Friday, July 24, 2009

Live Blogging The CWTS Race From ORP On SPEED

Here we go with one of the best tracks for the Camping World Truck Series. The O'Reilly Raceway Park is the small oval across town from the Indianapolis Speedway. This bull ring hosts all kind of events and the trucks are always a good show.

Krista Voda sets the table for the race with The Set-Up at 7:30PM ET. Voda has lots to talk about as the trucks continue to have an up and down season. Good racing at the front of the pack is mixed with tough economic times at the rear of the field.

Rick Allen will call the race with Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip alongside. This is a good combination that has been working hard for truck series fans for a long time now. SPEED has provided a great home for this series and tonight would be a very good time to put on a good show.

Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander will be covering pit road. SPEED needs a third pit reporter, especially with the potential changes coming to the series. Alexander and Dunlap have done a solid job, but another voice is needed for interviews and additional pit road coverage.

Pictures at night from ORP are great and really can convey the old-style racing that this track brings out in almost everyone who races there under the NASCAR banner. Fans should once again be looking for SPEED to follow the best racing on the track and not just focus on the leaders of the race.

Keep an eye on the live electronic ticker at the top of the screen. Hopefully, this high profile race will not have the same kind of "voluntary attrition" that the series experienced recently. When 13 of 34 trucks pull off the track without a mechanical failure, tire problem or engine failure, NASCAR needs to step-up and solve this issue.

This post will serve to host your comments about the CWTS race from ORP on SPEED. To add your TV-related comment, please click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting.

Note: Jeremy Mayfield news and the upcoming ESPN news about Michigan will be discussed in a column posted after the CWTS event. Please keep your comments on this post focused on the SPEED coverage. Thanks.

Friday TV Coverage From Indy

The action heats up as the cars and trucks begin practice and qualifying in Indy. The Sprint Cup Series is at the speedway, while the Nationwide and Camping World Trucks are at O'Reilly Raceway Park across town.

Live TV starts at 2PM with the NASCAR on ESPN originating their first Sprint Cup Series coverage of the season. This one hour practice will be covered by Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Dave Burns, Vince Welch, Shannon Spake and Jamie Little are working the garage area.

SPEED takes over at 3PM with a thirty minute version of NASCAR Live. John Roberts hosts with Randy Pemberton and Hermie Sadler as his reporters. Steve Byrnes is up next at 3:30PM with the next Cup Series practice. Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds will join him with Wendy Venturini and Bob Dillner covering the garage area. Roberts will return with NASCAR Live to finish out the timeslot.

Rick Allen and Phil Parsons are up next at SPEED moves to ORP for Camping World Truck Series qualifying. The small track means starting up front is key, so this session should have lots of teams going all out for the front row. Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander are the reporters.

At 6:30PM, NASCAR fans have a choice of two programs. SPEED offers Trackside while ESPN2 has NASCAR Now from Indy. Steve Byrnes has Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Elliot Sadler on Trackside. Guests are Joey Logano and Michael Waltrip. Allen Bestwick continues to anchor NASCAR Now with Marty Smith and Nicole Manske on-site at IMS.

This post will serve to host your comments about the Friday TV coverage from Indianapolis. TDP will be live blogging the Camping World Truck Series TV coverage on SPEED that begins at 7:30PM from ORP. To add your opinion just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting.