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Hendrick moves not made solely for the purpose of appeasing Junior, Gordon

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
On the surface it may appear that the recent shuffle of crews and garages at Hendrick Motorsports may have been done as an appeasement to Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Junior Nation or some other entity. Whether that is the case or not, each of the moves makes a certain degree of sense.
When […]

Gustafson may offer Gordon his last shot at championship glory

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Unless the Koreans have caused a worldwide calamity by the time this column gets posted the most earth shattering piece of news for most people reading this will be that of the shake up at Hendrick Motorsports.
Almost certainly, the vast majority of pieces written in the initial wake of the news will be […]

Will strong finish by Edwards result in 2011 success?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
In 2008 Carl Edwards finished the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with a bang, or more like an explosion. He won nine races over the course of that season, including three of the final four events on the schedule. Had it not been for two particularly poor finishes within the final ten races he […]

Logano radio chatter foretold of second run in with Montoya

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
On lap 140 of the Ford 400 at the Miami-Homestead Speedway Juan Pablo Montoya and Joey Logano got together. The contact sent Logano head on into the outside wall and heavily damaged his Toyota.
Later, Logano came back onto the track and slammed into Montoya’s Chevrolet as the two rode around under caution. For […]

How long will it take for Kyle Busch to retaliate on Harvick?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Is it possible that in trying to win the 2010 Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at the Miami-Homestead Speedway Kevin Harvick may have done something that will cost him in the future? On lap 244, Harvick bumped the rear of Kyle Busch’s Toyota just after being passed and sent the #18 sliding into […]

What is the significance of five championships in a row?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

By Richard Allen
Anyone who has read even just a few pieces posted on this site should know that I am not a fan of NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship. However, like the Chase or not, the significance of Jimmie Johnson’s accomplishment of winning five consecutive titles cannot be discounted. This is clearly a feat that […]

Johnson claims fifth title as rivals falter

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

By Richard Allen
Jimmie Johnson came into the Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway trailing Denny Hamlin and barely ahead of Kevin Harvick in the Sprint Cup standings. However, a driver who has won four consecutive championships going in has to be considered a favorite as long as he is mathematically alive.
Until Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports team […]

Can 2010 ever hope to live up to the three way battle of 1992?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
One of the most historic events to ever take place in NASCAR racing was the 1992 Hooters 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. That race served as the season finale and featured a tight three way battle for the Winston Cup(now Sprint Cup) championship much like this weekend’s Ford 400 at the Miami-Homestead […]

Teammates could play deciding role in Chase finale…for better or worse

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

By Richard Allen
NASCAR racing has never been quite as team oriented as Formula 1 where one teammate may be asked to pull over and allow another teammate to win a race. However, teammates do indeed play a role in stock car racing.
In NASCAR team assistance can be as subtle as allowing a fellow driver to […]

Phoenix TV ratings show what fans think of modern NASCAR

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
Last week I wrote a piece entitled, “NASCAR/ESPN could see higher television ratings this week, but how long will it last?” In the piece I explained that the race in Phoenix could possibly reap the benefits of an action filled race in Texas which had all the elements NASCAR could have wanted in […]

Homestead to settle close championship battle

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

By Richard Allen
For much of the Kobalt Tools 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway it looked as if Denny Hamlin would have a comfortable margin in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings to work with going into the season’s final race. However, late race circumstances in Phoenix assured that the season finale would offer one of […]

NASCAR/ESPN could see higher television ratings this week, but how long will it last?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

By Richard Allen
NASCAR’s television ratings have been pretty bad this year and that may be putting it mildly. In most races run this season the ratings have gone down in year to year comparisons and it’s not as if 2009 was a particularly strong season for NASCAR’s network partners.
However, coming into this weekend’s Sprint Cup […]

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