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Edwards’ status becomes fodder for opponents and annoyance for teammates

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
This past weekend, the speculation over the future of NASCAR driver Carl Edwards seemed to come to a head as teammates and competitors alike took turns voicing their opinions. The star driver’s contract runs out at the end of the current season and his status for next year has been very much in […]

Pinning so much hope on individuals like Pastrana, Danica and Junior proving dangerous

Friday, July 29th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
NASCAR and other sports have always, at least to some degree, tied their fortunes to individuals as much as the game itself. Basketball has gambled that fans love players such as Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Lebron James enough to come out and see them play no matter what other factors may exist. […]

What if points were awarded only to the winner of NASCAR’s crown jewel races?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
In the past I have written pieces in which I have stated my belief that NASCAR’s four biggest races should not give points, but rather, they should be run strictly for the sake of winning. The trophy and the money should be the only concern in crown jewel races. Drivers would theoretically be […]

Bristol- Vols ticket package says much about the condition of both

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Just a few short years ago all officials at the Bristol Motor Speedway and the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium had to do in order to the fill the seats on the day of an event was to open the gates. With relatively little advertising a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol and […]

Could Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch really co-exist at JGR?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Rumors have flown through the NASCAR garage area and beyond that Carl Edwards is at least considering a move from his current Roush Fenway Racing team to the Joe Gibbs Racing organization. If that should come to fruition, JGR would have one of the most formidable driver lineups in NASCAR with perhaps only […]

Softer tires would end fuel mileage finishes and create better racing, but…

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
It seems as though more NASCAR Sprint Cup races than not end in fuel mileage stretch runs. No doubt at some point around the halfway mark of the Brickyard 400 this Sunday in Indianapolis, crew chiefs and drivers will begin the discussion on their team radios of turning the race into a gas […]

With NFL deal reportedly reached NASCAR maintains excuse for poor fall ratings

Monday, July 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Some might have seen the potential for an NFL lockout as a means for NASCAR to gain ratings numbers for their televised races during their fall stretch run of the Chase for the Championship. However, if a bit of thought is applied to the matter, a disaster for the racing organization may have […]

Stewart-Haas Racing peaking at the right time

Monday, July 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
By the admission of even the team’s driver/owner this has not been the season that Stewart-Haas Racing was hoping for so far in 2011. However, things took a giant step in the right direction during the most recent Sprint Cup Series race in New Hampshire.
Despite having a total of only six top-5 finishes […]

Change for the sake of change won’t help Montoya

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Word has come during this off week for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing team of Juan Pablo Montoya has removed crew chief Brian Pattie and replaced him with Jim Pohlman.
Montoya and Pattie had been linked as driver and crew chief since mid-way through the 2008 season. In their time […]

Johnson proving that he deserves more credit for team’s success than he is given

Monday, July 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
For the past five years Jimmie Johnson’s detractors have declared that the majority of his success has been due to crew chief Chad Knaus, the Hendrick Motorsports organization or even NASCAR favoritism. This season, the five time Sprint Cup champion is going a long way toward proving those who question his talents wrong.
Throughout […]

Bruton Smith’s “We don’t want to” summarizes view of fan needs by NASCAR leadership

Friday, July 15th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
For some time now it has been thought and expressed by fans and media members that those at the highest levels of the NASCAR ladder have lost contact with the fans they are meant to serve. The sanctioning body, track owners, team owners, drivers and even certain television commentators seem to be clueless […]

New Hampshire may represent make or break moment for Junior’s Chase hopes

Friday, July 15th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
After reaching as high as the third position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings following the race in Pocono, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has experienced somewhat of a freefall. In the last four races this driver’s finishes have been less than spectacular to say the least.
Results of 21st, 41st, 19th and 30th have dropped […]

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