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NMPA to induct Childress, Rudd into Hall of Fame

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Press Release:Outstanding driver Ricky Rudd and championship team owner Richard Childress will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame in May.
 
The two were selected on more than 65 percent of the ballots cast by NMPA members to earn induction into the Hall of Fame. Childress was selected on 70 percent of […]

Montoya needs to prove all around consistency in 2012

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Juan Pablo Montoya has been a fulltime Sprint Cup driver since 2007. And while the Colombian native came to NASCAR with a significant amount of fanfare as a result of having won the Indianapolis 500 and the Grand Prix of Monaco, his career in stock cars has been somewhat lackluster. In his time […]

Trevor Bayne to make ceremonial run on Daytona Beach race course in Woods’ No. 21 Ford

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2012) — You could call Daytona’s Beach & Road Course one of America’s first off-road competitions. At least part of it.

More than half of the temporary track was sand, a pair of turns and a long strip of beach linked to Route A1A’s pavement. It was unique to say the […]

Predictions for NASCAR 2012: Johnson will return to the top

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
At the beginning of each NASCAR season I put out a list of various predictions regarding what I believe will happen throughout the upcoming season. Typically, I would have already made these calls by this time but with all the changes to have occurred during the off season I thought it prudent to […]

NASCAR’s reliance on personalities could damage the sport in the long term

Monday, February 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Earlier in this current off season, NASCAR released a report that essentially said a study they conducted has revealed that fans are not nearly as interested in articles and/or columns that analyze the state of the sport as they are about those pieces that focus on personalities in the sport. While it’s not […]

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season Opens With Shootout At Daytona

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Media Day, Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying Kick Off Speedweeks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2012) — It’s here. At last. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season ramps up this week with a bevy of traditional events leading up to the 54tn annual Daytona 500.

The “Great American Race” is set for 1 p.m. […]

Tony Stewart kicks off SpeedWeeks with sprint car win in Georgia

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

 
By Richard Allen
Tony Stewart showed on Saturday night at the Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia that the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion can also drive sprint cars. The driver known as ‘Smoke’ powered his way to the lead with steam literally boiling off his right rear tire with less than five laps to go and […]

Busch brothers helped sponsors realize how much power they have

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Back in the early and mid 2000s when Tony Stewart was pushing photographers around and NASCAR teams were receiving obscene amounts of cash and producing very little in return, sponsors apparently didn’t realize they had the power to demand more for their money. It seemed as though all $10-20 million bought a Fortune […]

What NASCAR driver has the most to prove going into 2012?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
On Monday night I posed the question “What NASCAR driver has the most to prove going into 2012?” on my Facebook and Twitter pages and the response was somewhat overwhelming. The replies fell into both the predictable and unpredictable categories with drivers ranging from Chase contenders to non winners being mentioned as potentially […]

Dave Blaney racing from Sprint Cup to Sprint Cars during Daytona Speedweeks

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

CONCORD, N.C. - Feb. 7, 2012 - Dave Blaney will be the latest NASCAR competitor to return to his dirt roots and compete with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series next week at the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.
Blaney follows a trend of NASCAR stars who were raised on […]

NASCAR should not associate itself with the WWE

Monday, February 6th, 2012

By Richard Allen
On the latest episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, racing star Carl Edwards made an appearance and it was announced that professional wrestler John Cena would serve as the honorary starter for the Daytona 500. This is an association NASCAR should have never entered into.
In 2007, driver Tony Stewart was chastised by NASCAR […]

It’s time for Truex to produce at the Sprint Cup level

Monday, February 6th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Martin Truex, Jr. has been racing full time at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup level since 2006 and has relatively little to show for those years considering that he has been in reasonably good equipment in that time. The driver’s lack of quality results has no doubt come as somewhat of a surprise after he […]

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