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Junior doesn’t have Senior’s competitive drive

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
As is so often the case, the focus of much attention this past weekend was on Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Being the most popular driver in NASCAR creates a media and fan driven storm around Junior that he is often caught up in, seemingly against his will.
At issue on this particular occasion was the […]

L.D. Ottinger does the home folks proud

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Thirty years ago L.D. Ottinger’s name was known by many racing fans across the country. This past Saturday night the Newport, Tennessee native’s name once again rang out in the racing world.
The 70 year old Ottinger drove his way up to a 3rd place finish after starting 10th in the Scotts Saturday Night […]

Ford Racing turns in disastrous day in Bristol

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Sunday’s Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway is an event the teams who race Fords would like to forget, quickly. To say the race was a disaster for the ‘Blue Oval’ brigade would be an epic understatement.
The highest finishing Ford was that driven by Carl Edwards who came to the checkered […]

Kyle Busch leads foreign invasion of Bristol

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
The Bristol Motor Speedway is considered one of the most uniquely American tracks in all of motorsports. However, the high banked half-mile speedway fell victim to a foreign takeover on Sunday in the Food City 500.
By leading 378 of the 503 laps run in the race Kyle Busch won going away.
Hailing from Las […]

Earnhardt, Kenseth, Edwards among former BMS winners fighting uphill battle

Friday, March 20th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Prior to qualifying for the Food City 500 no one would have been surprised if they had been told the winner of this race would be either Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards or Jeff Burton. After all, every driver on that list has won before […]

Bristol weekend puts focus on east Tennessee racing

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
With the Sprint Cup Series coming to the Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend there will be plenty of attention focused on racing in the east Tennessee area. So, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some tracks in this area for a preview of their 2009 seasons.
As […]

Jeff Burton returns to the scene of the crime

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
It is never fair to say that a driver stole a victory because to remain close enough to take advantage of the misfortune of others means that driver had done enough to win fair and square.
With that said, it still felt somewhat like Jeff Burton stole one last year in the Food City […]

Fantasy Picks and Predicitions: Food City 500

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Track and Location: Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee
Track Layout: .533 mile oval with progressive banking going up to 36 degrees in the turns.
Race Distance: 500 laps
Date of Race: Sunday(March 22, 2009)
Radio Coverage: PRN(1:00pm Eastern)
Television Coverage: Fox(1:30pm Eastern)
Start Time: 2:10pm Eastern
Last Year’s Winner: Jeff Burton
This is usually one of the most anticipated races […]

Allmendinger for Speed trade not working so well for Red Bull

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Last year the leaders of Team Red Bull Racing decided to replace driver A.J. Allmendinger with Scott Speed. So far in 2009 that trade has not worked out in the best interest of Team Red Bull.
Speed had excellent credentials. He had wins in the ARCA Series and as well as in in NASCAR’s […]

Tony Stewart’s start a surprise?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Solid Top 10 runs are not what Tony Stewart is necessarily looking for when he takes to the track. Stewart is not usually thought of as a solid Top 10 kind of a guy. He is typically not happy unless he is in front of the pack, as should be the case for […]

Martin, Newman and Logano flirting with Top 35

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
NASCAR allows teams to use their points from the previous season to guarantee themselves into the first five races of the next season. After a great deal of off season maneuvering, the Top 35 was set for 2009 and those teams were assured of starting the early races.
After this Sunday’s race in Bristol, […]

NASCAR has no Tiger Woods

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
If you have ever watched the scroll at the bottom of the major sports networks you may have noticed something about the golf results as they roll by. The winner of the most recent tournament is shown and perhaps the rest of Top 5 will also be listed. Then, it will always be […]

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