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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover NBCSN NASCAR Coverage Brings Playoff Focus, Lack of Variety

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography) #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

Dover is an interesting race track to look at.  It’s a video game come to life… apparently, one I’m not particularly good at.  I only say that because the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte puts the next track on the calendar in their qualifying challenge computers that you can press your luck on.  Last … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Burton Thrives On Chaos in NASCAR on NBC Booth

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

While covering the first ever Charlotte ROVAL event, I moved from behind the couch to beside the camera. During the weekend, I got a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at NBC Sports’ NASCAR telecasts.  Rather than come up with a massive tome that will drive the Frontstretch editing staff up the wall, the plan … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: What Did Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return to Racing Do For NBCSN?

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Richmond Raceway is quite different these days as compared to 15 years ago.  The cars don’t seem quite as fast as they once did there and passing is more difficult.  Races tend to have long green-flag runs.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have good racing. Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night brought the Monster … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings NASCAR Heat, Wrecks and Tough Work For NBCSN

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The playoffs are now underway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Admittedly, these ten races are my least favorite time of the year, TV-wise.  Most of the good things that have been tried during the season are typically dispatched in favor of a complete focus on the playoffs.  I believe this intense focus hurts … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Indianapolis Brings the Perfect Storm of Bad Weather

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was nothing short of a perfect storm for race fans. Three days of rain in Indianapolis meant that no one managed to turn a lap on the 2.5-mile oval until Monday morning.  That, plus DVR issues (can’t just take the day off to watch the races) meant that viewing the races for this … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Darlington Brings Booth Switching & The Ross Chastain Party

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Throwback weekend is always an interesting time.  Old-school paint schemes reigned supreme at Darlington.  Old-school driver shirts were out in force.  In my friend Brien’s case, he has the fire suit that Ernie Irvan wore in the 1990 Daytona 500 and wore that to a meet-and-greet with Irvan.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t sit in … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Road Course Broadcasts Show Shenanigans, Limitations

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took their third and final weekend off for 2018.  For those race fans in the need for a racing fix, both the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series hit the twisties for some action.  The results were interesting. Johnsonville 180 Saturday afternoon brought the XFINITY Series to … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Multiple Bristol NASCAR Storylines Produce Tough NBCSN Coverage Decisions

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bristol Motor Speedway’s August NASCAR weekend has always been one of the sport’s can’t miss events on the calendar.  This year was no exception as there was a trio of highly competitive races to broadcast on television. Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race The weather ultimately made the Bristol Night Race not quite as much … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings 2 Different Broadcast Strategies

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In recent years, races at Michigan have dropped off as far as competitiveness goes.  The track was repaved for 2012 due to some huge bumps.  Despite seven seasons of racing and six Michigan winters, the groove still has not widened much.  Track position has been paramount. Consumers Energy 400 Prior to the race, Dale Jarrett … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: How Was Brian France’s Arrest & Leave of Absence Covered?

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

The original plan for this week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday was to talk about how NBC covered Sunday’s (Aug. 5) Go Bowling at the Glen.  We would have discussed the MVP (Multiple Vantage Point) coverage and how NBC treated Chase Elliott’s first win. Unfortunately, two hours after Elliott took the checkers and roughly 45 minutes … Read more

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