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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 […]

Kasey Kahne has been on a roller coaster ride since his Bristol win of last year

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

 
By Richard Allen
When it was announced almost three years ago that driver Kasey Kahne would join Hendrick Motorsports at the beginning of the 2012 season, expectations were through the roof. After all, how could there not be success when what was then considered one of NASCAR’s most talented drivers joins forces with the sport’s most powerful organization?
And […]

Why isn’t the ‘Junior Effect’ giving NASCAR a TV ratings boost?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

By Richard Allen
In case you hadn’t noticed, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is off to a great start in 2014. The Hendrick Motorsports driver won the Daytona 500, ran a solid 2nd the next week in Phoenix then had his car sputter as it ran out of gas while leading with the checkered flag virtually in sight last weekend in Las Vegas.
With […]

Pick the Winner contest set for Food City 500 in Bristol

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
I will hold a “Pick the Winner” contest for the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The winner will receive his/her choice of one of the 1:24 die cast cars shown below.

 
Here are the rules and instructions for the contest:
1. Only one entry per contestant.
2. To win, contestant must be a follower […]

Look for Joe Gibbs Racing to move to the top this weekend in Vegas

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

By Richard Allen

It’s not as if the cars fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing have been terrible so far in 2014. After all, drivers Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have each scored a top-10 finish in the two Sprint Cup races held to this point. But this is an organization that has set its own […]

Which is more valuable: A Daytona 500 Win or a Championship?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

By Richard Allen
The title of this piece may sound ridiculous. After all, isn’t the Sprint Cup championship the ultimate prize in NASCAR? Surely it is valued more highly than any race win, even the Daytona 500. But before making a definitive decision on the matter, hear out the reasoning.
During one of the pre-race shows for […]

New Qualifying System Adds Intrigue and Excitement

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

 
By Richard Allen
I often use this site to criticize NASCAR for things I believe they are doing wrong, and there seems to be plenty of opportunity for such of late. And when the sanctioning body does something well, I try to give credit where credit is due.
All that said, I will offer praise for the new […]

Phoenix provides the first real test for the “New NASCAR”

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

 
 By Richard Allen
By most accounts, the Daytona 500 came off as a tremendous success for NASCAR. The sport’s most popular driver won the race. Track and series officials were praised for their efforts to get the race in despite rain doing its part to ruin the day. And, drivers mixed it up throughout much of […]

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