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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas Provides Better Racing, New Issues for NBC Sports

Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19, Chase Elliott’s No. 9, Alex Bowman’s No. 48 and Joey Logano’s No. 22 race four-wide at Kansas Speedway in the fall 2021 NASCAR Cup series race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a fairly unsatisfactory race at Texas Motor Speedway, viewers got a much more enjoyable race to watch Sunday (Oct. 24) at Kansas Speedway. However, there were problems early. Hollywood Casino 400 Knowing that the race started about 14 minutes after the Formula 1 race, then almost immediately got red-flagged due to lightning, I do …

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United Autosports Wins ELMS 4 Hours of Portimao

Jonathan Aberdein qualifying for the 4 Hours of Portimao, 10/23/2021 (Photo: ©JEP - WWW.JAKOBEBREY.COM)

(Photo: ©JEP - WWW.JAKOBEBREY.COM)

United Autosports’ Jonathan Aberdein, Tom Gamble and Phil Hanson claimed victory in the European Le Mans Series’ season-ending 4 Hours of Portimao at the Algarve International Circuit Sunday (Oct. 24).  It is the team’s first victory of 2021.  Team WRT’s Louis Deletraz, Robert Kubica and Yifei Ye claimed the LMP2 championship. “With the [early] red …

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Chip Ganassi Racing Expanding To 2 Cadillac DPi-V.R.s In 2022

Renger van der Zande racing in the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/3/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) that they will be doubling down on their commitment to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022.  The team will be expanding to two full-time Cadillac DPi-V.R.s next season. Renger van der Zande will stay with the team for a second full season.  He’ll be joined by three …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Texas Just Doesn’t Bring the Action for NBC

A pack NASCAR race cars at Texas Motor Speedway, October 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We’re now in the Round of 8, where things kick it up a notch. Starting Saturday, drivers in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series each had the chance to lock into the Championship 4. Kyle Larson was able to do so in Sunday’s AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500, while no one did Saturday. Before we get …

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Brendan Iribe Sweeps GT America at Indianapolis; Charlie Luck Crowned Champion

Charlie Luck after winning GT America Race No. 1 at Watkins Glen International, 9/18/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After skipping the past four race weekends, Inception Racing’s Brendan Iribe swept the final two GT America Powered by AWS races of the year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday and Saturday in dominant fashion.  Wright Motorsports’ Charlie Luck (pictured above at Watkins Glen) wrapped up the inaugural GT America Powered by AWS overall championship …

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Colin Mullan, Michai Stephens Win Indianapolis GT4 America Race No. 1

Michai Stephens qualifies his Mercedes at Watkins Glen International, 9/18/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Conquest Racing’s Colin Mullan ran down Fast Track Racing’s Toby Grahovec in the closing laps Thursday (Oct. 14) and made the pass with 11 minutes to go in turn 10.  From there, he drove away to give himself and teammate Michai Stephens their third straight overall victory. Fast Track Racing’s Stevan McAleer, coming off of …

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Jan Heylen, Ryan Hardwick Win Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix

Ryan Hardwick and Jan Heylen celebrate their victory in the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway, 10/10/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen passed Notlad Racing by RS1’s Stevan McAleer at the end of the backstretch with 12 minutes to go Sunday (Oct. 10).  From there, Heylen held off McAleer and made his fuel hold out to take his and Ryan Hardwick‘s second win in a row in the Virginia Is …

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Dillon Machavern Wins Pole in Wreck-Strewn Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix Qualifying

Dillon Machavern after winning the pole for the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, 10/10/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Turner Motorsport’s Dillon Machavern won the pole Sunday morning (Oct. 10) for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway.  Machavern’s lap at 103.506 mph was turned in with a little less than six minutes remaining in the session. “With the rain last night, …

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Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy Win Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy celebrate their victory in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 10/9/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Corvette Racing’s Nick Tandy was able to get past teammate Antonio Garcia with 53 minutes to go.  From there, he was able to pull away to give himself and teammate Tommy Milner the victory in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Saturday (Oct. 9).  It is Milner and Tandy’s second consecutive victory. …

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Jan Heylen, Trent Hindman Quickest in VIR Pilot Challenge Practices

Ryan Hardwick practcing at VIR for the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams only got one shot at practicing in the dry at VIRginia International Raceway.  Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen took advantage of that and set the quickest time of the weekend on Friday (Oct. 8). Practice No. 1 Heylen clocked in a lap at 104.344 mph 24 minutes into …

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