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Hamlin should be considered a pre-race favorite at Martinsville

Friday, March 30th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Coming into this weekend’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway, driver Denny Hamlin has to be counted among the early pre-race favorites. The native of Chesterfield, Virginia has started off the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with some impressive runs and now heads to the track which has provided him with […]

New NASCAR All Star Race Format Places Premium On Winning Segments

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Pit Road Strategy To Be Critical Component;
Fans To Again Vote One Driver Into Field

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 27, 2012) – The 28th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will provide some additional incentive for drivers to win one of the four segments heading into the final 10-lap shootout, as the emphasis on winning […]

Will fans return to the ‘old’ Bristol?

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
According to a statement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc., the fans have spoken and changes will be forthcoming for the Bristol Motor Speedway. Work will begin within the next few days and is expected to be completed in time for the week of NASCAR racing activities to be held there in late August.
In 2007 […]

If Stewart is this good now…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Tony Stewart has begun the 2012 season with two Sprint Cup wins after only five races. Before the start of this season, the three time champion had achieved only four of his 46 career victories prior to Memorial Day weekend.
Typically, this driver who frequently competes in dirt late model and dirt sprint car […]

A tale of two races: Great Nationwide race and lifeless Sprint Cup in Fontana

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
It was the best of racing. It was the…well, not best of racing. That describes the two NASCAR events held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California over this past weekend. Saturday’s Nationwide Series race had about as much action as could be contained within 300 miles on a low banked two-mile […]

Logano needs to duplicate Nationwide success in Sprint Cup…soon

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Joey Logano proved on Saturday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California that he can take top notch equipment and win with it at the Nationwide Series level. But those who have followed NASCAR for the last several years already knew that.
What Logano must do in the near future is prove that […]

Manufacturer parity: Each has won in first four races

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Brad Keselowski’s win in a Dodge last Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway caused somewhat of an oddity. So far in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season each of the four auto manufacturers involved in this form of racing have scored a win after the first four races.
Ford got out of the box […]

Here’s why the Knaus fine remained after other penalties were taken away(imo)

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
The ruling by the Chief Appellate Officer for NASCAR in the case of Hendrick Motorsports car #48 after inspectors at the Daytona International Speedway deemed the C-posts on the Chevrolet to be outside allowable tolerances has been regarded by many as a strange one. John Middlebrook upheld a fine of $100,000 against crew […]

Reduced penalty on 48 car reveals flaw in NASCAR inspection process

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
On Tuesday, the Chief Appellate Officer for NASCAR, John Middlebrook, ruled that the initial penalty levied by the sanctioning body against Hendrick Motorsports’ #48 car was too harsh. The CAO removed a 25 point reduction from Jimmie Johnson’s driver total as well as HMS(Jeff Gordon listed as owner) total in the owner standings. […]

Points reduction and suspensions removed from 48 team penalty

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING CHIEF APPELLATE OFFICER STATEMENT
 
On March 20, 2012, the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties resulting from the #48 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. This stemmed from an opening day inspection for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012.
 
The […]

Hard to imagine a worse start to 2012 for Hendrick Motorsports

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Without question, Hendrick Motorsports is THE power team in NASCAR. Any doubt of that would be quickly erased after only a brief stroll past the company’s trophy case. However, 2012 has been a disaster based on the standards set by this organization after the first four races of the season.
Before the first competitive […]

Junior-Gordon incident nothing more than bad luck

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon were both having good runs for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway until things went awry late in the race. On lap 361, the two cars made slight contact which ultimately caused Gordon’s car to suffer a cut left rear tire. That, in turn, […]

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