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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Bids Farewell to Darrell Waltrip

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For FOX Sports, last weekend was the swan song for Darrell Waltrip on television. Beyond Sunday (June 23), Waltrip’s future is unclear. All we know is that he’s going to back to Franklin, Tenn. with his wife Stevie (“the Redhead”) and relaxing for now. Naturally, the focus for Sunday’s broadcast was on Waltrip’s final broadcast …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Tests the Mettle of FOX Sports

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This weekend at Michigan International Speedway turned out a lot like the forecast predicted for Pocono Raceway last week. Intermittent rain pushed the race itself to Monday (June 10). FOX Sports’ coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup pushed the race to an unorthodox 5 p.m. ET start time instead of noon. My understanding is …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Pocono Was Difficult for Everyone, Including FOX Sports 1

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Pocono Raceway is a tough place for creating exciting racing. The current rules package rendered the race as a bit of an unknown. Those that watched last year’s Pocono Green 250 for the Xfinity Series got a taste of what they were in for. Once again, the rulse package played a huge role in what …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Thoughts on NBC Sports’ Indianapolis 500 Debut

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Last weekend was very, very busy. We had hot weather in Charlotte to the point of drivers requiring attention after the race on Saturday, late race action in Indianapolis and a very long Coca-Cola 600. As you know, NBC went all out for Indianapolis. Mike Tirico, who has more or less assumed the role formerly …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: All-Star Race Brings Action, Enthusiasm & Unclear Fight Causation

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Monster Energy All-Star Weekend is always a bit of a toss-up each year. Coming out of Saturday night, the most notable thing that happened was Clint Bowyer going after Ryan Newman after the race. FOX did not air the post-race bumping match between the two drivers live (that was replayed, though). Bowyer going after Newman …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas Provides a Bunch of Action for Viewers

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Kansas Speedway put on a very interesting couple of races last weekend. We got a first-time winner Friday night in Ross Chastain and a very interesting Cup race that looked unlike any race seen so far this year. Digital Ally 400 Saturday night’s 400-mile race was somewhat unexpected. It was a competitive race… whenever Kevin …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Postponed Races Are Nightmares to View

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Rainouts are always difficult for anyone to deal with. NASCAR (and seemingly every major sport) pitches it as an opportunity for fans to use mobile solutions in order to follow the race if they can’t watch at home. In reality, a good percentage of workplaces have cracked down on those types of solutions in recent …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Last Lap Coverage Leaves Much to Be Desired

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Talladega brings a lot of interesting things to NASCAR.  Some of the sport’s loudest and rowdiest fans.  Shenanigans.  Stomach churning.  Maybe that last one’s just me. Normally, a superspeedway race in which everyone more or less stays close to each other all race long should not be that difficult to cover.  After Sunday, I’m not …

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Santino Ferrucci Is Experiencing a New Adventure in the IndyCar Series

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For Santino Ferrucci, 2018 was a year that he’d likely rather forget.  He started out the year at Trident Racing, competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.  In addition, Ferrucci served as a test driver for the Haas F1 Team. After some decent runs, such as a sixth-place finish in the Sprint race in Azerbaijan, …

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The Life of a Racing Pit Reporter: Kelli Stavast

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Back in September, I had the great pleasure to sit down with some of NBC Sports’ on-air personalities.  We’ve already covered the point of view of play-by-play commentator Rick Allen and booth analyst Jeff Burton.  Today, we’re going down to pit road with the help of Kelli Stavast. For me, personally, the first time I …

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