Friday, June 4, 2010

Live Blogging Camping World Trucks In Texas (8:30PM ET SPEED)


This week the Camping World Truck Series stops at the Texas Motor Speedway for a Friday night race on SPEED.

The cast of characters is familiar, but one regular is missing. Adam Alexander is off starting his six race assignment of handling the play-by-play for TNT over in the Sprint Cup Series.

Krista Voda will host the pre-race show and then move to a pit reporter position to work with Ray Dunlap. Up in the booth to call the race will be Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip.

The trucks are very fast at Texas and the high speed brings a very new level of danger. This track has incidents that happen very fast and that is the challenge for SPEED's veteran TV crew.

We have used the work of this team as example to FOX of what straightforward racing on TV should look like. The CWTS TV team kicks it old school and has done so very effectively for several years.

As we have often seen with the trucks this season, there should be a quick separation into the "haves" and "have nots" where speed is concerned. Hopefully, the number of "start and park" teams will be limited.

This post will serve to host your comments on the CWTS on SPEED from Texas. 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.

63 comments:

Gymmie said...

Looking forward to the race :)! Go Grampa and Narain :). I also hear this young kid named Schrader is in the race too :) 1 1/2 thumbs up for Schrader!

Anonymous said...

YAWN, where have all the peeps gone?

Daly Planet Editor said...

The truck race is on a very busy sports night and we don't get too many comments because folks are actually watching the TV!

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Anonymous said...

No multitaskings here. HUH?
Can't type and watch?

tiamatsrevenge said...

That kid Schrey-deer was pretty spiffy in first practice yesterday ... Dunno what happened to him for happy hour ... Qualified so-so ... Wonder if he'll hold on for the whole race?? LOL ;-)

bryan said...

I wonder if those two have ever heard the anthem?

glenc1 said...

they're a little 'shouty' but I've heard worse.

At least it's a minimum of creative notes...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Now THAT was a flyover!

NorCalFan said...

It was those creative notes that made them sound like a couple of cats in a fight. Ouch!

glenc1 said...

personally, I love it when they come from behind you (that happened to me at Dover.) You can feel the grandstands shake before they get there but you know they're coming. And you feel them as they fly over. Very cool. You can't get that on TV.

Charlie said...

When I was at the Michigan track in Aug. there would be a fly over like that and it was cool. The crowd would then settle down to hear start your engines and then just feet above the press box the Jets would return, go straight up and scare the heck out of you.

Daly Planet Editor said...

This is about go get good. Great pictures.

bryan said...

I've already seen more vehicles than in an hour of Fox this year

Daly Planet Editor said...

Yer killin me...

TexasRaceLady said...

I'm loving the wide shots that give you a feel of where the trucks are in relation to each other.

Anonymous said...

That's because they are spread out on that big track. It's not tight racing like Cup. Silly Boys

Anonymous said...

I was okay with the Anthem - I enjoyed the harmony. Is this a good time for some one to explain to me how the actual trucks, nationwide cars, and sprint cars get shown on TV. Do they have to pay a fee? I remember when one of the networks(?) "blurred out" the car's sponsor logo if they did not pay a fee. Is something like that still going on?

Daly Planet Editor said...

How about those flashing yellow lights on the back of the catchfence for the fans to know when caution comes out?

Daly Planet Editor said...

How many trucks we got left racing?

TexasRaceLady said...

JD, I see 6 listed as off

tiamatsrevenge said...

"Ex-specially" ?!?!? Please Mikey ... Learn how to pronounce "especially" ... D'oh!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Lots of trucks still on the lead lap and racing clean. Nice!

Gymmie said...

yes the fence caution lights are kewl! great idea!

tiamatsrevenge said...

Could Eddie NOT find anyone down in Beaumont or DFW to sing the national anthem better than the scary spray tan twins??

I think the bridge of my nose exploded ... They were horrific ...



JD - Hey, where IS that live leaderboard for the Trucks?? LOL I wish SPEED would get us one ... especially since espn has one for the N'wide ...

Daly Planet Editor said...

I have been going at it with NASCAR.com all season long.

Ridiculous! Spend the money and get us live truck series scoring for practice, quals and races.

Knuckleheads!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Good stat. More F-1 drivers in the field than Cup and NNS.

TexasRaceLady said...

I had to laugh at that, JD.

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Anonymous said...

I'll bet you smiled at least.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Like the split-screen since they dumped the animated background.

Really works nice for this series.

Anonymous said...

The flashing yellow lights? Whoopee!
Now the fans can tell when there is a yellow? WOW!
Maybe the new lights are not for the fans but for the announcers and TV people. They never get it right.
What next?

Charlie said...

Not many people there. You would think a Friday night race would bring in the fans.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet that made you smile.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Takes all kinds to make a world.

Anonymous said...

I missed what the caution was for?

Anonymous said...

That's me! very worldly!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Debris, I think on the backstretch.

Anonymous said...

The caution was so that we could see the cool lights again before a commercial.
When they go off the TV people turn on the cameras again..

Daly Planet Editor said...

Those certainly are...interesting. We have a twitter fan there and she says they are very bright!

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Anonymous said...

Cue the lights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

David "NOT A" Star never has been able to drive.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, that was an actual wreck from racing! Been a while...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Pretty good TV pictures and did you notice they got the wreck live because they were following the best racing on the track?

Sally said...

Amazing how much more interesting it is to watch when they cover the action on track instead of babbling about nothing from the booth.

Daly Planet Editor said...

To find older posts for comments, just click on the older posts button at the bottom of each page.

All TDP columns remain on the site in archive since 2007.

Just FYI for a friend.

Anonymous said...

Speed sometimes mentions race car sponsors. ESPN started the practice of excluding them and hampered the teams chances of getting sponsors interested since their names are no longer mentioned on TV. Fox followed the practice and racing has suffered as a result.
If Fox, TNT and ESPN would mention sponsors then you would see race teams bounce back, refrain from Start and parks and become more competitive resulting in tighter/better racing. NASCAR should require it.

tiamatsrevenge said...

Tv booth or it's watchers are reading another message board DURING the race ... hence the explanation about the "W" ... LOL ;-)

Daly Planet Editor said...

The truck guys are pretty dialed in on that stuff. They are on Twitter right now as well.

Charlie said...

This race has an easy flow to it. Not in your face stuff.

David said...

FOX started the sponsor exclusion practice back in 2001. The controversy over that forced them to have to show all sponsors in their animated cars. ESPN prior to 2001 never excluded sponsors as far as I can remember. Plus at least in their starting lineups they showed you exactly what scheme every driver had which was nice in special schemes since sometimes you can't tell who is driving what when no one mentions it....

Looks like a good race, caught it late. What happened to Benson?

Anonymous said...

20 trucks, one day 2 left for the finish. PLUS-- No fans there, as it's stupid to have these stand alone races. All of the stand alone races are stupid in today's times. Group em and tighten up the schedule geographically.

David said...

Running the trucks with IRL does seem to be a questionable decision by NASCAR, however grouping the Trucks and NW schedules a bit more I think could help across the board. Not a big fan of NW/Cup companion since it leads to too much double dipping. Fortunately these types of events are becoming more rare for the Truck boys.

David said...

Wow, Texas really leading the way in innovations

tiamatsrevenge said...

MRN had SPEED beat by a country mile on telling the fans about White's truck blowing up

tiamatsrevenge said...

I think the near 100 degree temps put a damper on the crowd ...

If it's that hot, I'm not going out to a race ... even if it does go into the night ...

Charlie said...

It is 85° there right now.

Anonymous said...

Now that was a major screw up. No more commercials then they go to one and almost miss the green. Stupid!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone, I apologize for the moderation but sometimes it gets a little thick.

See you for the Nationwide Series race Saturday night with Vince Welch handling the play-by-play.

JD

Anonymous said...

When is this site going to stop praising the Truck series coverage. The coverage is terrible!!!!!!! Rick Allen has no idea whats happening, and Mikey and Phil scream endlessly and never shut up. There were several instances tonite where it showed they hadnt done their research. A lot of info was incorrect, and a lot of on track incidents were missed by the tv crew. Very poor tv coverage as ive come to expect from the truck series team.

Bobby said...

Also the first few rows of the frontstretch, and the turns, were closed off. The track will not sell certain parts of the track for IRL races for safety reasons. There was IRL practice and the signature four-lap qualifying that afternoon so IRL seating restrictions were in place.

The IRL drivers wanted more caution light indications and the idea of using lights such as what was used last night was based on IRL requests for Texas. We'll likely see them too for the AAA Texas 500 since that race (2:15 PM CST green flag) will likely finish at night.

Vicky D said...

Just got home from Fort Worth after attending the truck race last night. When we were there it was hard finding out what trucks were laps down we could see the scoring pylon in front of us but lapped down traffic isn't noted. I think watching on tv is better. Poor David Starr crashed out with about 5 or 6 laps to go. Hardly anyone at the track but it took us a long time to get out of the parking area. We forgot to record it but have it set for early tomorrow morning.