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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with Weather, Tires and NASCAR Past in Texas

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This has been a very weird year, weather-wise.  Nowhere has that been more evident than last weekend at Texas.  Friday saw temperatures in the mid-80s with humidity and thunderstorms.  Saturday saw a green-flag temperature of 34 degrees for the XFINITY race, then it was barely 50 when the Cup race started on Sunday.  And before …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Double Provides Different Broadcasts

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As you’re surely aware by now, Easter weekend is literally the quietest race weekend of the year for race fans.  In some areas, the local racing season got underway.  One example of that was Southern Virginia, where Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway held their season opener on Saturday night (streamed live on FansChoice). Here in …

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Couch Potato Monday: ESPN’s F1 Return Leaves Much to be Desired

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Author’s Note: Due to the snowstorm that delayed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series races to Monday, we are going to cover those races in next week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, along with a look at FOX’s NASCAR coverage to this point in the season. Meanwhile, last weekend was also …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Bets on Kevin Harvick, Bracket Busted

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Since the middle of the last decade or so, Auto Club Speedway has not been regarded in the best of terms.  It was the poster child of NASCAR’s expansion away from traditional markets, encapsulated by the track getting a second date in 2004 on Labor Day weekend as a result of a date and track …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Average in Phoenix, ABC Crunches St. Petersburg

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Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series traveled to the newly-rechristened ISM Raceway for what will be the final race on the current setup.  In November, the new grandstands will be completed and the old tower will be demolished.  Andy Jeffers, who owns and operates Sports & Entertainment Inc. (they do the advertising for …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Needs to Work To Bring the Action

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Last weekend, Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted its first-ever tripleheader weekend.  It produced some very different races. Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Sunday saw another butt kicking.  Kevin Harvick is in the zone.  His start to 2018 seems a lot like how he started 2014.  You probably remember what happened that year. Admittedly, Sunday’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kevin Harvick Makes FOX’s Work Difficult at Atlanta

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Atlanta Motor Speedway is in a tough spot on the schedule.  As Bryan Gable noted Monday in Up to Speed, this race probably should be run a month from now.  At the end of March, the weather is probably pretty nice in Georgia. February, in general, is a tough go for NASCAR.  There just aren’t …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Serves as a FOX Showcase

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Last weekend in Daytona was quite ridiculous.  Lots of on-track action and lots of wrecking.  That said, my guess is that a lot of my readers were up and down on the broadcasts themselves. Daytona 500 We can’t start off the column without talking about the overnight ratings for the race.  Quite simply, they stink.  …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Unveils New NASCAR Graphics in Daytona

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Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday.  For me, it’s my 10th year of keeping NASCAR’s media partners honest.  For 2018, there will be no real changes in my output, but there are a couple of minor adjustments on the website. You’ve probably noticed that the TV Listings in the tab has been replaced by Television.  …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. & NASCAR Championship Overkill On NBC

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On Sunday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season came to a conclusion at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  It’s pretty obvious what the main topics of discussion were on this day. NBC brought Bob Costas down to Homestead to basically serve as the broadcast’s host.  However, his only real role of note was to interview Dale Earnhardt …

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