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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Phoenix II

One to go! Can you believe we are down to Homestead already? While it doesn’t appear that this weekend’s championship will be nearly as exciting as last year’s and that Keseowski all but has this one, all that needs to happen is, well, basically what happened to Johnson last week and it’s back to a barn burner.

Couch Potato Tuesday: Fracas Coverage Good, Focus Again Hurts ESPN

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast breakdown is the name of the game. This past weekend, NASCAR’s National series were all in Avondale, Arizona for 662 scheduled miles of action. I have no doubts that ESPN wasn’t expecting what they got on Sunday, but let’s take a look at the three race telecasts on offer.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Texas-2

A tight election and a tight championship. Is 2012 just the year for photo finishes? Perhaps, but we still have a ways to go yet in the Sprint Cup Series championship that’s now down to 812 miles of competition. Jimmie Johnson all but staked his claim as the next Sprint Cup Series titlist, though Brad Keselowski is certainly holding his own during a Texas twister that didn’t get decided until the final restart. While, unlike the election, you may not get to vote on the next champ, you certainly should exercise your right … to tune in!

Couch Potato Tuesday: Title-itis Hurts Telecasts in All Three Series

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where TV criticism and opinion is the name of the game. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series were all at Texas Motor Speedway.

Before we start, I have a clarification for you regarding the feature on Timothy Peters that ran during NCWTS Setup prior to the Martinsville race. “Last week,”: I mentioned that SPEED had aired that before. I was right. However, I was under the opinion that it aired during a prior episode of the Setup (hence why I was feverishly going through my pages of notes). Instead, the Peters piece aired earlier this season on NASCAR RaceHub. A shortened version of it is what aired on the Martinsville Setup show.

The Critic’s Annex 103- VP Small Engine Fuels 200

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to the Critic’s Annex, where we take an additional look at motorsports-related programming. Outside of the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series teams racing in Martinsville this past weekend, there really wasn’t all that much racing available for public consumption on television. However, on Saturday night, SPEED aired tape-delayed …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Jeff Agnew Chasing The Dream


Mike Neff: *You’re 46 years old, brother! How much longer are you going to do this?*

Jeff Agnew: I really don’t know. My boss, Eddie Asbury up in Bluefield, he loves to race and we all love to race. If we can keep going out and be fairly competitive, and put on a good show, I really don’t know. We’ll just keep going as long as we can go.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Martinsville II

Happy Halloween! How many drivers do you think are “scared” after last weekend’s crazy race at Martinsville? I can tell you Jimmie Johnson is nothing but confident with three races left, though the margin between he and Brad Keselowski should at least make him slightly nervous. The sixth-place result from the No. 2 team, a career best from their driver leaves the two-time Chaser within striking distance.

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