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Bristol Motor Speedway is a track made for first timers

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
Some of the greatest memories of my life are intertwined with the Bristol Motor Speedway. Living in east Tennessee for all of my 46 years, I consider the high-banked facility to be my home NASCAR track. And as a result, I have sat in the grandstands that encircle the half-mile many times.
Of all […]

More road courses, please!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

By Richard Allen
After watching the showdown over the final few laps of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen between eventual winner A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose, I have to say that more road courses on the NASCAR schedule would not be the worst idea in the world. That is especially true when the finish of a couple of years […]

Jeff Gordon doing well is good for NASCAR

Friday, August 8th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Not that it really matters, but Jeff Gordon is currently leading the Sprint Cup standings 21 races into the 2014 season. Of course, under the current NASCAR championship system, leading the points at any stage of the season is not as meaningful as it one was, but the fact that this driver is […]

A single race win is not “deserving” of a Chase berth

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

By Richard Allen
The word “deserve” is probably my least favorite word in the English language. People misuse it far too frequently with little understanding of what it means. But in our modern society, we all tend to think that our mere existence entitles us, or makes us “deserving”, of whatever it is that we want.
To deserve something means to […]

Now or never for Stewart and Ambrose at Watkins Glen?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
Marcos Ambrose and Tony Stewart currently sit 17th and 19th respectively in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. And believe it or not, both go into this weekend with a legitimate shot at making the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff despite the fact that the two drivers have a combined total of ten […]

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 […]

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