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Kenseth may actually gain on competition by missing the Chase

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Going into the 2009 season only two drivers, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, had qualified for every NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Unfortunately for Kenseth, his streak ended this year in Richmond when he failed to make the top-12 at the time of the cutoff.
As disappointing as the failure to make the playoff […]

To those who would lower the banking at Talladega: Look at Indy and Pocono

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

By Richard Allen
There are some, including the late David Poole, who have stated that lowering the banking at Daytona and Talladega would provide the solution to ‘The Big One’ that is almost certain to occur on these tracks every time they are used.
Granted, lowering the steep banking at both facilities would probably aid greatly in […]

The right five are going into the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Back in July I wrote a piece in which I stated the belief that the first class to be inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame should be made up of Bill France, Sr., Bill France, Jr., Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson. As it turns out, those were the five chosen
My […]

Johnson’s pursuers must make a move in Talladega

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

By Richard Allen
After the resent race in Charlotte Jimmie Johnson surged out to a 90 point lead in the Sprint Cup standings. That race was the fifth of the ten race NASCAR playoff.
With a fairly comfortable lead and five races remaining Johnson faced two potentially serious stumbling blocks on his way to a fourth consecutive […]

What if Jeremy Mayfield’s latest accusation is true?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Many racing fans have for some time now accused NASCAR of things such as putting out phony ‘debris’ cautions and allowing some teams to get by with rules violations while slapping others with severe penalties for the very same infractions. For that matter, those type accusations are made on this site almost weekly.
However, […]

Why did Bob Griese have to apologize for his taco remark?

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

By Richard Allen
During a NASCAR promo ad in the midst of the Ohio State vs. Minnesota college football game on Saturday Bob Griese made a comment that was apparently offensive to someone. Who? I don’t know, but apparently someone.
Someone was so offended that Griese felt the need to later apologize for the remark.
When asked where […]

It’s time for a serious Junior re-evaluation

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

By Richard Allen
It was another week and yet another disappointment for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. this past Saturday in Charlotte. A broken transmission sunk any hopes the driver had for a good finish on the 1.5 mile track.
At any given time, one of the biggest topics of conversation among NASCAR fans is the standing of driver […]

If NASCAR wants some good PR they should penalize the #48 team

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Jimmie Johnson and his #48 Hendrick Motorsports team looked to be just a bit better than average during the first 26 races of the season. Since the start of the Chase for the Championship, however, that team has caught fire at just the right time. That should come as no surprise since this […]

Empty seats in Charlotte look particularly bad

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

By Richard Allen
It was cold. It was windy. It has been a very wet fall season across much of the south and there was a chance of rain on Saturday. There were some big college football games all over the region. So, it is no wonder there were so many empty seats at the Lowe’s […]

Chase is about to boil down to a choice of sentiment vs. history

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

By Richard Allen
When it was announced over a year ago that Mark Martin would be joining Hendrick Motorsports hopes sprang that the long time favorite would have yet another chance at a Sprint Cup title.
As it turns out, Martin does indeed have one of his best chances at a championship. After qualifying for the Chase […]

Note to the OTHER 31 drivers: “Stay out of the way”

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

By Richard Allen
One of the arguments against the Chase for the Championship has always been that thirty-one drivers and teams would fade into obscurity once the Chase began. NASCAR has claimed in the past that those drivers outside the Chase are to be treated no differently than those within the playoff. Last Sunday in Kansas […]

Why exactly did NASCAR bother to warn the Hendrick teams?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Richard Allen
Imagine that during this weekend’s Tennessee vs. Georgia game the referee suddenly switched on his microphone after a particular play to announce, “I just wanted to say that Georgia did not hold on the previous play but they were very close to it.”
What a strange occurrence that would be. If the team in […]

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