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Here’s to hoping this weekend’s Nationwide race is a big success

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

By Richard Allen
This Friday’s Nationwide Series race will be one of the most important events in the history of that series. It will not be important because Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be driving a #3 car. And no, Danica Patrick is not scheduled to be there so that will have nothing to do with the […]

Is Earnhardt experiencing a true turnaround?

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

By Richard Allen
A couple of weeks ago after a good finish in Michigan I wrote a piece in which I said that Dale Earnhardt, Jr., his team, and even his fans did not need to concern themselves with making the Chase for the Championship until the #88 team proved it could string together a series […]

Kahne frustrated by Ford ‘teammates’ in New Hampshire

Monday, June 28th, 2010

By Richard Allen
2010 has not been the year of the teammates in NASCAR. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson had a well publicized spat at one point in the season. Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya have had their differences and Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch may have cost one another $1 million in the All […]

NASCAR can have exciting races without phony cautions

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Hopefully a lesson was learned on Sunday in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The lesson was that a NASCAR race can have an exciting ending without the use of ‘debris’ cautions to bunch the field and thus contrive a close, highlight filled finish.
This race showed that the […]

My prediction: Denny Hamlin will win in New Hampshire

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

By Richard Allen
This is a race that seems too easy to predict. Denny Hamlin appears to be such an easy choice.
Joe Gibbs Racing is on a nice roll. Hamlin leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with five wins in 2010. This is a flat track of one-mile or less which is the type this driver […]

For what it’s worth, NASCAR made the right call in the Ambrose case

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Let me begin this piece by saying I have been away on a family trip to San Diego for a few days but I thought it better late than never for me to offer my two cents worth on the Marcos Ambrose situation in Sonoma. I only watched the second half of the […]

My prediction: Tony Stewart will win in Sonoma

Friday, June 18th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Earlier this week I posted a piece in which I pointed out that this is the time of year when Tony Stewart typically makes his move up the Sprint Cup Series standings. The venue on which NASCAR’s top division will move to this week is one of the tracks that has helped this […]

Not looking like such a pleasure for Mark Martin these days

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Last year, Mark Martin was often quoted as saying, “It’s such a pleasure driving their stuff” referring to his ride at Hendrick Motorsports. Lately, it hasn’t looked like such a pleasure.
In the last six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races Martin has had a 4th place in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, but beyond […]

The time has come for Stewart to make his typical midseason charge

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Tony Stewart’s 2010 did not get off to the start he would have liked. He had one stretch in which he went six straight races with finishes outside the top-15. Even for this typical slow starter that was disappointing.
However, with all the dependability of an eastern sunrise, Stewart has begun to charge back […]

Forget the Chase: Junior needs to focus on one race at a time

Monday, June 14th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. turned in a pretty good run on Sunday in the Heluva Good! 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. His 7th place effort was his first top-10 since seven races ago in Texas. The finish boosted Junior up two places to 14th in the overall Sprint Cup standings.
Soon after the race […]

Late race caution fails to produce the desired result

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

By Richard Allen
It seems pretty amazing that after so much has been written and said, jokes have been made and criticism has been levied that NASCAR continues the practice of the mysterious late race debris cautions to bunch the field for a final dash to the checkered flag. One would think that race officials would […]

Stewart assured of a spot in ‘The Dream’

Friday, June 11th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Forget about the qualifying session for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. The most important qualifying session for NASCAR Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart on Friday was a little further south at the Eldora Speedway, a track which he owns. The Eldora track is located in Rossburg, […]

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