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Multiple cars on track in qualifying is best for all involved

Friday, July 30th, 2010

By Richard Allen
This weekend’s Camping World Truck Series race will feature a different qualifying system. Instead of the typical one at a time format, the trucks will go out two at a time. This system is one NASCAR ought to consider making use of more often in all its divisions.
I have attended many races this […]

Will McMurray’s season be counted as a success if he doesn’t make the Chase?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Has Jamie McMurray had a successful season so far? If he fails to make the Chase for the Championship will his season have been a failure?
In February, McMurray won the biggest race in NASCAR when he took the checkered flag for the Daytona 500. And this past Sunday, he claimed another of racing’s […]

Why the need for secrecy over NASCAR driver fines?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

By Richard Allen
A source has told AP reporter Jenna Fryer that NASCAR has in recent weeks fined at least two of its star competitors for making comments deemed detrimental to the sport and the NASCAR brand. At least one of those fines was reported to have been $50,000.
This type action is nothing new. For that […]

Did you see Indy as half full or half empty?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

By Richard Allen
During the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday the empty seats around the facility were unmistakable. Scores of unfilled bleachers rimmed the historic track as it hosted what many consider to be the second biggest race on the NASCAR schedule.
NASCAR’s own estimate of the crowd at Sunday’s race was 140,000. […]

Montoya loses the Brickyard 400 in the pits…again

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

By Richard Allen
For the second year in a row Juan Pablo Montoya entered pit road leading the Brickyard 400 and left out of contention.
After a late race caution in which everyone would be well within the fuel window to make it to the end of the race, crew chief Brian Pattie opted to put four […]

No shortage of storylines at the Brickyard

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

By Richard Allen
The racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not always the greatest when NASCAR takes to the historic track. However, there were plenty of stories to keep the attention of fans throughout the 400 mile event. Two success stories and a couple of failures will most likely be the top headline getters looking […]

My prediction: Kevin Harvick will win in Indy

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
The old saying by professional wrestler Ric Flair goes, “If you wanna be the man you gotta beat the man!” Well, the man at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the last few years has definitely been Jimmie Johnson and it is very tempting to pick him as this weekend’s winner of the Brickyard […]

Is the Brickyard 400 a crown jewel race?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Each sport has those special events everyone wants to win for the prestige. Golf has the four majors. Tennis has four grand slam events. Horse racing has the triple crown.
NASCAR racing has some of those special events as well. Back in the 1980s the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company chose four events to stand […]

NASCAR contradicts itself in Edwards/Keselowski ruling

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

By Richard Allen
If NASCAR has a Department of Making Sure We Don’t Contradict Ourselves that department is failing…miserably. It has happened so many times in the past that one has to wonder if NASCAR simply doesn’t care that they contradict themselves. Or worse, they actually believe their audience won’t notice.
Earlier this week I posted a […]

Chase assessment: Junior will be in and Kenseth will be out

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

By Richard Allen
With the Sprint Cup Series coming off of an open date weekend and heading into one of its biggest races of the year, it seems like an appropriate time to take stock of the points standings for the purpose of guessing what twelve drivers will compete for the championship.
The Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis […]

Edwards’ move was dirty but should not be punished

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Before getting into the issue at hand in this piece I want to first say that I have been a Carl Edwards fan since he first came into the Camping World Truck Series. As a matter of fact, I have one of his T-shirts hanging in my closet.
With that said, however, the move […]

Is Rick Hendrick the George Steinbrenner of NASCAR?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

By Richard Allen
For better or worse, George Steinbrenner was one of the most important figures in professional sports history. The iconic owner of the New York Yankees baseball team died on July 13th at the age of 80. He had owned the team since 1973.
During his reign as a Major League Baseball owner Steinbrenner rewrote […]

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