Saturday, May 22, 2010

Live Blogging The All-Star Night From CMS (7PM - SPEED)


This is the only night where Sprint Cup Series cars race on SPEED. The network carried the Gatorade Duels in February, but the All-Star race is the big deal.

Since this is not on FOX, it will be Krista Voda hosting the telecast from the Hollywood Hotel with Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip. Once things get underway, Waltrip will join Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds in the broadcast booth for the coverage.

One big challenge of the evening is keeping viewers informed of the format and the schedule of the various events. So many things are very different in this win or crash style of format.

Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Dr. Dick Berggren are covering pit road and will have the tall task of trying to explain the wildly varied strategies that teams use in this event. Pit road has always been a very interesting place on this night.

Joy has been dealing with a very emotional Waltrip this season on TV. From his amazing outburst at Daytona during the final laps through his flip-flops on issues concerning race winners and strategy, Waltrip seems to be trying to please everyone. That just does not work on TV.

On this night, action happens quickly and there are usually several stories in progress at once. It will be tough to continue to use the very tight single and double car shots mixed with in-car cams that has become the NASCAR on FOX trademark.

Voda's star is on the rise with SPEED and FOX. Her performance tonight on a very big stage may go a long way toward determining what her future brings. The FOX head honcho David Hill is now also in charge at SPEED. It should be interesting to see if Voda eventually heads onto having a presence in other high-profile events on FOX.

This post will serve to host your comments on the All-Star coverage on SPEED. 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. Thanks for dropping by.

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David said...

Remember we also have RaceBuddy tonight!!!!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey, they moved outdoors. I like it!

Andrew said...

RaceBuddy, Outdoor Studio...never though I'd see the day where SPEED was copying TNT. Do they still have time to copy the Wide-Open Coverage? :D

David said...

is there a green flag time for the Showdown?

Andrew said...

@David - Jayski says 7:46 pm.

Charlie said...

If you are using Firefox and you want to use Racebuddy make sure you turn adblock off if you use it.

David said...

yeah andrew i just saw that

MikeC said...

Yes, 7:46 on the open race. I've heard 30 minutes between the open race and the main event. Although in past years, it's ended up being about an hour between the 2 races.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Yea, it never runs ontime.

Andrew said...

Oy. "God Bless America" was not so very good, but the flyover was great.

Andrew said...

Hm. The All-Star vote seems to be crashing. I got through once but now it ain't working.

Gymmie said...

Happy All Star Race Night my Planeeter Family <3

RaceBuddy sure is purdy tonight <3

@Charlie--my adblock is on and I've had no issues with RaceBuddy

Charlie said...

Does having Racebuddy on the internet put any pressure on the director that does the Tv camera shots?

Andrew said...

@Gymmie - Good to see ya!

Any idea how you got RaceBuddy working with AdBlock on? I've never been able to do that.

Nan S said...

Just got home. Great to see Krista hosting this race.

David said...

just have to allow permissions for it

PammH said...

Why is Clint in both incar cameras on RB?

Glenn said...

This just occured to me.
Chris Myers - sideline reporter, Krista Voda - sideline reporter with a SUPER dose of NASCAR.
Sounds simple when I think of it, who would do the best job and get the most respect from all of NASCAR?

Is that my tv or was that the worst "God Bless America" in history.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hiya G!

Jojaye said...

Hi All
RaceBuddy is so awesome. Wish we could have it next week too.

Been watching it for pre race. Wings are done snacks out & we good to go here.

David said...

LOL they told AJ it's just like when you started racing, Saturday night racin, he said he never ran Saturday nights growing up since he ran on road courses. They said he ran a Sat night a few weeks ago. He said it dont count because he wasn't growing up, crew said your always growing up.

Gymmie said...

Hi Andrew!

I just went to nascar.com and clicked on RaceBuddy and it came up no problem. What problems are y'all having? I've never had any trouble at all using FF and RaceBuddy together.

David said...

I hope Benning goes to the back before green...

Charlie said...

Did some cars get together leaving pit road? Thought I saw that on RB but I glanced up right when the cars has just stopped. I know some stop to adjust their steering wheel but this looked different.

David said...

Yay Norm!

TVtrucker said...

Steve Byrns chasing down Truex was awkward. Steve is better than that. Someone in the truck made that stupid call.

Vicky D said...

Norm did the good thing. Hope it settles down soon.

David said...

aerial on RB awesome, SPEED cameras bad.

TVtrucker said...

Whew, that was a close one for a start. Good driving and camera work was excellent. They are listening JD and Planeteers. Of course no Barry in the seat makes a difference.

Charlie said...

so sad, even the aerial shots on racebuddy are zoomed in. I liked the first few laps of it with the wide shots.

Darcie said...

If you're using Race Buddy, do you have the same camera from the 33 on two of the screens?

Daly Planet Editor said...

darcie, all of the other in-car cams are in cars that are not racing in this one.

David said...

need splits for the battles

Daly Planet Editor said...

It's Barry and Artie tonight, but the EP is different.

David said...

Listening to both the 42and 78 radios during that. Pretty clear the 78 felt they got no room. Video told the same. Regan drove it tonight. Checkers or wreckers.

Brendan said...

The most enthusiasm I've heard from the booth all year.

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Hope they follow up on the issues with the guys who stayed out.

David said...

ummm...annon....huh?

Andrew said...

Mike Joy is full of excitement so far! What a nice change.

DW is a better than normal so far, but I suspect it's because his favorites are in the All-Star Race. He also said "track position is king" when asked if people should pit during the competition caution...but just said that the people who didn't pit were in big trouble. Wha?

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Jonathan said...

WOW great racing but I have no no no no no no no luck when it comes to my top 2 favorites at all!!!! David Ragan stays out ugh come on the one time I get to see my UPS out in front and it looks promsing this happens oh well. Hope everyone has a great ALL-Star night

TVtrucker said...

Artie is great and a real dude. Barry runs things like a madman. Reflects in the product.

David said...

Ya think that 38 had no business being up there?

TVtrucker said...

Artie has the camera boys ON IT!

David said...

Dinger said car got louder, crush panel may be knocked out

joe said...

i don't think the 38 should even be in this race...what a joke!

Jonathan said...

DOH well it was nice to see the UPS Ford lead for 18 laps.......(for once) I think this new Ford Engine looks like its what the Ford camp needs

joe said...

well at least for 20 laps

Andrew said...

@Joe - I think it's more of a shame that Gilliland (38) is out but Conway (37) is not.

Jojaye said...

Between good cameras on tv & RB I'm quite happy tonight. Even Dw is ok.

TVtrucker said...

Car are pretty crabby tonight.

David said...

conway didnt stay out on old tires and wreck the 2nd place car....

Jonathan said...

looks like a good crowd

longtimeracefan said...

It's great that Speed does not cut to commercials during green flag racing.

Woo hoo.

Good TV tonight.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice to hear Mike Joy up on his game and taking control.

Jonathan said...

JD I feel you Fox is On one weekend off another, and on tonight! Whats the deal?? Have u spoken to anyone from Fox????

TVtrucker said...

FYI, the guy running the driver's radio feed can cut it into the broadcast at his discretion. One dude handles all drivers.

B-Flo said...

this racebuddy is awesome...im doing it for the first time while watching the baseball game and this is great
and speaking of krista voda, she is in another high profile event on fox, she is the sideline reporter and the halftime show host of the Cotton Bowl

Andrew said...

Mike Joy was great for those 40 laps. I hope he can keep it up! (And that DW doesn't lose his head when his favorites are racing.)

The camera work, on the other hand, was bog-standard FOX nonsense, minus the in-car cameras. I am rather worried about the All-Star Race itself.

David said...

Remember to those of you who don't like waiting, odds on a vote win spoiler are checking pit command

David said...

I agree with Andrew

MikeC said...

The Showdown took the checkers at 8:13....the main event should take the green at around 9:15.

MikeC said...

It's between Burton, Edwards and Sadler for the fan vote.

PammH said...

Fun watching the behind the scenes stuff on RB!!

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Andrew said...

Twitter is proclaiming that Edwards won the fan vote. Not much surprise there.

MikeC said...

Hearing Edwards won the fan vote. Will see if it gets confirmed soon.

David said...

If anyone had the 31, 43 or 19 scanner, did you hear them call them to the pumps?

Andrew said...

@David - It was the 31, 99, and 19 at the pumps.

goat said...

So, JPM wrecks Regan Smith, gets interviewed, blames Regan, and insults him.

Why didn't SPEED interview Regan Smith to get his side of the story?

Or at least show JPM the replay?

David said...

ty Andrew

Daly Planet Editor said...

Jon,

This format is very different from the same old long races that the FOX guys have been going to for ten years.

Let's see how they handle the big race. The tight shots are rough, but they managed to be on two of the incidents as they happened.

It is what it is...

Chadderbox said...

I would not mind seeing Nascar scrap the qualifying for the Showdown and go with a draw every year.

MikeC said...

Obviously, besides Vickers....if Edwards did get the fan vote, I believe Montoya is the only one of last year's Chasers not to make it to the main event.

TexasRaceLady said...

Would you believe, I had the Planet open and got so intrigued by the racing and Mike Joy's infectious enthusiasm -- I forgot to post.

What fun!

David said...

they went inside? no bueno

TVtrucker said...

I find it interesting that Fox and Hill haven't flipped out about Race Buddy. I guess now that the term Broadcast just got Broader.

Vicky D said...

I think Speed should have had an interview with Regan Smith to balance out Montoya's comments. Jeff Burton looked worn out and it was only 40 laps.

Andrew said...

@TRL - Awesome!

@TVTrucker - IIRC there were reports that FOX was going to use RaceBuddy but the deal fell through last minute. I could be dead wrong.

David said...

TVTrucker, it was the deal since before the Duel that it would be available for the Duels and the All-Star due to not everyone having access to SPEED depending on provider

Daly Planet Editor said...

TV,

David Hill has to protect his local TV stations on the other Cup races, that is why no online video or RaceBuddy.

Tonight, he is on SPEED and there are no such issues.

Becky [@hightechredneck] said...

I don't suppose anyone knows if NASCAR.com is going to update the Trackpass Scanner lineup for the All Star race to add Truex, Biffle, and Edwards. You'd think they would, but I keep refreshing and they haven't shown up yet.

Jojaye said...

Krista is so much better with Hammond than Chris on Sunday. He is actually sounding better & she is so intelligent. What a pleasant change!

Andrew said...

Tonight's Grand Marshals are Richard Petty and Junior Johnson. Fantastic!

David said...

Hendrick finally got a clue and changed the crew uniforms for Jr's team to be specific to scheme.

Roberts really tripping over his intros. Trying to sound like an arena DJ but it ain't his thing

David said...

Explain the awkward pauses to me...

David said...

Love Todd Parrott

MikeC said...

They're not wasting anytime this year.....I don't seem to recall them going to introductions this early in the past.

Andrew said...

THIS is where Speed should be using Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer.

PammH said...

Luv the CR guys in the robes!

David said...

Carl is updated on scanner list by the way.

TVtrucker said...

Interesting JD. I think by next year with internet television being the "new" big deal, the shows will not only improve but be more viewer selective/interactive. I'll bet you a beer that Fox has some internet interaction by that time.
Question please---
Can Fox have internet during the broadcast since we found out Turner will not allow it post Race?

Vicky D said...

Love Matt's crew purple robes! GO Matt Go

TVtrucker said...

Oops, Fat Boy slipped. Me fat too! Happens.

glenc1 said...

goat...I was wondering the same thing.

The 17 team...that was a scream, made me laugh out loud. Wonder if Crown Royal supplied those, I hope so.

aw...they let Brian walk out with Casey, very cool

Sally said...

Nice that they got Casey Mears into a Red Bull uniform for this race.

David said...

Vickers out to support his team, AWESOME to see. Roberts even gave him a hand

Vicky D said...

Nice to see BV there. I think the band is too loud but maybe that is showing my age. I complained about that at dinner tonight too!

Daly Planet Editor said...

None of the NASCAR TV partners can originate online video at all.

TVtrucker said...

Just Turner?

MikeC said...

They had this loud music last year, too. I remember the one year they had like a high school drum line come in and play the music.

David said...

si, just Turner. they own all internet rights to NASCAR, period.

I love that 18 team

Darcie said...

Boy, it sure took some guts for the 17 team to come out in the crowns and capes. Pretty funny.

TVtrucker said...

That is not a band. It's Guitar hero. LOL

glenc1 said...

MikeC, if I remember right, the drummers were from Carolina Crown, a NC drum & bugle corps. They were awesome.

David said...

Guys, Todd Parrott was the crew chief, remember between him and Matt Borland they were always the most creative on what to do during these intros

Darcie said...

I'm really dumb on this, but how did they determine the starting line up with qualifying cancelled?

Andrew said...

@Darcie - It was determined by the draw they did to determine qualifying order.

MikeC said...

One of the questions I always wonder about the All-Star race is how many are into winning it, and how many are into using it as a test session for next week's 600....or a combination of the 2. We shall see.

Darcie said...

Does anyone know, they young man with Jr, is he a Make A Wish child?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Be nice if SPEED explained who some of the special guests are for these intros....just sayin...

TVtrucker said...

Hum, new Sprint ladies are nice.

Sally said...

Have imentioned how irritating I find these stupid 'Miss Sprint Cup' women? They do nothing but stand in Victory lane with insipid smiles on their faces and get wet. Giving them their own segment on Race Hub really turned me off.

David said...

Darcie, I believe so

Darcie said...

OMG, someone needs to tell Ms Sprint Cup that she doesn't need to shout like that. And, she sounds like every single beauty queen show announcer.

Vicky D said...

TVtrucker - hubby also says the "music" is not music like you said guitar hero and he's a musician!

tiamatsrevenge said...

That band was horrible

They need to bring back the drum line ... and introduce the crew members ...

David said...

I stand behind this, I was peeved when they stopped individually introducing the crew guys with the driver. THAT was cool. this is a home game for 70% of that garage area you figure and it would be cool to actually give the crew guys a few seconds of fame too rather than just running their name down a graphic.

So 1.4 million votes and carl got over a million...?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Bass Pro Shop guys threw plastic fish into the crowd. Love it.

Andrew said...

@Sally - I believe there were several Miss Winstons, too. The Miss Sprint Cups are just getting more TV time.

Vicky D said...

Sally - I concur!

PammH said...

Can't believe Cuz C won w/all the boos he got. BTW, he often drives like an idiot, imo.

glenc1 said...

JD, thanks...I was wondering what the heck they were...

TVtrucker said...

Sally, the Victory Circle Girls have been around since Chariot racing, nice to look at but---
I agree that those days are over. It's time to do something more modern and less stereotyped.

Jojaye said...

@Darcie - yes the young man is. He has spent all day with him & according to Mike Davisvia twitter he will be on pit box too!

TexasRaceLady said...

I have 2 friends in the Chrysler stands. As soon as the shootout was over, she posted that Carl was the winner of the vote because his warwagon hadn't left pit road.

I want the drumline back. The music was over-powering the intros.

David said...

I miss Winston...they didn't make this night a 4 hour commercial.

glenc1 said...

Sally & Vicky...they actually do a lot more than that. There was an article last year on Monica Palumbo, they make Sprint promotional appearances & travel a lot. Not saying it's rocket science, but it is a job.

Anonymous said...

The crew members get their names and faces on TV, that is plenty no need at all to announce them.

Jojaye said...

A pig with wings serving pork ribs at BK.
Another scary commercial...just weird

TVtrucker said...

Vicky D that's a big 10 4.
Band sucked.
I play too.
It's all I do now since I lost my business.
Less money and a lot less stress.
Learned a lot about coupons and Dollar stores.
Cool!

Andrew said...

RaceBuddy is actually about 5 seconds *ahead* of the SPEED broadcast. TNT is usually behind. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

That was the best invocation ever!!!!!!!!

TexasRaceLady said...

My ears! Where DO they find these people that think they can sing the anthem?

Sally said...

Anyone read Ed Hinton's article on how badly the National Anthem is sung at races? This is a prime example.

TVtrucker said...

That's why you take a pitch pipe on stage with you when you sing the Anthem. Whew!

glenc1 said...

David...I kinda think that's because they weren't allowed to, but...I get your point. Sprint has gone overboard, I think.

Andrew said...

@David - Agreed. It would be nice to see them come back and sponsor the All-Star Race, at least.

Taylor Gibbs giving the prayer was too cute.

Anonymous said...

Come on nascar! That anthem was TERRIBLE.

Palmetto said...

Worst. Anthem. EVER.

Andrew said...

Ecch...terrible anthem!

Vicky D said...

Good invocation and had to push the mute button after that. Hope it's a good race.

Sally said...

Singers need to know their limitations! It's a song that's almost impossible to sing unless you have a great range. Robert Merrill from the metropolitan Opera used to sing for the Yankees...fantastic job.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey, she is from the "Real Housewives of Atlanta." That should be good enough to sing the National Anthem on live TV for a huge race on SPEED, right?

goat said...

They should stick to military bands for the Anthem.

Anonymous said...

4 hour commercial? Let Sprint run with it. Have any idea where Nascar would be withoout Sprint? Likely nowhere

TVtrucker said...

Glen and David. I don't like cigarettes but RJR had class, brought class to the sport and presented it and their products well. It all changed when we lost T Wayne.

Palmetto said...

I don't care if she's from "Real Graduates of Julliard".

Sally said...

I think the anthem should be a respectful rendition, not a 'performance'.

TVtrucker said...

JD, oh, that makes her qualified. Is that a Fox show? LOL

David said...

Trucker, nor do I but I agreed. I'm sure the reason they couldnt make it a giant commercial was due to the laws, but they knew that they had a presence, the fans knew it, they didn't need to shove it down our throats.

I understand Sprint's value. I'm not saying they are wrong. I just dislike the approach personally. If I was running sprint i'd probably do the EXACT same thing they are doing. but as a phone company, don't you think people already know they exist and what they do? lol

TexasRaceLady said...

The music for the anthem was an old English tavern song. That gives you some idea of how it should be sung/played.

TVtrucker said...

Shoud have got someone from Glee. LOL

Andrew said...

Looks like Junior Johnson pulled a fast one on The King!

Daly Planet Editor said...

I'm just glad her jumpsuit did not explode.

David said...

I missed that disaster thankfully

Anonymous said...

Nascar day was yesterday and the ad is still airing

TVtrucker said...

David, T Wayne was the master at subtle and effective advertising. The Sprint approach is a shove it down the throat method.
Sprint certainly gets their money's worth out of their NASCAR deal.
Plus, TV makes money too from the support buys from the sponsors as a tobacco company was forbidden to do so.

Andrew said...

So uh...what happens if there's a caution on Lap 24? Does the mandatory stop get delayed? I can't find the answer anywhere.

Vicky D said...

I keep on saying about the "pins" it was Nascar day yesterday, wasn't it? It's a cute commercial though. Hopefully, DW quiets down a bit!

glenc1 said...

Andrew, I wonder if that's what Richard was saying to him afterwards...lol.

TVTrucker...people make fun but those Glee kids can sing...!

It occurs to me that this is Marcus Smith's first outing of being in charge....Humpy did it better....just saying...

Jojaye said...

As Dolly Parton once said thats 10 pounds of sausage in a 5 pound casing hon. That jumpsuit will not make it to 1st pit stop - it will explode, hopefully we don't get to see it! LOL

TVtrucker said...

JD, now that was really funny and I laughed out loud.

Darcie said...

Jojaye, thank you. Since his car is sponsored by his foundation, I rather guessed it would be a kid from there or Victory Junction Gang.

Gymmie said...

Taylor needs to pray every week and that "singer" needs to never EVER be allowed near a microphone EVER again!

glenc1 said...

our local MRN station ran an ad yesterday...for the race at *Darlington*. I always wonder who's in charge of these things....

TexasRaceLady said...

Is anyone else having the sound cut out every now and then.

It's driving me nuts.

Andrew said...

Gymmie - @woodbrothers21 asked @MissSprintCup to punch her in the kisser and make sure of that!

Darcie said...

Oh geeze. Exploding jumpsuits. As a woman, I think I'd rather see a driver's suit explode than those "ladies".

TVtrucker said...

I went back and looked at her "racing suit" and somebody goofed up. It had nothing to do with NASCAR and had route 66 on it. Too funny.

Brett W. said...

Just curious, how is Bobby Labonte in the race?

Darcie said...

No sound problems here.

TexasRaceLady said...

@Brett --- he's a past cup champion.

David said...

2000 champion. last year of eligability. jr is only in this race since he won the winston in 2000 also

Darcie said...

Oh man, no more 48 please. My apologies to the 48 fans.

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David said...

Kyle Busch: "If anyone is watching, that 48 can do WHATEVER he wants."

Vicky D said...

Has DW taken a breath yet?

Brett W. said...

Thanks..that's what I thought but wasn't 100% sure. Now..how did that person get to "sing" the anthem?? ; )

Darcie said...

Can someone teach me here. Wasn't there a race at one time when they would invert the field half way through the race? I know IROC did it, but did Nascar?

Sally said...

Are there more than 4 cars on the track?

Andrew said...

@Darcie - Yes, The Winston used to do that for several years. I don't think they've done it since Nextel/Sprint took over.

Sophia said...

Earlier race wasn't bad. this race CAMERA WORK stinks & disjointed.

They SWITCH CAMERAs too fast. My house mate said so Sheesh :(

Andrew said...

Thank God we have RaceBuddy to show us that there is stuff happening to people not named Jimmie Johnson.

Daly Planet Editor said...

It's the same. Tight shots with zooming out to see the field as opposed to wide shots with zooming in to see a race for position.

Remember the truck race? Totally different directing. This lacks any perspective on the field at all.

Sally said...

In other words, a typical Fox broadcast. No continuity to give fans a perspective on the race. Shouldn't they be giving info from pit lane on how various cars are running?

Andrew said...

Same old, same old with FOX.

The only saving graces of this telecast are RaceBuddy and Mike Joy, and the latter is fading fast. Hopefully he can pick it up again after the pit stop.

Sophia said...

we have the surround sound on...wish we could mute the booth tonight. Cars sound great but we can't get 10 seconds WITHOUT TALKING??

We have the cars louder but man...the camera work needs to be less jumpy. Getting nausea.

Hearing car tires squeal some somebody came into pit road :)

Andrew said...

Every single camera angle on that stop was useless. I have no clue who did what and when, nor do I know how people are running coming off of pit road.

David said...

Kyle Busch: "Pit crew champs? You guys are my champs"

TVtrucker said...

I'm telling you the issue is Barry. Don't get me wrong, I like him.
But he is a maniac in the chair, cannot manage his temper, and is in way over his head with no improvement.
They chopped Artie down and he lost his fire.
The best move that Fox could make is to get Barry off of racing, into b ball and f ball and get someone else that is creative. Barry is not at all creative. It shows

Andrew said...

Is anyone else having problems with RaceBuddy all of a sudden? It keeps freezing up on me, and has for the last 5 minutes.

Sophia said...

TVTrucker

Is Barry the one CHOOSING the cameras to show. He gets a big fat F. We thought we "might" try this race since it's shorter.

But honestly, enjoyed Indy quals better on the 52 inch tv. Camera work is such a waste thus my losing interesting in NASCAR.

Can't wait for TNT.

Jojaye said...

I complimented Fox/Speed too soon. Thank you Sprint for RaceBuddy tonight. How about next week please?

David said...

I guess I'm getting all the good quotes first today lol

Daly Planet Editor said...

Andrew,

Firefox browsers struggle with it and Turner said they are working on that.

Some DSL and not cable connections have some freezing.

Vicky D said...

Andrew, RB froze up on me first race and I had to close it and re-open it. I have so many windows open I'm surprised that my laptop isn't completely frozen!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Everyone has their opinion on the FOX issues. What we all agree on is that there are huge issues with the pictures selected.

Like one guy said, "NASCAR on FOX is like watching a race through a telescope."

Andrew said...

@JD - I didn't have nearly this many problems with it last summer! Switching over to IE, though. Hopefully that fixes things.

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