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Penalties against Knaus and 48 team were too severe

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
As they promised they would do after the completion of the Daytona 500, NASCAR announced on Wednesday afternoon that it had levied penalties against crew chief Chad Knaus, car chief Ron Malec, driver Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports for body pieces on the #48 car that were found to be outside the sanctioning […]

Junior Nation has a new villain in Greg Biffle

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has throngs of fans, and throughout his career other drivers have found themselves on the receiving end of the ire of those fans when deemed necessary by the followers of the third generation competitor. Kyle Busch, in particular, has often served as the target of the so called ‘Junior Nation’ […]

Johnson, Knaus hit with penalties resulting from Daytona infractions

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) – NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the No. 48 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rules infractions found on Feb. 17 during opening day inspection for the Daytona 500.
The No. 48 car was found […]

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 […]

Johnson, Danica, Bayne and Busch eliminated in early Daytona 500 crash

Monday, February 27th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
For the first time in NASCAR history, the Daytona 500 was postponed from its scheduled Sunday date. That, in turn, had everyone filled with even more anticipation than usual.
Perhaps that anticipation was too much to handle for some as a hard crash collected several pre-race favorites. Just after crossing the start/finish line to […]

NASCAR missed a golden opportunity when it didn’t set Daytona 500 makeup for Monday evening

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
As we heard countless times during the television broadcast on Sunday or by reading posts on Twitter, “You can’t race in the rain.” And, “We can’t control the weather.” Both of those statements seem completely obvious. But for whatever reason, some felt the need to state them anyway.
The problem isn’t in the facts […]

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 […]

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