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My third annual ‘Why pick anyone other than Jimmie Johnson?’ column

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
I’m not exactly sure for how many years I have written a piece similar to this one but for the sake of giving it a name I will call it the third annual. The basic premise is obvious. With the field now set and the 2011 Chase of the Championship playoff about to […]

Could Bowyer’s dirt team be impacted by his likely departure from Richard Childress Racing?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Both owner Richard Childress and driver Clint Bowyer sound as if they have given up hope for the Kansas native to return to his #33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets next season. The driver has won four Sprint Cup races as well as a Nationwide Series championship while working for the organization but his […]

‘Just win baby’ is the motto for this weekend in Richmond

Friday, September 9th, 2011

By Richard Allen
For years, one of the biggest complaints from fans about NASCAR has been that drivers are not willing to sacrifice the points they can gain for a decent finish in exchange for taking the risks necessary to win. Well, this Saturday night at the Richmond International Raceway there is nothing for virtually every […]

Did Mark Martin wreck Regan Smith on purpose in Atlanta?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
It should have come as no surprise to anyone that Juan Pablo Montoya was involved in a controversial incident during the running of the AdvoCare 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday. After all, the Colombian driver seems to make a point of ruffling the feathers of his rivals on an almost […]

The hits just keep coming for Montoya(and everyone around him)

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Throughout the course of a racing season every driver is bound to have at least one confrontation with another driver. Unfortunately for him(and those who race around him), Juan Pablo Montoya is compiling a long list of fellow drivers who no longer speak of him in friendly terms.
On Tuesday in Atlanta it was […]

Gordon proves he’s a serious threat to dethrone Johnson

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
It’s doubtful anyone in the NASCAR garage area or grandstands has ever seriously doubted the skills of Jeff Gordon. But just in case they did, the four time champion showed on Tuesday in Atlanta that he still has plenty of gas in his tank.
In one of the best racing duels seen in Sprint […]

What a shame more fans could not see Atlanta race

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

By Richard Allen
After a disappointing rainout on Sunday evening which eventually pushed the one and only Sprint Cup race of the season at the Atlanta Motor Speedway all the way to Tuesday, it was an easy guess that not very many people would be in attendance or able watch the television broadcast of the AdvoCare […]

There are a number of potential issues to consider going into Tuesday’s Atlanta race

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

By Richard Allen
There are perhaps as many unknowns going into Tuesday’s rescheduled affair at the Atlanta Motor Speedway as there have been in quite some time for a Sprint Cup race. This weekend’s weather delays will create some extra headaches for teams as they prepare their cars for the event.
For one thing, the preparation itself […]

Changing start times because of weather for NASCAR races not feasible or a good idea

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
With rain bearing down on the Atlanta Motor Speedway, some have proposed the possibility of changing the start times of races in order to get events in before the inclement weather arrives. While juggling pre-race activities to gain five or ten minutes toward the start is certainly feasible, gaining hours is not.
Even when the […]

Rain out in Atlanta is tough all the way around for NASCAR

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
The weather around Atlanta Motor Speedway simply would not allow for the running of Sunday night’s 500 mile NASCAR Sprint Cup affair in the Georgia state capital. It seems as though Tropical Storm Lee is not a racing fan and ruined the plans of many of those who hoped to see the scheduled high speed Labor Day weekend spectacle.
If […]

Should NASCAR drivers attend White House event?

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
It seems as though a few NASCAR drivers have decided not to accept an invitation to visit President Barack Obama after he and his administration extended and invitation to them for September 7th. After the drivers’ announcements, a few people on Twitter and Facebook seemed to take exception to the perceived snubs of […]

Looks like Junior fans have five more years to blame Hendrick

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

By Richard Allen
Although it had seemed a foregone conclusion for quite some time now, it was formally announced on Thursday morning that Hendrick Motorsports and driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had reached an agreement to keep the popular star in the #88 Chevrolet through the 2017 season.
Junior has driven for HMS since 2008. In that time […]

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