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It’s been a season of highs and lows for Gibbs

Monday, August 18th, 2008

By Richard Allen
 
Joe Gibbs knows about the highs and lows of big time sports. He has coached teams that won the Super Bowl and he has coached teams with losing records. NASCAR has treated him no differently and 2008 has been a classic example of that.
Here are some of the highs and lows of his […]

Toyota foiled again in the Motor City

Monday, August 18th, 2008

By Richard Allen
With the Dark Knight movie having done so well this summer I thought a Batman reference would be appropriate. So, here goes. Holy Manufacturer, Batman! Toyota has been foiled again in the Motor City.
Wins at the Michigan International Speedway are coveted by NASCAR teams because they take place just a short distance from […]

Team Hendrick in the pits and other Michigan notes

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

By Richard Allen
 
Once again, second guessers will have an opportunity to scrutinize Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsports crew.
Just like last week in Watkins Glen, Junior had a strong car early in the race. He got out front early in the 3M Performance 400 and looked like he had a chance for a repeat […]

Stewart, Gordon and others still seeking first win

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

By Richard Allen

Sunday is a day when people often look through their newspapers for the classified ads. So, I thought I would add one on behalf of several NASCAR drivers.
Winning NASCAR Driver seeking first win. Can be on big speedway, short track or cookie cutter. Please come soon as time is running out.
There are no […]

NASCAR schedule needs more variety

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

By Richard Allen
 
 

With this week’s race in Michigan coming up, it got me thinking about the tracks NASCAR runs on. While they may vary in length from 1 ½ to 2 miles, the basic shape of so many tracks is essentially the same. So, it got me wondering if NASCAR needs another road course added […]

Kenseth in good shape as Chase approaches

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

By Richard Allen

Matt Kenseth entered the Centurion Boats at The Glen in 13th place of the overall standings, just outside the all important Top 12. Even he would have probably admitted his chances were not too good for moving up in the standings on a road course. No doubt, he was just hoping to get […]

No one able to trim Busch and other notes from Watkins Glen

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

By Richard Allen
 
Kyle Busch just keeps rolling. After a 15th in Indianapolis and a 36th in Pocono it may have appeared as though he and his team had lost their edge, but instead, they looked as sharp as ever in winning the Centurion Boats at The Glen.
Busch led the most laps and won the race, […]

Junior doomed by pit strategy

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

By Richard Allen
 
When Dale Earnhardt, Jr. passed Kyle Busch to take the lead on lap 2 of the Centurion Boats at The Glen the crowd let out an enormous roar. Junior went on to lead a number of laps from that point.
As a matter of fact, Junior may well have had the best car in […]

Section of The Glen should be named for McDuffie

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

By Richard Allen
 
J.D. McDuffie stood for everything a NASCAR racer is, or was, supposed to stand for. He worked hard, he never gave up and he struggled against the odds. These characteristics are exemplified by the fact that he still holds the record for the most starts, 653, by a Sprint Cup Series driver without […]

This could be the last chance for the Wood Brothers to win

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

By Richard Allen

Sunday’s race in Watkins Glen could provide the last chance for famed Wood Brothers Racing to win a race.
The Wood Brothers began fielding NASCAR race cars from their Stuart, Virginia shop in 1953. Since then they have collected 97 checkered flags including wins in the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600, the Southern 500 […]

Good News, Bad News for Waltrip

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

By Richard Allen

It has definitely been an up and down past few weeks for Michael Waltrip. So, with that being said, there is good news and bad news for the Michael Waltrip Racing team.
Since nobody likes to start off with bad news, the good news will come first. Waltrip and longtime sponsor NAPA recently announced […]

Earnhardt, Johnson, others seeking road course experience

Friday, August 8th, 2008

By Richard Allen
 
Normally I am not a proponent of Sprint Cup drivers competing in the Nationwide Series, but this weekend it makes perfect sense for them to do so.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton and Ryan Newman are among those who have not exactly been regulars on the second circuit this season […]

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