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JGR right to ask Kyle Busch to step out of his truck, but will he do it?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

By Richard Allen
On Tuesday afternoon Dave Moody of SiriusXMNASCAR reported that Joe Gibbs racing has asked that their Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Busch, to refrain from racing in the Camping World Truck Series in 2012. This request by JGR comes on the heels of their driver having been parked for one Cup race near the […]

Even after a turnaround season, Junior needs to be more productive in 2012

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In this time of year when many of us tend to look back and assess the past year, it is appropriate to gauge the past seasons of some of NASCAR top participants. It goes without saying that drivers such as Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon with their championship contention […]

Bayne provided greatest racing moment of 2011 for East Tennessee fans

Monday, December 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
When deciding the greatest moment of the 2011 NASCAR season many may feel as though the choice is somewhat of a no brainer. Tony Stewart’s miraculous run through the final ten races of the season capped by his championship clinching victory at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in the season finale was one of the […]

Looks like Reutimann, Ragan and Vickers were left standing when the music stopped

Monday, December 26th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In the children’s game ‘Musical Chairs’ a group of kids walk around a set of chairs as music plays. Once the music stops everyone scrambles to find a seat. The trouble is there is always one less chair than the number of participants so one person is always left standing. That person is […]

Did NASCAR have a great season in 2011 or just a great ending?

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

By Richard Allen
With the end of the year fast approaching and a new year right around the corner, there will no doubt be a great deal of reflection during this week as well as a great deal of looking ahead. In this particular piece, I intend to not only offer my own reflection but ask […]

Kurt driving Kyle’s Nationwide car offers limitless reality television possibilities

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

By Richard Allen
According to reports, there is a strong probability of Kurt Busch driving a Nationwide Series car in 2012 for his brother’s Kyle Busch Motorsports team. If this were to come to fruition, imagine the opportunities for creative marketing.
Personally, I have never really been a fan of the many so called reality television shows […]

“Merry Christmas, A.J. Allmendinger” -signed, Kurt Busch

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

By Richard Allen
Wednesday’s announcement by Penske Racing that A.J. Allmendinger has been chosen to replace the departed Kurt Busch in that organization’s number 22 Dodge almost certainly made the young driver the big winner so far in the seemingly endless shuffling of personnel by NASCAR Sprint Cup teams this off season.
Allmendinger left Richard Petty Motorsports […]

Best Buy to Roush Fenway creates more questions than it answers

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

By Richard Allen
In one of the least surprising moves of the current off season, it was made official on Tuesday morning that electronics provider Best Buy was ending its association with Richard Petty Motorsports to partner with Roush Fenway Racing for the 2012 season. The deal is for the company to serve as primary sponsor […]

NASCAR’s top-35 rule may be rendered null and void in 2012

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Richard Allen
When asked to name their least favorite things about the sport of NASCAR racing, fans often list the rule that guarantees those teams within the top-35 of the owners’ standings into each race near the top. That proved true during a Monday night Twitter and Facebook discussion regarding the least favorite rules in […]

Stewart-Haas making improvements even after championship campaign

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

By Richard Allen
It would seem reasonable to think that a NASCAR organization coming out of a championship campaign would have a quiet off season. However, that has not even been close to the case for Stewart-Haas Racing in the weeks following Tony Stewart’s winning of the 2011 Sprint Cup title.
Almost immediately after securing his third […]

Best Buy to Kenseth rumor playing out like a soap opera in the Ford camp

Friday, December 16th, 2011

By Richard Allen
It’s certainly no secret that sponsorship for NASCAR teams is hard to come by during these strained economic times. And if rumors are to be believed, the situation has become so desperate within team Ford that one car owner may be about to nab a sponsor from another of the manufacturer’s stable.
Hard to […]

NASCAR apparently taking drastic steps to end 2×2 racing on plate tracks

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

By Richard Allen
The fans have spoken out against 2×2 racing on restrictor plate tracks and apparently NASCAR has heard.
The NASCAR on Fox television team held its pre-season production meetings on Tuesday and apparently received some inside information from the sanctioning body regarding rule changes for 2012.
According to Fox personality Larry McReynolds via Twitter, NASCAR is […]

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