Race Weekend Central

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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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

2016 Kansas I Cup Pack Racing Brett Moist Nkp

(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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