Friday, October 16, 2009

Live Blogging The Nationwide Series From Charlotte (7:30PM - ESPN2)


Here we go with a very fast and exciting Nationwide Series race from the Lowe's Motor Speedway. ESPN2 is providing the live coverage.

Allen Bestwick will start the day with the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program. Alongside of him will be Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. Tim Brewer will be in the Tech Garage. On pit road will be Shannon Spake, Jamie Little, Dave Burns and Vince Welch.

The broadcast team will be Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. ESPN has been working Jarrett and Petree very hard. They will already have been on the air for many hours by the time that the race rolls around..

This is one of the most challenging races of the season for the ESPN Producer and Director. Action happens to fast that using the in-car cameras live or playing back recorded features is almost impossible.

This post will serve to host your comments about the Nationwide Series race from LMS on ESPN2. To post your comments, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thanks for stopping by.

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Dave in OKC said...

Edwards' car - is it a mouse, or a rat?

Beating A Dead Horse said...

That is Digger on Edward's car

Vicky D said...

Ok Marty says it's a mouse! I don't care if it's a rat or a mouse - I hate rodents.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I hope they are getting some good money for that!

Hi everyone, sorry to be late to the party!

Beating A Dead Horse said...

"No, that is NOT Digger's cousin on Carl Edwards car! Keep your rodents straight!" 5 minutes ago

How about Digger, Jr.

Daly Planet Editor said...

ESPN showing the fans!!!! Imagine that.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Digger II: The Sequel.

Anonymous said...

Is there a good crowd there? I'm still @ work.

Dot

Daly Planet Editor said...

Dot, go home early. I will write you a note.

Anonymous said...

Thanks JD. I'm cuttin' out in a couple of minutes.

Dot

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, it looks cold!

Dave in OKC said...

More people on Pit Road than there were in the stands at Cali last week.

Daly Planet Editor said...

They said quals last night at LMS were empty as well.

I have a feeling two day shows are in our future.

6p010535e43b89970c said...

Trace Adkins singing the National Anthem

Dave in OKC said...

Weather Underground says it's 56 at the track right now, and going down to the mid 40s tonight.

Fortunately, winds are calm.

Andrew said...

I didn't know tonight's race was going to double as a Baptist revival!

Dave in OKC said...

I've never heard the phrase "track-bangin'" in an invocation before.

Andrew said...

I love Trace Adkins, but this...this is just not his song.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

We will know NASCAR is in dire straits if they trim the fields back to 1980's levels. Two day shows work for me if we can get the tv. Streaming internet of all track activities-with or without all the gadgetry- should be a goal.

Sophia said...

had tv muted,,, missed the prayer...singer tweaked the anthem in a few odd places but ok

Vicky D said...

This reminds me I wanted to tell all of you tonight. All this week on Imus in the Morning on Fox Business, his sports guy is Warner Wolf. Warner has been mentioning Jesse McCartney all week and even a couple of times played Jesse's missing the line of the National Anthem from the NW race last week. Also, early one morning I woke up and couldn't sleep and put on the tv and on the Comedy Channel (I think) was Kevin and his Extenz Informercial. I couldn't believe it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Vicky, too funny.

6p010535e43b89970c said...

Trace messed up a little ... but since he's one of the few entertainers that's done a tour over in Iraq & Afghanistan, I'll cut him some slack ...

Dave in OKC said...

Vicky, was ExtenZe sponsoring the Imus broadcast?? Just curious.

Sophia said...

Can;t believe all the tweets about the prayer? What the heck was said that got folks so fired up?:)

6p010535e43b89970c said...

Andrew - Trace usually does a better job ... But, he's still one of the best that NASCAR's found in the past few years ...

Plus, the cold can cause issues for the vocal cords ...

6p010535e43b89970c said...

Sophia - Invocation sorta got turned into an "old fashioned revival" ... VERY spirited ...

Dave in OKC said...

Sophia - imagine a NASCAR ad on Spike TV.

Sophia said...

I saw Sarah's Tweet she was gonna give the command

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, ESPN is just knocking it out of the park so far. Wow.

Sophia said...

tx dave...never watched Spike tv...but I guess I really missed something special...darn.

Vicky D said...

Dave in OKC, (hopefully it was a joke about Imus' sponsor) but no Imus is sponsored by different companies but he and Warner talked about the singer missing a whole line from the anthem all week long.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

AP seems to have recovered from his midseason slump.

Sally said...

I prefer a Trace Adkins (baritone) singing the National Anthem. At least that sort of voice doesn't screech the final verse!

Dave in OKC said...

Thanks Vicky (I WAS joking).

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey, AB and Marty could be a dynamic duo for ESPN.

Now, it is going to be up to the Director. As you guys have seen over the past several N'wide races, he can either make it better or just kill the flow with the camera choices.

Either way....here we go.

Vicky D said...

Dave - ok - got it.

Sally said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Dave in OKC said...

BD nailed it on Countdown: "It's not just the Kyle and Carl show tonight!"

Karen said...

Darn, Sophia, that you missed that invocation. Doubt it will make YouTube but it should.

Steve L. said...

Hey all, good nighT for racin'

Buschseries61 said...

Hi everyone! Hopefully this will be a good race tonight.

S&P Predictions:
#02 Andy Ponstein
#07 Danny O'Quinn
#47 Chase Miller
#49 Mark Green?
#90 Johnny Chapman
#92 Dennis Setzer

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Are they gonna talk to Digger, Jr. too?

6p010535e43b89970c said...

Dave in OKC - Yeah, it's also the "Joey the Wunderkind" show ... ;-)

Karen said...

Love those pink cars lining up side by side.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks, great info.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Further back...says Marty. Hello Director!!!!

David said...

So after 2 days off looks like this place is alive again

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Cameras are still over zoomed and framed too tight.

David said...

5 Braun prepared cars tonight, 10, 32, 38, 43, 87

Dave in OKC said...

Wow - They've managed to mention two-thirds of the field in the first seven laps. I'm happy JP is enjoying family time tonight, but I wish he could take notes.

Buschseries61 said...

Marty and Andy are full of energy. Dale Jarrett...not so much.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Woooo, Marty has old DJ and Andy fired up right now. Hope it holds.

Vicky D said...

Looks like 3 S&P'ers already.

Charlie said...

Good shots, what can I say.

Daly Planet Editor said...

You could tell DJ was tired last week for sure. Wish they had brough in Randy LaJoie for this one.

Sophia said...

CRAP! wreck on commercial

Andrew said...

Bad break for Stenhouse there. =/

Good coverage so far (*knock on wood*) but DJ sounds a bit tired. Great efforts from Marty and Andy!

red said...

ok, i was planning to skip this one and spend time w/family tonight, mourning the phillies loss in game 2 but the comments here just forced me to tune in.

and just in time for a wreck caution . . .

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey, they had the replays and Marty updates the start and parks.

Pretty good night for the gang so far.

Vicky D said...

Another issue during commercial.

David said...

Wow. For once maybe good use on an onboard? Nice aerial shot there, wish we would have had that during the big one last week at Cali.

Buschseries61 said...

I'm glad Ricky Stenhouse is ok. That is a dangerous position to hit the wall

Andrew said...

Forgot to mention - lovely use of the aerial shots! We need more of them.

Steve L. said...

Cars really wreck hard here. So much speed around this track.

Dave in OKC said...

Edwards almost stopped on a closed Pit Road. I'd like to hear the radio transmission on this one.

Sophia said...

ANY free radio online tonight? PSK & NPV school junk...no free NASCAR radio?

wow that 17 is way out of alignment!

Andrew said...

A dig at the title sponsor? Nice!

David said...

Sophia. No. They used to a few years ago via n.com but not anymore.

red said...

what i dislike about the n'wide series in a nutshell: 10 of the top 15 are cup regulars (11 if you count gilliland.)

Andrew said...

Man, Ricky's a little guy! Jason Keller might even have a couple inches on him.

red said...

did jaimie say that stenhouse is going to be doing practice and qualifying for kenseth next week? i'm assuming she means in n'wide, yes?

Brenda said...

I put a transcript of the invocation at http://faithinthefastlane.blogspot.com/

Gymmie said...

LOL @Andrew! Yes that was awesome!

Great job Trace!

@Sally--I *love* Trace's voice! I wish he had won the Apprentice show :)

Glad Ricky is OK! Scary!

Buschseries61 said...

Yes! Jamie asked Ricky if he was ok first. The word 'feel' was not used. I see improvement.

David said...

Andrew, you mean Leffler.

Bobby Jr is down there too.

87, Braun: confirmed by pit sign.

Man, they will kick themselves if they don't win tonight

Buschseries61 said...

#49 Mark Green has returned to the track to pick up 3 more points.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Come on ESPN, stay wide and use more aerial shots! Don't cave!

Vicky D said...

Mark Green might be back out.

red said...

what a GREAT aerial shot on the restart! excellent!!

Gymmie said...

Thanks Brenda!

Buschseries61 said...

ESPN messed up the ticker. Stenhouse and Mark Green are 39th and 40th, not 42nd and 43rd.

Karen said...

Yes, Brenda, thanks. Sophia will get the gist. Sorry she missed it.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Equal size box option not enabled?

David said...

Partial screen tech center? Timely? Relevant to the race?

Who the hell is directing this race and where is the garbage we are used to?!

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Why does TB need to be full screen? Another disabled option?

Buschseries61 said...

Another useless tech center. Sheetmetal + contact with tire = boom!

NorCalFan said...

Sorry, little late to the party but just got home from work here on the left coast. In rewinding the DVR to watch the invocation and anthem, there was just something wrong with the sheepish smile on Kevin Conway's significant other face as she's standing next to him decked out in his Extenze firesuit.

Charlie said...

Once they did the double boxes, it was car cams, tech center, tight shots. What happened.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

NorCalFan is on a roll already.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Charlie said...

"Once they did the double boxes, it was car cams, tech center, tight shots. What happened."

Vapor Lock.

Sophia said...

Brenda

Thanks for the invocation...wish I would've heard the delivery.

Now I have to figure how soon to wash my hair...I have blankets over me and a cat lying next to me and the house is about 66. Cold and rainy out...but the in car cam stuff has begun...and seems like lots of commercials and they started 9 laps in to the race . .

Buschseries61 said...

The ticker is still messed up from 39th - 43rd. Is anyone at ESPN awake or care?

Dot said...

I'm here.

Sophia said...

@Charlie

My thoughts exactly

Andrew said...

Nice to see the #43 in a Petty scheme again, even if it's not technically being fielded by RPM.

We're leaning towards the more tailights than headlights trend again. Hope it switches back after the break.

Anonymous said...

Wanted to update on what you are missing. Dave Blaney is cutting through the field. Restarted 33rd and is now up to 16th.

Sophia said...

uh oh...did I see moisture on a camera just a second ago

Andrew said...

"Vapor Lock" LOL

Yes, I meant Leffler.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Andrew, historically, it has never gotten better later in the race.

Buschseries61 said...

Single car shots...it is like a switch was flipped.

Patrick said...

New drinking game: Each time they mention the laps led record. Drink.

David said...

Patrick, is there already a drinking game for 5th in points?

Charlie said...

What happened to the director that was doing the first 13 laps.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

If the drinking game were related to parroting statistics we would be comatose by the checkered.

Sophia said...

losing interest with the micky fricky split screen nonsense...and CC cam already.

off to wash me head..if anybody types in next 5 minutes its my cat, Oscar

Stewart once sent a long message on Twitter that looked likeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssddd one night.
;-)

Buschseries61 said...

Single car shot/2 car battle/bumper csm/double video boxes. Repeat.

Dave in OKC said...

And we started with so much promise tonight...

Grenn flag stops in the next 5-10 laps.

6p010535e43b89970c said...

I missed most of qualifying ... But ...

Did the blondes ever say "what" happened to Kevin Hamlin in practice yesterday??

I had to read his own Facebook to find out what happened & why he ate the wall ...

Beating A Dead Horse said...

My guess is the director for the first thirteen laps has been bound, gagged and stuffed in a closet by now and the production truck has been commandeered by artistes bent on an ESPY nomination.

Vicky D said...

Note to Marty, show us more NW regulars instead of cup guys.

Patrick said...

Don't know if the 'Hotel Planner' commercial is regional, but it makes me think of the SNL Ambiguously G-- Duo. Anyone?

red said...

ok, gang: i'm out. i gave it a shot, had a great 15 or so laps and now we're back to the same old, same old.

catch up w/everyone tomorrow!

Dave in OKC said...

Meanwhile, Kahne has moved into second...

Buschseries61 said...

Too bad I couldn't hear anything in the #1 on-board thanks to the stupid radio communications.

Charlie said...

See ya Red. Now there doing full screen of pits stops under green.

David said...

Busch, he just had a massive push. it never got loose or anything. DG just rolled out of it

Patrick said...

Full screen pit stops are better than pit road speed limit single car rolling. Not much better, but it gets worse.

Buschseries61 said...

Danny O'Quinn and Mark Green are in the garage, the last of the S&P's for the night.

David said...

Holy smokes someone found something right as it developed! Marty Reid your the man!

Vicky D said...

Write another check, Rusty.

Steve L. said...

Very STUPID move!!

Patrick said...

Ouch. oh well, it wouldn't be a NNW race without a Steven wreck. Now its official. Dumb move by Gillillilliilinand

Andrew said...

Did JWT take over the #1 when we weren't looking?

David said...

James Finch is a genius for firing Bliss...

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Amazing, JWT got some praise!

Buschseries61 said...

@ David - Thanks. The radio communications are so loud.

You would think Gilliland would know better than to make it 4 wide.

Patrick said...

I think the #81 flinched when the Rusted Son went by and forced Gilliland to the grass. I could be wrong, but I'm probably not.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Marty jumped on that one and TV caught up. That was sweet.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

David said...

"James Finch is a genius for firing Bliss..."

There's gotta be more to this story...

Dave in OKC said...

Kenny Wallace to the point! We'll be hearing about this on RaceDay tomorrow...

6p010535e43b89970c said...

Mandi's gotta be spittin' bricks since this is the 2nd time her hubby's had trouble this week ...

David said...

Patrick, its possible but Gilliland gambled and paid for it. Feel bad for Kevin Hamlin. Rare shot to run all day and it gets ruined by a boneheaded hero move by Gilliland

Sally said...

Meanwhile, Brad K has been steadily coming thru the pack...and not a word. He is still 3rd in points, isn't he?

Dot said...

OT here. Does that hammer work? I wish they would show it at a better view.

@ Andrew. I thought of JWT too.

Vicky D said...

6 - And Mandi is who?

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David said...

Beating, I'm sure there is. But Bliss looked as confused as we were when he gets to run that Finch Cup car from time to time so whatever the story is, I think its on the owner's end instead of the driver's.

#1 car got in wrecks with Bliss in it, and it gets in wrecks without him in it. The car just wrecks regardless. At least with Bliss in it they won a race and were top 10 in points.

Marty Reid really showcasing his talents. Im tempted to call this booth the new A team

Sally said...

I just thought...(always dangerous), Kez is 3rd in Nationwide series, totally ignored got Cup renegades. Well, unless he holds his line against a claim jumper. Next year he won't even be a aCup rookie, so they will ignore him again! Talk about can't win!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Boy, they caved about three segments ago. I hope Marty can get them back on track as far as pictures are concerned.

There was racing all over that track.

Patrick said...

David, I'm not saying Gilliland should have gone there, i'm just saying that path might have gotten pinched. which would still reinforce a dumb move by Gilliland.

Gymmie said...

Welcome home from work Left Coasters :)

Oh noez! We've lost Red :(

Crash!

Andrew said...

Holy cow! Wreck city! Cameras staying with the drama. AND excitement and pertinent information from the booth!

Can we please have Marty in the Cup booth for the rest of the year? TNT changed halfway!

David said...

What the H Leffler?!

Saw that coming with the block on Tony. Man, Darnell. That sucks. That move Leffler did, same thing Denny Hamlin was trying to avoid when Brad went down there last week.

Sucks for the guys involved

Patrick said...

amazing! two wrecks in a row ACTUALLY caught on camera LIVE. Although, I think its just luck.

Sally said...

Ow! that was ugly. And ESPN lost some Cup drivers. What will they do now?

Dave in OKC said...

Are we at Talladega?

Sophia said...

came back in time for an ARCA looking crash

Buschseries61 said...

Wow! Jack Roush is not having a good night. #6, 16, 17 wrecked.

Andrew said...

This is Charlotte's revenge for cutting the 600 short.

David said...

And they caught both ends of that wreck too.

Man, Kenseth no luck there.

LOL @ Steve Wallace's remarks

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Well, for tonite it's Charledega.

Gymmie said...

Steven not a happy camper :(

Vicky D said...

Is anyone else's DP blog slow tonight or it might just be my computer. Guess Rusty needs to buy another helmet for Steve.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice to see Steve Wallace grow up in his TV presence.

Sally said...

At least he didn't throw it AT anyone. Tough when he's trying to finish 5th.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Rusty, investigate the electrical short between the driver's seat and the steering wheel.

Buschseries61 said...

Did ESPN have to show Steve Wallace throw his helmet at the ground? Let a driver calm down and releae his fustration before stalking him with a camera and shoving a microphone in his face.

Daly Planet Editor said...

That's why I was a little late tonight. Google was napping a bit.

David said...

Well, at least Kyle doesn't have to worry about Joey passing him in the last 10 laps tonight...

Sally said...

Wow! Marty is going to reset the field when they come back? Really? that would be delightful.

Daly Planet Editor said...

No clue what the G-man was thinking there.

Patrick said...

Sally, no. He's going to list the non-field.

Sally said...

@David...but remember...Kez is still out there. He's passed Kyle late once or twice for a win.

Sophia said...

I know SWallace wrecks alot but tonight it just stank for him...he was soo good in the interview I felt like a voyeur they showed him frustrated throwing his helmet.

BSPN is back in full force.

Bad camera work while I washed my hair.

sigh

Lather, rinse, repeat . . .

David said...

Sally, true. But I was making some humor there since Joey has been notorious for it this year

Steve L. said...

They better calm down or we'll not have any cars at the end.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Leffler was in Q trim for sure.

Vicky D said...

Gosh that hammering is loud. Lots of cars out already. Those crews are having to work really hard tonight. Poor Matt and Erik.

David said...

Darnell: A class act. Someone needs to put him in a car next year!

Andrew said...

Based on the Jamie comparison I think Jason DOES have a bit on Ricky!

Bad break for Jason, Matt, and a lot of guys on that one. Kinda surprised that they're still under caution.

Patrick said...

Man, when Jaime was interviewing Darnell, it sounded like they were going green again, but I guess the loud engine noise was pitted cars catching the field.

Andrew said...

@David - Maybe he's the Mystery Driver replacing Truex.

Sally said...

GO KEZ!!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Awwww, they went tight again.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Is Debris one of the Wallace kids?

Andrew said...

Nuts. Back to tight angles and in-car cameras. And they cut away from good racing to Cup drivers.

Anyone checked the radar? Could they be racing to halfway?

David said...

Andrew, it would be nice but its too early for him to jump to Cup. I'd like to see him run a full NW season first before a full Cup schedule.

Hard to gauge his performance in Cup since the 96 sucks but I hope he gets something somewhere. He deserves something good for being as patient as he has been with Roush over the last 4 years. Won Driver X, gets a truck ride without a sponsor while guys he beat like DOQ got NW deals, Ragan got a Cup deal, yet he runs trucks. This year a partial NW schedule and now nothing next year?

Id hate to see him get overlooked by Roush but Roush's loss will be someone else's gain if they let him go. Remember what happened when Jack missed out on Kyle Busch...

6p010535e43b89970c said...

Vicki D - Mandi is Kevin Hamlin's wife


Patrick - That was completely Gilliland's fault ...

Buschseries61 said...

Marty is trying hard to mention every car. The director is not listening.

Sally said...

I'm not sure Rousch 'missed out' on Kyle as much as passed after dealing with his big brother.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Marty and even DJ are both telling the TV truck there is more racing than they are showing.

Go Marty!

Jonathan said...

They need this kind of broadcast tomorrow!!! but no we will get JP woohoo so looking foward to that!!!!!!! ha

Beating A Dead Horse said...

"Marty and even DJ are both telling the TV truck there is more racing than they are showing."

Happy to see them growing some.

Patrick said...

AB heard you, Andrew!

Dave in OKC said...

Rain approaching the track?!?!?

Andrew said...

@David - Totally agreed. I have to wonder if he and Roush were/are having personality conflicts which are keeping him in the lesser rides. It'd be really nice to see him have a full-time ride somewhere in NW. Cup isn't quite there.

Dot said...

Who called rain?

Marty sounds pumped.

Vicky D said...

Yeah, it looks like weather could be a factor sooner or later. These guys are really going at it.

Jonathan said...

rain rain go away!!! Stay away till Sunday!!!! please

Andrew said...

Oh, look at that radar. Nifty.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Gawd, this is horrible suddenly. Who cares who is leading?

Buschseries61 said...

Too tight. Zoom out! Show battles, not single cars.

Andrew said...

Hm. Marty's really trying to expand past the script but the director won't budge. Nice call of someone in the wall but no shots of it.

Patrick said...

We hear Marty talking about someone rubbing fenders and/or walls, but no visual. Thanks Mr. Director [/sarcasm]

Dave in OKC said...

Can somebody PLEASE get Dave Blaney a sponsor!

Vicky D said...

Hey ESPN director, we need wider shots please.

David said...

Sally, Kyle was snatched up by Hendrick before Kurt and Jack had their issues.

Andrew said...

This is crazy. I'm getting just as much info staring at the computer and listening to Marty as I am staring at the TV and listening to Marty. C'mon, Mr. Director, give us some good shots.

Beating A Dead Horse said...

Perhaps Mr. Director and Mr. Producer are not as quick on the uptake as they need to be for the task at hand.

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