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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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NASCAR 101: Here’s What NASCAR Did to Superspeedway Qualifying to Avoid a Debacle Like Daytona

Sprint Cup cars racing in the pack at Talladega Superspeedway

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Back in February drivers and fans alike called for change when Daytona 500 qualifying went horribly, horribly wrong. When NASCAR returns to a restrictor plate track, drivers will get the change they wanted. Gone will be wrecks like this, and back, in theory, will be a focus on individual speeds and safety. I know what …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Matt Crafton Begins Down Time With NHRA 4-Wides

Nhra 2015 Charlotte Top Fuel Staging Lanes J.r. Todd Credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Just one day after finishing runner-up to Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway last Saturday, Matt Crafton began the latest month-long hiatus for the Camping World Truck Series by attending the NHRA 4-Wides at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. As a guest of Kalitta Motorsports and shared sponsor SealMaster, Crafton took a few minutes to sit …

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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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Pace Laps: Short-Track Racing, Indy Returns, NHRA 4-Wides & F1

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Power Montoya Kanaan Podium Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

NHRA: 4-Wide Nationals Produce Surprise Winners – It was a good day for Don Schumacher Racing, as they scored Funny Car win No. 100 with Fast Jack Beckman and then completed the Nitro sweep for the 47th time with a Top Fuel win by Antron Brown at the 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 Kroger 250 at Martinsville

2015 Martinsville I Cwts Joey Logano Woohoo Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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In a Nutshell: Joey Logano shoved his way past Matt Crafton on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Kroger 250. It was Logano’s first Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway and his first series win. Crafton, Erik Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five. Who Should Have Won: Crafton. …

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Joey Logano, Ford Power Through Toyotas in 2015 Kroger 250 at Martinsville

2015 Martinsville I Cwts Joey Logano Burnout Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Last season, Brad Keselowski won at a short track and become the 25th driver to win at least one race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity, and Truck series. In the first short-track race of 2015, Joey Logano did the same. Logano used a daring move on the final restart to go from third to …

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Spin & Win: Joey Logano Wins 2015 Kroger 250 Pole at Martinsville

2015 Martinsville I Cwts Joey Logano Pole Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying had a very eventful final two rounds. Drivers raced their way in and were then knocked out in the final minutes of the second round. Oh, and the eventual polesitter spun in the final round. Joey Logano, with a track record time of 19.504 seconds, won his first career …

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Cole Custer Paces 2015 Kroger 250 Practice at Martinsville

2015 Cole Custer Truck Credit Jr Motorsports

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In the first practice for one of the youngest Camping World Truck Series fields ever at Martinsville Speedway, the series’ youngest winner topped the charts, Cole Custer, now 17, put up a blazing 19.711-second lap to top the only Camping World Truck Series practice on Friday (March 27). Custer, who won last season at New …

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Friday Faceoff: Phantom Debris, Toyota’s Tough Start & Truck Series Youth at Martinsville

2015 Fontana Cup Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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1) Much has been said already about the debris cautions during last weekend’s Auto Club 400. Give it to us straight: is NASCAR in the right or the wrong? Kevin Rutherford, Managing Editor: No doubt: NASCAR has made some questionable calls in years past when it comes to throwing the caution vs. not throwing the …

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NASCAR 101: Why Drivers Under 18 Have a Shot in the Trucks

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This weekend, you could conceivably see drivers on a NASCAR national series level that don’t even have their driver’s license yet. Not to say that’s actually gonna happen; of the young’ns this weekend, everyone’s at least 16 years old, meaning unless someone decided to delay taking their test, you could meet any of them out …

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Paige Decker Plans Truck Debut at Martinsville

Paige Decker

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Another new face will attempt their Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Super late model driver Paige Decker will attempt to make her Truck Series debut in this weekend’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Decker will drive the No. 74 Chevrolet for Mike Harmon Racing. Decker, who was the first female …

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