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Woody: Weber, What Are You Working On?

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, July 1 2009
Joey Logano clawed his way to Victory Lane at New Hampshire, but where was Weber? (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Joey Logano clawed his way to Victory Lane at New Hampshire, but where was Weber? (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Larry Woody | Senior Writer

* Beamed Up By Aliens?

TNT analyst Bill Weber abruptly vanished from the broadcast booth last Sunday at New Hampshire and the only comment the network made was that it would make no comment.

That’s pretty lame even by TV reporting standards.

There have been lots of rumors floating around but nobody seems to know for sure why the plug was pulled, or when/if Weber will return.

If the guy who delivers the doughnuts to the booth fails to show, it’s not news. But when the lead announcer vanishes into thin air TNT owes its viewers an explanation.

* Park & Save

Meanwhile TNT’s expert analyst Kyle Petty, at the start of last Sunday’s downpour, explained that drivers could conserve fuel if they came in and parked their cars.

(Kyle immediately caught his blooper and laughed along with the rest of us.)

* What Time Does a 1 P.M. Race Start?

Can it really be that hard to start a race on time? Last Sunday’s announced 1 p.m. (Central) race actually started at 1:16.

It’s not just TNT; every other network that carries NASCAR races is just as bad.

Back during FOX’s telecasts I checked three different listing for a race’s starting time: TV Guide, a weekly racing journal and my local newspaper. All three had a different starting time. And all three were wrong.

After last Sunday’s 16-minute delayed start, rain wiped out the final 28 laps. If the race had started on time could it have been competed with perhaps a different result?

 * What, No Rock-Star Celebration?

After Kyle Busch won last Saturday’s Nationwide race at New Hampshire and was presented the winner’s trophy, he didn’t dash it to bits as he did his previous one at Nashville Superspeedway.

The TV interviewer never brought it up.

Not surprising; after Busch’s guitar-smashing antics at Nashville, the TV interviewer stood in the debris and never even mentioned the incident that created a national buzz.

No wonder drivers enjoy doing those softball interviews.

Truck Series’ TV Trouble

The good news is that every NASCAR truck race is televised.

The bad news is that lots of fans don’t get the Speed Channel that carries the races. Me, for one.

Comcast, my cable server, doesn’t include the Speed Channel in its basic package. I’m told the truckers put on a great show. Wish I could see it.

– Larry Woody can be reached at lwoody@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, July 1 2009
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  • Eric Garrison says:

    Word on the street is Weber had an ugly altercation with someone regarding his hotel room in New Hamshire. What the ??? Was it bed bugs? Low water pressure in the shower? Not enought towels? What the hell could it possibly be that would get him canned from that gig?