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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC “Chase-Ing” Away Viewers With Title Focus

2015 Texas Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Car Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

After the events of Martinsville, I figured that I’d be able to relax a little bit. Yes, last year saw the tempers boil over. I saw that NBCSN ranked that as the biggest thing to ever happen (in a NASCAR race) at Texas Motor Speedway. I respectfully disagree. AAA Texas 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Pulls No Punches With NASCAR on Intentional Wrecking

2015 Martinsville Ii Cup Aj Allmendinger Cole Whitt Racing Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

Martinsville Speedway. Home to tight racing, bumping and banging, and the occasional intentional crash. That’s what we had to deal with this past weekend at the paperclip. Before we start, we’ve reached a milestone. Today, we’re celebrating the fact that I’ve written 500 critiques for Frontstretch, either here on the website or in our Newsletter, …

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Texas Lottery to Sponsor Justin Allgaier at in 2015 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Justin Allgaier Texas Car Hscott Motorsports

(Photo: HScott Motorsports)

HScott Motorsports announced on Thursday that the Texas Lottery will serve as the primary sponsor of Justin Allgaier‘s No. 51 Chevrolet in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  It is the state lottery’s first primary sponsorship in NASCAR. “The Texas Lottery is excited to enter into a partnership with such a notable organization …

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Kyle Busch Motorsports Unveils 2016 Driver Lineup

Kyle Busch Motorsports 2016 Driver Lineup

(Photo: Kyle Busch Motorsports)

On Thursday night’s episode of NASCAR RaceHub on FOX Sports 1, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced its plans for the 2016 Camping World Truck Series season, and once again the organization plans to field three full-time trucks. USAC standout Christopher Bell and 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion William Byron will both compete full-time, while the third truck will be …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How NASCAR’s ‘Dega Decisions Affected NBCSN

2015 Michigan I Cup Kevin Harvick Helmet Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

Talladega is a place that fosters a lot of emotions from race fans under normal circumstances. Some people dread the place, wish they tore it down and turned it into something else. Others reserve gleeful opinions not that far off the opinions of some people when news broke last week that Gilmore Girls is being …

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Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski Lead 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Practice Sessions at Talladega

2015 Greg Biffle Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff (3)

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

On Friday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series took to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway for two 55-minute practice sessions that would allow the teams to check out their racecars and see how they work by themselves and in the pack.  Since teams were on two two different strategies for both sessions, it is rather difficult to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Audience Increases For NBC, Kansas

2015 Kansas Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Robert Laberge/nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kansas last weekend saw a couple of interesting races. Matt Kenseth probably should have won both of them, but was denied on both Saturday and Sunday. Of course, we all know that the 2003 champion is a little angry today, but he’ll get over it. Last weekend saw the Chase once again front and center on …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Must Rise Above NASCAR’s On-Track Product

2015 Charlotte Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Pack Racing Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

NBC just cannot seem to buy a break this year when it comes to broadcasting Sprint Cup races. This past weekend was the third attempt at airing a Cup race on the broadcast network this year. Three times, the races have been affected by rain. The start at Daytona was delayed nearly four hours and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Elimination Races and Match Game ’78?

2015 Dover Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Pack Racing Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

We’ve made it through part No. 1 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. There are undoubtedly some disappointed drivers and disappointed fans. Our own Jerry Jordan is convinced that NASCAR’s happy that Jimmie Johnson failed to advance (but would never actually admit it). In all due respect, I doubt that. Even if Johnson is …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Focus Continues to Haunt NBCSN

2015 Loudon Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Pack Racing Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Loudon is traditionally a quick race by Sprint Cup standards. As a result, there isn’t quite as much action to show on broadcasts. The track itself also doesn’t necessarily equate to the most competitive outing. It’s hard as heck to pass. Just because it’s Loudon doesn’t mean you get a pass on these things. Sylvania …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Tightens Up for NASCAR’s Chase

NASCAR Sprint Cup cars race past the grandstand at Chicagoland Speedway during the 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

Last weekend marked the first weekend of the Chase. Oh boy. It’s the time of the year in which I become more and more irritable when it comes to the television product that we get from week to week. To save some time this week, I’m moving my critique of the Furious 7 300 to …

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John Hunter Nemechek Wins 1st Truck Race on Fuel Mileage at Chicagoland

2015 Martinsville I Cwts John Hunter Nemechek John Wes Townley Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

On Saturday morning, the Camping World Truck Series took to Chicagoland Speedway to make up the American Ethanol E15 225, a race originally scheduled for Friday night, but was postponed due to heavy rains. JR Motorsports’ Kyle Larson and ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter had the two best trucks all weekend, but the E15 in the race’s …

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