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Now, Junior needs to get a good run to the finish line

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finally seemed to have a good run going in the Brickyard 400. Trouble was, he failed to make it to the finish with that good run.
The #88 car experienced a blown engine just after a green flag pit stop. It was the only one of the Hendrick Motorsports powered Chevrolets […]

A New Website Dedicated To Racing In East Tennessee

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

http://tennesseeracer.com/
For race fans here in East Tennessee I have established a new website called TennesseeRacer.com dedicated solely to racing here in this region. Click on the link above for schedules of major events, links to area tracks and exclusive stories about your favorite local drivers and tracks.

NASCAR has a major perception problem

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Richard Allen
NASCAR has a major problem among its fan base, what’s left of its fan base that is. Many people perceive that the sanctioning body plays favorites. It is thought that some are given a wink and a nudge when doing wrong while others a pounded for the their wrong doings. Some even go […]

Harvick, RCR have solid day in Indy despite turmoil

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

By Richard Allen
The off weekend between the race in Chicago and the one in Indianapolis was a tumultuous one for Kevin Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing team. For that matter, it has been a tumultuous season for everyone involved with the #29 car.
Harvick began the season on a high note by winning the Budweiser […]

Montoya’s penalty shows just what a bad race car the CoT is

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

By Richard Allen
As has been well documented this week, Juan Pablo Montoya lost the Brickyard 400 when he was busted for speeding on pit road. However, the focus of this column is not on the penalty itself but what happened after the penalty was handed down.
Montoya clearly had the best car in the field on […]

Ford drivers need that new engine…soon

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Ford is to debut its new FR9 engine sometime during the 2009 season. The drivers of the brand need that engine to be introduced as soon as possible.
The Dearborn, Michigan auto maker looked as if it were going to dominate the season early on. Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 and the next […]

Indy takes its toll on Joe Gibbs Racing

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Joe Gibbs Racing has been one of the most successful organizations in NASCAR over the last decade or so. They have plenty of championship and race winning trophies to prove that. However, the only things they brought back from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was broken parts and headaches.
The trouble began well before the […]

When will Johnson’s 25 point penalty be announced?

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

By Richard Allen
This column serves to follow up on the one I wrote titled, “Even if NASCAR was right, they were wrong in the Montoya case”. That column questions whether or not NASCAR plays favorites with its rulings to help a certain team, Hendrick Motorsports, or at least the perception of such favoritism.
Here is an […]

Even if NASCAR was right, they were wrong in the Montoya case

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

By Richard Allen
It seems as if NASCAR just can’t help themselves. Whether they mean to or not, they appear to go out of their way to make the wrong decisions.
In Sunday’s Brickyard 400 Juan Pablo Montoya was completely dominate. He led 72 of the first 80 race laps and then some. However, he was unable […]

Bloomquist trying new engine?

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

By Richard Allen
A $5,300 paycheck is nothing to scoff at, for sure. But for a man who has won almost 500 feature races in his career, including dozens of races that have paid more than $10,000 to win, it is hardly the type of money to cause him to alter his schedule.
However, Scott Bloomquist did […]

Tommy Kerr scores big win at ‘The Gap’

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

By Richard Allen
In a recent interview Tommy Kerr said his best moment in racing came when he won a Southern Nationals race at the Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. Now, he has added a moment at least as good if not better than that one.
Kerr won his second career Southern Nationals event, again at […]

Indy: Great tradition just not great racing

Friday, July 24th, 2009

By Richard Allen
When motorsports fans around the world think of the great venues in all of racing they think of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis 500 began on this track in 1911, but racing had actually begun on the speedway even before that.
Some of the biggest names in the history of the sport have […]

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