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Archive for January, 2012

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Kasey Kahne finally has the right owner to make him a title contender

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Kasey Kahne would seem to be a team owner’s dream. He is one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers. He is a proven winner, having scored twelve victories over the course of his Sprint Cup career. And perhaps best of all as far as an owner is concerned, he is highly marketable.
But even with […]

Joe Gibbs getting a lot of practice at apologizing to sponsors

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

By Richard Allen
By all accounts, former Super Bowl winning football coach Joe Gibbs is a good person. However, his time as a racing owner almost certainly has tested his patience and has absolutely tested his ability to deal with sponsors.
During the years of NASCAR team expansion, Joe Gibbs Racing brought in the young but often […]

Can Kurt Busch rescue his image by driving for an underdog team?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Kurt Busch has never exactly been a fan favorite or had a good image in the sport of NASCAR racing. And at the end of last season when he was caught on video delivering a profanity laced tirade to an ESPN camera crew, his image went from bad to worse. That tirade, along […]

Don’t over legislate because 2×2 will eventually die a natural death

Friday, January 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
As the 2012 season approaches it appears as though NASCAR is seriously stepping up its efforts to end, or at least curtail, the 2×2 form of racing that has become the norm on the restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega of late. As teams tested in Daytona on Thursday, Robin Pemberton(NASCAR’s vice […]

Rules aren’t working so NASCAR just orders drivers to race in big packs

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Since last year’s Daytona 500 drivers have spent entire races on the two restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega running in tight two car tandems. And since that time a number of fans and competitors have voiced their disdain for that style of racing.
In an effort to reduce the number of laps […]

What we hear(and don’t hear) may be more important than what we see in Daytona test

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

By Richard Allen
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week teams from the Sprint Cup division of NASCAR will be on track at the Daytona International Speedway to test their machines in preparation for the upcoming season in general and in particular, the Daytona 500. These sessions will be aired on and the Speed […]

Danica already set to dominate one aspect of Sprint Cup in 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

By Richard Allen
While watching the Giants vs. Falcons NFL playoff game this past Sunday I took note of the Daytona 500 promo spot run by the Fox Network during that telecast. With the big race just about six weeks away, it was not surprising that the channel set to cover the event would let viewers […]

Demise of Rusty Wallace team illustrates the loss of purpose for the Nationwide Series

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

By Richard Allen
I often use the space on this website to bemoan the fact that the current regime in charge of NASCAR has forgotten its roots and lost its sense of history. And even though that theme may be getting old to some, I’m going to employ it once again.
On Friday afternoon Rusty Wallace, Inc. […]

Will the end of Rusty Wallace Racing also be the end of Steve Wallace’s NASCAR career?

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

By Richard Allen
On Friday afternoon Rusty Wallace, Inc., owner of Rusty Wallace Racing, announced that the racing end of their company was closing its doors and would no longer be in the business of fielding NASCAR Nationwide Series cars. The team had been formed in 2003 by championship driver Rusty Wallace. Drivers such as Jamie […]

David Ragan getting frequently teased but never hired this off season

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Poor David Ragan is having what must be a miserable off season. After having his ride at Roush Fenway Racing essentially evaporate when that organization failed to land adequate sponsorship, the second generation driver has been near the top of the list to take over at least three different rides. Trouble is, he […]

Bowyer, Martin, Reutimann and Kurt Busch have downgraded this off season

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

By Richard Allen
As was stated in the companion column to this one( ), there were considerably more downgrades for drivers this off season than upgrades. So now for the bad news. Here are a few of the drivers who will find themselves in a worse situation in the coming year than they had previously.
Clint Bowyer […]

Kahne, Allmendinger and Danica have upgraded this off season

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

By Richard Allen
In what is proving to be one of the most active off seasons in recent NASCAR history, a number of drivers are finding themselves in the midst of changes to their situations over last season. Some of these changes were sought out by the drivers while some were not and still others are […]

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