All Fox had to do Sunday was just ride the coattails of (and this was very evident early on) an action-packed race and stay out of the way.
Broken heart, I can't help it. Rocket science, don't know what to tell ya. I may not know how to get you to the moon, but when I want to fly, my crew knows what to do. Crank a round of wedge in the left rear, you're only turning 9,000 need another gear. NAPA KNOW HOW NAPA KNOW HOW, N-N-N-NAPA KNOW HOW, NAPA KNOW HOW NAPA KNOW HOW
...the pit lane. Oh, sorry about that, I know I promised that this post would be commercial free, but hey, who lives up to promises these days? Anyway, Mike Joy excitedly shouted "CRASH!" but it took the Fox production crew five minutes to show us the replay of the wreck, which really didn't amount to much. But because of Joy's immediate reaction, we had no idea what exactly had happened.
I realize I'm being a bit harsh as commercials during caution flags aren't nearly as bad as commercials during green flag action -- and there seemed to be a lot of those as well -- but TV viewers were promised that the final 14 laps of the race would be commercial free. That obviously didn't happen.
And given how touch and go the final cautions were with some of the leaders running low on fuel, constant check-ins or camera angles of agonizing crew chiefs would have been great filler instead of commercials. Instead, we had three additional breaks after we were told there weren't going to be any, and no, there wasn't an "if the race goes green" caveat.
The Good: Fox did a great job of having about 15 minutes of post-race coverage on Speed. Why couldn't they have done that from the beginning of the season? And given the post-race disaster that was the Nationwide broadcast on ESPN2, Fox's Speed version was an A+ production.
The Bad: Outside of the typical hiccups and aforementioned screw-ups, nothing else comes to mind.
The Overall Grade: C. There were flashes of a broadcast that could have been as good as Monday's Texas telecast. I just hope that the "Saturday night short track!" hype doesn't take over the broadcast next weekend.