Saturday, May 28, 2011

Live Blogging Nationwide Series From Charlotte (ABC - 2PM ET)


All the ingredients are in place today for some fun racing and a solid telecast from the ESPN team. ABC will be the destination for the live coverage. The pre-race show will start at 2PM and the race will green flag at 2:48PM.

Allen Bestwick is again in the TV booth because Marty Reid is handling the Indy 500 racing coverage. Bestwick will be joined by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. In the Infield Pit Studio will be Nicole Briscoe, Ricky Craven and Rusty Wallace. Brad Daugherty is off this weekend.

ESPN has a split team of pit reporters. On the NASCAR race it will be Shannon Spake, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns. Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch are working the Indy 500. Yes, Tim Brewer is on-hand with the Tech Garage.

The weather is blazing hot and that should make for a slippery track and some interesting racing. As usual, the storyline is the Cup cross-over guys vs. the Nationwide Series regulars. These days, those regulars usually consist of Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Instead of Danica, it will again be Kimi Raikkonen who adds the spice to the telecast. In his first NASCAR race in the truck series, he avoided trouble and finished 15th. This week, his rent-a-ride is ready to go and with one race at CMS under his belt, he should be fun to watch.

The ESPN telecasts usually start strong and then fade down the stretch. Telling the stories of the race clash with the agenda ESPN sets in the pre-race show. The result is confusion. Following the leaders just does not work for NASCAR fans in these interactive days. Running through the field on a regular basis is the key.

Pictures from CMS are outstanding, with several angles that are known all too well. Watching cars come at you down the backstretch, seeing the tri-oval from the low angle speed shot and the lovely aerial views of the massive facility make for great TV.

This post will serve to host your comments on the ABC coverage of the Nationwide Series race from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. To add your TV-related comments, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thanks for stopping by.

103 comments:

Gymmie said...

Happy Race Day Planeteers <3

Will be interesting to see how they handle Kimi. If it'll be all Kimi all the time or not :)

Hope Ricky overcomes the curse & has a good race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Love to know the track temp!

Anonymous said...

My money says that Kimi's sponsor (Perky Jerky) gets a LOT of air time. I think he'll do well with all the laps he got in with the Truck last weekend. His equipment should be top-notch. It should be fun to watch unless something goofy happens. I'm looking forward to AB in the booth.

Gymmie said...

nice to chat with Trevor :)

AncientRacer said...

Gymmie: Thanks

JD: Its hot

General question -- what other media is available to us today? And tomorrow?

Gymmie said...

hi AR :)

AncientRacer said...

I really wish I could be Ricky Craven's agent for one day. I'd have him in the booth pronto. I really like the guy. Looks like he ought to be the manager of a Piggly Wiggly, but he could drive and he is so good on air. How good he is really shows when he is on air with cRusty. cRusty just fades away.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hope this is not a crashfest. Series could use a good show.

oldnewenglander said...

Guess I was out of the loop. Pleasantly surprised to see Ricky filling in for Brad.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Yep, my fault! The ESPN guys corrected me.

Ricky in and Brad off. Jerry, Jamie and Vince at Indy.

Anonymous said...

Horrible rendition of the anthem. Hopefully the race is better.

Charlie said...

On such an important weekend they could have done better with the anthem.

Debby said...

Where do they get these people to sing, and, do they listen as they rehearse??? TERRIBLE rendition!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Be Darius Rucker tomorrow.

Gymmie said...

Can't wait for Darius tomorrow <3

Daly Planet Editor said...

Those two were a local duo. Sounded like it.

Debby said...

From a local bar/coffee house!! HAHA!

PammH said...

I thought they were okay..didn't hurt my ears or anything.

Gymmie said...

Great command by RutRut :). Their 30 minute show was fun yesterday! It extended into an hour. They were at Whisky River but Kyle wouldn't ride the bull

AncientRacer said...

Ok. The command has been given. But Rut doing it? Pleeze. Boy grew up in Griffin, GA and on Top Gear did not seem to be aware that graveyard in Griffin existed where everyone including me (and I was in Barnesville 20 miles away went parking) knew about.

Anyawy, back to topic. Parade Laps have begun. So everyone Repeat After me: "Kyle Busch will win!"

*listens*

Um, Is there anybody out there? ;-)

Sally said...

Harmony on the anthem is very tricky.

Debby said...

Kyle Busch will WIN!!! Unless Matt K. wins!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hope ESPN decides to show us the racing and not just the Cup guys and Stenhouse.

w17scott said...

don't count on it ...between FOX and ESPN, they've missed quite a few races this year ...the saving grace for viewers will be AB's race call ...he seem to have a way of drawing best out of DJ and Andy

Anonymous said...

I predict that in a few days, we'll all be sick and tired of the word "Stenhouse". It has nothing to do with Ricky, it's that the Talking Heads latch onto the flavor of the week and beat the snot out of it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Like to see AB crank it up a bit.

Lou said...

just checking in, missed you all. hope for a good race. not crazy about the comp yellow at lap 25. I think it helps the guys like the 18 to much. good to be back JD..

AncientRacer said...

12 laps, halfway to Cometition Caution, before commercial. Not bad but SxS would be better

Sally said...

Looking at the stands, it doesn't seem to me that the Cup guys are exactly filling the seats here.

Rainy2228 said...

Golly...todays attendance won't pay the light bill for the 600 tomorrow night...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Like DJ on this so far. Andy playing a solid #2.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Larry Mac said 200K for tomorrow.

Lou said...

Not sure if it is me, but is the ticker running faster? if so, I like that. last race i watched was in person at Dover. hope you rec'd the pics i sent you JD.

AncientRacer said...

Who is producing/directing today, JD? So far I am liking this. All the shots I want, save one, including a really nice blimp shot showing the grounds whiixh means I must disagree with Sally and Rainy2228. Lot of folks there; they just are not in the stands for the undercard. I probably wouldn't be inside either. Better to be at the Magic Bus and party. You are still there and you are paying money to be there.

Buschseries61 said...

Anyone find a stream of the race on Justin tv?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Folks are listening to the scanners at NASCAR.com today.

Also, smaller than normal crowd because of holiday weekend.

Fun to listen to Kimi R. in this race on the scanner.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Same ESPN team, but the bigwigs are in Indy.

Buschseries61 said...

26 drivers covered at least once by ESPN before lap 50 - much better scope of the field than Iowa.

Three most covered drivers so far are Edwards, Stenhouse and Busch.

Charlie said...

It still takes over 4 laps to go from seeing the position to returning to that same position on the ticker.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Good point Charlie.

Busch, NASCAR has been shutting down those feeds right and left.

Anonymous said...

Just watched last Sunday's Nationwide race on dvr this morning - wasn't particularly impressed with AB as pxp - same is true today - he has spent too much time on the sidelines and is really, really good on updates but is so out of practice on pxp

Buschseries61 said...

Excellent through the field.

Lou said...

oh no, a kodak moment. Is abc going through the field for the top twenty?... Ok.....good thing.... How many years have we been begging for that...... yea, I am now retired. lol

Daly Planet Editor said...

AB is pushing this in the right direction. That is how he got his way on other ESPN things.

the original crank it up said...

I promise my last ever posting about WORST WICK THE WORST. What is it with this guy ???????
For years and years .. he just
cant talk in a normal voice. He has
to Raise it and lower it ..up and
down..
You know like in BrOaDcAsT
School. i give up...but tell the
announcers to shut the hell up for
a change and TALK IN A NORMAL VOICE.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Ever hear Ken Squier? Eli Gold?

Buschseries61 said...

JD, I know I'm preaching to the choir, but NASCAR needs it's own online stream if they want to take down the 'illegal' streams. This is the perfect weekend to watch the race on the patio on my laptop with this nice weather. But NASCAR stupidity prevents that.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Turner wants cash for it!

Anonymous said...

The only way to get the Nationwide only drivers as the main focus is to kick out the cup guys.

Anonymous said...

I still flinch when I hear Crusty and Brewers voice. Stephen Wallace's career seems to be going nowhere. Delana's keeping a low profile after getting penalized for cheating in the Truck series.

Charlie said...

When they show a replay the ticker disappears and when it comes back they start it back at the beginning.
Either after a replay resume where you left off with the ticker or keep the ticker rolling when a replay is played.

Anonymous said...

A quick flip over to Fox and I see Curt Menefee covering soccer of all things.

CRZ said...

KSTP now breaking in for a torando warnings - second week in a row. Our CBS and NBC stations have not broken into their golf coverage yet, but our FOX station did break - gosh, I hope the soccer game is over, THOSE fans are even worse than NASCAR fans about complaining ;-)

AncientRacer said...

When does the Turner contract end?

Secondary question, will the powers that be recognize the potential Buschseries61 referrs to ... or will the powers that be just keep raising the renewal price of my hard card?

(that last part is dumb because of course they will continue to raise the renewal price... :o)

Rainy2228 said...

Well I am outta here....gonna get to the dirt track for the Outlaws show, rained out from last night....Ya'll have a goodun!!!!

Anonymous said...

busch.. myp2p.eu... i travel a lot out of the country..its pretty dependable for all sports including nfl

Daly Planet Editor said...

Rainy, have fun! The World of Outlaws race from CMS is live on dirtvision.com for less than ten bucks tonight.

Audio feed is free.

Daly Planet Editor said...

AR, the final year is 2014.

w17scott said...

Mr Editor -
not only have I heard of Ken Squier and Eli Gold, I go back to Dick Jones(?), Hal Hamrick, Pat Patterson and help me out here JD - Bill (?) on Wide World of Sports ...AB and Bob Jenkins are at the top, though
Walter

Anonymous said...

We could really use Ken Squier and Bob Jenkins!

Buschseries61 said...

Thanks Anon!

LOL @ Rusty butchering Kimi's name

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wouldn't it be wild if Kimi was the Red Bull driver in Cup next season?

Daly Planet Editor said...

I think you mean the late Bill Flemming. Classy guy.

Anonymous said...

I'd much rather see Kimi, Danica, or any driver in a car that intends to finish the race than any of those start & park teams.

Buschseries61 said...

Just past halfway, 29 drivers have been covered at least once.

Busch (43), Harvick (33), and Edwards (33) are the three most covered drivers.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Steven Wallace mention!

oldnewenglander said...

If Kimi keeps this up, he won't be a paying driver for very long.

Daly Planet Editor said...

How bad would Red Bull like to have a former F-1 driver with a colorful personality in NASCAR's top series?

Anon/J said...

Really don't want or need to see one or two cars, tops, for most of the last half.

I don't care if they're talking about them. I want to see the racing.

...Most of which isn't at the front, with the guys who have the cars/teams to stay there, and pace each other for 3/4 of the thing.

Meh.

Charlie said...

The Steven Wallace show.
His sponsor got some nice air time.

Daly Planet Editor said...

ESPN has a long history of fading down the stretch as I said in my post.

They tend to follow the leader for the final third of the race despite the racing going on back in the pack.

How can they still be learning after five years? Ya know?

Sophia said...

Working in the yard so not paying attention. But taping the race.

JD, how did you EVER get a picture of Kimi looking SO HAPPY. I've never seen him smile like that after a win. Usually so stoic. We love that photo in this house. Kudos to whomever took that photo :-)

reading on twitter his floor is hoT. Hope he doesn't get burned up in the race....feet & legs hot!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Kimi, too fast exiting. Pass through penalty.

AncientRacer said...

I have just taken the 5th phone call from friends (scattered all about the country and one in Canada) in the LGBT Communty asking me (because I am so openly and notoriously a NASCAR fan) silly, Tim Brewer level, questions. Why? Why am I getting these calls? Kimi. Seems Kimi is a fav. Now, THAT is a demographic I did not see coming.

Charlie said...

Splitter found under a car and no caution for when that splitter first came off. Where did the splitter come from.

Anon/J said...

JD - maybe we oughta get 'em some Red Bull and Perky Jerky, get their energy back up.

Ah, well. Didn't expect much racing when I saw the entire Cup crew show up for it...points day.

saltsburgtrojanfan said...

Why Why Another reason I lost interest in NASCAR. They invite drivers from other racing series to race full time.

Buschseries61 said...

With 50 laps to go, 32 drivers have been mentioned at least once. The most surprising invisible driver is Kenny Wallace.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I think it will be a bonus if he can hang around and maybe run some Cup races this season.

Plenty of room in the field and he has the skills.

Daly Planet Editor said...

You mean like IRL champ Tony Stewart and USAC champ Jeff Gordon? Come on man...long history of that stuff.

saltsburgtrojanfan said...

I'm not against that as much as start and park. It takes the Racing out of racing

Daly Planet Editor said...

Ready for that late caution flag!

Buschseries61 said...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

Anon/J said...

Heh, from the scanner traffic Kimi keeps eating the wall. Might be a champ elsewhere, but it seems he's hit a ceiling, with or without KB's help. Or a wall.

Sucks that everyone gets lapped - I think it takes a lot of the potential out for good racing. No point when you're stuck that far behind.

AncientRacer said...

Hardly any mention of Kasey until just now. Not on the storyboard I guess.

Buschseries61 said...

AncientRacer - Kahne is the 8th most mentioned driver in the field - lol. Says a lot about the coverage the last 100 laps.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Pretty solid telecast as far as ESPN's track record is concerned.

Charlie said...

15 Laps to go.

Anon/J said...

Not a bad broadcast. Wonder how much influence ABC has over how it's structured?

Kinda messed up how many cars are out - think 31 still running. Considering the lack of hauler fuel, available pit crews, etc, etc...says a lot about finances behind the scenes; whether in blown up cars or just broke owners.

Buschseries61 said...

The first half of the race was great, after the pit stops it has been follow the leader.

Charlie said...

Since lap 178 the main focus has been on the top two cars.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Yep, all they really have to do is keep this broadcast team and show more racing in the final third of the telecast.

w17scott said...

saving fuel or not ...there's a passel of other cars on the track ...let's see how post-race is handled

Daly Planet Editor said...

Just want to say thanks for stopping by.

Indy 500 special blog tomorrow and then Coke 600.

Have a great Saturday night!

JD

Anon/J said...

Heck, JD - I'd tolerate the camera stuff, the graphics, etc...if at least like the radio guys or the scanner we knew a bit more from the commentary.

You'd think covering a 31 car field would be easier. *shrug*

AncientRacer said...

I keep tellin' ya. It is the Ford engines. KyBu could win if he had one. Dang! I love those engines!

OK Time to go be a good boy. Be with family and friends...

BTW: DO not miss AMC tonight at 8pm. First aithorized broadcast of "Apocalypse Now Redux"

See y'all tomorrow!

Thanks, JD!

Buschseries61 said...

Total driver mentions:

16 Kenseth - 85
60 Edwards - 83
18 Busch - 63
33 Harvick - 49
6 Stenhouse - 38
22 Keselowski - 18
30 Kahne - 18
87 Raikkonen - 17
20 Logano - 16
38 Leffler - 14
2 Sadler - 12
12 Hornish - 12
31 Allgaier - 11
66 Wallace - 10
88 Almirola - 9
99 Whitt - 8
32 Sorenson - 6
62 Annett - 5
81 Koch - 5
11 Scott - 5
41 Earnhardt - 3
23 Richardson - 2
28 Cope - 2
51 Clements - 2
01 Wallace - 1
19 Bliss - 1
14 McClure - 1
7 Wise - 1
04 Bires - 1
44 Green - 1
49 Green - 1
74 Harmon - 1
75 Long - 1
13 Cobb - 1
39 Efland - 0
09 Wallace - 0
15 Hill - 0
89 Shepherd - 0
97 Nemechek - 0
70 Setzer - 0
52 Lepage - 0
72 Jackson - 0
79 Andrews - 0

Anonymous said...

Everything just great with this broadcast because there was not a Waltrip in sight. Can't comment on the anthem because we have heard so many bad renditions and stupid boogitys that we do not turn on the audio until half way through the first lap.

Anonymous said...

The telecast was better than normal because AB directs traffic on air. He knows how to push the production truck in the right direction as well as ask the right questions to DJ and AP to focus them on what's being covered and what needs to be covered.

A veteran announcer can and does make the difference. Marty R doesn't have the knowledge of the sport to make that happen and the truck isn't strong enough to push MR into a great broadcast.

Just my humble opinion.

Jim said...

Just got home from the track (I live 4 hours away). My "in-person" thoughts:

-It was hot! Our seats at the start of the dogleg didn't go in the shade until around the midpoint of the race.

-National Anthem? Awful. The only good (bad?) thing was that the flyover was timed perfectly.

-KEN SQUIER on the in-house PA! My favorite thing about him is how he always mentions the hometowns of the drivers. He also makes sure to mention everyone--I heard him give a call to both Derrike Cope and Morgan Shepherd :) Still a master with the language.

-The race itself was interesting. Edwards, Kenseth and Busch were clearly the class of the field from the drop of the flag. I wouldn't have picked the 16 to win it, but there ya go.

-Pretty good crowd, a lot of people (including my wife) went to the concourse rather than battle the sun.

Looking forward to discussing the 600!

Vicky D said...

I was under the weather today so only saw a little of this race but glad our fav won. AB is the man!

We dont need Reid said...

Reid? Why ? Is he the best
choice. Saying things like ..
" Who will be brave as they go
into the corner ...
He makes me feel like taking a
cold shower. clickgone we dont
ever need marty reed good nite

Bring back Danny Sullivan said...

Can somebody tell the hideous
horrid announcers to please God
shut the
hell up once...one time.
Marty Reed stinks up any show
that he is in.