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It didn’t take long for crew swap to benefit Gordon

Monday, February 28th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
During the off season, Hendrick Motorsports made headlines when they announced a significant driver/crew chief shakeup within their organization. Essentially every driver and crew pairing aside from that of Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus was shuffled to make ready for 2011.
Jeff Gordon made his first trip to victory lane in 66 races on […]

NASCAR and every other sport could learn from Supercross

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
We live in a world of uncertain economies and high gas prices which lead to people trying to get the most for than money more so than ever before. Also, we live in a world of HDTV, video games and short attention spans which lead to people wanting to be entertained in different […]

Is Junior really worthy of being the highest paid driver?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

By Richard Allen
What’s the most important thing for a race car driver, winning races or moving merchandise? According to a recent piece in Forbes Magazine, it must be moving merchandise because Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was reported to have received the biggest paycheck among NASCAR drivers in 2010 at over $29 million.
Accounting for as much as […]

Fantasy picks and race winner for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
I play the ESPN Stock Car Challenge fantasy game. It is free and very easy to understand. There are no drafts. Points are amassed based on the NASCAR scoring system. Fantasy players have a budget of $100 per race and each driver is given a value based on his prior performance. Players choose […]

Waltrip truck penalty is too little, too late

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

By Richard Allen
Michael Waltrip pulled his truck into victory lane at the Daytona International Speedway exactly ten years to the day from when he first pulled a Sprint Cup car into victory lane at that same facility. Trouble is, his Toyota Tundra was clearly in violation of the NASCAR rule which stipulates that the spoiler […]

Bayne going for Sprint Cup would not have made sense

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
During the off season NASCAR announced that drivers would have to declare which series they intended to compete for the season long title in. The purpose of forcing such declarations was to prevent Sprint Cup drivers from crossing over and winning the Nationwide Series title.
However, a kink in the declaration rule was revealed […]

FR9 providing Ford with an advantage

Monday, February 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
In 2009 Ford Motor Company in association with Roush Yates Engines began to phase in a new power plant for their NASCAR teams known as the FR9. By the next season the engine was pretty much in full time use in the Sprint Cup Series. After a few inevitable growing pains, it looks […]

Great runs by Gilliland, Labonte go unnoticed

Monday, February 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
After almost every other Daytona 500 the runs turned in by drivers David Gilliland and Bobby Labonte would have garnered a fair share of attention. However, every other Daytona 500 has not been won by a 20 year old making only his second career Sprint Cup Series start.
So, unfortunately for these two veteran […]

Sunday was a great day for NASCAR

Monday, February 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
For a sport that needed a revitalization, NASCAR got one on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway. Trevor Bayne’s win in the Daytona 500 gave fans and media alike something new, exciting and refreshing to talk about.
Instead of expressing dislike for the Chase for the Championship, the Car of Tomorrow, the top-35 rule […]

Ragan has every right to be angry with NASCAR

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
It can’t be easy to come as close to fulfilling a lifelong dream as David Ragan came on Sunday in the Daytona 500 and then lose it at the very end. And what would seem to be even worse is to have lost out on that dream due to an arbitrary call over […]

There will be more cries of conspiracy if Junior wins

Friday, February 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
After Dale Earnhardt, Jr. claimed the pole position the Daytona 500, Tony Kornheiser of the ESPN’s PTI(Pardon The Interruption) indicated that he thought Junior’s pole win was a little too good to be true.
“There are people in and around the NASCAR world, not just drivers but people who cover the sport, who are […]

Fantasy picks and race winner for the Daytona 500

Friday, February 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
I play the ESPN Stock Car Challenge fantasy game. It is free and very easy to understand. There are no drafts. Points are amassed based on the NASCAR scoring system. Fantasy players have a budget of $100 per race and each driver is given a value based on his prior performance. Players choose […]

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