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

2015 Talladega I Nxs Ryan Reed Ryan Sieg John Wes Townley Crash Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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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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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Wayne Self Geared up for Title Run in ARCA

Austin Wayne Self

(Photo: Austin Wayne Self Facebook)

From Texas to North Carolina, Austin Wayne Self has always been a top-tier driver. Now running his second full-time season in the ARCA Series, the 19-year-old joined Mason Mitchell Motorsports over the off-season in hopes of winning a championship. With a chance at stardom, he hopes to follow in team owner Mason Mitchell’s footsteps, which …

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Talladega Superspeedway to Add New SAFER Barriers

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway announced on Thursday that they will be adding additional SAFER barriers at the 2.66-mile tri-oval ahead of the spring NASCAR weekend at the beginning of May.  According to Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch, the new SAFER Barriers will be located on the inside of turns 1 and 3, in addition to at the …

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Pace Laps: The Crazy Crash Edition

2015 Phoenix I Nxs Joey Logano Burnout Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Xfinity Series: Cup Series Dominance Continues – Nothing could stop Joey Logano from winning at Phoenix on Saturday. Nothing. The unstoppable Team Penske No. 22 car has been in the top five for each race this year, and it has three straight finishes of first or second. But what is so remarkable about Logano’s feat in the …

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Ken Schrader Racing’s 2015 ARCA Lineup Includes Ross Kenseth, More

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photo by Mike Neff (Frontstretch)

Ken Schrader Racing and Federated Auto Parts have announced that they have teamed up for a 16th consecutive season. Ken Schrader will continue to compete in select ARCA Racing Series events and select dirt events around the country. “We are looking forward to another exciting season as the sponsor of Kenny and his racing teams,” …

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MPM2Nite: The Circus Is Back In Town

2014 Daytona Ii Cup Pack Racing Cia

Photo: CIA Stock Photography

Editor’s Note: A legend returns. Please join our happy Frontstretch family in welcoming back Matt McLaughlin for a Mark Martin-like “limited schedule” of columns! This one runs on Tuesday but you never know when he might pop up.  Somewhere on the seedy side of Daytona, where the streets have no names, where vermin, two legged …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Clams Up When Drivers Cry Out On NASCAR Qualifying

Sprint Unlimited 2015 Daytona (2) Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

I take it that you heard the rumbling sound coming out of your speakers this past weekend. That’s right; NASCAR is back, and not a moment too soon. The offseason always seems interminable. As I stated last week, 2015 will look relatively similar to 2014 here in Couch Potato Tuesday, but with some changes. For …

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Grant Enfinger Goes Back-to-Back at Daytona

Grant Enfinger Takes Lead 2015 Daytona Lucas Oil 200 2015 Mike Neff

Grant Enfinger has long been known as a short track ace in the racing world. Last year he broke into the win category on dirt and restrictor plate tracks with a victory in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway. That win propelled Enfinger to a blazing start to the 2014 season that included …

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Patrick Staropoli Tops ARCA Charts in Final Practice at Daytona

Patrick Staropoli

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The doctor has arrived. Patrick Staropoli, who won the inaugural Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge with Michael Waltrip Racing, paced the way during final practice for the ARCA Series season-opener at Daytona. After testing with Empire Racing, the University of Miami medical school student received an opportunity to race the Lucas Oil 200 in the No. …

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Bobby Gerhart Fastest in Opening Daytona ARCA Practice

On Thursday afternoon, ARCA held their first official practice session of the season at Daytona International Speedway ahead of Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone.  With group qualifying on tap for Friday, outright speed was not necessarily the main goal of practice.  Being able to pick up those ahead of you was more important.  …

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Pace Laps: Chase Mess, Justin Boston’s Nationwide Debut, Cole Custer Makes History & More

Justin Boston Talladega Candid 2014 Arca Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Sprint Cup Series: A Hodge-Podge for Chase Drivers – Let’s ignore the fact there were 15 cautions at Loudon, and that most of them happened in the second half of the race, leading to an event that felt like a stop-and-go commute downtown in a major city during rush hour.  The result of all the cautions …

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