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‘Start and Park’ teams just playing a profitable game

Monday, August 31st, 2009

By Richard Allen
Prior to the start of last week’s Sharpie 500 in Bristol I paid particular attention to one team. No, the team was not that of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson or Mark Martin.
The team I was most focused on was the Prism Racing team of Dave Blaney. As it turned out, […]

A perfect example why NASCAR should never race in the rain

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

By Richard Allen
I’ve been to numerous races that have been rained out and have been disappointed each time. However, any of those times were preferable to what occurred over the last 15 laps of Sunday’s Nationwide race in Montreal.
Late in the race, rain set in at the Quebec track and NASCAR sent the cars to […]

It was just after this point when Kyle Busch ‘lost it’ last year

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Up to this point last season Kyle Busch looked like a sure bet to win the Sprint Cup championship. He had won eight races and had a commanding lead in the standings. However, something happened from this point in the season which caused his season to go off track.
During that 24th race in […]

Does NASCAR need more qualifying like that in Montreal?

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Qualifying for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be most remembered for the session having taken place in wet conditions. However, there was one thing that, to me, was more interesting.
I’ve stated several times on this site that I do not want to see NASCAR race in the […]

This weekend NASCAR will test the limits of Obama’s statement

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Just a few short days ago President Obama lauded NASCAR as a “uniquely American sport”. That statement could potentially be proven false in every possible way very soon. After this weekend’s Nationwide Series race in Montreal NASCAR could well enter a strange realm of foreign participation.
Think of this for a moment. Marcos Ambrose […]

Is the Junior Nation becoming outnumbered or are they AWOL?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Not too long ago I had a person involved in the NASCAR souvenir business send me an e-mail in which he said that he was selling more Tony Stewart items than items for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He also said that Kyle Busch articles were holding their own against Junior’s stuff.
This past Saturday’s Sharpie […]

Chasing points hurting individual races

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

By Richard Allen
No doubt, there were many people hoping Mark Martin would give Kyle Busch a not-so-friendly tap at the end of Saturday’s Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. However, that did not happen which should have come as no surprise to anyone.
First of all, Martin is not the type of driver to dish […]

Racing at Bristol isn’t worse than it used to be, it’s just different

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

By Richard Allen
Those who live in east Tennessee, if not the country as a whole, were recently exposed to the blitz of advertising in the form of radio and television spots as well as other electronic media as the staff of the Bristol Motor Speedway scrambled to sell out the NASCAR Sprint Cup Sharpie 500.
One […]

How appropriate for NASCAR to visit President Obama

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

By Richard Allen
NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and some of his associates from the world of major league stock car racing took a trip to Washington this past week. There could have been no more appropriate place for NASCAR to visit than the White House.
After all, NASCAR and the government have so much in […]

‘Start and Park’ Blaney could play role in who wins Sharpie 500

Friday, August 21st, 2009

By Richard Allen
Dave Blaney is a quality race car driver. He has won numerous races in several racing series’. However, this season he has served as little more than a qualifying driver who has started 20 of the 23 races contested so far this season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while having had little […]

Double-file restarts will have biggest impact in Bristol

Friday, August 21st, 2009

By Richard Allen
There is no doubt double-file restarts added to the races in Pocono, Watkins Glen and other tracks. However, no matter how much the new restart technique has helped racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this weekend’s race in Bristol will almost certainly create the most excitement to date.
Since being resurfaced in the […]

NASCAR vs. Mayfield: Key witness loses lots of crediblity

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

By Richard Allen
I’m no lawyer, but I’m thinking that having one of your key witnesses in a court proceeding get arrested for trespassing on the property of the other litigant can’t be a good thing.
Well, that’s exactly what happened in the case of NASCAR vs. Jeremy Mayfield.
Mayfield’s failed drug tests and the subsequent wrangling by […]

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