Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Off-Site NASCAR Commentator Issue Continues For FOX

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

For NASCAR’s XFINITY Series, getting away from its big brother, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, for a weekend helps establish a separate identity.  The division becomes more than just “Cup Lite.” Unfortunately, as we’ve seen recently, creating a standalone event comes at a cost; a serious cutback in television production value and support. Iowa …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michael Waltrip Just Isn’t Serious Enough

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Rain is the worst part of oval racing.  Unlike road courses, rain is a complete no go. Last weekend was every bit of that in Michigan, not just for the Monster Energy Cup Series, but the XFINITY Series as well.  We’ll cover the LTi Printing 250 later this week.  For now, the focus is on Sunday’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Dale Jr. Cavalry Comes to NBC

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After the generalized exhaustion of my last two weeks (five days at racetracks, two Saturdays of commutes from one track to another, etc.) we’re going to do something a little different in this space.  Don’t worry; we’ll still critique Sunday’s Pocono 400 later this week.  But the fact I was at the race covering it, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Adjusts Themselves in Charlotte, ESPN Bids Farewell to Indy

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest race weekends of the entire year in motorsports.  You have Monaco, Charlotte and Indianapolis.  Add Lime Rock for Pirelli World Challenge on top of that and you basically have four days without sleep. Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night saw the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series take on Charlotte …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Pimps New NASCAR Package

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

All-Star Weekend is typically the time of year where NASCAR likes to throw things out there.  In the past, the Monster Energy All-Star Race saw the creation of segments, inversions, eliminations, and mandatory pit stops that required a pen and paper to determine who was going to line up where. 2018 brought even more shenanigans. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Is FOX Production Making NASCAR Seem Boring?

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Kansas Speedway has always been a tough go for NASCAR since the track got a second date in 2011. It’s even worse that the race is held on Saturday night of Mother’s Day weekend. Certainly, Mother’s Day would be a difficult sell, but the time leads to a reduced television audience and a difficult position …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Mixed Reviews For FOX Sports 1 NASCAR Dover Coverage

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Another NASCAR race weekend, another weekend plagued by weather. Good lord. Luckily, every stock car race got in with full network television coverage. AAA 400 Drive For Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup teams took to the Monster Mile on Sunday for 400 miles of racing. Arguably, the track’s longtime nickname doesn’t really reference the present. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Drivers Only Broadcast Shines

Joey Logano leading a quiet race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Talladega brings all kinds of unusual instances.  This year, we got drivers in the booth, Darrell Waltrip apparently not being in on a joke and wheelies.  By Talladega standards, it was quirky, but not insane. Before we get into the Alabama adventure, there’s some TV news of note.  On Monday, IMSA and NBC Sports jointly …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Richmond Brings More FOX Side-by-Side Action

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Richmond Raceway put on two fairly different races last weekend.  One was going to be one of the fastest Cup races ever at Richmond until a series of late cautions.  The other was not quite as clean. Toyota Owners 400 Last weekend’s races were moved back to nighttime in response to fan input.  Well, it’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with Weather Woes Once Again in Bristol

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The 2018 racing season has been a tricky one to handle.  Weather has been an issue darn near every week.  The Food City 500 started early on Sunday, then was stopped after 204 laps and pushed to Monday.  Brutal. Food City 500 As announced Saturday, NASCAR moved the start of the Food City 500 up …

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