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Hendrick haters may want more races at the Glen

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Going into this past weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen it would have been hard to imagine that the most powerful team in the sport would have such a miserable time of it. The highest finishing driver officially under the HMS banner was Jeff Gordon in 10th place.
There would have actually […]

Can Edwards give Ford two wins in a row?

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
Ford Motor Company had not had one of its cars to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race since October of 2009 until last week when Greg Biffle put the brand in victory lane at Pocono. So far in Watkins Glen, the ‘Blue Oval’ has continued to keep up the momentum.
Biffle started the Heluva […]

The Glen could prove to make or break Montoya and his team

Friday, August 6th, 2010

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
To say the least, Juan Pablo Montoya and his crew have had two weekends filled with dissention during the races at Indianapolis and Pocono. So much so that after a late race pit stop in Pocono in which the #42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet lost crucial spots, the 35 year old Colombian driver unleashed […]

Do the words ‘Schedule Shuffling’ and ‘Chase Tweaking’ scare anyone else?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Over the last few days there have been words like ‘Schedule Shuffling’ and ‘Chase Tweaking’ coming from the powers that be in the world of NASCAR. Considering the string of changes having been made over the past decade or so I have to wonder what sort of thoughts are being conjured up inside […]

If ever a driver NEEDED to win a race it’s Marcos Ambrose this weekend

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Richard Allen
It is often said coming into a racing weekend that this guy or that guy needs to win. But how often has someone really NEEDED to win?
This week, there is a driver who needs to win and that driver is Marcos Ambrose.
As has been well documented, Ambrose seemingly had the Sprint Cup race […]

Has Johnson finally found a true rival in Kurt Busch?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
When thinking about the history of NASCAR racing the subject of great rivalries often comes to mind. Petty vs. Pearson, Allison vs. Waltrip, and Gordon vs. Earnhardt are just a few examples of great champions of the sport who had true rivals. Virtually everyone of the greats has had another great to be […]

Did Ford turn a corner or just get lucky in Pocono?

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
The Pocono Raceway is known for having three distinct and tricky corners. But the corner in question here is one that Ford may or may not have turned on Sunday in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.
Ford driver Greg Biffle put the ‘Blue Oval’ manufacturer in victory lane for the first time in […]

Junior’s Chase chances fading fast

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
On July 20th I wrote a column in which I predicted Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would make the Chase for the Championship. At the time it did not seem like such a bad call. After all, the Hendrick Motorsports driver was in the 13th position in the Sprint Cup standings with still plenty of […]

Pocono’s backstretch should be fined for actions detrimental to the sport

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

By Richard Allen
Sunday’s television broadcast of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 began well enough for the Pocono Raceway. ESPN highlighted a project the track has taken on to use solar power for the production of electricity to the speedway and even to the surrounding community. The video piece made the track truly look ahead […]

Doesn’t NASCAR have more important things to do than monitor twitter?

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

By Richard Allen
NASCAR is doing great. The grandstands are filled to capacity every week. Television ratings are off the charts. The competition is better than it ever has been with no need for intervention by the sanctioning body.
OK. Hopefully the NASCAR media and social networking monitors stopped reading after the first paragraph.
Seriously, the reports last […]

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