Sunday, March 21, 2010

Live Blogging Sprint Cup Series From Bristol (12PM - FOX)


NASCAR on FOX returns after a two week break with live coverage of the Sprint Cup Series race from the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Chris Myers will start the day from the Hollywood Hotel with Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond. This pre-race show has been all over the map this season. NASCAR interviews and features are mixed with comedy bits and what FOX considers entertainment.

Mike Joy will handle the call of the race with Waltrip and Larry McReynolds alongside. Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda and Dick Berggren will be the pit road reporters.

The TV challenge at Bristol revolves around two issues. The first is keeping the viewers informed of all the changes in position. One green flag pitstop will put a car a lap down at least. One jam-up behind a slow car can cause five or more lead lap positions to be shuffled.

The second issue is the TV images chosen by the director. This track is tiny. Putting a full field out under green flag conditions means cars are racing almost all the way around the track. Making a decision to only show two cars racing or using the in-car cameras live means eliminating a lot of the action.

The fundamental job of covering NASCAR live on TV is to show the folks at home what the fans in the stands are watching. By purposefully punching buttons and using equipment just because it's there, a big chunk of what happens on the track is never seen.

During the practice sessions, the FOX production team used the in-car cameras extensively. This may or may not be a hint at what is in store for today. When BMS was a single groove, it was easy for the cameras to follow the double-wide action into the corners knowing there would be trouble.

These days, BMS is a completely different animal. Two-wide racing is the norm and the TV team is searching for passing all over the track. It should be interesting to watch the way that the NASCAR on FOX team chooses to tell the stories.

This post will serve to host your comments on the Sprint Cup Series race from BMS on FOX. 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. Thank you as always for taking the time to stop by.

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Gymmie said...

Happy Race Day JD and the Planeteers! <3

Snow in TX and rain in TN :( at least Brian said it shouldn't be the monsoon he originally thought it would be.

Hope we get a good portion of the rain in if it does rain! I hate calling it but at least the teams can get ready for Martinsville if they do have to call it and CLT isn't too far of a ride back and forth regardless!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hi G, this one should be interesting!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Crowd was a little light (to say the least) yesterday with all the college hoop going on. The NCAA tourney continues today.

Gymmie said...

Yes will be interesting to see how many folks show up. Not into College Hoops (sometimes watch the final 2) but short of Duke since they seem to be there every year with Coach K don't know much about the other teams.

Hope people support today

TONO & Sunshine said...

I'm looking forward to an afternoon of on the track drama, words of conflict, and contact of colors on the track of Thunder Valley! I hope the rain holds up!

There is NOTHING like NASCAR Sprint Cup competition!

Who do you think will win today?

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Daniel Christopher Vining said...

Ok folks, with rain a posiblity today, how long before the "Vortex Theory" talk starts in the FOX booth? #nascar

Anonymous said...

Has FOX gone off the air where you are? Just getting Technical Difficulties, Please Standby here.

Anonymous said...

that Radar looks U-G-L-Y, also FOX feed looks fine here in central MD

Daly Planet Editor said...

Slice of Pizzi...anyone?

J said...

Just tuning into the pre-race show as I write. I'm so excited about this race today. Puppy's?? Oh, never mind. It's that dumb ... Pizza. Anyway, looking forward to the race. Actually, gonna turn right back to Spike Tv and watch something automotive. Sorry.

PammH said...

okay, asking KRyle if he hated puppies after mentioning Jr. wreck made me smile. And KyBu's look at him was pricelss!

Daly Planet Editor said...

If you are having a FOX local station problem, just tell us where you live.

Daly Planet Editor said...

TONO, we pretty much do TV comments here.

Metassus said...

Pleased to say the Sky satellite broadcast for Irish and British viewers is in widescreen this week. Open Access channel 190 on Sky.

I wish I knew who was responsible for this so I could grovel at their feet and go thankyewthankyewthankyew.

Good thing: we now have full pre- and post-race coverage that SkySports always omitted. Bad thing: Pizzi.

TONO & Sunshine said...

The slice of Pizzi does have to go! It is one of the stupid segments of the pre-game show that is ridiculous and doesn’t add to the promotion of the sport!

TONO

Anonymous said...

Slice of Pizzi... yet another in the long line of short-lived disasters thought up by the "brilliant minds" behind-the-scenes at Fox. Perhaps the adult beverages should be kept away from the 2011 Fox pre-season production meetings after what 2009 and 2010's meetings brought.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thank you for the UK update! So glad to know that they NASCAR and Open Access guys listened to us.

Anonymous said...

Dallas, no FOX for at least 15 minutes.

Vicky D said...

Boy DW looks great in his red, white and blue. But still the same old storyline Carl vs. Brad. I wish they would get on with something new.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Rain has started in Bristol....wah.

JohnP said...

Good race day everyone. Beautiful day in the mid-atlantic states. First weekend of the year in the 70's. Hopefully Fox does not abuse the car cam's today. They give zero reference to the actual race. So far the pre-race show is offering no information. Is this sport heading down the wrestling path? Saw the Pizza part, ok, sorry but I dont get it. All I ask is why? Why is he there and why do I watch pre-race. Fox is putting the skies on, the motor boat is fired up, and the shark is ready.

Anonymous said...

Rain now? But Fox's weatherman said it would only rain if the race took more than 3 1/2 or 4 hours. They wouldn't intentionally lie to us like that would they?

Daniel Christopher Vining said...

Too much Carl/BK coverage. Reminds me of Danicamania.

Anonymous said...

I had hoped Pizzi and Digger would be put on the shelf after yesterday's sobering reminder that this sport isn't a joke and should be taken very seriously. Sadly that was too much to ask for from Fox.

JohnP said...

Oh my, just checked accuweather.com. That's a big patch of green just outside Bristol.

Anonymous said...

FOX in Dallas is now showing mydestintion.tv, a vacation program.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Trying to get on the Dallas problem.

Reporters say light drizzle falling.

That was the pretty harmless Pizzi.

TexasRaceLady said...

FOX 4 out of Dallas is now showing a program called Destination.

For about the last 30 minutes all I was getting was the Technical Difficulties sign.

Looks like no race for me.

TONO & Sunshine said...

I thought that Krista’s interview with Carl Edwards as they drill this Carl –vs- Brad storyline was pretty tame and not very informative. No one followed up on the comment that Carl made in Atlanta "Brad knows the deal between him and I," Edwards said. What did he mean?

TONO

West Coast Diane said...

Haven't watched one Pizzi episode. Fast forward right through it. Must be for the knuckle dragging fan base.

Yes, 12/99 ad naseum, but then can't ignore it...just need to find happy medium.

I did like the scanner feature. Not sure if they had that anywhere else this weekend. It helps to see what was taking place prior to the incident.

Saw the "bummer" cam reference for NW. So true. Please, please, please STOP IT!

PS...thank you NASCAR for earlier start times. Very cool on West Coast.

Anonymous said...

I would have loved to have seen those entrance music driver intros. Sad that Fox is all about ego and every second of their broadcast has to be about nothing but them them them them.

Daly Planet Editor said...

NASCAR now back on in Dallas folks! Technical trouble with the downlink equipment.

Daly Planet Editor said...

TONO,

I agree on that one. My opinion is that the Edwards crew chief and also Jack Roush got off scott free in this deal.

Anonymous said...

"Scott Free" is that a pun?

Vicky D said...

Scott free was a good line, JD.

Daly Planet Editor said...

See? You guys get it!

Anonymous said...

Can I tell you how much Chris Meyers' voice annoys me and how much I am disliking the pre-race show !!!!

MikeC said...

They're doing pre-race ceremonies 12 minutes earlier than scheduled.

PammH said...

We get to see this group, but couldn't see driver intros??? geez..

Daniel Christopher Vining said...

oook, what are we listening to right now?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Looks like NASCAR called an audible and went to the hurry up offense.

HT Guru said...

GIMME a fricken BREAK! Lee friken Greenwood?? One hit 20 years ago - talk about milikin the HELL outta song.

Jojaye said...

WOW loads of empty seats! when we used to go there we were packed in like sardines! And this isn't just NCAA basket ball or the economy, its a combination of things. Never thought I'd see that many empty seats

Anonymous said...

Wonder if all those empty seats will fill up?

TONO & Sunshine said...

I'm glad that we are getting to hear Lee Greenwood sing "God Bless the USA!"

Daly Planet Editor said...

No sellout today. Maybe rain, the economy or hoops.

Jeff said...

Skipped the prerace, I refuse to watch the stupidity.

I foresee a buttload of in car shots with the bumper cams, when will they get it?

Mr. Nowitall said...

From Mr. Nowitall
It's actually "scot-free." And contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with Dred Scott or the Scottish.
Sceot is the Old English for "a tax." Scot and lot was a medieval muncipal tax levied on residents. Someone who managed to avoid paying this medieval tax got off "scot free."

Eventually, the word evolved to describe getting away without any kind of punishment, fiscal or otherwise.

Anonymous said...

What happened to NASCARA mantra that they wouldn't start a race unless they though they could get it all in??

I miss the days of pride and personal responsibility....

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Daly Planet Editor said...

That would be the joke....Mr.

JohnP said...

No matter how Hammond wants to spin it. There were more boos for Edwards than cheers.

Daly Planet Editor said...

From veteran reporter Jeff Owens:

Six minutes before race time and this is a very sparse crowd by Bristol standards. Tens of thousands of empty seats.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, I hope we get some good racing and TV coverage. We really need it right now.

Sally said...

I know I'm not in the seat I had for the past 10 years. And they always milk Lee Greenwood at Bristol. Some people stand for it as if it was the National Anthem.

Sally said...

just joining you now. Made the mistake of tuning in early and almost caught 'Pizzi'. Bailed until race time!

Buschseries61 said...

JohnP - I'm glad you noticed that. Hammond was clearly talking out of his rear. I don't know if it was what the producer wanted him to say or his actual opinion.

Martin Vincent said...

Skipped pre-race today, but I'm here for the racing.

S&P prediction today is #66, #55 and #09. I don't know what the #26 is going to do today, they need to fight for a top-35 spot, so they'll likely go as far as they can. The #46 is a big question mark because this is their first race.

GinaV24 said...

Wow, empty seats at Bristol. Signs of the times for NASCAR. I skipped the pre-race show since it makes no sense to me at all these days. I'm watching a picture of the sweeper on the track right now.

I really hope they don't start with in car and "bummer" cams. LOL It's a nice day here in Jersey, so I'm for the great outdoors if they do.

JohnP said...

Wow JD. We use to try to get tickets to Bristol and finally gave up years ago. Big turn around. I'd say more then rain, economy and hoops though. The broadcast is less then inspiring. If I was a new fan trying to get interested, I'd laugh and turn the channel. And it's aready proven they can't keep the long time fans due to childish antics on the tv. Pizza, Goober Cam, etc. It's like watching a kids show on Disney.

Becky [@hightechredneck] said...

Those that listen to Trackpass Scanner, are you getting any audio? I don't hear a thing, not even on scan drivers.

Sally said...

Hammond has said from the get-go that Carl was justified wrecking Brad, he had it coming, and Nascar was perfect not giving any penalty at all. Still surprised he heard more cheers?

Jonathan said...

WOOHOO Bristol baby! Time for a few beers and some great racing have fun everyon!

Daly Planet Editor said...

I'll check on Trackpass for you, raining now in Bristol. Daggone it.

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MikeC said...

Get ready to get our fill of the front bumper cam.

Buschseries61 said...

Doesn't wrecking start with a w Mr. Joy?

red said...

well, i skipped pre-race as usual & turned in just in time to see . . . that rat thing. sigh.

Newracefan said...

Becky, I have no sound either get please tune back during broadcast hours. It appears they forgot to turn it on. HELP JD

Gymmie said...

@Mr Knowitall--JD was being funny due to the name of Carl's sponsor Scott's

@JD--what happened to the old "hurry up" mode? Is there a time frame that they have to deal with? IIRC depending on the forecast/start time it was usually 15-30 minutes early. And I know others have brought up in the past folks still getting to the track would miss the start. Sigh can't win for losing sometimes :(

Looks like it started raining as soon as the command was given so guess "hurry up" wouldn't have helped at lot just got a few laps in today. At least there are lights :)

Buschseries61 said...

MV - When Terry Cook was asked if he would S&P a few weeks ago, he replied he would only do what he was told. I think he will be on the list. After all, that team is WAY in the red right now.

Nan S said...

Hey Red, on Cops last night a drunk guy they arrested was decked out in his Nascar T-shirt. I'm sure I'll see a Digger shirt on someone arrested soon.

tiamatsrevenge said...

Start Engines command was out of sync on KCPQ in Skiabble ...


It's too early ... out here ...

JohnP said...

Can I propose a theory? Maybe Nascar is demanding tight camera shots so the empty seats are not shown? Kinda thought that last year and it just came to me again. Anyway, just a thought.

Sally said...

no rain showing on windshields. No one in stands getting out panchos. Yet.

Anonymous said...

if it' raining why wouldn't the booth tell us??

bevo said...

Howdy Folks! Let's see if we get anything other than in-car shots!

LuckyForward said...

What is the need for the inflammatory words from the announcers? Joey Logano needs to get "tough?" DW thinks what Carl Edwards was great?

Since these guys are NASCAR's talking heads, I guess they are spewing the company line to build R A T I N G S !

Martin Vincent said...

Odd that the starting lineup graphic didn't indicate who's on the inside and outside rows. The only clue would have been that Bobby Labonte was shown on the right side for row 22.

red said...

@Nan S why, oh why am i not surprised by that?

Becky [@hightechredneck] said...

RE: Trackpass Scanner. I jumped into the support chat, but I'm 30th in the queue. I've tried Firefox and IE with no luck. Nothing but dead air. I pay for this service ... I expect it to work or at least tell me there's an issue. The status page said there were no problems reportd.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Waiting got an update on the scanner problems with Trackpass from the NASCAR.com guys.

Sally said...

MV...odd numbers on the inside except if pole sitter chooses outside.

Buschseries61 said...

Empty seats...at Bristol!?! Wow.

Martin Vincent said...

@Sally - The grid graphic only said "Row X", it didn't indicate starting position.

Buschseries61 said...

Do they feel the need to use the vortex theory on a weekly basis now?

Sally said...

First 'vortex theory reference.

Martin Vincent said...

@JD - Do you think the S&P will be called out by the booth?

thort said...

took 14 laps to mention the vortex

GinaV24 said...

Becky, no my audio is not on with trackpass either. glad to know I'm not just going crazy. Shoot, I depend on that to know what's going on, too, since TV won't tell me.

larry said...

"No sellout today. Maybe rain, the economy or hoops."

Could it be people are losing interest in NASCAR? For me, It's the latter. I DVR the race to review controversies. Hmmmm...I'd better set the DVR...Honestly, I forgot.

I check in here a few times during the race.

Sophia said...

Off to listen on radio online. After BRIEFLY reading of new (are U kidding me? FRONT bumper cam, yesterday HOPELESS For TV to IMPROVE the race. Mister Pitiful is calling the track shots..Who "Mr Pitiful is remains a mystery to us though!? *Sigh*

too many in car cams/tight shots and need to LISTEN anyway due to on going use of eye issues. Miss being here for the blogging with ALL the SAVVY FOLKS but gotta protect the eyes.

Will miss MRN guys again..will "TRY" listening to FOX sometimes but am tired of the Carl & Brad talk.

Happy to see Justin win the race yesterday. Nice young man! :-)

ugh ..this front bumper cam just now TOTALLY USELESS FOX & NASCAR NEEDS TO DEMAND WIDER ANGLES

But for the record VS uses too many in car cams in IRL now thus races on tv STINK.

But FOX CAMERA WORK Is WORSE than ever this year

xoxo to all the posters

GinaV24 said...

audio on trackpass JUST came on. Geez, are they having serious tech problems at Nascar.com or what?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Joe Nemechek to the garage. No mention yet.

cdh said...

I also have no sound on trackpass

Sophia said...

W Penske Stewart Kyle radio has free online radio listening...aka WPSK FM. hope that's ok to put JD

listen & avoid cam &^$%#^#!catiedl

now I am off

Mr. Nowitall said...

From Mr. Nowitall
I have determined what has caused the audio delay that some of you may be experiencing on the race broadcast. It is apparent to us that Mr. Waltrip's voice is not catching up with his lips flapping thus creating and electronic/audio vortex that has scrambled the signal on the up link from Bristol.

51 yr. fan. said...

My Fox Charlotte is not HD? Anyone
else having same or do I need to
reprogram?

Martin Vincent said...

Looks like Joe Nemechek has parked the #87. I guess the ComputerWorks sponsorship was really only for the Nationwide race, they just displayed their logo on the Cup car out of courtesy.

Interesting way for Dave Blaney to park the #66...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey guys, try closing just the scanner program and then relaunching it. Working for some now.

Dannyboy said...

Man! The NASCAR.com "live" leaderboard is waaayyy behind tv.

I don't know what people are talking about: I am shocked by the number of empty seats I have seen during prerace and race shows. Even after being told how poor attendance might be. Holy @#%&!

GinaV24 said...

LOL @ Mrknowitall! excellent theory to go along with the vortex

Buschseries61 said...

What's wrong with the #90? The booth kept gabbing about Jeff Gordon.

GinaV24 said...

JD, great minds think alike. Computers like being stopped and restarted I think - it makes them happy. Anyway, I did try that, but I'm guessing it was the howling from the trackpass users that finally got it up. You gigging them helped, too, I would think

Dannyboy said...

Well there it is: FOX calling the S&Ps of Nemecheck Waltrip, Almirola Blaney

Martin Vincent said...

Mike Joy called out the teams parking their cars, just didn't call them "start and park" like Marty Reid does on ESPN.

Daniel Christopher Vining said...

Underdog Update: 26-David Stremme restarted in the top 5, falling back fast. 87-Nemecheck looks to be the first car to park. #nascar

Daly Planet Editor said...

Missed caution: Clint Bowyer

red said...

@Buschseries61 my question as well. he's now a lap down so i wonder if he served a pass thru for having something (equipment?) hanging from the back of the car. anyone? hello, fox? anyone?

tiamatsrevenge said...

They missed a flaming Bowyer

bevo said...

Like the UPS delivery commercial!

Mr. Nowitall said...

From Mr. Nowitall

WOW!
BMS sellout streak in jeopardy?
First time since 1982

News article from Bristol with link.
By NATE HUBBARD
tricities.com
Published: March 20, 2010
"As of late Friday afternoon, speedway personnel said plenty of tickets still remain for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Food City 500. If not all are sold, it will be the first time since 1982 – 55 Sprint Cup races ago – that the speedway won’t be able to celebrate a sellout."

http://www2.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/even_though_bms_sellout_streak_in_jeopardy_fans_say_allure_bristol_strong/43272/

Daniel Christopher Vining said...

We missed the caution. Good thing we didn't miss much, just a blown engine. I wish FOX would come out of commercial for cautions, except maybe debris.

Daly Planet Editor said...

We need some momentum in the broadcast right now.

51 yr. fan said...

DW encouraging Mikey to go back out
after parking. I think Jaws has
a monetary interest in MW's program.

bevo said...

Interesting Fox is all of a sudden interested in a start-n-park driver going back out on the track when it's Mikey... wonder why???

Martin Vincent said...

Looks like the #09 and the #46 are going to go out and pick up a few more spots before they park for good. Cook was pulling back onto the track as Bowyer was shown blowing up on the replay.

Anonymous said...

Michael Waltrip should be embarassed---a start & park please..where is Nascar's Big Red Truck standards...
and to have DW validate this

Ken said...

As I mentioned yesterday, campgrounds within sight of the track were not close to full and the usual excitement in the air was missing, I knew attendance would be way down. Local media tried to downplay it but it was obvious.

Chris from NY said...

This race is "presented by GoDaddy.com". I'm gonna cut it off if I see any more of these ads. Also, the coverage is a bunch of junk as well. Someone PLEASE count down the days until TNT!!!!!

Daly Planet Editor said...

The Phil Parsons car MW was driving is run out of MWR racing.

bevo said...

Don't forget the last few years of DW's career was essentially start-n-park.

Dannyboy said...

bevo said...
Interesting Fox is all of a sudden interested in a start-n-park driver going back out on the track when it's Mikey... wonder why???

Could it be more of us are interested than those who are not? TV is, after all, a game of numbers...

Mikey explained his S&P reasons on Twitter late last nite. Works for me.

red said...

@dannyboy i don't follow waltrip on twitter: can you share his explanation please? thanks.

thort said...

Dannyboy, I'm not a twitter kind of guy. what did Mikey have to say?
Thanks!

red said...

is larry mac seriously saying that zipadelli "panicked" with an adjustment on the 20 car? really? SERIOUSLY? gregg zipadelli? panicked? on a race car adjustment?

i am sooo close to be done with this. what arrogance.

Charlie said...

Camera on a pack of cars going around the 20 good stuff but then they feel it is better to watch just two cars go round and round.

Buschseries61 said...

red - His choice of words has baffled me.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Kind of strange. Like the TV guys are only showing us a slice of what is going on and they are choosing it. Builds frustration.

Dannyboy said...

PRISM has only partial sponsorship so they can't do every race fully: costs too much. But if u don't have to pay a driver (MW) and S&P actually PAYS money for participation, it keeps the team up-to-snuff to be there and at least going thru the motions, while making some actual money. Otherwise it's sit at home & watch and twiddle yr thumbs while u watch yr bank account dwindle.

I think I got that right.

Buschseries61 said...

JD - It feels like the race has no flow. FOX is jumping around to the cars they want to see. The cameras are just as jumpy. Nothing is continuous.

bevo said...

@Dannyboy- Think it has more to do with someone's brother ;)

Martin Vincent said...

Earth to Darrell Waltrip: It's been more than "a few years" since Mark Martin pulled into the pits before the checkered to give the win to David Green in a Busch race.

bevo said...

Kudos on the nice shot of an official's back while Hamlin thumps the wall

Jojaye said...

There is racing happening, I'm hearing it on PRN & "seeing it" on Trackpass. Could Fox interrupt themselves & show & describe the race? Thank you

Buschseries61 said...

Danny - Believe me, PRISM has built up the bank reserves. Parking one car weekly breaks even. Parking two Cup cars weekly creates a profit.

Daly Planet Editor said...

FOX did change that quad split back to a triple. That was positive.

red said...

@dannyboy thanks. appreciate the recap.

@buschseries61: i'm just getting so annoyed at the absolute "i know it all" from larry mac of late. from dw, i'm just ignoring it but from larry mac? it's been getting worse.

boy they are losing it on this coverage big time. events coming one after the other & they're too busy chattering about whatever was in their brain at the time. so we get it all on replay, not as it happens.

it's a short track w/16 second laps. take that into account when planning for the event and when broadcasting it!

Ken said...

This race has the flow of a 2 year old with a remote.

bevo said...

How can Larry Mc sit next to Joy and hear him constantly pronounce BK's name correctly and still not get it right?

Sally said...

@Jojaye...why should they start now? They have always picked and chose what to 'show' the fans. I believe that's why most of us at home feel the racing is boring. No matter what happens on the track, we get a highly edited view of the race.

PammH said...

I had to turn off Fox's audio. They are NOT calling the race-just DW runnin' his mouth. I'm done.

Dannyboy said...

Has it ever happened in NASCAR history that a team owner went out & qualified and participated in a race in a car owned by another team? Never mind that he did it for no pay.

Seems 2 me that deserves at least a passing mention ;-)

red said...

@bevo i want it recognized that, although i've been grinding my teeth, i did NOT bring up the weekly mangling of kez's name! and thank you for doing so!

lazy broadcasting, in my world.

and now we're revisiting the pit road tackiness moment AGAIN?

Martin Vincent said...

@Dannyboy - He didn't do it for no pay, but Dale Earnhardt used to do it at every race.

51 yr. fan said...

Just been told by DirectTV that
WCCB local Fox Charlotte not
broadcasting in HD today. Can you
believe that in the heart of
NASCAR? Good column material JD.

bevo said...

I'm convinced that Larry Mc and DW have gotten to comfortable with their jobs and do zero prep work for the races.

Jojaye said...

@Sally - I have een requesting various tv folk to get it right for a few years now - to little avail.

@Pam my tv sound is off also.

Its a shame TomJensen & Jenna can twitter faster & more accurately than Fox tv can broadcast this race!!

Nan S said...

Just turned on the DVR and am headed out to the grocery store. Its a better use of time than rain delay coverage.

Dannyboy said...

JD: Thanks for the info. Building up the profits for when they wreck a car or two? ;-)

Bevo: re LM mispronouncing names - same reason Keifer/Jack Bauer and GWBush 43 say "nuke-you-ler" instead of "nuke-lee-er" ;-P

Ken said...

I also think Larry and DW just show up with no preparation. Now they get to talk about the rain.

Ken said...

I live 40 miles from the track anad just got a high wind advisory til Monday morning

bevo said...

Rick Dickert? That's not really the guy's name is it?

red said...

twitter reporting red flag coming as they've lost the track. just sayin' . . .

Anonymous said...

Eesh, a problem with trackpass audio yet again. Time to cancel it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

bevo,

Rick is the AM reporter in the helicopter doing news in LA.

Most viewers who emailed me said he never does the weather and they had no idea he was a meteorologist.

Sally said...

Wow. That shot of the stands from track level really showed how many empty seats there are. The back stretch looks very sparse. That's where my seats used to be. Guess I'm not the only one that decided not to renew. So sad to see a once unique track become mundane. Even the parking/camp grounds aroundthe track look empty.

Anonymous said...

That safety piece by Hammond was horrible.
Has he done run outta thangs to say? Maybe when Fox gits tired of his high pitched red neck twang he will git pick upped by Disney so they can create a Hillbilly Mouse to be Mickey's friend. Yee Haw!

Steve L. said...

Seeing the empty seats reminded me where everyone is. Bristol is a non-smoking race track. The smokers are all under the grandstands smoking.

Which makes no sense at all, the smoke rises up to the seats above them. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

NASCAR on FOX needs new blood. ALOT of new blood, from the top on down through the Hellwood Hotel, the booth, the truck, everywhere. Mr. Vocabulary in the booth is on my last nerve. OlDeeDub needs to go. Just go. Cheerlead at a football game or something. Jeez, can the cameras be more erratic? Are you guys tweeking in the truck or what? Calm down and be steady for once, wilya! Mike Joy has so many promos and such nonsense to get out he can't call a race. Isn't Chris Myers the Emcee? Isn't Myers competent enough to do the promo BS and let Joy call the race? Just televise the race and leave everything else on the table! That's why we tune in. How hard can it be? Huh?!

Mr. Nowitall said...

From Mr. Nowitall
The smoke from under the stands gets picked up in the Vortex and dissipates into the air landing in Winston Salem.

bevo said...

@JD- So he's a flying... :)
Sorry for being so juvenile but can you imagine growing up with that name? Poor guy.

Dannyboy said...

It is really shocking how empty Bristol looks. It isn't just "not sold out" it looks 1/3 empty.

I don't think u can blame any one thing, since there are so many adverse factors, but I have to suspect that the track changes and recent races must have had their effect.

I'm dropping offline soon to go do some family stuff that you can only do when this is your only day off ;-) I'm taping the race 4 L8R. Will comment more after I've seen it.

Martin Vincent said...

@Steve L. - Bristol may be a non-smoking track, but I was there last August and plenty of people were smoking in the stands. Nobody was telling them to stop or leave the stands.

51 yr. fan said...

WCCB says NA$CAR not feeding HD
signal which I challenged. Anyone
getting HD on Fox?

Sally said...

@Steve, even sillier, smoking on the concourse, it's basically enclosed on 3 sides. Unless there's a brisk wind, the smoke that doesn't go up just stays there. Where the food and drink concessions are, and the johns. Yeah, that makes sense.

Ken said...

I think fans have found out the restrictions on smoking and what you can bring to the track. They are electing to stay at home. There will be even more people staying home when they get an envelope in the mail where they were caught by a new speeding camera just up Rt 11 from the track. The speed limit suddenly drops to 45 MPH on a straight four lane road for no reason other than income for Bluff City. The track asked them to turn it off or issue warnings but the Police Chief laughed at them.

Sally said...

I would argue that this race can't possible be as boring as TV is making it look, but the reason I'm not there is because the races in the past 4-5 years have been almost this bad live. except for thesound and smells, of course.

Dannyboy said...

FOX HD is fine in SD CA

Vicky D said...

Houston Fox is in HD today.

Terri said...

Fox is doing it again - in-cars and bumper cars, etc. It would be nice to see where everyone is in relation to each other on the track.

Same ole, same ole with FOX. Getting to be almost as bad as dSPN. (I said ALMOST)

I can listen to JJ's scanner and know what's going on without even watching the broadcast.

red said...

i was at dover when logano flipped and i have to say: seeing that being used as a promotion for the track is unsettling, to say the least.

bevo said...

Fox in DFW doing HD no problem

51 yr. fan said...

Someone in Charlotte finally woke
up and went to HD. Thanks for the
responses.

red said...

ok, i'm going say it but feel free to delete, jd:

DW: SHUT THE EFF UP!

ok, i'm done now. thank you.

Steve L. said...

Plus, it just got SO expensive to attend a race there. Camping rates went well above $200 for the week plus the city added a hotel tax to all camping which made it even more.
All the greed has brought the place to it's knees. Made Jeff Byrd sick, didn't it?

Jojaye said...

Fox is in HD here in Tampa area just fine

Daly Planet Editor said...

Great comment on the FOX problem. They have lost me on this one. That is hard to do at Bristol.

Maybe ten years is one year too long.

bevo said...

@Steve L- something about killing the goose and golden eggs comes to mind

Sally said...

It would be great to see JPM win at Bristol!

Sally said...

Haven't heard much about Hamlin or Edwards lately, have we? The guys who were supposed to oust JJ?

Sally said...

How the blazes did Jr. get up to 9th?

Charlie said...

The guys in the booth talk about one thing and the cameras show whatever they feel like.
It seems like the director is not even listening to the booth and trying to get a nice flow going.

bevo said...

@JD- Think you're right on. Joy doesn't call the race anymore, Larry Mc and DW just show up and blather, pit reporters pretty much nonexistent, direction has no flow, Myers/Hammond are jokes.

Sad to see it go down without a whimper.

red said...

this broadcast is just making it so difficult to know what track we're running. given the camera work, jumping from car to car, front to pack to front, overheads, diggers . . . it's just so disjointed. are we at bristol? dover? atlanta? there's no rhythm, no pace, no sense of what's happening on the track.

and DW? "this joint" ain't like it was "back in the old days." it's been repaved and had SAFER barriers installed. this isn't YOUR racetrack any more. it runs differently and drivers race it differently. you are out of date.

Daly Planet Editor said...

OK, everyone! Here are the words you are going to love to hear:

We are ALMOST to halfway!

Skeet said...

Any news on Nascar Scanner, still down for me.

Ken said...

The useless blather from the booth has no relationship at all to what is on the screen. What is on the screen does not show what is happening on the track that is meaningful.

red said...

@sally his lap times have been consistently faster than the leaders. he was stuck in traffic but is running well now that he's away from that.

red said...

@ken agreed! and that's why i'm getting so annoyed. i'm seeing one race but hearing something completely disconnected with that.

Charlie said...

Idea - since Bristol is a small track why not zoom out and show the whole track for about 10 laps.
We might see racing then.

bevo said...

@JD- the phrase "Bataan Death March" comes to mind.

Word verication is "fockers" - I kid you not :)

Sally said...

Thanks Red. I sure am not getting much useful info from the booth or pit reporters. Impossible to sens what's happening on the track at all from this broadcast.

Sally said...

@ Charlie...HERESY! You assume that TV is supposed to bring the race in coherent form to fans watching on TV.

red said...

@sally attrition is our friend . . .

Sally said...

Awww. Kyle crashed. Wonder if he's missing his old crew chief yet?

Anonymous said...

time for a tire war again in nascar! Goodyear is ruining this sport :( (P.S. not at a KB fan, but this tire deal is out of control every week)

Sally said...

Red, you're standing in admirably for Dave today. He's usually the one who gives us useful updates. Thanks!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Bevo, that is hilarious!

I hope we get a Goodyear follow-up this time. Unlike Atlanta.

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