Race Weekend Central

Talking NASCAR TV: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Takes Center Stage For FOX

Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday (also known as Talking NASCAR TV).  I’m back for my ninth year of TV commentary, suggestions, complaints and more.  It should be a fairly interesting year, although there will be several changes in the personalities that you’ll see.  This week already showed off plenty of them. First off, reporter and NASCAR …

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MAVTV to Supplement FOX Sports ARCA Coverage in 2017

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis Sr.)

On Friday at Daytona International Speedway, ARCA announced a new three-year TV deal that will see all of the races for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards televised for the first time in years. To supplement the existing deal with FOX Sports, the remaining 10 races not covered on FOX Sports 1 or 2 …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Marks on Mid-Ohio Triumph, Turner Return

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Justin Marks has had an up-and-down career in motorsports.  In NASCAR, Marks has two career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, 30 in the XFINITY Series and 37 in the Camping World Truck Series.  Success has been fleeting.  He has two poles and four top-10 finishes in the trucks.  In the XFINITY Series, Marks has …

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Cadillac Racing Announces Lineup, Taylor Brothers in for Sprint-X Races

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, Cadillac Racing announced their 2017 Pirelli World Challenge driver lineup.  Their full-time drivers will be unchanged.  Four-time GT class champion Johnny O’Connell will return to the No. 3 Cadillac ATS-VR for his seventh year with the team.  Meanwhile, Michael Cooper will return for his second year in the No. 8.  Cooper’s No. 8 will carry …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Announces Alex Lynn as TPNAEC Third Driver

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday morning, Wayne Taylor Racing announced that Alex Lynn will join the team as the third driver for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races at Sebring and Road Atlanta.  Lynn will replace Max Angelelli, who retired from driving after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.  Regular drivers Jordan and Ricky …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Earns Rolex 24 Victory Despite Late Contact

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In recent years, 24 hour endurance races have turned into sprint races.  Much of the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona was not a sprint, but a test of endurance and traction.  Over half of the race was run in the rain.  However, once the track finally dried out, the action came to …

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Rolex 24 Hour 18 Update: The Rain Reigns Supreme

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, the rains arrived at Daytona International Speedway during the sixth hour of the race.  It has not stopped raining ever since.  At first, it was a light rain that gave teams the choice as to what to do.  Then, the precipitation kicked it up a notch. During the overnight hours, the rain came …

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2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona 6 Hour Update

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Through one-quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it has been all Cadillac, all the time.  The three Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been fast all weekend, but they appear to have kicked it up a notch for the race. All three of the Cadillacs have turned laps faster than Joao Barbosa‘s overall pole-winning time from Thursday …

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Bodymotion Racing Wins BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday afternoon saw the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge begin their season with the first of two four-hour races on the schedule.  Dean Martin was the surprise pole sitter for KohR Motorsports, but it was one of the strongest teams from 2016 that took home the spoils. Despite qualifying 15th in class and dropping to …

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Dean Martin Scores Surprise Overall CTSC Pole Position

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Coming into the Rolex 24 weekend, all eyes were on the new Ford Mustang GT4, unveiled late last year and making its race debut.  In the hands of Multimatic Motorsports’ Jade Buford and Scott Maxwell, the combination was likely to dominate in qualifying.  However, a second horse in the battle appeared just a week before load …

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