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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas Disappoints at Times; Xfinity Brings More Action

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Kansas Speedway was an interesting time. Sunday brought the end of the Round of 12 for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, while shenanigans broke out in the Xfinity race. How NBC showed these stories really determined how the broadcast would be perceived. Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday brought yet another cutoff race to the Monster …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Hard to Keep NASCAR on NBCSN From Dozing Off

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Dover International Speedway’s October races are some of the most exhausting on the calendar for NASCAR drivers. Cooler-than-normal Sunday temperatures (Oct. 6) at least made the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race slightly less taxing than it could have been. (Next year, with the race scheduled for August on what was the off week between …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The ROVAL Drove Me Nuts With Playoff Implications

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Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL is an interesting proposition.  On paper, it doesn’t seem all that difficult.  In practice, it’s a bit of a wreckfest.  Sunday’s race was rather ridiculous at times.  That said, ridiculousness is perfectly fine here.  It’s how the ridiculousness is covered that is important. Bank of America ROVAL 400k Looking back, likely …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Playoffs Envelope Coverage at Richmond

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Richmond Raceway has changed in recent years.  The races this past weekend may have been the least competitive pair of Cup and Xfinity races there in years at the front of the field.  The Cup race had a grand total of six lead changes in 400 laps.  That’s not even the lowest number this decade.  …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Cup Playoffs Start With Mediocre Action & Distractions

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Schedule-wise, this weekend was a terrible idea.  A 7:15 p.m. Sunday night green flag on a non-holiday weekend really doesn’t work well.  Especially when the race is in Las Vegas and the only reason it started that late is the fact that it was 101 degrees at the time the green flag dropped.  The thing …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Playoff Cutoff Brings Hyperfocus

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Oh boy. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a race that has been problematic for NASCAR over the last decade. It appears that they never properly gave penance for the fiasco in 2008. As a result, the race is a shell of it’s former self. It’s a great shame. Yes, there were apparently 65,000 people at …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Stays Up Late at Darlington

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I can only speak for myself, but this was one of the most tiring weekends in recent years that didn’t involve covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A Cup race that started nearly four hours late due to rain, combined with weekend edit responsibilities and a number of major sports car series we (read: I) …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How Did FOX Sports 1 Handle the Tyler Dippel Situation Sunday?

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took last weekend off. Despite that fact, there was still plenty of action to keep you occupied. The Xfinity Series traveled to Road America, while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series spent the weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario. Today, we’ll focus on the truck racing in Canada. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Matt DiBenedetto Party

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Bristol Motor Speedway is always pretty interesting. There’s likely going to be shenanigans. Since the track was reconfigured 12 years ago, there is a higher likelihood of side-by-side racing. That said, Bristol is effectively a bowl. Last weekend, NASCAR teams M.I.X.ed the flour into the bowl. Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Saturday night’s race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings Interesting Storylines but Constrictive Coverage

2019 Michigan Cup pack racing

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With the current rules, Michigan International Speedway has become either a toss-up or a runaway. It’s literally either or. That said, fuel mileage has always been key on the two-mile D-shaped track, regardless of series. That’s what we got on Sunday. Sunday’s race was ultimately competitive at times. We had 19 lead changes, which isn’t …

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