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Talking NASCAR TV: Digger’s Bristol Disappearance, Lazy Legends Coverage & Screwy Scrolls

Hello, race fans. After a week off, both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were back in action this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the mountains of eastern Tennessee for both the Food City 500 and Scotts Turf Builder 300. In addition, a special “Saturday Night Special” charity event featuring legends of the …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Grading NASCAR Smarts on SPEED… With This Week in NASCAR Thrown In

Greetings, race fans, and welcome to this week’s TV critique. Unfortunately, all three of NASCAR’s major touring series took the week off last weekend. This leaves me to give my opinions on some of the magazine shows on television. However, the buildup to the NCAA basketball tournaments (men’s and women’s) has gotten in the way …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Aching Over FOX’s Graphical Gremlins in Atlanta

Atlanta brought us two races with tight finishes. This type of action is definitely pleasing for race fans to watch on television – but were the race telecasts up to par? Let’s find out. Often times, the first thing I do on Friday afternoons is click on SPEED to check out either Cup Pole Qualifying …

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Talking NASCAR TV: My Pre-Race Cup Runneth Over – How to Fix It & Other Vegas Notes

Greetings, race fans! Las Vegas was the first NASCAR weekend of the season with only two of its top-three series competing. While the Camping World Truck Series teams took the week off and dealt with the storm that blanketed most of North Carolina with a substantial amount of snow (I got about two inches here …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Race Coverage at Fontana Improves… But Digger Still Lurks in the Shadows

After the pomp and circumstance that is typical of the Daytona 500, NASCAR teams moved on to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. for a tripleheader weekend. Before we begin, as you may remember I was quite critical of FOX’s broadcast of the Daytona 500 – most notably the lack of any mention of rain …

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Talking NASCAR TV: SPEEDing Through 2009 Daytona 500 Week in 3,000 Words or Less

Now that Speedweeks at Daytona are over, it is time to look back and reflect upon what we have seen, and what we have been provided for our viewing pleasure by NASCAR’s media partners for Speedweeks (FOX, SPEED and ESPN2). Before I begin, I should state this. Speedweeks is supposed to be the most important …

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Talking NASCAR TV: 4 Big Offseason Changes for 2009

Editor’s Note: After an offseason of hibernation, our TV critique is back! Join Phil Allaway on Tuesdays every week as he picks apart the ups and downs of NASCAR coverage in 2009. After a long offseason – seemingly made even longer due to SPEED Channel’s near complete lack of offseason motorsports programming (which is another …

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Talking NASCAR TV: NASCAR on ESPN Finale in the Books… the Grading Begins

The second season of NASCAR’ s rebirth on ESPN is in the books. Reactions from NASCAR fans across the nation have been mixed regarding the network’s coverage. When NASCAR and the sports network announced their partnership in 2006, the potential seemed boundless for how good the coverage was going to be. From the first green …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN on ABC… Sort Of? Why the Plug Was Pulled on a Playoff Race

For the third consecutive race, ESPN turned in a solid performance at Phoenix International Raceway. The broadcast team performed well in all areas, displaying only a few weaknesses throughout during what turned into a long, strenuous day. Unfortunately, an error far beyond the control of ESPN’s NASCAR broadcasting team overshadowed at least some of Sunday’s …

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