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Critic’s Annex: Jeff Gordon Provides FOX with Fresh Meat

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As you’ve undoubtedly read by now, FOX Sports announced on Thursday that four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be moving into the broadcast booth full-time next season. It’s an interesting move by FOX, as Gordon is a known quantity, popular with race fans and non-race fans. When Gordon expressed an interest to do …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Provides Stripped-Down Broadcasts

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This past weekend was the first part of “10 Days of Thunder” for FOX Sports. Weekend No. 1 featured racing in Charlotte and in Iowa. Thankfully, rain did not play a factor. The action was interesting, though. How FOX handled the situations that arose would ultimately affect how fans perceived the issues. Sprint All-Star Race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Erik Jones’s Debut Brings Unsavory Booth Behavior

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Welcome back, folks. Hope you had an excellent Mother’s Day Weekend. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both at Kansas Speedway. The week was up and down at best. SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Looking back, I should have seen what happened early Saturday night coming. The Braves-Nationals baseball game ran long. …

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Cameron Hayley Fastest in 2015 Toyota Tundra 250 Practice at Kansas

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On Thursday, Camping World Truck Series teams were originally scheduled to have two practice sessions ahead of Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. Unfortunately, persistent rains quashed that original schedule. Once the rains finally went away and the Air Titan 2s got the 1.5-mile oval dry, NASCAR scrambled and shortened the schedule to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Gordon’s Booth Finale Highlight of Weekend

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Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday. Today, we’ve reached critique No. 450. Yowza. To top that off, we’ve got Talladega. By the standards of race broadcasts, Talladega races are easier than normal to cover since everyone’s all together… most of the time. Let’s see how it went. GEICO 500 Sunday saw 500 …

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Fraternal Order of Eagles Expands Partnership with HScott Motorsports

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Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

On Tuesday, HScott Motorsports announced an expansion of their relationship with the Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E). The F.O.E. will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 51 Chevrolet SS driven by Justin Allgaier in two races this season. The first of those will be the Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Speedway in May. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Flirts With The Line at Richmond

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Hello, TV watchers. As you all know, the past week stunk big time. When I wrote last week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, I had no idea that Steve Byrnes was literally on his death bed. I knew that he wasn’t in the best shape; any time “Stage 4” is mentioned in regards to cancer, …

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The Critic’s Annex: Remembering Steve Byrnes

Let’s cut to the chase. This bites. It is never good to have to write about the passing of anyone. It’s tough enough to deal with the passing of pets, let alone human beings. As you all know by now, Steve Byrnes died on Tuesday after battling cancer for much of the past couple of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Struggles with Production Pacing in Bristol

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Last weekend was a bit of a marathon, racing-wise. It was nearly 10 hours from the beginning of FOX’s Bristol coverage to the end of it on Sunday. Cripes. Of course, that means that we have plenty of material to look at this week. Before we start, NBC Sports made a couple of announcements recently. …

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NASCAR Holds Open Test in Kentucky

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On Wednesday, after two days of Goodyear tire testing, NASCAR hosted an open test day at Kentucky Speedway ahead of July’s Quaker State 400.  Representatives of Team Penske (Brad Keselowski, in place of the unavailable Joey Logano, Roush Fenway Racing (Greg Biffle), Michael Waltrip Racing (Brett Moffitt), Joe Gibbs Racing (Matt Kenseth), Chip Ganassi Racing …

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Circle Sport Penalties From Fontana Reduced on Appeal

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Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

On Tuesday, the National Motorsports Appeal Panel met at the NASCAR R&D Center to hear the appeal brought forth by Circle Sport owner Joe Falk against penalties levied against the team following the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. At the time, the inspectors discovered multiple infractions in opening regarding the installation of the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Waltrip Double Trouble in Texas

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Oh boy, we’ve got a double dose of Waltrip this week in Couch Potato Tuesday. That’s never a great sign. Duck Commander 500 Even with the Robertsons hanging around Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, and everything that comes with them hanging around, the Waltrips once again stole the show in Texas. That’s not necessarily a …

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