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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Ticks Off the Fanbase at Talladega

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Talladega Superspeedway is an interesting place. You can have wild races, or you can have races like the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500, where Stewart-Haas Racing turned the race into their own bash that was completely designed to allow Aric Almirola win. Sunday’s race (Oct. 4) was the former, but that created problems for NBC. Outside of … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Jimmie Johnson’s Tire Failure Flips the Script on NBCSN

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This time of year, the only guarantee that you’re going to get in Las Vegas is hot weather. They got that last weekend. What you also got was strategy and luck playing huge roles. That affects how a race is covered. Sunday brought 96-degree weather and wind into the equation. It also brought an unexpected … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Which Bristol Race Had More Cutoff Coverage?

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Both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series had cutoff races this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. In recent years, Bristol has either provided very exciting or very dull races. It was literally all over the place Friday and Saturday night. You had drivers running away and hiding at times, while there was side-by-side racing … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Richmond Provides Interesting Action If You Look Closely

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Richmond Raceway in recent years has taken on a different look. Yahoo! Sports’ Nick Bromberg made note of this on Twitter after the race Saturday night. From 2001-2010 there were 14 Richmond races with 10 or more cautions From 2011-2020 there have been 3 Richmond races with 10 or more cautions Since the start of stage … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Darlington Brings Wall Contact & Horses to Play

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Oh yes, Darlington. On Labor Day weekend, this is where NASCAR fans go to sweat gallons of fluid and take in some interesting racing. Viewers had three very different races on the schedule on the egg-shaped oval. Cook Out Southern 500 The centerpiece of Throwback Weekend was 500 miles at Darlington Raceway. I don’t think … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Overpowering Cutoff Coverage, More Desire for Inclusiveness

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Daytona is always an interesting race weekend. This one was shocking for two reasons. One, I was actually home for it. This was the first time I’ve actually been home for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 since 2009. The previous 10 years, I was either at the race, in Watkins Glen for the Sahlen’s Six … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Too Much Cutoff Coverage Masks Somewhat Boring Dover Race

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Last weekend was ludicrous. Just plain too much stuff going on. Normally, Couch Potato Tuesday after the Indianapolis 500 would cover the Indianapolis 500. Problem is, that race was on at the same time as the Drydene 311 No. 2, and I need to keep my TV on NBCSN when races air there. Stupid things … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Takes TV to Places Rarely Seen. That’s Not A Good Thing

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Last weekend was created as a backup weekend, something designed to give all three of NASCAR’s National Series and the ARCA Menards Series a replacement road-course weekend after the scheduled races at Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park were scrubbed. The result was probably not even close to what I … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Sunday Underwhelms, NBCSN Does the Best With the Circumstances Surrounding Road America

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Last weekend was yet another exhausting affair. Pretty much everyone except for INDYCAR and IMSA was in action. The NASCAR Cup Series had a doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway with the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series as support. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series spent its Saturday at alternatively wet and dry … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Loudon Brings Decent Racing, Tire Issues

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway is probably one of the more polarizing tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series calendar. It is one of the toughest tracks on the calendar for passing. This year brought the revised rules package that decreased downforce. The result was a Cup race with the most lead changes on the 1.058-mile oval … Read more

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