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NASCAR fans have been complaining for years about the number of commercials during the races. Very little has been done about the problem until now. This weekend the TNT broadcast of the Pepsi 400 will feature their new "Wide Open" coverage. It isn't perfect but it is a huge step forward for the fans.

What is "Wide Open" coverage? TNT has run some teasers but hasn't really explained the concept to fans. We will all have to wait and see but here is what we know .


July 3, 2007 at 9:12 am
(1) Nutzabout#9 says:

Going back through the archives here, I see complaints re poor televised coverage of NASCAR races dates back to March 2001. Fox carried it then. Wow, 6 years later and still, none of the networks have gotten it right? TNT being the worst by far, IMO. This wide open concept will be interesting. We all know NASCAR is ALL ABOUT the sponsors. God forbid any of the networks’ producers might actually be NASCAR fans and have a CLUE what we need from a televised race. I have faith ABC will rise above the others, though. ABC’s Wide World of Sports always put them a cut above the rest.

July 3, 2007 at 9:19 am
(2) TlabonteFan says:

It is nice to know that they are going to try something different. I will be looking forward to seeing how it works out. One point, open wheel racing has proven what the best idea is…thats split screen racing and advertising. Not sure why they cant just make that happen. As I’ve said before, if they did that, I would stop fast forwarding my Tivo through all of the commercials. I never even start watching a race until 2 hours after its started to avoid all the interuptions.

July 3, 2007 at 9:29 am
(3) BWeberSux says:

I cannot believe the way TNT covers the races. I was watching the New Hampshire race when it went to commercial, and when they came back from commercial, Weber explained that there was a caution for debris and that the cars already pitted. Unbelivable.

July 3, 2007 at 9:31 am
(4) Fred says:

Just a thought, but I know of one cable company that provides a commercial free race channel. You purchase tickets to this channel just as you would for the MLB, NBA & NFL. You would think that NASCAR would look at starting it’s own cable pay to view channel.

July 3, 2007 at 9:51 am
(5) Leo Z says:

Commercials seem to be having a negative affect on me. The more i see a product advertised the less i care to purchase it .Its like im a little kid and need to be showed a hundred times before I rush out the door and buy something .We need them in are sport and im glad they help the drivers but lets not over do it .Plus if the announcers start talking about products we will all go CRAZY !! Like the IRL side by side works for me .

July 3, 2007 at 9:56 am
(6) Rick says:

The best way to watch a race anymore is with Tivo or DVR’s. Set the race to tape and the about an hour into it start watching the race and roll thru the commercials or stop and watch the one’s you like (yeah right!) and if you need a pit stop press pause and come back.

I did that this past weekend for the first time and I won’t watch a race any other way and by the time the race was over I was only about 10 minutes behind it.

Gentlemen. . . start your Tivos!

July 3, 2007 at 10:19 am
(7) Robert says:

TNT’s wide open coverage will probably be split screen because there is no way they would offer the fans commercial free coverage. I bought the hot pass thinking I would get commercial free coverage only to find out that its not. I can watch the race all the way but in the small box while commercials are on. Im with the majority up above I tivo the race and start later and fast forward through the commercials. One of these days the advertisers are going to realize nobody watches the commercials cause there are to many and we are glassy eyed by the end of the race from the sheer volume of them…

July 3, 2007 at 10:23 am
(8) |Lloyd Fradkin says:

I hate ESPN’s side by side. For one thing unless I have a 60 inch plasma TV the double image is distracting. Second, your eyes can not focus on one side over the other. Thirdly, I do not like watching the race half of the screen while somebody tells me I can be as sexy as Mark Martin by taking Viagra, or that rejects from a Mad Max movie like Bud. Even though Dale, Jr.’s car doesn’t have any on board. The solution is simple NASCAR. Have all your races at Rusty Wallace’s new Iowa race track. Then, as with the Indy cars on their first race last month, within the first 30 laps the field will be reduced from 43 to 10 and easier to follow.

July 3, 2007 at 10:48 am
(9) Ryan says:

Lets forget the commericals for a minute and talk about the length of the darn pre-race show! This past week the show was almost 2 hrs long! I’d much rather they use an hour for pre-race and an hour for post-race coverage. Go to the media room let us see what the top finishing drivers have to day. Lets hear from top 10 finishers.


July 3, 2007 at 12:07 pm
(10) Weeder says:

I made the mistake of buying HOT-pass also,I called directv and got really
pissed I couldn’t cancel.Well lately if you have the driver channel and team audio when the commercials come on you don’t hear them. you hear the driver and crew-chief MUCH better than it started out to be. STILL A WASTE OF MONEY

July 3, 2007 at 12:15 pm
(11) Lauren says:

I would just love to watch a race, but until my husband and I decide to bite the bullet and order cable of any kind we only have five channels to watch. So I only hope that one of the networks will have a race on soon. You all probably think that’s funny, no cable. So please NASCAR run a race on ABC or FOX! Missing you!

July 3, 2007 at 12:36 pm
(12) Susan says:

One of the main problems I have with TNT coving the Pepsi 400 is that you have to have cable or sataliet to watch this race. I think this is one of the biggest races of the reason and it is not right that it is not on the regular channel (ABC, CBS. NBC, FOX). There will be a lot of fans who will miss this race. It has been one of these channels as far back as I can remember. Thank you for your time

July 3, 2007 at 3:06 pm
(13) TLabonte Fan says:

Lauren & Susan,

You guys are kidding right? So many sporting events are covered by non Network channels I cant imagine depending on that?! Somewhere down the line you got a computer and an internet connection?…..right?

July 3, 2007 at 3:48 pm
(14) 1969rs says:

Wow, can you believe it? Just a few days ago, many of you had posted your concerns about “too many commercials”. Now this announcement that there will be a commercial free broadcast, JUST WHAT YOU ASKED FOR, and you are still complaining. Some of you people are unbeleiveable. You just cannot be pleased. You are not happy unless you are bitching about something. If you do not like a two hour pre race show,then do something else for two hours. If you do not like all the commercials, then don’t watch them. Flick to a different channel while the commercials are on or make a sandwich, or hug your kids. If you do not like the coverage on ABC, NBC, TNT or wherever the race is this weekend, then subscribe to Direct TV and get the Hot Pass. ESPN has tried to please race fans with the split screen which I never understood why NASCAR has not done, and you still complain. Buy a bigger damn TV if the picture is too small. If you do not have cable, that is not TNT’s fault, it is yours. Go to a sports bar and watch or find a buddy who does have cable.
Jeez people, does anything please you?
In America, we have tons of choices and we are in control of those choices. It is not someone elses fault because your TV is too small or you do not have cable or because you cannot focus on two screens at once or the pre race is two hours long.
Kudos to TNT for listening to the fans concerns and trying this.

July 3, 2007 at 7:14 pm
(15) Susan says:

T.Labonte Fan, Some people like the eldery who are a fix income don’t have the money for cable or the internet. These are some of the people I’m talking about.

July 3, 2007 at 8:08 pm
(16) PP says:

T.Labonte Fan is the type of person that comes on here and thinks just because he has something then everybody should have it. He don’t understand that some people may have to make choices of what they want in life of what is more useful to that person. Maybe he should put his beer down that he cannot survive without, and take those S.A. TX blinders off.

July 3, 2007 at 10:34 pm
(17) MattFan says:

Get a life, Man. we all come on here to bitch, is that not what you do?

July 3, 2007 at 11:14 pm
(18) LLoyd says:

I’m back and I’m 60 and on a fixed income. So that possibly qualifies me as one of Susan’s eldery fans. I remember the dirt track days and living in the Santa Clarita Valley area of Los Angeles County with NASCAR races at the old Saugus Speedway prior to the earthquake of 1994. The problem, Susan, is not a fixed income,because in my Valley you need cable, or satellite TV to even recieve the CBS, ABC and NBC flagship stations the city of Los Angeles gets for free. The problem is the mindset of ABC management. NASCAR is not Baseball, Basketball or Football. Which are actual sports that mainstream American’s watch in their opionion. ABC which owns ESPN and TNT only puts high ratings programing on their non-cable flagship station ABC and the sponsers pay through the nose for those spots.As for auto racing. Indy cars is the only form that ABC consides worth show casing on their flagship stations and that is because the world watches and the ratings are assured. NASCAR isn’t a sport in their mindset. Now if NASCAR was smart they would stay with NBC and the Fox Network and assure themselves of a large audience.

July 3, 2007 at 11:43 pm
(19) Eric says:

Susan#15 My Grandmother is ELDERLY the cable company gives her a discount and she Almost Never misses a LA Dodgers game. I can ask her what channels she gets but she won’t remember but that would only help if your elderly people lived in Sacramento California. You should check with your local cale or satelite companies. 1969rs dude they have to have something to complain about The American Public can only express displeasure its tought in third and fourth grade these days. Sorry

July 3, 2007 at 11:49 pm
(20) thekingcobra63 says:

Honestly, I am a realist when it comes to commercials, and I don’t mind the ones when they are about people being helped (United Way, etc.) or even a funny Budweiser commercial, but I can’t stand seeing the flood of advertising throughout a whole event. The other thing that gets me is during a race, they cut into green flag runs with commercials, and show the yellows and pit stops all the time. Does anyone else tink they should keep the coverage under green and when the yellow comes out go to commercials and then when they come back for the last lap or so behind the pace car show any mishaps or whatever during the pit stops. We’ve all seen the tire changers and catch can guy enough to know what is going on during a caution, show Dale Jr being chased by the Mad Max guys during the pit stops under caution. Am I the only one who thinks this way? If so I will yield to the masses and happily watch the jackman and tire changers get their air time I guess.

July 4, 2007 at 6:29 am
(21) david says:

Lauren & Susan
Susan, I live in SSI and have Cable, also internet service. If you can’t manage your money well enough to have at least one then something is wrong.
Thhis comercial free race should be interesting though. Remember a few yrs back when the NFL did one game without any anpuncers? The fans all complained.

July 4, 2007 at 7:46 am
(22) Team Member says:

All valid responses IMO! We watch Direct TV “Hot Pass” in the pits and garage area at the races and find it a very useful tool. Yeah I get tired of the Denny Hamlin FedEx commercials etc. too. It seems 65% useless talk or commercials and 35% racing on a split screen. The bigger the screen like our 60″ plazmas the better but you have to hold the darn remote through the whole race and push the yellow button every time a commercial comes on or you want to switch from TNT audio, team audio and in car audio. You look like a dork and feel even more like one. On my particular team, we have all of our audio comm, NASCAR audio and our regular 2 way chat channels plus Hot pass and our NASCAR race real-Time. Now it is sensory overload. We often get our butts in trouble if we get caught watching the wron screen or too much of the Hot pass coverage. Welcome to technology……I agree that the big sponsors that can afford to advertise during the race have to do so but I can immagine the frustration of people on a fixed income that dont or cant go to the race or the ones that are not technically savvy, or just refuse to pay a subscription for this and one for that just to get outfitted to watch a darn race while having to have their laptop up on the NASCAR track pass, the TV on Hot Pass and a remote in one hand and a Budweiser in the other. This would suck. I also agrre that the Pre-race crap is getting to be like the shopping network or an online auction. We’ll just have to suffer through this until we can all afford to be at each and every race in person with our own handheld scanners.

July 4, 2007 at 9:10 am
(23) 1969rs says:

MattFan, I do have a life and I do not come on here to bitch. If you look at my past posts, I voice an opinion, not piss and moan about crap like many do. For some reason, this subject and the responses above set me off. My frustration is with people that come on here, complain about something, it gets fixed (i.e. TNT commercial free broadcast) and in place of sending them praise, they still complain. Those are people you could hand a $100 bill to and they would complain because you did not give them $200.
david hit it right on the head, for those who do not have cable or internet, you are making choices to manage your money wrong.
I think complememnts should be sent out to TNT for listening to our concerns and giving the fans what they want. I am sorry if you do not have cable to be able to enjoy this broadcast. For $20 you can sit at the local sports bar, drink Cokes and have a sandwich and watch the broadcast. If you are a true fan, you will use your resorces to find a way to watch your sport.

July 4, 2007 at 9:36 am
(24) Lloyd says:

“ditto” 1969rs, if that term is still used. However, make it Pepsi not Coke and put a little #7 in my #24.

July 4, 2007 at 9:56 am
(25) Susan says:

I’m happy that some eldery pepole can afford cable, but here in Texas you don’t get a discount on cable if you are eldery. But if it is a chose between medicines or cable, which would you choose? I’m looking forward to watching the Pepsi 400, I just wish everybody could see it is all. Thank you

July 4, 2007 at 10:18 am
(26) 1969rs says:

Hey Lloyd, hope you did not forget to buy your fifth on the third for the fouth?

July 4, 2007 at 11:29 am
(27) Smoke62 says:

“ONLY IN AMERICA” I think that best describes it. I just thank God for all the brave men and women who gave their lives so all of us could come on here and complain.

July 4, 2007 at 11:31 am
(28) PP says:

David, don’t give us the thing how others should to manage their money. NOT everyone has the same expenses. When I hear people like say like what you had said, you always fail give the WHOLE story Yes you are on Social Security but donít tell that are you also have other income coming in such as former job retirement or have their kids paying for their extras. Am I right you have another income coming in? Not everybody has this other luxury.

July 4, 2007 at 12:35 pm
(29) PP says:

I sure messed my last comment up should have proof read it, but I was in a hurry, no excuse though. However I am sure David you can understand what I tried to write.

July 4, 2007 at 2:09 pm
(30) 1969rs says:

Life is full of choices each of us make, starting with when we are children thru adulthood.
Maybe David has retired from a job that supplies him with “other income” in the form of retirement. That was a choice he made when he made the choice where to work.
We all are in charge of our lives. If you are less fortunate and do not have cable, who’s fault is that? The government, the cable company, NASCAR? Nope. Yours.
Choices define who we are. There are groups of people that think they should sit back and have everything given to them. Then there are people that think you get what you earn, those people who work countless hours to make something of themselves. Some people dig ditches, some people work at a desk, some people drive trucks. However YOU CHOOSE to make your living is up to you.
Wow Steve, did we hijack this topic or what?

July 4, 2007 at 7:00 pm
(31) PP says:

1969rs I understand of what you saying, and agree with most of it. However, not every place or everyone are made the same. Not everyone can be plumbers (where I live they make big bucks) or Doctors, lawyers, business owners, CEO’s etc. If that was true who would check you out at the store or pick up your “trash” (again where I live these guys make not bad money)? All jobs of different levels are needed would you agree? Whos not to say these people haven’t made of something of themselves of what they had to work with? Some was born in money, and some was lucky in makeing it, and they still collect Social Security, Then people like david say well I collect it and I’m making it ok. If he would be like Paul Harvey and tell the rest of the story we would see how he makes it ok. being the location where he lives etc. Yes everyone has choices in life but not everyone has the same set of choices to pick from or in the same health. Otherwise there be all CEO’S and no workers to do the jobs.

July 4, 2007 at 10:34 pm
(32) grb says:

i’m tired of nascar week after week, tape and fast forward to the wrecks. how about different sports, figure 8, 18 wheeler racing. stock car racing, not since the 60′s.

July 5, 2007 at 1:15 am
(33) Smoke62 says:

Anybody watch the PBR? They don’t have near as many commercials as Nascar. You’d have to admit though, they’d look kinda silly riding a stock car.

July 5, 2007 at 4:46 am
(34) tak says:

Im sorry folks WHAT I MEANT WAS —- there are lots of people who are retired, or physically/mentally unable to work. I have NO PROBLEM with these folks living on the State. I simply was talking about the people who can hold down a job easily and choose not to. These are the ones who go thru great efforts to FAKE problems so they DONT have to work. That may be who 1969rs was talking about too. If so I apologize to you too 1969rs.

July 5, 2007 at 6:46 am
(35) modoc says:

I for one am very glad fox is off for the braoadcast season! D.W. is worse than a commerical to me. Ever since he was balling after his brother won Daytona,I have not enjoyed fox at all after that. If it was not for commericals folks, the would not be a telivised race. I like to turn on the tv. muted and listen to mrn or prn for a real race broadcast!

July 5, 2007 at 9:17 am
(36) 1969rs says:

PP and tac and anyone else that may have misunderstood what I was saying…let me clarify.
I was not blessed to have attended college due to circumstances beyond my control. But I made the choice to work twice as hard as the guy next to me that had a degree. I made CHOICES to focus on where I wanted my career to head and along the way made CHOICES to sacrifice (driving used cars, holding down at one time three jobs). I made CHOICES on what jobs I took that would lead me to the goals we had set. Was there people around me that had nicer things, newer cars, nicer clothes, nice vacations? Yes. But by knowing what I wanted and making the CHOICES in life got me to the point I am at today. No debt except for a nice house almost paid off, and I am not in my 50′s yet.
All by making choices in my life. Were their speed bumps? Yep. But thru faith and focus, the speed bumps just made me stronger. I had unforseen health problems five years ago, but it was a result of choices I made (not exersizing, not eating right, stress). I overcame that setback and now eat right, exersize, and have lowered my stress level.
Thier are to many people today that have the “victum” mentality.

July 5, 2007 at 10:47 am
(37) Lauren says:

My last comment, I love the commericials! I just wish I could watch a race and yes I have internet, but I refuse to buy anything to watch a race when we pay for the internet to beging with.

July 5, 2007 at 11:10 am
(38) Smoke62 says:

1969rs, I for one agree with you. One can accomplish anything they set their mind to if they are DETERMINED. To set your mind to something and not follow thru is called wishing. To follow thru is called SUCCESS. As humans, we are only limited by what we percieve in our minds.If we think something is impossible in our mind, we will never give it our best shot. For any of you who read the Bible, God tells us ” thru me ALL things are possible.” He didn’t say it would happen, He said it was possible. God Bless everyone and have a Happy Fourth.

July 5, 2007 at 11:32 am
(39) 1969rs says:

Amen Brother.
Back at ya.

July 5, 2007 at 1:41 pm
(40) GMFanOf17Car says:

Wow… people have been complaining. Commercials? Yeah… WAY too many of them.


They also (in this area) don’t cover the race from prerace to post race. Nor do they always run the race as it is happening. “Delayed”… dismayed. TSN – in this area thought it more important to show FULL coverage of golf or horse racing or some other such nonsense.

I was starting to wonder if it THIS difficult to watch a race what is the point in being a fan?

TNT is horrible. FOX rocks. NBC even does a good job. Why does TNT have to have ANY of the race coverage?


July 5, 2007 at 5:53 pm
(41) 1969rs says:

To answer your question on why TNT has to have coverage?
Money. Money for Nascar.
I experienced the transformation first hand several years ago before Fox got involved. I sat thru a presentation where Nascar told me that “are you tired of trying to find out which channel the race is on this weekend”? At that time, most races were on ABC, CBS and ESPN.
“You will be excited to know that fans will have one place to go to find Nascar…FOX!” That was the exact words the head of Nasacr marketing told me.
Roll the clock ahead a few years. How many different networks do we have now? I do not even wnat to count. Nascar will go whatever direction the $$ flows. If the Food Network stepped up with enough money, yep, you’d see races there as well.
It is very interesting to see the transformation of Nascar as different networks step up with $$.

July 6, 2007 at 1:24 am
(42) MJE80x says:

Nascar, you are a shadow of your former self. What happened to the days of the Firecracker 400? (which started at 10am mind you to avoid the afternoon heat) Of free parking in the mall across from DIS. (now 80 bux) What happened to building a car and brining it south to the beach to win Daytona? NOt anymore, unless your one of the top 5 owners within top 35 in pts.. w/a major corporate sponsor. Nascar’s future with the COT has turned NNC into a glorified IROC series w/bigger sponsors. Although I am not a fan of the current cars because they are aerodynamic nightmares (and the snoozer cookie-cutter tracks like Chicago, Texas, Las Vegas, Kansas, Cali, only enhanced these problems) I can’t take watching only 1/3 of an event, because of commercials in the COT which are identical. Recently (passed decade) the races and last week for example have become so boring. Thank God, New Hampshire has 2 races, huh? (and one in the chase for that matter!!) Nascar does not care about its fans anymore. Maybe they never did. So, bring on all those terrible Denny Hamlin/Fed Ex ads & Michael Waltrip Racing commercials for teams that can’t even make the races… I DVR the races and scan through em and watch the end..it’s a better recap than sportscenter and I can stop it before listening to either Jimmie or Jeff’s victory speech as both of them with about as much personality as a roll of paper towels thank there list of big dollar sponors. This weeks coverage of the Pepsi 400 by TNT is their experiment to turn the entire coverage into a commercial. (If it isn’t that already. ever wonder why we get to watch David Reutimann run around the track for 5 laps in 35th while they’re batttling for the lead??) It will open a can of worms the fans will never be able to close.

July 6, 2007 at 2:55 am
(43) thekingcobra63 says:

I agree that TNT has crappy coverage and it is compounding the issues with NASCAR. Fox is making the Formula 1 races more entertaining than TNT’s NASCAR coverage. I’ve been gradually getting drawn to the F1 races for some reason, and now when they overlap, I wind up watching the F1. I know some of you will call me a “fake” fan or whatever, I am really just wishing NASCAR would stop trying to ruin their sport and make it fun and entertianing again instead of corporate sponsorhsip overkill, commercials from hell, and soap box (COT) derbies rolling around the track. I’m truly getting fed up with it all.

July 6, 2007 at 2:18 pm
(44) Robertb says:

I agree with the Tivo crowd. Get one & avoid the commercials!! Hopefully the commercial free race will catch on but I doubt it.

July 6, 2007 at 6:19 pm
(45) PP says:

Go out and spend $$$ for a Tivo so I don’t have to watch commercials? I don’t think so, it’s cheaper not to watch not to watch the little of the race and all of the commercials. It’s not I’m cheap or anything but can’t see spending my money on a high price Toy so I don’t have to watch commercials. I have better things to spend my money on then this little toy.

July 7, 2007 at 11:25 am
(46) Oh Jr! says:

Im so sick of racing coverage on Tv! I have complained to everyone i can think of about not having a picture in a picture OR something. So i Tvio it & skip the commericials. I still honor the sponsors, but enough is enough. Its about time we get to see the race and not all the commercials. Time will tell!!

July 7, 2007 at 8:49 pm
(47) Stonehead64 says:

TNT wide open coverage “stinks”. I hate it. It cuts off the bottom of my big screen TV, to play commercials. Bad Idea. Please get rid of it.

July 7, 2007 at 9:45 pm
(48) kmiller says:

Looks like the last NASCAR race for me. The TNT picture format is horrible. The bottom view is gone, constant distraction from the picture in a picture, something going on in the upper left had corner,constant commerical logo present. If I look real hard I can see some of the race -I give up-.

July 7, 2007 at 10:13 pm
(49) kacee says:

The little box in the corner with the tv commercial every 6 to 7 minutes is very annoying and each commercial seems to be longer and the race is muted. Put the written word up with the commercial and if I am interested I will read it. If not, we need to go back to Fox.

July 8, 2007 at 3:17 am
(50) Steve McCormick says:

So you folks would rather see NONE of the race every 6-7 minutes while they break completely away for commercials?

It may not be perfect but this is a huge step forward from the coverage that we have had all season long.

July 8, 2007 at 10:11 am
(51) Corky Clifton says:

For the most part, I thought the concept worked. However, the constant white lines and the TNT logo on the scroll bar just might cause screen burn-in. TNT should address this issue.

July 8, 2007 at 11:55 am
(52) top35sux says:

Watched the Pepsi 400 last night on my HD tv. I liked the new format but had one question: How many cars were there? I only saw the top 6…over and over and over and over again.

And over and over and over.

Kyle Bush. Sorry, I figured they didn’t say his name enough times last night, so one more should do the trick.

July 8, 2007 at 12:02 pm
(53) Susan Hurley says:

The “wide open” coverage was AWFUL! Sound interference, cameras not on point during the action- missing many of the melee’s. Even missed a wreck where they couldn’t even replay it and had to resort to the GPS replay. Made the announcers look bad as well. Kyle Petty was the saving grace-refreshing and quite entertaining.

July 8, 2007 at 3:37 pm
(54) Glen C says:

TNT’s “Wide Open Coverage” was by far the best race on ANY network, ever!!! I hope all networks that broadcast NASCAR will use this format. Regarding announcers… Gee Larry Mac, everyone in the world knows a driver gets 5 bonus points for leading a lap. Don’t need to hear that all the time.

July 8, 2007 at 10:28 pm
(55) Toby Jayne says:

This was a great race despite the coverage. The CONCEPT was phenominal, HOWEVER the TNT people still need to get to know the drivers. Hiring Kyle Petty was a step in the right direction. He brings a unique point of view that is refreshing and informative. I can deal with commercials as long as TNT shows more than the top 5 all night. There are OTHER CARS going around out there!!! If they can get it all together, it will be awesome. Larry Mac and a Subway sandwich did crack me up a little.

July 8, 2007 at 11:20 pm
(56) Nutzabout#9 says:

Personally, I think TNT has set the bar on broadcasting NASCAR. Now, I don’t have an large screen or HDTV. It was perfect for me. I could still see what was going on and they didn’t break away only to come back after something substantial happened. It was a great race and TNT did a great job this time.

July 9, 2007 at 12:43 pm
(57) Will says:

HORRIBLE concept! Blow it up now! The best race I’ve seen in a while was permanantly marred by the horrible coverage. the extra boxes and constant display of the revolving sponsors was distracting and annoying. It hasn’t helped Indy and it will destroy Nascar. Ok, maybe not destroy it, but ratings WILL suffer and Tivo sales will double. with Petty there, why have Dallenbach? It’s like the way Monday night football ended up or Baseball on the dreadfull ESPN, there doesnt HAVE to be something said every second. It’s ok to just let fans hear the sounds of the race and soak up the action.

(this vent was brought to you by UPS, what can brown do for you? and Nextel..connect)

July 9, 2007 at 8:19 pm
(58) bulldog says:

Steve, some time you can’t please anybody. First they complain about commercials and now they complain about this coverage. Some of these people live to complain. If people stupid enough to go buy a Tivo so they can watch a silly race, maybe they will take my mother in law.

July 10, 2007 at 10:46 am
(59) Sherman says:

The split screen realy stinks

July 5, 2008 at 8:40 pm
(60) fuzzybear says:

IMHO I think this wide open coverage stinks if you already have a wide screen format. You are taking away 1/4 of my viewing area for a band at the bottom that is blank half the time, zipping useless trivia across it & filling a wide chunk of the screen with commercials that you said were going to be limited. Also the contiuous white bands across the bottom could lead to “burn-in” on some TV’s. All in all I think it sucks!!!!!!

July 5, 2008 at 9:48 pm
(61) Stephen says:

less commercials?? Yeah right…. can I watch the damn race?? every other lap… commmercial… lap… commercial… very annoying!!!!! just because I can see the cars running around the top of my screen, doesnt mean I dont want to hear the sound… everytime good racing is going on…. commercial…. very stupid

July 5, 2008 at 11:34 pm
(62) j-man says:

Wide open coverage is just a ploy to put commercials all throughout the broadcast as well as “local breaks” which are commercials!! – every two laps they play another commercial over the broadcast – then the announcers babble the sponsor name as well – at least with the old format I could fast forward past the ads with my DVR. Just another scam for nascar to ram advertising down our throats – add in the horrible TNT broadcasters and I’m losing interest in nascar faster then the cars travel. Knew this was too good to be true :(

July 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm
(63) Enforcer17 says:

TNT’s coverage of the Coke Zero 400 sucked, plain and simple. They still took breaks from the race, but now they added even MORE commericals in the middle of the race with that pop-up screeen and the ticker at the bottom with the excuse that they were giving you specs. Total BS, it was just another way to add commericals to NASCAR coverage.

Congratualtions NASCAR, by next year I’ll likely stop watching any race in favor of F1 and IRL. No need to wonder why your fan base has been shrinking.

July 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm
(64) rudy says:

Your new coverage format takes up about 20% of my hdtv. When a comercial shares the race coverage I lose nearly 25% of my viewable screen. So bad I have to zoom the picture size to watch the race, giving up picture less quality. Your band at the bottom of the screen is too distracting decause of its size.

July 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(65) nascarnanny says:

not nascar–tnt just came up with a way to sell more advertising than the fcc mandates. I’ve benn a racing fan since before nascar came on the scene. It will never be as it was back then, but neither is everything else.progress????? nascar, if the fans who love this sport mean anything to you, please do not condone this primetime commercial fest. we really do love the sport, not the commercials. this type of format is an insult to all of us and i dare say, the advertisers do understand at some level, if the viewers are not happy with them, it will have an effect on the revenue.

July 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm
(66) Fireballs Robbie says:

WTH? Seriously, that coverage blew such huge sweaty balls that I had to turn off the race and watch the Packers-Bengals re-run on NFLN. As if watching 43 cars wallpapered with advertisements wasn’t ridiculous enough, they throw in an ad banner, pop-up ads, and still have the nerve to regularly break for 90-second commercial segments! They even turned the announcers into full-time ad whores: “Coming into turn two, the 23 cars that started in the back of the field are still in the back of the field. They haven’t crashed yet, but I’m sure they will any minute. Dang, this is exciting! By the way race fans, if your dick is broke, we got some pills for ya. Eat pills and get stiff. Just remember: a 3-hour and 59-minute boner is good stuff. But if your wood lasts for 4 hours, call the fire department.” Daddy, what’s a boner? Son, a boner is anybody who doesn’t turn this crap off like I’m fixin’ to do. To hell with NASCAR on TV. These days it’s just a bunch of west coast whiners and muffler sucking Indy drivers anyway.

July 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm
(67) Stephanie Swearingen says:

The coverage (less commericals?) was horrible. Don’t like their format at all. What did they think the advertising in the lower right side was? May as well have gone to commerical.

July 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm
(68) Jim says:

I can’t believe TNT thinks showing commercials on the same screen, with the race is better than breaking away to show the commercials. It’s like trying to read a book while you drive your car. Show one or the other, BUT NOT BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.

July 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm
(69) Trent says:

It’s not the commercials THAT BUG IT TNT WIDE OPEN COVERAGE.
It’s bad enough to have to listen Wally and Kyle the stupidest announcers ever but when they cover up my 47 hdtv with their junk make it unwatchable.
I stopped watching on lap 62


May 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(70) rex ruggless says:

tnt coverage of any race sucks .i have 50 inch tv iwant a50 inch pic. i hope tnt and bill weber stop nascar tv and go cover curling

July 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(71) Nascar Fan says:

I’ve enjoyed the TNT Wide Open Coverage. At least we get to see most of the race and so far, haven’t come back from a commercial with a caution/wreck happening. Now if they could just get rid of all the break away commercials. Good job TNT again for the Wide Open Coverage.

July 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(72) Corky Clifton says:

Congratulations TNT. You figured out a way to advertise 100% of the time on TV. Love how you knocked off about 1/4 of my TV vertical viewing area, and about 1/3 of my of my horizontal viewing area. And I just cant wait until you put in the BIG print in the horizontal left 1/3 of my TV screen. I must admit tho, you have pleased many new generation viewers for the lovely use of pop-up adds, just like on your computer, which I am sure they dont even mind because they are mostly mindless anyway. All I can say is thank you for being able to record and fast forward thru all that stuff!

July 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm
(73) linda says:

We are watching your coverage tonight of the Daytona race & thank you very much it is awesome. This is the way that the nascar race should be covered. We are loving every minute of it. Thank You again very much.

July 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(74) Jim says:

TNT coverage sucks! Sound was not in sinc. When the checkers flew no finish info was given. I will just read the news the day after while TNT broadcasts.

July 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(75) Bob Y. says:

whatever corperate blow that came up with the idea to take almost half of your viewing area to blast all kind’s of trash in your face while they were racing should be canned!!! Got fed up and shut it off. watched the highlights today.

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