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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Focus Continues to Haunt NBCSN

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Loudon is traditionally a quick race by Sprint Cup standards. As a result, there isn’t quite as much action to show on broadcasts. The track itself also doesn’t necessarily equate to the most competitive outing. It’s hard as heck to pass. Just because it’s Loudon doesn’t mean you get a pass on these things. Sylvania …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Tightens Up for NASCAR’s Chase

NASCAR Sprint Cup cars race past the grandstand at Chicagoland Speedway during the 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

Last weekend marked the first weekend of the Chase. Oh boy. It’s the time of the year in which I become more and more irritable when it comes to the television product that we get from week to week. To save some time this week, I’m moving my critique of the Furious 7 300 to …

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John Hunter Nemechek Wins 1st Truck Race on Fuel Mileage at Chicagoland

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

On Saturday morning, the Camping World Truck Series took to Chicagoland Speedway to make up the American Ethanol E15 225, a race originally scheduled for Friday night, but was postponed due to heavy rains. JR Motorsports’ Kyle Larson and ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter had the two best trucks all weekend, but the E15 in the race’s …

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2015 MyAfibRisk.com 400 Qualifying at Chicagoland Cancelled, Kevin Harvick on Pole

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Thunderstorms descended upon the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in the late afternoon on Friday. The heavy rains, thunder and lightning ultimately forced NASCAR to cancel Sprint Cup qualifying. When qualifying is cancelled, NASCAR has a series of rules that determine the starting grid, based upon how much track activity occurred prior to the rainout. Since the …

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Kevin Harvick Fastest in Opening 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 Practice at Chicagoland

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Gray skies greeted the 46 Sprint Cup teams gathered at Chicagoland Speedway when the green flag fell on 85 minutes of practice. The original grandmaster plan for the session was to get a little race practice and some qualifying practice as well.  However, the weather forecast forced teams to go out and do mock qualifying …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Cindric, a Young Jack of Trades

(Photo Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

When you were 17 years old, what were you doing? For most people, they would have been going to school, trying to get good grades. Maybe thinking about college in the near future. Oh yes, and getting a driver’s license so that you can drive yourself around town. They might also have a part-time job …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How TV Tries To Keep Richmond Relevant

The sun sets over the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

Before we start, I should explain something really quick. I’m not a fan of the Chase. I don’t like the way the champion is determined. I don’t like the idea that Kyle Busch is even eligible for this Chase. I know ISC (and by extension, NASCAR) felt responsible for Busch’s injury, hence the waiver. In …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Throwback Darlington Announcers Big Hit For NBC

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It’s Labor Day Weekend, folks. With NASCAR’s scheduling move for 2015, you know that means. 90-degree weather, humidity and Darlington. Yes, it was a throwback weekend at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. From what I can tell, the response was quite positive. There were more butts in the seats Sunday night, and the new package created …

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Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski Lead 2015 Southern 500 Practices

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Friday afternoon saw the Sprint Cup teams on-track for nearly four hours to test the low-downforce rules package and new softer tires. NASCAR considers Friday’s sessions to be both practice sessions and open tests. As a result, some of the normal rules of a race weekend did not apply. For example, teams were allowed to …

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Sprint Cup Veterans Dominate 2015 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Practice at Darlington

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Friday saw the Xfinity Series take to the 1.366-mile oval for two practice sessions. Unlike Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500, the VFW Help a Hero Sport Clips 200 on Saturday will be run in the heat of the day. As a result, being able to handle and be fast with the hot sun blaring down on …

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