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Wider seats a way for NASCAR and tracks to disguise smaller crowds

Monday, January 18th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Have you noticed that during this week’s Sprint Media tour some of NASCAR’s tracks have begun to announce they will be redoing their grandstands to offer wider seats and aisles as well as built in cup holders and other amenities?
Tracks such as the Talladega SuperSpeedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway are saying that […]

Stewart-Haas Racing working toward third team in 2011?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Stewart-Haas Racing was among the first to talk it up with the NASCAR media contingent in this year’s version of the Sprint Media tour hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While these spit and polished photo and interview sessions usually come off as a very scripted opportunity to promote each team’s sponsors for the […]

Ford looking to take steps toward improvement in 2010

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

By Richard Allen
To say the least, 2009 was not a banner year for the Ford Motor Company in NASCAR. The brand only saw its cars visit victory lane three times during the season and did not have any driver to make a serious run at the Sprint Cup title.
Granted, a Ford driven by Matt Kenseth […]

NMPA inducting stellar 2010 Hall of Fame class this weekend

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Richard Allen
On Saturday night an outstanding class of three racing team owners and one driver will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame. The inductees are known world wide not only for their accomplishments in auto racing but also for their achievements in the automobile industry and as business leaders.
The […]

It’s not the network that matters, it’s the product they are showing

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

By Richard Allen
When NASCAR signed a new television deal in 2001 part of the allure was that the vast majority of Sprint Cup races would be carried on major network television. NASCAR had an exciting product and had some very marketable personalities. The sport was even able to withstand the loss of its most recognizable […]

NASCAR attendance and television ratings may actually rise in 2010

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Yes, you read the headline of this column correctly. I, an outspoken critic of the direction NASCAR has taken in recent years, am predicting that attendance and television ratings will rise in 2010.
I have a two-fold reason for making such predictions.
First, NASCAR has taken what is for them the unprecedented step of listening […]

A summary of my 2010 NASCAR predictions

Monday, January 11th, 2010

By Richard Allen
The end of every year causes people to look back and reflect on what has been. Likewise, the beginning of each new year causes people to look ahead and ponder what might be.
So, once again I will attempt to look into what has proven to be a somewhat clouded crystal ball and make […]

NASCAR considering bigger restrictor plates for the Daytona 500

Monday, January 11th, 2010

According to a tweet by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Scott Speed NASCAR is considering implementing bigger restrictor plates for the Daytona 500. This apparently coming from a meeting held between NASCAR and team members on Monday.
On his twitter page Speed’s Red Bull teammate, Brian Vickers, merely indicated that NASCAR is considering changes that would “make […]

Busch and Hamlin must mature to give Gibbs another title

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Joe Gibbs Racing has three of the best young drivers in NASCAR. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are as talented as any who have come into the sport of stock car racing in quite some time. Logano is only entering his second full season as a Sprint Cup driver so it […]

Changes may be on the way for the CoT…Is NASCAR finally listening?

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

By Richard Allen
NASCAR has shown very little flexibility when it comes to making changes to the Car of Tomorrow. Except for only a minor tweak or two the sanctioning body has held the line on the controversial vehicle used in the Sprint Cup division since 2007.
Finally, it looks as if NASCAR is listening to drivers, […]

NASCAR Scene layoffs indicative of a sport that has lost its way

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Richard Allen
NASCAR fans suffered a terrible loss on Tuesday. The vast majority of staff members from the publication NASCAR Scene and the website SceneDaily.com lost their jobs in a surprise cutback by the magazine’s parent company.
Fans suffered because the people working for that publication focused their lives on the coverage of racing. Unlike this […]

Potential NASCAR stories for 2010: Kyle Busch wins the most races

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By Richard Allen

So far in these potential NASCAR stories pieces I have predicted Tony Stewart to win the Daytona 500, Jimmie Johnson to win another Sprint Cup title and for the Brian France vs. Jeremy Mayfield situation to continue to create headlines.
As for today’s piece I am going to predict that Kyle Busch will return […]

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