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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

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ESPN has been part of the 2014 season due to its year-long tenure as the broadcaster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but last weekend, the network hit the true beginning of the end with the start of its final season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. But how, exactly, did ESPN fare as it expanded …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

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Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series had their final off-weekend of the season. While some drivers took the week off and went off on vacation, others were still on the track. And some writers, like myself, were even busier than on a normal weekend with a Cup race. That’s because Chicagoland Speedway hosted a doubleheader …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Does Rain Fill Help NASCAR Find New Fans?

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Rain Credit Phil Allaway

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This weekend’s activities at Daytona bordered on the biblical, with Mother Nature more concerned about flooding instead of full-fledged NASCAR competition. Final Cup practice was rained out, the Nationwide race was delayed and the Cup race was postponed to Sunday. That caused an extensive amount of on-air time with nothing but the Air Titan, a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

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Toyota has stood the Camping World Truck Series on its ear thus far in 2014, going 10 for 10 in race wins. Kyle Busch Motorsports has authored 9 of those 10 races.

All three NASCAR series hit Kentucky Speedway for a weekend under the lights. The Nationwide and Camping World Truck series broadcasts were marred by problematic winners and other issues ranging minor to major, while the big one — the Quaker State 400 for the Sprint Cup Series — had its usual issues typified by TNT’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Classic Racing TV Mistake… No “Pay Off”

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Ah, road course racing. For the first time in 2014, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series turned right in both California and Wisconsin. After months of oval track coverage, it was good to see some NASCAR TV showing a slightly different picture than usual. However, before we start, we must talk about some expected but …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

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In what’s becoming more and more of a common sight in NASCAR, all three of the sport’s national series were hard at work this past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series hitting up Michigan International Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park. With a new-ish track on the schedule, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

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Last weekend marked a jam-packed few days of racing across multiple tracks, with Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway sharing the brunt of the attention. However, Pocono may have been the winner in terms of intrigue — it featured the return of TNT to NASCAR for its six-race summer series, currently the final time the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Deadspin Moments Derail ESPN Racing Coverage

This past weekend was basically holiday season for race fans — and not just because of the Memorial Day weekend. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were at Charlotte Motor Speedway; meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series ran their crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. Of course, all of it was on TV, meaning plenty of reasons …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Strategy Passable For All-Star Race But Not Normal Events

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday here at Frontstretch. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both in action at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series made the haul out to Iowa Speedway for its first standalone race of the season. Before we start, we have …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Kansas Concerns While Cheever Confounds

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday. This week, we’ve got Cup and Truck action from Kansas Speedway, along with the Verizon IndyCar Series from Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. Seems like quite the doozy. Let’s get started. Grand Prix of Indianapolis On Saturday afternoon, the Verizon IndyCar Series made history. The first …

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