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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Coverage Clouds Impact of New Package

2016 Las Vegas CUP Brad Keselowski big wrench John Harrelaon NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Last weekend in Las Vegas was not necessarily the best, weather-wise;  Michael Waltrip found that out the hard way.  It’s not quite Gene Shalit having a bad hair day on The Critic, but it was pretty bad.  Regardless, we had 700 miles of racing in Las Vegas to cover this week.  Sunday was a big …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: McReynolds Hits the Spot in Atlanta

Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday.  This past weekend, we had some interesting action in Atlanta.  We also, for some reason, had a guy in a bear suit make FOX NASCAR Sunday.  More on that later. Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sunday brought the Sprint Cup Series back to Atlanta Motor Speedway …

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FOX Shows Surprises, Deficiencies as Speedweeks Wraps Up

Speedweeks is now complete.  The stomach churning can cease for a couple of months until Talladega.  Regardless, we now have three season openers to look back at.  The goal is simple. Daytona 500 Sunday brought the pomp and circumstance directly to FOX.  500 miles of action with a bunch of celebrities.  Wyclef Jean was in …

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Judging Jeff Gordon’s Broadcast Booth Debut

Welcome back, race fans. Today begins my eighth year of broadcast criticism here at Frontstretch. For this season, we will have a change or two to how this critique looks. Likely the most notable change that you will see is at the top of the page. We now have a separate tab for the weekly …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix a Tiring Challenge for NASCAR on NBC

2015 Phoenix International Raceway NSCS Dale Earnahrdt Jr. pit road rain victory credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Normally, Sprint Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway are some of the shortest of the year. Sunday was clearly an exception to that rule, as there was over 10 hours of coverage on NBC and NBCSN from Avondale. We’ll get to the desert in a moment. On Monday, NBC Sports announced a special ramping up …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC “Chase-Ing” Away Viewers With Title Focus

2015 Texas II CUP Jimmie Johnson car CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

After the events of Martinsville, I figured that I’d be able to relax a little bit. Yes, last year saw the tempers boil over. I saw that NBCSN ranked that as the biggest thing to ever happen (in a NASCAR race) at Texas Motor Speedway. I respectfully disagree. AAA Texas 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Pulls No Punches With NASCAR on Intentional Wrecking

2015 Martinsville II CUP AJ Allmendinger Cole Whitt racing CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

Martinsville Speedway. Home to tight racing, bumping and banging, and the occasional intentional crash. That’s what we had to deal with this past weekend at the paperclip. Before we start, we’ve reached a milestone. Today, we’re celebrating the fact that I’ve written 500 critiques for Frontstretch, either here on the website or in our Newsletter, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How NASCAR’s ‘Dega Decisions Affected NBCSN

2015 Michigan I CUP Kevin Harvick helmet CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

Talladega is a place that fosters a lot of emotions from race fans under normal circumstances. Some people dread the place, wish they tore it down and turned it into something else. Others reserve gleeful opinions not that far off the opinions of some people when news broke last week that Gilmore Girls is being …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Audience Increases For NBC, Kansas

2015 Kansas II CUP Matt Kenseth Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kansas last weekend saw a couple of interesting races. Matt Kenseth probably should have won both of them, but was denied on both Saturday and Sunday. Of course, we all know that the 2003 champion is a little angry today, but he’ll get over it. Last weekend saw the Chase once again front and center on …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Must Rise Above NASCAR’s On-Track Product

2015 Charlotte II CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr pack racing CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

NBC just cannot seem to buy a break this year when it comes to broadcasting Sprint Cup races. This past weekend was the third attempt at airing a Cup race on the broadcast network this year. Three times, the races have been affected by rain. The start at Daytona was delayed nearly four hours and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Elimination Races and Match Game ’78?

2015 Dover II CUP Kevin Harvick pack racing CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

We’ve made it through part No. 1 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. There are undoubtedly some disappointed drivers and disappointed fans. Our own Jerry Jordan is convinced that NASCAR’s happy that Jimmie Johnson failed to advance (but would never actually admit it). In all due respect, I doubt that. Even if Johnson is …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Focus Continues to Haunt NBCSN

2015 Loudon II CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr pack racing CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Loudon is traditionally a quick race by Sprint Cup standards. As a result, there isn’t quite as much action to show on broadcasts. The track itself also doesn’t necessarily equate to the most competitive outing. It’s hard as heck to pass. Just because it’s Loudon doesn’t mean you get a pass on these things. Sylvania …

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