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Talking NASCAR TV: Bill Weber, You Lied To Us

Talking NASCAR TV: Bill Weber, You Lied To Us

Hello, race fans. Last weekend was a busy weekend, with the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sprint Cup, and Truck Series at Michigan while the Nationwide Series raced in front of a near-sellout crowd in Kentucky. However, I’ll keep things relatively brief with the support series to start, because I’m going to bring on the vitriol towards TNT. Let's get right to it. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: TNT’s First Effort of the Year Promising, But Issues Remain

Talking NASCAR TV: TNT’s First Effort of the Year Promising, But Issues Remain

*HEY FANS! I’VE GOT GOOD NEWS FOR YOU TODAY! THERE ARE NO GOPHERS IN THIS REVIEW! THAT’S RIGHT, NO STINKIN’ GOPHERS IN THIS REVIEW!* _Note: This is a reference to a YouTube video by the user, UrinatingTree. It is adapted from his review of NHL Stanley Cup for the Super Nintendo. The video can be found "HERE":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjEZtBlXZ7g. I do warn you, though. The video contains naughty language. (You know which words I’m talking about.) Since FOX’s portion of the season is now over, the computer animated creature is now in hibernation. I’m sure that you guys were not only sick of FOX’s persistent usage of the creature, but probably of me going on about it too._ Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Grading FOX’s 2009 Season, And…What’s Stopping The Scrolls?

Talking NASCAR TV: Grading FOX’s 2009 Season, And…What’s Stopping The Scrolls?

Greetings, readers. The three races held at Dover International Speedway were quite interesting in their own ways. I enjoyed the races, especially that race to the finish between Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart on Sunday. Sunday also marked the 13th and final points race on FOX’s schedule for the season. This might be a relief to many of you out there. Since Sunday was FOX’s last NASCAR go-around for the season, I’d figure that I would give them a grade for the season after I finish the Sprint Cup race telecast critique. Now, as many of you have come accustomed to since I took over this critique full time from Doug Turnbull at the beginning of the season, I like to keep the critique in chronological order. I just find it easier that way. This would have meant that the Camping World Truck Series race would be first. However, since the truck race was postponed to Saturday evening due to rain, it will come after the Nationwide race critique. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Impartiality Needs To Be Worked On Across All Fronts

Talking NASCAR TV: Impartiality Needs To Be Worked On Across All Fronts

Hello race fans. The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the busiest racing weekend of the year. In addition to the Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600, the IndyCar Series has their revered Indianapolis 500 on the same day, or at least they normally do. Because of rain in Charlotte, the Sprint Cup race was pushed to Monday at noon. There is also the Grand Prix of Monaco, Formula One’s most prestigious and glamorous event. Also, it’s quite possibly the toughest track to pass on in the series, in addition to the narrowest and the slowest. There’s a reason why the Grand Prix of Monaco is only 260km instead of 305km (standard length for a Formula One race). Read More »

Coca-Cola 600 Wrap-up

By Phil Allaway Point Standings (Top 12) Jeff Gordon brought his DuPont Chevrolet home in the 14th position. This allowed him to increase his lead in the standings over Tony Stewart, who finished 19th, by 44 points. Kurt Busch ran quite well on Monday, but an ill-handling car resulted in a costly green flag pit stop on lap 193. This dropped him to 37th place, one lap down. The rainy ending to the race prohibited Busch from moving back up ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: All-Star Race Not The Best Showcase For SPEED

Talking NASCAR TV: All-Star Race Not The Best Showcase For SPEED

Hello, fans. While the All-Star Race highlights the best drivers the Cup Series has to offer, the rest of the weekend itself has always been relatively lean on actual official racing. The Nationwide Series took the weekend off, along with Formula 1, while the Camping World Truck Series raced a support race Friday night. But the best television story in what was a rough weekend had to be the IndyCar Series, which finished qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 this past weekend. I just want to take the next few sentences and talk about this just a little before moving on. Read More »

News Recap for May 12, 2009

By Phil Allaway *Changes Made to No. 41 Cup Team Following Mayfield Suspension* After Jeremy Mayfield’s indefinite suspension for a failed drug test at Richmond was announced last weekend at Darlington, Mayfield Motorsports has had to make serious changes to continue running in the Sprint Cup Series. Since Mayfield is an owner/driver, his ban means that not only has the team had to find a new driver for the No. 41 Toyota, it has had to find someone to act ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Some Thoughts About In Car Cameras In Between Spotty Darlington Coverage

Talking NASCAR TV: Some Thoughts About In Car Cameras In Between Spotty Darlington Coverage

Hello, race fans. Hope you enjoyed this weekend’s racing from Darlington Raceway. I thought it was pretty good as well. Maybe a few too many cautions for my taste, but that’s okay. I cannot control that facet of races. I'm still kind of surprised that Sam Hornish’s spin late in the race did not cause a caution despite the fact that he slid nearly the entire length of the front stretch. Oh well. Enough about that stuff, let’s get to the review. Normally, I just critique the TV coverage of the races themselves, but I’ll start this weekend with coverage of Sprint Cup pole qualifying. I have two issues that I want to address here. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Forgets Important Pit Road Injury During Kyle Busch Coronation

Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Forgets Important Pit Road Injury During Kyle Busch Coronation

Hello, race fans. Hope you all enjoyed the action last week from Richmond. I enjoyed the racing, 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 ESPN 2. Our own Bryan Davis Keith watched the race Friday night and generally liked the telecast. My thoughts on the coverage are 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 was about the same as Talladega’s. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: FOX “Back Of The Pack” Battles No Laughing Matter For Fans

Talking NASCAR TV: FOX “Back Of The Pack” Battles No Laughing Matter For Fans

Hello, race fans. I don’t know about you guys, but I was real scared watching that wreck that Edwards had Sunday at the end of the Aaron’s 499. Not so much for Edwards -- but for the fans themselves. After the race ended, I thought back and realized that the crash looked a little like the late Neil Bonnett’s wreck in the DieHard 500 in July 1993 as opposed to the infamous Bobby Allison one from 1987 that was referenced on FOX. But in the end, it didn't matter which wreck was the worst; they were all bad, giving the catchfence a serious test that could have led to a devastating loss of life. Thank goodness everything held up and no one was seriously hurt in Sunday's last lap mess. OK, time for the usual TV review. Read More »