Sunday, November 22, 2009

Live Blogging The Sprint Cup Series From Homestead (2:30PM - ABC)


The season closes out with one big storyline and several smaller ones. Jimmie Johnson's only competition is his own teammate Mark Martin. The other story is the teams going for broke to win this last race.

One additional story is that Rick Hendrick has stayed behind in North Carolina to attend to a family member who is undergoing emergency surgery. No doubt the absence of Hendrick removes an element that the TV networks normally count on in a championship race.

Allen Bestwick brings ABC on the air for the final time this season. He is joined by Ray Evernham, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the Infield Pit Center. The ESPN pit reporters will be handling the interviews.

Shannon Spake, Jamie Little, Dave Burns and Vince Welch have been working on the NASCAR trail all season long. They have struggled on the Sprint Cup Series races because of their limited exposure to the series. ESPN has not done many practice and qualifying sessions this season from their 17 Cup races.

This is a final moment in the sun for the team of Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. The Nationwide Series season was easy to watch, but when the team switched over to the Sprint Cup Series the wheels came off.

There is no need to recap the issues again, but things are just not working for the TV viewers with the current team in place. Expect changes in the off-season. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, changes for today's race.

This post will serve to host your comments on the Sprint Cup Series race from Homestead. To add your TV-related comment, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting.

Thanks for hanging with us this season and giving us your NASCAR TV opinions!

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Here we go, last time this season!

TexasRaceLady said...

I know one thing, ESPN is guilty of bait and switch. I watched the entire 1.5 hours of SportsCenter to see the "dirtest jobs in NASCAR"--- and got, NOTHING!

You lied, ESPN.

Daly Planet Editor said...

They said he was going to do some features on the dirtiest jobs in NASCAR. No clue to how that became just a pace car ride with DJ.

Damon said...

It wasn't the dirtest jobs in Nascar, but the most underappreciated, at least in the case of JJ's crew guys.

Maybe it's just me, but I liked those brief interviews with them. We don't see a lot of what goes on with them and today we did.

Versus did the same type of thing this year with the IRL coverage, showing all the winning crew guys names and interviewing the winning engineer in VL with the winning driver.

PammH said...

I'm really mad tat I watched BSPN more & missed KP & angry Larry Mac & ranting JS! The piece on Homestead was very good tho.

Gymmie said...

I'd bill them for that 90 minutes :( that's a shame :(

Still doing some things here will probably pay half attention to what I'm sure will be the Jimmie Show with a honorable mention of Mark and if we're lucky special guest appearances by the rumored other 41 cars that are to be out there :(

Buschseries61 said...

TexasRaceLady - Wow, that is disappointing. I didn't bother with any of the pre-race shows. There are more hours of hype than the actual race.

ri88girl said...

Chad makes Hendrick and by extention Nascar sound like nothing more than a marketing program and that is not MY nascar. Tuck your shirt in, shave? WTF does that have to do with balls, talent and making a car go faster than another?

Damon said...

Ironic that the champ flies to ESPN for TV and radio on Monday but NASCAR Now ends tonight?
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Only because they've got a bunch of college hoops games schedule (another reason why the season should end at least a month earlier).

Besides, what show do more people watch, Sportscenter at 6 pm est or Nascar Now on Monday's?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Damon, perfect way to end ten months of racing. Bow to stick and ball one final time.

Sally said...

If, by some fluke of luck Mark martin wins the title, all this pre race JJ and Chad hype is going to look pretty foolish. Did I say that?

ri88girl said...

ok this tribute music to MM is a little to dour for my tastes he's not dying!

Damon said...

Sally,

The potential for history is why there's so much "hype", just like all the "hype" about the Patriots being 18-0 going into Super Bowl 42against the Giants and having a chance to finish the year unbeaten, just like the 1972 Miami Dolphins did.

Soloman said...

ri88girl - ask our Armed Forces what tuck your shirt in and shave means.

Be the best - on top of your game at all times.

Andrew said...

Anyone else very glad that RaceView is free today? We get to listen to MRN!

Anonymous said...

Its good that TB reminded me about how to make a pit stop properly. Ive only been watching NASCAR 15 years so i didn't know those things, especially how you have to have all of the lugnuts on tight before you can go. Thanks TB.

Martin Vincent said...

A lot of the regular S&P teams didn't make this field on Friday. I expect only the #36 Michael McDowell to park early, with a possibility of #37 Travis Kvapil parking too, although they picked up the Miccosukee sponsorship from the #09 when it failed to qualify.

Anonymous said...

Tim Brewer is so informative! I can't wait for him to tell us that the windshield keep debris from getting into the car... or that the faster the wheel go around, the faster it will make the car go!

Vicky D said...

Who is picking the music today? I don't like it. Same segments I've seen before too.

Sally said...

@Damon, believe me, after watching Nascar since The King won his last title, I understand the 'history' aspect of the race today. I'm just saying that, for many of us...and maybe many of those 'casual fans', there are other drivers and teams they might want to hear about. Of course, that may be colored by some who don't feel a '10 race title' is exactly exceeding a 3 in a row full season title.

Patrick said...

Andrew,
Not exactly happy. I pay for it and the performance suffers on free weekends.

West Coast Diane said...

@Glenn from last most on "Pre-race shows blog"....exactly my sentiments!

From the posts here sounds like I will be using FF for Countdown. Thought there would be some "new" things and was curious about "dirtiest jobs" segment.

Evidently I will remain curious.

ri88girl said...

@Soloman,

You are of course correct. Being a woman of a certain age, it doesn't occur to me naturally to think of it in millitary terms.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Appreciate your patience today, fighting off the angry mob. Guess that means we are popular! LOL!

Gymmie said...

@anon :58--I call him Captain Obvious for a reason :). Once in a blue moon he'll hit on something relevant but most of it is NA$CAR 101 and somethings you can pull any bloke off the street and they could tell you the answer.

I hope all goes OK with Mr. Hendricks niece :(

ri88girl said...

Ok, one more time,

ESPN it should say something to you that it is the RADIO race call you are using for features and replays. That isn't how it's done. You are SUPPOSED to use the call of your own booth announcers.

Soloman said...

@ ri88girl - i hope i didn't sound like i was being condescending with my comment.

Aside from the service, that "tuck your shirt in" attitude applies in all walks of life. If you look good, you feel good, you'll be at your best.

That's what makes the greats of all sports great - attention to the little details. While NASCAR may not have always seemed to be that in the past, if you listen to Richard Petty and DW talk about Jimmie and the 48, you'll hear nothing but appreciation for what they are accomplishing.

Martin Vincent said...

Except for two missteps, excellent performance of the anthem by Anika Noni Rose.

bozo said...

why the gap in miller lite line on pit road...like they left a spot open in honor of someone one?

NorCalFan said...

I could have done without that rendition of the anthem. Jeesh.

Buschseries61 said...

Does ESPN realize Mark Martin still has a chance to win the championship? JJ, JJ & more JJ.

Dot said...

Got the cartoon on N.com. First time listening to MRN this season.

Patrick said...

Nice call to start by Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe. Great voice.

Martin Vincent said...

Here we go with the "50-year-old" mentions. Everybody have a drink!

Anonymous said...

How about just saying "Mark Martin could win his first championship today" instead of "Mark Martin could become the first 50 YEAR OLD champion." JP is absolutely obsessed with ages.

MikeC said...

JP says he's fired up.....let's see if actions speak louder than words.

boyd said...

Dishes done, kitchen clean, ready to watch a race, check.

Vicky D said...

Anon at 2:58. Steve Wallace & his crew chief should watch that so they won't have a wheel fall off. Good Grand Marshall I like Mike Rowe.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Punch is clearly fighting to keep his job ... he didn't call Carl Edwards "Cousin Carl"!!!

PS Carl is racing in sunglasses under his helmet. That is cool!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Sorry guys, I have some folks trying to flood me and trying to post obscene things.

We should be all set now, just got it sorted out.

Buschseries61 said...

Thanks for all you do JD! I appreciate everything you do to with this blog.

Damon said...

At the end of the day folks, remember.....48!!!!!

hehe

David said...

Ultimate Dirty Job: Crew Chief for the #88 AMP/National Guard Chevrolet.

Last time out folks, might be pretty quiet. Ive got KyBu on the radio. Need clean and green again! Work in about 4 hours.

Dot said...

OK, cartoon showing only JJ going around the track. Is this normal, just one car?

Andrew said...

Ah.....radio......

If ESPN is this bad next year, I may be paying for PitCommand. Words cannot describe how much better this is.

PammH said...

Can't believe w/all that pre-race time that no one could mention this is Mikey's last race in full time season! And I don't even like Mikey, but he deserves that at least.

boyd said...

Got a new computer in May, and just realized that I don't have NASCAR.com in faves. I do have a radio though.

Anonymous said...

good racing going on in the back as MRN discribes

Anonymous said...

Thanks JP. I didnt know Marcos was from Tasmania.

Damon said...

Somebody tweets to JD: I want Marty Reid in the booth. Instead we got the Three Stooges.

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As an IRL fan, you can have him.

Daly Planet Editor said...

he's from Tasssssssmania!

David said...

Commercial already. Bad omen

Jordan said...

Thank the good lord for Free MRN radio today, i don't think i'll bother changing the audio today. This is like one of three races that I have access to the radio coverage this year considering I live in Australia. Go Marcos!!! - giving JJ a run for his money :)

rich said...

Had trouble with Hotpass on Directv. Did not start until lap 5. WTH!

boyd said...

Got radio going. Kind of like to hear the racing. Even with the pretty HD pictures radio shows a lot more racing than ESPN.

Buschseries61 said...

We got 1 50 year old Mark Martin

6 #'s in car # bingo

Johnson, Ambrose & Martin tied with most mentions at 8.

8 drivers have been mentioned so far

t.sanislo@comcast.net said...

Why only three+ hours allowed for the race? Once again dSPN botches it....too much pre- and not enough post-.

We are all screwed.

boyd said...

Anybody else see Marcos get squirrely way up front from Harvicks camera?

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD---

Marcos Ambrose is wrecking an Jerry Punch will not stop reading his contest promotion!!!!!!

Buschseries61 said...

They are glued to the front of the field.

boyd said...

Hey a field rundown. Not on TV of course. Thank you MRN.

PammH said...

My goodness, how can you all listen to the TV after the comments I see you print? I would just go nuts!

Buschseries61 said...

Car # Bingo up to 9

Only 11 drivers have been mentioned so far. A poster on Friday said the Speed booth mentioned all 36 trucks in 40 laps. ESPN is not even close.

Anonymous said...

is very frustrating when MRN describes the racing at the back while ESPN acts like there are no cars outside the top 10

Glenn said...

TV on, MRN on Sirius, Marcos on Pit command.
What a day for Marcos.

Anything good things on TV?

boyd said...

Has TV said anything about Marcos going to the garage?

David said...

McDowell parking

Anonymous said...

MRN tweets 47 behind the wall, how come TV didn't mention it?

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if they mentioned that Robby Gordon won a racing championship yesterday!

I guess he will have to spin out (like always) to get his sponsor/name on TV.

Anonymous said...

Too funny. Punch sounded surprised that the 14 was leading when they went to commercial.

Newracefan said...

Oh Doc, you don't even know who is leading.

terrisanislo said...

OMG...did Jerry Punch just about say that Jimmie was in the lead, when TS was?

Ruined his segue into the commercial.

Awful. Just awful.

Anonymous said...

It is like the Soviet Union. A guy disappears (this time the 47) and everyone pretends like he ever existed to begin with.

Dot said...

@ Anon 3:55, because MA is an Odd Wad to BSPN. Not in chase, etc.

Damon said...

Anybody mentioned yet that rain is near the area?

Anonymous said...

Am so glad ESPN/ABC will go away for a long time after this race until they broadcast a cup race.

Buschseries61 said...

Jerry has no clue who the leader is...

19 drivers have been mentioned since the green flag. Jimmie Johnson was the most at 20. Matt Kenseth & Carl Edwards were only mentioned through an ad, so you could argue only 17 were covered.

Car # bingo is up to 12

David said...

Marcos back out on track

PammH said...

mrn interviewing Mike Rowe now. no race coverage on tv or radio at same time-I hate that. nice interview tho.

Dot said...

Marcos had a bad carb. 15 laps down. :(

dara2K said...

Only 84 days until FOX takes over Nascar Coverage...I think I'm gonna make it. I am so sorry Tony Stewart is leading the race and interupted another Jimmie Johnson tribute...Save me, please...

boyd said...

Spotters seeing rain in the distance.

terrisanislo said...

NOOOOOOOOOOO! Now they have AB doing the "points as they stand" thing.

David said...

Darnell on pit road

Sally said...

AB mentioned pre race that rain was in the area.

Anonymous said...

I think most ppl are using MRN other than the casual fan.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, could you imagine what a mess TV would be if this race was delayed by rain?

boyd said...

JD,
You mean this wasn't messed up already?

Damon said...

terri,

NBC used to do the same thing when they had the Chase

Daly Planet Editor said...

Lost the split screen after a couple of cars. Could not keep the leader straight...

Buschseries61 said...

Pit stops just randomly happened, like it just fell in their lap. I miss Larry Mac with his calculator.

Now stupid helmet cam...

red said...

hey jd? will this race be rerun during the week?

David said...

Kvapil parked

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mon on ESPN Classic at 1PM, probably Weds on SPEED at noon.

Dot said...

Isn't it time for a drama caution?

boyd said...

TV, radio, three web sites.
How hard do we have to work to get coverage?
And why?

bevo said...

Wouldn't it be fitting for ESPN to have a red flag for rain and have to dump the ceremonies for Jimmie to go to America's Funniest Home Videos? :)

Dot said...

@ boyd, right on.

Sally said...

@ Boyd...I'm with you there! Shouldn't we just be able to tune in to the telecast and get all the relevant info in one place? this is ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

Jerry Punch can wax my balls. He is so boring and has no idea what is happening on the track.

red said...

thaks, jd. i have wednesday off so i may check out now and decide later if i want to try and catch the re-run. will give it until the 88 gets to the front . .

Buschseries61 said...

Points as of Now were shown 4 times in the first 60 laps.

24 drivers mentioned - JJ the most at 37.

Dot said...

@ bevo, AFV had their finale last Sun. But, get your point.

Glenn said...

TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO funny bevo.
But wouldn't it be wonderful to mess up ABC's Sunday night lineup.
(opps,did i say that out loud)

Gymmie said...

Reading a contest promo while people are wrecking? geeze! Even drivers will stop their interview and turn their attention to a wreck :(

@PammH agreed! I'm hoping the finances will allow for cable again soon but I still want to try for DTV just hope the trees won't be an issue I think there's enough to get a signal but regardless I'll have Trackpass available.

So glad I have MRN on TV would be driving me batty right now if I had to listen to that mess!

Steve L. said...

50" flat screen, two computers, radio blaring, trying to keep up with twitter and this site.

***WHEW***

I'm wore out already!

boyd said...

Planeteers lets try an experiment.
Try watching Monday night Football on ESPN.

Even if you hate football.
See if you can get the jist of the game, with a lot of details sprinkled in.

If they can accomplish this feat on ESPN, why can't they do it with NASCAR?

Vicky D said...

Bevo at 4:08 - or go to a Extenze infomercial!

red said...

my least-favorite expression today "let's update the 48 car. . . " it's even worse than "50 year old mark martin" or "in case you just joined us."

again, i'm amazed by what the 48 team has accomplished this season but espn has sucked all the joy out of it.

Buschseries61 said...

Jerry Punch is just shouting names, stats, & promos. No play-by-play.

Still no mention of Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin or Brian Vickers

Haus14 said...

anyone notice that JJ has a "dirt bike" visor on his helmet. anyone hear about the reasoning behind that? help with the sun i'm guessing, but i don't know that it will help with the angles of everyhthing

Anonymous said...

too bad MRN is not TV

David said...

Kvapil back out...

Patrick said...

#37-Kvapil back in the race. Not surprising that this won't be an S&P this week. They transferred the #09 Miccosukee sponsorship to the #37 after Stremme wrecked in Qualy.

Anonymous said...

I'm having my own celebration. This is the last time I will ever listen to punch. If he is gone, gone, gone next year, then great. If not, I have watched my last race on espn/abc forever.

I want my NASCAR to be fun, not painful.

Makiki
Honolulu

boyd said...

Jeff Gluck just noted that a spotter has said that the wind is picking up on the roof. Rain may be getting closer.

bevo said...

@Haus- I believe all of the Hendrick drivers are using them

TexasRaceLady said...

Haus14 said...
anyone notice that JJ has a "dirt bike" visor on his helmet. anyone hear about the reasoning behind that? help with the sun i'm guessing, but i don't know that it will help with the angles of everyhthing

************
They pointed that out yesterday during practice. It was for the setting sun.

Buschseries61 said...

Everything Brad D says just comes out as irrelevent blah blah. It feels creepy listening to him call Dalr Jr. Junebug. You are not DW.

Anonymous said...

It is so weird when they stay with the infield studio audio for an extended period.

First it's like a whole new announcer team.

Second, they are BETTER, so when they throw it back to Punch, it is a letdown.

It is almost like Bestwick is showing off what he can do and then throwing it back in Punch's face. LOVE IT

red said...

anon @4:17 said:
"too bad MRN is not TV"


--> too bad tv is not tv.

Andrew said...

Can the infield pit crew call the rest of the race?

Vicky D said...

It's definitely not MA's day today.

Anonymous said...

Has TV talked about guys outside the top 10 or 12?

Haus14 said...

i don't get how the visor will help. the sun will be down in their face in front of them not over top, but i am not an expert, nor have i actually taken one out and tried it in a car so it is just an opinion based on an observation and my common sense logic.

boyd said...

@red @anon 4:17 too bad this NASCAR TV is bad TV

OSBORNK said...

Can you imagine trying to follow the race with only the TV audio and picture? It would make a person switch to a football game even if they didn't like football.

Buschseries61 said...

Well - Jerry at least told us the lucky dog. But we got no field recap, no S&P's, no garage updates.

David said...

A THRILLING Lions win!!!

ESPN has alot of work to do to captivate me like that game did!!!

Sally said...

As usual, things are a confusing mess after pit stops.

Anonymous said...

Ixs anyone else kindof sickly hoping that JJ wrecks so we can see the ESPN crew just sit there in silence while we hear papers shuffling and the panic set in. Just see how bad they would implode if it were to happen??

Anonymous said...

incredible racing and DR punch can't keep up

glenc1 said...

wasn't expecting all those words in one sentence...Lions, win and thrilling, lol. It's kinda funny cause everyone thought that game would be a dog. My team tried to lose but managed to eek out a win in OT, so I'm just joining the race as well.

David said...

Honestly Annon, I am just hoping this race ends quickly, we get this JJ lovefest over with and maybe, just maybe ESPN will finally implement these "changes" in the offseason.

Buschseries61 said...

O lord..out first sailing into the corner of the day.

Jerry is back to stats and asking questions.

OSBORNK said...

I think it would be a good race if they would show it.

boyd said...

J.D.
You seem to have spies every where. Hearing any TV changes coming up next year?

Patrick said...

#08-TLabonte to the garage

Dot said...

I decided that Race view is no better than TV. It was showing Juan completely sideways and running into to Clint. One less thing I need to do now.

PammH said...

Terry Labonte was in this race?

alex said...

I expect that this has been asked before, but I'm just now seeing it for the first time.

If you have a competition for fastest pit crew throughout the year, then what on earth does a fan vote have to do with it? Just means it's another stupid ESPN gimmick.

Buschseries61 said...

Terry Labonte suddenly off the track.

Dale Jarrett & Andy Petree have taken over play-by-play and are talking over Jerry Punch. Took 100 laps. DJ noticed the #24 stopped slowing down, Andy noticed the #34 in trouble. Jerry Punch was silent.

Anonymous said...

There could be a 20 car crash right in front of the booth and they wouldn't call it out because they are looking at the monitors. It took way too long to tell us Andretti crashed.

boyd said...

It's a shame ESPN didn't pick up ServiceMaster clean up spots.
I think JP would get excited about it.

Anonymous said...

So far my list of most annoying lines overused in NASCAR broadcasts:

Momentum
50 year old
Would you believe
anything DW says with I or WE in it
Debries caution only BC it's mostley NASCAR BS....
Goes sailing by
Brad D.....just annoying

Martin Vincent said...

Looking at the crews' visors, I'm thinking maybe Jimmie's visor is adjustable and can be pulled down to block the sun. Then, when the sun sets, he can push it back up.

Haus14 said...

sorry guys, watching lions highlights on NFL.com!!!


anyway, radio just mentioned the andretti car sitting in 35th in owner points and that scott speed can catch him...i would be interested to see if that comes up on tv as that is a relevant issue for Daytona 2010

Jordan said...

Ive got the International TV coverage synched with MRN so that the pictures and audio go together. All hoping that Jerry Punch gets shafted away from the booth next year because even us aussies can't stand him. :(

Glenn said...

WOW, did it really take that long for ESPN to find a wrecked car?
I got the tv and Sirius sync'd good I thought but, at least 15 sec. passed and no car. Didn't even show it until after the caution.
Pit command is almost a minute behind tv and radio and they called the caution before tv ever showed Andreti.

Anonymous said...

How long does the yellow flag have to be out before Punch mentions it?

ARG!!! said...

How can you award a fateast pit crew of the year award when there is still a race in progress?????

I guess Jimmy really is the champion now.....as they see it.

Buschseries61 said...

PammH - Terry Labonte has not been mentioned once today. Just embarassing.

Haus14 said...

wow who would have thought there were at least 3 lions fans on the blog...that is pretty cool

David, Glenc1, Haus14

Anonymous said...

I am watching ABC with only ABC audio.

I cannot imagine anyone seeing this and understanding what the appeal of NASCAR is. They are ruining the sport, absolutely ruining it.

Even if you love Jimmie Johnson, you cna't be liking this coverage.

Anonymous said...

If Jerry Punch says "If you are just joining us" one more time, I am going to puke.

JERRY: People aren't tuning in midway, they are tuning OUT!

Andrew said...

@JoeGibbsRacing - Rumblings of rain showers nearby - but we have lights here. #nascar

What happens if we get an hour-long rain delay? Would ABC deign to give us any post-race at all?

David said...

Don't believe glen is a Lions fan, Might be the Giants since Detroit didnt go OT.

Still, two is more than I expected =)

Jimmie, thats just funny.

Help!! said...

Punch gives us the top three as they restarted, after they restarted and have changed positons....


Calling Punch to the unemployment line, DR JERRY PUNCH, please report the end of the unemployment please!

Daly Planet Editor said...

David, we have been struggling with ending the season on this Google blogspot format.

I allow ANONS, so we have been having one very disturbed man who has been stalking me for two years now back at flooding the conversation.

I have probably erased 200 comments today alone.

We have been here for three years and talked about everything in NASCAR TV under the sun.

If you ever have a problem with me, just email me directly at editor@thedalyplanet.tv anytime.

Thanks for your patience.

Jd

terrisanislo said...

Punch just gave it away. Said "we are told..." about the car hitting the wall. Too bad they have to watch the monitors and listen to someone else to call the race.

Buschseries61 said...

- Second time Jerry told us the Marcos Ambrose stats.

- Dale Jarrett has to tell us about the wave around cars

- JJ most mentioned at 78, Tony Stewart second at 50, Mark Martin thrid at 38.

Soloman said...

@ Anon 4:41 - you're right. I'm a 48 fan, but the ESPN coverage does him more disservice than anything.

It's not Jimmie's fault that ESPN is so bad in coverage, but I suspect many people will blame him for NASCAR appearing so boring.

PammH said...

busch61-I don't even remember hearing him on radio either, but multi-tasking makes it tuff to keep up w/everything!

glenc1 said...

didn't say I was a fan, lol...but glad to see them do better...no city should suffer that long!

I think I'm turning on MRN now. No idea what's going on.

Charlie said...

I didn't know the safer barriers are made of concrete.
Was watching Football and each time the football game went to commercial I would switch to the Nascar race. All I saw was JJ, tight shot or JJ in car camera. I guess it is another JJ show.

To bad.

David said...

Kyle can't get his tear off on his visor off. Fingerprinted it up, wants a rag to clean it. Made note to put a tab on visor next year.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon, this is the race blog. Brian was on RaceDay. That is the other post. Thanks.

David said...

Huh JD? You lost me. I was answering a previous annon person's question. I want this race season just over with so that hopefully there will be changes at ESPN in the offseason.

I do think we need a new format in perhaps a forum type but then you start talking about $$ and hackers.

Anonymous said...

Punch is just bad. Just call the action and stop telling stories.

Sally said...

Hmmm. Looks like there are some drivers going all outtoday that we might not have expected! Interesting.

Daly Planet Editor said...

There will be changes all over the place for next season. Keeping this format through Jan 1st.

glenc1 said...

you know, I have to admit...MRN made that Montoya hit sound a lot more exciting than it looked. But...I think that's the direction to be erring in, not the other way around.

yes, Giants fan here.

Patrick said...

How in the world do they miss an accident on pit road? They just don't know how to pick the right cameras. It's almost comical, if it weren't so sad. Painful.

Buschseries61 said...

That was chaos.

Sally said...

JD, whatever format you use, just don't leave us hanging next year! This blog is the only thing that gets me through to races most weekends!

bevo said...

Dang it my two guys are banging into each other!

Can't believe there were people yesterday saying Reid wasn't any better than Punch.

Anonymous said...

Reed is behind the wall.

David said...

Wow. ESPN looked lost. No one looking out the window. Glad they caught a replay. Tough day for RPM and E-Sad.

Tony and Juan....fiery little bunch there...

Daly Planet Editor said...

One way or another, we will make it work next year. Just depends on where I am and what I am doing.

red said...

i'm out. have a great evening, gang!

Anonymous said...

Oh, thank god: I was worried they weren't going to have another chance to show the Texas wreck. Glad they got that in again.

Buschseries61 said...

104960194 replay of Johnson's Texas wreck.

David said...

Well JD the benefits of other formats is if you can approve accounts you can give permissions to users to remove posts/etc. Should be interesting.

But I do need to echo the thanks for all you have done for us the past 3 years. If it wasn't for here I would lose my mind and really probably be about fed up with NASCAR. At least here it has been proven certain people DO look, DO listen and DO care. So thanks to Rick Allen, Steve Byrnes, SPEED, FOX, Kyle Petty, and any others that have come here and given us some consideration!

Daly Planet Editor said...

There are so many TV guys, PR reps and network folks who funnel info here I could never do it without their help.

Gymmie said...

One of the football coaches at my old high school his brother use to be the Lions coach for years Wayne Fontes.

Why is Jimmie b**ching about people racing him this IS a race right?

Thanks for your hard sorry some people can't find lives and have to harass you :(

Buschseries61 said...

Hard to believe Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, and Brian Vickers have not been mentioned once in over 130 laps!

Charlie said...

When is the Espn contract up - in 3 years?

Just think what kind of shape Nascar racing will be in after Espn gets done with their contract.

boyd said...

JD,
we do appreciate all of it. I'll follow you with changes that you make.

Dot said...

@ JD, I'll follow in the TDP conga line too.

Sally said...

Well, I guess Junior isn't going to change his luck before the end of the year, is he? What a nightmare! Of course, bouncing the car off the wall several times doesn't help. Sigh.

David said...

full screen green flag stop...

Does PIP technology elude ESPN?

This run-time is scaring me. Won't be around for the end of this one I don't think

MikeC said...

After ESPN gets done with this current contract, they may have damaged NASCAR enough that they'll be able to retain the rights for less money.

David said...

No love for Casey Mears either? Pretty solid day all around for RCR

Anonymous said...

ok not even fishing showing a pitstop and go 2 a commercial that makes alot of sense.

Dot said...

Thru the field on MRN

bevo said...

Add me to the appreciation line JD! Be glad to make a contribution to help with the expenses.

Anyone else think of that old Hee Haw song "Gloom, Despair and Agony On Me" whenever they show Jr these days? :)

Anonymous said...

The problem is that is that if NASCAR wants network television in the fall, they have little choice but to deal with ESPN.

Now, things may all change with Versus and NBC becoming corporate cousins before too long - Bob Costas hosting the Indy 500, anyone?

Daly Planet Editor said...

IRL will absolutely move to NBC...trust me. They want to promote that property badly....

Buschseries61 said...

Brad D just repeated the same RCR praise everyone else has already said.

David said...

Annon, sounds better than Brent M!

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