Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look Bump Coverage and Kurt Busch in the Booth

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Martinsville is an interesting place.  By anyone’s standards, it is not the kind of place that would normally host a major event.  It’s a small independent city of less than 15,000 people (as of the last census) that is off the beaten path.  The track itself is technically inside of a neighborhood with people living …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas NASCAR Weekend Produced Tough Challenges for NBC Sports

Going into Sunday’s (Oct. 21) Hollywood Casino 400, it was a little difficult to figure out what we were going to see.  The first two races of the weekend at Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval produced a number of crashes for various reasons.  ARCA cars tend to be a bit squirrelly at intermediate tracks; Friday night’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Makes the Best of Talladega Stinker

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Talladega Superspeedway is usually a toss-up, where craziness is the norm and staidness need not apply.  At least on Sunday, that was not the case. Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 had the second-lowest number of lead changes in any Cup race ever run on the 2.66-mile tri-oval (15).  Why?  Because Stewart-Haas Racing apparently found a way to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover NBCSN NASCAR Coverage Brings Playoff Focus, Lack of Variety

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography) #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

Dover is an interesting race track to look at.  It’s a video game come to life… apparently, one I’m not particularly good at.  I only say that because the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte puts the next track on the calendar in their qualifying challenge computers that you can press your luck on.  Last …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Burton Thrives On Chaos in NASCAR on NBC Booth

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

While covering the first ever Charlotte ROVAL event, I moved from behind the couch to beside the camera. During the weekend, I got a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at NBC Sports’ NASCAR telecasts.  Rather than come up with a massive tome that will drive the Frontstretch editing staff up the wall, the plan …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: What Did Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return to Racing Do For NBCSN?

(Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Richmond Raceway is quite different these days as compared to 15 years ago.  The cars don’t seem quite as fast as they once did there and passing is more difficult.  Races tend to have long green-flag runs.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have good racing. Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night brought the Monster …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings NASCAR Heat, Wrecks and Tough Work For NBCSN

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The playoffs are now underway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Admittedly, these ten races are my least favorite time of the year, TV-wise.  Most of the good things that have been tried during the season are typically dispatched in favor of a complete focus on the playoffs.  I believe this intense focus hurts …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Indianapolis Brings the Perfect Storm of Bad Weather

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was nothing short of a perfect storm for race fans. Three days of rain in Indianapolis meant that no one managed to turn a lap on the 2.5-mile oval until Monday morning.  That, plus DVR issues (can’t just take the day off to watch the races) meant that viewing the races for this …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Darlington Brings Booth Switching & The Ross Chastain Party

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Throwback weekend is always an interesting time.  Old-school paint schemes reigned supreme at Darlington.  Old-school driver shirts were out in force.  In my friend Brien’s case, he has the fire suit that Ernie Irvan wore in the 1990 Daytona 500 and wore that to a meet-and-greet with Irvan.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t sit in …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Road Course Broadcasts Show Shenanigans, Limitations

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took their third and final weekend off for 2018.  For those race fans in the need for a racing fix, both the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series hit the twisties for some action.  The results were interesting. Johnsonville 180 Saturday afternoon brought the XFINITY Series to …

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