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Kevin Harvick is justified in getting upset with his pit crew

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

By Richard Allen
Over the course of his career, Kevin Harvick has been known for chastising his crew over the in-car radio following poor pit stops. This was again brought to light during NASCAR’s most recent races at the Kentucky Motor Speedway when the driver admonished his JR Motorsports crew during Friday night’s Nationwide Series race and […]

Matt Kenseth’s post-race interview explained why Kentucky race lacked passing

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season seemed to start off with such promise. The racing appeared to be getting better as cars actually passed one another and there was entertainment brought on by factors other than fuel mileage stretches and close finishes contrived by late race cautions. As a result, attendance also seemed to […]

The ‘Jimmie Johnson effect’ + TNT = summer lull for NASCAR

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
Yes NASCAR fans, it’s that time again. It’s the time for some things to change in the Sprint Cup Series and for some things to stay the same.
Among those things that will be changing is the television network covering the sport. TNT will replace Fox as the primary broadcaster of NASCAR’s top division over the […]

Is Danica the most divisive NASCAR driver since Dale Earnhardt?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Believe it or not, Danica Patrick has been at the center of much discussion lately in the NASCAR world. After her top-10 finish in Kansas and her top-5 qualifying effort for the Coca-Cola 600, many fans and media have again taken sides to debate just what those results actually mean. Further, after she failed to earn […]

NASCAR has no Indy 500…and that’s a good thing

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

By Richard Allen
On Monday evening I was asked to go on the ‘Mojo with Chris Moore and Brian Jones’ radio show on CBS Sports Radio to discuss various talking points about the recent running of the Indianapolis 500. In particular, the show’s producer had seen a Twitter post of mine in which I had criticized […]

Trevor Bayne needs wins to remain in the spotlight

Friday, May 16th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Trevor Bayne has built a pretty impressive resume for a driver of only 23 years of age. The Knoxville native scored a win in the sport’s biggest event(Daytona 500) back in 2011 and has added two Nationwide Series wins since. But he could be in danger of being lost in the shuffle in the current NASCAR landscape […]

Saturday Night NASCAR: Good for tracks but bad for TV?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

By Richard Allen
The 2014 edition of ‘The Masters’ golf tournament drew its lowest television ratings since 1957, but the reasons for that were easy to see. Tiger Woods wasn’t there, Phil Mickelson was a non factor, and there was very little drama during the final round on Sunday. If there is drama and the most notable players […]

Worn tires and worn tracks are making for great racing

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

By Richard Allen
The past three weeks of racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been some of the best in the sport in a number of years. There has been passing of the leader and all other positions through the field as well as some exciting extra-curricular activities. And each of those events have […]

Don’t be too quick to only blame Goodyear for Fontana tire issues

Monday, March 24th, 2014

By Richard Allen
If you’re like me, you feel a little sick to your stomach every time you hear a certain television announcer assure viewers that tire troubles at a particular track are “not the fault of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company”. But after this weekend’s events at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., […]

Kevin Harvick quickly becoming the “poster driver” for the new Chase format

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Under the original model of NASCAR points, Kevin Harvick would have dug himself into a bit of a hole by now. After four points paying Sprint Cup races, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has posted a win in Phoenix along with a 13th in Daytona and two other disastrous finishes of 41st and 39th […]

It wasn’t the new Chase format that created great racing in Bristol

Monday, March 17th, 2014

By Richard Allen
 The racing on Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway was outstanding. Drivers were swapping positions as they moved up and down the score board all throughout the day and night in what has proven to be the most entertaining race so far in this young 2014 NASCAR season.
But please, don’t be fooled by […]

Trevor Bayne looks to continue solid Nationwide start on home turf

Friday, March 14th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Trevor Bayne has certainly gotten off to a solid start in the 2014 Nationwide Series. The Knoxville, Tenn. native has posted three top-10 finishes in three starts so far in the 2014 version of NASCAR’s “second series”. And what better place for the Roush Fenway Racing driver to be coming to with momentum in his […]

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