Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Live Blogging Truck Series From Bristol (SPEED - 7:30PM)


It's going to be a fun night for the Camping World Truck Series at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The track was slick during qualifying and now a full Whelen Mod race has laid down a different rubber compound. This is going to be a show.

Krista Voda starts off the coverage with The Set-Up pre-race show. Hermie Sadler and Ray Dunlap are the reporters. Once the race is underway it will be Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and Micheal Waltrip calling the action.

Waltrip was working the qualifying earlier in the day and had returned to his overbearing personality. It was tough to listen to him talk overtop of his two booth mates. Let's hope someone whispered in his ear to tone it down for the race.

The director is critical for this race. With short laps and fast action, if the director makes the decision to use tightshots and in-truck cameras, then most of the incidents will be shown on replay and the overall telecast will suffer.

The fact of the matter is that Bristol offers two of the most dynamic highshots in sports TV. One if from on top of the tower and shows the entire track with the cars just whirling around at speed. The second is the aerial shot that is tremendous on restarts and for showing groups of trucks racing in a pack. Let's hope we see those tonight.

A good showing at this track is just what the series needs. It is still reeling from lack of sponsorship and the fact that several top drivers are at home this weekend and without a ride. Some solid racing in primetime on national TV could be just what the doctor ordered to set the series up for the long run to Homestead.

This post will serve to host your comments on the SPEED coverage of the Camping World Truck Series from the Bristol Motor Speedway. To add your TV-related comment, just click on the comments button below. Thanks for stopping by.

136 comments:

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey all, trucks are up next!

James said...

JD > you called the qualifying right on the button, Waltrip was way over the top. Lets see if the video is better in the truck race.

Daly Planet Editor said...

He was sooo good last race. Weird that he was all creepy and over-talking today.

Gymmie said...

Happy Pick 'em Ups racin' Planeteers <3

Buschseries61 said...

Qualifying was awful. They missed the #32 spinning due to an interview. Waltrip wouldn't shut up either.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Still weird to me that somehow that brings you a smidge of self respect.

Pretty crummy comment on your life in general.

My GF really thought the cervicks thing was funny. So. +1 on that.

Daly Planet Editor said...

It was sooooo weird. First, SPEED is out to lunch on truck quals which are usually top of the line.

Then, the director was totally awful and ruined the Mod race completely.

In my book, 0 for 2 today.

w17scott said...

Ooooh, take nothing for granted at Bristol and tonight should be no exception ...trucks will be a spectacle to watch with drivers trying to survive on a track with different rubber ...might well be a skating contest ...if qualifying coverage was any indication, Mikey will be handful again showing no respect for his boothmates or the fans ...we can only hope Rick and the truck can reign him in, so we can enjoy the broadcast

James said...

O for 2, I agree. No surprise.

Roland said...

Not taking any chances. MRNing this thing.

w17scott said...

oh, no ...that should have been 'rein him in'..he already thinks he reigns over everuy broasdcast

Daly Planet Editor said...

He talked over Parsons as if he wasn't even there.

Roland said...

So nice of the 22 team to put my blogger name on the truck! lol

Mary said...

Even a small crowd can make a big noise when Kyle Busch is introduced!

iworkhere said...

Gotta love a Wed. Nite race! Krista Voda looks and announces great tonight and should be a part of the future Fox Cup announce team. Humm, how about Krista, Rick, Larry Mac and Mike Joy. Now that would be a treat one day.
Oh and like Michael says on the new redneck show he is now a part of. "Bless his heart!"

Daly Planet Editor said...

Truck 1 is Paludo and Truck 2 is KB.

Roadgeek Adam said...

Time for my favorite track of the year :D

Roadgeek Adam said...

Anthem gets an F-. Ewww

James said...

That was quite a rendition of the nations song?

glenc1 said...

Kyle's hair looks weird...maybe from being a passenger while Sam drives...

OUCH. Somewhere in Tennessee, hound dogs are howling. That was not a good anthem.

PammH said...

unfortunately, I have iffy weather in my neck of the woods tonite, so sat blinked alot during the anthem. from what I DID hear, that was a good thing...smh.

w17scott said...

as steeped in music tradition as the Bristol area is, and they come up with this joker ...gimme a break ...another screw-up screecher for the national anthem

Daly Planet Editor said...

That was awful. At least the driver's kids do it on Sat. night as usual. That is always fun.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Phil Parsons and Kyle Busch....nice hair!

James said...

Mike seems like he is out of breath already. Just dominates the telecast.

Charlie said...

I am watching truck #2 on race buddy and I do not hear the scanner. I switched to truck #1 and I can hear their scanner, switched back to truck #2 and still nothing.

James said...

Must be due to the bad weather they grounded the helicopter. Watching the 2 and the 18 is more fun.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Could be KB said no to the radio.

Charlie said...

I can hear his truck noise but no scanner talk. Maybe he did say no to being heard. I never knew they had a choice.

Buschseries61 said...

TIGHT TIGHT TIGHT!!! Zoom out!!

Roadgeek Adam said...

And considering Hornaday has had a horrid season. Wish he had taken his car owner and Busch out with him, then its a fair race.

Roland said...

So according to that stupid commercial, Alan Kulwicki, Awesome Bill, and Gentleman Ned all won championships in the Chase era.

John in Chico said...

Soooo things were going to get better now that Bruton Smiths daughter is in control of SpeedTV.
Might as well be watching FOX or ESPN, good tight shots show off those HDTV cameras. To Hell with the racing , bumper cams, single and two car shots show off the HDTV.
Much better. Yea sure.

Buschseries61 said...

If SPEED had no incar cams we would have no idea why Hornaday spun.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Looks like the Mod race.

James said...

These video feeds are totally use less. Who is running the video?

John in Chico said...

Race Buddy Rules.

Charlie said...

the director even made the aerial camera zoom in.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, I hope things change in a while. He is missing everything.

Looks like FOX all over again.

James said...

What is a "GLOB" of trucks?

Sally said...

Between the tight shots and Mikey out of control, I don't know how long I can take this. May have to watch Ghost Hunters for a break.

Roland said...

Thank you Speed for not using a full screen replay there.

Anonymous said...

JD, I'm thinking Phil is probably just glad to have some hair. Doesn't run in the family.

Roadgeek Adam said...

Missed caution. Fail

OSBORNK said...
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James said...

Joyce Davenport was Frank Furiellos girl friend from thr DAs office on Hill Street Blues

Buschseries61 said...

Race off pit road fail.

Charlie said...

Pit reporter said he heard Kyle B. talked so at least they can hear him.
But not on race buddy.

Anonymous said...

john in chico.....humpy wheeler's daughter patti is at speed ...not bruton smith's daughter.

Sally said...

Ah. Bristol tempers already. Just like the old days.

Buschseries61 said...

Hello? Can anyone reset the field? Update the race off pit road? Shut Michael up?

Sally said...

I guess michael feels he has to fill every second with mlather tonight. what a shame.

John in Chico said...

john in chico.....humpy wheeler's daughter patti is at speed ...not bruton smith's daughter.

Thanks, I knew what I wanted to say.
Got one eye on the TV , one eye on Race Buddy and the other.
Never mind...

James said...

OUTSTANDING "the retired drivers that are now broadcasters" were not scripted as to what happened in front of them, LOOK OUT THE WINDOW

Buschseries61 said...

Even the incar cams couldn't save them with that mess.

Charlie said...

They were showing a bumper cam when the wreck happened but they did show the wreck on replay.

saltsburgtrojanfan said...

JD

Our troll is now posting as Joyce Devenport

Jimm57 said...

"Got one eye on the TV , one eye on Race Buddy and the other.
Never mind..."

Had beer shootin out my nose reading that one! Classic! Thanks

Anonymous said...

I'm watching a NASCAR race and get FOOTBALL commercial on SPEED? Really?

Charlie said...

Pit reporter did not see the 88 pit?
They showed him leaving the pits.

Buschseries61 said...

Given up on the tv broadcast, just watching TruckBuddy with the TV volume in the background.

Daly Planet Editor said...

They missed the entire 88 thing because the coverage is so tight and focused on the lead.

Looks like a FOX kind of night.

OSBORNK said...

I think the entire booth and crew are totally lost. 16 second laps apparently makes their heads spin.

James said...

Phil Look out the window, they have a race going on

Charlie said...

Since truck #1 is out they switch to another truck and that scanner is not turned on.
So we have both trucks on RaceBuddy without scanners.

John in Chico said...

"We're building to a big finish".
With more than 100 laps to go.

Jonathan said...

Wow!!! Hello everyone

man oh man that was something

Buschseries61 said...

Wow! The Bristol of old is back! As is the Busch of old!

John in Chico said...

Looks like Harvics obsession with eliminating KB has worked.
Sad

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, this is just not the kind of racing I like to see. Cheap shots.

Jonathan said...

Kyle needs to grow up! I have no respect for that idiot

Buschseries61 said...

Elliott did nothing wrong. Kyle just needs to GTFO & focus on winning a Cup championship.

Roland said...

I am so sick of hearing about the new Kyle Busch. He wrecks himself and then dumps Elliott for it. Hes not grown up, hes not matured, hes Kyle Busch, and nothings gonna change that.

Spencer said...

yup, sure is the new more mature Kyle

Daly Planet Editor said...

From Brad Keselowski: Wow. Kyle did to Elliot what he did to me in last years nw race.

Anonymous said...

How many times have we heard Rick say things happen quickly here at Bristol? We know! And way to potentially take out the best truck tonight Kyle Busch!

Roland said...

This is turning into an ARCA race. A 1 truck wreck turns into 5 or more.

Roadgeek Adam said...

Now wreck the #2 of Harvick. Why is Kyle Busch not parked for that? Very intentional contact.

Spencer said...

Adam, NASCAR has a love affair with with Kyle(example: NH nationwide race) so i would be suprised if he was

Roland said...

@Roadgeek Adam I wish he would. With Harvick gone that means a Cup driver wont win!

Sally said...

Kyle isn't parked because he has won 100 races, don't you know? He's the darling of Nascar and the TV coverage. They wouldn't dare park him!

PanWahl said...

Elliott Sadler is a mediocre driver. He was wrecked for his mediocrity and ignorance rather than his internationalism there. Busch is the king now. Bow down.

John in Chico said...

The shops of RCR abd KHI are obsessed with beating physicly or with their collective cars or trucks to take out KB.
With 100 laps to go there's always room if the driver uses the brake appropriately. Both Brad and ES coulsd have done the same. KB let both of them know how to control a race car.

PanWahl said...

@Sally - this is true. No one, including me, would watch NASCAR if a random entry was allowed to willy-nilly, ignorantly drive as aggressively at all times as proved, skilled drivers. If Elliott Sadler doesn't want to brake, and take out the best car, then he can get wrecked. This happens all the time, but because it's Kyle Busch it gets highlighted.

He had the best truck!

PanWahl said...

@John in Chico - THIS. You are 100% right on buddy.

Sally said...

There are no words.

Charlie said...

I am surprised that Race Buddy is still using KB for truck #2. He is just sitting there.

No scanners on Race Buddy and that is what I enjoyed about using it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Charlie, maybe they don't think he is done with his on-track antics yet?

Missed with a double shot on Sadler, heading back out to finish it?

Buschseries61 said...

Sadler had no idea Busch would move up the track. Busch forced himself into a hole that wasn't there. If Sadler could have used the brakes then Busch could of held his line on the inside.

John in Chico said...

There you go Sadler wants to hit KB (heard over the radio) in the head when all he had to do was control the truck for a second a drive around him on the next lap.
OH, wait he hasn't passsed or beat KB so might as well put him in the wall.

Anonymous said...

PanWhal...in case you didn't notice, the king is in 30th place. LOL.

Roadgeek Adam said...

This is getting annoying. This race could easily be Jason White's first win, but look who is in front of him, a cheater.

I know its ludicrous a bit to say that these cup drivers should be intentionally wrecked. However, what are you going to do otherwise, hope they blow an engine?

Sally said...

So, Sadler was racing kyle too hard? I see.

Zetona said...

WAY too many commercials. Thank goodness for RaceBuddy.

Hope for the best prepare for the worst said...

No surprise the world's worst
broadcasting team is the worst
the loudest and with all of that
they have NOT SHUT THEEEEEEEE
HELL up for 3 seconds.
How nice for the fans eh. I
cant forget HOW MANY TIMES they
mention the names of the drivers.
over and over and over again ...

Roland said...

Wow, the dreaded back to back commercial, and it strikes under green at Bristol. Caution is out BTW, the 3rd one theyve missed tonight. They dont even bother come back from commercial early and tell us

Sally said...

There will be no dead air tonight, Mikey's on a roll.

John in Chico said...

It's a double edged sword, cup drivers in the lower devisions, no other major league does this. But there wouldn't be many people watching in the stands other wise.
The humilation that KB has been putting on Harvic and RCR is over. A proud victory I'm sure for them all.
Can't sweep them (humilate) this week.

Charlie said...

Well race buddy keeping the truck #2 on KB didn't really work out. He is out of the truck now.

Jimm57 said...

May I be the first to predict a GWC finish?

Roadgeek Adam said...
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Buschseries61 said...

Looks like TruckBuddy will not replace incar #2

Mallory Keaton said...

NASCAR aint gonna tell you. it the trufh aint no lie.

Charlie said...

15 Laps to go.

Sally said...

Good grief! Even Bristol has come down to track position and fuel mileage.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice hustle by Ray Dunlap!

Jimm57 said...

Shouldnt have waved the green

Sally said...

Amazing what info a good pit reporter can get when he doesn't just give a play by play ona pit stop. Thus the term 'reporter'.

John in Chico said...

FYI
Scott Speed is on The Car Show right after this.

James said...

They have done a great job of totally ruining the coverage of the racing, but a better job in manufacturing an exciting finish senario.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Agree. Never should have waved the green.

Sally said...

Do we all understand about banking and fuel pickup now?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Sally, we really needed Tim Brewer.

John Iin Chico said...

VICTORY!!!!
Ah, who'd I beat?
Never mind.

Buschseries61 said...

NASCAR fans need a break from Cup drivers. Newman won the mod race, Harvick trucks, most likely a Cupper tomorrow.

Daly Planet Editor said...

This should be an interesting winner interview.

Roadgeek Adam said...
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Sally said...

JD, I knew the was some reason Ineede everyone in the booth to explain it at least twice!

Anonymous said...

I just have to say it...without owners like Busch & Harvick, the truck series might have already gone away. I'd rather see regulars win, but new sponsors help keep the thing going.

Jimm57 said...

With all due respect, Nat Wide races Bristol Friday nite. No races tomorrow.

But you're right, probably a cupper will take it Friday

Roadgeek Adam said...

Let's see for Friday:

18 Kyle Busch
20 Joey Logano
33 Clint Bowyer
38 Kasey Kahne
60 Carl Edwards
64 David Reutimann

Some race.

Charlie said...

I was disappointed that Race Buddy did not have a scanner for the #2 Truck. They did for the #1 Truck but once that truck left the race and changed to another #1 Truck that truck did not have a scanner working either.

John in Chico said...

I agree with the cup driver thing and thought that making everyone pick the division in which to earn points but it's not a solution, maybe limiting the number of races outside your chosen division. The rules are the same for everyone but money talks especially in motor racing.
Don't know.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Well, that was interesting. Nothing like I thought it would be.

FOX-style tight coverage that made us miss most of the racing. Big incident they happened to catch because it involved the leaders.

Now a story that the media can use for the Friday and Saturday races.

Nice to have a Wednesday race, but there will certainly be some folks dragging at work tomorrow.

New column up a bit later tonight.

JD

John in Chico said...

but there will certainly be some folks dragging at work tomorrow.

Hu? Sun is still up here. :)
Normal bed time for us... :)

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hehe, I live by the ESPN motto: Only the East Coast matters!

Anonymous said...

I wasn't the least bit impressed with Rick Allen and Waltrip tonight. When cars are turning laps in 16-17 seconds, things are happening quickly all over the track. They seemed to ramble too much

Anonymous said...

it's 10 o'clock...not late on the East coast. I won't be dragging to be at work at 8am.

Buschseries61 said...

Thanks Jimm, forgot today was Wednesday for a while!

The series should die if the same 2-3 Cup drivers participating are the only thing keeping the series alive. In 2004, all but 3 races were won by regulars in this series. Regulars won all but 2 in 2007. Now regulars are 5 for 16 so far this season.

bowlalpo said...

DVR theater finally ended. Coverage was OK except for bundles of commercials in final third of CWTS. Great to hear the "real" Mike Joy and the genuine enthusiasm for Mike, the Doc and Dillner.

Do you think they avoid wide shots because TV fears that it is hard to see the numbers from the side or overhead, especially for trucks and modifieds with small roofs/cabs?

I am lucky; somehow I can tune out Michael Waltrip; wish I could do the same for Rusty.

Finally, NASCAR has ZERO credibility if they don't park Kyle for a weekend. He's already in the Chase so that's no factor. To properly pile on, Joe Gibbs has ZERO credibility if he doesn't sit Kyle if NASCAR won't. Did his probation run out?

Michael Stoffel said...

Excuse me? Harvick fields three trucks in the race, and sends one out to purposely rough up KyBu, and that's Kyle's fault?
Harvick won the race only because his team mate wrecked his only competition.
When Ray was interviewing Kyle, he should have been more explicit about the fact that Harvick's team played dirty.

Vicky D said...

So many commercials they seemed more than the actual truck racing.

Jhon in Chico said...

Finally, NASCAR has ZERO credibility if they don't park Kyle for a weekend.

This type of responce to KB is typical of KB haters. Anything, just anything to park him, for a "Boys having at it" responce to anothers indescretion. That or a complete lack of knowledge of how short track racing is run. It's called a "slide job", if a driver beats (humilates) another driver by getting ahead coming off a turn the driver getting passed either allows the pass or crashes. A slide jobn is SOP on short tracks.
That had been happening for several laps and the humilated driver lost his emotional and car control. Of course KB haters and their respective driver of choice aren't having much fun these days, not winning or beating KB.
One of two things to consider: Learn what a slide job is or line up behind a better driver....

bowlalpo said...

@Michael S.

Need to stay on topic but got to reply...Sadler was not in a KHI truck (no way the GunBrokers get that truck for free). He had Jimmie Johnson's pit crew, so no KHI tie-in there. And if you saw quals, Hornaday couldn't get out of his own way, so his ability to rough-up Kyle never existed.

Kyle runs Elliott out of the groove twice, and the third time, if Kyle's spotter said "clear," then the blame is on the spotter. Sadler had no chance to check up.

Anyway, to Kyle's credit, his was only the third most egregious payback I've seen, the other two being (#1) Carl trying to amputate Jr's left arm at Pocono, and (#2) Carl flipping Brad at Atlanta. Even Dale Sr. rattling Labonte's cage at Bristol falls behind those 3.

GinaV24 said...

I was disappointed in both broadcasts tonight. Mikey seemed to have found his motormouth groove all over again and the camera work was all over the place.

Vicky D said...

And I don't believe a cup pit crew should be pitting a truck series truck even if it's owned by a mega-team Nascar owner. It's giving the little non-sponsored guy a harder time just trying to finish a race let alone a top 15.