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Couch Potato Tuesday: It’s Time To Preview Our NASCAR Telecasts

Couch Potato Tuesday: It’s Time To Preview Our NASCAR Telecasts

Hello, race fans. So, the offseason is officially over. Yee-haw. Welcome to year No. 4 (for me, at least) of race telecast critiquing. This year, there will be some slight changes, the first of which you've already seen. That's right, a brand new series title. While I'll admit that "Couch Potato Tuesday" is not something I came up with, I'm cool with it. I had inherited the Talking NASCAR TV title from my predecessor, Doug Turnbull, back in 2009 and wasn't really in love with it. However, there will be no change in focus. I'll still be here to criticize bad aspects of telecasts and praising good ones. The Critic's Annex in "the Newsletter":/notice/9557/ will be back as well, but it will not run every week. We have a new feature that will run in its place once a month that we will be announcing quite soon. Having said that, we're going to take a brief look at what NASCAR's TV partners have to offer for us this season. I'm going to hold off on covering TNT for now since they don't start their series until June. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Does Wallace’s Team Ownership Limit His Preparation?

Talking NASCAR TV: Does Wallace’s Team Ownership Limit His Preparation?

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Talking NASCAR TV, where race telecast criticism is the name of the game. We're back from a one week break since I was out of town, covering the races in Watkins Glen (including the rain-delayed Cup race). If you're looking for a critique of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, I did write one that ran in the Frontstretch Newsletter on Thursday. If you subscribe to the Newsletter, you'll have access to our archives, so take a look. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were each racing at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series raced Saturday afternoon at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Read More »

Is It Time For More Twisties In NASCAR?

Is It Time For More Twisties In NASCAR?

Many driving enthusiasts and professional racers alike have memories of taking on their favorite twisty section of public road. However, stock car racing is not traditionally twisty, despite it's origins in illegal running of the 'shine on back roads. Yes, they turn, but mainly to the left, with little elevation change. That might change in the near future. This weekend here at Watkins Glen, there have been a couple of topics that have gotten a lot of play at the track. One is the ongoing rivalry between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch, which resulted in rather terse comments from each driver during their media availability. Read More »