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Couch Potato Wednesday: The Protocol for Covering Serious Incidents

Oh boy.  Daytona brings us plenty to talk about this week.  Given what happened Monday, we need to start there. As you all know by now, Ryan Newman is currently at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.  His injuries have not been made public, but as of this writing, he is awake, alert and … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Season Debut a Dress Rehearsal at Best

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Here we are. Speedweeks once again. Good to get the blood going with some racing after a long offseason. That said, Sunday saw probably one of the biggest wreckfests in recent memory. Not swell. For many NASCAR fans, Sunday was their first taste of the two-man booth and what FOX Sports will offer for NASCAR … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR on NBC Needs Coverage of More Than Just the Championship 4

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Well, the NASCAR season is now complete.  Kyle Busch is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.  Out of the five of us from Frontstretch that worked the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, I was the only one to pick him to do it.  Ultimately, Busch was the only one to not screw up Sunday.  Sometimes, … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Some Quick Thoughts

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

The season is now complete. You’re probably wondering what I thought of the broadcasts this past weekend from Homestead-Miami Speedway. Truth is, I was in Homestead last weekend covering the event for Frontstretch. I wrote articles, interviewed drivers, tweeted and took over 3,000 photos. Pretty busy weekend, don’t you think? That said, I haven’t been … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix Championship Coverage Was Ridiculous

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We now know the names of all 12 drivers that will be fighting for the championships this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Once everyone gets to Florida, it will be all championship, all the time. TV-wise, will that be any different than what we got in Phoenix on Sunday? Bluegreen Vacations 500k Based on what we … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Texas Provides Decent Racing and Conflict of Interest?

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Beer / Ducks Unlimited and #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield

Ever since Texas Motor Speedway was reconfigured into the current version, I’ve always thought that the track races somewhat similar to the original Texas Motor Speedway of 1997.  The first stage of Sunday’s race was very much like 1997.  Chaotic as heck. Sunday’s 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway was almost like two completely separate … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Has Decent Sunday, FOX Sports 1 Has a Nightmare

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martinsville was very interesting.  The rules package made for another anticlimactic Cup race with a grand total of three lead changes.  That’s the same as what we had back in March.  Then again, the weekend will be remembered for two instances. First Data 500 Yes, Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday’s First Data 500, leading 464 … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas Disappoints at Times; Xfinity Brings More Action

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kansas Speedway was an interesting time. Sunday brought the end of the Round of 12 for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, while shenanigans broke out in the Xfinity race. How NBC showed these stories really determined how the broadcast would be perceived. Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday brought yet another cutoff race to the Monster … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Hard to Keep NASCAR on NBCSN From Dozing Off

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dover International Speedway’s October races are some of the most exhausting on the calendar for NASCAR drivers. Cooler-than-normal Sunday temperatures (Oct. 6) at least made the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race slightly less taxing than it could have been. (Next year, with the race scheduled for August on what was the off week between … Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: The ROVAL Drove Me Nuts With Playoff Implications

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL is an interesting proposition.  On paper, it doesn’t seem all that difficult.  In practice, it’s a bit of a wreckfest.  Sunday’s race was rather ridiculous at times.  That said, ridiculousness is perfectly fine here.  It’s how the ridiculousness is covered that is important. Bank of America ROVAL 400k Looking back, likely … Read more

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