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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action at Bristol Motor Speedway, but don’t be looking for the latter here. I will be covering the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by Zloop later this week in the Critic’s Annex, along with the ARCA race from Wisconsin – because last weekend, it made much more sense to focus on ESPN’s coverage of the Cup and Nationwide broadcasts on Saturday and Friday ... Read More »

Watkins Glen Looking at Safety Upgrades in Wake of Huge Crash

Watkins Glen Looking at Safety Upgrades in Wake of Huge Crash

In an interview with FOX Sports’ Jay Pennell, Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup noted that the track is looking at potential safety improvements in the wake of the huge crash involving Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell that red flagged the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen for 90 minutes.  However, figuring out what those changes would entail will take quite a while. After the race, Printup traveled to International Speedway Corporation’s headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL and spent days with ... Read More »

Stewart Officially Out for Bristol; Jeff Burton Will Sub Again

Stewart Officially Out for Bristol; Jeff Burton Will Sub Again

On Wednesday afternoon, Stewart-Haas Racing made another announcement pertaining the status of driver and co-owner Tony Stewart.  Earlier this week, unofficial reports had been put out indicating that Stewart would not be in Bristol, but they were just that, unofficial.  Stewart-Haas Racing officially confirmed those reports. Stewart will not be in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet this weekend in Bristol, the third consecutive race that the three-time Sprint Cup Series Champion will have missed in the wake ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in one region of the United States didn’t eliminate the problems that have plagued NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Fuel strategy played ... Read More »

Logano Fastest in Opening Practice, 26 Over 200 mph

Logano Fastest in Opening Practice, 26 Over 200 mph

On Friday afternoon, the 43 Sprint Cup Series teams in attendance hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for their only practice session prior to qualifying. The track has been very fast since the recent repave, and the times turned in definitely show that. Joey Logano, on his final lap on-track, turned in the fastest lap of the session at 35.200 seconds (204.545 mph). That lap is just a couple of thousandths of a second slower than the track record ... Read More »

Kevin Ward, Sr. Goes On Record, Calls Out Stewart

Recently, Kevin Ward, Sr., the father of Kevin Ward, Jr., gave his first interview since his son’s fatal crash to the Syracuse Post-Standard. At the time of the initial crash, he was sitting in the grandstands at Canandaigua Motorsports Park with his wife, Pamela and saw his son crash into the wall.  Once that occurred, he hopped onto an ATV and raced to the Hot Pit so that he could assess the damage to the car with his race team ... Read More »

Martin Truex, Jr. To Miss Friday Action at Michigan after Girlfriend’s Cancer Diagnosis

Martin Truex, Jr. To Miss Friday Action at Michigan after Girlfriend’s Cancer Diagnosis

On Wednesday, Furniture Row Racing announced that driver Martin Truex, Jr. will sit out practice and qualifying at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.  Truex’s girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and Truex is planning to stay back in North Carolina in order to spend more time with her. In Truex’s absence, defending Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will practice and qualify the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet.  Truex currently plans to be in Michigan on ... Read More »

Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Team Penalized for Bean Bags

Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Team Penalized for Bean Bags

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced penalties to Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Chevrolet team, driven by Kevin Harvick.  The incident stems from bean bags getting into the footwell of the car in the first couple of laps of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen. Those bean bags, used to help set up the car when the driver (Harvick) was not in the vehicle, constitute loose weight within the vehicle if they are left in the car for the race.  That is a ... Read More »

Mars, Incorporated Re-signs with Joe Gibbs Racing

Mars, Incorporated Re-signs with Joe Gibbs Racing

Early Wednesday morning, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mars, Incorporated has signed a new multi-year contract that will see their M&M’s brand remain as the primary sponsor on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota.  In addition, Mars, Incorporated also re-upped with NASCAR as well.  As a result, Mars, Incorporated candies will continue be known as the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR.” Officials from Mars, Incorporated are proud to maintain their relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing. “From connecting with fans to engaging our ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Stewart, Ward Coverage Work In Progress

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Stewart, Ward Coverage Work In Progress

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series both traveled to Watkins Glen International – however, everything that happened there was overshadowed by what happened near Canandaigua, N.Y., Saturday night. Due to the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward, Jr. accident that evening, after which the 20-year-old Ward lost his life, this article will only cover Sunday’s ESPN broadcast here because of the conundrum network producers faced in bringing a product to the air when many eyes were on NASCAR for the wrong ... Read More »