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Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Serves as a FOX Showcase

2018 Chevrolet Daytona Xfinity Zach Catanzareti

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Last weekend in Daytona was quite ridiculous.  Lots of on-track action and lots of wrecking.  That said, my guess is that a lot of my readers were up and down on the broadcasts themselves. Daytona 500 We can’t start off the column without talking about the overnight ratings for the race.  Quite simply, they stink.  …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Unveils New NASCAR Graphics in Daytona

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Menards/peak Ford Fusion, Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro And Joey Logano, Team Penske, Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday.  For me, it’s my 10th year of keeping NASCAR’s media partners honest.  For 2018, there will be no real changes in my output, but there are a couple of minor adjustments on the website. You’ve probably noticed that the TV Listings in the tab has been replaced by Television.  …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. & NASCAR Championship Overkill On NBC

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On Sunday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season came to a conclusion at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  It’s pretty obvious what the main topics of discussion were on this day. NBC brought Bob Costas down to Homestead to basically serve as the broadcast’s host.  However, his only real role of note was to interview Dale Earnhardt …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Pulls No Punches With NASCAR Rivalries

2017 Phoenix Ii Cup Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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Phoenix Raceway is a unique venue for NASCAR, one that is only going to become more unusual once ongoing renovations are complete.  Honestly, for the kind of money ISC is spending, I wish they came up with a setup where every seat had a cover over it.  With the sport traveling to Homestead-Miami Speedway this …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On NBC Turns To ‘What-If?’ Coverage

2017 Texas Ii Nxs Green Flag Brian Lawdermilk Getty Images For Texas Motor Speedway

(Photo: Brian Lawdermilk / Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Welcome back, everyone.  We’re in the homestretch now.  Just a couple more races yet to go.  This past weekend, NASCAR took over Texas Motor Speedway.  The track itself was the story as passing was quite difficult. Before we get started, there are a couple of things that must be touched upon.  First of all, NASCAR …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Hangs Tough Despite Martinsville Mayhem

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Martinsville is always likely to produce fireworks when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into town. Sunday’s First Data 500 was no exception to the rule. First Data 500 Given the controversial nature of the incident between Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin, we’re going to start right there. Most of you reading this column …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Goes All or Nothing on NASCAR Playoffs at Kansas

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Cutoff weekends.  I’ve never been a big fan of them, and Kansas was no exception to the rule.  After Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, I was browsing my timeline on Twitter and found this completely random tweet from Dale Earnhardt Jr. I still listen to Milli Vanilli sometimes. I know they wasn’t legit. But ‘girl you …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Perseveres Through Talladega Wreckfest

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Ah yes, Talladega.  A nail-biting weekend if there was ever one.  The Spring race weekend once held the nickname of “White Knuckle Weekend.”  Every race there gives you that feeling, in person or on NBC. Last weekend was huge for Talladega.  With Dale Earnhardt Jr. having his final run on the high banks, Alabama went …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Benefits from Rule, Pounds Playoff Theme

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Last weekend’s action in Charlotte was quite difficult, and not because of anything NASCAR did.  The weather simply wreaked havoc on everything. Before we even get started, we must talk about the timeslot change for Sunday’s Bank of America 500.  That was only possible thanks to two factors.  One was an agreeable TV partner in …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Took NASCAR Anthem Story Head On

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Chaps, the Round of 16 is now complete.  From here on, the playoff focus will likely intensify.  However, for this week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, we’re focusing on three main topics.  One is the actual race coverage.  That’s obvious.  Another topic is conflicts of interest.  My readers are quite smart.  You already know where …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Injects Energy Into Sterile NASCAR at New Hampshire

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Overton’s 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, Nh Usa Sunday 16 July 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Busch Beer Ford Fusion And Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Fedex Office Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Last weekend marked the final time that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race in September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and as could be expected, the playoffs themselves were the primary topic of discussion from the very start of NASCAR America Sunday on NBC Sports Network. Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and Krista Voda …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Starts NASCAR Playoffs With A Snoozer

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Let’s just get this over with right now: playoff time is not the best time for NASCAR TV.  Somehow, it produces the exact opposite scenario compared to most other sports.  The focus of the broadcast narrows to the point where it drives viewers away, not toward the television. Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 was …

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