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Drivers private lives are indeed noteworthy

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Since Jeff Gluck of SBNation.com posted a piece on Tuesday( http://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2011/6/28/2247863/kurt-busch-new-relationship-marriage-nascar-media-reporting-news-2011 ) regarding the marital issues of driver Kurt Busch there has been a raging debate on virtually every form of media and social networking site as to the relevance of the personal matters of those involved in NASCAR racing.
The issue has proven […]

Shouldn’t Junior have at least shopped around before renewing his contract?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
If Jimmie Johnson was in the final year of his contract and re-signed with Hendrick Motorsports without so much as even testing the waters to see what else was out there, no one could blame him. After all, he’s won five consecutive Sprint Cup titles.
But on the other hand, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. actually […]

After Sonoma, will anyone draft with Montoya in Daytona?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Without a doubt, the driver who made the most enemies this past Sunday at the Infineon Raceway was Juan Pablo Montoya. It seemed as though there was hardly a driver in the garage area who did not have something negative to say about the former Formula 1 driver’s tactics during that road course […]

Everyone has some leverage in the Carl Edwards contest

Monday, June 27th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Another weekend has passed and Carl Edwards continued to remain mum about his contract status. And in reality that is the smartest thing for him to do considering that he has at least two of NASCAR’s most high profile teams bidding for his services.
Edwards’ contract with Roush Fenway Racing expires at the end […]

After this weekend, would you like to see more NASCAR road races?

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Often times after a race held on the so-called ‘cookie cutter’ tracks words such as boring and parade are used by fans and media alike to describe the action. After NASCAR staged events for both its Sprint Cup and Nationwide divisions on road courses over this past weekend, those words of monotony were […]

Robby Gordon hurls serious accusation toward Goodyear, NASCAR during Sonoma race

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment that they may not have meant or that they wish they had not said. That may or may not be the case with Robby Gordon during Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
But then again, Gordon has never been one to shy […]

No positive spin for moving Cup races to Speed and Red Bull leaving

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
There has been no shortage of ‘Silly Season’ rumors to race through the NASCAR garage area and beyond over the past week or so. Two of the biggest pieces of information have involved the Fox television network and Team Red Bull.
It has been reported that Fox, a television partner of NASCAR since 2001, […]

Gibbs teams lost their oil pans but made a strong pitch for Edwards in Michigan

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Early in this past racing weekend the teams fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing had the oil pans from their cars confiscated by NASCAR. Initially it was said that the parts had not been submitted to the sanctioning body for prior approval. However, the size and shape of the pans was later brought into […]

Joe Gibbs Racing should be rewarded, not punished

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
As has been well reported by now, the three Joe Gibbs Racing teams have become the target of NASCAR scorn this weekend in Michigan because of some unapproved oil pans. The sanctioning body confiscated. The parts in question will likely draw penalties in the near future.
It is this sort of thing that has […]

Where is Jeff Gordon’s rightful place among the greatest drivers of all time?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
With the names of the third class of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees having just been announced and with Jeff Gordon having just won his 84th Sprint Cup race in Pocono on Sunday, I have decided to give my own personal ranking of this particular driver among the greats of all time.
It is […]

No one made Tony Stewart shift in Pocono

Monday, June 13th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Many viewers of the TNT broadcast of the 5 Hour Energy 500 from the Pocono Raceway may have heard the playback of a Tony Stewart tirade over his in-car radio in which he very sarcastically said, “I just want to thank NASCAR for having us shift 600 times today, I appreciate that.”
Stewart was […]

NASCAR penalty for Kyle Busch must be carefully thought out

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
For the first time in the 2011 season it appears as if NASCAR is in the position of having to impose a points penalty on a serious championship contender. After the 5 Hour Energy 500 at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday it was determined that the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Kyle […]

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