Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Live Blogging Whelen Mods From Bristol (SPEED - 6PM ET)


Every year the Whelen Modified Tour fights for TV time. Bristol Motor Speedway gives the teams an opportunity for national TV on a Wednesday. Sometimes, something is better than nothing.

The good news is that Mod fan Mike Joy is calling the race along with regional racing expert Dick Berggren. Bob Dillner, who is also deeply involved in the regional racing scene, will be the pit road reporter.

It's great of SPEED to air this race that gives fans an opportunity to see the teams and personalities of a tour that is famous throughout the greater New England area.

The Mods put on a great show and the bumping and passing style of the series should make for some interesting racing. Look for Joy to pass along a lot of information about the drivers and the history of this tour during the telecast.

This post will serve to host your comments on the SPEED coverage of the Whelen Modified Tour from the Bristol Motor Speedway. To add your TV-related comments, just click on the comments button below.

70 comments:

Roland said...

Speed Channel cant for the life of them produce a broadcast without technical problems. Last weeks Cup qualifying was mostly silent. Todays Truck quals is even worse. They had 5 days to fix it, no excuses.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Man, this truck coverage is the pits! Weird. Usually right on the money.

Rainy2228 said...

Good evening!!!!...am looking forward to the Mods....I am having no audio problems with truck qualifying...did I miss sumfin???

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mikey is in his "other" personality today. Talk about annoying. After doing such a good job on the last race too...

Daly Planet Editor said...

Psyched for the Mod race. If you are on Twitter or Facebook, you may discover that the SPEED coverage is slightly time-shifted.

Just FYI.

Gymmie said...

w00t! w00t! The Mod Squad <3

Roland said...

Im really really really excited for this race. Myers Brothers, Tim Brown, Seuss, Santos. About as big of a field as you can get for a Mod race. Hoping for no more audio problems!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Nice to hear from Dick Berggren when he gets more than one sentence out on the air and Chris Myers is not dragging him down.

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

Ted Christopher having a snit with his crew chief???...Imagine that!!!!....I am pullin' for the Myers Boys from Bowman-Gray!!!!...Dirty South!!

James said...

The "former nascar drivers group", once again failed to get the job done. Mikey and Phil were lost, lets see what "real broadcasters" like Mike and the DR can do.

Daly Planet Editor said...

This is such a cast of characters in the Mod race. Makes the Cup guys look pretty vanilla.

James said...

Welcome to "old school"

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

Just my opinion but.....Mikey may get all pumped up and outta kilter when he comes to Bristol....remember, now....he almost got killed comin' off turn 2 so many years ago...that MAY dwell on his mind somewhat...

Charlie said...

Cool a see thru mod car.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mikey was just creepy today. Hope he gets it together for the race tonight.

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

Starting 29th, Daniel Hemric in his THIRD race in a mod...he won Brutons $250,000 Legends race last year...one fine wheelman...

Daly Planet Editor said...

There ya go!

James said...

Lets hope they get the cameras right

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

IMO...Mike Joy wishes he had said that BEFORE me....lol

James said...

Well they missed the first one, but came back with a lot of shots on the replay

Roland said...

Eric Rudolph...man Id hate to go through life with that name. On a side note he was captured a few miles from my house as the crow flies. Eric Robert Rudolph not Eric Rudolph

Charlie said...

Is racebuddy going to be available for the truck race. I looked at Nascar.com and did not see any reference to it but how Nascar.com is designed it could be there and I didn't see it.

Daly Planet Editor said...

They told me RB was up for all the truck series races.

I have all but given up on NASCAR.com it is such a mess.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Awwww, Andy P on the hook!!

Charlie said...

zoom out. Tight camera shots do not work at Bristol.
What bothers me is Speed, Espn, all have been in the business of televising car races for years and they still haven't learned how to show a race to the Tv viewer.

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

Myers Boys have NO luck away from Bowman-Gray....Austin Pack will be good after his dose of crashitis...

Roland said...

Those overhead shots are just awesome!!!!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Cervics? Dude. At least get a biology book.

James said...

What a nice job they are doing in the booth. Just proves you only need competent people to make a good show without all the fluff and nonsense!

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

Theres an opening for whom we call Mr. Kelley Earnhardt....L.W. Miller

Daly Planet Editor said...

Whoa! What a hit!

James said...

Almost looked like something wet was on the track

Daly Planet Editor said...

Agree on the oil suggestion.

Charlie said...

Over head shots show the race and what happened in replay.
I have an idea show the real race with wide shots.

James said...

When you get a close look at some of these cars they are beautiful!

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

I know technology is supposed to be a "better thing", but that miserable chemical they are starting to use instead of kitty litter is amazing in that it makes clouds....causes those with breathing trouble even MORE suffering, and I haven't seen that it's an improvement..

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

I know technology is supposed to be a "better thing", but that miserable chemical they are starting to use instead of kitty litter is amazing in that it makes clouds....causes those with breathing trouble even MORE suffering, and I haven't seen that it's an improvement..

James said...

What crap, who wants to see the inside of a modified? Take the camera high, show me the RACE

James said...

es the split screen, thx

James said...

Finally showed the proper shot from above, come on follow the action, look out the window

Daly Planet Editor said...

James, awful directing. Just awful. We are actually seeing the race through the replays.

Charlie said...

They are even zooming in so tight that they show just one car - at Bristol.
Is this going to be the same camera director we get for the truck race?

Gymmie said...

Shawn C isn't a fan of the broadcasting

James said...

I predicted this the other day, remember!

James said...

How many times do they have to attempt to show the race before they understand you need to see it

James said...

A rear bumper cam shot from a modified, are you kidding me. What IS this, auto racing 101?

Anonymous said...

did not realized that this is the Ryan Newman 150

Daly Planet Editor said...

Everything is just soo overly tight.

James said...

When we are told these cars are like out of control missles, I guess they were right

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

You oughta see them at Bowman-Gray!!!!

James said...

JD > it just shows they DO NOT KNOW how to show the race fan at home the race. These folks are not race fans that control the show. You got the two best guys in the booth you could ever ask for BUT the video is LAME

Jimm57 said...

I think this is a perfect track for these Hornets!

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

Newman is tailormade for a modified....the G forces don't bother someone with No Neck....lol

Charlie said...

15 Laps to go.

Charlie said...

Give the director an incar cam and he goes nuts.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Racing all over the track. Not seeing any of it.

James said...

Why do you think Newman is a NNCS driver? They had an agenda after the last race, I guess HE IS that good

w17scott said...

Mr Editor -
What a treat ...knowledgeable, informative, entertaining and professional, too ...it can be done ...imagine that ...I miss Madhouse, but I'm only 2 hours away so I reckon I should make it to a show at Bowman Gray, eh?
Walter

Daly Planet Editor said...

You give those guys something to prove, sometimes that is the little extra they need.

He sure has something to prove. That he is not a cheater in this series.

Charlie said...

ok Tv fans how many cars are still on the track. I see one.

Daly Planet Editor said...

That Bowman Gray show just totally flopped in the ratings.

Of course....wrong channel...wrong producer...wrong way to shot it...etc....

You could package BG races for SPEED the week after and have a great show.

Daly Planet Editor said...

oops...."shoot it."

James said...

Great rae, great job in the booth, absolutely the crapiest video imaginable. I think Andy Petree would be better off if he put Larry Macs kid in the seat!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Hey, we got to see them finish at least. Thanks for that.

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

JD...you are so right about Madhouse....WRONG channel...wrong shoots...too much staging...BUT...it certainly got the stands filled for the first two nights after the winter showings....OMG there wasn't a seat to be had and Garrison, promoter, had to turn away more than 2,000 at the gate...I wish SPEED WOULD take a look and do that show....for ALL the classes, not just the open wheel mods...its turly a show....

Rainy/Jimi/J.C. said...

*truly*

Daly Planet Editor said...

The live blog for the trucks is up! Please move your comments to that location.

Thanks!

JD

Buschseries61 said...

I thought the coverage was ok. The booth was great & knew who was on track and what the series is about. They were ahead of the production truck for a lot of wrecks, it's onalt 1/2 a mile! Camerawork left a little to be desired too. But my drivers finished 2 & 3 so I'm happy.

Buschseries61 said...

onalt = only lol

Vicky D said...

Mike Joy was on top of his game but Mikey was very irritating. Our fav was out fairly early so we weren't as interested in watching it so intently.