Race Weekend Central

Beyond the Cockpit: Michael Self Wants to Make Living Off Truck Series

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Before the 2016 season finale for the ARCA Racing Series last fall, Michael Self was a name struggling for relevancy. Competing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West from 2010 to 2013, winning six times, Self picked up a seven-race XFINITY Series deal with JD Motorsports in 2015. After that, Self was on …

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NASCAR Next Class of 2017-2018 Revealed

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(Photo: NASCAR via Sean Busher)

NASCAR announced the newest group of drivers Wednesday that comprise its NASCAR Next program. Now in its seventh year, the list of nine is designed to highlight young talent throughout the 2017-2018 racing seasons. By putting out their public resumes, the hope is they next get good money and sponsorship to move up the stock car ranks. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ARCA Return to MAVTV Does Not Go Smoothly

2016 Pocono I Arca Myatt Snider Austin Cindric Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis Sr.)

As you’re all likely aware by now, most of the major racing series here in the United States were off last weekend for Easter.  While drivers spent the time relaxing, spending time with their families or daydreaming, teams worked on their cars.  What’s a critic who covers race broadcasts to do in that scenario?  Check …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Takes Center Stage For FOX


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Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday (also known as Talking NASCAR TV).  I’m back for my ninth year of TV commentary, suggestions, complaints and more.  It should be a fairly interesting year, although there will be several changes in the personalities that you’ll see.  This week already showed off plenty of them. First off, reporter and NASCAR …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chris Buescher Impresses In Broadcast Debut

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Last weekend, we had three interesting races at Kansas Speedway.  They were different races, but each had their charms.  We also had three approaches to these races. Before we get going, FOX Sports announced a new online offering last Thursday.  Danielle Trotta and Kaitlyn Vincie will host a new digital show, Off Track, that will …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Raining On Bristol’s NBC Parade

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP

Welcome back.  The weather is just brutal lately in the United States.  Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the floods in Louisiana brought on by a stationary low pressure system that dumped feet of rain in areas.  Other parts of the country had to deal with constant thunderstorm threats.  Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I have been …

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NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program Hosting First Annual Pit Crew Combine

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

NASCAR’s Drive For Diversity is expanding to include a new element of series competition: pit road. On May 27 and 28, the program will hold its first pit crew combine to try and develop talented minority men & women into future crew members within the sport. 17 participants from around the globe will try out …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Confounds; ARCA’s ASN Debut Decent

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Martin Truex Jr Denny Hamlin Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

All-Star Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway has always been interesting.  You never know what you’re going to get.  Unfortunately, Saturday brought confusion to everyone involved, even the sport’s FOX broadcast partner. Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race Holy cripes.  Saturday marked new formats for the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race. While I’m not a fan of …

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ARCA Menards 200 to be Live Streamed Sunday for Free

Grant Enfinger Daytona Arca Lucas Oil 200 2015 Mike Neff

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Frontstretch has learned that the first ASN broadcast of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon, will be live-streamed free of charge at American Sports Network’s website, http://americansportsnet.com.  In addition, the race will be available to approximately 40 million households on over-the-air television or cable via regional sports networks …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Underwhelming Info Hurts FOX in Talladega

2016 Talladega I Cup Trevor Bayne Pack Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Talladega is looney tunes.  In its purest form, a race weekend at Talladega makes your stomach churn (or, it makes my stomach turn, at least).  In recent years, that really hasn’t been the case.  However, this past weekend brought it on big time, unlike any time since about 2005. GEICO 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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ASN to Air 9 ARCA Racing Series Events in 2016

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(Credit: Mike Neff)

On Tuesday afternoon, ARCA Racing announced a new multi-year TV deal with Sinclair Networks Group, a subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, to broadcast ARCA Racing Series with Menards events in addition to their existing deal with FOX Sports, which runs through 2017.  For 2016, the deal amounts to nine races.  These races will air on …

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