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You may or may not have known that Sunday's race at Kansas was Fox's last broadcast of the season. So now that we have reached the TNT Summer Series I think we should take a fond look back at our good friends in the Hollywood Hotel, booth and pit.

What did you think of Fox's overall NASCAR coverage?

Anything stand out as a good or a bad?

Sad that we are without Digger until February?

June 9, 2011  11:12 AM ET

I love Digger. If I had my choice of broadcasters I would like Kyle Petty and Jarrett All the others do a decent job but those two are my favorites.

June 9, 2011  11:21 AM ET

I like Petty, he may be overly opinionated at time (many) but he is not afraid to say what he thinks. Jared is a bit dry at times and stumbles, even counterdicts himself. But I still like him in the booth.

Kinda tired after 11 years of "let me put a period on that" from Larry, and like or dislike DW, you can't fault his enthusiasm for the sport.

While very dry, Ricky Craven is typically Spot On with his comments and insights, would like to see more of him.

Just don't put Rusty or (gawd!) Wally Fallingback in the play by play.

June 9, 2011  11:23 AM ET

footnote. Digger doesnt bother me much. I guess I dont even see him there. I just dismiss it as a) a way to try to get kids involved in nascar viewership and b) see the danged stuffed animals.

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June 9, 2011  11:29 AM ET
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Sad that some will have to miss the rest of the season as the races are run on cable or satilate.

That's what Trackpass is for! ;)

June 9, 2011  11:44 AM ET
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footnote. Digger doesnt bother me much. I guess I dont even see him there. I just dismiss it as a) a way to try to get kids involved in nascar viewership and b) see the danged stuffed animals.

Absolutely on the getting kids involved. The two youngest of my grandkids are watching races and it was Digger that initially caught their attention.

June 9, 2011  12:23 PM ET

Kyle Petty is my fav...he cuts to the chase and says what he thinks....and it usually is good thinking......good riddance to Digger.....DW has his moments and he is not the worst one out there IMHO

June 9, 2011  12:36 PM ET

Wait, let me put on my flack jacket before I comment. LOL

I like both the Waltrip brothers. Darell for his enthusiasm and perspective (and yes, he can be a total homer) and Mikey, just because I like him and think he's got a pretty good sense of humor and doesn't mind making fun of himself.

I like watching Kyle, he does tell it like he sees it. I really enjoy the crew on Inside NASCAR. Well rounded opinions. Another guy I liked listening to was Jimmy Spenser. Another guy that doesn't believe in being politically correct.

June 9, 2011  12:47 PM ET
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Sad that some will have to miss the rest of the season as the races are run on cable or satilate.

I agree.. its a real slap to have remainder of season not on over the air channels.. was it ONE Chase race last year was on ABC, rest on ESPN?

Sucks.. its all about money

June 9, 2011  12:56 PM ET

My issue with DW is his borderline bias towards some drivers and manufacturers. As a commentator he should remain relatively neutral during the broadcasts. I understand there are moments that you would expect that line to be crossed, like when Mikey won the Daytona 500, or when Ned Jarret called Dale Jarret's Daytona 500 win over Dale Sr, but those are single moments that you do, and then move back into neutral mode the next race. You shouldn't be openly cheering someone from the booth every week.

Like his style or not Rusty Wallace almost never talks about Steve Wallace or his other drivers unless someone else says something first, or Steve's in the wall...again. But even then Rusty's comments are short and neutral.

And I won't even get into DW's annoying tendency to pick the driver who's going to win every 50 miles or so.

June 9, 2011  01:08 PM ET

Like Petty. They didn't put Digger on the screen as much as they did that first year. It was driving me up the wall. They have a pretty good balance with it now.

June 9, 2011  01:51 PM ET

I like listening to Mikey too.....I just plain Like him for the same reasons Unbiased does and also because he is like an excited kid, which is contagious........forgot to mention Jimmy Spencer earlier......have met him and chatted with him, a year ago....he is the same in person.

June 9, 2011  03:06 PM ET
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My issue with DW is his borderline bias towards some drivers and manufacturers. As a commentator he should remain relatively neutral during the broadcasts. I understand there are moments that you would expect that line to be crossed, like when Mikey won the Daytona 500, or when Ned Jarret called Dale Jarret's Daytona 500 win over Dale Sr, but those are single moments that you do, and then move back into neutral mode the next race. You shouldn't be openly cheering someone from the booth every week.Like his style or not Rusty Wallace almost never talks about Steve Wallace or his other drivers unless someone else says something first, or Steve's in the wall...again. But even then Rusty's comments are short and neutral.And I won't even get into DW's annoying tendency to pick the driver who's going to win every 50 miles or so.

I will give you that on rusty, he does not talk about his kid or team hardly at all and only when it is pertinent.

That said, the camera crews and directors make up for it. Seems like the 66,62 are on camera a LOT "fighting for position". maybe is just because they wreck a lot.

and yes, I will give Little Stevie a measure of credit.. he's doing a lot better recently at not crashing himself or others. A lot better.

June 9, 2011  03:13 PM ET

When you think of how the announcing has progressed since the old TNN days, though, it really isnt bad in comparison to those days. There are only a couple of "immigrants" from TNN to today's networks.. Joy and Bergeran come to mind, probably one or two more I dont recall offhand. I am struggling to remember one other name that was the play by play guy, think he ended up at ESPN. Met him twice, didnt like him in person.. brain cells failing now.

June 9, 2011  03:16 PM ET

Bob Jenkins? not sure.

June 9, 2011  03:29 PM ET
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When you think of how the announcing has progressed since the old TNN days, though, it really isnt bad in comparison to those days. There are only a couple of "immigrants" from TNN to today's networks.. Joy and Bergeran come to mind, probably one or two more I dont recall offhand. I am struggling to remember one other name that was the play by play guy, think he ended up at ESPN. Met him twice, didnt like him in person.. brain cells failing now.

True, but if I remember right there were several people who would work the races for a couple of different networks of the course of the same year.

June 9, 2011  03:46 PM ET

The pioneer was Chris Economaki.

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June 9, 2011  04:21 PM ET
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Bob Jenkins? not sure.

Bill Weber maybe? He was the announcer that got fired from TNT with like 2 races left in their coverage block for a "loud confrontation in the hotel lobby" in New Hampshire.

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