NASCAR Race Weekend Central

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Scheduling Kansas on a Thursday Night? Not the Best Idea

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Last week was a rather odd setup. The NASCAR Cup Series raced Thursday night at Kansas Speedway. This setup was concocted to avoid Championship Sunday for the Premier League, but I think the whole thing was misguided. Those Championship Sunday games were over by 1 p.m. ET (and five of the 10 were exclusive to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Brings New Innovations, Decent Coverage to Texas

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Last weekend was ridiculous. Too much action at one time. For instance, I originally planned to have a recap of Sunday’s 4 Hours of Le Castellet, the season opener for the European Le Mans Series, here on Frontstretch. I still haven’t seen that race yet. The schedule was just crushing with Cup, Xfinity, the Trucks, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kentucky Action Substandard Until Lap 265

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Guess what? We made it through a NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time in a month without a weather delay. Makes me happy. However, what we ended up with was a very idiosyncratic race. The Quaker State 400 Sponsored By Walmart will likely always be remembered for the final two laps. Cole Custer …

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