Race Weekend Central

Santino Ferrucci Is Experiencing a New Adventure in the IndyCar Series

2019 Long Beach Indycar Santino Ferrucci Phil Allaway

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For Santino Ferrucci, 2018 was a year that he’d likely rather forget.  He started out the year at Trident Racing, competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.  In addition, Ferrucci served as a test driver for the Haas F1 Team. After some decent runs, such as a sixth-place finish in the Sprint race in Azerbaijan, …

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The Life of a Racing Pit Reporter: Kelli Stavast

2019 Daytona Iwsc Kelli Stavast Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Back in September, I had the great pleasure to sit down with some of NBC Sports’ on-air personalities.  We’ve already covered the point of view of play-by-play commentator Rick Allen and booth analyst Jeff Burton.  Today, we’re going down to pit road with the help of Kelli Stavast. For me, personally, the first time I …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Puts on Low-Key Cup Broadcast from Richmond

2019 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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Aside from the race Saturday night, one of the biggest stories in NASCAR recently is Jimmie Johnson running the Boston Marathon.  As we know now, he did it in three hours, nine minutes and seven seconds. Note that Boston’s course is considered to be one of the more difficult marathons. However, Johnson is not the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Bristol Provides Good Racing, Decent Coverage and Bad Luck

2019 Bristol Zach Catanzareti Cup Clint Bowyer

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Bristol Motor Speedway always seems to provide some interesting action.  The usage of PJ1 TrackBite on the concrete banks has led to mixed results over the years.  This past weekend just might have been the most competitive at Bristol since the 2007 reconfiguration. Food City 500 Sunday’s 500-lap race was a relatively quick affair by …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: What Is The Future of FOX NASCAR’s On-Air Team?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This week is likely going to be a busy one, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.  Last weekend, NASCAR’s National Series were all in action at Texas Motor Speedway.  The weather was not exactly ideal.  That was something that I was actually a little worried about in regards to the Truck race moving from …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Hits the Curb in Martinsville

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Reese/drawtite Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martinsville is normally a pretty exciting weekend.  A lot of race fans and media members are typically jacked up about it.  We had seven people at the track last weekend.  Then, the racing started.  The new rules and a strong effort from Brad Keselowski resulted in one of the least competitive Cup races at Martinsville …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Kyle Busch Show Takes Center Stage in Fontana

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Interstate Batteries Celebrates After Winning Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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For seemingly all of last week, much of the coverage surrounding NASCAR had to do with Kyle Busch’s quest for 200 wins in NASCAR’s National Series.  Admittedly, this is more or less a made-up stat.  I don’t recall any real discussion of this (outside of Nick Bromberg’s “what a time to be alive” Twitter posts …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix Brings Changes to FOX, Erik Jones in the Booth

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Extreme Concepts/ik9, Celebrates After Winning The Ik9 Service Dog 200 Race In Phoenix.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ISM Raceway brought additional power and higher speeds (as compared to normal). It also brought yet another Kyle Busch sweep.  It was noted on FOX’s broadcast Sunday that this is the 12th time that Busch has swept a weekend (two of those being three-race sweeps).  It seems like more than that at times. The original …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Features the Package, Headscratching Decision Making

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Kyle Busch Pack Racing Nkp

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Las Vegas brought viewers the third straight tripleheader weekend to start the season.  Admittedly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was another big unknown, but ended up being a lot more like Atlanta than anyone would have thought. Pennzoil 400 This was it.  The big debut of “the package.”  Did it live up to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Tries to Sell Package, Jimmie Johnson Debuts Decently

2019 Atlanta Cup Jimmie Johnson Nkp

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This past weekend, NASCAR invaded Atlanta for their yearly visit to a track where you’d probably not want to drive your street car on.  The surface will chew tires up, and even with the spacers, it was still evident. Before we get started, NASCAR made two TV-related announcements last week.  First, there is the move …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Differing Events, Questions for FOX Sports

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Michael McDowell and others were overlooked in the brief post-race coverage (credit: Frontstretch)

Speedweeks is now complete.  You ended up with three very different races at Daytona International Speedway.  Some of it was enjoyable, some not so much.  Regardless, we have a number of different things to look at this week. Daytona 500 The good news coming out of the event dubbed The Great American Race by Ken …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gradually Ramps Up in Cup, ARCA Confounds at Times

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Pack Racing Nkp

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Last weekend, FOX made their racing debut for 2019.  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were back on-track for both the Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying, while ARCA began their season with a new series name.  On paper, not really much has changed there.  Having the series called the ARCA Menards Series simply sounds better …

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