The Frontstretch: Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Forgets Important Pit Road Injury During Kyle Busch Coronation by Phil Allaway -- Tuesday May 5, 2009

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Hello, race fans. Hope you all enjoyed the action last week from Richmond. I enjoyed the competition — that much is clear — but did the coverage do justice to the race? Let’s find out.

Friday night was the Lipton Tea 250 for the Nationwide Series from Richmond, televised on ESPN2. Our own Bryan Davis Keith watched the race Friday night and generally liked the telecast, as he mentioned in his Nationwide Breakdown on the site. My thoughts on the coverage are also that ESPN 2 is slowly improving. For the sake of this argument, we’ll consider Phoenix to be the “nadir” of the season. (The nadir is defined as the lowest of the low.) Talladega represented an improvement over Phoenix; but then again, anything’s an improvement over Phoenix. Richmond’s telecast, in my mind, was about at the same level as Talladega’s.

However, I do have some complaints. I know a lot of you instinctively skip pre-race shows these days because they’re nothing but useless fluff and stuff you already know, but I don’t always have that luxury (in fact, I rarely do). During the pre-race show, ESPN ran a feature called “Is your car Male or Female?” Before you guys get up in arms, it was about car names and/or whether drivers refer to their cars in the masculine or feminine sense. I just thought it was the stupidest thing ever. Stuff like that doesn’t really belong in a pre-race show. In fact, thinking about it now conjures up memories of those Man or Woman episodes of Maury Povich, where the audience has to determine who out of a group of 10 or 11 people was born a man or a woman.

Greg Biffle was in the infield studio on Friday night along with Allen Bestwick and Brad Daugherty, but he really didn’t do all that much. Bestwick is, most definitely, the grandmaster of the portable studio, a skill likely learned from all those years keeping Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader, and Johnny Benson under control as the host of Inside Winston Cup (originally Inside Winston Cup Racing) on Speedvision / SPEED Channel from 1996-2004. As a result, Biffle really didn’t have a lot to say. He answered a couple of e-mails at about the halfway mark, but we didn’t hear a lot out of him.

Another thing that I didn’t understand was why there was not a replay of Kenny Wallace’s crash late in the race. In fact, there was legitimately no explanation of what happened. ESPN showed a quick shot of Wallace’s car with the right rear brake rotor glowing. Some radio chatter aired where Kenny’s spotter (I guess) said that his brakes were almost on fire. Rusty Wallace, who was in the booth in place of Dale Jarrett, said something to the effect of “I don’t want to know what happened to Kenny,” in a somber voice. The whole series of events played out a little weird, to be honest. I’ve never seen anything like that on a race telecast before. Of course, Kenny drove the No. 28 away from the scene, so there was no threat of personal injury to him. I ended up finding out on NASCAR RaceDay on the SPEED Channel the next day that Kenny had essentially suffered a form of brake failure on the restart, which caused the crash. The effect was similar to if you were riding a road bike with a snapped shifter cable. The cable then wraps itself around the rear sprocket, and the end result is a bike stuck in high gear with a natural brake on it. This happened to me my freshman year while at Seton Hall. Also, I swear that the yellow for Wallace’s crash was only two laps long.

A notable inclusion was the re-introduction of the brake cam, something that I cannot recall seeing in quite awhile. However, it was mounted a little too high for my taste.

Post-race coverage was nearly non-existent on ESPN2, as the race ended with about five minutes to go until the end of the timeslot (again). ESPN showed quick interviews with Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth before quickly leaving the air. I don’t recall even seeing the point standings at the end of the race before Baseball Tonight came on.

Saturday night brought FOX’s telecast of the Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400. This race started with the grandpappy of scheduling issues. Not one, not two, but all three of the FOX Saturday Baseball games ran overtime. The Detroit game was the first to finish, but it finished around 7:05pm. The Mets-Phillies game ended around 7:20 or so. Then, you had the Astros game, which didn’t end until after 8pm.

This resulted in the unprecedented move to begin the pre-race show on the SPEED Channel. Not a bad idea… beats what happened at Phoenix in April of 2008, when a game ran long due to rain. FOX threw it back to the game with promises to return. They decided to keep on the game until it ended, but the result was essentially no pre-race at all, meaning the race was joined in progress on the first lap.

Yes, I know that FOX’s pre-race show isn’t the best, but people get angry when they lose out on NASCAR coverage because of FOX’s baseball priorities. In my case, I simply watched the pre-race on the SPEED Channel until I knew that the Mets-Phillies game that we got here in the Albany area was over, then switched it over to the HD feed of FOX (because my SD feed doesn’t work for some reason). I feel sorry for the people that got that Houston game on Saturday night. Viewers in those areas had the race joined in progress on lap 43. Since I switched over to FOX before 7:30 p.m., I’m personally not sure if the SPEED Channel kept the coverage on past 7:30 p.m. If not, for shame. I think they did, though.

Typically, FOX starts their Saturday Baseball coverage with their version of This Week in Baseball (which looks almost nothing like the original) at 3:30 p.m., then regional coverage starts at 4 p.m. The game start times were moved back after the now-Nationwide Series went to ESPN2. The FOX games represent most of the relatively few baseball games that start at 4:00 p.m. EST (excluding those day games played on the West Coast). Previously, the start times for FOX games were around 1p.m. This week, FOX announced a “special” earlier start time of 3:30 p.m. for their games, likely in an effort to prevent this scenario from occurring again this Saturday night at Darlington. I applaud those efforts, although it might have already have been pre-planned anyway.

As for the pre-race show on FOX, it was filled with the usual features. One thing I found interesting is that the pre-race show is so full of features these days that only two driver interviews were conducted for the broadcast, with Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. I found this rather surprising. I’ll definitely keep a rundown on the number of actual at the track interviews before the race starts for future critiques.

The pre-race features revolved around a charity race hosted by Denny Hamlin at nearby Southside Speedway and a feature on the late David Poole, who died last Monday. A new sponsored element that debuted this week was the Pepsi-Cola Throwback Flashback, which was a simple look back to last week’s race at Talladega. First of all, I’m trying to visualize how many times on television in the past week that I saw Carl Edwards’ crash. I’m thinking 70, but I’m not sure. I don’t think FOX needed to jam that down our throats again. Second, the name’s kind of redundant. A throwback and a flashback in this setup would be the same thing.

Yes, the pre-race included another Digger cartoon rerun as well. Earlier this season, I mentioned the idea that kids like reruns of their favorite cartoons. This is true, but you need to have more than just five of them in the can before you start the reruns. Using 1993’s The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog as an example (a personal fave of mine from when I was younger, mainly because I loved the Genesis games), a syndicated cartoon series cans up to 65 episodes in one season. Cartoons on Saturday morning have season lengths more typical of prime-time shows. However, a typical season of even the worst Saturday morning cartoon has a lot more than 11 minutes of material. Under a best case scenario, this creature gets transitioned to the FoxBox, or whatever they call their Saturday Morning stuff these days as soon as possible. However, FOX no longer has a Saturday Morning block, having canceled it at the end of 2008, claiming that they cannot compete with Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, or Discovery Kids programming (aired on NBC). They have officially given the four hour slot back to their affiliates, which stock the time with E/I programming (Educational/Informational, programming that over-the-air channels are required by the FCC to air three or more hours of a week) and infomercials. What does it all mean? That we’re stuck with this mutant spawn for the foreseeable future on FOX.

As for the Digger count, it was down this week from last week, but this was mainly because the race was shorter. I counted a total of 34 appearances, half of those being animated. Yes, Digger appearances still showed up during the time that the coverage was on the SPEED Channel, too. The telecast had the typical two Digger commercials and the five minute cartoon. The remaining appearances were of the still variety…

With just a month to go until FOX ends its season, let’s just say I personally cannot wait until the Pocono critique next month. There will be a funny reference to a YouTube video game reviewer. Not the one you might be thinking of, though…

Now, on to the race coverage.

During each race, FOX runs this feature called the Home Depot Rookie File. It is essentially Joey Logano’s video blog for his rookie season. Not only does this shortchange the other major contender for the Raybestos Brakes Rookie of the Year award (Scott Speed), but it really doesn’t do anything. At least they show it in split screen during the race, so usually it’s not that big a deal. This week’s Rookie File, however, was completely redundant. If you saw the pre-race show, you already knew that Logano was a part of Denny Hamlin’s charity race at Southside Speedway on Thursday. That feature was completely unnecessary.

Another issue that I have been insistent on this season is for FOX to tell the audience why certain drivers go behind the wall. We’ll use Scott Riggs as an example. Riggs went out of the race with “Electrical” issues on lap 54 and was credited with a 42nd place finish. FOX showed Riggs’ unsponsored No. 36 slow on the backstretch and pulling into the garage area via the entrance in between turns 3 and 4. But there was no mention of Riggs’ plight afterwards. Our own S.D. Grady was monitoring radio chatter during the race for the Live Blog and she stated that the team (Tommy Baldwin Racing) had not installed a backup ignition system in the No. 36, and that the only system in the car failed. But this was never mentioned on the broadcast. It is also the first time I’d heard about a Cup team cutting corners like that in seemingly forever (likely due to monetary concerns).

FOX has failed on numerous attempts to inform its viewers on why drivers have had to go behind the wall, like Scott Riggs, who suffered from ignition problems at Richmond.

Joe Nemechek and David Gilliland’s problems, along with Mike Bliss’, were also all not mentioned on the broadcast, leaving us to guess what happened to those three cars. For reference purposes, Bliss finished the race on the track in 37th, 32 laps down, while Nemechek and Gilliland both DNF’d with brake issues. FOX, as much as they might not want to, needs to mention these things on the broadcasts. As much as I don’t want to say this, FOX is running into accountability issues if they don’t. Having those issues surrounding a telecast that is produced by the same company that owns the FOX News Channel is not good.

Another issue that I’m concerned with is that apparently, a NASCAR official was hit on pit road during Saturday night’s race. This was mentioned on the radio chatter at the track, yet was not reported on the FOX broadcast. However, it was mentioned on the MRN Radio broadcast. Apparently, he was struck on the left leg during pit stops under the tenth caution on lap 295. The official was eventually transferred to a local medical center (outside of the track) for further evaluation, but no further word has been mentioned, so far. What the Deuce? FOX really dropped the ball here.

I’m also concerned with Darrell Waltrip’s apparent crushing over Kyle Busch. This was described during the Live Blog as a “bromance,” kind of like that horrible reality show on MTV starring Brody Jenner. Wikipedia defines a bromance as a “close, but non-sexual relationship between two men, a form of ‘homosocial intimacy’.” Seriously. I essentially copied that right off of there. On broadcasts, this manifests itself as Darrell constantly gushing over Kyle Busch’s abilities as a driver. I’ll admit right here that this is getting annoying. We know Kyle Busch is good. Anyone who has watched NASCAR races over the past year and change knows that already.

Darrell, you don’t need to essentially “pimp” Kyle Busch on us fans. We know his accomplishments by now. Some of us are drawn to the younger Busch’s brash personality, while others are turned off by his petulance. I’m in the latter camp. Remember, you are a TV commentator. You are supposed to be objective, and not play favorites. I’ve mentioned this in the past in regards to your brother Michael. As much as you want to, you cannot give special treatment to your brother, or to Kyle Busch. The other drivers deserve equal treatment as well.

As an addition to this obsession, there was far too much mentioning of Kyle Busch’s birthday during the race coverage; and for that matter, all weekend. Yes, we know that it is extremely rare for a driver to win on their birthday. Many never have the chance to try because their birthdays fall in the offseason, like Ernie Irvan. Others just never got it done. Maybe it’s just an extension of the media in general these days, but you don’t need to jam everything into people all the time. It’s crazy. Oh, and that “Happy Birthday to you” sound effect at the end of the telecast, while appropriate, may have been overkill at the same time.

That’s all for this week. This weekend is the lone race weekend of the season at historic Darlington Raceway. Friday night is the Nationwide Series’ Diamond Hill Plywood 200, while Saturday night is the Sprint Cup Series’ Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com. Gee, it seems weird saying that extra race presenting sponsor in there — but it’s for the best.

I will provide critiques of both of those races in next week’s critique. As for NASCAR Now, I actually watched the roundtable discussion today and didn’t recognize Ricky Craven at first. Whoops! I thought he was one of the other journalists that often come on the roundtable shows. Must have been since I was watching it on a regular TV before I went to my basement and clicked on the HD feed.

If you have a gripe with me, or just want to say something about my critique, feel free to post in the comments below, or contact me through the email address provided on the website in my bio. And if you would like to contact FOX, ESPN, or the SPEED Channel personally with an issue regarding their TV coverage of NASCAR, please click on the following links:

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As always, if you choose to contact the networks by email, do so in a courteous manner. Network representatives are far more likely to respond to emails that ask questions in a courteous manner than emails full of rants and vitriol.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

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Kevin in SoCal
05/05/2009 02:05 AM
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What does FOX News Channel have to do with FOX Sports covering the NASCAR race?

marshall
05/05/2009 05:50 AM
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Those of us who have followed Nascar for a long time are used to having Waltrip and others force their favorite drivers down our throats . Take Jeff Gordon for instance . In fact the directors of these race broadcasts still force Gordon on us .
And that really ties in with your other point about FOX not paying attention to drivers who fall out of a race . There are only just so many handheld cameras used by these shows . And we all see the almost constant coverage of everything Hendrick and Roush . Shots from the ground looking up at Chad or Steve . And theres always a shot of Rick Hendrick or Jack Roush reacting to something thats just happened . The constant coverage wouldn’t be possible if not for the fact that the few pit reporters and their camera crews are stationed next to certain pit areas ( the directors favorite drivers ) and don’t leave to go cover anything else . Oh… except if they think they can stir up controversy by interviewing a driver whos just had an on track run-in with someone . A driver who would be totally ignored under normal conditions . If Dick Bergren tears himself away from covering Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson , it isn’t to let the viewers know what happened to a driver , its to see if he can create some drama , and then hes stuck like glue right back at the Gordon pit .
So the adoration of Kyle ( well deserved by the way , that guy can drive a race car ) is just a continuation of the hearts and flowers for Gordon that we’ve had to endure all these years .

SCS
05/05/2009 07:34 AM
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Funny that “Swirvan Irvan’s” name was mentioned in the article. I wore my Irvan 28 baseball jersey to the race Sat. night. Walking back to the car, a “kid” behind me said “Wow, a 28 shirt, how old is she? How old is that shirt? Thanks to Kyle and Denny and Toyota, I’m back on a winning team! Was gonna buy a new 11 shirt, but the rain caught me, so I kept my Ernie shirt on. Back to the topic, I get tired of any of the announcers slobbering over a particular driver. I want to hear about the racing action, not their opinion of a driver. I can form my own opinions thank you very much. I’ve been watching long enough to know who deserves respect, like Swirvan Irvan in the #28!

Phil Allaway
05/05/2009 07:52 AM
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The idea of the FOX News Channel reference is that they are also owned by News Corporation. They go on all the time about “Fair and Balanced” and “Keeping them (subjects) Accountible.” Thus, it would look bad to not be able to live up to those ideals (then again, the FOX News Channel often doesn’t as well).

As for the Irvan reference, I’ll admit to having been an Irvan fan back in the mid 1990’s. I was a member of his fan club for a year or so (1994), and he’s the only Modern Era driver I’ve ever met before.

Ken
05/05/2009 07:57 AM
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Don’t complain too much about the coverage of Nationwide races! At least you get to see them live! Up here in Canada, the race will get bumped to being shown tape-delayed in the middle of the night by any stick-and-ball game that TSN would rather show. The worst part is that they (TSN) has repeatedly said that NASCAR broadcasts, when shown live, always out-draw any stick-and-ball games! Go figure! As for Fox’s race coverage, I too am fed up with D.W. and his cheerleading of Kyle “pnuk” Busch. Sorry! I cannot stand that little jerk and I will not jump on the Kyle bandwagon! And as much as I do like Mike Joy, after D.W. was all excited and praising Stremme for spinning out Edwards by saying Stremme did the right thing, I turned the race off! Sadly, I won’t watch another race until TNT comes on, but that’s if, anmd only if, TSN picks up the feed here, which most likely, they won’t.

Ken
05/05/2009 08:00 AM
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Sorry! That should have been “Kyle “Punk” Busch”!

SCS
05/05/2009 08:47 AM
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Having drivers to love and hate is what makes the sport so much fun! Until you’ve settled on a driver, “manufacturer”, or sponsor rivalry, it does SEEM to be guys driving in circles.
Phil, sorry you didn’t/haven’t had the chance to meet more personalities. Davey Allison was wonderful to see interacting with fans! Dad owned a Texaco in suburban Richmond area, so I have been extremely blessed with opportunities to attend various beer, soft drink, and Texaco driver events. Wouldn’t trade those experiences for gold.

Al Torney
05/05/2009 09:28 AM
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Well written story. You hit the nail on the head on many points. One point I’d like to make is that they always give Steven Wallace coverage whenever Rusty is in the booth even though he may be running in the back of the pack. Steven has not demonstrated that he will ever becom a good driver much less agreat driver. Same goes for Michael Waltrip. The networks have yet to comprehend that fans are turned off if their favorite drive is shown during an entire broadcast. And the ratings are showing it. This is the third straight year the ratings have gone down. And this year the downturn is big, 14-15%.
You can’t blame that on the economy. I know I watch the races with the sound muted for the most part. And for the most part because of reasons given in your story.

woofr24
05/05/2009 10:38 AM
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Did you catch DW saying other drivers needed to be like Mikey by putting a map of pit road on the steering column. Maybe thats why Mikey is always back in the pack, trying to read a map while driving?

fpresto
05/05/2009 11:04 AM
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You don’t like Darrell’s comments about Bush but unless I have missed something you don’t have the same opinion about his constant comments on “Junebug”

Ryan
05/05/2009 11:25 AM
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The pre race shows , all of the pre race shows are a complete waste of time for race fans . They are nothing more than entertainment shows that FOX and Nascar can sell ad time for . Are the cars male or female ? Thats how low the production standards for FOX have become . And who knew they could go lower than they already were .
You touched on a major reason that teams are having a terrible time finding and keeping sponsors . Lets take the 78 car for instance . Regan Smith is the driver , Furniture Row is the sponsor . How many fans know the name of the crew chief ? How many fans know that the teams’ sponsor is the car owner himself , because he can’t get a sponsor ? If FOX were doing a proper job of broadcasting these races , even the average fan would probably know the answers to those questions . And the fans should know ! But the problem continues for any new sponsor that the 78 team , or any team gets on board . The new or potential sponsor tells all of his employees and customers to watch the ABC Widget Co car on FOX at the race trhis weekend . By the end of the race , the sponsor is sorry he said anything because the car he sponsored got zero tv time , and was mentioned only once , and that was on the run down at the start of the race . You think he’ll be re- signing to sponsor a car ? Do you think he’ll recommend sponsoring a NASCAR entry to his buisness associates ?
If the broadcasts were about the racers , and if FOX were smart enough , or even cared enough to feature ALL of the cars , teams , and drivers , yhe sport might not be in the mess its in . Sponsors would be happy to see their name , their car on screen every race , potential sponsors would see the benefit of advertising , and fans would understand that there are many more names and stories in Nascar than just a chosen handfull . FOX , and all tv broadcasters in Nascar need to completely rethink their shows before they kill the sport .

Kevin in SoCal
05/05/2009 12:50 PM
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I’ll probably get flamed for saying this, but perhaps its time to shorten the fields from 43 cars to 36 cars? 43 cars seems to be too many to mention on the TV broadcast. With fewer cars there would be more time to mention all of them, right? And with fewer spots available to make the race, there would be less “start and park” teams making the field, too, right?

Phil, if Dale Jr causes a wreck on the backstretch do you blame Jeff Gordon too because they’re on the same team? Fox Sports and Fox News Channel are two different entities that work for the same parent company.

Joe W.
05/05/2009 01:02 PM
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I am also sick of DW and his love for Kyle Busch. It is sickening. I used to like DW when he drove but not anymore. I also was a member of the Ernie Irvan fan club in the 90s. I sure miss him and I would love to see how he would have raced that punk Kyle Busch. SCS, It is very sad to see a fellow Ernie Irvan fan rooting for Toyota, and jerks like Busch and Hamlin. I sure miss the black and orange Texaco Ford Thunderbird. The old Yates Rocket was awesome. Yeah I know I’m old. LOL

Dickness
05/05/2009 01:06 PM
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For the most part I agree with everything you said about the broadcast.

I actually think Fox did a better job of showing coverage back in the pack this week. There was a lot of good racing throughout the field and it was nice to see it for a change.

Normally the only thing I like about the Fox broadcast is Mike Joy. It is a shame TNT and ESPN have Bill Webber and Jerry Punch who are both terrible in their own way and they actually have good analysts and Fox has Mike Joy and the most obnoxious analysts in the business.

I am looking forward to TNT’s wide open coverage and also the Race Buddy. I know their promotion of the race buddy is constant, but it is actually a good supplement to their television coverage.

sly fox
05/05/2009 01:32 PM
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so tell us how you really feel about the broadcast….i’m all for not mentioning the drivers who NEVER do anything but, wreck, stall, breakdown, you can have all the Mike Bliss, Scott Riggs of the world…they are a waste of time and a waste of airtime for my television…who cares what happened to them…it happens to them EVERY week…talk about repetitive…fox could name a handful of drivers before every race and say…chances are these guys will not finish so don’t expect to see much of them becasue i could grab any late modified driver in any town in america and they could the same thing as bliss, riggs, nemecheck…blah blah blah

marshall
05/05/2009 02:21 PM
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Hey Sly Fox ( whichever FOX producer , announcer , or director you are ) , how would grabbing any modified driver who is late , take the place of the drivers you mention . THEY are on time . But i applaud you for posting on this blog and re-inforcing the FOX agenda concerning Nascar broadcasts .

Busch2fan
05/05/2009 03:27 PM
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I hate ESPN coverage of the races. They think everyone loves baseball and football scores splashed all over the screen. I come to watch the race. If I wanted other sports I’d switch to that channel.

John
05/05/2009 03:45 PM
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I learned a long time ago not to watch the Sprint pre-race shows.. Actually, it goes further.. When I go onto Nascar.com to see when the race starts, lets say 2pm I ask the wife “when does it really start”.. She goes to jayski.com and says the “real” start of the race is 3:15.. Of course this is just an example.. The inaccurrate time of the race starts of Nascar is getting real old.. NFL starts at the advertied time, as does MLB.. Why can’t Nascar read a clock??

Kevin in SoCal
05/05/2009 03:58 PM
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I’d rather see DW root for a winner like Kyle Busch than see him slobber over a non-winner like he did for Dale Jr, as fpresto said.

mkrcr
05/05/2009 06:17 PM
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Dr. Jerry “PUN“ch is as gagging as DW. His lame attempts, his “Well Folks”, and his constant segway into some commercial or sport is enough to make me change the channel. How much he’s changed since he first started broadcasting with ESPN.
Sure wish someone would put Alan Bestwick in the booth.

24-4-5
05/06/2009 12:40 PM
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Hey Phil, maybe you can answer a question for me. Whatever happened to Wally Dallenbach and his “Wally’s World” pre-race segments? Personally, I loved them. The sport and tv/movie personalities that he would drive around the track, with those bigger than big football players screaming like little girls as he inched closer to the outside wall, well, that was a blast to watch. If nothing else, it was entertaining to watch, and hear as well.

Margie
05/06/2009 03:46 PM
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I don’t mind DW exclaiming over Kyle Busch because Kyle IS the only interesting driver in NASCAR right now. Why ignore this?

I noticed Fox ran ads during the Star Spangled Banner which annoyed me mightily. It’s the only time I get to hear our national anthem these days, and I want to hear it. If they’re going to preempt something, how about preempting some of the boring, nothing pre-race show. Also, any of the singers who screw up the Star Spangled Banner should be tarred and feathered, a fine old tradition.

Phil Allaway
05/06/2009 06:31 PM
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24-4-5, I don’t know what happened to those bits. It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen a TNT race telecast, but I’m guessing they ran out of people willing to do it? Maybe Wally scared the pants off of too many people?

I know one excuse they cannot give. That they didn’t have room in their pre-race stuff for it. With 100 minutes of pre-race coverage, I’m pretty sure they can wedge it in.

24-4-5
05/07/2009 04:39 PM
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Here’s to hoping it’ll be brought back some day. Thanks Phil, keep up the good writing.

Terry
05/08/2009 10:39 PM
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I agree with you 100% I’ve stopped with the pre-race fluff. And sadly DW is out of control, the Kyle love-fest is so sad. DW is living his life again through Kyle. Yes, the kid maybe a good wheelboy, but he’s far from a good sportsman. He loses and runs pouting to his RV. He needs a good mentor to teach him how to be a man. And he’s not getting it at Gibbs. The talking heads in the booth need to stop suxing up to him and understand they are not helping him mature. And the excuse of age has nothing to do with it. Please, we have American Troops younger then this child fighting for his and our freedom every day so he can race for big $$$$ and we can enjoy watching races without a child wrecking drivers and thinking it’s ok because he’s “Vile Kyle” and it’s GOOD and he’s Na$car’s new Bad BOY! There are 43 drivers on that track with 43 + sponsors that DW and the heads need to talk about. That’s their job. I guess they forget that and the Na$car fans. And please, DW talks about Jr. when he can stab him in the back, yep…DW is Jr’s friend as much as I’m Kyle’s. The boy needs to MAN UP!
Have a good day everyone.