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Couch Potato Tuesday: The All-Star Race Was Convoluted. FOX Sports 1 Just Wasn’t Good Enough With Explanations

NASCAR All-Star Race action from Texas Motor Speedway, June 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The All-Star Race has been jumping around recently, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the 2021 schedule was released, Texas was one of the most lenient states regulation-wise, so it was granted the race, which was moved to June. Anyone that lives in Texas, or keeps track of potential weather conditions, knew going in …

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Chip Ganassi Racing Dominates At Detroit, Claims First Prototype Win Since 2015

Renger van der Zande and Kevin Magnussen after winning the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park, 6/12/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande dominated the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic Saturday (June 12) at Belle Isle Park.  The duo led for 63 of 65 laps, but held off a late charge from Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr to claim the overall victory.  It is their first Prototype victory since …

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Kevin Magnussen Wins Chevrolet Sports Car Classic Pole

Kevin Magnussen after winning the pole for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park, 6/11/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen won the pole Friday (June 11) for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park with a lap at 105.709 mph.  This backs up Magnussen’s quick time from the second practice session. The Cadillacs dominated the session.  Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani was up front early on, then JDC-Miller …

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BMW Declares Intentions To Build LMDh Car For 2023

2021 Sebring IWSC Connor de Phillippi Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

BMW Motorsport officially announced Friday morning (June 11) that they will build a new prototype for the LMDh class.  The manufacturer intends to debut their new car in the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. “BMW is back on the big motorsport stage,” said Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW’s M.  “In entering the LMDh class, BMW …

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Entry List: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

2019 Long Beach IWSC Filipe Albuquerque Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to action this weekend at Belle Isle Park for the first time in nearly a month.  However, only 20 teams are entered in the 100-minute sprint race. Why such a short field?  A number of factors.  One, this race was originally a week earlier.  Moving it back to the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Sonoma Brings Increased Action, Good and Bad Times

Joey Logano leads a pack of NASCAR Cup Series cars at Sonoma Raceway, June 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Back in the mid-1990s, I really looked forward to NASCAR making the yearly haul out to Sonoma Raceway for 300 kilometers around the 2.52-mile road course. I thought that the race was too short at the time. So did Papyrus. When then-Sears Point Raceway was included in the NASCAR Racing Track Pack in 1995 (note: …

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HTP Winward Motorsport Snaps K-PAX’s Streak, Wins At VIR

Russell Ward driving at VIR during the SRO America weekend, 6/6/2021 (Photo: MBUSA/Brian Cleary)

(Photo: MBUSA/Brian Cleary)

HTP Winward Motorsport’s Mikael Grenier and Russell Ward claimed victory Sunday (June 6) in Race No. 2 for Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS at Virginia International Raceway.  It is the first time this year that K-PAX Racing has failed to win. “Just a flawless race from all of us.  I’m super proud …

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Andrea Caldarelli, Jordan Pepper Continue Domination With 4th Win of 2021 at VIR

Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper hold up their trophies after winning Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS Race No. 1 at VIR, 6/5/2021 (Photo: K-PAX Racing)

(Photo: K-PAX Racing)

K-PAX Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper led all but five laps to win the first race of the weekend at VIRginia International Raceway Saturday (June 5).  It is their fourth win of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS season in five races. “We knew we’d struggle a little bit in the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Memorial Day Spectacular Brings Lukewarm Action, Questionable Decisions

NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 green flag 2021 Charlotte Motor Speedway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Memorial Day Weekend is a busy time for race teams and for many people. Typical years have big Memorial Day celebrations. A lot of those events have been wiped out because of either the COVID-19 pandemic, or by weather (nothing quite like 48 degrees for a high the day of the Indianapolis 500). For race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Handles the Texas Rain While Andy Lally Shines

Kyle Larson leads a pack of cars in the Echopark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I’ll fully admit that when NASCAR announced that there was going to be a race weekend at Circuit of the Americas this year, I was very intrigued. I wanted to get some kind of a comparison of speed between NASCAR Cup cars and some of the other series that race there.  If you’re wondering, Tyler …

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