Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Watkins Glen Brings Antics But Isn’t Dale Jr.’s Best Day

Watkins Glen 2019 NASCAR Cup Chase Elliott

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Watkins Glen International always provides an interesting race for fans to watch. Sunday (August 4) saw a race that was light on lead changes but high on storylines and shenanigans. Also, before we start, yes, Racing Wives finally premiered Friday night on CMT. My hotel room in Vestal, N.Y. last weekend did not have the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Pocono Brings a Radio Broadcast, Action in Quick Bursts

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Pocono Raceway is always a bit of a toss-up. You have races that are complete runaways, then you have nailbiters. Last weekend produced one of each, for different reasons. Gander RV 400 The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Pocono Sunday for 400 miles (and change) of action. Sunday saw a little different type …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Brings Decent Action at New Hampshire, Too Much Post-Race Kevin Harvick

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Weather-wise, last weekend was brutal. Temperatures in Loudon, NH got up to 93 degrees during the race. At Lime Rock on Saturday, it was worse. Apparently, Michelin brings its own weather station to the track each week. It measured an air temperature during the Northeast Grand Prix of 98 degrees. That was combined with a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Does a GWC Alone Make a Broadcast Great?

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Kentucky Speedway provided viewers with a somewhat mixed race. Yes, you had a classic finish between the Busch brothers. You also had the other 266 laps. How did NBCSN handle them? Quaker State 400 Saturday night saw an average Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. In all honesty, none of these races have ever really been …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Deals With Rain in Daytona … Again

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Daytona International Speedway in July. Good cripes. I covered six consecutive years’ worth of July weekends there for Frontstretch (2010-2015). In that time, three of the Cup races were affected by rain. The 2010 race started over two hours late and ended at 12:50 a.m. The 2014 race, like this past weekend’s race, was postponed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Sports Returns to the Fold With Competitive Action

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Chicagoland Speedway is a worn-out track that has not been repaved since before the venue opened in 2001. It’s not the oldest asphalt on the circuit (that goes to Auto Club Speedway), but it’s still quite competitive. TV-wise, Chicagoland Speedway is quite important because it is the point of the season in which NBC Sports …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Bids Farewell to Darrell Waltrip

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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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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