Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Can’t Fix Boredom

2015 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Confetti Cia

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Welcome back, race fans. After the insanity of Memorial Day weekend, last weekend brought a tripleheader at Dover. We saw wrecking, track surface issues and Jimmie Johnson winning again. In other words, it was just like last year. Things never change. Due to time constraints, Saturday’s running of the Buckle Up 200 will be covered …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Missing the Forest While Staring at the Wrong Trees

2015 Charlotte I Cup Kurt Busch Racing Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Well, Memorial Day weekend is over now. We were treated to over 1,500 miles of racing last weekend between a number of series. Today, we’re going to focus in on 1,400 of those miles and the broadcasts that brought those races to us. Last week, the big story in TV land was Jeff Gordon‘s move …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Provides Stripped-Down Broadcasts

Greg Biffle Cup Sprint Showdown 2015 Charlotte Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

This past weekend was the first part of “10 Days of Thunder” for FOX Sports. Weekend No. 1 featured racing in Charlotte and in Iowa. Thankfully, rain did not play a factor. The action was interesting, though. How FOX handled the situations that arose would ultimately affect how fans perceived the issues. Sprint All-Star Race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Erik Jones’s Debut Brings Unsavory Booth Behavior

2015 Kansas I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Car Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images

Welcome back, folks. Hope you had an excellent Mother’s Day Weekend. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both at Kansas Speedway. The week was up and down at best. SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Looking back, I should have seen what happened early Saturday night coming. The Braves-Nationals baseball game ran long. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Gordon’s Booth Finale Highlight of Weekend

2015 Talladega I Nxs Ryan Reed Ryan Sieg John Wes Townley Crash Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday. Today, we’ve reached critique No. 450. Yowza. To top that off, we’ve got Talladega. By the standards of race broadcasts, Talladega races are easier than normal to cover since everyone’s all together… most of the time. Let’s see how it went. GEICO 500 Sunday saw 500 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Flirts With The Line at Richmond

2015 Richmond I Cup Green Flag Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Hello, TV watchers. As you all know, the past week stunk big time. When I wrote last week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, I had no idea that Steve Byrnes was literally on his death bed. I knew that he wasn’t in the best shape; any time “Stage 4” is mentioned in regards to cancer, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Struggles with Production Pacing in Bristol

2015 Bristol I Cup Denny Halin Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Last weekend was a bit of a marathon, racing-wise. It was nearly 10 hours from the beginning of FOX’s Bristol coverage to the end of it on Sunday. Cripes. Of course, that means that we have plenty of material to look at this week. Before we start, NBC Sports made a couple of announcements recently. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Waltrip Double Trouble in Texas

Indycar 2015 Nola Fans Sign Credit Chris Owens

(Photo: INDYCAR Media)

Oh boy, we’ve got a double dose of Waltrip this week in Couch Potato Tuesday. That’s never a great sign. Duck Commander 500 Even with the Robertsons hanging around Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, and everything that comes with them hanging around, the Waltrips once again stole the show in Texas. That’s not necessarily a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look at FOX Sports’ Changes After 6 Weeks

2015 Martinsville I Cup Pack Racing Viii Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

I hope everyone enjoyed Easter weekend. I know that the NASCAR teams did, none more so than the road crews. With the West Coast Swing that took up three of the first six weeks of the season, many of the truck drivers had spent fewer than 10 days at home since Daytona. Some of the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Serves as Showcase for FOX Sports 1

2015 Martinsville I Cup Matt Kenseth Kurt Busch Racing Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Last weekend saw the Sprint Cup Series compete in the first of what will be seven point races (plus the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race) on FOX Sports 1. It’s a pretty big deal. Last week, I noted that I would cover the Verizon IndyCar Series opener here in Couch Potato Tuesday as well. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dreaded Debris Rears Its Head Again

2015 Cup Fontana Greg Biffle Wreck Credit Jerry Jordan

(Photo Credit: Jerry Jordan)

Auto Club Speedway hosted a couple of relatively staid races last weekend. I cannot put it any better than that. However, FOX Sports still has a job to do, and that is to give viewers a good broadcast. Before we get into the critique, I wish I had good news to report in regards to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Runaways Force FOX’s Hand in Phoenix

2015 Phoenix I Nxs Pit Stops Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Phoenix International Raceway was the scene of a couple of races that really weren’t all that competitive. Knowing that, FOX Sports was in the position of having to make races that were so-so look decent. We’ll see how well they did below. Before we start, there are a couple of news items to cover. First, …

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