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DVR may be the death or the savior of televised NASCAR

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

By Richard Allen
In recent weeks I’ve had a number of readers to comment that they often record races using the DVR feature on their televisions and then watch them later. Since my primary job is that of a high school history teacher, this past Monday’s coverage of the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville […]

Was the finish of the Martinsville race legitimate?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

By Richard Allen
The final laps of the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 in Martinsville provided some of the best action in recent NASCAR history. Denny Hamlin’s three-wide slicing through the field along with the fender banging by Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon made for a memorable race. That type of action is exactly what NASCAR […]

What NASCAR driver has scored a top-10 in all six 2010 starts?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

By Richard Allen
In 2010 there is only one NASCAR Sprint Cup driver who is a perfect six for six in the category of top-10 finishes. Who is it?
Jimmie Johnson? Jeff Gordon? Matt Kenseth? Mark Martin?
Each of those drivers is noted for piecing together stings of consistent finishes, but neither is the correct answer.
Greg Biffle is […]

Kenseth and Gordon ‘have at it’ the right way

Monday, March 29th, 2010

By Richard Allen
When NASCAR said in the off season that they were going to allow their drivers to ‘have at it’, the late race driving by Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon is probably what they had in mind. The two veteran drivers raced each hard and clean for much of the day during the Goody’s […]

Pit blunders cost Mark Martin and Kurt Busch

Monday, March 29th, 2010

By Richard Allen
With 150 laps to go in the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 both Mark Martin and Kurt Busch looked certain to have top-10 finishes. Less than forty laps later both were simply trying to salvage what they could of the day.
After a lap 364 caution, the teams of both drivers had issues on […]

From a team standpoint, this was the best time for a rainout

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Nobody likes rain at a racetrack and it is a major inconvenience for everyone involved. Teams, and most of all fans, lose out when a race gets postponed. However, if there had to be a rainout of any race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, the Goody’s Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville was […]

A Hendrick win almost a certainty at Martinsville

Friday, March 26th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Quick, name the track in which Hendrick Motorsports has won the most races? If you said Martinsville, you’re correct. In their history, HMS has tallied eighteen victories on the flat, tight half-mile.
Martinsville was the site of Rick Hendrick’s first triumph as a car owner with Geoffrey Bodine behind the wheel of the #5 […]

Roush Fenway Racing has little to look forward to in Martinsville

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Roush Fenway Racing salvaged a pretty good day out of what looked to be a mediocre one at best in Bristol last week. In the Food City 500’s middle stages RFR had only the car of Greg Biffle looking like a contender while their other drivers were mired in mid pack.
However, on the […]

Effort involved in a live NASCAR television production is mind boggling

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

     By Richard Allen
When watching the telecast of a NASCAR event have you ever stopped to consider how much effort goes into the job of putting on such a production? Until last Friday, a racing broadcast was one of those things I had always taken for granted.
Just before NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying last Friday, Andy […]

Anti-Johnson and Gordon forces running out of tracks to attend

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
On Sunday in Bristol a person doing interviews of fans for the track was going around doing the typical pre-race stuff of asking people where they were from and who they were hoping would win the Food City 500. One woman did not sound hopeful that her favorite driver could win because, as […]

Is the threat of retaliation causing drivers to be more cautious?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Could it be that the ‘Have at it’ policy NASCAR has encouraged is having the effect of causing drivers to race more cleanly? Could it be that drivers are so worried about retaliation they could potentially face from an angered foe that they are going out of their way not to offend.
As an […]

If possible, after this weekend I have even more respect for Richard Petty

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
 
In my mind Richard Petty has always been a man worthy of whatever respect he has been given. Millions of adoring fans have followed him for decades, and for good reason. Not only are his records as a driver outstanding, but his record as a person is even better.
This past Friday night at […]

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