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Talladega and Martinsville make the case for fewer cookie cutters

Monday, October 31st, 2011

By Richard Allen
Isn’t it great that the past two races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have provided a multitude of storylines and none of them involve fuel mileage? So what’s different about these two events that have made them seem unique?
The answer is that the last two races weren’t conducted on one of the […]

Junior a dirty driver, Zipadelli challenges Logano and other fun quotes from Martinsville

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

By Richard Allen
*The quotes used in this story were taken verbatim from drivers and other team members and contain language that some may find offensive.
Every NASCAR Sprint Cup race produces a number of notable quotes from those involved in the action. But Sunday’s race in Martinsville seemed to bring about an unusual number of rants […]

Can the Sprint Cup race in Martinsville match the excitement of the trucks?

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

By Richard Allen
If the Sprint Cup race on Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway has as many noteworthy happenings as the Camping World Truck Series of Saturday afternoon on that same track had, it will go down as one of the most talked about races in the sport’s history. However, the likelihood of that happening is […]

Debate over team orders is pointless

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Immediately following the Sprint Cup race in Talladega last Sunday the topic of ‘team orders’ was a hot one on this website as well as just about every other NASCAR related form of communication. On Friday in Martinsville as drivers and media sat through an entire day of rain delays and eventual cancellations, […]

Martinsville represents now or never for Johnson and the Busch brothers

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
It seems as though many fans and media alike are afraid to pronounce Jimmie Johnson’s Sprint Cup title hopes as dead. Well, if those hopes are not done for, they’re on life support. As of now, the five time consecutive champion is 50 points behind leader Carl Edwards. With the new points scoring […]

Championship rivals have opportunity to gain on Edwards, Kenseth in Martinsville

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
After all the dust had settled on the Sprint Cup Series race in Talladega, Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth emerged as the two top runners in the standings of NASCAR’s top division. However, a statistical look ahead reveals the possibility that their advantage could be short lived.
Edwards currently holds […]

Could Bayne’s post-race comments hurt his future?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

By Richard Allen
At the young age of 21, Trevor Bayne has experienced more ups and downs in his relatively brief racing life than many drivers twice his age. This season has served as a microcosm of his entire career, and after Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Talladega he appears to be in the midst of […]

Gordon, Stewart vow revenge against united Ford teams

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

By Richard Allen
There is no doubt that someone within the Ford Racing organization developed a plan coming into this past weekend’s race at the Talladega SuperSpeedway. And, there’s no doubt that plan drew the ire of at least two of Chevrolet’s championship drivers before, during and after Sunday’s event on the 2.66 mile track.
Throughout this […]

Team orders…Make sure the Chase contender is in front of the 2×2 pack

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
This year’s Daytona 500 introduced the racing world to prolonged 2×2 racing on NASCAR’s two restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega. The tandem form of racing had been employed before but not necessarily for such extended numbers of laps. But this year’s three previous plate races have essentially gone the full distance […]

Kahne, Ambrose and Allmendinger continue Chase disrupting pattern

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
If they’re not careful, drivers Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger are going to make a habit of posting strong runs within the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship. Each seems to be establishing himself as somewhat of a ‘Chase buster’ by running well and scoring points that those competing for the […]

Crashes of Wheldon and Johnson show safety must always be at forefront

Monday, October 17th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In the wake of two frightening crashes over the past weekend, the need for all involved in racing to remain vigilant in regard to safety has been demonstrated. Racing has always been and will always be a dangerous sport. But that does not mean danger has to be allowed to win without a […]

Why wouldn’t Steve Addington be looking to leave Kurt Busch?

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Surely it must be in The Bible or some other religious writing that one human being should only have to endure so much berating and ridicule during a lifetime. And considering that he has served as a crew chief for both Kyle and Kurt Busch, Steve Addington has almost certainly fulfilled a lifetime’s […]

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