Friday, March 26, 2010

Jimmy Spencer Adds Some Friday TV Spice

Martinsville is a FOX and SPEED weekend. The Camping World Trucks run on SPEED Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series airs live Sunday on FOX. That leaves all day Friday and Saturday morning for SPEED to cover practice and qualifying sessions for both series.

Bridging the gaps in this part of the weekend schedule is a show called NASCAR Live. Originally, it was just host John Roberts sitting alone on the SPEED Stage with two roving reporters combing through the garage for interviews and news. Now, it seems that things have changed.

Once again this weekend, the Friday and Saturday editions of this program will be a little larger. Roberts will be joined on the SPEED Stage by Hermie Sadler and Jimmy Spencer. If you squint your eyes a bit, it kind of looks like the RaceDay line-up.

NASCAR Live will be helped by Bob Dillner and Randy Pemberton reporting from the garage areas. In addition, Steve Byrnes will be sitting-in for Roberts on several of the live programs. Roberts has a little two-hour show called RaceDay to prepare for on Sunday morning.

Over the past several years, Roberts has been clutch in his ability to flex this program with what was actually happening at the track and on TV. He has been sitting in the rain, dealing with TV technical problems and and frying in the summer heat while bridging the gap between live sessions on the track.

SPEED is being very smart in ramping-up these programs and trying to bring a top notch level of coverage across the board. The NASCAR on FOX announce team of Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds handles all the Sprint Cup Series activity. Meanwhile, SPEED's Camping World Truck Series team of Rick Allen, Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons covers the truck sessions.

Since Spencer was removed from the RaceDay and Victory Lane programs, he has been pushed into an off-balance thirty minute rant and rave show called What's the Deal? Click here to review the recent TDP column where we asked why Mr. Excitement had been buried after line dancing cowboys and a meatball making chef.

Spencer was also on NASCAR Live last week in Bristol. His appearances made one thing very clear. He still does not get it. TV needs Spencer to address an issue, stick to that issue and then be quiet. Adding Sadler to the panel means that there will also be another viewpoint represented and that is very healthy.

Just when Roberts had gotten used to looking over and seeing Kyle Petty, he now gets to see Spencer once again. Both Roberts and Byrnes get the challenge of seeing just what Spencer can bring to this program which was already going quite well with Sadler flying solo.

So, in between sessions on the track, make sure and keep an eye on the new line-up of NASCAR Live. The complete Friday and Saturday NASCAR TV schedule is on the right side of the TDP homepage.

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51 yr. fan said...

Another of Speeds incompetent
decisions. It makes it easy for
me to skip this program and watch
MLB when I get the opportunity to
watch TV this afternoon. Only thing to view will be qualifying.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Cold and rainy at Martinsville I am told. Hope they get everything in today.

KoHoSo said...

Last year, I found that I had finally heard more than enough from Jimmy Spencer. Unless it is an old race highlight, whenever I see him on television, I go to another channel or just turn the TV off.

It's really a shame. Just like both of the Waltrip brothers, I used to find Spencer to be fun to watch even if I did not agree with his opinions. Now he has become so bitter, self-righteous, and afflicted with diarrhea of the mouth that I will not put up with him. It really makes me wonder why Speed keeps him on instead of finding another former driver that can voice strong opinions without being a total [insert popular slang term for a male donkey here]. Jimmy Spencer or the advertisers that are supporting him being on the air for me. I'll just keep up with today's action online, thank you very much.

Chris from NY said...

List of networks that are seemingly run by either toddlers or complete Dee Dee Dees:

Disney Channel
TV Land
[Insert You-Know-Who here]
...and many more.

Allison said...

I disagree with the gang here. The loss of Jimmy Spencer has taken the air out of Raceday. NASCAR is all about colorful characters, yet one by one they are tossed out by the media. Pretty soon we'll have Jimmy Johnson clones all over the place. If ABC was running IndyCar practice and qualifying at St Pete today, I'd be all over that. Hopefully I can pick up some F1 programming to get me through to the Cup race this weekend.

My grandmother used to say, "be careful what you wish for".

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JohnP said...

I see the Nascar idiot has been let loose again.. That's ashame..

Daly Planet Editor said...

Sorry about that gang. The weird part for me is that Spencer was not on the air today.

No clue yet what happened. Will update it here.

longtimeracefan said...

Who said that Jimmy Spencer was going to be on Speed today?

Anonymous said...

All of this talk about Spencer is well and good but I still don't understand what happened to him. Was he released from the two shows he used to do or what? If he was released, do we know the exact reason? I don't mean speculation here either. I mean real facts.

darcie said...

I was just watching my Tivo of Nascar Live. Does anyone know why Kyle Petty wears a black band over the number 45 on his baseball cap?

Daly Planet Editor said...

I am going to call Jimmy Spencer's absence in Martinsville Friday a "logistical issue." Right now, not sure if he will be there for the Saturday "NASCAR Live."

No clue from SPEED about Spencer. Just silence. Kyle was groomed, moved into a high profile job with TNT and did he took over.

That was one of the points in my column. First, Spencer gets booted from RaceDay and Victory Lane so he no longer travels.

Then, he gets the worst formatted and produced TV show on SPEED with What's the Deal buried on late Monday night.

All of a sudden, he is back on the schedule as the third panelist for NASCAR Live, which used to be nothing more than a "bridge" program to get between on-track sessions.

This SPEED stuff is getting more fun all the time!


Daly Planet Editor said...


Google adam+petty+wiki and you will get your answer.


Donna DeBoer said...

So, what's the deal with Jimmy? Can you believe I'm actually asking that?

longtimeracefan said...
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longtimeracefan said...

Jimmy Spencer's profile is gone from the "Personalities" tab on Speed's NASCAR on Speed web page.

Bye Jimmy . . . it was fun, for a while.

Bruce Simmons (Brusimm) said...

"If you squint your eyes a bit, it kind of looks like the RaceDay line-up."

LMAO... once I stopped laughing, well, my eyes were watering and YES, it does look like the RaceDay line-up!