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News Recap for April 7, 2009

By Phil Allaway *Brian Scott to Drive NNS No. 10 for Braun Racing* Braun Racing announced on Tuesday that Brian Scott, currently the driver of the No. 16 Albertson’s Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series, has been tapped by Braun Racing to drive the No. 10 Toyota for four races. Only two of the four events that Scott will drive in have been decided so far. The first will be this Saturday’s Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. The other ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Digger Returns… But That’s Not The Only Problem With Texas Coverage

Talking NASCAR TV: Digger Returns… But That’s Not The Only Problem With Texas Coverage

Hello, race fans. Texas provided us with long green flag runs on both Saturday and Sunday’s races. Usually, this means that the field gets extensively stretched out, and Texas was no exception to the norm. So, how did this weekend’s television coverage add up? Let’s take a look. On Saturday, the Nationwide Series, back from a week off, raced in the O’Reilly [Auto Parts] 300. ESPN 2, with their commentary crew of Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree was on hand for the call. Kevin Harvick, winner of the most recent Nationwide Series race (the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol), did not race on Saturday and sat in with Allen Bestwick and Brad Daugherty in the mobile studio. Read More »

News Recap for March 31, 2009

By Phil Allaway *McMurray’s Assets Frozen* The Dallas Morning News reported on Monday that Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford, is currently locked in a battle to have his investment assets unfrozen. McMurray’s accounts were frozen as they were set up through the Stanford Financial Group, currently under investigation for being a Ponzi scheme. McMurray claimed in a Federal Court filing that the frozen funds are used to pay employees of his own racing outfit and ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Needs To Cover More Than Just The Cars Up Front

Martinsville is an old school type of track, a place where the ideals of aerodynamics really don’t apply all that much (although having smooth sheet metal does give some benefits on short tracks). And, most importantly, it's a place where far more rudimentary methods than normal are considered acceptable for passing. Sunday’s race saw Jimmie Johnson use a very brash maneuver to root Denny Hamlin out of the way to win -- and face no retribution for it at all. As for the Truck Series event, originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, it was completely rained out and rescheduled for Monday afternoon at noon. Read More »

News Recap for March 24, 2009

By Phil Allaway *Front Row Motorsports to Run Full Season* is reporting that Front Row Motorsports is planning on running their No. 34 Chevrolet for the full season. To that end, the team has hired Steve Lane as the full time crew chief. Lane was the crew chief farmed out to Front Row Motorsports at Daytona as a result of the technical alliance between Front Row Motorsports and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Evidently, team owner Bob Jenkins liked what he ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Digger’s Bristol Disappearance, Lazy Legends Coverage, And Screwy Scrolls

Hello, race fans. After a week off, both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were back in action this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee for both the Food City 500 and Scotts Turf Builder 300. In addition, a special "Saturday Night Special" charity event featuring legends of the past and celebrities in late model stock cars was held after the Nationwide race on Saturday. How did all these broadcasts stack up? Let’s find out. To start with, let's take a look at an issue that continues to bug me for practice and qualifying. As you may remember, I’ve talked about SPEED’s inability to get the on-screen scroll right in past critiques. This past weekend, I did not notice any number issues like they had at Atlanta. However, they did have some issues with letters bunching together in the space where driver names are typed in. Read More »

Race Season is Upon Us: Please Do Your Part

Well, fans, it’s already St. Patrick’s Day. We’re four races into the Sprint Cup Series season, and we’ve had three races each in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series seasons. The American Le Mans Series starts up this weekend with the 12 Hours of Sebring, Formula One’s Grand Prix of Australia is next weekend, and the Indy Racing League campaign starts the weekend after that with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Florida). But as you know, that is ... Read More »

News Recap for March 17, 2009

By Phil Allaway *Toyota Will Not Decrease Support of NASCAR* On Tuesday, Toyota Motor Company put out a press release indicating that they will continue to fully support their NASCAR program despite the sagging economy. Toyota outlined the teams that they are going to support in the release. In the Sprint Cup Series, these teams are Joe Gibbs Racing (Nos. 11, 18 and 20), Red Bull Racing (Nos. 82 and 83), Michael Waltrip Racing (Nos. 00 and 55), JTG Daugherty ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Grading NASCAR Smarts On SPEED … With This Week In NASCAR Thrown In

Greetings, race fans, and welcome to this week’s TV critique. Unfortunately, all three of NASCAR’s major touring series took the week off last weekend. This leaves me to give my opinions on some of the magazine shows on television. However, the buildup to the NCAA Basketball tournaments (Men’s and Women’s) has gotten in the way of rendering any kind of opinion on ESPN2’s NASCAR Now. This is because the show did not air in its normal time slot all week due to preemptions for live games. As a result, the critique of NASCAR Now will have to be pushed back -- possibly to Easter Weekend. With that said, I still have some things to say about some of the other NASCAR-themed shows that have cropped up this season on SPEED Channel. First of all, there’s NASCAR Smarts, the trivia show that SPEED tapes at the track during race weekends. I talked briefly about the show back during the first critique of Speedweeks at Daytona, then mentioned that I was going to give a full review of the show in the post-Daytona 500 critique. Well, if any of you readers saw my critique for the Daytona 500 weekend, you would understand why it got pushed back. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Aching Over FOX’s Graphical Gremlins In Atlanta

Talking NASCAR TV: Aching Over FOX’s Graphical Gremlins In Atlanta

Atlanta brought us two races with tight finishes. This type of action is definitely pleasing for race fans to watch on television -- but were the race telecasts up to par? Let’s find out. Often times, the first thing I do on Friday afternoons is click on SPEED to check out either Cup Pole Qualifying or practice -- whatever is actually on. This past Friday was like the start of any other NASCAR weekend; but the minute I turned on the television, I immediately saw a graphical error scrolling across the screen. Read More »