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NASCAR’s supposed new Chase system is really just a joke, right?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

By Richard Allen
In a story first posted by the Charlotte Observer late last week, details of a proposed new system to be used to determine the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion were unveiled. To say the least, the changes are very different from the Chase for the Sprint Cup format that has been used since 2004. And further, […]

NASCAR wouldn’t need so much tweaking if there hadn’t already been so much tweaking

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
In a recent appearance on the Motor Racing Network, NASCAR chairman Brian France hinted that changes were on the way for the sport he has been charged with running for the past decade.
“We’re working on the (race) format of the future, maybe it’s a little bit different, maybe it’s more than a little,’’ France told those listening […]

NASCAR on TV: Are the Networks Really Giving 100%?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

*I originally began this three part ‘NASCAR on TV’ series a couple of weeks ago and intended to run the final piece at that time but a technical glitch with the website prevented that. So, here is that final posting.
 By Richard Allen
In a frequently joked about moment during the 2013 NASCAR season, the sanctioning body “mandated” that its […]

Kudos to Steve Letarte on his decision to give up crew chief job

Friday, January 10th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Since 2011, Steve Letarte has had one of the most thankless jobs in racing. He has served as the crew chief for NASCAR’s most popular driver and has taken a certain amount of criticism for that role. At the same time, the job is one that could also be viewed as reaching the pinnacle of his […]

NASCAR on TV: What Impact is HDTV Having on Sports Attendance?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Several years ago when HDTV was just beginning to come into its own, I remember hearing a commentator say that the new innovation would have a far greater impact on attendance at sporting events than anyone could imagine. I am beginning to wonder if he was right or if there are other factors […]

NASCAR on TV: Is DVR changing the way fans watch?

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
During a recent edition of “Sports 180″ on Knoxville’s WNML radio station, co-host Will West made the observation that TV networks will spend big money to obtain the rights for broadcasting sports because they can point out to advertisers that viewers do not use their DVRs to record sports as often as they do so […]

Monster Energy Supercross 2014: Can anyone break Ryan Villopoto’s stranglehold?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

By Richard Allen
Even casual followers of Monster Energy Supercross are probably aware that Ryan Villopoto is the most dominant rider in the sport today. But more than that, the Washington native is nearing a record that could prove him to be the most dominant rider ever to take on the high jumps, twists and turns […]

The Worst of NASCAR 2013 was ….

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

By Richard Allen
There were certainly good moments in NASCAR during the 2013 season, but there were also some negatives. So, here is my list of those less than memorable things to occur in the past year.

The Daytona 500- For an event that is often billed as “The Super Bowl of NASCAR” this race was a […]

The Best of NASCAR 2013 was…

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

By Richard Allen
 As we reach the end of another year, I realize that this blog has not often harped on the positive regarding NASCAR during the 2013 season. But the fact of the matter is, I am indeed a fan of racing in general and NASCAR in particular. So with that in mind, I have assembled […]

Santa’s NASCAR Naughty and Nice Lists

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

 By Richard Allen
Some NASCAR personalities will wake up on Christmas morning to find great gifts delivered by Santa under their trees. However, there are some who will receive the lump of coal from the polar resident known for keeping lists of those who have been naughty and nice.
The crack staff at has obtained a […]

Five issues NASCAR needs to address to improve the Gen6

Friday, December 20th, 2013

By Richard Allen
NASCAR recently completed what we can only hope was a very important test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The session was designed to provide the sanctioning body with information that could lead to changes in the Gen6 car currently being used in the sport.
Hopefully, something will come from said test that will lead to more passing and less […]

Junior and Childress favor the return of the No. 3, so what’s the problem?

Friday, December 13th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Maybe I’m just not very sentimental or something, but I’ve never understood all the fuss about retiring the jersey numbers of athletes. For that matter, I rarely even know the jersey numbers of most athletes. The number on their uniform in no way adds to or diminishes from their achievements. The fact that […]

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