NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN Should Promote Nationwide-Only Drivers While Showing Us More Backbone

Hello and welcome to this week’s critique, entry No. 39 in an ongoing series where I look into NASCAR’s TV broadcasts. This past weekend saw the Cup Series compete on Sunday in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, while Kroger Supermarkets sponsored races in the other two divisions: the Truck Series’ Kroger 200 …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Knights of Standards & Practices, Please Report to the SPEED Stage

Hello, race fans. Last weekend’s races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (soon to become Charlotte Motor Speedway once again) were marked by cold weather and somewhat dodgy conditions (both races were somewhat hampered by rain, in addition to the cold weather). This can affect race coverage positively or negatively. Which way did the networks go? Well, …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Rough Weekend for Racing Broadcasters Across the Board

Hello, race fans. Sunday saw the fourth weekend of the Cup Series’ Chase for the Sprint Cup at a new location, as the race at Auto Club Speedway moved from Labor Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend as part of three-way switch between Atlanta, Auto Club (Fontana), and Talladega. This was designed to both improve …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins 3rd Straight Pepsi 500 at Fontana

This year, the Pepsi 500 was moved from Labor Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend to avoid triple-digit temperatures. Also, the race was moved to the daytime in order to make the racing better. It did improve the overall product. However, all those changes didn’t change the outcome of the race. The race started under …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN Coverage Excellent at Kansas… Until the Green Flag Dropped

Hello, race fans. Kansas Speedway brought us week No. 3 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Cup Series raced on Sunday in the Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods, while both the ARCA Re/MAX Series and the Nationwide Series both raced in events sponsored by the Kansas Lottery. It was 150 miles …

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2-Tire Gamble Allows Tony Stewart to Prevail in 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas

All too often these days in the Sprint Cup Series, races are won or lost on pit road. Different strategies can jumble the running order extensively and not necessarily determine who wins, but can go a long way towards determining the winner. Sunday was no different. Tony Stewart was running great late in the race …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dover A Repeat of Past Issues for ABC/ESPN

Hello, race fans. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were each racing in Dover, Del. Neither race was adversely affected by weather, although it was a potential issue on both Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, the Truck Series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas 350. However, before I get into …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? My shoutout for this week goes to TRG Motorsports. They came into the weekend lacking the necessary funding to actually compete on Sunday. However, after Bobby Labonte qualified the No. 71 in a season-best eighth spot, the team convinced a series of small companies (Commonwealth Foreign Exchange, Velocity …

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Talking NASCAR TV: “Chasing” Diverts Too Much Attention From “Racing” at Richmond

Hello, race fans. The Richmond race weekend every September has always been an exciting weekend. Good racing is nearly guaranteed and, since it’s a short track, there is plenty of contact to go around. However, since 2004, this weekend has taken extra importance because it is the last race before the Chase for the Cup …

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