Race Weekend Central

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

2016 Nscs Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Restart Michigan Photo Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(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

2017 Kansas I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Barry Cantrell Nkp

(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

2017 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Leads Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(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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Couch Potato Tuesday: Talladega Brings Wrecking & Typical Broadcasts

2017 Talladega I Cup Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Racing Matthew T Thackernkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Talladega brings a number of different variables to covering races.  Most of the pack is close together, so showing most of the on-track action isn’t that difficult to do.  The usual pinch points are not necessarily in play.  However, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee a perfect broadcast.  Far from it, actually. GEICO 500 Sunday saw the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Coverage Overload

2017 Richmond I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Henrico County was a very warm place this past weekend. Viewers saw a couple of interesting races. However, NASCAR broadcasts were dominated by one big media firestorm: Dale Earnhardt Jr. coverage. Earnhardt’s retirement announcement, made last Tuesday remained the big story throughout the Richmond weekend. At the time, it was considered to be a bombshell since …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Fans Needed FOX Sports GO For Bristol

2017 Bristol I Cup Joey Logano Pack Racing John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Rain screws up race weekends.  Simple as that.  You should see the e-mail string that goes out when a Cup race gets postponed.  As a result of Sunday’s deluge, Monday’s Food City 500 took place while I was at work.  Naturally, that causes problems. Food City 500 Now, let’s not freak out.  Yes, the race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ARCA Return to MAVTV Does Not Go Smoothly

2016 Pocono I Arca Myatt Snider Austin Cindric Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis Sr.)

As you’re all likely aware by now, most of the major racing series here in the United States were off last weekend for Easter.  While drivers spent the time relaxing, spending time with their families or daydreaming, teams worked on their cars.  What’s a critic who covers race broadcasts to do in that scenario?  Check …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Makes Texas Look Good … Early On

2017 Texas I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the revamped Texas Motor Speedway.  The race itself turned out to be a little better than everyone thought it would be. Prior to the race starting, Jamie Little conducted a one-on-one interview in the coach lot with Jimmie Johnson. …

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