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Like Kenseth last year, former champ Gordon scrambling to find new sponsorship

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
Remember when the talk around this time of year was whether or not some of the lower tier teams in NASCAR would find sufficient sponsorship for the next season? Well, that’s not exactly the case now.
For the second year in a row an organization that fields cars for a former Sprint Cup champion […]

It’s been a rather eventless ‘Race to the Chase’ in 2010

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

By Richard Allen
When NASCAR developed the Chase for the Championship playoff system they no doubt envisioned a somewhat wild scramble for positions among those running just inside and just outside the qualifying spots as the races wound toward the cutoff. This year, that has not been the case at all.
Since the Coke Zero 400 in […]

Montreal race shows that Nationwide Series could exist as a stand alone

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
Throughout the 1980s the Nationwide Series(Busch Series or even Late Model Sportsman Series if you prefer) ran a few races as companion events to the Sprint Cup Series(or Winston Cup Series if you prefer) and ran a number of other races on tracks the top series did not visit at all. Essentially, the […]

Where do Kyle Busch’s wins rank in the grand scheme of things?

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
Kyle Busch’s Camping World Truck Series win on Friday night at the Chicagoland Speedway was the 79th of his career in NASCAR’s top three divisions combined. That’s a pretty lofty total, especially considering he only turned 25 years old this past May.
However, in the grand scheme of things, where does Busch’s win total […]

Kyle Busch may be an a** but he kicked yours

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Brad Keselowski threw down the gauntlet in driver introductions and Kyle Busch immediately picked it up and spanked the field with it for the third time in one weekend. He won the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races at the Bristol Motor Speedway over the course of four days.
Handing forty-three […]

Should the Chase have more race winners?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

 
 
By Richard Allen
So much for bonus points creating more winners. At this point in the season there have been only six of the top-12 in the points standings to have won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
After the Chase for the Championship cutoff, each driver to have qualified for the playoff will receive ten bonus points […]

How much of NASCAR’s attendance drop off is Junior related?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
Another Bristol weekend is upon us here in east Tennessee. Just a few years ago it was considered as certain as the sun setting in the west that any NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Bristol Motor Speedway would play out in front of a packed house. Now, radio and television commercials aired […]

Is this really the time for RCR to expand?

Monday, August 16th, 2010

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
Last year, Richard Childress Racing ran four teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the results were certainly not up to par for this typically front running organization. None of their four drivers made the Chase for the Championship playoff and there were no race wins recorded in 2009.
After downsizing to three […]

Logano making some powerful enemies at a young age

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
So much for coming in, minding your Ps and Qs and earning the respect of your fellow competitors. At least that seems to be the motto of 20 year old Joey Logano. In just a year and a half of full time racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series he has had run-ins […]

Kahne to Red Bull leads to as many questions as answers

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
Rick Hendrick is a man used to getting what he wants. He once wanted a young driver named Jeff Gordon, who had spent his early days in NASCAR under the Ford banner, and he got him. He wanted Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the most popular driver in the sport, back in 2007 and he […]

Kurt Busch making a good marketing move in going after Hendrick drivers

Monday, August 9th, 2010

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
As is typically the case, driver Kurt Busch has not minced words when talking about his ever deepening rivalry with Jimmie Johnson. And more, he did not stop with one Hendrick Motorsports driver. He broadened the scope to include every HMS chauffer.
“The guys at Hendrick are pretty boys and they get on People […]

Ganassi establishing himself as the king of motorsports in 2010

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
Add yet another impressive feat in motorsports ownership to the growing list of achievements for Chip Ganassi in 2010.
Juan Pablo Montoya’s victory in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen helped complete a perfect weekend for the owner who just a couple of years ago appeared on the ropes and about […]

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