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Talking NASCAR TV: Montreal Has Great Action, But TV Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to another edition of Talking NASCAR TV. Between the normal column and The Critic’s Annex for our Frontstretch Newsletter, this is the 100th critique I’ve written for Frontstretch. Last weekend, the Nationwide Series was in Montreal for the fourth running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN’s Coverage Comes up Short in Bristol

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week once again. I’m going through the past weekend’s NASCAR race broadcasts with a fine-tooth comb. The Camping World Truck Series was at Bristol on Wednesday night, while the Nationwide Series raced Friday night and the Sprint Cup Series Saturday night.

No Bull: A Great Year Disguised as the Worst for 1 of NASCAR’s Best Owners

Chip Ganassi’s three-peat weekend only added to the craziness of the 2010 season for the ubiquitous owner. Saturday, Ganassi’s Grand-Am team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won by fractions of a second at Watkins Glen, and then 24 hours later, Juan Pablo Montoya won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for his first victory on tour in over three years.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Signing a contract extension must have agreed with AJ Allmendinger. After settling his 2011 plans earlier this week, Allmendinger thanked his Richard Petty Motorsports team with a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen, the best of the year for the underfunded No. 43. Though he didn’t quite have the car to make a bid at the end, Allmendinger dogged the leaders all day long, holding off a charging Carl Edwards in the Bus Stop on the final lap and garnering a little TV time for his often overlooked team.

No Bull: Bad Calls Can Quickly Cost You Credibility

While NASCAR raced at open-wheel’s hallowed ground on Sunday, IndyCar stole the spotlight hours after the checkered flag flew at Indianapolis. As Helio Castroneves led the field to the green flag and a restart on lap 92 of the 95-lap Honda Edmonton Indy, he stayed to the inside portion of the frontstretch as the field …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Controversy Never Keeps ESPN From Jumping Ship

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week again, the one where I go through race broadcasts with a fine-toothed comb. The Sprint Cup Series took this past weekend off. However, as you’re probably aware of by now, the events of this past Saturday night will probably play a role in Sunday’s Brickyard 400. …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Too Much Focus on Leaders Hurts Road-Race Telecasts

Hello, race fans and welcome back to the weekly look into the race broadcasts we all watch. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series was in Sonoma, Calif. for the Toyota/Save Mart 350k. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series was in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for the inaugural Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at the 4.048-mile Road America …

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