NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Talking NASCAR TV: Did ESPN Cut the Mustard in Its Cup Debut?

Hello, race fans. It’s been an interesting weekend in the world of racing: anything from a nail-biting win taken away in Edmonton due to a questionable blocking call to a dominant Truck Series victory that simply lulled most of its audience to sleep. When all was said and done, Juan Pablo Montoya had lost at …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Controversy Never Keeps ESPN From Jumping Ship

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week again, the one where I go through race broadcasts with a fine-toothed comb. The Sprint Cup Series took this past weekend off. However, as you’re probably aware of by now, the events of this past Saturday night will probably play a role in Sunday’s Brickyard 400. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Greg Sacks on Turning From Driver to Sponsor

The 1980s was full of one-hit wonders, whether it was music, movies or on the NASCAR racetrack. When Greg Sacks looks back on his Cup Series career, he will forever be known as one of them, scoring his lone victory at 1985 in Daytona driving an R&D Chevrolet for former front-running outfit DiGard Racing. Sacks …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Grading TNT’s 2010 Season – How to Fix Some Glaring Issues

Hello, race fans. I bet you missed our weekly critique last week. I did, too, and I’m the one who writes the piece. My week of Frontstretch coverage at Daytona was interesting, filled with plenty of personal highlights for me as it was my first time at that famous track. In case you missed it, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: AJ Allmendinger on Turning It Around… on the Golf Course?

It’s been a rough week for AJ Allmendinger, under fire after a heated conversation with Richard Petty produced an awful ending for the second straight race at Daytona. In both those events, his No. 43 went from potential winner to spinner in a heartbeat, leaving the talented 28-year-old wondering what might have been during a …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Drives the No. 3, Wins 2010 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona

It was quite obvious to anyone who walked into Daytona International Speedway on Friday night that the No. 3 was back in the house. The new Dale Jr. Wrangler merchandise was everywhere that you looked in the grandstands, the Sprint FanZone and in the camping areas. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the overwhelming crowd favorite coming …

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Talking NASCAR TV: TNT Does Well at Loudon… Until the Race Ends

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week once again: the Tuesday TV critique, where I take a look at the race broadcasts that we all watch (with or without sound, apparently). This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were both at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Meanwhile, the Formula …

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Jimmie Johnson Takes 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Late Race Bump ‘N’ Run, Wins 2nd Straight

Jimmie Johnson had a very quick car on Sunday at New Hampshire, but he did not really have the right track position to be able to take advantage of that speed for most of the race. However, when crunch time came along, Johnson was right there to capitalize on his good car. Juan Pablo Montoya …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Too Much Focus on Leaders Hurts Road-Race Telecasts

Hello, race fans and welcome back to the weekly look into the race broadcasts we all watch. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series was in Sonoma, Calif. for the Toyota/Save Mart 350k. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series was in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for the inaugural Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at the 4.048-mile Road America …

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Talking NASCAR TV: A Quirky Weekend of Weather & Debris for the Networks

Hello, race fans and welcome to our weekly NASCAR TV Critique. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series was at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400. They were supported by the Camping World Truck Series with their running of the VFW 200, while the Nationwide Series was in …

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