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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN is Static in Pocono, Justin Haley is the Fall Guy

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Pocono Raceway is an interesting track.  Three turns, different banking in each turns and different radii.  Seems like fun.  TV-wise, it presents a challenge.  The place is so huge that drivers can get spread out quickly.  However, the challenge of airing races isn’t always tied into the people working on the broadcast. Overton’s 400 Sunday …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chooses NASCAR On NBC

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Last week was nothing short of a doozy.  You had a Cup race that took more than six hours to run due to rain and wrecks.  An XFINITY race that featured a fair amount of passing, but was run at too slow of a pace for my taste.  You also had a wreckfest on the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The PJ1 Trackbite Dominates NASCAR at Loudon

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, New Hampshire

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series teams descended upon New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a now-traditional July weekend of speed.  Given the track’s typical single groove nature, PJ1 TrackBite was laid down in the turns.  Did it have an effect on the races?  Yes.  Did it also affect the broadcasts?  Oh …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC’s Failure to Make Kentucky Interesting

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Kentucky Speedway has been a bit of a mess pretty much ever since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series got a date there in 2011.  The first year was marked by some of the worst traffic for a NASCAR race in 30 years and quite possibly the worst parking ever.  Crowds started to back away …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On NBC Returns With New Ideas

2017 Daytona Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Welcome back, everyone.  This past weekend, NBC Sports began their portion of the NASCAR schedule with coverage from Daytona.  A number of new aspects to their telecasts were introduced that received mixed reviews from both fans and media alike. Coke Zero 400 We’ll start with the new Bat Cam that was used on the backstretch …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look At the FOX NASCAR Season Finale

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Sonoma

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

If you’ve been reading my columns here at Frontstretch over the past few years, you know that I love road racing.  The one weekend a year that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to Sonoma Raceway is one of my personal favorites.  That action was combined with two outstanding events for the Camping World Truck …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings Debris Issues to the Forefront

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Welcome back, race fans.  This past race weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series were in action at Michigan International Speedway.  Fans saw what amounted to two completely different races.  One had an exciting finish and was quite competitive.  The other was one of the least competitive races at Michigan in a number …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Looking Back On FOX’s Drivers Only Broadcast

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Greetings, race fans.  Last weekend was a very interesting and tiring time at Pocono Raceway.  As you can imagine, the primary source of discussion in TV land was the drivers-only broadcast of Saturday’s Pocono Green 250. Since this event was such a big deal, I will be focusing solely on that broadcast.  Don’t worry, I …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Middling Dover Tire Explanations and ESPN’s INDYCAR Future

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Dover is always an interesting weekend for NASCAR teams.  You have three races, the oldest surface currently in use in Cup, and high speeds.  You also had lunacy, in more ways than one. Before we get started, I want to make reference to the fact that Sunday’s ESPN on ABC coverage of Race No. 2 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Indy 500 vs Coca-Cola 600 TV Coverage

2016 Charlotte All Star Showdown Cup Green Flag Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In the world of motorsports, Memorial Day Weekend is a biggie.  You have Indianapolis, Charlotte, Monaco, Lime Rock and the Nürburgring.  With the exception of Monaco, all of those places saw great finishes over the weekend.  Just thinking about all the action gives me a headache.  There’s a reason why we posted Lime Rock race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Struggles to Find All-Star Feel

2017 Charlotte All Star Cup Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series descended onto Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual All-Star festivities.  New gimmicks were in play and they did next to nothing to change the action.  More on that a little later. Before we get into the races themselves, I have to talk about …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gives Aric Almirola Wreck Proper Respect

2017 Kansas I Cup Matt Kenseth Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo:Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Ah yes, the classic wreckfest.  Ever since Kansas Speedway was reconfigured in 2012, wrecking has been a regular presence.  This weekend, both races had more than their share of wrecking. Go Bowling 400 Obviously, the biggest story to come out of Saturday night was the huge crash involving Aric Almirola, Joey Logano and Danica Patrick …

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