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NASCAR crew chiefs and college football coaches have a lot in common

Monday, November 28th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
There are a number of similar characteristics needed to be a good NASCAR crew chief and a good college football coach. Each has to be able to assess and properly place their talent. Each has to be able to motivate the people around them to perform at their very best. And, the fate […]

NASCAR fine will do little to curb Busch behavior

Friday, November 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
In a somewhat oddly timed move, NASCAR announced on the afternoon after Thanksgiving that they were issuing a $50,000 fine against driver Kurt Busch for his actions during the Ford 400 at the Homestead- Miami Speedway.
After early mechanical issues forced Busch to the garage area for repairs, he was caught on live television […]

Edwards feared Harvick would interfere with championship outcome

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

By Richard Allen
Prior to arriving at the Homestead- Miami Speedway for this past weekend’s championship deciding events, competitors were warned by NASCAR to not interfere with the outcome of the championship in any of the three divisions being contested. During the running of the Ford 400 on Sunday, Carl Edwards believed Kevin Harvick was indeed […]

Will Kurt Busch be punished(openly or privately) for tirade against ESPN reporter?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

By Richard Allen
It has come to light this season that NASCAR has been involved in the business of secretly fining drivers who stray from the company line. Criticizing penalties already levied or the latest in innovations can prove to be costly for the offending participants.
However, an incident from this past weekend’s Sprint Cup finale has […]

Dirt racing ties evident among each of NASCAR’s three champions

Monday, November 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
This past weekend at the Homestead- Miami Speedway in south Florida, NASCAR crowned champions in each of its three major touring divisions. Among those three drivers one common thread was apparent to those who follow multiple forms of auto racing.
Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Camping World […]

Tony Stewart simply wills his way to the Sprint Cup title

Monday, November 21st, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
If ever there was an example of a driver willing his way to success, Sunday’s race specifically and the Chase for the Championship in general was it.
Tony Stewart entered the Sprint Cup finale trailing Carl Edwards by three points. In order to win his third series title Stewart would have to finish three […]

Stewart’s four Chase wins refute France’s claim that wins mean more under new system

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
Before the 2011 season began NASCAR Chairman Brian France announced that the points system used by the sanctioning body since the early 1970s would be replaced with a new system. That system would accomplish two things.
First, according to France, the new scoring arrangement would create a tighter championship battle and provide fans and […]

This is the ending NASCAR hoped would happen

Monday, November 14th, 2011

By Richard Allen
Months ago when NASCAR Chairman Brian France announced the sanctioning body’s intention to restructure the points scoring system that had been in place for almost forty years of the sport’s history. He stated his hope that the new system would create a so called ‘Game 7’ type of playoff atmosphere. That is to […]

In light of Kyle Busch penalty, how was Brian Vickers not parked?

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
On Sunday in Phoenix, NASCAR again proved it has no absolute understanding of its own policy. For two years, drivers have been told to “Have at it” as a means of settling their differences. However, the sanctioning body’s rulings of the past few weeks have offered no clear indication of where the line […]

This is not the best time to be racing on a newly resurfaced track

Friday, November 11th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
The resurfacing of tracks almost always leads to less than exciting racing in the race or races immediately following the paving. New asphalt provides equal grip, or lack thereof, on all parts of the track which usually causes drivers to simply take the shortest route around the speedway to record the fastest lap […]

No real advantage for Edwards or Stewart going into Phoenix

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

By Richard Allen
With the races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule down to only two and the battle for the Chase for the Championship so close, every statistical edge has to be considered. Carl Edwards leads Tony Stewart by only three points with races in Phoenix and Miami-Homestead remaining.
Going into Sunday’s event at the Phoenix […]

Busch drama threatens to overshadow NASCAR’s much desired points battle

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

By Richard Allen
 
During the past off season NASCAR changed the points system that had been used in the Sprint Cup Series for almost 40 years. With smaller numbers of points being awarded for each position the natural result of the move would be to create what gave the appearance of a closer battle for the […]

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