get as excited as these media guys are.

Andrew said...

Good old Smoke - got a guy to lean into Jamie's shoulder while she's talking. :D

Gymmie said...

I love DR :)

I like their segment in Smoke's DVD :)

Daly Planet Editor said...

I have a link to Jayski on my main page. When I have a new story for Jay, I forward it to him.

He has been great to me since the beginning.

Sally said...

If we have the same director tonight we have a great chance of getting all those good wide shots that let us catch more of the action (or lack thereof last night) as last night. HOORAY!

real tv crew guy said...

Degree v12 is the so]ponsor for the show.

real tv crew guy said...

Sally, its the same director every week.

Andrew said...

@50Yr - ESPN convinced a number of operators to switch Classic and ESPNU; if they all switch(ed), it'd triple the number of homes getting ESPNU. While ESPNU is a far more successful channel than Classic, it's still unfair for NASCAR fans.

Anonymous said...

Evernham talking about any female racer just sceves me out.

Sally said...

@real tv...then his choice of camera shots last night was outstanding!

Andrew said...

@Anon7:08 - Well, he's married now, so there's theoretically less to worry about. ;)

Anonymous said...

Man I Hope ESPN doesn't just Focus on the chase guys and ignore the rest of the drivers racing.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Andrew, that is what my Comcast system did. I have ESPNU on my old ESPN Classic channel and I have to order ESPN Classic now and pay for an extra tier. I could not believe it.

Should make for a fun three months on Saturdays.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 7:10, that is the question of the evening. So far, so good.

Sally said...

Anon 7:10, me too! But I'm afraid we're going to get pounded with 'updates' on whether someone is 'in or out' continuously during the race. I'm sure the rest of the field will cease to exist for most of the race.

glenc1 said...

I can't fathom why Comcast/ESPN would do that (whoever's to blame...) when the value should be going down....they'll be prying my DISH remote out of my cold dead hand before I go back to cable....

PammH said...

Why would this yr be any diff than the previous yrs? Race to the Chase is THE story. After the Chase is set, no focus on any other drivers, unless they win.

Spring Rubber said...

I'm just baffled what changed with last night's broadcast all of a sudden. Orders from supervisors? Did they figure they'd be better off with wide shots since there's no PxP guy to be the "storyteller" to go along with all of the normal tight shots? I have a bad feeling tonight will be business as usual for ESPN. I hope I'm wrong, but I fear I'm not.

Walter said...

JD -
Wendy and SPEED reporters do nice work; always genuine interest ...ESPN crew questioning seems staged, repeated questions coming through earpieces ...wonder what we'd hear with Marty Smith, Ed Hinton (et al) handling pre-race and pit road?

hotaru-raganbaby_6 said...

anon 7:10- I'm another one who gets sick of all this chase talk. It's enough to not watch.

Hate this time of year.

Andrew said...

@JD - I guess that's the trade-off for NFL Network winning its battle to get off of the sports tier?

Anonymous said...

ahhh the "The Broken foot story".

Andrew said...

(And yeah, I know it's not run by ESPN, but since when has Comcast used logic in programming decisions?)

hotaru-raganbaby_6 said...

I understand it being a story... but it's not the ONLY one.

diane said...

The first commentator to say "IF the race ended now..." to talk about the chase should be slapped silly.

I'll be watching the US Open while I have the leaderboard on the computer.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Well, Wendy and most of the SPEED gang are fulltime in Charlotte and are involved in all kinds of real life NASCAR-related stuff.

The ESPN gang is different. They come in for the final 17 races and are faced with a pretty big challenge to bring this sport home every year.

I am going to be very interested to see how things go once the race begins.

Karen said...

If Jody Lawrence's story didn't touch your heart, then you don't have one. Great piece.

Gymmie said...

@JD--Jay seems to be a great guy. One time I couldn't find something and he was very helpful in helping me find it.

I hope the next tier isn't a lot JD :(. I remember having to pay $6 extra so I could get whatever tier had I think it was the Outdoor Channel so I could get Raceline. Joe does a great little show there. Still have my Mechanix gloves I won from when they picked my answer in their weekly contest :)

What a brave little girl! Hanky alert indeed!

@PammmmmmmmmmH--I agree! it's going to be overkill I don't see anything being different.

Sophia said...

thanks for Bootie info earlier, folks. :)

tear jerker story of that little girl with Carl's car design.

Dot said...

@ Karen 7:21, I agree. Now I really want Carl to win.

Daly Planet Editor said...

There is your aerial answer Walter.

Patrick said...

I'm not going to speculate on what bad things MIGHT happen in this telecast. I am optimistic, if last night was any indication.

Didn't Brewer do a similar piece last night, that didn't quite pan out in the actual race?

Sorry, still optimistic about the race to come.

Andrew said...

@Gymmie - For Comcast, it's an extra $5 per month for the sports tier. On the plus side, if you're like me and don't have the digital-only channels (in the 100s), it gives you ESPNU, ESPNEWS, and NFL Network as well as the "advertised" networks.

glenc1 said...

that was one story (Jody) that I don't mind seeing a 2nd time...

I'll bet it helped Carl keep things in perspective.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I have to say, this has been an outstanding pre-race show with very little of the phony hype we saw last season.

Walter said...

@real TV guy ...thx for the follow-up, much appreciated ...give 'em another Nos, 5-hr or Amp for me

Karen said...

Dot, I'm not a big Carl fan, but it would be nice to see Jody do a handspring for a victory.

Dot said...

@ Karen same here. Only tonight I want him to win.

Andrew said...

Mr. Announcer never got his Ricola!

Dot said...

Who is that announcer? Is he from WWE?

Gymmie said...

The WWE announcer is back! Have we always had him and I just don't remember or is he new?

wickedj said...

I got it! it just came to me listening to the PA guy

he sounds like Hulk Hogan!

Whatcha gunna do when 24 inch pythons run wild on you BROTHA!

Andrew said...

@Dot - Someone on twitter suggested it might be Jesse Ventura.

Anonymous said...

Is this race sold out or better than previous times?

Patrick said...

Oh good lawd. Look at that shirt on the far right of Diamond Rio. Did he lose a bet?

Andrew said...

...Wait, was that James Dobson?

Dot said...

Now, that's an anthem. Never mute Diamond Rio.

glenc1 said...

if SheDaisy's listening...*that's* how you arrange the anthem in harmony...

wickedj said...

ha! you tell 'em Mark

Sophia said...

i wish they would quit cutting away from the jets to the drivers...only heard last 10 seconds of anthem and that was great harmony. least we got three glimpses of the jets but we are big on planes in this house...and a longer camera time is appreciated :)

Daly Planet Editor said...

Tell ya what (Rusty-ism), this has been a fun pre-race and I am really ready to watch some NASCAR.

Sophia said...

wish I had heard more of the anthem but we have SReport on second tv.

ROBIN MILLER interview with Will Power and his broken back coming up.

been saying that since 7pm...hope it's soon. we have pre race muted for the most part...except the jets got our attention!

Walter said...

JD -
With flyover out of the way, aerial shots can make this a strong broadcast ...and they're moving in now ...overhead platform seems very stable, but have they credited blimp, heli or what?

Sally said...

I agree. One of the better pre race shows so far. Now, if they cover the whole race field, keep with fewer in car and bumper cams like last night....

wickedj said...

Hey, i heard a rumor some driver in the field has some sort of injury to his foot. Would be nice of ESPN to cover this issue

(btw, terrible command...dont plug sponsors)

Daly Planet Editor said...

OK, time to make the donuts.

Sally said...

When did it become necessary to try to burst a blood vessel giving the command to start engines? Painful to watch/listen to.

Dot said...

@ Sally, ever since Kevin James.

wickedj said...

@Sally, Lenny Kravitz holds the record for the best command ever. Charlotte race a few years ago

Andrew said...

It still wasn't as bad as Jimmy Fallon.

wickedj said...

Well Doc you, sir, have proven yourself useful

Sophia said...

bevo

even on smaller tv--SD 20 inch, as opposed to 31 inch last night, the truck race videos on the corner shots had that funky thing some of us were seeing last night...I still think it's the new catch fence.

bevo said...

AP needs to bounce back tonight

Gymmie said...

Well...booooooooooo....I got an error message and lost my post!

@Andrew--TY! Yup, that was Dr. Dobson :)

@Dot--GMTA :)

@wickedj--yes he does remind me of the Hulkster

bevo said...

@Sophia- I just don't remember seeing that on other races from Iowa

Daly Planet Editor said...

Oh no....Bubble Boy.

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Sophia said...

Robin Miller interview on NOW on SR

wickedj said...

Shame on you, i almost forgot about HotPass

Andrew said...

Well, I'm already annoyed with this "bubble boy" junk. Hopefully it'll be the worst thing of the evening!

(Sorry, forgot to self-censor that one. :p)

Daly Planet Editor said...

Gymmie, blogspot is running on seven cylinders tonight. I am hoping that it will now blow before the race is over.

Dot said...

How long ago was that "night" race at Atlanta? Weren't most of the drivers tonight there?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Bad time for a plug wire to come off.

Walter said...

rain on the radar again ...AB mentioned it several times last night, wonder if they'll tell JP to let on that weather is about 3 hrs out

Daly Planet Editor said...

Dot, it was a rain delay that went into the night.

Sally said...

Better now than after the green flag! Stands look OK. Better than the first race.

am19psu said...

JD,

Most cable networks switched ESPN Classic for ESPNU on their Expanded tier because of the new, huge SEC contract that ESPN signed for CFB. Just another reason for you guys to dislike CFB (I kid, I kid...).

Anonymous said...

Nice camera work so far

bevo said...

Man I miss HotPass

Dot said...

@ JD, I know. When was it?

Sophia said...

Dang! All the colors on the crawl are annoying.

Uh...bumper cams already :(

SOS

Sally said...

Oh no! The dreaded bumper cam strikes early!

Gymmie said...

TY JD..yes hopefully it will! Maybe Tim has a fix in his magic toolbox and will tell us all about it! :)

Andrew said...

JP is an analyst tonight. This booth is going to be very similar to last night's, methinks.

Dot said...

Yellow on the bubble. I think Reut's bubble burst 2 or 3 races back.

Daly Planet Editor said...

With a track this big, we should be seeing a lot more headlights than tail lights.

The J said...

im already annoyed by the rainbow ticker... again..

Sally said...

That Montoya move just proves why a longer shot works much better...especially on passes!

bevo said...

I don't get the fascination with the wide shot getting tighter, just keep it wide.

Tom said...

Am I tripping, or do they have Kyle Busch listed in green (in the Chase) AND Marcos Ambrose in the yellow?

You have GOT to be kidding!

Andrew said...

8 laps and a commercial - not cool!

So far, we've had pretty good camera angles; even the JPM in-car camera was an okay shot. The bumper cam is still useless. JP is acting as a third analyst instead of a PxP guy. The only good thing about more commercials is that we'll get more AB recaps.

Daly Planet Editor said...

It is more tempting to zoom in than out.

Also, we need to see more headlights than tail lights.

Watch for the Director to try and stay ahead of the pack but get caught sometimes so we watch them racing away from the cam.

Andrew said...

@Tom - You're not nuts. NASCAR.com's live points shows Busch ahead of Biffle; he's down five spots in the points but running in 28th. Which just goes to show you why "live points" are useless.

Sophia said...

this may be a night where IF I stay tuned, will have to tape the TOP and BOTTOM ticker...this COLOR Explosion is too much.

sheesh

kbaskins said...

@ Tom

Technically, at the time, that was true. They're updating the colours dynamically. Biffle was out of the Chase, Kyle was in at that time. It'll change throughout the race.

--KarenB

Sophia said...

dont care about TOM CRUISE.

only one car on the track. Hey it's qualifying.


z
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Tom said...

Note to ESPN:
Talk to me about the points AFTER the race is over!
Please?

Oh, wait...they don't care about us.

Buschseries61 said...

I don't care Tom Cruise is in the #48 pits. Show me the race!

Andrew said...

If we absolutely must have a color-coded ticker, can we go back to last year's, where the bubble teams were shown in yellow for the whole darn race?

Dot said...

@ Tom, unless 6-16 suddenly S&P, Marcos has a chance. I'm surprised Jr isn't yellow, just for giggles.

bevo said...

DJ and AP sound more into it tonight.

Buschseries61 said...

Battle in front of Tony Stewart & we are watching just Tony by himself.

Patrick said...

And Blaney #66 is our sweepstakes winner! Please, stop by the garage for S&P Prize!

Dot said...

I wonder if NASCAR will let only 6 cars be on the lead lap tonight.

Buschseries61 said...

Jeff Gordon has passed Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson. Too bad we have not seen any of those passes.

Anonymous said...

what's up with the one car shot.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Yep, we are all on pins and needles to see if this dissolves into tight shots, in-cars and hype.

Man, this is tense.

Sally said...

I'm so annoyed with the 'in race points updates', since nothing counts until the race ends. Who cares where they are until then!!!

Dot said...

FOX ticker only showing 42 cars. I think Bobby L is MIA.

Patrick said...

Looks like Nemechek is parking too.

Sally said...

Wow. Junior is up to 18th? Wish I could have seen some of that!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Montoya blowing his way up through the field. 10th.

Anonymous said...

isnt there a way on blogger to show the newest comments first? sure would beat scrolling down every time

The Track Girl said...

If? Don't you mean "when"?

PammH said...

And there's the famous 48/Chad shot!!

Anonymous said...

"jeff gordon has just passed jimmie johnson" says Petree about 15 laps after Gordon had passed Johnson...only ESPN had already showed Gordon ahead of his teammate even before the commercial 10 minutes ago.

Earth to Petree...

Walter said...

PRN had JJ's '15 on a scale of 10 loose' about 15 mins ago

Dot said...

What happened to Clint? He's a bubble boy.

Anonymous said...

"jeff gordon has just passed jimmie johnson" says Petree about 15 laps after Gordon had passed Johnson...only ESPN had already showed Gordon ahead of his teammate even before the commercial 10 minutes ago.

Earth to Petree...

Anonymous said...

18 mechanical problems? Must be September.

Patrick said...

#09 to the garage. Third S&P of the night, so far.

bevo said...

@Dot- B Labonte is running in 21st place

Buschseries61 said...

Tight shot, pit update, radio transmission, look at leader. REPEAT.

Juan Pablo Montoya has gone from 22nd to 10th in 32 laps. We saw him make a 3 wide pass earlier & that is it.

O lord, tech center time.

Dot said...

Big story going on in the small box and we get TB.

Walter said...

09 - Bliss has parked ...radio doing full rundown

Andrew said...

What's up with Fox's tracker? Only 42 cars?

Gymmie said...

I wish they'd stop showing Tim in the big box and racing in the little box. I want to see the ACTION

bevo said...

@JD- JPM was third fastest as of a couple of laps ago

Dot said...

YAY, caution. MA needed that.

Anonymous said...

"jeff gordon has just passed jimmie johnson" says Petree about 15 laps after Gordon had passed Johnson...only ESPN had already showed Gordon ahead of his teammate even before the commercial 10 minutes ago.

Earth to Petree...

Patrick said...

Junior "banged" the wall. Per #88 radio.

Dot said...

@ Andrew, Bobby L in 21st per bevo. Thanks bevo.

Buschseries61 said...

If we didn't see smoke on the screen, we would have never known the #77 spun around. Look out the window!

Sally said...

Patrick, withou you we would be as clueless as ESPN.

Phathead said...

Nice of them to put the leader on that pit split there /sarcasm

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice triple split and they held it!

What has happened to the chaos crew we know and loved?

bevo said...

Watching JPM channel and man they weren't kidding about how dark pit road is

bevo said...

ESPN needs to show the in-car (never thought I'd say that!) from JPM coming in to pit.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey, did Bobby Labonte park?

Phathead said...

JD - he's running 21st

Patrick said...

No JD,
PitCommand say B.Labonte is 22nd

Sally said...

We don't know, since they refuse to reset the field until the green flag drops. Ridiculous.

kbaskins said...

BLabonte is in 22nd.

--KarenB

bevo said...

Nope B Labonte in 22nd place

Dot said...

@ JD, no. He's showing 21st on N.com.

Patrick said...

#09 rolling down pit road again. Re-entering race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks all. Remember, never trust anything that arrives in email!

bevo said...

Everybody now! B Labonte in 21st :)

Newracefan said...

Why do they use those stupid tight shots and car cameras on a restart. ARGGGGG

Sally said...

Gilliland running 16th for Wood Bros. Good for him!

Sophia said...

I GIVE UP!

Got PRN on radio.

Tv camera work ruining this. last restart in car bumper cams..and more in car cams.

This is NOT the broadcast you PRAISED last nigt is it? I missed 80PER CENT of last nights, too.

Busy doing other stuff.

ESPN NOT worth sitting to watch.

back here late to read for info.

Anonymous said...

ESPN have completely forgot about guys outside the top 10.

Andrew said...

"Mark Martin is 50!"

Take a shot...

Patrick said...

Its official:
#66 OUT - "Electrical"
#87 OUT - "Brakes"

Erik said...

Hey JD,
How is it going?

rich said...

Well, I gave ESPU 40 laps and they could not show me a race. Switching to radio and watch video only.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Just started twisting to all Chase drivers all the time.

Sally said...

One of the many reasons I hate the chase! Everyone but those drivers 'disappear' for the last 15 races or so. Bah! Humbug!

darbar said...

I cannot stand that Full Throttle bunk. All that stupid noise is crazy.

Charlie said...

Did you see during the restart up in the top right corner of the picture, they were 4 wide.

Patrick said...

#09 back in the garage. That might be it for Bliss.

rich said...

Gilliland just passed Gordon

TexasRaceLady said...

Gee, what happened to the other 33 cars in the race. Since we're only seeing the top ten, I guess everyone else has fallen out.

What happened to the great camera work we had last night?

bevo said...

Hopefully PRN is in a race mood tonight and not the morning zoo one for everyone switching to the radio.

Anonymous said...

Mark Martin being "50" is the worst kept secret in the garage. Try 54.

darbar said...

Sally, I agree with you. I HATE the Chase !!! These guys points race all season, and the drivers have admitted they don't race hard so as not to mess up their chances. THAT makes for boring racing.

rich said...

Labonte up to 19th

Anonymous said...

My other driver is not in the top 10 so no coverage for him.

Dot said...

@ TRL, I wrote in Your Turn that the CUP race wouldn't be as good as the NW race.

Dot said...

A rerun?

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