NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Talladega Brings Child-Like Delight, Confusion to Broadcast

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Talladega is always an interesting race weekend, whether it’s in real life, or in iRacing. Last weekend was no exception as the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series visited the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Meanwhile, an outsider dominated the show Saturday at the virtual Circuit of the Americas. GEICO 70 Sunday’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Stupidity Arises on the Radio, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets Too Much Focus

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Oh boy. As you know by now, stupidity has reared its head once again. The original plan was to talk about Saturday’s Chevrolet 275k broadcast on NBCSN and maybe touch upon Landon Cassill’s Monza Madness. Had Kyle Larson not done what he did, that portion of the article would have likely covered Allen Bestwick chipping …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Texas Brings Close Action, The Ruch Life More Real Than Expected

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Week No. 2 of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series brought the stars of NASCAR to the virtual Texas Motor Speedway for 195 miles of racing. A very competitive race saw Timmy Hill go to victory lane. In addition, we’re going to take a look at The Ruch Life, a streaming reality series that follows …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dixie Vodka 150 Allows Viewers to Occupy Themselves with Action

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With no new racing to watch on television, you might wonder what a motorsports TV critic is to do with his time. Right now, there are some delayed broadcasts that are still premiering, but those will quickly become far and few between. While there is the possibility of old-school broadcast critiques at some point (Note: …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Alex Bowman’s Rise From the Tram, Jeff Gordon Develops

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Last weekend was a busy one. You had the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series teams at Phoenix Raceway. SRO America opened its season at Circuit of the Americas and my niece Londyn turned six on Sunday. That meant that I spent most of the race at Dave & Busters. Today, we’ll focus on the FanShield …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Brings Action, Questionable Waltrip Role to Fontana

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Opinions on Auto Club Speedway have shifted significantly over the years. There was originally joy that NASCAR was back in Southern California, then anger that it was boring, and finally supreme anger toward NASCAR for giving the track a second date on Labor Day weekend back in 2004. That move was problematic for a bunch …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings Competition, Rain and Disagreeing Analysts

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway brought a fair amount of clarity regarding Ryan Newman’s crash in Daytona 500 and the aftermath. If the transcript of Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark’s press conference is to be believed, Newman’s family was joking in the hospital about him “having no neck” and referring to him as thick last …

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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, …

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