Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Xfinity Must Be Incensed

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Welcome back! Last week saw the Sprint Cup Series take the weekend off. In the past, these weekends used to be the most boring time of the summer. Nothing would be going on. Not so much these days. The Xfinity Series was the primary show for the weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Meanwhile, the Camping World …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Closer Look At Danica Patrick’s FOX Debut

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Welcome back, race fans. I have to tell you, last weekend was frustrating as heck. Rain bites; it’s as simple as that. Here in Upstate New York, local racing was rained out Friday night due to severe thunderstorms. Sunday saw downpours in Michigan and Saturday saw the same in Illinois. Weak. Quicken Loans 400 Sunday’s …

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Porsche Claims 1-2 in 24 Hours of Le Mans

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This past weekend, sports car racing held its biggest event of the entire year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Northwestern France. While the biggest story of the week revolved around Ford’s announcement that it is creating a four-car assault on the GTE-class (two in TUSC’s GT-Le Mans class and two in the WEC’s GTE-Pro …

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Porsche Sweeps Top 3 in Le Mans Qualifying, Corvette Racing Withdraws 1 Car

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On Thursday night, the final qualifying sessions were held for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, due to start at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Unfortunately for the top teams, conditions were not really conducive to improving times. As a result, most of the fastest drivers from Wednesday’s first session stood on their times. On Wednesday …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Grading FOX’s Grid Walk

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Welcome back, race fans. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series was at Pocono Raceway, traditionally one of the more spread-out tracks on the calendar. However, we ended up with a closer, more competitive race than at Dover. Funny how those things work out. Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 After a rather unsatisfactory 400-mile tilt …

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Spencer Gallagher, Matt Crafton Head Up 2015 WinStar World Casino 400 Practice Sessions at Texas

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On Thursday, the Camping World Truck Series took to Texas Motor Speedway for two practice sessions in preparation for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400k. With the short field (now up to 30 entrants instead of the 27 on the initial entry list), everyone will qualify.  Regardless, speed and handling are still crucial. Teams were …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Can’t Fix Boredom

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Welcome back, race fans. After the insanity of Memorial Day weekend, last weekend brought a tripleheader at Dover. We saw wrecking, track surface issues and Jimmie Johnson winning again. In other words, it was just like last year. Things never change. Due to time constraints, Saturday’s running of the Buckle Up 200 will be covered …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Missing the Forest While Staring at the Wrong Trees

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Well, Memorial Day weekend is over now. We were treated to over 1,500 miles of racing last weekend between a number of series. Today, we’re going to focus in on 1,400 of those miles and the broadcasts that brought those races to us. Last week, the big story in TV land was Jeff Gordon‘s move …

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Critic’s Annex: Jeff Gordon Provides FOX with Fresh Meat

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As you’ve undoubtedly read by now, FOX Sports announced on Thursday that four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be moving into the broadcast booth full-time next season. It’s an interesting move by FOX, as Gordon is a known quantity, popular with race fans and non-race fans. When Gordon expressed an interest to do …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Provides Stripped-Down Broadcasts

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This past weekend was the first part of “10 Days of Thunder” for FOX Sports. Weekend No. 1 featured racing in Charlotte and in Iowa. Thankfully, rain did not play a factor. The action was interesting, though. How FOX handled the situations that arose would ultimately affect how fans perceived the issues. Sprint All-Star Race …

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