Couch Potato Tuesday: Olympics Push NASCAR To The Background On NBC

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Welcome back. Hope you guys enjoyed the off week for the Sprint Cup Series. It was not very relaxing for me, personally, but I enjoyed myself. Could have done without the thunderstorms, though. Speaking of thunderstorms, that’s effectively what plagued Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the XFINITY Series. As I’ve told …

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James Davison Suspended for PWC GT Round 16

2016 Lime Rock Pwc James Davison Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, WC Vision announced that Pirelli World Challenge GT-class driver and part-time INDYCAR driver James (JD) Davison has been suspended and will have to sit out Saturday’s GT Round 16 at Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park) due to violating Section 1.11.3 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Sporting Regulations. This section …

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3 XFINITY Teams Make Mid-Ohio Driver Announcements

Kyle Busch

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When NASCAR released the entry list for Saturday’s XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge, the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing was listed with TBA (To Be Announced) in the drivers’ slot.  On Wednesday, they announced their man for the weekend. JGR will be fielding 39-year old Owen Kelly this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  For …

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Pirelli World Challenge Announces Driver Ranking Allocations for 2017

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Brett Sandberg Battle Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

For the past few years, driver rankings have played a fairly important role in determining who could get rides.  More than one contract has been voided because of a ranking change rendering someone ineligible for a ride. On Wednesday, WC Vision announced the driver ranking breakdown for the GT classes and the expanded Sprint-X category …

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Ryan Blaney Loses Pit Selection at Bristol due to Watkins Glen Warnings

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Ryan Blaney Car John Harrelson Nkp

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On Wednesday morning, NASCAR issued their weekly penalty report.  Given that last weekend’s races were at Watkins Glen, the list could have been extensive.  However, that was not the case as no graded penalties were issued due to infractions found at Watkins Glen.  Only two teams were given warnings. The team hit hardest in Watkins …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Grading USA Network’s NASCAR Return

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Ah, yes. The twisties.  Even if the races were relatively boring, I’d still love them, the road course detours that throw a wrench into typical stock car competition. We had two races this weekend with quirky incidents and hard racing, both elements missing from the NASCAR landscape as of late. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and XFINITY …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

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Who… Gets My Shoutout of the Race? This week’s shoutout goes to the staff at Watkins Glen International, including track president Michael Printup.  Many years ago, Watkins Glen was known as the race with the lowest purse on the calendar and maybe not the most exciting action. Also, the facilities weren’t exactly the greatest.  During …

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Jonathan Bomarito Claims Road Race Showcase Pole

2016 Daytona Iwsc Jonathan Bomarito Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Mazda’s Jonathan Bomarito put down a lap of 114.507 seconds (127.266 mph) in the closing stages of qualifying, which held up to take the overall pole for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  It is Mazda’s third pole of the season. Afterwards, Bomarito was very pleased with the form …

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Scott Maxwell Extends All-Time CTSC Record by Winning Road America Pole

2016 Lime Rock Ctsc Scott Maxwell Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Multimatic Motorsports‘ Scott Maxwell claimed the pole for Saturday’s 2.5 hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road America.  Maxwell’s lap of 142.487 seconds (102.275 mph) was nearly a half-second faster than CJ Wilson Racing‘s Daniel Burkett in second.  Compass360 Racing‘s Paul Holton was third quickest in his Ford Shelby GT350R-C, …

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IMSA CTSC Brings Endurance Back, Prototype Lites is the New PC

2015 Imsa Ctsc Multimatic Motorsports Car Credit Ford Performance

(Photo: Ford Performance)

During the same State of the Sport press conference Friday where the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule was announced, IMSA announced the schedules for two more IMSA divisions. IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge For 2017, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge remains the primary support series to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  However, there are a …

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IMSA Announces 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule

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On Friday afternoon, IMSA announced the 2017 schedule for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship during a press conference in Victory Lane at Road America.  There are no new venues on the schedule, but there are some changes. The most noticeable change is that the rounds at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca …

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Alex Job Racing, Leh Keen, Part Ways; Sven Müller to Drive

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Leh Keen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Alex Job Racing announced that Leh Keen has been released from the team, effective immediately.  Sven Müller, a Porsche Junior factory driver, will replace Keen in the No. 22 Porsche GT3-R in the GT Daytona for at least this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  Müller will partner up with Cooper …

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