Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friday Action From Talladega Will Be On SPEED

They have been doing it for years and know how to get it right. No Digger, no Tim Brewer and respect for all the teams and competitors. It's Friday on SPEED from Talladega.

Noon is Nationwide Series qualifying with Rick Allen, Kyle Petty and Jeff Hammond. Since Allen is on-site for the ARCA race, this is a good opportunity for him to get some more TV face-time working on the Nationwide Series. Hermie Sadler and Wendy Venturini are the reporters. Hammond and Petty have been fun to listen to when working with Steve Byrnes, Allen better hold on tight.

The Sprint Cup Series cars take to the track at 2PM. That session will be Mike Joy with Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds. Krista Voda and Matt Yocum will be the reporters. Waltrip is very different on SPEED. His FOX personality is gone and we get observations from a veteran driver. If only he could transfer that to Sundays.

John Roberts and Kyle Petty will be up next with NASCAR Live from the SPEED Stage. This little show is a great tool for highlights, to follow-up on stories in-progress and do live interviews. Randy Pemberton and Wendy Venturini will be the reporters.

The final Sprint Cup Series practice is next at 3:30PM with Joy, Waltrip and McReynolds. This time, Steve Byrnes and Dick Berggren will be reporting. By this time, we should have a very clear picture of whether the "lovebug" style of two car drafting will be the order of the day in the actual race.

Roberts returns with Pemberton, Sadler and Venturini for the final edition of NASCAR Live. This show will bridge the time to the 5PM ARCA race.

Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and Kenny Schrader call the live ARCA race, which has proven to be both exciting and rather dangerous over the past several years. For you IndyCar fans, the one and only Milka Duno is racing again so that alone should add some spice. Bob Dillner and Ray Dunlap will be covering pit road.

The night ends with Trackside at 7PM and then SPEED Center at 8PM. Adam Alexander has been given the task of trying to get a general interest live motorsports studio show up and running and slowly but surely SPEED Center is getting better.

Trackside has an identity crisis and I am not sure how it will be solved. Byrnes leaves the show as host once the FOX portion of the Sprint Cup Series season is over and that time is rapidly approaching. The new set is disjointed and while the conversation is still interesting, Darrell Waltrip often appears to be out of the loop of current events.

This weekend Brad Keselowski, Slugger Labbe and Paul Menard are the guests. It should be interesting to see how the production team integrates three guests into this one hour show. Trackside has tons of potential, it just has to find it's way since leaving Larry McReynolds behind.

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Anonymous said...

Happy Race Weekend Y'all! <3

Sounds like some scary weather may be near 'Dega again. I remember last year & being worried about the folks camping in the area. PTL all was OK in the end!

Jonathan said...

Cant wait for this!!! I love the Ricky Bobby picture! I wish they would make Talladega nights 2!!!

glenc1 said...

oooh noooo, the rolling chicane is here??????

I remembered that yesterday, Gymmie, when I was watching the Weather Channel. Let's hope for no repeat of that.

I have enjoyed other Will Ferrell movies, but I thought Talledega nights was 2 hours of my life that I'll never get back. But I am looking forward to Cars 2.

Vicky D said...

Looking forward to this weekend, let's hope Rick Allen gives the NW regulars some love. PS I never cared for Will Ferrell and that movie.

MRM4 said...

I find it funny how much of a difference there is with SPEED's coverage of the Cup series versus their coverage on Fox. I really enjoy the SPEED coverage even if it's just qualifying or practice.

GinaV24 said...

Hope they get the ARCA race in,since having Schrader in the booth makes it so much fun for me. I heard there was rain forecast for Friday.

Glad that the action will be on Speed, they do it best.

Daly Planet Editor said...

NASCAR is now having a Dega meeting about how to coordinate weather info at the track. Tornado watch already out. Bad weather on the way.

Spencer said...

i think they should make a nascar movie like they did with Le Mans with

GinaV24 said...

Glad to know that I am not alone in not liking that movie. I'm not a big Will Ferrell fan and considering how protective NASCAR is of it's image, I was surprised that they were "all for it". Ugh

I'll keep my fingers crossed for anyone in the area where the weather is bad!

Anonymous said...

Yes not a Will fan but there were a few funny moments & I did *giggle* (after everyone was OK) when Carl did his "Ricky Bobby" at Hotlanta I believe it was.

Charlie said...

I have a feeling we are going to get more bumper cams then ever before.

Rather then zooming out and watching the two cars go around the track, we will see the front nose of the car pushing, over and over again.

GinaV24 said...

oh geez, Charlie, that's a terrible thought. And you'll probably be right.

Vicky D said...

And what about Milk and Donuts starting near the front in the ARCA race this afternoon. I can't wait to see that! If weather will be a problem today, I'm not happy waiting for rain showers to clear away. Hope they miss the track!

Anonymous said...

I agree. I think we'll all be sick of "bumper cams" by the end of the weekend. The Booth is already beating to death the words "pusher" and the fact that Bear Bond doesn't lend itself to the other car's bumper sliding across it. Let's hope the storms don't injure anyone. Supposedly, the weekend looks good. Here's hoping....

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Will Ferrell,how bad was last night's episode of The Office? I don't like Steve Carrell's character but WF's wasn't funny either.

Glad they've gone retro during rain delay. Two hours more of DW would make me ill.

More drafting "doggie" style coming this weekend. Hope it makes for a better race than Daytona which was ho-hum until the end.

Sophia said...

Just read on Twitter ARCA race will be 8 AM Sat MORNING. Zowee, that's early for the brain/reflexes.

Any idea when SPEED will broadcast so I can set DVR? Hope they still carry it. tx

Sophia said...

P.S. re AA on SPEED CENTER. he needs another host. AA YELLS ALL THE TIME..does anybody notice this? I can't watch. :-( Needs to lower the voice 1/2 an octave and talk in 'conversational tones' ala Steve Byrnes.

Sheesh. Speed should know better by now how to make folks work in the best dept.

I miss the rotating hosts & often skip SCenter. The first show wasn't broke but of course Hill had to fix it. Sigh

Roland said...

couple of observations:

Speed took like 15 commercial breaks in the first hour of nationwide quals. Other than that it was great hearing Rick, Jeff, and Kyle. Those guys are a good combo.

They were discussing the Richmond nationwide race on Speed in 2 weeks and Rick said "Ill be there, along with Mikey and DW". I hope he was just joking. Speed has this 1 chance to upstage ESPN and they don't need to screw it up by having 2 clowns in the booth.

One more thing, and its been bugging me for weeks, why cant Larry Mac say Nationwide series. He now refers to Nationwide as "the NNS series" which is weird because he is basically saying Nascar Nationwide Series Series.

Tracy D said...

I caught the NW qualifying, and I have to say I was annoyed at Kyle et al making fun of Michael Waltrip, saying he had the mentality of less than a 10 year old. I don't care what you think of the man, that joke was embarrassing to hear for me as a viewer. So much for professionalism.

JA said...


I feel like there is some underlying reason why Larry Mac refers to the Nationwide as NNS ... all the FOX guys have started calling it "the Saturday race" or "NNS" or something like that. Perhaps it's all just a coincidence, but as often as it's been happening, I feel like there is a reason behind it.

earl the pearl said...

How Ironic it was. During the Arca race phil parsons said .".Listen to those engines "
The of course he didnt shut up
for a milisecond. The rest of the so called team .. of course didnt
shut up.
Amen I shall pray

earl the pearl said...

I have checked with the folks
at espn -- they told me i just
have to suffer .. until the
contract is up.
They understand how horrid it is
just pray -- it will all go away

earl the pearl said...

Yes we get it we understand we see
how the new draft works..ok
folks how about taking a breath
and letting us hear the engines
we thank you and pray a lot

we dont need marty reed said...

Nascar has screwed up Talladega
forever...with the new rules ..
All it does is take away the
excitement and THE SOUNDS...unreal.. but of course
we are lucky we still have
marty reed. Yes .. he loves to
use his broadcasting school tricks..
Like Smiling when he talks
I am outa here

crash mccall said...

dear marty reed...
Do you have no shame at all ?????
Showing the highlights of past
crashes and big ones... The reallly
bad ones...not like the one today
which was basically nothing at all.
I always like it ..when they ask
different drivers...

""" what happened ? """ oh wait
Marty reed telling us again ..just
Amen good nite

Anonymous said...

Sure hope Rick Allen was just kidding when he said that Mikey and DW would be in the booth with him for the Richmond NNS race.I think we all remember the disasterous truck race where he had DW in the booth and Mikey was driving. Surely Speed learned something from that fiasco and will not spoil another race on us.