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The Daytona 500 is over, now what do we do?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
The Daytona 500 is in the history books and Matt Kenseth was the winner. So, what did learn from the ‘Great American Race’?
The Daytona 500 is the biggest race on the schedule, but that schedule includes 35 other races. Very few of those other races have any relation to this past Sunday’s event.
Daytona […]

Race Preview and Fantasy Predictions: Auto Club 500

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Track and Location: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Track Layout: 2 mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns and 11 degrees of banking on the front stretch.
Date of Race: Sunday, February 22, 2009
Radio Coverage: MRN(5:30 Eastern)
Television Coverage: Fox(5:00 Eastern)
Start Time: 6:15(Eastern)
If there is one track that best exemplifies old […]

To penalize Junior or not to penalize Junior

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Conspiracy theorists who happen to be NASCAR fans as well often argue that certain drivers are favored by the sanctioning body while others are dealt with harshly for the same infraction.
I have never been one to take it easy on NASCAR but in the case of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his bump of […]

Allmendinger leads surge of RPM

Monday, February 16th, 2009

By Richard Allen
At the start of the 2008 season A.J. Allmendinger had a full time ride with Team Red Bull. Then, veteran driver Mike Skinner was brought in by that team and Allmendinger was replaced. A few races later, he got his job back and put together a string of good runs, seemingly securing his […]

Blame it on the rain, and the start time

Monday, February 16th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Years ago two guys who called themselves Milli Vanilli sang a song called
“Blame it on the rain”. Actually they didn’t sing the song. They did a lot of dancing and pretended to be the ones singing the song.
Well, we have very much the same situation in racing today. NASCAR executives do the dancing […]

Lack of focus, hard racing or intent on Junior’s part?

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
The wreck on lap 123 of the Daytona 500 was, for the most part, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s fault. That is not the question. The question is, why did it happen?
Was it due to a lack of focus on the part of the driver of car #88, or even his crew? There was definitely […]

Kenseth had to go a long way for Daytona win

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Matt Kenseth had to travel a long way to earn a win in the 51st running of the Daytona 500, in more ways than one.
The 2003 Sprint Cup champion won his first ‘Great American Race’ after starting as far back as possible. Due to a crash in the Gatorade Duel qualifying race Kenseth […]

With Stewart as a team owner it may be a bad year for Goodyear

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
There were times during the 2008 NASCAR season that were not so good for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
After the spring race in Atlanta the tire maker was blasted by competitors. Then, the ultimate debacle occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard 400 when ‘competition cautions’ were displayed just about […]

Ragan and McMurray racing to stay with Roush Fenway

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Roush Fenway Racing has developed somewhat of a reputation as a five car team made up of three elites and two ‘others’.
Well, something has to give by the end of this season. NASCAR has mandated that no organization will be allowed to field more than four cars after this 2009. That ruling was […]

Lots of pre race drama for this Daytona 500

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
The 2009 version of the Daytona 500 may well be remembered for all the drama that has taken place before the race ever started, no matter what actually happens in the race itself.
The drama really began at the end of the 2008 season. It was obvious at that time there were numerous teams […]

Mayfield, Riggs most unlikely qualifiers

Friday, February 13th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
If a few days ago, and I literally mean a few days ago, someone had offered me 100/1 odds for $5 that Jeremy Mayfield and his new team would qualify for the Daytona 500 I would not have taken the wager because I would have thought it would be a waste of $5.
I […]

Junior’s Speedweeks going opposite from last year…so far

Friday, February 13th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Things could not have been better for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at this time last year. He had won the Bud Shootout in his first ever competitive run for Hendrick Motorsports. Then, he had gone out and won his Gatorade Duel qualifying race in his second outing. Starting out two for two had elevated […]

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