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Talladega plate size not etched in stone

Monday, September 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Last week it was announced that NASCAR intends to increase the size of restrictor plates used by Sprint Cup cars in the upcoming event at the Talladega SuperSpeedway. The plates will be increased by 1/64 of an inch to 57/64. Additionally, the pressure relief valve on the cars’ cooling systems will be recalibrated […]

Tumultuous day deals severe blow to Kurt Busch’s title chances

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
It seems as though Kurt Busch just has a knack for finding controversy. Of late, there has been no shortage of issues worthy of discussion surrounding the driver of the #22 Penske Racing Dodge.
At the end of the most recent race in Pocono, Busch found himself in the midst of a face to […]

Either change the New Hampshire track or change the schedule

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
It seems bad enough that so many NASCAR races end with fuel mileage stretch runs that feature drivers coasting around tracks in an effort to outlast rather than out run the competition. But to make things worse, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one that seems to rarely lend itself to good racing. […]

Here’s why Jimmie Johnson will win in New Hampshire

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has moved to Loudon, New Hampshire for the 28th race on the 36 race schedule and the second of ten Chase for the Championship playoff races. This is the second visit to this one-mile facility for the series. Ryan Newman led a 1-2 finish by Stewart-Haas Racing at […]

Hendrick and Evernham could reunite…in sprint cars

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Rick Hendrick and Ray Evernham once formed one of the most formidable pairings in NASCAR. Evernham oversaw the team of driver Jeff Gordon. That crew chief and driver worked together from 1992 to 1999, winning 47 Sprint Cup races and three championships while employed by Hendrick Motorsports.
Evernham left HMS after the 1999 season […]

Mr. Hamlin, you may collect your parting gifts at the door

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
One driver has all but been eliminated from serious contention for the Sprint Cup championship after only one race in the ten race playoff. And that driver is the one who finished last season as the series runner-up.
There were a few drivers and teams who appeared to limp into the 2011 Chase rather […]

Common sense needs to prevail in last lap assistance debate

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Anyone who has ever read posts from this site before will know that I am never averse to pointing out the faults of the NASCAR organization. However, in the case of Matt Kenseth receiving assistance from J.J. Yeley on the last lap of Monday’s Sprint Cup race at the Chicagoland Speedway there seems […]

Fuel mileage stretches are uninspiring

Monday, September 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
I am not sure when NASCAR racing crossed into its current realm but it has now become the norm rather than the exception for races to end in fuel mileage stretch runs instead of the fastest car simply outrunning everyone to the finish line. In previous years, or eras, there was the occasional […]

One race does not make Stewart, Junior contenders…or does it?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Of the ten drivers to earn their way into the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship this season via the non-wildcard route, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were the last to be locked in. To be honest, both drivers struggled to make it with less than spectacular races to the cutoff and […]

If Menard did spin on purpose his punishment should be severe

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
The Sprint Cup race in Richmond could go down as a turning point in the history of NASCAR should the situation not be resolved properly. If not, then those who cover the sport on a full or part time basis will have legitimate cause to question each and every late race caution flag.
On […]

Edwards lauds NASCAR for lack of phony caution but will that remain true in Chase?

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
In a post-race interview following Saturday’s Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race at the Chicagoland Speedway driver Carl Edwards praised NASCAR for not throwing a late race caution flag simply for the purpose of bunching the field and artificially creating a close finish.
“I think too often NASCAR is quick to throw cautions,” Edwards […]

As a car owner, would you rather have Bowyer or Danica?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

By Richard Allen
It appears very likely that the relationship between driver Clint Bowyer and his team, Richard Childress Racing, is nearing its end. And if the reports of Sirius radio host Dave Moody and others are correct, it appears as though Bowyer will soon become a part of Michael Waltrip Racing with Five Hour Energy […]

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