Saturday, November 19, 2011

Live Blogging SPEED In Homestead Saturday


The rain changed a lot of things on Friday and the result was a quick rescheduling of Sprint Cup Series practice. SPEED has added two sessions at 9:30 and 11:30AM ET in addition to the Nationwide and Cup qualifying coverage already scheduled. This means a big day for SPEED leading up to the Nationwide Series race at 4PM on ESPN2.

On this final race weekend, SPEED has a habit of dusting off Darrell Waltrip and returning him to the track. Saturday, he will work both Sprint Cup Series practice sessions with Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy.

There are a lot of stories unfolding and several that may develop into headline news as the series heads into the final race. Crew chief rumors, secret fines and the potential loss of the entire Red Bull organization may slightly overshadow the Chase on Saturday.

Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards have been fun to watch and professional in their approach to almost all of the media this week. It should be an interesting transition for them to go from the familiar faces of the SPEED reporters on Saturday to the over-hyped world of ESPN on Sunday.

Saturday should be all about serious on-track business for most teams as the weather has not allowed them track time to this point. There is a lot on the line not only for this year, but for 2012 when it comes to this final race.

Rick Allen gives the FOX crew a break when he calls Nationwide Series qualifying with Jeff Hammond and Phil Parsons at 1PM. Joy, Waltrip and McReynolds return for Cup qualifying at 2:30PM. It will be interesting to see if Mother Nature allows all this to happen.

This post will serve to host your comments about the Saturday day shift coverage on SPEED. To add your TV-related question, just click on the comments button below. Thanks for taking the time to stop by The Daly Planet.

58 comments:

Ziggy said...

Time: Sat, 8:04AM
Location: 6 miles N of the track
Weather: Party Cloudy to Cloudy, Breezy, intermittent showers

Anonymous said...

Great for SPEED to get the chance to cover everything with style and class. Thank you SPEED for adding the shows!!

I'm traveling Sunday and I hope that I can find enough radio stations on the road to listen to the race.

To Funny word veri to go with your post pic: cryle

AncientRacer said...

The weather on Miami Bch this AM is lovely and th only rain showing anywhere in S. FL seems to be near the track. But there is just a little so things should be fine I think for today and tomorrow. I'm betting that anyway.

A couple of nifty quotes from today's LA Times

"Shortly [after the Homestead race], NASCAR will shut down briefly, wait a few weeks, and then roll out a new business model for 2012."

...and we will all love the 2012 Edsel. It will be new! and improved!

BZF said regarding Bwad's Bad (I cannot make this stuff up!)

"Happy to have any other criticism, any other complaint, happy to hear them all, but if I own a restaurant and I say, 'You know what? The food in my restaurant is not very good,' we're not going to accept that. It's as simple as that."

Yeah, but what if the food is bad?

Were NASCAR a restaurant I would ring up Gordon Ramsay toot sweet. A more perfect "living in a state of denial" candidate for Kitchen Nightmares could not be found.

Cheers!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Can't believe a red flag for S&P blow-ups!

ChrisK said...

These guys on Speed aren't paying any attention to practice. All they do is talk about whatever they feel like talking about. Of course, that's pretty much what I expected.

52 yr. fan said...

Obviously Brain Farce and the Beach Boys don't realize that
criticism can have a postive
effect. With their heads up their
rears they will never comprehend that the fans know and understand a great deal more than NA$CAR and the TV network execs want to believe. I'm glad we have drivers
like Newman and Brad who speak their minds.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Chris: I just asked on Twitter if those guys are done with NASCAR PR duties maybe we could get some practice coverage!

ChrisK said...

Watch out. You'll get one of those secret fines. :)

Daly Planet Editor said...

Trackside.....anyone?

matriarch said...

Why on earth did we have to look at a picture of Krylie to read this blog?

ChrisK said...

No more blah blah blah for me. I'll be back for NNS qualifying.

Anonymous said...

Will watch golf....Presidents Cup......while trackside is on then back to practice. Trackside has become a joke.

glenc1 said...

I'm doing some work at home with the tv on. Have to say, the interview with Austin was good, they asked good questions about his preparations, etc, and a funny touch to have that autograph from Kyle. And that was a great story about the call from Jr about the number 3. Doesn't surprise me that he would do such a thing. Also liked the clips of Austin's 'slide'. But now they're probably going to start on the silly stuff.

Anonymous said...

Will never understand the put down about talking about Dale jr. Business 101.......give the majority of customers what they want.....most popular driver equals best product. Business always make the most of their best product.

Some even say if he wins NASCAR let him, COME ON, if that were true he would have won plenty by now. If NASCAR has been helping him then please stop.

Anonymous said...

No way will I watch Track Side. I turned on the TV to the practice session and had it on mute at least half the time until they showed something that might be interesting. As usual, there was a lot of DW and Mike Joy story telling. Not good, but a precursor of what to expect this weekend.

SD80MAC said...

I really like Rutledge Wood and Kyle Petty on Trackside, but I really wish they would go back to the old format of previous years and dump the silly stuff! Just 4 people doing Q&A qith guests!

Daly Planet Editor said...

matriarch, he is the forgotten man this weekend. Suddenly, he is invisible! Guess TV got the memo.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Those matching blazers are still pretty weird.

ChrisK said...

Do we have any technical types on here today?

I have seen a lot of comments complaining about NASCAR using old fashioned throttle body fuel injection next year. I saw a diagram of the system on nascar.com and there are eight injectors, one at each intake part. That doesn't add up to TBI for me. TBI usually has one injector just below the throttle plate. This looks like port injection to me.

Anybody out there who really knows?

Anonymous said...

"Blazergate" is getting way overblown on here. So they want to look professional? Big deal. Its just wardrobe. Its not life changing. Time to move on....

glenc1 said...

hehehe...there was Larry Mac making excuses for MWR letting Reuty go, and there's Mike Joy jumping up in his defense (I was saying aloud, what about the 56 just as Mike said it...). And DW trying to make it sound like Reuty should just be grateful he made money. Sheesh. When Reuty was MWR's 'franchise' DW couldn't wait to rave about how great he was. Anyways, it was about them not having a full time sponsor as much as anything. No excuse for *how* it was done though.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon, I respectfully disagree. SPEED has spend over a decade branding itself as the casual alternative to ESPN.

Now, in the middle of the season, David Hill from FOX puts his Austrailian TV blue blazers to his new SPEED peeps.

He actually covered up the wardrobe SPEED was contractually obligated to wear and sells on the SPEED website.

Appreciate the opportunity to address this issue.

JD

SD80MAC said...

@ChrisK The NASCAR version of Throttle Body Fuel Injection uses a throttle body for air only. I am assuming they are doing that so that they can still use the restrictor plates for Daytona and Talladega.

glenc1 said...

I'm not the fashion police....I don't think they need the blazers, especially if they look like they were sort of thrown on, but I don't mind them on the ESPN guys either. They look like professionals.

Um....is it me or are the Trackside guys asking actual intelligent questions? Of course, they're about to get silly with the T shirt stuff, but up to now, it was like the old trackside.

ChrisK said...

New low for Trackside.

PammH said...

missed it-what happened please.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Wow. This is like the end of the world NASCAR TV.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Glen, if they would keep Hammond and Kyle Petty and just give them a smart host it would be a great show.

Those two guys ask the right questions and know the sport.

This is beyond cable access TV.

ChrisK said...

Was wrong. It got worse.

Roland said...

Trackside is like The Office. Their both not the same anymore, practically beg for laughs, and should just be cancelled before they get anymore painful.

glenc1 said...

I knew it would be all downhill after Ricky left.

Anonymous said...

I tried watching Trackside. I got through the Stenhouse interview, but then they brought on the Twitter girls.

Awful. Just Awful.

I just turned it off.

C'mon, SPEED. Fix this for next year.

Daly Planet Editor said...

My big fear is that Hermie Sadler got dumped from RaceDay so that SPEED could bring in Marianela or Rutledge full time.

We should know about that next week.

ChrisK said...

Really glad DirectTV brought back one of the all time dumbest commercials.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mike Wallace is a class act. Nice to see him still racing.

ChrisK said...

Wow. Phil Parsons actually interrupted some of the useless chatter to mention something that happened on the track.

ChrisK said...

Speed must have reached the limit on their time shifting. Now they are skipping cars.

John in Chico said...

SD80MAC said...
@ChrisK The NASCAR version of Throttle Body Fuel Injection uses a throttle body for air only. I am assuming they are doing that so that they can still use the restrictor plates for Daytona and Talladega.

The change to EFI, the way it has been done, means that from the middle of the intake runner where the injectors are located and down have not been affected by the change. The air cleaner and it's box down to the restrictor plate (when used) are all the same. The engine doesn't "know" that the distributer or carb have been removed. What this means is cost, no new heads or any other major changes to the rest of the power plant. Cost to make the changes are actually quite inexpensive and will be unseen by the fans at Daytona.

Daly Planet Editor said...

NNS quals or paint drying?

Anonymous said...

Grass growing

Daly Planet Editor said...

Not on the list!

SD80MAC said...

Just an hour and a half then no more DW until the end of February!

Sally said...

I can't believe I'm already tired of DW. He can be SO good and informative in the right situation...but that isn't in the booth today.

veri:comands!

Daly Planet Editor said...

Mike Joy has enabled him! It's awful. So frustrated.

Anonymous said...

What a dirty trick by Speed bringing DW in to ruin the last weekend of racing this year. How come the powers that be can't see people are tired of him. Just listening to him bloviate makes me sick. I'm so tired of him even if he says something descent I still don't want to hear him, guess that's pretty fed up!

ChrisK said...

Looks like Speed must have hired Eddie Gossage to advise on their promotions.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Have not understood Dream Ride since they started it.

GinaV24 said...

Ancient, glad you are there enjoying the races live and in person!

I was thinking of you with Thanksgiving approaching - remember that Phila station 93.3 WMMR always plays Alice's Restaurant in honor of the holiday.

Hope the weather holds and although I think it is a tremendous long shot, I would very much like to see Mr. Jeff Gordon get a win at Homestead to add another check to the list of tracks he's won a race at.

Love your comment about BZF and his verbal perambulations making the usual excuses for why NASCAR is such a mess and it's silly fines.

jerry said...

I love DW!!!! Best tv crew in the biz right there.

ChrisK said...

According to Mike Joy, there were two "final go-or-go-homers."

GinaV24 said...

I didn't even bother to waste the electricity to turn on trackside. I washed the windows instead, far more productive and less aggravating. It's a shame because Kyle Petty at least speaks his mind, but I am not putting up with the silliness that this show has mostly become.

Anonymous said...

Here is a scary thought. Regis just retired. Holds Guinness record for most on-air hours: 17k plus. What if this is DW's new goal in life?

GinaV24 said...

Found qualifying on speed just in time to watch the HMS guys run.

GinaV24 said...

Anon 3:33 - perish the thought!

Jr Johnson was NOT wrong when he nicknamed DW, Jaws -- and it was NOT a compliment.

SD80MAC said...

I'm not sure which to be more irritated with: Spoilers that tweet qualifying results several cars ahead of what we see on TV, or Speed and BSPN for time shifting the qualifying to show all cars.

Daly Planet Editor said...

At the top of the hour, jump back to the main page for the new Nationwide Series race blog!

Last one of 2011!

NorCalFan said...

@GinaV24
As a JG fan myself, a win at Homestead would be terrific but I would settle for the #24 to just finish in the top ten in points.

GinaV24 said...

NorCalFan, I totally agree!