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Does the delay with Ford FR9 engine indicate a problem?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Ford announced back in January of 2009 they would introduce a new engine package for their NASCAR teams at some point during this season. Doug Yates, who is among those heading the project, originally stated that the new piece would be in use by at least a few Ford teams in August. Then, […]

Kahne hasn’t driven a Ford lately…but he may drive one soon

Monday, September 28th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Of all the end of season wrangling and maneuvering the story that is easily the most intriguing to me is the proposed merger between Richard Petty Motorsports and Yates Racing. The reason for the intrigue revolves around Kasey Kahne and his possible reunification with Ford Motor Company.
At one time Kahne was the golden […]

Team Hendrick looking to bury other ’super teams’

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Last year there seemed to be four ‘super teams’ in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup division, and then there was everybody else. Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports each placed three cars in the Chase for the Championship. After that, there was no room for anyone else in the […]

To those who missed the Chase: See ya next year

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Richard Allen
Who cares about the drivers who didn’t make the Chase for the Championship, anyway?
Well, considering that fan favorites such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and others did not make it, there are probably quite a few fans who care about the drivers who did not make the Chase. However, since […]

Junior’s crash, NASCAR’s debris cautions and a Hendrick win make for predictable Chase opener

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
The Sylvania 300 was filled with predictability. Here are a few of the easily foreseen events to have occurred in that race:
Predictable event #1: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was having a very solid, and even race win contending, type of a run on Sunday in the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. […]

Hard to blame Tryson for leaving Kurt Busch

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Pat Tryson has announced he will leave his job as crew chief for Kurt Busch’s #2 team at the end of the 2009 season. The timing of the announcement was a bit curious considering Tryson intends to stay with the Penske Racing South organization through the end of the season. Since the job […]

Doing well at New Hampshire is helpful but not necessary for Chasers

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

By Richard Allen
It would seem pretty logical to say that in a ten race playoff format that getting off to a good start in the first of those races is important. For the most part, that has been true for the eventual NASCAR champions since 2004. However, history has shown that on at least one […]

Johnson, Martin and Montoya among the most intriguing Chase stories

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Each of the twelve drivers to have made the Chase for the Championship has an intriguing story. Among them are Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya as some of the most intriguing.
Johnson winning a fourth consecutive title would rank among the greatest achievements in the sport’s history. Only Cale Yarborough has […]

Can anyone take the championship trophy away from Hendrick?

Monday, September 14th, 2009

By Richard Allen
The 2009 NASCAR Chase for the Championship has taken the very definite shape of Hendrick Motorsports vs. everyone else.
Hendrick and it’s satellite organization, Stewart-Haas Racing, took five of the twelve spots within the championship playoff pool. And it isn’t numbers alone that place HMS and SHR solidly in the position of title favorites. […]

Who was that guy in the M&M’s uniform at the end of the Richmond race?

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

By Richard Allen
At the end of the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 drivers who played key roles in the event were interviewed as always. One person who was wearing a yellow M&M’s uniform was among those to be questioned by the media.
This particular driver was patient, he was congenial, he was congratulatory and he was […]

Well timed debris cautions helped keep the drama alive in Richmond

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

By Richard Allen
The race in Richmond was interesting. The drama of who’s in and who’s out of the Chase for the Championship going right down to the final lap was captivating. There’s no doubt about the previous statements.
However, just think of how intense it would have been if it had been real rather than manufactured.
To […]

Is Jimmie Johnson a great driver or does he just drive for a great team?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By Richard Allen
It seems more than a little odd to even have a discussion as to whether or not a three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion can drive a race car or not. But consider that whenever a conversation comes up about the #48 team it is often crew chief Chad Knaus or the Hendrick […]

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