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Gordon, Martin headed in opposite directions

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Hendrick Motorsports says it provides the same equipment to each of its drivers. That is almost certainly true, but two of their team members are achieving very different results from that equipment.
With only four races out of 36 complete, it would be a bit foolish to make too much of what has happened […]

What was that guy doing in the middle of the track?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Surely by now you’ve seen or heard about the pit crew member who chased after a stray tire and found himself a bit too close to the track in Atlanta. The crewman’s actions caused NASCAR to throw a caution right in the middle of green flag pit stops. The caution trapped a number […]

Kurt Busch backs into Atlanta victory lane

Monday, March 9th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Admittedly, the headline of this story could be a bit misleading. To say that Kurt Busch backed into a win this past Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway would imply that he did not deserve the win and just got lucky. In no way is that true.
Busch dominated the Kobalt Tools 500 on […]

Are Junior’s comments legitimate or just whining?

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Between practice sessions on Saturday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Dale Earnhardt, Jr. told his feelings about the track surface, tires and the Car of Tomorrow.
This column is only to a degree about track surfaces, tires and the CoT. The real point to this column is that not matter what Junior says about […]

Gordon and Kenseth returning to championship form

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
It’s hard to imagine that the two most improved drivers in the Sprint Cup division might well be two former champions who each qualified for the Chase for the Championship last year.
While both have won championships and both did make the championship playoff in 2008, both also did something completely out of character […]

RCR teams look to continue rebound

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Richard Childress Racing did not win last week at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway but in one sense they must feel as if they did.
Typically, teams that run well in the season’s second race at the Auto Club Speedway in California run well the next week in Las Vegas. The opposite is often […]

Bobby Labonte: Strong run going into his best track

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Just a few short weeks ago it looked as if Bobby Labonte might not have a ride at all going into the 2009 Sprint Cup season. His Petty Enterprises team, for which he had driven since 2006, was on the verge of closing its doors and the driver was given his release.
The problem […]

NASCAR needs more involvement in banking

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
After reading the headline of this column you may have thought you had mistakenly logged onto a financial site. That’s not quite the case. This column will have nothing to do with interest rates or bailouts.
The banking I am talking about is the banking on race tracks. The best racing in NASCAR takes […]

Race Preview and Fantasy Predictions:Kobalt Tools 500

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
Track and Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia
Track Layout: 1.54 mile double dog leg oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns.
Race Distance: 500 miles, 325 laps
Date of Race: Sunday(March 8, 2009)
Radio Coverage: PRN(1:00 Eastern)
Television Coverage: Fox(1:30 Eastern)
Start Time: 2:15(Eastern)
Last Year’s Winner: Kyle Busch
Traditionally, the Atlanta Motor Speedway has provided some […]

Reutimann and MWR showing tremendous improvement

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
2009 has gotten off to a great start for David Reutimann, especially when compared against his start in 2008.
After the first three races this season Reutimann has scored a 4th place in Las Vegas and has had no finish worse than 14th. He was 12th in the Daytona 500 and had that 14th […]

Junior feeling the effects of pressure?

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
I can’t imagine what it is like to be Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Well, on the one hand I can imagine living the high end lifestyle he gets to live because of his lucrative contracts, endorsements and souvenir sales. That part of being Junior is probably pretty nice.
The part I really have no way […]

Is Logano getting it or is JGR pushing too hard?

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

By Richard Allen
 
I was a bit surprised last year, when after Tony Stewart announced he intended to leave Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of 2008, that Joey Logano had been named to replace the two time Sprint Cup champion.
It’s not that Logano doesn’t have the ability to drive a race car. He has shown […]

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