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Danica, Hockey and Hendrick domination combine to ruin NASCAR’s weekend

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Had a Hollywood script writer sat down and tried to write a script of the worst case scenario for a NASCAR weekend it would have looked something like this past weekend in Las Vegas.
First, Las Vegas residents were teased on Friday that one of their own might be in contention for a win […]

Danica Phase I proves that NASCAR is starved for personality

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Saturday’s Nationwide race was one a number of NASCAR fans have been looking forward to for three weeks. At the same time there are no doubt a number of fans who had a bit of a letdown after the checkered flag fell on the Sam’s Town 300.
Las Vegas was the third and final […]

Sprint Cup Qualifying results from Las Vegas

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Pos
Car
Driver
Speed
Time

1

Kurt Busch
188.719
28.61
 

2

Jeff Gordon
188.646
28.62
 

3

Ryan Newman
188.180
28.70
 

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
188.173
28.70
 

5

Kyle Busch
188.153
28.70
 

6

Joey Logano
187.611
28.78
 

7

Greg Biffle
187.598
28.78
 

8

Mark Martin
187.500
28.80
 

9

Tony Stewart
186.942
28.89
 

10

Juan Pablo Montoya
186.793
28.91
 

11

Matt Kenseth
186.748
28.92
 

12

Carl Edwards
186.554
28.95
 

13

Clint Bowyer
186.548
28.95
 

14

Sam Hornish Jr.
186.445
28.96
 

15

Joe Nemechek
186.355
28.98
 

16

Brad Keselowski
186.245
28.99
 

17

David Reutimann
186.233
29.00
 

18

David Ragan
186.188
29.00
 

19

Kasey Kahne
185.995
29.03
 

20

Jimmie Johnson
185.963
29.04
 

21

Max Papis
185.497
29.11
 

22

Jeff Burton
185.395
29.13
 

23

Scott Speed
185.236
29.15
 

24

Jamie McMurray
185.109
29.17
 

25

Travis Kvapil
185.058
29.18
 

26

Paul Menard
184.773
29.22
 

27

Denny Hamlin
184.615
29.25
 

28

Regan Smith
184.590
29.25
 

29

Bobby Labonte
184.552
29.26
 

30

Mike Bliss
184.540
29.26
 

31

Brian Vickers
184.458
29.28
 

32

Marcos Ambrose
184.445
29.28
 

33

Michael McDowell
184.439
29.28
 

34

Kevin Harvick
184.080
29.34
 

35

Martin Truex Jr.
183.961
29.35
 

36

Dave Blaney
183.955
29.36
 

37

Elliott Sadler
183.468
29.43
 

38

Aric Almirola
183.038
29.50
 

39

Casey Mears
182.248
29.63
 

40

David Gilliland
181.965
29.68
 

41

Kevin Conway
181.843
29.70
 

42

A.J. Allmendinger
181.026
29.83
 

43

Terry Cook
180.705
29.88
 

44

Boris Said
176.586
30.58
 

45

Robby Gordon

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For Roush Fenway and Hendrick, Las Vegas has been ‘Win City’

Friday, February 26th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Some may refer to the high rolling city of Las Vegas as ‘Sin City’ but for Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports the more appropriate term has been ‘Win City’. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has hosted twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup races and RFR has won half of those events while HMS has taken […]

NASCAR not afraid of Vegas ties

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

By Richard Allen
President Obama may say that it is not best to blow your kids college funds in Las Vegas but NASCAR considers the city a sound investment. While other sports shun the city so known for gambling, NASCAR has benefited from its relationship with the desert jewel.
In 1996 the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series […]

NHRA tragedy brings to light the dangers of racing for all involved

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Racing is dangerous for the drivers who push their machines to the limit at high speeds. It is also dangerous for crew members who pit and work on those machines in what are often crowded and frantic situations. Those who participate in racing accept the risk once they agree to become involved in […]

Has NASCAR finally taken a stand on ’start and park’

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
It would seem logical to think that every team that goes to the trouble of qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series race does so with the intention of at least trying to win. However, as has been well documented over the last year or so, that is not always the […]

Twitter changing the relationship between NASCAR drivers, fans and media

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
You have no doubt heard drivers and media folks talking about the use of twitter during pre-race shows and other NASCAR programming. So you may be wondering what twitter is and what all the fuss is about.
Twitter, like Facebook and MySpace, is a social networking site. The key difference between twitter and the […]

It was business as usual for Johnson and Junior in California

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. are without question two of the biggest stars in NASCAR. Both drive for Hendrick Motorsports. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.
Over the past four years Johnson has set standards that may never be lived up to by another driver. He has won four championships and 29 […]

Follywood: How long can NASCAR justify two dates for LA area track?

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

By Richard Allen
Not even the best political spin doctors in Washington, D.C. could find a way to put Sunday’s attendance, or lack there of, at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California in a positive light.
Ever since this track was given a second date on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule the attendance has been disappointing, […]

Earnhardt-Ganassi off to great start in critical season

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

By Richard Allen
‘Coming through in the clutch’ is a commonly used phrase in the world of sports. Well, Earhnardt-Ganassi Racing seems to be doing just that at the beginning of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Every season is critical for every team ,but for the EGR organization, this season could prove to a make or […]

Can new crew chief deliver old results for Kenseth?

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Last season could not have begun any better for Matt Kenseth and it could not have ended much worse.
The driver of the Roush Fenway Racing #17 won the prestigious Daytona 500 then followed it with a second consecutive victory the next week in Fontana, California. But after that, there was little to cheer […]

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