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Look out Stewart and Junior, here comes Keselowski

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
A lot of focus right now is on the drivers racing for the two wildcard spots as the Chase for the Championship approaches. With two victories many have already conceded a playoff spot to driver Brad Keselowski. However, what has now become apparent is that the Penske Racing #2 team could very well […]

Biffle grabs Michigan pole(Starting Lineup)

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

After a somewhat crazy week that saw him get into a post-race scuffle and name calling contest with driver Boris Said in Watkins Glen, Greg Biffle has regrouped to grab the pole position for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway. Biffle’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Matt Kenseth, will start alongside.
In what […]

Boris Said aside, Biffle needs a win in Michigan to keep Chase hopes alive

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle has very much been a part of the NASCAR news cycle this week after a post race scuffle and name calling jab session with so called road course ringer Boris Said. However, the Washington native needs to quickly redirect his focus this Sunday in Michigan if he […]

Michigan not the Ford track it once was

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Coming off their first road course win since 1996, the Ford Motor Company should seemingly feel pretty confident about picking up a second straight win in Michigan. However, a look at recent statistics does not necessarily bear that out.
Between 1984 and 2008 Ford dominated NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at the Michigan International Speedway. […]

Hamlin may hope for engine change sooner rather than later

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Joe Gibbs Racing recently announced that their company would move away from building their own engines and instead work in conjunction with Toyota Racing Development to build power plants. With the cutoff for the Chase for the Championship only four races away, driver Denny Hamlin may be hoping that the changeover comes sooner […]

Said antics aside, Petty and Ambrose in victory lane is better story

Monday, August 15th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Unfortunately, Boris Said and his silly “fight me like a man” antics took away from the much better story in Watkins Glen on Monday. That story is of two of NASCAR’s classiest individuals making a trip to victory lane in a Sprint Cup race.
Australian driver Marcos Ambrose, often regarded as one of the […]

Hall of Fame a must for any NASCAR fan

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

By Richard Allen
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to experience one of the great family experiences I have had in a long time. Three generations of the Allen men made a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. My dad, myself and my two sons had a great time taking in all the […]

Did Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson trade personalities when they traded paint?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

By Richard Allen
When the cars of Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson got into each other multiple times during the final lap of the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday a post-race confrontation of some sort could have been easily foreseen. However, what wasn’t predictable was the words used by each […]

Should Pocono remain on the NASCAR schedule?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In recent days and weeks, tracks which ought to be or ought not to be on the schedules of NASCAR’s top divisions has been the subject of debate and speculation. The announcement that the Nashville SuperSpeedway has essentially been closed along with low attendance at other facilities and traffic nightmares in Kentucky have […]

Keselowski, Busch and Johnson save otherwise eventless day in Pocono

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

By Richard Allen
The Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at the Pocono Raceway was not exactly a shining moment for NASCAR and the sport’s television coverage. Seemingly, everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong throughout the day.
Right from the beginning, ESPN had some sort of issue with their signal which caused the broadcast to […]

Edwards’ agreement to stay with Roush has to come as blow to Toyota

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

By Richard Allen
On Thursday morning Roush Fenway Racing and Carl Edwards announced they had agreed on a contract extension that will keep the driver in the number 99 Ford for the foreseeable future. This has to come as a blow to Roush’s much disliked rival, Toyota.
As was well known, the top competitor for Edwards’ services […]

Does anyone really care that Nashville is off the Nationwide schedule?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

By Richard Allen
On Wednesday morning the Dover Motorsports Group announced that its Nashville Superspeedway would not host a Nationwide Series event in 2012. Based on attendance at the facility in recent times, it has to be asked if anyone really cares that the track is being shuttered, or at least significantly scaled back?
“Nashville is a […]

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