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Fantasy picks and race winner for the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville

Thursday, March 31st, 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 […]

Kurt Busch hardly in a good mood returning to scene of infamous blowup

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
In the spring Martinsville race of 2009 Kurt Busch issued some of the most talked about radio chatter in recent NASCAR history. In that tirade, Busch scolded car owner Roger Penske over his car’s lack of competitiveness and his crew’s seeming inability to do anything about it.
Penske, a successful businessman known for his […]

Pressure on Hamlin and JGR team going into Martinsville

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

By Richard Allen
It’s too early to declare any team as in a desperate situation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but there are some who are nearing that point as the sixth race of the season in Martinsville approaches this weekend. One team that particularly must feel the pressure coming into this race on the […]

Is the finish really all that matters in racing?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

By Richard Allen
The finish of the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California was about as exciting as could be imagined. Kevin Harvick passed Jimmie Johnson in the last turn of the last lap for the win. Trouble was, the previous 195 laps leading up the race’s finale were hard to watch as very few positions […]

Great finish and Busch brothers radio chatter rescue lackluster race in Fontana

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Had it not been for the misfortunes of Andy Lally and Bobby Labonte the Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California might have gone down as one of the worst races in NASCAR history. But because of the late race cautions brought out by Lally’s spin and Labonte’s impact […]

New rule has not ended Cup drivers’ dominance of Nationwide races

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Unfortunately for Ricky Stenhouse, not too many people are aware of the fact that he is leading the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. For that matter, until he led some laps in Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, it is often difficult to even notice he participates […]

If California has empty seats should it lose its remaining date?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Enquiring minds in places such as North Wilkesboro and Rockingham would like to know whether or not the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California should be allowed to keep its date on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule if there are scores of empty seats this weekend.
The tracks in the two locales mentioned above […]

Fantasy picks and race winner for the Auto Club 400 at California

Thursday, March 24th, 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 […]

Why were there so many empty seats in Bristol?

Monday, March 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
When the Fox network first came on the air with coverage of the Jeff Byrd 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway I thought the shot they were showing of the grandstands could not have been live. There was no mistaking that empty seats were in abundance at a track that just a few […]

Kyle Busch and Bristol were made for each other

Monday, March 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
If ever there was a race driver and a race track made for each other it is Kyle Busch and the Bristol Motor Speedway. The driver’s brash, aggressive style is perfectly suited for the track’s high banks and close quarters racing.
If there is any doubt, Busch’s record on the track speaks for itself. […]

Start and Park fiasco was bound to happen

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
There is no doubt, whether contractually obligated or not, that NASCAR likes having full fields of cars in their Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races. As a result, a number of so called ‘start and park’ cars have briefly participated in virtually every event in those divisions for the last […]

Bristol tires threaten to break NASCAR’s early season momentum

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
If nothing else, NASCAR and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company proved on Friday that they have learned from history. Tires became an issue during both Nationwide and Sprint Cup practice at the Bristol Motor Speedway when they showed excessive wear and suffered a few blowouts as a result.
The words, “The track won’t […]

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