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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Double Provides Different Broadcasts

2018 Cup Martinsville Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski

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As you’re surely aware by now, Easter weekend is literally the quietest race weekend of the year for race fans.  In some areas, the local racing season got underway.  One example of that was Southern Virginia, where Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway held their season opener on Saturday night (streamed live on FansChoice). Here in …

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Couch Potato Monday: ESPN’s F1 Return Leaves Much to be Desired

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Author’s Note: Due to the snowstorm that delayed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series races to Monday, we are going to cover those races in next week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, along with a look at FOX’s NASCAR coverage to this point in the season. Meanwhile, last weekend was also …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Bets on Kevin Harvick, Bracket Busted

2018 Cup Auto Club Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Wurth Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops/5 Hour Energy

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Since the middle of the last decade or so, Auto Club Speedway has not been regarded in the best of terms.  It was the poster child of NASCAR’s expansion away from traditional markets, encapsulated by the track getting a second date in 2004 on Labor Day weekend as a result of a date and track …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Average in Phoenix, ABC Crunches St. Petersburg

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ticketguardian 500 Ism Raceway, Phoenix, Az Usa Sunday 11 March 2018 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Sweet Heat And Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series traveled to the newly-rechristened ISM Raceway for what will be the final race on the current setup.  In November, the new grandstands will be completed and the old tower will be demolished.  Andy Jeffers, who owns and operates Sports & Entertainment Inc. (they do the advertising for …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Needs to Work To Bring the Action

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Last weekend, Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted its first-ever tripleheader weekend.  It produced some very different races. Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Sunday saw another butt kicking.  Kevin Harvick is in the zone.  His start to 2018 seems a lot like how he started 2014.  You probably remember what happened that year. Admittedly, Sunday’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kevin Harvick Makes FOX’s Work Difficult at Atlanta

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Atlanta Motor Speedway is in a tough spot on the schedule.  As Bryan Gable noted Monday in Up to Speed, this race probably should be run a month from now.  At the end of March, the weather is probably pretty nice in Georgia. February, in general, is a tough go for NASCAR.  There just aren’t …

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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

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr John K Harrelson Nkp

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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

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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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