Friday, April 8, 2011

Live Blogging Nationwide Series From Texas (ESPN2 - 8PM ET)


Allen Bestwick will have Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty alongside when he opens the pre-race coverage on NASCAR Countdown at 8PM tonight from the Texas Motor Speedway.

Wallace will then move to the broadcast booth to join Marty Reid and Andy Petree for the Nationwide Series race at 8:30PM. Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Dave Burns will be the pit road reporters. Tim Brewer will be in the Tech Garage.

This is a great opportunity for ESPN to showcase the Nationwide Series in primetime on a Friday night. The track looks great and the field is fast. While there will still be a smattering of start and park cars, the race itself should be solid.

Reid and Wallace are not the best combination of personalities in the TV booth. Reid has very little NASCAR experience and Wallace is not the type of person who can help out his play-by-play partner.

Once the race is underway, the role of Bestwick and Daugherty at this track is to site and watch. Unless there is a long caution period or a red flag, we may not hear or see too much of the infield team.

TMS is fast and the restarts require two things. First, the TV network has to be out of commercial break so viewers can see the green flag fly. Secondly, Reid has to reset the field as to who is restarting where, what cars took a wave around and who was the lucky dog.

This race should be a good snapshot of where this production team is this season in terms of revamping the disastrous coverage of last year. So far, there have been a lot of changes for the better and hopefully that can continue.

ESPN offered no coverage from TMS except qualifying, which was done from the infield pit studio. Let's hope the pit reporters are up to speed on stories other than just those of the Sprint Cup Series cross-over drivers as we have seen in the past.

Danica is gone and the real racing is different this season. One group of fast cars is racing for the owner's championship while another group is racing for the driver's title. The challenge for ESPN is to update both.

This post will serve to host your comments on the ESPN2 coverage of the Nationwide Series race from the Texas Motor Speedway. 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.

116 comments:

Daly Planet Editor said...

Friday night under the lights in Texas!

Buschseries61 said...

Tonight's S&P count:
24 Lepage
44 Green
49 Setzer
68 Carter
74 Yeley
75 Long
79 Andrews

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wow! Tow to TX, get the cash, go home early. Weird.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Like to see someone other than Carl Edwards as the Nationwide Series in-race reporter tonight.

Maybe a driver going for the driver's championship?

Roland said...

Couple of notes from today:

1 Its amazing the difference in quality of coverage between qualifying on Espn and Speed. Espn took 5+ minute commercials and missed half the cars, not to mention the overload of pointless graphics on the screen.

2 Between Speed and Espn Ive heard about 7 Carl Edwards interviews in the last 3 hours, mostly from espn. And hes the in race reporter too. How bout you interview some of the Nationwide regulars for a change.

3 Marty Reid + Rusty Wallace = PRN

Charlie said...

I think that is a great idea JD. Let a Nationwide contender be a in-race reporter.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Rusty is a walking conflict of interest. Can't believe ESPN kept him for the next four seasons.

Anonymous said...

yay...another race to watch cup drivers practice for tomorrow, and watch the nationwide teams, with no cup affiliation or funding, get their butts kicked. Yup, it's really fun to watch this kind of incommensurate, so-called-racing. I miss the days of the old busch series when it was actually more of an even playing field and actually entertaining to watch. The good old days.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon, stop using those big words I have to Google! Hehe...

Daly Planet Editor said...

We need some more night races!

Roland said...

Hey JD nascar.com finally got the Nationwide scanner to work on Google Chrome. Its Awesome! Got the scanner and a stream of PRN plugged into my surround sound. Gonna be a fun night!

Sally said...

You know, they keep telling us that they need all those Cup drivers to get fans to watch the Nationwide races. Judging from the people in the stands, I'd say it isn't working out quite that way.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks for telling me that Roland, I have been beating those guys like a rented mule!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Sally, time for a change but NASCAR can't really figure out what that change should be. All we know is that this ain't working for the NNS series.

Anonymous said...

wow the grand marshall actually said drivers and not gentlemen..good job! Can't forget about jen jo cobb

Charlie said...

I am trying to get the scanner to work. Anyone else having a problem.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Time to make the donuts! Here we go.

Anonymous said...

you need to buy the subscription..kind of a ripoff...especially since they only offer the scanner for a limited amount of races. Once again the nationwide drivers get screwed...man these guys cant even catch a break with this! what a joke. It's just too bad.

Daly Planet Editor said...

No, the NNS scanners are free. You just sign-up for NASCAR.com and use your password.

Nothing to buy, no charge. Nationwide pays the bill on this one.

Charlie said...

Scanner worked last time. Can't get it to work today.

Anonymous said...

ya but u have 2 give them ur credit card info...and its only a 14 day trial...isn't it? i've done this b 4 and forgot 2 cancel after 2 wks and i got charged an absurd amount of money that took me quite a while to get back..it really sucked!

Charlie said...

No annon. you get to listen to it free and no credit card. It is a different scanner.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Stenhouse is hauling the mail for the "regulars."

Daly Planet Editor said...

This is NNS and Nationwide pays the bill. No credit card info and it is lots of fun to use! Try it.

Buschseries61 said...

They're trying, but Texas doesn't provide edge of your seat racing.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Got to stop following the leaders and go back through the field like radio.

This audio replay stuff is BS!

Charlie said...

Hate to sound like a broken record but does the scanner work for anyone.
If so I know to trouble shoot here, if not that I know it is nascar.

Buschseries61 said...

May have to add Morgan Shepherd to the S&P list. Way off the pace all weekend.

Anonymous said...

is this through nascar.com because on their website it is telling me to start my 14 day free trial for $2.50 a month? what am i missing?

Charlie said...

Look right under the main picture on the main page of Nascar.com. Under carl edwards car and you will see where it says - Free Nationwide Scanner.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Charlie, scanners working fine for me. Was listening to officials and Brad K!

Daly Planet Editor said...

At the top, click on Nationwide Series. Scroll down to the free scanner link.

You are on Trackpass, which is for Sprint Cup races.

The free scanner is a link on the Nationwide Series page. Scroll down to the link for free scanners!

Charlie said...

Thanks JD. Guess it is me.

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Vicky D said...

But why is ESPN showing the cup guys so much, it's just so discouraging trying to watch our favorite NW regulars, we get a glimpse of them that's IT!

Buschseries61 said...

How does Brad Daugherty still have a job?

Vicky D said...

Buschseries - Brad still has a job like the weathermen still have jobs - they can be wrong 90% of the time but still get promotions and even get raises!

Charlie said...

I think Brad is still there because his in tall.

Daly Planet Editor said...

NASCAR VP Steve O'Donnell is taking cell phone pics of the pit road speed technology and posting them on twitter so fans can see when a penalty happens.

I'll give him credit on that one.

AncientRacer said...

JD & Planeteers

I cannot hear a bit of the PxP, but each time, sitting here in this anonymous airport in this well known city, each time I get hold of the remote and look in the pictures are more pleasing than usual. Too much tight down the FS, but I get the sensation of speed coming out of the corners and down the FS if the shot pulls out.

I am wondering, why cannot they do this on Sundays? The sensation of speed is why I am here after all...

Charlie said...

Darn keyboard.
I think Brad is there because he is tall.

There.

Buschseries61 said...

So true Vicky. He's been there for over 4 years, co-owns a Cup team, and still offers nothing but catchphrases.

Charlie said...

Marty Reid - Were back to green flag racing.

Ok, compared to red flag racing or yellow flag racing. I get it.

Sally said...

I'm really sick of watching the Cup drivers get extra practice while making a mockery of the NNS. I'm done.

Vicky D said...

Sally, the broadcast booth never mentions that these cup guys in this race have so much more practice than the full time NW drivers. No wonder they are up front!

Anonymous said...

ok i figured out how to get the scanner working, it a pain in the butt to get to the right page to access the scanner , and to actually get it to boot up. Man, it shouldnt take so much work to listen to a scanner which is limited to just a handful of races this season. GEE WIZ!

Buschseries61 said...

What a call by Bestwick! Thank you Tim Schendel for making this race somewhat intersting.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Try the officials channel! It rocks!

Vicky D said...

Anon at 9:41 I don't have enough energy to try that on nascar.com for the scanner!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Got a little Kyle Busch attitude going!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Halfway!

Tim S. said...

Anybody know a radio station that's streaming the event? I can't handle ESPN anymore.

larry said...

howdy y'all...what lap are we on...I just got home and checked the tv. Can't read number of laps.

Daly Planet Editor said...

PRN tonight, it's a Bruton track. I think they have affiliates listed on their website!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Just passed halfway, Larry!

Buschseries61 said...

LAP 50 - Rusty's confused
LAP 100 - Marty's confused

larry said...

hah...lap 150 or so...viewers are confused...

Tim S. said...

Thanks for the quick response. I'm working my way down the list and haven't found one that's both online and carrying the event.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Let me see if I can get an online one from a Twitter user.

Anonymous said...

Missed the KB wreck originally because we were on a frickin' incar. When will they learn!?! And, only 1 replay was wide enough to see the whole incident.

Daly Planet Editor said...

What the heck is Marty Reid talking about?

Anonymous said...

The most enjoyable thing about watching this race is having a small piece of Nascar racing with no DW nonsense.Don't need a mute button,radio or anything else...just sit back and enjoy.

Buschseries61 said...

LAP 119 - JD's confused

Daly Planet Editor said...

Tim, here ya go from Twitter.

http://www.wyshradio.com/wysh.asx

AncientRacer said...

I just had to fuzzle with a seatmate to get control of the remote to see Kyle Busch's interview. Did not see what happened, but, Oh is he not a gentleman now?

Oh yes he is. Yessiree.

BTW for those of you who can see it, I liked they ran the interview SxS with the action.

Tim S. said...

Thanks for the help, Mr. Daly. They must all be blocked after the race starts.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should be open, try it from the station homepage.

And it's JD!

inkthatpaints said...

JD - Thanks for posting the link, it's definitely a breath of fresh air to hear competent coverage.

larry said...

thanks for the link...this is good!

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Brewer = useless.

Buschseries61 said...

Here's a piece of tape, back to you Marty!

Anonymous said...

Interesting when they do show some racing outside the top 10 it just so happens to be where Rusty's cars are located.

Charlie said...

Have we seen any in-car with Kenny Wallace?
I haven't seen any but I am not watching this all the time.
I know he has a camera in his car. He talked about it on twitter.

Tim S. said...

Must just be my system then. Thanks again, JD.

Charlie said...

There ya good - it's Kenny in-car

Charlie said...

Man this blog has a lot of power

MikeC said...

One of those things where they know they have to get the obligatory sponsor mention tech garage in.....so Mr. Brewer talk about Bondo tape. Talk about contrived!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Charlie, we get around! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Brewer. Interesting, but totally unnecessary.

At least they are paying some attention to Stenhouse since he's the point leader.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, that kid never lifts! I mean Stenhouse, not Brewer.

Buschseries61 said...

LAP 163 - Marty & the viewers at home are bored.

Charlie said...

Marty thinks of something to say - starts it and then halfway through he is trying to think of what his next thought will be, before he finishes his first.

AncientRacer said...

JD

Brewer lifted or was lifted, long long time ago...
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while.

... oh, my, wherever am I going with this? Noplace good thats for Shirley...

Nev-er-mind.

Charlie said...

Why don't they let the pit reporters do the 11th and back cars to.

Charlie said...

20 Laps to go.

Buschseries61 said...

LAP 180 - Dave Burns is confused

Charlie said...

15 Laps to go.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Busch, I sense a theme there...I think.

Charlie said...

You can't watch the lines of the cars using a bumper cam.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Marty Reid just cannot make it interesting.

AncientRacer said...

This may disappoint some of Ya'll, but as we sit here in theis anoymous airport in this well known city The People's Revoultionary Racing Libseration Front is triumphing.

10 laps to go and everyone is off the golf on ESPN and are asking me "what is this?"

I say, "it's racing."


A couple early on asked to go back to golf. They were howled down.

Maybe, my friends, we DO complain too much sometimes.

Vicky D said...

JD, sometimes RW doesn't make any sense at all!

Buschseries61 said...

JD, once it's past halfway, Marty is done.

Charlie said...

Camera work was better.

Daly Planet Editor said...

"One and a half miles to go here at Charlotte."

Um, Marty...........it's Texas.

Billy Delyon said...

Where are you Motor Mouth Marty...

TEXAS Marty, TEXAS!

Billy Delyon said...

And PLEASE JD tell us Crusty won't be in the booth for the rest of the year?!?


please...

Buschseries61 said...

LAP 200 - Marty is thinking about his flight home.

Anonymous said...

what a surprise! Carl Edwards wins, are u kidding me!?!? I wouldnt have guessed that in a million years. I hope u can sense the sarcasm. What a joke this series is becoming. At least Kyle got crashed out, so that was pretty nice...at least one cup driver got what he deserved

Anonymous said...

Rusty was captain obvious tonight: "I really think these guys are trying to learn some stuff for tomorrow night's race"

Charlie said...

Brad K. talks about tires.

MikeC said...

Marty is like he just goes through the motions. Uses a lot of the same phrases throughout a race "We can tell ya" "we can tell ya"....and he used the same phrasing on every restart, "we're back to green flag racing here at Texas".

Buschseries61 said...

Overall: Good camerawork, boring booth, terrible race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hope you guys come back tomorrow night. Not looking forward to an in-car camera festival but the cars were flying today in practice.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Billy, DJ is just on vacation. I should have the rundown on Monday for the next couple of races.

Anonymous said...

the new roush yates motors are pushing some serious horsies and torque. They are going to win a lot of races on the 1.5 and 2 mile tracks. They've been waiting a LONG time for this new engine, and it is and will be paying off for the remainder of the season and perhaps beyond...

Charlie said...

Not to many post race interviews this time.

Justin said...

Okay, so ESPN is not perfect and not everyone loves the personalities behind the microphones....BUT everyone has to agree that if FOX would follow some of the current ESPN model, especially in regards to camera work, we would have a much better telecast tomorrow night.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Goodnight folks! See you tomorrow!

JD

Anonymous said...

that's because they were running late, and espn doesn't give 2 sh%^s about nascar and continually disrespects it. That's why u didn't c all that many post race interviews. ESPN sucks ass!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hopefully tomorrow night's race is about 100% better so that it's worthwhile to watch...although can't stand DW and his unique and hillbilly version of what i guess is supposed to be the english language. He makes racers everwhere look like a bunch of stupid ass rednecks...not good. we def need a better representative for our sport!

CRZ said...

Well, on one hand, Marty doesn't say "while all this is going on" too much anymore.

On the other hand, Rusty STILL can't manage a "Kez-low-ski" without putting a "za" in it.

larry said...

I listened primarly on the radio, but the few times I turned up the volume on the tv, they were only showing the cup guys. How do the NW sponsors expect to get any air time?

majorshouse said...

I still think if they banned the Cup regulars from the NW series it would make things better, and whil e they are at it, take away some fo the money from the Cup series and pass it around and that way in these lower series the regulars have a better chance to win and put on a better show for us, and please FOX get rid of DW.

earl the pearl said...

WhatTheHeck is wrong with brother
Stewart ?? Too fast on pit road ..
losing his only shot..i give up.
The boys on Fox are starting to get way too analytical aka talking
way too much...
And cant they talk in a normal
voice ?? I am calling Fox and
lay out for " them boys " good nite