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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series had their final off-weekend of the season. While some drivers took the week off and went off on vacation, others were still on the track. And some writers, like myself, were even busier than on a normal weekend with a Cup race. That’s because Chicagoland Speedway hosted a doubleheader on Saturday, with the ARCA Racing Series serving as support to a 300-mile Nationwide Series race. FOX Sports 2 and ESPN were the sites of ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

It was the end of an era Sunday afternoon in Loudon, N.H. The Sprint Cup Series ran a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as it does twice a year. But Sunday wasn’t just the final race for TNT’s 2014 Summer Series — it was also the final scheduled race for TNT in NASCAR broadcasting, period. The network and Turner Sports will not air a race in 2015, for the first time in over 30 years. As such, there was ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Does Rain Fill Help NASCAR Find New Fans?

Couch Potato Tuesday: Does Rain Fill Help NASCAR Find New Fans?

This weekend’s activities at Daytona bordered on the biblical, with Mother Nature more concerned about flooding instead of full-fledged NASCAR competition. Final Cup practice was rained out, the Nationwide race was delayed and the Cup race was postponed to Sunday. That caused an extensive amount of on-air time with nothing but the Air Titan, a bunch of bored drivers and talking analysts as the main choices to show live, at the track for both FOX Sports 1 and TNT. Not ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

All three NASCAR series hit Kentucky Speedway for a weekend under the lights. The Nationwide and Camping World Truck series broadcasts were marred by problematic winners and other issues ranging minor to major, while the big one — the Quaker State 400 for the Sprint Cup Series — had its usual issues typified by TNT’s Summer Series broadcasts. UNOH 225 A rare Thursday night outing for the Camping World Truck Series brought 32 trucks out for a 225-mile assault on ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: A Classic Racing TV Mistake… No “Pay Off”

Couch Potato Tuesday: A Classic Racing TV Mistake… No “Pay Off”

Ah, road course racing. For the first time in 2014, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series turned right in both California and Wisconsin. After months of oval track coverage, it was good to see some NASCAR TV showing a slightly different picture than usual. However, before we start, we must talk about some expected but unfortunate news. Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer is reporting that NASCAR Now has been canceled by ESPN. Luckily, it also appears that no one working on the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

In what’s becoming more and more of a common sight in NASCAR, all three of the sport’s national series were hard at work this past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series hitting up Michigan International Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park. With a new-ish track on the schedule, combined with TNT’s second broadcast of the season, it was sure to be a weekend with its share of storylines. Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Last weekend marked a jam-packed few days of racing across multiple tracks, with Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway sharing the brunt of the attention. However, Pocono may have been the winner in terms of intrigue — it featured the return of TNT to NASCAR for its six-race summer series, currently the final time the network will broadcast the sport since its contract dries up after 2014. With TNT back in the fold, FOX wasn’t the only one covering stock ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On FOX’s Final 2014 Broadcast And Evaluation

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On FOX’s Final 2014 Broadcast And Evaluation

This past weekend of racing brought the end of life as we know it for the Sprint Cup Series. Or maybe, just the season as we know it. Either way, FOX broadcast its final race of 2014 for the Sprint Cup Series, meaning a brief new regime is imminent for TNT’s Sprint Cup coverage. But before we get there, it’s of course worth looking into how FOX fared in its final race of 2014, along with ESPN’s and Fox Sports ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Deadspin Moments Derail ESPN Racing Coverage

Couch Potato Tuesday: Deadspin Moments Derail ESPN Racing Coverage

This past weekend was basically holiday season for race fans — and not just because of the Memorial Day weekend. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were at Charlotte Motor Speedway; meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series ran their crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. Of course, all of it was on TV, meaning plenty of reasons for all you couch potatoes out there to hang out in your natural habitat. Before we start, there are a couple of loose ends that ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Strategy Passable For All-Star Race But Not Normal Events

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Strategy Passable For All-Star Race But Not Normal Events

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday here at Frontstretch. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both in action at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series made the haul out to Iowa Speedway for its first standalone race of the season. Before we start, we have a bit of good news for IndyCar. ABC’s overnight ratings from Indianapolis 500 qualifying are in, and they’re not bad. Sunday’s coverage earned a 1.2 ... Read More »