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Couch Potato Tuesday: Memorial Day Weekend Racing TV Overload

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

One of the biggest racing weekends of the year is now complete.  I don’t know about all of you reading this column, but I’m pretty exhausted.  I’ve still got you covered, though after what turned out to be the busiest racing TV Sunday we’ve seen in 2016. Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night brought a bit of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Confounds; ARCA’s ASN Debut Decent

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Martin Truex Jr Denny Hamlin racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

All-Star Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway has always been interesting.  You never know what you’re going to get.  Unfortunately, Saturday brought confusion to everyone involved, even the sport’s FOX broadcast partner. Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race Holy cripes.  Saturday marked new formats for the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race. While I’m not a fan of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Throws a Curve

2016 Dover I CUP Kasey Kahne racing Nigel Kinrade nKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend at Dover was a bit more like the Dover of elementary school for me than the Dover we’ve been used to.  I believe Sunday’s race was the third slowest 400-mile race at the one-mile oval.  The other two either had more cautions (Fall 2007) or just plain got ridiculous …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX NASCAR Schedule Shifting

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

As much as the action this season has improved in the Sprint Cup Series, places like Kansas (and specifically, this race) are key to how the aerodynamic package performs.  So far, it’s not so hot at night but pretty good during the daytime.  Broadcasts have to adjust to that reality and step up to the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Underwhelming Info Hurts FOX in Talladega

2016 Talladega I CUP Trevor Bayne pack racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Talladega is looney tunes.  In its purest form, a race weekend at Talladega makes your stomach churn (or, it makes my stomach turn, at least).  In recent years, that really hasn’t been the case.  However, this past weekend brought it on big time, unlike any time since about 2005. GEICO 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Are FOX’s Poor NASCAR Ratings Fixable With Better Coverage?

2016 Richmond I CUP Regan Smith Carl Edwards Jimmie Johnson racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Sunday had a great finish, eh?  Not too often that someone executes the bump n’ run on their own teammate.  I’ll fully admit that I was surprised that Carl Edwards was willing to do it. Also, there was a bit of an uproar surrounding Samantha Busch cussing at the finish after the aforementioned …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR’s Thunder Valley Brings Thunderous FOX Dynamic

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(Photo: John Harelson/NKP)

Well, last weekend was quite interesting.  I noted on Twitter that the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races were the races where the officials affected the race the least.  Pirelli World Challenge and the World Endurance Championship saw the winner get stripped of their trophy afterwards.  The Verizon IndyCar Series muffed a penalty call that …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Carl Edwards Shines, FOX Bores in Texas

2016 Texas I CUP pack racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series returned to action at Texas Motor Speedway, and once again, Joe Gibbs Racing dominated much of the weekend. Before we get started, last week, NASCAR and CMT announced a new three-part series, NASCAR: The Rise of American Speed, which will air on consecutive Sundays starting on …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Strong 2016 NASCAR Cup Debut On FS1

2016 Martinsville I CUP Aric Almirola pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Welcome back, race fans.  This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were back in action at Martinsville Speedway.  Meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series made their return to Phoenix International Raceway in front of a modest crowd (read: Better than an XFINITY race). STP 500 Sunday brought the Sprint Cup Series back …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Takes Center Stage

2016 Fontana CUP FOX TV booth Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Welcome back, everybody.  I hope you enjoyed Easter weekend.  Much like many of you reading this article, I spent time with my family and relaxed.  I also watched a couple of old-school races on YouTube to kill time.  One of them may be critiqued for a future edition of the Critic’s Annex in the Frontstretch …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dissecting A NASCAR FOX Fontana… Hyperbole?

2016 Fontana CUP Carl Edwards pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Welcome back, everyone.  We had some great action last weekend in Fontana.  It wasn’t that long ago that Auto Club Speedway put on the most boring races in all of NASCAR.  That is just a memory now (thankfully).  Despite that, the way that races are covered can affect how a race is perceived. Auto Club …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Shows Slight Improvement, While ESPN Tries to De-emphasize St. Pete

2016 Phoenix I CUP Denny Hamlin pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Greetings, everyone.  Did you like Sunday’s finish in Phoenix?  It was a good one.  I thought Kevin Harvick was a sitting duck, but he managed to pull it out just in time. Last weekend saw two races in Phoenix, plus the season opener in St. Petersburg for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Good Sam 500k On …

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