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Couch Potato Tuesday: Alex Bowman’s Rise From the Tram, Jeff Gordon Develops

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was a busy one. You had the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series teams at Phoenix Raceway. SRO America opened its season at Circuit of the Americas and my niece Londyn turned six on Sunday. That meant that I spent most of the race at Dave & Busters. Today, we’ll focus on the FanShield …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Brings Action, Questionable Waltrip Role to Fontana

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Opinions on Auto Club Speedway have shifted significantly over the years. There was originally joy that NASCAR was back in Southern California, then anger that it was boring, and finally supreme anger toward NASCAR for giving the track a second date on Labor Day weekend back in 2004. That move was problematic for a bunch …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings Competition, Rain and Disagreeing Analysts

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway brought a fair amount of clarity regarding Ryan Newman’s crash in Daytona 500 and the aftermath. If the transcript of Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark’s press conference is to be believed, Newman’s family was joking in the hospital about him “having no neck” and referring to him as thick last …

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Couch Potato Wednesday: The Protocol for Covering Serious Incidents

Oh boy.  Daytona brings us plenty to talk about this week.  Given what happened Monday, we need to start there. As you all know by now, Ryan Newman is currently at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.  His injuries have not been made public, but as of this writing, he is awake, alert and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Season Debut a Dress Rehearsal at Best

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Here we are. Speedweeks once again. Good to get the blood going with some racing after a long offseason. That said, Sunday saw probably one of the biggest wreckfests in recent memory. Not swell. For many NASCAR fans, Sunday was their first taste of the two-man booth and what FOX Sports will offer for NASCAR …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR on NBC Needs Coverage of More Than Just the Championship 4

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Well, the NASCAR season is now complete.  Kyle Busch is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.  Out of the five of us from Frontstretch that worked the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, I was the only one to pick him to do it.  Ultimately, Busch was the only one to not screw up Sunday.  Sometimes, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Some Quick Thoughts

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The season is now complete. You’re probably wondering what I thought of the broadcasts this past weekend from Homestead-Miami Speedway. Truth is, I was in Homestead last weekend covering the event for Frontstretch. I wrote articles, interviewed drivers, tweeted and took over 3,000 photos. Pretty busy weekend, don’t you think? That said, I haven’t been …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix Championship Coverage Was Ridiculous

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We now know the names of all 12 drivers that will be fighting for the championships this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Once everyone gets to Florida, it will be all championship, all the time. TV-wise, will that be any different than what we got in Phoenix on Sunday? Bluegreen Vacations 500k Based on what we …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Texas Provides Decent Racing and Conflict of Interest?

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Beer / Ducks Unlimited and #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield

Ever since Texas Motor Speedway was reconfigured into the current version, I’ve always thought that the track races somewhat similar to the original Texas Motor Speedway of 1997.  The first stage of Sunday’s race was very much like 1997.  Chaotic as heck. Sunday’s 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway was almost like two completely separate …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Has Decent Sunday, FOX Sports 1 Has a Nightmare

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Martinsville was very interesting.  The rules package made for another anticlimactic Cup race with a grand total of three lead changes.  That’s the same as what we had back in March.  Then again, the weekend will be remembered for two instances. First Data 500 Yes, Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday’s First Data 500, leading 464 …

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