Sunday, May 2, 2010

Live Blogging Camping World Trucks in Kansas (SPEED - 12:30PM)


There is no Krista Voda this weekend in Kansas. The host of the Setup pre-race show worked in Richmond for FOX on Saturday night and is not heading to Charlotte to host The SPEED Report on Sunday evening. Instead, Rick Allen will host the pre-race show.

Allen will then be joined by Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip for the race. The Kansas Speedway is fast and hosted an IndyCar race on Saturday. It should be interesting to see how many of the trucks have the speed to keep up with the KHI superteam.

Adam Alexander and Ray Dunlap will be reporting from pit road. Time is winding down for Alexander before he moves into the play-by-play position for TNT this summer calling the network's six Sprint Cup Series races. It has been a career season for Alexander, who has worked hard to get his success.

Unlike the chaos of FOX at Richmond, SPEED promises to continue the old school approach of simply showing the racing on the track without forcing a TV network agenda into the telecast. This basic approach is one of the reasons fans enjoy watching this series on TV.

This post will serve to host your comments about the Camping World Trucks in Kansas on SPEED. To add your TV-related opinion, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thanks for taking the time to stop by The Daly Planet.

123 comments:

Daly Planet Editor said...

Trucks are on SPEED!

MikeC said...

Be interesting to see what the crowd looks like compared to Saturday's IRL race. That crowd was a disaster.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Things seem to be rough all over right now for motorsports.

Charlie said...

Being picky here but the back ground window in the booth, with the streaks, is a bit distracting.

PammH said...

What a great story about the Butlers dog training!!

OSBORNK said...

Looks like a pretty skimpy crowd.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Tough draw for an IndyCar and Trucks doubleheader over two days.

Charlie said...

I agree with you PammH, nice story about the dog training.

MikeC said...

With the Derby and Richmond going on, Kansas got lost in the shuffle this weekend, so to speak.

Anonymous said...

What I do not understand about this weekend is that it is setup to make the IndyCar race look like the support series for a Truck race.

Running the IRL on Saturday and the trucks on Sunday.

Is this the combined product of having a prime time Sprint Cup race Saturday night and ABC's NBA playoff contract Sunday afternoons?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Yes, it was made to fit the existing TV schedule.

ESPN dropped all but five IndyCar races. Basically, they were forced to carry four in order to keep the Indy 500.

No love lost between IndyCar and ESPN right now.

MikeC said...

Not sure what the decision was....I'm sure the NBA playoffs played into it....but the last couple of years, Kansas IRL weekend was the same weekend as Talladega. Maybe they need to look at moving the Kansas IRL weekend back to 4th of July weekend again.

Patrick said...

So much for precision flying by the Blue Angels. That was way too early an arrival.

Anonymous said...

Then I'll make the same point I made yesterday . . .

Bob Costas will soon be hosting the Indy 500.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should be interesting to see if Costas and the NYC guys from NBC can get along with the hardcore cable TV guys from Philly.

Two very different cultures.

Martin Vincent said...

Few S&P teams today, #93 and #89 are sure to park early and the #85 is a maybe. If anyone else parks early, it'll be unexpected based on past records. Let's have a good race with few comments on this blog.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Entirely different feel from the FOX stuff already.

OSBORNK said...

There are a lot of drivers I have never heard of or don't now anything about.

bevo said...

I still contend all of that extra crap is to impress the other networks in a one up-manship battle. Doesn't do a thing for the viewers

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should be interesting to see who hangs on the lead lap and how long.

Martin Vincent said...

@OSBORNK - Wes Burton ran a few races with Lafferty Motorsports in the past and debuts his own team today.

Jesse Smith and Terry Jones (a Canadian) are ARCA drivers making the step up to Trucks.

Jamie Dick ran a bit with SS Green Light Racing last year and also debuts his own team.

Brian Rose makes a return after a 7-year substance abuse suspension.

Carl Long makes his first Truck start since 2006.

OSBORNK said...

Thanks Martin. First driver (#60)I have ever heard of from India.

Martin Vincent said...

Is it just me or did the flagman (or NASCAR officials) take an awful long time putting out the yellow flag?

Dannyboy said...

Narain Karthikeyan was driving F-1 last year. I wondered where he went...

Not many of those guys went to NCWTS for experience B4 going to Cup; good idea. Rick said he did well all day @ Martinsville.

tiamatsrevenge said...

10am way too early of a start time on the West Coast

KRKO-AM has found a heart and decided to carry (some?) of the Truck races ... Surprise to me to see that on their schedule on Friday (when they joined the Nwide race already in progress) ...

Martin Vincent said...

@Dannyboy - Narain finished 13th in his first Truck race, that's pretty impressive considering the #60 Wyler Racing team hasn't set the series on fire lately.

Dannyboy said...

I LOVE the 10am start! I can watch while I eat breakfast and then have the rest of my 1 day off for an outing;-)

Dannyboy said...

Thanks Martin.

Meanwhile Jacques V gave up on Cup and is talking about a return to F1- hope he does better than MS :-O

tiamatsrevenge said...

Female pit reporter on MRN sure struggled with Narain's name ...

Kinda shocked to see a post-wreck interview with Narain on SPEED ...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Why? SPEED has been great at doing that and most folks really seem to like Narain.

Hope he makes a run next season in a NASCAR series fulltime. We need more diversity, even if it comes already fully paid.

Gymmie said...

Loved the segments on the Blue Angels and Brett! He has a lot of new fans today :)

@Martin--Yup Jesse is a friend of Justin's :) Ashley posted a story on them and the story included a cute picture of them when they were little boys :)

Daly Planet Editor said...

Got kind of an ARCA feel going today, know what I mean?

MikeC said...

Kind of funny to hear Mikey sound so lovey-dovey towards Kyle Busch, after last week's choice of words for Kyle in the heat of the battle. LOL

bevo said...

What a difference it makes when you get information from your pit reporters

PammH said...

JD, you'll have that w/a bunch of names we don't know.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Heard there is some serious stuff going down at KBM.

Charlie said...

Would be interesting to see a telecast that the in-car cam, bummer cam, roof cam, dirt cam and any other cam they have or come up with not be used during green flag racing.
Just use all these toy cams for replays.

Martin Vincent said...

No word yet on this broadcast, but if Red Man has to come off the #27 Nationwide car at the end of June, does it mean KHI is also losing Longhorn after June?

Martin Vincent said...

@JD - Word is Kyle owes his general contractor $3M, who in turn is not paying his subcontractors who are going out of business because of all this. Quote is "What's sad is we're working for multi-millionaires and they're squeezing the little man."

Looks like Kyle's not going to have a shop if he doesn't pay his bills.

bevo said...

@JD-Kyle was on the radio a couple of weeks ago and said if he knew about the sponsorship issue before he would not have started the company. It's gone from a tax loss enterprise to a real world money one.

Daly Planet Editor said...

MV, Kyle's sponsor went away right?

These are all individual businesses, so it's not like Kyle uses his cup salary to pay the bills for KBM.

Gonna get interesting.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Can't believe they let Crafton off the hook on that one.

Martin Vincent said...

@JD - Miccosukee's decision to pull out of NASCAR in early February was a big blow to both Kyle and James Finch. Finch's Phoenix Racing team is now for sale.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Oh, absolutely. But you get contracts signed before you build.

bevo said...

@JD-He was pretty clear that he was personally losing real dollars. Said he got a small business loan to start it up. I think his financial people didn't properly insulate him from it.

Martin Vincent said...

Kyle took a gamble and appears to be losing. Both his trucks have the Toyota logo on the hood when he's not in the #18, that means no primary sponsor, just a few associates that probably don't even come close to paying the bills.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Heard the sign out front of KBM was tarped.

Martin Vincent said...

I think he was only supposed to move into that shop in the summer. Might not happen now.

The pre-season press conference had Talking Rain / ActivWater on the #56 truck, but we haven't seen that sponsor yet. Wonder if that deal fell through as well.

Martin Vincent said...

Back on topic,... good broadcast, not too much to comment about. Speed seems to have the cameras pointed in the right places as the action on the track is seen live and not just in replays. Not too many in-truck camera shots either.

Fox clearly doesn't get it!

Daly Planet Editor said...

This is the product. Cameras on racing, no bells or whistles and no in-truck cam garbage.

bevo said...

SPEED does such a great job that I don't even mind Mikey's presence :)

OSBORNK said...

But Mikey is not overpowering everyone else in the booth like his big brother does. this is coverage like it ought to be. The bells and whistles take away from the reason we watch.

Daly Planet Editor said...

We ripped MW pretty hard on that when he first started. He did a good job of understanding he is one of three and has a role.

Now, DW...

bevo said...

Director with the first hiccup of the day there

Daly Planet Editor said...

That was weird. Wonder what the problem was...

OSBORNK said...

They missed Jennifer's wreck but the incar replay was one of the better ones we see.

MikeC said...

Are we going to have to deal with rain?

Daly Planet Editor said...

It's looking ugly, but at least they are showing to us.

bevo said...

They've had a few blank screens between camera changes, might be a power supply problem

Charlie said...

There is just one cell of bad weather coming and after that clear again.

Anonymous said...

Suddenly camera work a little annoying...we never did see a decent replay of last wreck excep from a distance on in car cam.
Rick could tone down the EXCITEMENT a bit...last time he yelled a few seconds ago thought there was a wreck.
Rain is here...clouds look wicked.
Not like poor NASH/TN area tho..poor folks there.
Nice to see Schrader in a truck :)

Rain caution

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wonder if they have some jet dryers hanging around.

Charlie said...

Wonder if the fans will come back to their seats if the race starts again or are they heading home.

MikeC said...

It's just a small blob of heavy rain on the radar....but not sure how long NASCAR is willing to hold out.

MikeC said...

From the looks of the radar, the cell can't be anymore than 5 by 5 miles big....but it found its way to a NASCAR race.

OSBORNK said...

Raining hard and hailing. I think we have seen the end of the race.

Charlie said...

Why do they play that screaming guitar in the back ground.

MikeC said...

MRN is sending it back to its affiliates until 4:30p.m. Eastern

bevo said...

@Osbornk- pretty typical afternoon storm here in the plains.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Looks like it is drying pretty daggone quick.

bevo said...

@JD-Humidity drops like a rock after one of those storms passes

PammH said...

I haven't seen this show, so I'm glad it's on.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Sounds of NASCAR and Race in 60 are both good shows from NASCAR Media Group.

tiamatsrevenge said...

Re: Narain interview ... SPEED doesn't seem to do many (if any) post wreck interviews during the Truck races ... It had nothing to do with him personally ...


Sad thing is ... I can understand Narain a whole lot better when he speaks than I can when guys like Vickers / Ragan / JoLo talk ... ;-)

Charlie said...

MW twitter says an update on Speed at the top of the hour. He says track is drying nicely.

David said...

Wow, I woke up at noon pacific, thank goodness the truck race still has laps left lol

Daly Planet Editor said...

Tough day for the trucks so far. Lots of weird wrecks and now rain.

David said...

JD, with the report that Redman has to leave Baker-Curb at the end of June, what is to be of the Longhorn sponsorship with KHI and Hornaday?

Or has no one asked the question yet?

Daly Planet Editor said...

David, is Longhorn real tobacco?

David said...

Not entirely sure but I know they had a hospitality tent at PIR and all that stuff

Daly Planet Editor said...

There are non-tobacco brands that do not fall under the agreement.

Red Man is the real deal. Back in the old ESPN days, everything was tobacco sponsored!

Charlie said...

My daughter and I started going to races when she was 8 and it wasn't until she was 11 that she realized that the Winston in Winston Cup was referring to a cigarette company and I was the one that told her.

Daly Planet Editor said...

They used to give us cartons of free cigs. Never smoked. Just gave them away to fans walking by the TV compound.

David said...

Yeah Charlie and JD, even as a nonsmoker I am pretty ashamed at what the government has done to tobacco companies. They have been the backbone of the country since it's inception and yet they are being run into the ground. Good thing they are so ingrained in society that they don't really need to advertise.

I guess we'll find out soon what the deal is on that JD

Martin Vincent said...

@David - I asked earlier today, but nobody answered.

Both Red Man and Longhorn are advertised as "moist snuff", so would think they're the same kind of product. Skoal and Copenhagen were the big players in the '80s in Cup and Red Man and Timber Wolf were in Busch in the past.

Charlie said...

For those doing other things and watching this blog, the trucks are just now leaving pit road and back out on the track.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Who can forget the old Chatanooga Chew mid-race recap? LOL!

PammH said...

Wow!!! Crew guys not ready-not good.

Martin Vincent said...

@JD - Forgot about Chattanooga Chew. David Pearson's #21 and Larry's #16 cars and they wore train conductor hats with the logo on them.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that the pace car is a hybrid while the race cars are resource depleting examples of how we are destroying our Planet Earth.
ENJOY THE RAIN..........
While we can.
Our dependency on Oil is destroying the Planet.
The oil leak in the Ocean is an unfortunate and devastating example.
The USA is #1 in the world using 20,680,000 bbl a day.

Charlie said...

I have been watching America the Story about Us and they said the first 150 years of the US the tobacco industry was the main source of income.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 4:36PM,

I think you might be on the wrong blog. NASCAR has been racing for over sixty years.

These three series generate billions of dollars in direct revenue to the cities they visit.

At the track, everything is recycled and NASCAR unveiled a recent commitment to going green with all available technologies.

But, thanks for stopping by.

Martin Vincent said...

Tobacco was heavily involved in motorsports for nearly 30 years. Winston (NASCAR, NHRA) and Marlboro (IndyCar) in the U.S., Player's and Rothmans in Canada.

Anonymous said...

but isn't it kind of ironic that cigs killed Bill France Jr? Just saying....

I thought Longhorn was for the steakhouse, lol.

tiamatsrevenge said...

Why are the booth boys trying to jinx Grampa ?? I know Mikey doesn't have warm fuzzies for him, but he's got to get over it ...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Never saw Bill without a cig for years. Now, Jim Hunter in a battle and John Darby is not the healthiest guy in the world.

If they only knew the reality back then.

tiamatsrevenge said...

KB and Tayler were in Seattle a few days after the race at PIR ... trying to entertain more/new sponsors for the team via Tayler's family connections here ...

Saw that the construction company had filed a lien against KB for the $3M ...

No one saw that Miccosukee was going to elect a NEW Chief ... and that said Chief would cancel the sponsorships ... Sad thing is the teams can't go back and beg to keep the contracts ... Bad decision on the Chief/board as this makes the whole tribe look bad ... They've gotten a LOT of publicity from KB and BK / MB, esp last year ...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Commercial after all that!!!!

David said...

tia, that being said Kyle Busch and Finch did alot knowing that there was a chance they would lose sponsorship. KBM is trying to play the situation off as saying they were caught off guard when in reality they were just hoping for the best without preparing for the worst.

Anonymous said...

The only thing recycled in racing is the rhetoric from the announcers week to week. There is a TV comment!
Yes mister moderator. It's a great sport. They encourage people to kill themselves with death by cigarettes for year, even their own. Now and for 60 years they contribute to killing the Planet. They know it too. That's why they instituted their lame Green Plan. Recycled what? Oil? Carbon emission? Pollution?

David said...

WOW! Old school racing here!

bevo said...

HOLY COW! That's driving!!!

David said...

After a whole day of no trolls, we get an eco-troll.

bevo said...

@David- not an eco-troll, just a regular run of the mill troll posing as one :)

David said...

I know, thats an insult to the eco-trolls!

What a crazy save right there, heck of a job by both of them to save it!

Good shots and angles of it too by SPEED

Anonymous said...

That's Ok Bevo and David. Act like you don't care about our Planet.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I'll get right back to ya after the checkers!

David said...

Nice job going back and catching the battle for 7th!

Anonymous said...

JD:

Funny how you complain that announcers drink the NASCAR kool aid, but you'll repeat NASCAR's greenwashing. Please take a critical look at their program before you suggest to people that they are doing everything they can in terms of recycling. I am a huge NASCAR fan, but there is nothing they do -- environmental or television related -- that isn't designed primarily to make money.

David said...

Ummmm, actually I think the whole "green" movement is a crock but that's not a topic appropriate for here. Global warming yet it took until the last 2 weeks of April for Phoenix to reach 90 degrees? Its 75 degrees out right now. Warming what again?

I do my part to be responsible to a reasonable degree. But I am not cruising around in a Prius or some other hybrid. My 4-banger does just fine on fuel efficiency.

Good job closing it out SPEED!

Daly Planet Editor said...

No cigs in NASCAR for many years.

Total recycling at the tracks long before it became cool to do.

NASCAR brings its own fuel to each track.

Even the new NASCAR media building in Charlotte was designed green from top to bottom.

Really can't tie the oil spill or domestic car fuel use to this sport.

TexasRaceLady said...

Fantastic finish to the race. Love the camera that shows more than just the leader crossing the line.

And the drop-down box really lets me know who is where.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Why don't you email me any proof of that at editor@thedalyplanet.tv anytime.

Be happy to see it. Never had an agenda, never have made a dime.

Just talking TV with fans.

bevo said...

Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy,volunteer every month to clean highways except twice a year when I go to the coast to pick up crap on the beach. Don't use pesticides or herbicides.

Thanks for playing though1

Daly Planet Editor said...

That drop down box at the finish makes all the difference in the world!

FOX and ESPN really need to look at that. We don't need driver headshots after watching them race for hours.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone, that was fun.

Updated TV listings shortly for the week and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

JD Gibbs is Dave Despain's guest on Wind Tunnel tonight at 9PM.

Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Loved the last lap camera work. Artie and crew would have NEVER panned back to show a last lap battle for 7th-11th a half lap behind the winner.

It is still OUTRAGEOUS however that the Dover truck race is still tape delayed until late night. This is 2010 for crying out loud! Tape delay is NOT acceptable for any sporting event!

David said...

JD, if the Truck race is going to be tape delayed, why can't SPEEDtv.com work a deal to...oh wait nevermind Turner's rights prohibit that...

Yay to the suits at NASCAR!

Anonymous said...

I've never seen an eco-troll before, lol. But David, that is weather, not climate change...

But I find myself wondering though... anyone know.... what happens to the used tires? I'm sure they probably do something....just as they do when they charge a fee to take ours back.

Richard in N.C. said...

After the S&P activity of MSRP in 2009 I can only take small doses of Phil Parsons.

Ryan said...

Why can't speed show Dover truck race live, and then show it again at 8?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Ryan,

SPEED has done that every season since we started in 2007. They want the first airing to be in primetime on Friday.

Makes me nuts!!

David said...

Goodyear takes most all of the tires, and what they do with them would make for a good story I think. I know some wind up sold as souvenirs and such. I need to get a set with rims... lol