Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday TV Comments From Pocono


The TV coverage from Pocono begins on Friday at noon ET with SPEED watching the Sprint Cup Series teams practice. An earlier 10AM practice for the Camping World Trucks will air on a delay at 2PM ET.

Rick Allen will be leading the SPEED TV team up in the booth while John Roberts anchors ground-level. Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds will be handling the Cup coverage while Phil Parsons and Micheal Waltrip cover the trucks.

There is a lot going on in the sport right now. Carl Edwards re-signed with Roush on Thursday so reporters will be watching to see what domino is next to fall in the driver silly season. Brad Keselowski is nursing two banged-up feet after a testing crash at Road Atlanta. Expect updates on whether he can go in the race or not.

Nashville Superspeedway bowed out this week of hosting any NASCAR races in 2012, so that leaves a couple of Nationwide Series dates up in the air. Fan suggestions have ranged from Rockingham to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indy, so it will be interesting to see if NASCAR addresses that situation.

Speaking of the Nationwide Series, ESPN is just televising the race from Iowa on Saturday, no practice or qualifying. Marty Reid will call the action but joining him in the booth is a very interesting combination. Ricky Craven and Kenny Schrader will be the analysts. ESPN may very well be using this telecast to audition Schrader for more spins in the TV booth.

In the meantime, Craven has come of age and is just waiting for more opportunities to move into higher-profile NASCAR programming on ESPN. It would be wonderful since ESPN split Marty Reid off onto the Nationwide Series if the network provided him Craven and Schrader as analysts down the stretch.

Over the past four seasons, one of ESPN's biggest issues has been using Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree endlessly as analysts on practice, qualifying and races in both the NNS and Cup Series. Its time to let the NNS series have it's own personalities in the TV booth.

As we go through Friday from Pocono, this post will serve to host your TV-related comments. To add your opinion, just click on the comments button below. Thanks for stopping by, hope the weather stays nice and Friday at Pocono is good TV.

23 comments:

Sam said...

Looking forward to Kenny in the booth Saturday night. Should be fun.

sbaker17 said...

With no R. Wallace in the booth, I'll watch this one.

Anonymous said...

A.B.,Kenny,and Ricky for all the cup races would perfect for me.

Anonymous said...

I hope somebody at espn finally saw the light and has permanently removed RW from the booth dued to ethical, integrity, and conflict of interest reasons. What happened last week should have finally opened somebody's eyes! MC

Gymmie said...

YAY Schrader <3

Happy Friday Planeteers <3

James said...

I welcome the addition of Ricky and Kenny to the NNW series, I agree that NNW NEEDS it own identity! I just hope Marty can keep up. Anytime we UN wallace and UN waltrip the telecast its a better more credible show. I am really surprised that ESPN is making changes that are positive.

Charles Krall said...

I think Craven has done a superb job in the booth so far. I was disappointed last week in his analysis of the Steven Wallace crash since it seems Rusty's presence in the booth is so oppressive they can't really say what's going on. I don't think that will happen with Schrader in the booth.

Marsha said...

Was Rusty scheduled to be off this weekend?

GinaV24 said...

yay, schrader in the booth! Hopefully I'll be home, summertime means lots of things going on for me on Saturday.

w17scott said...

Kenny Shrader and Craven should be an excellent pairing ...leaves Marty to call the race, for which he is capable and qualified ...now if production values (i.e. - finish line coverage) continue to improve, this should be an interesting and entertaining race to watch

Smiff_99 said...

This is AWESOME! Schrader in the booth? HECK YEAH!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Schrader's commentary during races. It's informative and entertaining without being over the top. ESPN needs to hire him full-time.

Mary in Richmond

52 yr. fan said...

Schrader will be a welcome addition! Maybe ESPN could swap
"Hot Rod" Wallace for Tim Brewer.
After hearing Brewer's colorful
observation of Childress vs
Busch, I think he could add some
real un-PC commentary to the action. After all, no one pays
any attention to the spring rubber
& brake bias redundantcy.

Anonymous said...

love that kenny will be in the booth not to happy to hear about craven, he seems to smug to me. but is still better than wallace

Roland said...

Kyle Petty is bringing the heat today in practice. Excellent commentary by KP

Dmo said...

Anybody else hear Kyle Petty tee-off on Danica's impending move to full-time Nationwide and part-time Cup?

Daly Planet Editor said...

DMO,

He has been fired up on all kinds of topics today.

Dmo said...

That was about as close to controversy as NASCAR media gets. Thumbs-up on willingness to stir-the-pot (the content of comments is fodder for a whole other discussion).
-D

Dennis said...

@DMO. Yeah, I heard Kyle's take on Danica. I agree that she shouldn't be looking at any Cup events next year. She doesn't have the experience yet. Though, I'm impressed how much she's learned in a part time schedule.

I thought it got a bit awkward when Juan Pablo was brought up for a comparison. Funnier still when Kyle said he really didn't know what Danica had done in open wheel since he didn't watch it.

Glad to have Kenny in the booth. First Allen Bestwick and now Kenny. Christmas has come early! :-)

Lisa Hogan said...

Just my opinion:

Great news about Kenny in the booth for the Nationwide race. I always enjoy him.

Not a fan of Rick Allen. He does o.k. during a Truck series race; but, I do not enjoy him in the booth during any series practice and qualifying.

Enjoying Kyle and Larry Mac today.

Adam Wood said...

I don't think Marsha's question got answered. Marsha-Rusty Wallace is a minority owner of the Iowa Speedway, so he has other responsibilities this weekend. I live 30 minutes from the track and have seen my share of Rusty Wallace on the local news.

Anonymous said...

Funny - Kyle P had massive amounts of experience when he started racing.....he was sort of the male version of DP...

Anonymous said...

My third time to try and get my comments posted. Of course, I am NOT a Carl Edwards fan. How can ESPN hire him to be a commentater when he has had run ins with so many other drivers?? Oh, yes, that is Harvick driving,I remember the time I went into his garage and put a choke hold on him; and Junior?? I did not like him doing a victory lap so I went back on the track and hit his car. Oh, forget about what I did to Brad, nobody cares that I flipped him. I am Carl, just got a new talking gig, forget about all that other stuff.