Friday, May 15, 2009

Live Blogging The Camping World Trucks From Charlotte

Friday night the Camping World Truck Series will be putting on a show at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Coverage starts at 7:30PM with Krista Voda and the pre-race show.

Rick Allen takes over at 8PM to call the action with Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip alongside. Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander will be reporting from pit road.

This field has Cup regulars, truck series regulars and plenty of one-timers with nothing to lose. Other than Daytona, this may be the biggest stage for the truck series drivers with the top owners in the sport all in attendance.

SPEED has perfected the old-school approach to this sport, from the solo anchor in the pre-race to only two pit reporters. The pictures show the racing and the commentary talks about the action the TV viewers are actually watching.

Michael Waltrip needs to make sure and play his role in this coverage, hopefully Rick Allen will be able to keep Waltrip's enthusiasm in check. This trio has come a long way from their first season together and has been working well this year.

Great pictures and sound come from this track at night with the Musco lighting that features no infield light poles to obstruct the view of the fans or the TV viewers.

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Truck Race Slides Under The All-Star Radar

There have been many hours of programming on SPEED and many interviews on ESPN's NASCAR Now about the All-Star race on Saturday night. The Sprint Cup guys will certainly have the spotlight, but many of them may wind-up talking about what happened on Friday at the track.

The Camping World Truck Series is coming to the Lowe's Motor Speedway at 8PM ET on Friday night and the field is an incredible mix of drivers from all sorts of NASCAR series. Click here for the Jayski page with the race information.

As many fans already know, the ingredients for one of the best races of the season are in place. Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman will join truck series regulars Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday Jr. for the race. Add-in drivers like Brian Ickler, Colin Braun and Tayler Malsam and the combination of Cup drivers, truck series regulars and youngsters with nothing to lose is going to make things interesting.

Krista Voda will kick things off on SPEED at 7:30PM with The Set-up pre-race show. Voda should be able to call on the two veteran pit reporters Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander to set the complete line-up for viewers. There are a ton of good stories inside the drivers and teams set to compete.

Rick Allen will take over at 8PM to call the race. Alongside Allen will be Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip. Allen enjoys tracks like this and the type of excitement he conveys is wonderful on TV. Parsons is the authority on this series and even Waltrip has learned to handle his analyst role on these broadcasts.

Lowe's Motor Speedway under the lights is still a fantastic venue for live TV coverage. The size and speed of the trucks really lend themselves to this type of track and SPEED will definitely have every available camera ready for the fireworks.

Friday night's race is only the seventh time the Camping World Trucks have visited LMS. Many drivers in this race have competed in all seven of those events. The trucks retain the old school feel of racing and the action should be intense.

As CWTS fans already know, often the truck race is the best of the weekend when the Sprint Cup and truck series run side-by-side. Despite the hype and promotion, this scenario may once again come true on this big All-Star weekend in North Carolina.

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