Tuesday, September 1, 2009

SPEED Adds Benson To Truck Series Telecasts


Fan favorite Johnny Benson has been added to three upcoming Camping World Truck Series telecasts on SPEED. Benson will join Rick Allen and Phil Parsons on the dates where regular analyst Michael Waltrip has a Sprint Cup Series conflict.

The first race for Benson with SPEED will be this Saturday night in Iowa. His remaining races will be Gateway in St. Louis on Sept. 12 and Las Vegas on Sept. 26.

Waltrip was added to the truck series broadcast booth several seasons ago to add some spark to the telecasts. Fans posting at TDP continue to be divided by his presence on the races, but the reviews for the last CWTS event were overwhelmingly favorable.

Benson was a staple on Monday night for many years as SpeedVision and then SPEED continued to carry a one hour program about NASCAR. Both Benson and host Allen Bestwick were suddenly released from the series after a change in SPEED's production management.

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21 comments:

Melissa said...

Awesome news! Not as good as driving (that will come in time), but at least there will be JB sightings at the next 3 races.

Zieke said...

Way to go Speed. JB will show Waltrip how a real broadcast is done without promoting himself and his sponsors. Thanks to John for accepting the job.

Ken-Michigan said...

Benson is NOT a good choice in this role.

He does not have the enthusiasm to go along with Parsons & Allen in the TV booth.

I like him as a person / driver.... but from a TV standpoint... bad decision.

David said...

=)

That is all.

Buschseries61 said...

Cool move! I'm excited to see how this goes.

glenc1 said...

Johnny's not the most animated speaker, but I don't think he lacks enthusiasm. I'm certainly going to keep an open mind; he's smart & knows his stuff.

HEATHER said...

This is wonderful news! JB is an awesome addition to any broadcast for the very reason that the man knows that NASCAR rule book and can quote it. Whenever there is a caution or a penalty he can tell you exactly why. He's great! Now I will make an extra effort to catch the truck races.

Anonymous said...

I don't know that JB's the guy for this job. He's a great driver, but I'm not sure he's cut out for TV.

And, yes, I happen to like MW in the booth.

We'll see...

Alan R. said...

I like MW, too.

hotaru-raganbaby_6 said...

Great to here!

Vicky D said...

This is terrific news and the telecasts will be super. Way to go Johnny!

Delenn said...

I like JB. Looking forward to hearing his thoughts. Well done SPEED.

Of course, I'd rather he be in a truck...

Jonathan from SouthSide of Chicago said...

Good for Johnny, he deserves it. It was sad, his picture of him winning the championship was on the tickets for the truck race in Chicago this past Friday and hes not even on the racetrack now.. but this is good for him!

Dot said...

YAY!!!!!!!

Gymmie said...

Great news for Johnny B!

I hope that it'll lead to bigger and better things for him!

Yes he's a bit shy but I hope he'll find his footing and jump in there!

50 yr. fan said...

Benson will do great. His superior
intelligence and gentlemanly
personality will send Waltrip packing.

Tracy said...

Like Benson, like Waltrip with the trucks. This sounds like a good deal all around. Truck fans, rejoice.

Newracefan said...

Sounds like a great idea to me

KoHoSo said...

I am extremely pleased that JB is gong to get this opportunity. I understand the reservations of those who commented that he might not bring "excitement" to the booth considering his very mellow and sometimes downright quiet demeanor on the old IWC/INC shows. To that I would counter with let's let Johnny be Johnny and see how it turns out. Not everybody has to act like a giggly little schoolgirl to be a good color commentator. ;-) If Benson brings good, concise observations to fill in what we cannot perceive from the pictures alone, what more could we ask when the other two in the booth supply more than enough outward (and genuine) "enthusiasm?"

The main thing will be this. If JB is not good in the booth no matter how much most NASCAR fans like and respect him, will Speed do the right thing and not ask him to return...you know, unlike a big mistake that another network has been making for three years now with a guy we all like and respect but who is boring most of us to tears. ;-)

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Anonymous said...

It will be nice having Johnny instead of that dumbbell Waltrip. Even if JB only adds a little to the broadcast , it will be more than the man he replaces. I'm sure of one thing, the SPEED/FOX execs who hire the Waltrips don't watch all of the shows they are on because if they did , they too would be sick of them, period.