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Montoya needs oval track success to contend in 2011

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Driving as part of the team that finished 2nd in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Juan Pablo Montoya proved once again that he is one of the most talented road course racers in the world. His hard charging style in that and all other road course events demonstrates both is driving ability […]

Will Travis Pastrana have the patience to stay in NASCAR?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Travis Pastrana can flip motorcycles. He can jump a car from dry land onto a barge in a bay. And, he can skydive from airplanes with no parachute. On Saturday night in Irwindale, California the stunt man turned stock car racer made his NASCAR debut in the Toyota All-Star Challenge.
His run in the […]

Ford needs a team other than Roush Fenway to step up

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
In 2003 and again in 2004 Ford Motor Company had one of its drivers win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. In 2005, the ‘Blue Oval’ was emblazoned on the front of five cars to have made the Chase for the Championship. It seemed as though Ford was poised to take over the […]

NASCAR presser reveals an organization out of tune with its patrons

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
As I watched NASCAR Chairman Brian France’s State of the Sport address on Wednesday evening I quickly decided that I would not write anything in that regard due to the fear it would become a too personal and mean spirited. After all, I had conducted two interviews earlier in the day with local […]

Sam Hornish’s career has taken dramatic turns

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Do you think Sam Hornish, Jr. could have ever foreseen the strange twists and turns his career as a race car driver would take in such a relatively short period of time?
Consider that in 2006 this driver from Defiance, Ohio was on top of the racing world after he won the Indianapolis 500 […]

Larry McReynolds’ comments hurt those he intended to help

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Let me begin this column by pointing out that I am not attending the Sprint Media Tour but have based this piece on columns I have read by Jeff Gluck and Monte Dutton as well as numerous twitter accounts from a variety of racing media.
On Monday the Sprint Media tour made its first […]

Anyone could win the 2011 Daytona 500

Monday, January 24th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In almost every NASCAR race there are clear favorites and clear underdogs. However, in this year’s Daytona 500 that may not necessarily be the case.
The two tracks of Daytona and Talladega are somewhat of a crapshoot under normal circumstances. The horsepower robbing carburetor restrictor plates used on each have an evening up effect […]

Points system changes another example of NASCAR not grasping the real issues

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
In case you haven’t noticed, NASCAR and its soldiers are working hard to convince everyone that the rumored changes to the championship points system are good for the sport. However, if you keep up with this form of racing at all there is no way you haven’t noticed the recent publicity blitz.
During last […]

Daytona testing shows that drivers must stay in line above the line

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
The first day of the three day testing session at the Daytona International Speedway showed that the track will be incredibly smooth and sticky for this year’s Daytona 500. With that in mind, two things stuck out for me in watching the internet broadcast on SpeedTV.com.
First, the new surface brought back memories of […]

It’s time for Brad Keselowski to step up his Sprint Cup performance

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Last year, Brad Keselowski made a number of headlines for things that happened in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Trouble was, very few of those headlines were for good performances.
Instead, his 2010 efforts at the sport’s top level were most noted for almost flying into the grandstands in Atlanta after a bump from rival […]

Long season equates to short off season

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Anyone who even remotely keeps up with NASCAR knows that the racing series conducts the longest season of any of the big time professional sports. The Sprint Cup schedule consists of 36 points paying races and two exhibition events which consume ten months of the yearly calendar.
What many may fail to take into […]

Changes to NASCAR’s points system should reward winners

Monday, January 17th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
On Monday afternoon rumors began to fly as information leaked out in regard to a possible new points system for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. According to the AP’s Jenna Fryer, the sanctioning body is considering what would amount to a scraping of the old system used for determining a champion.
According to Fryer’s […]

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