Saturday, February 13, 2010

Live Blogging The Truck Series In Daytona (SPEED - 6:30PM)


The familiar team returns for SPEED to cover the only national caliber NASCAR series carried by the network from start to finish. The formula is now familiar.

SPEED has perfected the "less is more" philosophy of producing NASCAR races. Two pit reporters, Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander, cover pit road. One host, Krista Voda, handles the entire thirty minute pre-race show.

Once the race starts, Rick Allen lends his brand of excitement by calling the play by play action. Allen may be a homer, but it is very clear he feels personally attached to the teams and drivers in the Camping World Truck Series. SPEED likes the emphasis on what is going on at the front of the pack and the volume level on high.

Speaking of volume, Michael Waltrip will be stepping back into the CWTS booth to offer color commentary again this season. Waltrip keeps himself updated on the series, but sometimes has an internal battle about how to fit into a three man TV booth.

Alongside of Waltrip is Phil Parsons, also a former driver. Rather than go with the typical driver and crew chief combination, SPEED has kept these two personalities together. Most of the time, the two split the commentary and replay explanations.

The trucks have been the biggest victims of the financial squeeze. Top drivers like Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford have been forced to the sidelines. Crawford has a ride for tonight, but his future on the track this season is unknown.

It will be very cold tonight in Daytona, but the weather is clear and the trucks always look good under the lights. The SPEED producer and director team up to keep the focus on the best racing on the track and leave the hype and special effects behind.

This post will host your comments about the TV coverage on SPEED of the Camping World Truck Series from Daytona. To add your opinion, 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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80 comments:

Ryan said...

Benson is racing tonight

Daly Planet Editor said...

Ryan,

I did not say JB was not, just that he was sidelined last season.

JB has a potentially good thing going this season and not so for Rick Crawford.

Trying to point out that someone who is a mainstay of the series is in trouble after this week.

Thanks for pointing that out.

JD

Anonymous said...

Krista is very good on-air, but MAN she need wardrobe help....BAD! What the hell is she wearing?

Lou said...

you have to love Krista Voda on the pre race show. what a professional that some should watch

Walter said...

Mr Editor -
At the risk of sounding too nostalgic for many of your followers, all is well in NASCAR land ...Dr Punch is back in his element and sounded at-home ...on NASCAR Live, NASCAR exec Jim Hunter put it best when asked how the sport can recoup its popularity, saying "By doing just this, sharing the new faces and telling the stories of our history ...Max Papis was inspiring and the King said, "We are not down, just leveled off like the economy" ..."it will be back" ...seems to me these simple things bode well for a good 2010
Walter

Daly Planet Editor said...

Walter, I am hoping that SPEED can top off a great TV day for the sport and really set-up the race tomorrow.

Martin Vincent said...

I'll give my first S&P report for the season. With some of last year's S&P teams "selling" their owner points, it appears the only S&P team tonight will be the #21 SS Green Light Racing Dodge.

I assume the Rick Ware Racing and Daisy Ramirez Motorsports trucks will go the distance and Norm Benning was known last year to make a legitimate effort to race all day.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wow, MV! That would be great! I know they have a long break before the next race as well.

PammH said...

Have NO idea who Krista was talking about in regards to Snooky. I'm old, I don't watch that crap.

David said...

Dear God Benning will run all day but he will be a rolling bus stop along the way much like Thursday.

21 is a start and park.

I really am pulling for Jason White though

PammH said...

Love the new flagstand!

Charlie said...

Temp 47, feels like 44°, WNW winds at 6 mph at Daytona right now.

PammH said...

Welp, that's 2 for 2 sucking at the anthem so far.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, that is going to be cold for the fans up in the stands with the wind blowing!

David said...

MV, you wouldn't happen to know exactly what former Roush truck Jason White is driving. They said the #95 is the #6 that ran Talladega in the fall but is the #23 the truck from Daytona last Feb or a different truck?

Vicky D said...

It's going to be freezing for those fans. Hope they got their longjohns on today.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should be interesting to see if this works out tonight or looks like the ARCA race.

David said...

JD I really feel this race will be spectacular. It will have wrecks but it will also have a better likelihood of having a last lap pass. I really just despise that NW aero package and think it is the worst race of Speedweeks aside from the ARCA race.

Tomorrow will be nothing short of amazing the final 40 laps.

Thank you Phil Parsons for answering that question I had!

Vicky D said...

As long as David Starr doesn't wreck, his fans in Houston will be really happy. He's got his teammate right next to him on the start.

David said...

Spoke too soon.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Not the start the series was looking for. Let's see the replay.

David said...

Austin Dillon panicked and wadded em up I feel...

Makes for an interesting race now.

David said...

Crafton barely made it

Vicky D said...

dang it!

Daly Planet Editor said...

That really took the wind out of the sails for the trucks.

NorCalFan said...

I can't seem to find a Leaderboard for this race. Nascar.com is running radio broadcast only.

Martin Vincent said...

@David - I couldn't tell you what Roush trucks went to what teams, I'm just guessing White's truck was one of the good Roush trucks since he opted to leave it intact instead of reskinning it into a Dodge.

I did hear Kyle Busch say his truck was a Roush truck and he cut the nose off to make it into a Toyota.

Martin Vincent said...

@NorCalFan - You won't find a Leaderboard, there has never been one for the Truck races. There's not even a Live Qualifying available anymore for this series.

David said...

MV, Parsons said White's truck was Braun's backup truck from last year

David said...

Uhhh, glitchy much SPEED?

Martin Vincent said...

What's going on with the video feed? It just disappeared twice in less than 5 minutes and the audio was muffled the second time.

Martin Vincent said...

@David - Would you happen to know how long Donny Lia is expected to race the #21? He's running 16th at this time and the #08 truck always dropped to the back and quit early last year.

Martin Vincent said...

#49 McCumbee is listed as "off". Is he a S&P?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Looked like an uplink glitch for SPEED. Maybe the wind?

David said...

MV I was just about to ask you that. Im guessing since it is Daytona they will try to run all day. Probably an old Jason White truck they are running and the purse money might be enough to justify trying to get a top 10?

GinaV24 said...
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GinaV24 said...

well, that's disappointing for me. I was looking forward to watching Landon Cassill race tonight. What a shame to have a wreck on the first lap.

Cold is right, JD. Windy and night time racing makes for a cold night. I hope the people there have their long undies on!

GinaV24 said...

Are they under caution again?

Martin Vincent said...

@David - If Donny Lia was going to park the truck, he likely would have stayed home in New York to be with his girlfriend and newborn baby. Bobby Dotter or Johnny Chapman could have run the 3 laps and parked it in his place. He's probably going to go the distance.

David said...

Ricky got into him. Ever so little but he got there

GinaV24 said...

Darn, is this going to be a race of attrition?

Vicky D said...

I wish they would reset the field.

NorCalFan said...

The adrenaline needs to be taken down a notch. This has become a costly race for team owners.

Looked like Carmichael barely touched Hornaday but it could have felt totally different.

Mike said...

I really wish we had online scoring. It would be real nice now with this many trucks wrecked.

David said...

Looked like Ricky got there as Ron was moving up. Bad deal.

Nan S said...

Go Max. He and Piquet survive.

FYI, saw a big billboard off the 91 freeway today advertising Danica's Nascar race at Fontana. There is to be no relief.

David said...

I give Ricky alot of credit to stand up there and take the blame. Good job by SPEED covering that wreck

Sally said...

And classy of Hornaday not to point fingers.

PammH said...

Not many trucks left in this race-good grief! And Mikey is not being over the top for some reason. Pretty gd coverage so far.

Martin Vincent said...

Mikey pointed out the big crowd, but let's not forget the ticket holders for the Nationwide race could stay to watch the Truck race. Don't know if the attendance would have been that big had the race been held last night.

Mike said...

I agree MW really hasn't bothered me too much tonight but I was screaming at the duals coverage so my expectations for tomorrow are not high.

David said...

Phil's overly talking about Piquet Jr is getting annoying...

Gary said...

Bump drafting on the back straightaway today has cost owners some big $$ during today's double-header.

Would like to see a track graphic of where "bumps gone wrong" happened today.

Maybe, Nationwide could turn it into a "safety report."

NorCalFan said...

Maybe KB will get his laps back yet. A live leaderboard sure would be nice right now with about 20 trucks left in the race and some of them are laps down.

Otherwise, really good broadcast and excellent overhead replays on the accidents.

Sally said...

Oooooh. Skinner isn't happy that Kyle B was pushing a ford, is he?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Max Papis in the top ten.....

Mike said...

Why don't they have soft walls there? That's right its an ISC track

Anonymous said...

Turned on the broadcast to see what was going and dangit, 2 minutes and MW has me ready to turn it off. He can't shut his mouth even when he knows what he is saying is wrong......

Ohh, how do the Toyota prancing idiots in the booth have the balls to not even comment when Skinner calls out Busch for messing with the race when he is 20 laps down. Not that Skinner is right but man, that is a comment from a driver that should be discussed.

TV guys should put into the contracts that announers can't accept money from spnosors.

I still can figure out why the ratings are down though....arrgg...

Branden said...

Kyle Busch is asking to be dumped, he is what 18 laps down get out of the way already.

David said...

why didn't they just break away from that break?

Anonymous said...

Mr editor, are the Truck races blogs usually this slow?

David said...

this is about normal

sam said...

MW just said something about KB and he's right, he should get out the way or somebody should wreck him!

Daly Planet Editor said...

The truck blogs are always the slowest because the SPEED coverage has been better than the Cup or Nationwide series TV.

This same TV package has been working for fans for many years now.

Only one that gets comments is MW and he has been pretty good tonight.

David said...

I think KB is going to push the 95 to the win

Mike said...

I'm not usually here for the truck races, I just watch them. I live here for the cup races except when they are on TNT

David said...

18 bowed out of lead pack

Sally said...

Holy Cow. that was quite a finish.

bozo said...

bodine tried to block, should have stayed where he was, mw blew that

Daly Planet Editor said...

This should be an interesting Todd Bodine interview.

NorCalFan said...

wow, another great truck finish.

Vicky D said...

Good interview with Todd our guy finished 19th after being in 2 wrecks!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Classy interview....nice.

David said...

I'm thrilled for Timothy. I was pulling for Jason White big time but no one could really get that outside going

Chris from NY said...

Great race. Congrats to Peters. I stayed off of here so I could see the whole race. After all, who wants to miss one of the best races of the year?

glenc1 said...

it was a great race last 13 laps, all I got home in time for. But I must say, Mikey was not annoying and I thought he actually brought up some good points, at least in the short segment I saw. was impressed with Todd's interview, the last couple years, I think he finally gets it.

Sophia said...

It's been a great week or racing so far.

Most refreshing? GRACIOUS losers as oppposed to spoiled brats stomping off to their cribs or throwing people under the bus. Great job.

We got a DVR box for the new 52 inch tv! SPEED in HD is fab. My room mate treated himself to a DVR and after the flying chunk of ice from a mofo semi trashed his windshield today--GRATEFUL to be alive and in center lane of Interstate when it happened!!--- he had fun setting up DVR tonight and playing with it.

So, I guess we've reached the new technology Era. My eyes hurt too bad to figure out how to program the new deal so I will still tape DAYTONA on 2 VCR's tomorrow while I hear Mardi Gras tunes. The pub should have tvs of the race on.

Roomie will try DVRing 500 for me.

I thought MW was great tonight and my housemate enjoyed him. A little too much constant chatter in the booth...could've had more quiet moments to let the GREAT CAMERA work speak for itself. Like seeing somebody different win.

THANK YOU SPEED for not interrupting the flow or the race with in car cams/bumper cams.

WIDES SHOTS ARE THE WAY TO GO!

Daytona looked beautiful.

:)

Anonymous said...

I have to admit, other than having Waltrip in the booth th broadcase was GREAT!!!!! I hope tommorows Cup race will be as good!

Jimbacca said...

Great show as usual. The amount of non bus action was amazing. Crazy wrecks and people not instantly flying off the handle. Even the vets when a younger driver helped them out of the race weren't mad. For some reason the trucks seem to understand new people need to learn. New people mess up.

Get the cup cars to run like the trucks and look out. Some of the best racing around from little to big tracks.

Coverage great as usual. My wal-meter must be zoning out because mikey wasn't as annoying as usual.

Great racing great coverage. Too bad the trucks don't get more love from nascar.

bevo said...

Just got finished watching the race on my Tivo. Very good job by SPEED other than the video glitches at the start of the race. Rick Allen stands out in his role as usual, be great if SPEED and TNT could arrange it for him to call the mid-season Cup races this year.