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Bruton Smith playing unfamiliar role of bad guy after Kentucky debacle

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may not be aware that this past weekend’s race in Kentucky did not go well on all fronts for race track conglomerate Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Traffic and other infrastructure debacles made for somewhat of a publicity nightmare for the company. Unlike other instances in […]

Is Kyle Busch better than your favorite driver?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Kyle Busch has fans but based on reactions from the grandstands when he is introduced, reader comments to this and other blog sites and twitter posts, it is pretty clear that the fans of this driver are in the minority. So what is it that causes such bitter feelings toward the Las Vegas […]

What could have been a great night for NASCAR turns sour in Kentucky

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
For a sport in need of an enthusiastic sellout crowd and a great deal of positive buzz leading into an event, the inaugural trip for the Sprint Cup Series to the Kentucky Speedway seemed to be like a dream come true for NASCAR. Unfortunately for all involved, the reality proved to be more […]

Moving Nationwide race to IMS a bad idea…no matter what the reason

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Word came out a while back that the Nationwide Series race during the Brickyard 400 weekend in 2012 would likely be moved from the Lucas Oil Raceway to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Those rumors were confirmed on Wednesday in a press conference as well as in various interviews.
I’m sure there have been and […]

How long before excitement over new track gives way to cookie cutter blahs?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
After trying virtually every way imaginable, from asking nicely to legal action to eventually selling out to a big corporation, the Kentucky Speedway has finally gotten itself on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. And for now at least, there is a certain degree of excitement surrounding the series debut for the facility situated […]

Junior/Johnson ties come unraveled late in Daytona race

Monday, July 4th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
During the Sprint Cup race earlier this season in Talladega, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson worked well together throughout much of the day in a tandem that eventually resulted in a victory for Johnson. On Saturday night in Daytona during the Coke Zero 400 it appeared for much of […]

Fans and drivers alike have love/hate relationship with 2X2 racing

Monday, July 4th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
After the third of four restrictor plate races scheduled for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series in 2011, there was no shortage of opinions from fans and drivers regarding the style of racing being employed on the tracks in Daytona and Talladega.
Basically since the inception of the carburetor restrictor plates used on what would be […]

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