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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Kyle Busch Show Takes Center Stage in Fontana

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For seemingly all of last week, much of the coverage surrounding NASCAR had to do with Kyle Busch’s quest for 200 wins in NASCAR’s National Series.  Admittedly, this is more or less a made-up stat.  I don’t recall any real discussion of this (outside of Nick Bromberg’s “what a time to be alive” Twitter posts …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix Brings Changes to FOX, Erik Jones in the Booth

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ISM Raceway brought additional power and higher speeds (as compared to normal). It also brought yet another Kyle Busch sweep.  It was noted on FOX’s broadcast Sunday that this is the 12th time that Busch has swept a weekend (two of those being three-race sweeps).  It seems like more than that at times. The original …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Features the Package, Headscratching Decision Making

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Las Vegas brought viewers the third straight tripleheader weekend to start the season.  Admittedly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was another big unknown, but ended up being a lot more like Atlanta than anyone would have thought. Pennzoil 400 This was it.  The big debut of “the package.”  Did it live up to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Tries to Sell Package, Jimmie Johnson Debuts Decently

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This past weekend, NASCAR invaded Atlanta for their yearly visit to a track where you’d probably not want to drive your street car on.  The surface will chew tires up, and even with the spacers, it was still evident. Before we get started, NASCAR made two TV-related announcements last week.  First, there is the move …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Differing Events, Questions for FOX Sports

Michael McDowell and others were overlooked in the brief post-race coverage (credit: Frontstretch)

Speedweeks is now complete.  You ended up with three very different races at Daytona International Speedway.  Some of it was enjoyable, some not so much.  Regardless, we have a number of different things to look at this week. Daytona 500 The good news coming out of the event dubbed The Great American Race by Ken …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gradually Ramps Up in Cup, ARCA Confounds at Times

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Last weekend, FOX made their racing debut for 2019.  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were back on-track for both the Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying, while ARCA began their season with a new series name.  On paper, not really much has changed there.  Having the series called the ARCA Menards Series simply sounds better …

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2019 NASCAR TV Preview: It’s Time to Get Ready for NASCAR On FOX

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Welcome back to yet another full season of TV opinion, my 11th year of critiquing NASCAR broadcasts.  Jeepers. We’re on the verge of the first major race weekend of the season.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has Daytona 500 qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash on tap.  Meanwhile, the ARCA Racing Series presented …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Rick Allen on Booth Dynamics, Preparation

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Greetings, race fans.  The 2018 NASCAR season is now complete.  Joey Logano, Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt have all claimed championship trophies and the teams are back home at their shops. That said, there’s still some TV stuff going on.  As you may remember, I was in Homestead last weekend for Ford Championship Weekend.  Being …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Playoff Overload On NBC At Phoenix

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The revamped ISM Raceway brought a number of new elements to the package.  For one, there is a Modern Margarita stand just outside of Victory Lane.  Also, the place was so full of locked gates that the Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 drivers couldn’t get to the Media Center for their press conference Friday …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Forced to Deal With Lack of NASCAR Texas Action

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Since Texas Motor Speedway was repaved prior to last year, races there have been rather tepid.  Sunday’s (Nov. 4) AAA Texas 500 was the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race out of four to have exactly 16 lead changes.  That total’s already low but a lot of those 16 changes also came by way …

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