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Junior, Ambrose hurt by pit road speeding penalties

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

By Richard Allen
Both Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Marcos Ambrose had strong cars in the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway and both ended the day with finishes worse than they could have been. For both drivers, pit road speeding violations were at the heart of their frustration.
Junior looked to be a serious contender […]

Biffle blames faulty radio for crash

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

By Richard Allen
On lap 343 of the Food City 500 the caution flag flew for an accident that began when Greg Biffle forced Mark Martin into the outside retaining wall at the exit of turn 2. Martin’s damaged car limped on into turn 3 where it created a bottleneck which eventually collected a number of […]

Two tires, four tires and flat tires

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

By Richard Allen
As many races do, the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway came down to tires. For that matter, tires played a major role over the course of the entire event.
On the last pit stop, which resulted in a restart with ten laps to go, Kurt Busch and his crew opted to […]

If Johnson keeps winning, will you stop watching? -The results

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

By Richard Allen
After Jimmie Johnson started the season by winning two of the first three events I wrote a piece which asked fans if they would stop watching NASCAR if this driver’s dominance continued. The responses by reader comment, e-mail, twitter and Facebook were somewhat overwhelming. With this break we have in the schedule leading […]

From Brad vs. Carl to tire troubles, here’s what we learned after a week of reflection

Monday, March 15th, 2010

By Richard Allen
With a week having gone by, a week with no racing at that, everyone has had a bit of time to cool off and reflect on the Carl Edwards vs. Brad Keselowski incident that took place during the Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta. Looking back, there was a lot to be learned from […]

Gibbs crew chief discusses Bristol, retaliation and his boss

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

By Richard Allen
The Bristol Motor Speedway offers a set of challenges to race teams unlike any other track on the NASCAR schedule. The tight quarters, steep banking and concrete surface cause crew chiefs to realize the chances of bringing home an undamaged car at the end of a race there are highly unlikely. Add to […]

Here’s why NASCAR made the right call in the Edwards case

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Anyone who has children knows the difficulties involved in disciplining them(and yes, I am about to compare race car drivers to children). Consistency is critical in the effort. If you tell your child that something is OK, as a matter of fact you openly encourage him to behave that way, you cannot turn […]

Team Penske has up and down day in Atlanta(literally)

Monday, March 8th, 2010

 
By Richard Allen
 
You may have heard a number of gloom and doom predictions regarding Penske Racing coming into the 2010 NASCAR season. To be honest, I may well have made a few of those myself. A number of things appeared to be stacked against this team.
Their manufacturer, Dodge, has experienced well documented financial problems […]

If NASCAR further punishes Edwards they will fail their own test

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

By Richard Allen
If you clicked on this column expecting to read criticism of Carl Edwards you have come to the wrong place. The real topic here anyway is whether NASCAR will make the right decisions going forward.
In the moments after Edwards ran into Brad Keselowski and sent him spinning and flying down the front stretch […]

Junior and crew have the qualifying thing down, so now it’s time to race better

Friday, March 5th, 2010

By Richard Allen
So, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsports team obviously have the qualifying thing down. On Friday, Junior grabbed the pole position for the Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. This will be the third time out of four races this season in which he will start from within the top-5.
In […]

After potholes, desert rain and crazy caution lights- what’s next?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

By Richard Allen
So far, NASCAR has experienced a wide variety of oddities to occur in the early weeks of the 2010 Sprint Cup season.
As has been well documented, the Daytona 500 was halted twice for a pothole that showed itself in turn 2 during the late stages of the race. After a first fix, which […]

Kenseth proving crew chief change was the right call

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
So far this season Matt Kenseth has recorded finishes of 8th, 7th and 5th in the first three races of 2010. Those are definitely Matt Kenseth type numbers. However, he has taken a strange route in getting to those results.
After only one race, and that being an 8th place finish, crew chief Drew […]

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