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Is it time for Knaus to make another pit crew swap?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

By Richard Allen
Last year in the middle of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season’s next to last race, Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus made a somewhat controversial call by exchanging Jimmie Johnson’s pit crew for that of teammate Jeff Gordon’s over-the-wall gang. The Gordon crew had become available after their car had crashed. The move […]

NASCAR was right to let race play out but must strive for consistency in its rulings

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

By Richard Allen
In my most recent posting to this site I stated, “No conspiracies here as NASCAR could have made Junior a winner” ( http://racingwithrich.com/?p=1442 ). In that piece I stated my belief that NASCAR went a long toward proving they are not conspiring to help Dale Earnhardt, Jr. win or else they could have done […]

No conspiracies here as NASCAR could have made Junior a winner

Monday, May 30th, 2011

By Richard Allen
It has been claimed by a number of observers that, given the opportunity, NASCAR would do whatever it took to make Dale Earnhardt, Jr. a winner. There is little doubt that a win by the sport’s most popular driver would benefit the sanctioning body which causes those who have made the conspiracy claims […]

Danica is merely a symbol of modern day racing

Friday, May 27th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Word has it that Danica Patrick may be coming to NASCAR full time in 2012. Few drivers in racing today evoke as much reaction as the heavily commercialized female racer, which is exactly why she may be making the move away from the IndyCar circuit for America’s most lucrative racing series.
Along with the […]

Here’s what the reckless behavior of NASCAR drivers like Busch and Annett has done

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
With the speeding citation(or rather the reckless and careless driving citation) he received on Tuesday, Kyle Busch has managed to do quite a lot. Aside from proving that he could drive a car at a high rate of speed, which we already knew, he has managed to draw criticism, jokes and all sorts […]

What happened to the mature Kyle Busch?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Just a few short weeks ago we were hearing all about the ‘new and improved’ Kyle Busch. We were often told that he was newly married, he was another year older and he was an owner on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
All of those things were going to combine to bring about […]

Television hype of All Star Race did the sport no favors

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Leading into the Sprint All Star Race it was obvious that the Fox/Speed plan for getting people to watch was to promise an event filled with retaliation and confrontation. Seemingly every promotion featured clips of Kyle Busch barking for his crew to keep him away from Denny Hamlin and Darrell Waltrip exclaiming that […]

Iowa race shows that Nationwide Series can stand alone

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

By Richard Allen
It has long been debated as to whether the NASCAR Nationwide Series would be better served to act as a companion tour for the more popular Sprint Cup Series or go on its own as a stand alone series. Sunday’s race in Iowa went a long way toward proving the point of those […]

Maybe Showdown win will propel Ragan to bigger things

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Sometimes a driver just needs something to happen that can provide a confidence boost and propel him to greater heights. Perhaps Saturday night’s win in the Sprint Showdown last chance qualifying race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway will be such a confidence booster for David Ragan.
The young Georgia native drives for one of […]

It’s all about winning for Junior in the All Star Showdown

Friday, May 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
There are several ways to qualify for the Sprint All Star Challenge. Winning a race within the current or preceding seasons is the first and foremost way of getting into the race. Drivers who in the past ten years are former winners of the event and/or former Sprint Cup champions are also eligible. […]

Kyle Busch has been rough on family and teammates in All Star Challenge

Friday, May 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
The Sprint All Star Challenge typically produces at least one moment of high drama each year. Unfortunately for the family and friends of Kyle Busch, they have been cast into a couple of those moments through the years.
Perhaps one of the most memorable happenings of that race occurred in 2007 when brothers Kurt […]

Top drivers, teams well back in standings at All Star break

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
As NASCAR approaches its Sprint All Star Challenge weekend and the stretch drive toward the cutoff for the Chase for the Championship there are a number of the sport’s biggest names and organizations who find themselves on the outside looking in on the all important top-10 of the standings.
Drivers from teams such as […]

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