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Double-file restarts won’t happen because they make too much sense

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

By Richard Allen
During NASCAR’s two versions of all star races, the Sprint Cup Series breaks from its normal routine of having single-file restarts after each caution flag. Instead, the two all star races, the Sprint All Star Challenge and the Budweiser Shootout, employ double-file restarts by having the driver in first place at the time […]

If only Jimmie Johnson had lapped Ryan Newman

Monday, May 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Stewart Haas Racing had a great night at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Saturday. Tony Stewart won the Sprint All Star Challenge and collected a $1 million paycheck for his efforts.
The results may have been far different in not for the efforts of Stewart’s teammate, Ryan Newman.
As the cars neared the end of […]

Was anyone else surprised that Joey Logano won the fan vote?

Monday, May 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Joey Logano is young and is no doubt fairly tech savvy. So, in his campaign to capture the fan vote and get into the Sprint All Star Challenge he was able to use such new fangled technology as Facebook, twitter and his own web site. Still, was anyone else surprised when ‘Nature Boy’ […]

Were some teams using tricky transmissions in the Challenge?

Monday, May 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Were some teams in the Sprint All Star Challenge using tricked up transmissions or some other unapproved gadgets to help them get going on the restarts?
I have no way of knowing, but at least one driver thinks something was not exactly above board when it came to getting going on those all important […]

Get out of jail…Collect one million dollars

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

By Richard Allen

It has been a very interesting last few days for Gene Haas. For that matter it has been a very interesting last couple of years for Gene Haas.
Haas surrendered to federal authorities in January of 2008 to begin serving a 24 month prison sentence. He had earlier pleaded guilty of conspiring to cheat […]

NASCAR’s secrecy creates doubt in the Mayfield case

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Jeremy Mayfield says that the only drug he took before his positive drug test in Richmond was the allergy reliever, Claritin-D. Depending on the allergy sufferer’s location, the medication may be acquired over-the-counter or by prescription.
Doctors with knowledge of such things say that Claritin-D can cause a positive drug test.
Brian France says that […]

NHRA to test Funny Car engines in Bristol

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

By Steve Monday
The National Hot Rod Association will conduct a not so secret Fuel Funny Car engine combination test following the upcoming NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol.
This will be the first of many of these type tests in hopes of restoring NHRA Drag Racing Top Fuel and Funny Car classes back to a 1/4 […]

NASCAR’s made for TV race coming at time of ratings decline

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

By Richard Allen
In the initial years after NASCAR entered a major television deal with two exclusive networks(Fox and NBC), the sport experienced a ratings boom which reached its peak around 2003. Since then, the sport’s ratings have been in a decline.
So far this year, that decline seems to have accelerated.
Through the first ten races of […]

NASCAR must handle drug testing with consistency

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

By Richard Allen
In the wake of a former driver’s apparent suicide, NASCAR had another drug related issue to come up on Saturday as teams prepared for the Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway.
Earlier in the week, former driver Kevin Grubb was found dead in a Richmond hotel of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had […]

Rivalry within Roush camp proving costly, but entertaining

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

By Richard Allen

Jack Roush and his Roush Fenway Racing partners must hate when one of their cars gets torn up because of the actions of a driver from another team. But even more so, they must really hate when they have a car, or cars, torn up because of the actions of their own drivers.
It […]

This time it was Kyle Busch who was swept away

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

By Richard Allen

Last week in Richmond, Kyle Busch got out the broom and swept that track and the competition under the rug.
This week in Darlington, it was Busch who was swept away.
In both the Nationwide Series race on Friday and the Sprint Cup race on Saturday it looked as if the Las Vegas driver had […]

Frustration continues to mount for Junior

Monday, May 11th, 2009

By Richard Allen

In what has become a recurring theme for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. over the course of the 2009 season, a race that offered the opportunity for a solid finish ended up in disaster.
The frustration level for this driver, this team and the multitude of fans that follow their every move continues to rise. Each […]

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