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Couch Potato Tuesday: Strong 2016 NASCAR Cup Debut On FS1

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Welcome back, race fans.  This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were back in action at Martinsville Speedway.  Meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series made their return to Phoenix International Raceway in front of a modest crowd (read: Better than an XFINITY race). STP 500 Sunday brought the Sprint Cup Series back …

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Derek White Surrenders in Smuggling Investigation

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Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Derek White, co-owner/driver of MBM Motorsports has turned himself in to Police in Quebec in association with a massive tobacco smuggling operation between North Carolina and Quebec.  According to the Quebec Provincial Police, White is one of nearly 60 people involved in an operation the cost the Canadian and Quebec provincial governments roughly …

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ASN to Air 9 ARCA Racing Series Events in 2016

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On Tuesday afternoon, ARCA Racing announced a new multi-year TV deal with Sinclair Networks Group, a subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, to broadcast ARCA Racing Series with Menards events in addition to their existing deal with FOX Sports, which runs through 2017.  For 2016, the deal amounts to nine races.  These races will air on …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Takes Center Stage

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Welcome back, everybody.  I hope you enjoyed Easter weekend.  Much like many of you reading this article, I spent time with my family and relaxed.  I also watched a couple of old-school races on YouTube to kill time.  One of them may be critiqued for a future edition of the Critic’s Annex in the Frontstretch …

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Alex Job Racing Inks Deal to Race at Le Mans

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On Thursday morning, Alex Job Racing (AJR), a team that races full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, announced that they will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.  The team, which races Porsche 911 GT3-R’s in the GT-Daytona class, will compete in the GTE-Am class in a year old Porsche 911 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dissecting A NASCAR FOX Fontana… Hyperbole?

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Welcome back, everyone.  We had some great action last weekend in Fontana.  It wasn’t that long ago that Auto Club Speedway put on the most boring races in all of NASCAR.  That is just a memory now (thankfully).  Despite that, the way that races are covered can affect how a race is perceived. Auto Club …

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Tequila Patron ESM Wins Sebring Thanks to Derani’s Charge

Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway seemingly had everything.  It had close racing, some incidents, and bad weather.  A severe thunderstorm ripped through Sebring in the third hour, resulting in a red flag that lasted for over two hours. Once the race resumed, the mad dash did as well.  Into the …

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Michael Shank Racing on Sebring Overall Pole

Through the four practice sessions prior to qualifying, there was only one team on top of the time sheets.  That team was Action Express Racing.  The No. 31 Whelen-sponsored Chevrolet Corvette DP Evo with Dane Cameron at the wheel was fastest in three of the four sessions, while Christian Fittipaldi turned in the fastest time during Practice …

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Action Express Racing Fastest on Opening Day at Sebring

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, fairly hot weather greeted the 49 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams entered in Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring as practice got underway.  Temperatures nearly 90 degrees curbed lap times to a certain extent.  In the morning and at night, it was possible to put down some good times, though. In the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Shows Slight Improvement, While ESPN Tries to De-emphasize St. Pete

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Greetings, everyone.  Did you like Sunday’s finish in Phoenix?  It was a good one.  I thought Kevin Harvick was a sitting duck, but he managed to pull it out just in time. Last weekend saw two races in Phoenix, plus the season opener in St. Petersburg for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Good Sam 500k On …

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