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This could be a wreck filled weekend in Daytona

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Based on practice in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’, this could be a record weekend for sheet metal carnage in Daytona. With new asphalt in place and a variety minor changes to the cars in both divisions, speeds are higher than has been the case in previous years. And more importantly, the […]

Will the Daytona 500 jinx continue in 2011?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

By Richard Allen
For whatever reason, the most recent winners of the Daytona 500 have been somewhat jinxed. For three years in a row the winner of this most prestigious event in NASCAR has failed to make the Chase for the Championship playoff.
In 2008 Ryan Newman began his season by winning the biggest race of his […]

NASCAR television coverage must improve in 2011

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

By Richard Allen
As has been well documented, television ratings for NASCAR racing have been in what amounts to a freefall for quite some time now. While many blame the product being shown for the decreasing number of viewers, there are seemingly almost as many who blame the coverage itself for the decline.
Every time a television […]

NASCAR’s yellow line needs to fade to black

Monday, February 14th, 2011

By Richard Allen
After last year’s Bud Shootout NASCAR made a change in the way they conduct their races when they added the multiple green/white/checkered rule so that fans would have the opportunity to witness a race to the finish line rather than a coast to complete the distance.
This most recent edition of the Bud Shootout […]

Will Junior Nation pack the grandstands after qualifying success?

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
According to broadcasters during this past weekend’s events at the Daytona International Speedway, there are still tickets available for the Daytona 500. On Sunday afternoon, track president Joie Chitwood got just about the best news he could have received when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. put his Chevrolet on the pole for the most coveted […]

It looks to be a wild Daytona 500

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
After Saturday’s Bud Shootout at the Daytona International Speedway there have been a number of adjectives used to describe the type of racing seen so far in SpeedWeeks. Unique, strategic, crazy, fast, frustrating, confusing, risky, exciting and unpredictable have been said. However, the one I choose to use above the rest is wild.
For […]

Does it really matter how drivers got into the Bud Shootout?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
As anyone who visits this site very often may know, I am typically a traditionalist. More often than not, I tend to take the side of keeping the sport of NASCAR racing as pure and true to its roots as possible. However, in the case of All Star races such as the Bud […]

Media Day Notes: Junior’s confident, Johnson still has goals and a reason to root for Kurt Busch

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
I was unable to attend the Daytona 500 Media Day but thanks to coverage provided by ESPNews I was able to collect a few notes and quotes in case you missed watching or keeping up on twitter.
Here they are:
*Dale Earnhardt, Jr. enters the 2011 season with a 93 race losing streak.
*Junior says he […]

Junior’s detractors will be watching Martin and McGrew closely

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

By Richard Allen
A few days ago a person who is not a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. asked me who I thought would win first, Junior or Mark Martin? The implication of the question was that either Junior or crew chief Lance McGrew was to blame for the recent failings of the #88 Chevrolet. And […]

Logano needs to step up to the level of his JGR teammates

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In any conversation of what drivers have a chance to win the 2011 Sprint Cup championship the names of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch would almost certainly be among those discussed. However, the third JGR driver, Joey Logano, probably would not be mentioned as a serious contender by very […]

Mayfield’s guilt or innocence still subject of much debate

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In May of 2009 NASCAR announced that driver Jeremy Mayfield had failed a drug test and was thus suspended by the sanctioning body. The driver was accused of using methamphetamines but he has adamantly denied using those drugs. Since that time, the debate over the driver’s guilt or innocence has been heated and […]

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. would not even recognize today’s NASCAR

Monday, February 7th, 2011

By Richard Allen
With the 10th anniversary of the unfortunate death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. being recognized during this year’s SpeedWeeks in Daytona there will be many stories about ‘The Intimidator’ told by drivers, media members and fans. While those stories certainly add to the lore of the sport and perhaps inform those not familiar with […]

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