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Double-file restarts are good but the old way was better

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Double-file restarts have improved the racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and now even on the Nationwide Series. Especially the past two weeks at New Hampshire and Daytona have seen more side by side racing and passing than earlier in the season, at least for a few laps after a restart.
With that […]

Tony Stewart is a changed man

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Car owner/driver Tony Stewart seems to be a different person from driver only Tony Stewart. That’s not top say anything good or bad about either version of Stewart, just to point out there is a difference.
For one thing, Stewart is doing something not typical for him. He is leading the points at, for […]

Junior’s Chase chances go up in smoke while Martin’s take a hit

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s had only a slight chance of making the Chase for the Championship coming into Saturday’s Coke Zero 400. He pretty much saw those chances go up in smoke when the #88 car was caught up in a big crash.
Junior came into the race in 19th place of the overall Sprint […]

Kyle Busch’s guitar smashing would have been welcomed during Daytona pre-race

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

By Richard Allen
As has become commonplace, NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation decided to turn the infield area of the Daytona International Speedway into a concert stage. Prior to the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 the folks in charge of DIS have booked music acts to entertain fans and allow those musicians to […]

RPM drivers looking for more Daytona success and to put ‘The King’ back in victory lane

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

By Richard Allen
Richard Petty Motorsports got the 2009 season off to an excellent start in the Daytona 500 this past February. Three of the organization’s four cars placed in the top-10 in the sport’s biggest race.
Now in July as the Sprint Cup Series makes its second visit to the historic Daytona International Speedway the RPM […]

Race Preview and Fantasy Picks: Coke Zero 400

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

By Richard Allen

Track and Location: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL

Track Layout: 2.5 mile tri-oval with 31 degrees of banking in the turns
Race Distance:  400 miles/ 160 laps
Date of Race: Saturday(July 4, 2009)

Radio Coverage: MRN(7:15pm Eastern)

Television Coverage: TNT(7:30pm Eastern)

Start Time: 8:20pm Eastern

Last Year’s Winner: Kyle Busch
Here are some thoughts for the Coke Zero 400:
This […]

It sure would be embarrassing for NASCAR if…

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

By Richard Allen
A judge has granted an injunction that will allow Jeremy Mayfield to attempt to race in the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway this Saturday. That ruling probably came as a surprise to many, and it no doubt especially came as a surprise to NASCAR.
Information has been mysteriously flying out of […]

25 years ago: In the presence of a King and a President

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

By Richard Allen
Twenty-five years ago my family made what had become our annual trek to Daytona Beach, Florida for a family vacation. As was always the case, my dad and I spent just about every possible minute at the Daytona International Speedway watching practice sessions and qualifying in preparation for the race then known as […]

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