Tuesday, July 5, 2011
TV Police: Sprint Cup Series From Daytona On TNT
After Danica Patrick made a splash on Friday night, it's only fitting to assign the Sprint Cup Series investigation to Marybeth Lacey and Christine Cagney. These two female detectives did not mess around when it came to crimes committed in Manhattan's 14th precint in 1982.
The persistent nature of these two ladies is going to be key. Daytona was again the scene of a non-stop tandem extravaganza of racing. It was different than what fans have come to know and never featured a big pack racing together until the end. Even then, it was all tag-team action until the checkered flag.
Lindsay Czarniak hosted another crisp TNT pre-race show. Kyle Petty interviewed Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough and Adam Alexander interviewed Trevor Bayne. Larry McReynolds and Petty exchanged opinions about the merits of the tandem racing we all knew was coming.
Alexander certainly was vocal as the race got underway, but things settled down as several teams faded to the back and everyone found their dance partners. It was tough to watch nothing happening for many laps but TNT kept the energy level up and focused on the teams running at the front.
Pit road reporters were Matt Yocum, Chris Neville, Marty Snider and Ralph Sheheen. They had a tough task as many of the two car teams that came into pit were teams assigned to two different pit road reporters. It made for some interesting descriptions of what was going on.
These top teams has planned for this race and left TNT often with nothing to discuss. Petty was great at talking about all kinds of topics as the tandems rolled by lap-after-lap. Dallenbach just seemed to be amused by it all.
In the end, the clumsy two car trains began colliding and once again we saw a caution flag provide the excitement at the finish. The big wreck on the first green-white-checker attempt was foolish looking. TNT had every replay and all of them made the teams look like amateurs.
Such is the world of restrictor plate racing in the final laps. We have seen it with big packs and now we see it with the tandem racing. Ultimately, the results are the same. In the end, the race to the line was another crash-fest as we saw on Saturday. If this is what NASCAR wants, then they have it.
Post-race consisted of multiple interviews that included the winner and those crashed-out in the final lap. TNT had about twenty minutes and the network stayed on and interviewed the relevent drivers. It was the second week of good post-race choices by TNT. The telecast ended at 10:50PM.
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