Sunday, February 14, 2010

Live Blogging Sprint Cup Series In Daytona (FOX - 12PM ET)


They are calling it FOX NASCAR Sunday. Basically, it's still Chris Myers, Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip from the Hollywood Hotel in Daytona.

FOX starts the Sprint Cup Series season on a cold and clear day in Florida. NASCAR has undergone several months of changes that have resulted in a solid increase in fan interest. Now, the action on the track has to live up to the hype.

The Hollywood Hotel is going to be the place for FOX to rise to the occasion. Myers has been both the best and worst of what NASCAR needs on TV. On this day, he cannot act as the "California outsider" who does not know a lugnut from a fuel cell. TV viewers need the informed and well-spoken Myers seen on other programs.

The NASCAR on FOX pit reporters are Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda and Dick Berggren. This team has been together for a long time and each has worked very hard to be accepted in the sport. FOX continues to be the standard in this area.

Mike Joy has been calling the action in Daytona for a long time. His challenge this February is to help the sport get back on solid footing after a tough 2009. There is little doubt he is the right man for the job. Having already handled the Bud Shoot Out and the Gatorade Duels, the big race is in good hands.

Larry McReynolds has been keeping a low profile and limiting his comments so far this season. After a big bump in the road last year that caused hard feelings all around, McReynold is looking to have a smooth telecast. Still the most detail oriented analyst on NASCAR TV, he should be able to get himself back on track before the checkered flag.

Fan comments have been flying about Darrell Waltrip this season. He was called out by Jack Roush for negative comments about the sport. Then, Denny Hamlin said DW was always telling the drivers how to drive. The bottom line is that Waltrip has been the most high-profile analyst in the sport for a decade. Criticism comes with the territory.

DW will be clearly in the spotlight once the action begins as the story of bump-drafting begins to unfold. NASCAR is turning the drivers loose and has changed many rules since last season. From contact in the corners to the green/white/checkered finish, things are going to be very different in this race.

FOX Sports executive David Hill admitted he was wrong about the later start times. The race today will be underway by 1:20PM ET. Hill admitted he would back off with the Digger character after negative reactions from fans. Finally, Hill said there would be no online streaming of this race because that protected the FOX local stations. That really does not help fans without TV access.

This is the fourth season of offering a live TV race blog. We are looking for your comments on the FOX coverage of this event. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Just click on the comments button below to add your opinion. Thanks and let's go racing!

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Wrong page guys, the RaceDay blog is one story below. Just scroll down.

Thanks!

JD

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hi all, told it is still cold in Daytona but the entire frontstretch is sold out!

David said...

Lets do work folks!!!

Spider said...

Was the audio behind on your end people? Was on my Dish.

PammH said...

I got chills with that opening-it's been a looong off-season!

Everett Painter said...

Just switched over from Race Day and Fox is down (DirecTV, along with several other channels). Anyone else experiencing this?

Newracefan said...

Meyers Dude Carl's wife is not pregnant and minute now she's due to deliver any minute now she's been pregnant for some time now. Significant difference.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Little off on the DW tease, not it's fine.

PS - Cars are still going through tech this AM. Carl Edwards to the back after an engine change.

Walter said...

DirecTV post - "No need to call us ...we are aware this TV station is temporarily unavailable."

Newracefan said...

Ever, not here with Comcast, try your SD cannnel

Daly Planet Editor said...

The rules change piece is interesting....

Steve L. said...

Knoxville, TN FOX station off the air having difficulties. DirecTV #43.
Bet folks are having a cow about now there. I have the west coast feed or I'd be mad myself.

Spider said...

Wow, what a way to start with a tech glicht. Still stuttering on my Dish Network. How about ya'll as we say in the south?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Keep feeding me the station info. Working on it.

PammH said...

I'm good on Dish here in MI. Good grief, can't get away from the DP hype even today.

Walter said...

Live feed OK on Fox News w/weather guy (& race fan) Rick Reichmuth ...no mention of tech glitch

Daly Planet Editor said...

You guys thought Danica mania was over yesterday? Come on now!

Andrew said...

Hey guys! Ready to get this season started!

The DVR says this is only supposed to go until 5:00pm. Anyone else setting to DVR until 6:15? I have the feeling we may get a long red flag today. Dunno why.

Nice job so far by FOX. I was wondering how they were going to deal with Danica-mania; looks like they just hit the highlights and moved on. Excellent.

David said...

Extenze...wowness

Spider said...

Still messy on Dish here in S.C. Audio not synced.
Guess they should have had us there JD to help.

Newracefan said...

I added 1 hour to DVR hope it's enough.

Daly Planet Editor said...

FYI DirectTV HotPass drivers are Kahne (795), Hamlin (796), Johnson (797), and Earnhardt (798).

Damon said...

A Danica commercial and race highlights from yesterday in the first 13 minutes of the pre-race show, HAHAHAHAHA......take that, haters!


Now back to the show

Daly Planet Editor said...

Looks like the ExtenZe guys are actually buying the cheaper local station and cable spots.

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PammH said...

Driving Tim McGraw on the stage was kewl!

Andrew said...

Poor Tim McGraw. He sounds awful.

Andrew said...

@JD - Would that also make it harder for the FCC and/or the FDA to get after them for making false claims?

Anonymous said...

I want to give Tim some lemon tea. But the show must go on...nothing you can really do if you have an obligation...

Daly Planet Editor said...

McGraw said he did a concert last night in the Midwest and flew out in a snowstorm overnight to get to Daytona. Nice effort.

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Anonymous said...

Colorado Springs Fox station still can't hit the breaks on time. We keep seeing the Fox Sports logo, just like during the Shootout.

Becky [@hightechredneck] said...

So FOX has nothing else to cover other than Tim McGraw's pre-race concert? There are no drivers to interview? Nothing against Tim, but I'm watching for the driver interviews and the race not a concert.

Steve L. said...

25 mins into it and Knoxville still out!
Bad way to start season off, right?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Fox has normally had a song or two from the Daytona pre-race show talent.

Apparently, DirecTV problem in Knoxville. Station fine on cable TV.

Daly Planet Editor said...

This is a new feature for the Fox races. He will be here for every event.

Spider said...

Well folks, I worked the Daytona race for 19 years and this one would have been my twentieth. Somehow last year I knew it would be may last and I would not make it to number 20. Nerves were shot, tired of the BS, and just plain ole burnt out.
Now I play music in a Blues band so,
I am off to a fund raiser today, performing a song or two then back for the race finish. It true when they say it's sometimes is better on TV chllling on the couch, drinking your own drinks and eating your own food. I might make some cheap hamburgers and hotdogs so my system doesn't go into shock. Later! Off to the gig!

Jeff said...

Coldest since the 70's my butt, we froze half to death in '99, it was in the high 40's and windy as all get out

Anonymous said...

In case you didn't know, Mark Martin is 51 years old. I've heard the age mentioned twice so far.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I was just thinking of how many times we heard Jerry Punch say that during the Chase...

Everett Painter said...

Still down in Knoxville....nice.

Daly Planet Editor said...

EP, just on DirecTV though right?

Walter said...

JD -
DirecTV problems not resolved

Spider said...

On Dish, audio getting closer to matching. OR, maybe DW's jaws flapping so fast the feed can't keep up? LOL

Everett Painter said...

JD....DirecTV is all I've got.

Steve L. said...

It's all local stations on DirecTV in Knoxville that are out. Not just FOX.

David said...

There are 2 trophies Tony is missing from here. Surprised everyone forgets about the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona...

Everett Painter said...

All of the local (Knoxville) stations on DirecTV are down...at least we'll have Hot Pass....hopefully.

bundy71 said...

hd 43 is out in pa. but the sd is alright

Sally said...

Just got back from riding my horse, and am ready for my next fix of 'horsepower'!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Here is a good one just in. Danica generated 976 thousand folks visiting NASCAR.com yesterday.

Ultimately, that resulted in 7.1 million pageviews during that one day. A record.

Wonder what today will bring?

Becky [@hightechredneck] said...

Does anyone here listen to Trackpass Scanner? I know it's still a bit before the green flag drops, but I usually hear the officials on the officials channel by now. All I'm getting is a high pitched beep. Does anyone else have any chatter?

Mark said...

All of the local stations in Richmond, VA are also out

David said...

Becky I listen to it on 2 browsers to double my listening pleasure. If your getting beeps that means the channel is working, there just isn't any chatter I would imagine...

Ok after listening, NASCAR.com needs to get their stuff together which I imagine they will shortly.

Newracefan said...

Becky have gotten the beeps before should be OK

David said...

That wasn't a very good splice between live and pre-recorded

Daly Planet Editor said...

Not even close. And just when they were on a roll. Money talks my friends....

Andrew said...

@David - No, not so much. Poor Chris Myers was staring for awhile. :p

alex said...

That whole bit wasn't necessary.

Andrew said...

@JD - Or, in this case, the corporate parent...

Becky [@hightechredneck] said...

The beeps on Trackpass Scanner are gone. I'm now hearing the officials. Thank goodness. I thought I'd have to open a can of whoop @ss on NASCAR.com. LOL

David said...

So nice to see the 500 end in the daylight again!

I will say this now after it was said many times in the offseason, and that is Thank You NASCAR for the earlier and more consistent start times!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Andrew, how about those poor Nationwide Series guys who have to listen to the same Comic Book Heroes song all season long from Radio Disney?

Walter said...

JD -
DirecTV's local feed (Roanoke)remains out ...no info from from '800' number or local station

Andrew said...

@JD - I didn't get much of it since I DVR'd the NW race, but if it's the worst we can complain about with ESPN this year, I'll take it.

Also, nice anthem!

Andrew said...

Oh thank GOD Featherlite got a new commercial!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Harry to sing the anthem all year long

David said...

Alright my friends I will be doing as I normally do and monitoring the 18 and the 42. Will hop around to the 14 and such as things play out.

I'm VERY excited about this one!!!

bevo said...

Just turned the TV over to the race coverage. Didn't watch RaceDay or pre-race. Figured out from last year it was putting me in a bad mood for the actual race.

Let's see if Fox can top ESPN's coverage yesterday.

Vicky D said...

Great anthem by Harry Connick plus his jacket was very good looking. Let's go racing!

Andrew said...

HD feed on Comcast in Tallahassee is stuttering every few minutes or so.

Andrew said...

Just got a ticker saying that DirecTV SD feed for Tally's FOX station (WTLH) isn't working. HD feed should be.

Justin said...

What is the deal with raceview its not working for me

Daly Planet Editor said...

Matt Kenseth's car will not fire. Pushed behind the wall...not good.

Andrew said...

Kenseth behind the wall already? He's running the new engine, isn't he?

David said...

Matt back on track

Walter said...

JD -
At least there's HotPass w/Fox audio

Martin Vincent said...

@JD - That was Kenseth's 2009 winning car!

Anonymous said...

That was a Dewalt 17. The car that he won with last year. It was on display. No issues with the Crown 17.

MikeC said...

Pour some Crown Royal into that #80....that'll warm it up to start.

Everett Painter said...

Still down in Knoxville...thankfully HotPass is up...except there is Latin programming on Jr's channel???

David said...

lol new scheme already messing up the tv czar

Daly Planet Editor said...

Last time I trust the media...rofl

Was Matt's car from LAST year. Nice.

Good pictures from the in-cars!

toomuchcountry said...

Connick's anthem singing was fine. But he's GOTTA remove that cap when he sings it. I understand he's proud of the Saints SB win, but that doesn't mean its OK not to remove your hat.

Branden said...

David, I will appreciate the 42 updates, I can't get my trackpass to work it freezes up Firefox

Daly Planet Editor said...

I'm giving the media guys a load of grief over that one.

David said...

Run it on IE Branden. Also make sure your scripts are allowed

bozo said...

Petty isn't even driving the pace car

Branden said...

One question gents and ladies, is there anyway I can get the comments to auto refresh, my fingers hurt hitting F5 so much lol

Everett Painter said...

DirecTV has displayed alternate channels to watch coverage...

Sally said...

I gotta remember to mute the start to avoid the DW start....

Branden said...

I tried that David it won't load, disabled popup blocker allowed scripts no luck

Daly Planet Editor said...

No, we tried other stuff but it was chaos. Might eventually switch to another program.

Andrew said...

BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY! LET'S GO RACIN', BOYS!

Walter said...

JD -
local feed still out ...HotPass refers to HD channels, so good to go on DirecTV

Sally said...

Andrew, no fair! I muted the TV just to avoid that!

bevo said...

HotPass using Fox audio. Be sure to turn it down before you change channels back to your local Fox station though.

David said...

Great wideshots so far

Daly Planet Editor said...

Got a group hanging back for sure.

Martin Vincent said...

After a whole year of annoying us with the fact that Mark Martin is 50 years old, Mike Joy now says he's "ageless"!... Does that mean they'll stop saying how old he is?

Sally said...

Oh no. In car camera for a pass? That's so wrong!

Daly Planet Editor said...

First in-car "miss" of the season and it was for the lead.

bozo said...

i found the best strategy for the comments is to click on the link for the actual blog for this race (vice the home page), then when you refresh it brings you to where you were automatically. If you post a comment, you post it then hit back twice on the browser to get back to reading the comments with the blue background.

Martin Vincent said...

Not a dig on Mike Joy, he wasn't the one annoying us with Mark's age. I phrased that wrong. Sorry Mike!

David said...

Bummer, they were slow getting to that wreck

bevo said...

I curse whoever developed in-car cameras.

Nice way to miss the wreck there Mr. Director

David said...

bevo its not the in car camera's fault. it is the fault of the folks in the truck for not switching fast enough.

bummer, Sam wrecked there goes my c list for my fantasy team...

David said...

surprised Denny is staying out, he went through the grass on that wreck

Daly Planet Editor said...

Not sure from TV how Max Papis got into that? Second wreck behind the first one?

David said...

Scratch that, Denny is coming in this time around

Andrew said...

Looks like they're watching the track again and not the monitors. Excellent.

What was not excellent was the large delay in cutting to the wreck.

bevo said...

@David- But if they were never developed we wouldn't have that problem :)

Really bad audio mix and levels on Jr's HotPass channel

Glenn said...

JD,
Is Artie in charge of this production?

bozo said...

I guess with 2.5 miles of track it's hard to catch everything, but that was a big pack of cars to not have a camera on it..they missed what happened. How many cameras do they use for this vice how many are used for the superbowl?

David said...

bevo i love in cars. I hate how over the last 5 years tho the knucklehead in the truck feels the need to "steer" it every half second. I like a stationary fixed onboard not one that can move in many directions. You lose perspective of where your at with it I think.

Jeff said...

so bummed, was hoping Hotpass was using MRN audio again this year

GinaV24 said...

is anyone else having trouble with trackpass?

David said...

Montoya not saying much right now. Radio is pretty quiet

Anonymous said...

This stinks that HotPass went back to the old format of TV network announcers with commercials. The raw network feed with MRN audio they used during the Chase was a million times better.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Yes, Artie Kempner is directing. Too much in-car so far, let's see if he learned his lesson. Got burned twice and could not find the wreck. No replay.

David said...

reports may be oil in 2

Glenn said...

I have NOT missed that ******* gopher cam.
I can see nothing from the ground.

Andrew said...

WLTH keeps cutting in with a scroll apologizing for problems with the DirecTV feed. Every time they do, my HD feed cuts to an SD feed. Very very aggravating.

Jeff said...

DW needs some new cliche's

bevo said...

DW starting to wear on me.

Sally said...

Hmmm. sounds like DW is telling drivers how to run the race, doesn't it?

GinaV24 said...

Boy, I lasted 19 laps before Ihad to mute the TV. Dw is just so annoying.

Finally got trackpass up and running, so now I can hear my driver's scanner.

Decent camera work so far.

Sally said...

Annoying bumpers again.

David said...

DW needs a mute button...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Good pictures, nice sound. Not too sure DW is having the best race right now.

David said...

Montoya loose, telling him everyone is loose

Sally said...

It's almost as if DW thinks it's against the law to just quietly watch the race unless something unusual is happening.

GinaV24 said...

OK, that old spice commercial was really weird. I miss the days of the hunky looking sailor coming home from the sea.

Sally said...

Good thing they interviewed BK so we knew he blew a tire.

bevo said...

@Sally- Exactly. Really listen to what he says, most of it is just blah blah blah

Charlie said...

It is nice seeing a race without the bottom ticker.

David said...

Car #102 hooked up

Vicky D said...

I thought that Old Spice commercial was strange also. Didn't like it.

Sally said...

E Sad running in 4th. good for him.

GinaV24 said...

Oh my goodness, the "A team"! tell me they didn't remake it.

Damon said...

Elliott always runs well at Daytona, no surprise there.

Haus14 said...

G'day all!!!! I have caught up on the DVR so I am ready to chat!

David said...

Montoya 8 laps from having to stop

Palmetto said...

'Kay, the A-Team trailer rocked.

bevo said...

Was that movie trailer like 5 minutes long?

GinaV24 said...

oh look, the digger cam

Glenn said...

I may be wrong with this thought.
I knew where more drivers were at and thought I knew more of what was going on in the truck race last night. I'm lost.
I know Marty Reid kept me better informed. (did I really say that)

This is the rolling commercial.
There's that da****dirt cam again.

GinaV24 said...

they aren't running in the usual big packs right now. If they give us the wide view instead of in car's you can actually see the race.

David said...

Kyle Busch says he can run wide open on the bottom, no one else can though so no help

Sally said...

Concentrating too much on the front of the field when nothing is going on there. And focus on 1 car at a time. Not helpful.

Newracefan said...

Need wider shots!

GinaV24 said...

Glenn, I agree. If not for the ticker at the top AND following the leaderboard and pitcommand on trackpass, I'd have no idea what the running order is based on what they are telling us on TV

David said...

Reutimann having a good run so far

bevo said...

@Glenn- You're not alone. Mike Joy needs to take the reigns here and get us reset. Too much DW jawing is losing us on what's going on.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Tough to see all the tight shots, wish they were just looking for racing action.

David said...

Montoya coming in 2 laps

Andrew said...

Go Dinger! Nice to see the 43 running well again. Been far too long. *knocks on wood*

GinaV24 said...

another few camera shots and well, off to another "quick break". Commercials, commercials.

bevo said...

Oh boy - another commercial.

This is a disjointed mess already.

David said...

Montoya coming now. FOX may miss his entry

David said...

They did

MikeC said...

I think this commercial break is off pace, due to the pit stops about to take place.

David said...

They missed the 5, 42 and 88 stops

Sally said...

Hard as it is to believe, I think ESPN spoiled us yesterday with their N'wide coverage. It was really good. So far, this isn't impressing me. except they've managed to not focus on JJ. And they managed to miss pit stops.

GinaV24 said...

Well, if it weren't so cold outside, I'd find something else to do until the last 30 laps of the race. This is a apretty lame broadcast.

Show the race, Fox and DW, please shut up and let Mike Joy call the race.

bevo said...

And they miss the start of pit stops.

Good Lord...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Swing and a miss.....pit stop.

PammH said...

Where is the FOX coverage I'm used to?? Mike Joy, ya gotta step it up, dude-NOW!

Andrew said...

What is up with all the commercials...and the bumpers during green flag racing? This is what yellows are for.

GinaV24 said...

Wow, could jr actually get lapped at a RP track?

Sally said...

Having to pit when he did, he sure can.

David said...

Pattie to Juan: Right rear shows a little wear but nothing terrible. Could have gone further if needed

Daly Planet Editor said...

Maybe the Fox booth is pacing itself today.....

David said...

DINGERRRRR!!!

Sally said...

Once again, David, you are on top if it for us!

GinaV24 said...

bored now

bevo said...

Joy needs to knock DW over the head and tell the director to bear down. This is spinning out of control.

Can't imagine anyone lured by Danica yesterday is still with this mess of a broadcast.

David said...

Dinger and Kurt coming next time

David said...

No changes on the 18

bevo said...

Newsflash for DW. It has rained, repeatedly, since the 24 Hour race.

David said...

great camera shot of that rotor

Newracefan said...

That pit stop coverage was just confusing, there is no rhythm to this camera work

Damon said...

GinaV24 said...
bored now

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An early yellow, a couple cars staying out when everybody else pits and a long green flag run will do that.

David said...

bevo, Rusty mentioned it yesterday that even though there has been alot of rain, there is still left over residue left from that 24 hour race. I disagree with both of them but just saying DW isn't the only one saying that...

David said...

So after the pit cycle the 2 and 43 make up 2 seconds on the 88 and 42

GinaV24 said...

Geez, I caught that wreck out of the corner of my eye and for a minute didn't realize it was a commercial for the race at Dover.

Jeff said...

Hotpass even sucks this year, no side by side on commercials

MikeC said...

This race has become a bit disjointed with the pit stops. Could probably use a caution to reset itself. But this is the typical Daytona 500 of late. Clean and green for the first 150 laps, and then more cautions in the last 50 laps than there were in the first 150.

Sally said...

So, shouldn't it be that way EVERY year? They always have the 24 hours before the 500.

David said...

Front 3 breakway getting run down by a huge single file pack

David said...

Sally, you would think. I tend to agree with you that it is an excuse for blowing a stop....

Sally said...

Thanks. I didn't remember anyone saying that last year when Jr. blew by his pit.

Andrew said...

Why is green-flag racing in the *small box*?!?

Sally said...

OK. Need a field reset after pit stops. They always do this! Have NO idea where anyone is running, and they go to a 'Nascar 101' spot instead? Oy.

bevo said...

DW admits he's just like us - Confused.

David said...

Front 3 maintaining, debate over who gets to lead pack #2 Montoya needs a break to get on the same sequence.

Simple explanation for today: The sun is out, this race will end in the daytime. So as spoiled as we have been by huge packs and side by side racing, that may not happen without a caution to close up the field.

Kyle Busch saying we got Atlanta Syndrome out here...

Sally said...

Logano is a lap down?

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