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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Stays Up Late at Darlington

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I can only speak for myself, but this was one of the most tiring weekends in recent years that didn’t involve covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A Cup race that started nearly four hours late due to rain, combined with weekend edit responsibilities and a number of major sports car series we (read: I) …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How Did FOX Sports 1 Handle the Tyler Dippel Situation Sunday?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took last weekend off. Despite that fact, there was still plenty of action to keep you occupied. The Xfinity Series traveled to Road America, while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series spent the weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario. Today, we’ll focus on the truck racing in Canada. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Matt DiBenedetto Party

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bristol Motor Speedway is always pretty interesting. There’s likely going to be shenanigans. Since the track was reconfigured 12 years ago, there is a higher likelihood of side-by-side racing. That said, Bristol is effectively a bowl. Last weekend, NASCAR teams M.I.X.ed the flour into the bowl. Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Saturday night’s race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings Interesting Storylines but Constrictive Coverage

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the current rules, Michigan International Speedway has become either a toss-up or a runaway. It’s literally either or. That said, fuel mileage has always been key on the two-mile D-shaped track, regardless of series. That’s what we got on Sunday. Sunday’s race was ultimately competitive at times. We had 19 lead changes, which isn’t …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Watkins Glen Brings Antics But Isn’t Dale Jr.’s Best Day

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Watkins Glen International always provides an interesting race for fans to watch. Sunday (August 4) saw a race that was light on lead changes but high on storylines and shenanigans. Also, before we start, yes, Racing Wives finally premiered Friday night on CMT. My hotel room in Vestal, N.Y. last weekend did not have the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Pocono Brings a Radio Broadcast, Action in Quick Bursts

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Pocono Raceway is always a bit of a toss-up. You have races that are complete runaways, then you have nailbiters. Last weekend produced one of each, for different reasons. Gander RV 400 The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Pocono Sunday for 400 miles (and change) of action. Sunday saw a little different type …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Brings Decent Action at New Hampshire, Too Much Post-Race Kevin Harvick

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Weather-wise, last weekend was brutal. Temperatures in Loudon, NH got up to 93 degrees during the race. At Lime Rock on Saturday, it was worse. Apparently, Michelin brings its own weather station to the track each week. It measured an air temperature during the Northeast Grand Prix of 98 degrees. That was combined with a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Does a GWC Alone Make a Broadcast Great?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kentucky Speedway provided viewers with a somewhat mixed race. Yes, you had a classic finish between the Busch brothers. You also had the other 266 laps. How did NBCSN handle them? Quaker State 400 Saturday night saw an average Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. In all honesty, none of these races have ever really been …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Deals With Rain in Daytona … Again

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Daytona International Speedway in July. Good cripes. I covered six consecutive years’ worth of July weekends there for Frontstretch (2010-2015). In that time, three of the Cup races were affected by rain. The 2010 race started over two hours late and ended at 12:50 a.m. The 2014 race, like this past weekend’s race, was postponed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Sports Returns to the Fold With Competitive Action

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chicagoland Speedway is a worn-out track that has not been repaved since before the venue opened in 2001. It’s not the oldest asphalt on the circuit (that goes to Auto Club Speedway), but it’s still quite competitive. TV-wise, Chicagoland Speedway is quite important because it is the point of the season in which NBC Sports …

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