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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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2019 NASCAR TV Preview: It’s Time to Get Ready for NASCAR On FOX

Nascar Hall Of Fame Voting Day

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Welcome back to yet another full season of TV opinion, my 11th year of critiquing NASCAR broadcasts.  Jeepers. We’re on the verge of the first major race weekend of the season.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has Daytona 500 qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash on tap.  Meanwhile, the ARCA Racing Series presented …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Rick Allen on Booth Dynamics, Preparation

2017 Phoenix Ii Cup Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Greetings, race fans.  The 2018 NASCAR season is now complete.  Joey Logano, Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt have all claimed championship trophies and the teams are back home at their shops. That said, there’s still some TV stuff going on.  As you may remember, I was in Homestead last weekend for Ford Championship Weekend.  Being …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Playoff Overload On NBC At Phoenix

2018 Phoenix Cup Kevin Harvick Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The revamped ISM Raceway brought a number of new elements to the package.  For one, there is a Modern Margarita stand just outside of Victory Lane.  Also, the place was so full of locked gates that the Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 drivers couldn’t get to the Media Center for their press conference Friday …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Forced to Deal With Lack of NASCAR Texas Action

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Aaa Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Tx Usa Friday 3 November 2017 Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas Automation/monster Energy Ford Fusion World Copyright: John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

Since Texas Motor Speedway was repaved prior to last year, races there have been rather tepid.  Sunday’s (Nov. 4) AAA Texas 500 was the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race out of four to have exactly 16 lead changes.  That total’s already low but a lot of those 16 changes also came by way …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look Bump Coverage and Kurt Busch in the Booth

Johnny Sauter 2018 Texas Roadhouse 200 Race

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Martinsville is an interesting place.  By anyone’s standards, it is not the kind of place that would normally host a major event.  It’s a small independent city of less than 15,000 people (as of the last census) that is off the beaten path.  The track itself is technically inside of a neighborhood with people living …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas NASCAR Weekend Produced Tough Challenges for NBC Sports

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Joey Logano Kurt Busch Racing John K Harrelson Nkp

Going into Sunday’s (Oct. 21) Hollywood Casino 400, it was a little difficult to figure out what we were going to see.  The first two races of the weekend at Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval produced a number of crashes for various reasons.  ARCA cars tend to be a bit squirrelly at intermediate tracks; Friday night’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Makes the Best of Talladega Stinker

Aj Allmendinger 1000bulbs.com 500 Practice

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Talladega Superspeedway is usually a toss-up, where craziness is the norm and staidness need not apply.  At least on Sunday, that was not the case. Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 had the second-lowest number of lead changes in any Cup race ever run on the 2.66-mile tri-oval (15).  Why?  Because Stewart-Haas Racing apparently found a way to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover NBCSN NASCAR Coverage Brings Playoff Focus, Lack of Variety

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports; #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography) #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

Dover is an interesting race track to look at.  It’s a video game come to life… apparently, one I’m not particularly good at.  I only say that because the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte puts the next track on the calendar in their qualifying challenge computers that you can press your luck on.  Last …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Burton Thrives On Chaos in NASCAR on NBC Booth

2018 Cup Charlotte Roval Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

While covering the first ever Charlotte ROVAL event, I moved from behind the couch to beside the camera. During the weekend, I got a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at NBC Sports’ NASCAR telecasts.  Rather than come up with a massive tome that will drive the Frontstretch editing staff up the wall, the plan …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: What Did Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return to Racing Do For NBCSN?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400

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Richmond Raceway is quite different these days as compared to 15 years ago.  The cars don’t seem quite as fast as they once did there and passing is more difficult.  Races tend to have long green-flag runs.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have good racing. Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night brought the Monster …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings NASCAR Heat, Wrecks and Tough Work For NBCSN

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Autotrader Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The playoffs are now underway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Admittedly, these ten races are my least favorite time of the year, TV-wise.  Most of the good things that have been tried during the season are typically dispatched in favor of a complete focus on the playoffs.  I believe this intense focus hurts …

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