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Couch Potato Tuesday: Raining On Bristol’s NBC Parade

2016 Xfinity Talladega

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP

Welcome back.  The weather is just brutal lately in the United States.  Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the floods in Louisiana brought on by a stationary low pressure system that dumped feet of rain in areas.  Other parts of the country had to deal with constant thunderstorm threats.  Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I have been …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Olympics Push NASCAR To The Background On NBC

2016 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NXS photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Welcome back. Hope you guys enjoyed the off week for the Sprint Cup Series. It was not very relaxing for me, personally, but I enjoyed myself. Could have done without the thunderstorms, though. Speaking of thunderstorms, that’s effectively what plagued Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the XFINITY Series. As I’ve told …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Grading USA Network’s NASCAR Return

2015 Watkins Glen Cup Watkins Glen NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Ah, yes. The twisties.  Even if the races were relatively boring, I’d still love them, the road course detours that throw a wrench into typical stock car competition. We had two races this weekend with quirky incidents and hard racing, both elements missing from the NASCAR landscape as of late. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and XFINITY …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN App Missing NASCAR’s Speed

2016 Pocono II CUP Chris Buescher pack racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Rain delays are brutal in NASCAR for a bunch of reasons.  It kills exposure for the race, for one.  For us at Frontstretch, it messes up our article schedule for days on end.  But for all the frustration she causes some good can always come out of Mother Nature’s wrath.  For example, certain drivers that might …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: IMS Gives NBCSN Little to Work With

2016 Indianapolis Cup Greg Biffle Carl Edwards racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has plenty of history in regards to open wheel racing.  100 Indianapolis 500s have been run.  These races have ranged from the boring to the exciting, from the safe to the tragic.  Today, the Indianapolis 500 is one of the must-watch races of the year.  There’s a reason why 350,000 people showed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR TV Creates Dale Jr. Sub Narrative

Sometimes, you have to sit back and think about things.  Today’s critique marks the 600th combined TV critique for Frontstretch between Couch Potato Tuesday (and its former title, Talking NASCAR TV) and The Critic’s Annex.  Where does the time go?  Crikey. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted a Joe Gibbs Racing benefit last week.  It says …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: 3 Kentucky NASCAR Races, 3 Different Results For FOX And NBC

2016 Kentucky CUP pack racing sunset Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Last weekend saw three interesting races at the new-and-possibly improved Kentucky Speedway.  It’s pretty rare to see three completely different races in one race weekend. Before we start, FOX Sports announced on Wednesday that Shannon Spake has left ESPN to join the FOX Sports family.  The press release indicates that she will keep …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Did Commercials Hinder NBC NASCAR Coverage?

2016 Daytona II CUP pack racing blur John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

After a busy holiday weekend covering Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, IMSA’s latest big event, I was pretty worn out this Fourth of July weekend. Incredibly, you all seem just as worn out with NBC NASCAR coverage this season – or lack thereof – after just one race. NBC’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Goes All-in for Stewart

2106 Sonoma CUP Denny Hamlin racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Last weekend saw NASCAR’s National Series put on two very different races.  Sonoma on Sunday was very clean, possibly the cleanest Cup race ever run at Sonoma Raceway.  Yes, there were four cautions, but they were for either stalled cars or debris.  No one spun out all day.  Don’t recall that ever happening.  Meanwhile, there …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Iowa Puts Trucks and XFINITY on Display

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Daniel Suarez and Sam Hornish Jr. leading photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup teams took last weekend off in order to relax.  However, even without Cup drivers (Brad Keselowski being an exception to the rule), it was an incredibly busy weekend with Formula One in Azerbaijan, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two big races in Iowa. American Ethanol E15 250 Sunday’s XFINITY Series race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Gordon Gets Disrespected

2016 Michigan I CUP AJ Allmendinger pack racing John harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Michigan International Speedway brought the unveiling of the new ultra-low downforce package, one that Darrell Waltrip described as having a smaller rear spoiler than at any time in the past 40 years.  It’s a little hard to ascertain.  It’s not like restrictor plates, which can be tracked thanks to Jayski’s Plate chart. FireKeepers Casino 400 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Gordon Gets Blasted

Jeff Gordon Indy 500 Pace Car Driver Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Much like almost any of you reading this column, I despise rainouts.  So many people had the DV-R on Monday and they experienced an added disappointment; the race was nearly three and a half hours long, going far longer than the regularly scheduled recording.  Whomever at FOX Sports thought the race would finish within a …

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