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Kenseth’s comment about Johnson could be very telling

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

By Richard Allen
While scanning through various team frequencies during the Gatorade Duel races on Thursday, one comment really got my attention. The comment was made by a driver known for not allowing his emotions to get the better of him and it was made in reference to a driver who has a proven record of […]

It has been 30 years since NASCAR’s greatest race

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Thirty years ago this weekend I was doing what most of the eastern half of the country was doing. I was sitting in my living room watching the greatest race in NASCAR history unfold.
Of course, no one knew it was a race to be remembered for the ages as it was taking place. […]

Race Preview and Fantasy Predictions: Daytona 500

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Track and Location: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL
Track Layout: 2.5 miles with 31 degrees of banking in the turns and 18 degrees of banking in the tri-oval.
Radio Coverage: MRN(2:30 Eastern)
Television Coverage: Fox(2:00 Eastern)
Start Time: 3:30(Eastern)
Needless to say, this is NASCAR’s biggest race. Winning this one event can make a career. For […]

Points swaps ruined what could have been great drama in the Duels

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

By Richard Allen
In the midst of economic hard times what could have possibly made for a better story than a small, upstart team making the biggest race of the year while a heavily funded, powerhouse team left the speedway early? The under dog somehow finding a way to win one for the oppressed common man […]

Gordon- Evernham reunion no guarantee of previous results

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

By Richard Allen
There are three very important words for everyone hoping for a Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham reunion to remember; Car of Tomorrow. Gordon has never really adapted to it and Evernham has never really worked on it.
Evernham’s apparent departure from the team he started has led to the all to obvious rumor mill […]

What would Dale Earnhardt, Sr. be doing if he were alive today?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

By Richard Allen
As a history teacher I realize the dangers of asking what if questions in regard to historical things that cannot be changed. That being said, as a NASCAR fan I often wonder what Dale Earnhardt, Sr. would be doing if he had not tragically lost his life on the last lap of the […]

Ford’s new engine already up and running?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Last year, Wood Brothers Racing and driver Bill Elliott missed the Daytona 500. This year, Elliott was the fastest car in both pre-qualifying practice sessions and posted the fifth fastest speed in Sunday’s time trials. The significance of Elliott’s speed is that he was the fastest of the so called go or go-homers, […]

Elliott, Kvapil, Stewart and Labonte guaranteed spots in the Daytona 500

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

By Richard Allen
The only two drivers to be guaranteed a specific starting position for the Daytona 500 during Sunday’s qualification runs were Martin Truex and Mark Martin. They will start first and second respectively when the ‘Great American Race’ takes the green flag on February 15th.
However, there are others who are guaranteed to start the […]

NASCAR Fantasy: Kenseth a value pick, Stewart not in higher price range

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

By Richard Allen
It’s less than a week from the time cars will roll off the line for the 2009 Daytona 500 which means it’s also time for NASCAR fantasy players to start thinking about their lineups.
As I stated in a previous column, I have created a fantasy league for the readers of at the […]

Harvick saves best for last in wild Bud Shootout

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Early on in the Bud Shootout at the Daytona International Speedway it looked as Kevin Harvick had been a victim of drivers racing too hard too early. The former Daytona 500 winner brushed the wall in the early going and even lost the lead draft on a couple of occasions. However, the #29 […]

Drivers’ wagering done in poor taste

Friday, February 6th, 2009

By Richard Allen
During Thursday night’s Bud Shootout drawing for qualifying positions numerous drivers were openly involved in some friendly wagering. The event was broadcast on SpeedTV and thus was seen by many fans. The drivers behavior did not send out the best of messages for a sport that is having issues with fans feeling as […]

Can Sadler- Richard Petty Motorsports marriage continue?

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Over the off season Elliott Sadler got married…And he almost got divorced.
Sadler’s marriage was to the former Amanda Prince. And, he was almost divorced from Gillett-Evernham Motorsports. Or, as it is now known, Richard Petty Motorsports.
As for the marriage of the Sadlers, hopefully it will be one of long term bliss.
As for the […]

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