Race Weekend Central

Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Finale Adds Some Spice to Snoozer at Dover

With the latest NASCAR TV contract in place now for just the second year, the end of FOX’s annual coverage approaches faster than ever. Under the first deal, FOX covered the first half of the season and NBC covered the second half – beginning at or around the Pepsi 400 – while TNT took a …

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Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Wines & Dines Lady in Black to a 2nd Straight Saturday Night Success

There must be something in the air at racetracks on a Saturday night. After a less-than-stellar outing at Talladega, the FOX Sports broadcasting team again turned in a performance deserving of the Emmy Award they received just a few short weeks ago. In fact, the last two races at Richmond and Darlington – both on …

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Critiquing NASCAR TV: Richmond Race Coverage Conveys Short-Track Drama Well

If you’re a television executive on FOX or ESPN, the last two weeks of NASCAR racing have bound to have left you drooling. At Talladega, the pack of cars did not get strung out or single file like it did in the fall race there; that caused the close racing and crazy wrecks fans expect …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Unrestricted Thoughts on Restrictor-Plate Coverage From FOX & ESPN

NASCAR’s top-two series each put on a whale of a show at Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend, producing a pair of thrillers that left the TV cameras on high alert from start to finish. Of course, that’s not a new thing when it comes to Daytona and Talladega; and because of the nature of restrictor-plate …

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Critiquing NASCAR TV: Who’s Turned Things Around in 2008… & Who Hasn’t

This is my first week writing for this website, and my first time taking over Frontstretch‘s new television critiquing column in particular from John Potts. But after a challenging week in Mexico City for television – with the race being in a foreign country and all – I didn’t want to start my writing career …

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The Magic of McDowell, “Forgetting” a Blowout & Watching TV Blow the Finish in Texas… Again

From the wild (Michael McDowell‘s crash) to the wacky (Kyle Busch spouting off… again), here’s your guide to the past weekend of NASCAR television at its best, its worst, and its most confusing down in the Lone Star State. The Good The best part of the coverage down in Texas was the professional way that …

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Confidentially, SPEED Excels While ESPN’s Chemistry Needs Work

Probably the best thing about racing television coverage over the Easter weekend, in my humble opinion, was the introduction of “NASCAR Confidential” by SPEED on Sunday evening. This was a fresh look at the 2008 Daytona 500, with some insights from some interesting people, including legendary photographer Warren T. Taylor. Taylor hasn’t missed a Great …

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Missing DW’s Voice… Seriously, a Missed Question to Kevin Harvick & Missing a Mystery Caution

I suppose some folks considered the FOX telecast of the Food City 500 at Bristol to be the best so far this season, since Darrell Waltrip couldn’t talk much. Personally, I sort of like listening to DW (but could do without him bursting into song now and then). In fact, the best part of the …

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