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Bizarre is the only way to describe the 2012 version of the Daytona 500

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

By Richard Allen
I asked the following Twitter question on Tuesday morning- “How many times will the word bizarre be used to describe the Daytona 500?” Monte Dutton, one of the top writers in the business of covering NASCAR, replied, “Probably not enough.”
That’s a pretty accurate response. As I told my wife the next morning, I […]

Tony Stewart will win the Daytona 500

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Do you ever get the feeling that something is just inevitable? Does that particular something just seem bound to happen?
This is one of those times for me. I just have the feeling that the stars have aligned themselves in favor of Tony Stewart winning the Daytona 500 in 2012. While it certainly does […]

Cooler heads will prevail in the Daytona 500

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

By Richard Allen
After watching Thursday’s Gatorade Duel qualifying races at the Daytona International Speedway, it became pretty apparent that cooler heads will prevail in the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon. But that statement can actually have two different meanings.
In the first of the two preliminary races on the 2.5 mile super speedway, ‘cooler heads’ could […]

Hendrick calls out NASCAR inspection process after Knaus incident

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

By Richard Allen
Jokes have often been made that teams, drivers or crew chiefs who cause NASCAR grief in any way will have trouble getting through inspection the next week. Well, the most high profile owner in the sport doesn’t seem to think that’s a joke right now.
Rick Hendrick called into question the inspection process used […]

Live updates from the Gatorade Duels in Daytona

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
On this page I plan to offer live updates of the racing action as well as commentary and the best scanner chatter from both of the Gatorade Duels qualifying races held on Thursday afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. Hopefully this page will provide all the information you may need if you’re unable […]

Gatorade Duel 2 Starting Lineup

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

POS
CAR
DRIVER
MAKE
SPONSOR
SPEED
TIME
BEHIND

1
16
Greg Biffle
Ford
3M
-
-
-

2
13
Casey Mears
Ford
GEICO
-
-
-

3
24
Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet
Drive to End Hunger
-
-
-

4
56
Martin Truex Jr.
Toyota
NAPA Auto Parts
-
-
-

5
55
Mark Martin
Toyota
Aaron’s Dream Machine
-
-
-

6
48
Jimmie Johnson
Chevrolet
Lowe’s
-
-
-

7
17
Matt Kenseth
Ford
Best Buy
-
-
-

8
39
Ryan Newman
Chevrolet
U.S. Army / Quicken Loans
-
-
-

9
20
Joey Logano
Toyota
The Home Depot
-
-
-

10
5
Kasey Kahne
Chevrolet
Farmers Insurance
-
-
-

11
26
Tony Raines
Ford
Front Row Motorsports
-
-
-

12
18
Kyle Busch
Toyota
M&M’s Brown
-
-
-

13
109
Kenny Wallace
Toyota
American Ethanol
-
-
-

14
36
Dave Blaney
Chevrolet
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
-
-
-

15
51
Kurt Busch
Chevrolet
HendrickCars.com
-
-
-

16
33
Elliott Sadler
Chevrolet
General Mills / Kroger
-
-
-

17
87
Joe Nemechek
Toyota
AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves
-
-
-

18
78
Regan Smith
Chevrolet
Furniture Row / CSX “Play it Safe”
-
-
-

19
47
Bobby […]

Gatorade Duel 1 Starting Lineup

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

POS
CAR
DRIVER
MAKE
SPONSOR
SPEED
TIME
BEHIND

1
99
Carl Edwards
Ford
Fastenal
-
-
-

2
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Chevrolet
Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard
-
-
-

3
9
Marcos Ambrose
Ford
Stanley
-
-
-

4
6
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ford
Ford EcoBoost
-
-
-

5
21
Trevor Bayne
Ford
Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center
-
-
-

6
14
Tony Stewart
Chevrolet
Office Depot / Mobil 1
-
-
-

7
43
Aric Almirola
Ford
Smithfield “Helping Hungry Homes”
-
-
-

8
27
Paul Menard
Chevrolet
Peak / Menards
-
-
-

9
34
David Ragan
Ford
Scorpion Truck Bed Liners
-
-
-

10
22
A.J. Allmendinger
Dodge
Shell / Pennzoil
-
-
-

11
2
Brad Keselowski
Dodge
Miller Lite
-
-
-

12
29
Kevin Harvick
Chevrolet
Budweiser
-
-
-

13
31
Jeff Burton
Chevrolet
Caterpillar
-
-
-

14
42
Juan Montoya
Chevrolet
Target
-
-
-

15
30
David Stremme
Toyota
Inception Motorsports
-
-
-

16
1
Jamie McMurray
Chevrolet
Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats
-
-
-

17
10
Danica Patrick
Chevrolet
GoDaddy.com
-
-
-

18
32
Terry Labonte
Ford
C&J […]

Bayne or Stenhouse win in Daytona 500 will earn one lucky fan $100,000

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

$100,000 Giveaway Kicks Off New Partnership for
Lionel NASCAR Collectables, Stenhouse and Bayne

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 21, 2012) – When the green flag drops at the Daytona 500, more than bragging rights will be on the line for drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.

If either Stenhouse or Bayne wins The Great American Race, Lionel NASCAR […]

Because of top-35 rule, why run the risk of losing primary car in Thursday races?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
After watching the Bud Shootout on Saturday night and considering that virtually all the 43 cars that will race in the Daytona 500 are already locked in, the objective for most teams going into Thursday’s Gatorade Duels at the Daytona International Speedway ought to be clear. Keeping the primary car in one piece […]

Anyone else wonder why only one Hendrick car had illegal C-posts?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
There are several stock answers that are given out whenever anyone on a NASCAR team is asked a question by the media. One of those stock answers goes something like this, “Everyone in our organization works well together and we all share information.”
While Hendrick Motorsports is one of the best examples of a […]

Does Chad Knaus really deserve a penalty for this “violation”?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Much was made of the fact that Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, was out of the country and did not attend the pre-season test session held at the Daytona International Speedway in January. Now it appears as though there could well be another opportunity to make much of a vacation by the […]

Rule packages don’t wreck, drivers do

Monday, February 20th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Much has been made of the numerous rule changes mandated by NASCAR over the off season to get cars out of the 2×2 tandems the drivers employed in last year’s restrictor plate races. And after the first real test of the season in Saturday’s Bud Shootout it looks as if the sanctioning body’s […]

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