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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.

Tracking the Trucks: 2010 O’Reilly 200 at Bristol

Kyle Busch won the O’Reilly 200 – his third consecutive Truck win at Bristol – when he took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Aric Almirola. Busch pitted once around lap 30 and had just enough fuel to hold onto the lead through a green-white-checkered finish and celebrate with a burnout.

Mirror Driving: Bad Boys in Bristol, NASCAR in Canada & a Lady’s Future

Kevin Harvick has led the points standings for much of the season, but he’s been overlooked by many fans and media as a true NASCAR title favorite. Did his victory at Michigan elevate Harvick to the role of a championship threat in a year when no team has been able to find much consistency?

Full Throttle: In NASCAR, Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

NASCAR racing is an inherently dangerous sport with drivers pushing their cars to the limits of control and testing every part on the car — sometimes to the breaking point — for the entire distance of a race. While those drivers focus on running their cars that fast passing other drivers who are running near …

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5 Points to Ponder: Mark Martin’s Misery, All Hail ARCA & the Entitlement of Joey, Kyle & Denny

Just one year ago, Mark Martin won the first race at Michigan and came within a splash of gas of at least a top-five finish in the second one. Now, after a mediocre 16th-place run in the spring race, he was running as a top 15 car again this Sunday before contact with David Reutimann put the No. 5 in the wall, causing enough damage to result in an ugly 28th-place finish that dropped the 51-year-old outside the top 12 in points.

Talking NASCAR TV: Why ESPN Excelled at Michigan Coverage

Hello, race fans. It’s that time once again – critique time! This past weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series had a standalone race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night. How were these telecasts to watch on TV? Let’s find out.

Tracking the Trucks: 2010 Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.531 seconds ahead of Timothy Peters to win the Too Tough to Tame 200 Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. Bodine made his final pit stop on lap 77 and managed to come out on top of a fuel gamble thanks to several laps run under caution on the way to the checkers.

Todd Bodine Holds Off Timothy Peters to Tame the Lady in Black

Timothy Peters was on the pole and led laps early, but Todd Bodine used his extensive experience at Darlington to come on late and ended up visiting victory lane once again at the Track Too Tough to Tame. Bodine had previously won at Darlington in the Nationwide Series and now adds a Truck Series victory …

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Austin Dillon is Racing for More Than a Victory This Weekend

Austin Dillon’s sponsor in the Camping World Truck Series is Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor goods retailer that is well known for not only offering a great variety of hunting and fishing items, but also for doing a large amount of charitable work throughout the country. This weekend, Bass Pro Shops is working with the …

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Timothy Peters on Pole for 2010 Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington

Timothy Peters was consistent in the two Too Tough to Tame 200 practice sessions before qualifying, and it paid off for him when the time came to lay it down in qualifying. Peters was the 17th truck on the track, which didn’t really make difference since the track temperature stayed relatively constant during the hour …

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